Author Archives: Pete Burrows

Lost Key

If any local residents happen to be walking around the North Luffenham Woodland walk would you please keep a lookout for a lost key.

It’s a very ordinary looking NON Yale type  but the key ring holding it is very personal to me ( present from the grandchildren); it’s a big brass flat plate with the immortal words Dad’s keys inscribed on it in black and its taken me all these years to drop it somewhere on the Walk and I am pretty sure that it will be  along the first facing North stretch to the first major 90 degree turn up towards the main road. I don’t go any further!!!  

I have now re-walked this stretch twice to no avail but I live in hope!

If successful pls do  give me a call and I will collect. 01780 720689

Statue Unveiling Invitation

From Dr Sarah Furness.

You are invited to the unveiling of Rutland’s memorial statue to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. I hope that it will be a happy family occasion and encourage as many people as possible to come. Dogs on leads are also very welcome!

The Rutland statue of our late queen, HM Queen Elizabeth II, is the first to be commissioned since her death. It will be officially unveiled on
what would have been her birthday as a fitting tribute to Britain’s longest reigning and possibly greatest monarch.
It was created in response to the depth of loss felt in Rutland on the late Queen’s death. Due to the incredible generous donations from local people
(95% of the cost was raised by many individuals and some businesses), sufficient funds were available for our Lord Lieutenant Dr Sarah Furness to
be able to commission a full-figure statue showing her in her prime.

Sculptor Hywel Pratley, a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and Society of Portrait Sculptors, was selected as the sculptor and has
done a magnificent job using a local foundry.
If you would like more information about the day please visit the Lord Lieutenants website at:

Wake For Ken Forsyth

From Julie Abell

For those who knew Ken Forsyth of Oval Close, he sadly passed away recently.

His daughter Rachel has asked me to pass on an invitation to his wake on Thursday 22nd February at 12pm at Stamford Masonic Hall.

Nothing formal, a few words from his
son Ian, some lunch, and an opportunity to share memories of Ken.If anyone wants to come, they are very welcome. 

Rachel has asked that if you let me know if you hope to come so she can plan catering.

Julie 07866 741022

Reminder – Local Plan Consultation Tonight 6-9pm

Where: North Luffenham Community Centre.

When: 6pm to 9pm.

A reminder that there will be information on the Local Plan Consultation this evening in the Community Centre

Consultation closes on Monday, and so there are only 5 days left to make representations with your views.

This is the only public consultation stage that allows changes to the content of plan based on public input.

The plan does suggest changes to the Limits of Planned Development for North Luffenham, and also allocates a site for residential development, and so it is worth reviewing if only for these items that may impact the village.

There will be two paper copies of the Local Plan available to read, along with a multitude of laptops available to access the online interactive maps and to allow those, who wish, to make a comment on the day using the online portal.

Most importantly both County Councillors (one of which, I am sure you will know, is the leader of the council) will be in attendance to answer questions that you may have in relation to the local plan.

North Luffenham Parish Councillors will be in attendance to help with the online access only. They will not be answering questions about the Parish Councils response. This event is for the public to see the Local Plan and ask questions to the county councillors.

The draft Local Plan and all the supporting documents are available on the Ruland County Council website:

Literary Lectures Spring Programme – Stamford Arts Centre

Below is the Spring 2024 programme of Literary Lectures at Stamford Arts Centre

22 Jan. ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams: Never Rely on the Kindness of Strangers.
29 Jan. ‘The Wife of Bath’ by Geoffrey Chaucer: The Most Emancipated Woman in English Literature?
5 February: ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fizgerald: Who is the Mysterious Jay Gatsby?
19 Feb. Shelley and Byron: Young Romantics Writing Romantically?
26 Feb. ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley: My Hideous Progeny.
4 March: ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare: Motiveless
10-11am Entry £8

This Post will expire at 4:17pm on Tuesday April 30th, 2024.

Airfield Access Restrictions

From 1st Military Working Dogs Regiment:

We have had some accidents and near misses involving walkers and their dogs over the past few weeks. For the safety of them, our military personnel and Military Working Dogs they must not use the airfield when military training is taking place.

Dog walking businesses are also not authorised to use the airfield for business use.

Please can you not walk or use the Airfield at the following timings:

Mon – Thu       0800 – 1630hrs and outside these times when red flags are flying

Fri                    0800 – 1230hrs and outside these times when red flags are flying

Sat – Sun        Do not use when red flags are flying

Wood For The Bonfire

Preparations for the Annual Bonfire Night at The Oval North Luffenham are well underway. The weather forecast is saying the skys will clear in time for the fireworks tomorrow.

The bonfire itself is a bit reduced from previous years, and so if you have any unwanted, unpainted, wood that could help build it up that would be appreciated.

If you want to donate wood, please feel free to take it to the Oval, and place it by the large shelter. It will be placed onto the pyre tomorrow

Mobile Covid Vaccinations in North Luffenham Today

The mobile vaccination centre will be in North Luffenham this afternoon for walk in Covid and Flu vaccinations

North Luffenham – near Allotments, LE15 8FH

  • Friday 3 November
  • 2:15pm-3pm
  • Covid and flu vaccinations

Other locations / times / dates can be found here:

Indian Cooking Classes Available In Your Home

Local resident Jaimini Tailor is offering do home curry cooking classes. She will visit your home and teach you to cook Indian meals in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Please contact Jaimini on 07885670565 if you are interested in learning more about cooking Indian food.

Residents vote in favour of North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in North Luffenham have voted in favour of a Neighbourhood Plan for their area, following a referendum on Thursday 19th October 2023.

The number of people who voted ‘Yes’ in response to the referendum question was 144. The number voted ‘No’ was 20. Total turnout for the referendum was 26.03%.

The full Declaration of Result of Poll for the North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan referendum can be viewed online at:

Further information about the Neighbourhood Plan itself can be found at:

As the Local Planning Authority, Rutland County Council must formally adopt the Plan within eight weeks of the referendum.

Fallen Apples Wanted

Does anybody have apples fallen or otherwise? 
The Community Mental Health Garden – Oakham Fire Station is running an apple
pressing session for our members at the garden on Tuesday 17th October and we would be really grateful for any that you can spare.
There is a collection box outside my house – 2 Edith Weston Road
A collection box will be outside garden club tomorrow night
Alternatively I can collect if you call me – Julie
07866 741022