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Help Needed ?

With the help of Good Companions, members of the Parish Council have visited a number of villagers to see whether they needed any help as a result of the adverse weather. Those visited had made provision and often had the support of family and friends. However if anybody else requires help, or knows of somebody who does, then North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme can be contacted (8 am to 8 pm) on 07825 697841, and the scheme will endeavour to help.

Program of Events for Good Companions

North Luffenham Good Companions 2018

Wed feb 7th  Sayings.           Gill Collinge

Wed mar 7th  The Wildlife Trust.        Mr Steven Ashpole

Wed apr 4th  Why I dont like Brussel Sprouts.     Claire

Wed May 2nd     Wait and see.

Wed june 6th      How to get the best from your cut flowers.    Emma

Wed july 4th  The Village trip.

Wed aug 1st  Meal in the community centre 12.30pm.

Wed sept 5th  Curiosities.  Helen Crabtree

Wed oct 3rd The Jolly Boat.   Mr Adam Lowe

Wed nov 7th Beautiful Photos.   Mr Richard Adams

Wed dec 5th Christmas Dinner: to be arranged

The Good Companions meet in the community centre at 2pm..

Yearly subs of £10 plus £1 a month for tea and cakes and free door ticket.

There is also a raffle during the afternoon.

The village trip this year is Holt and Sherringham.

Ring Evelyn 01780720528 or Vivienne 01780720814

Prize giving for Village Plan Survey submissions

The Village Plan survey offered a prize for a meal for two at The Fox and everybody who did the survey was invited to enter a telephone number. The draw took place at The Fox and the winning number was drawn by one of the bar staff.

Myra was the lucky winner and decided to have lunch with a friend.

They had an enjoyable meal.

(The Steering Group for the Village Survey are grateful to Jason Allen, landlord of The Fox, for providing the prize).

A reminder that there will be a presentation of the results of the Village Survey at 7 pm on Thursday 25th January in the Community Centre.


Look to your right

The Village Survey has been written up and if you look to right you will see a link that takes you to the report and perhaps something to read over the holiday period.

Feedback and comments welcomed.

There will be a presentation in the Community Centre of the survey on Thursday 25th January 2018 at 7pm.

And finally: The Prize Draw Entry: this is for the two course meal and a bottle of house wine at The Fox: the draw will take place at The Fox on 21st December at 7pm in the upstairs room.


Prize Draw

The prize draw for the Village Plan Survey will take place on Thursday 21st December 7pm in the upstairs room at The Fox.

There will be a random selection of a telephone number from all those entered in the survey.

The prize is for a two course meal for two with a bottle of house wine at The Fox and the winner will be contacted on that phone number.

Proposed alternative diversion of Empingham Road, Ketton to facilitate a quarry development.



Please reply to:

Direct Line:

Direct Fax:



Planning Support

01572 758263

01572 758373







PROPOSAL: Proposed alternative diversion of Empingham Road, Ketton to facilitate a quarry development permitted under planning permission FUL/2007/0150/CC.

HANSON CEMENT LTD, Castle Cement, Pit Lane, Ketton, STAMFORD, Rutland, PE9 3SZ

An application for the above proposal has been received by the Local Planning Authority and you are invited to submit your comments thereon within 30 days from the date of this letter. The details of the application are available to view either at Library / Ketton Centre in Ketton village or on our website by entering the reference number quoted above.

If you have received this letter electronically you can click onto the link below which will go straight to the relevant application:

Please email any comments you wish to make to

Yours sincerely





Macmillan Cancer Support

The Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland Macmillan Volunteer Project is available to anyone over the age of 18 who has been affected by cancer. We can offer you support if you’ve been affected by cancer in any way. Support is available at whatever stage of the cancer journey you are at. The project is provided in partnership between Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Please click on the link below for more details and contact information.

AgeUk Macmillan new leaflet

Rutland High Sheriff’s Bike Ride & Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day & The High Sheriff’s Bike Ride Are Coming To Barrowden

This August Bank Holiday Monday – August 28th

Summer is well and truly here and this year there is a new event to add to the busy Barrowden calendar. A family fun day is being organised by Craig Mitchell, the newly appointed High Sheriff of Rutland (and Barrowden resident) to raise funds for the Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (a service that villagers have called upon twice in recent memory).

Added interest for this event is going to be the High Sheriff’s bike ride – an 8 mile course, supervised by marshals, taking in Rutland’s beautiful Welland Valley. Entry fees will all be donated to the Air Ambulance so get training now for this healthy and enjoyable cycle ride. There will even be a free mini circuit for younger children around the village if they want to take part too! Details about entering the Cycle ride will be on village email soon.

Whilst the cycle ride starts at 11.00am, the fun gets going on Barrowden Village Green at 12.00pm. A huge variety of attractions are being organised to appeal to everyone in the family. There will be children’s races, novelty races for the young at heart, a vintage car display, Petanque (Boulles) tuition and matches, burgers & hotdogs, tea & cakes, a Tombola, face painting, flip flop fling, Pimms, plant & cake stalls, a pillory, penalty shoot-out competition and many, many more activities for everyone to have a really fun afternoon for a tremendously worthwhile cause.

Make a note on your calendar, invite your family and friends and come on down for a great afternoon’s entertainment on Barrowden Village Green.

CPR and Defibrillator

There will be a talk on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and use of a defibrillator at the Community Centre at 7pm on Tuesday 25th July.

We hope that it never happens to us but suddenly a person collapses and perhaps you are the only one there. How to get help?


In an emergency always call 999 first.

North Luffenham has a defibrillator sited at the ‘The Fox’ but if you are on your own you cannot leave the person who has collapsed to go and get it.

The village has a Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) and if you dial

01780 322070

This number enables one of the volunteers, who have had training in the use of the defibrillator, to be contacted quickly.

When you dial 01780 322070 you will hear the following message:

“Welcome to VETS. In a moment you will be connected to one of the village helpers. Please state clearly the assistance you require.”

One of the aim of the session is to update the VETS volunteers but all are welcome to learn more about CPR and defibrillators.

There will be an opportunity to donate to support VETS and the Community HeartBeat Trust.



Update on Village Plan.



The Village Plan Survey has now been has now been concluded and the Steering Group would like to thank all those who took part in the survey. There has been a very good response and significantly represents the views of the village. There were many comments and the essence of these will be incorporated into the final document.

All of the answers have been entered onto a database and will be analysed and the final document produced over the next few weeks. This will then be distributed to each household as well as being available on the website.

The prize draw for the two course meal for two at The Fox will take place at The Fox and this will take place in September (date will be advised on website).