Author Archives: Pete Burrows

Good Companions Meeting Tomorrow – 4th January

This a reminder that the Good Companions next meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday 4th January, 2pm to 4pm, at the Community Centre.  We will be having a Year in Review Quiz based on everything that happened in 2022.  Get your thinking caps on!  We hope to see you there.

This Post will expire at 4:50pm on Friday February 3rd, 2023.


The Good Companions Club is arranging a weekly “winter warmer drop in” at the Community Centre during the winter period, starting from Thursday 12th January, and thereafter every Thursday through to the 2nd March, between 1pm and 3pm.  We want to offer somewhere warm and inviting for anyone that wants to come along, with the promise of free tea/coffee/cake…and a great way to enjoy the company of fellow villagers.  If you have a jigsaw puzzle or reading books you’d like to swap, play cards and board games, or simply to spend a couple of hours in a warm place… it’s entirely up to you.  All are welcome, just come along on the day.

For anyone that would be willing to volunteer in helping out it would be hugely appreciated, please speak to Alison on 07769 322551 for more details.

Bonfire Night North Luffenham 2022

The annual Bonfire & Fireworks event hosted by North Luffenham Parish Council will be held on The Oval on Saturday 5th November 2022.

Doors Open 5.45pm; Bonfire lit 6.15pm; Fireworks 6.30pm

The Cricket Club will be running the BBQ (to raise funds to continue the good works on the wicket); Janet Whittaker & Judy Cade will be offering hot & cold refreshments from the Pavilion with home-made seasonal cake; Lin Burrows will be serving her specially prepared Mulled Wine with added Glo Sticks and sparklers. Charles Cade & Pete Burrows are in charge of lighting the fire & fireworks.

Our Chair of the Parish Council – Tim Smith – will be co-ordinating the important task of the ‘Donation bucket collection’. All this helps to offset the costs so please be generous to enable this event to continue. Please bring cash for the donations as it is difficult to set up card readers in the middle of a dark Oval!

Whilst The Scouts will be sporting high vis jackets and stewarding the perimeter and entry points, more volunteers are needed on the night to assist with ensuring a safe and enjoyable evening. 
If you can help, please contact any of the above teams or Charles Cade on 01780 720467.

Thank you 😉

Over £400 raised at MacMillan Coffee Morning

From Deb King: A huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our MacMillan Coffee Morning last Friday. We raised £405! Whether you popped in for a cuppa, baked a cake, or dropped an envelope in – thank you. This amount helps to provide 2 days care from a MacMillan nurse.

Special thanks to helpers, Daphne, Ann and Margaret who did a fantastic job.

If you would like to make a contribution – there’s still time. You can donate online at the following webpage –

Neighoubourhood Plan Consultation Ending Soon

Just a reminder that the consultation period for the North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan will end on Tuesday, October 4th, and so you only have a couple of days left to comment.

There are already responses that potentially will result in alterations to the Plan, and so do not feel that the plan is a “Done Deal”, the Parish Council values your input and will assess all input before finalising the plan and submitting it to RCC and the Official Inspector.

The Plan and supporting documents, plus the online form for responses and comments can be found here:

Neighbourhood Plan | North Luffenham

Rutland and Stamford Sound – Local Radio over the Internet

For those of you missing the local information and characters of Rutland Radio after it was absorbed into Greatest Hits Radio, you may not be aware that Rob Persani and the team started an Internet Radio station – Rutland and Stamford Sound.

This is available over the Internet, via their web site, a mobile phone app, and via Alexa and other smart speakers.

You can find more information at their web site :

Phone Line Update

We have some information provided by a Barrowden resident with an update directly from the OpenReach engineers working on the phone lines:

“I’ve been to see the Openreach engineers working at the end of Morcott Road this morning and thought I would share with you what they told me by way of an update.

There is positive news in that they are starting to make connections but it’s a long and painstaking process. They can’t tell which phone numbers are in various core cables but are working through making them all live, consequently phone numbers will start to come on stream from now but completion of the work will take a number of days.

Although they couldn’t give me an end date for the work, they did confirm the job is still considered urgent and they will continue to work on it over the weekend.

It feels as if we are making progress.”

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 23rd August – 4th October

As you will be aware the North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan Working Group of the Parish Council have been developing the Neighbourhood Plan document, Planning Policies and background evidence for the North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan.

The Plan and Policies are now at the point where the residents of the Parish have the opportunity to review and comment on the draft (the official status is “Pre Submission”) plan.

You should have received details about the plan, and the consultation, via a leaflet drop.

The consultation period starts Tuesday 23rd August, and you can find the details of the consultation period, a downloadable copy of the draft plan, along with supporting documents on the Neighbourhood Plan page on the web site.

There is also a link to the online form for you to enter your views

This is your chance to provide feedback, and influence the plan. Once this consultation period completes, Rutland County Council will run a wider review, however this will be mainly around the legalities and background evidence for the plan – they will not comment on the actual planning policies in the plan, unless there are errors or unenforceable statements included in the text.

Please take this opportunity to provide your input. The Plan will be part of the decision making process for all planning applications submitted in North Luffenham Parish until 2036, and so it is very important that it accurately reflects the overall views of the residents.

Phone Issues Update

The current outage of the telephone system in North Luffenham has been confirmed to be caused by theft of the copper cables from the Telephone Exchange on Ketton Road to the villages.

Internet services are not affected as they are carried by fibre optic cable from the Exchange to the villages, and only use copper cable from the green cabinets on the streets.

Various estimates from BT have been reported to reinstate the telephone services, but the last time this happened it took approximately 10 days to repair the cable.

Phone Line Update

Thanks everyone for the information on the phone line outage.

It looks like all villages served by the North Luffenham exchange- North Luffenham, South Luffenham, Edith Weston and potentially Barrowden – are affected

BT are aware and working on it

The earliest estimate from BT / Openreach to resolve the problem is tomorrow evening

Reminder – Saturday 2nd April for Coffee, Cake & Chat

It has been a rather strange two years, with restrictions on a lot of our usual activities and many people have missed the social interactions that are usually part of their everyday life. North Luffenham is a lovely village, with a lot of history and having village events & clubs enables us to develop a sense of community and friendship.

Please come along to our village ‘get together’ and make new friends, meet old friends, all while enjoying delicious homemade cakes & biscuits! There will also be coffee, tea and a variety of fruit & herbal teas available. The room is well ventilated and sanitiser will be available.

There is no entry charge for this event but cash donations will be given to the Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.

For anyone needing assistance, help is available to get to the community centre.

Contact Liz Ritchie on 01780 720210 or at