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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).

Closing Soon: Village Plan Questionnaire.

A big thank to all those villagers who have completed the Village Plan Questionnaire so far. The response rate  for the adult population is about 50% and for a self completed questionnaire this is an excellent result. All areas of North Luffenham Parish have been well represented and will give a good overall opinion as to the views of the Parish.

The online questionnaire can still be completed but will close on midnight Sunday 11th June.

A short summary will be posted online in the near future and in due course a full analysis and written report will be delivered to each household as well as being on the village website.

Open Day at Rutland Sailing Club

Rutland Sailing Club welcomes everyone to its Open Day on Saturday 10th June 2017.

We’re passionate about sailing – and we believe that sailing is a sport for all people of all ages!

  • Our club members include youngsters from about 7 years old to grandparents in their 80’s!
  • We have Olympic sailors and we have sailors with disabilities.
  • We have those who want to race and those who want to just enjoy the freedom of sailing on one of England’s biggest and most beautiful inland waters.

So why don’t you come and find out about sailing and Rutland Sailing Club?

 Our Open Day’s on Saturday 10th June 2017

  • It’s free, of course!
  • There’s plenty of free parking
  • There’s free rides with experienced sailors in sailing boats including dinghies, catamarans and cruisers
  • There’s a bar and café open all day.

Entry is from 10 AM to 4 PM and you can spend as little or long as you want at Club.  Many visitors spend about 2 or 3 hours.

There’s no commitment to join – but you can find out about the Club and our Sailing School. You can talk to our members, who come from all walks of life.


Opera in Morcott

Opera in Morcott
Saturday 17 June 2017
7pm for 7.30pm ‘curtain up’
Morcott Church

Lovers of light opera have a treat in store on Saturday 17 June when a group of musical friends – Amici – present Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’ and other operatic highlights in the beautiful setting of Morcott Church.

Amici Chamber Choir has performed the length and breadth of the UK, from Manchester’s concert halls to National Trust stately homes, and on TV for Songs of Praise.

The 18-strong choir is boosted by professional soloists Nick Hardy (Opera North), Joanne Rondel and Judith Tinston who all perform under the leadership of George Robey.

The first half of the programme is Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial By Jury’, a comic opera in one act.  After a relaxed interval during which drinks will be offered, the second half of the concert is a mix of operatic hits including a show-stopping ‘Nessun Dorma’ and memorable choral pieces, some of which have been arranged specially for the concert by choir members.

 Tickets £12.50 from Alison Johnson on 01572 747381.

Unreserved seating.

Interval refreshments available.

See for further information.

Proceeds to church funds.

Nicki’s Celebration of Life

Nicki’s celebration of life will take place at St John the Baptist Church North Luffenham LE15 8JR at 1-00 pm on Tuesday May 30th and  afterwards Tea/Coffee/cakes/soft drinks will be available at “The Fox” in North Luffenham
Please note that Nicki has requested that guests may, if they wish, wear a touch of pink when attending the service.

Time still left.

Thank you very much to all villagers who have completed the Village Plan Questionnaire (paper copy or the on line version). There has been a very good response from across the village and this will enable a valid assessment of how the residents of North Luffenham feel about the present state of the village and thoughts and ideas about future developments.

If for some reason your questionnaire was not collected, or you haven’t had time to fill it in, then completed copies can be delivered to The Fox, or completed on line. If another copy is required then they can be obtained from The Fox.

AND there is still a chance to WIN A PRIZE: a two course meal for two with a bottle of house wine at The Fox.

Closing date for questionnaires to be returned is the 22nd May.





Distribution of the Village Plan Questionnaire

Over the next two weeks the Village Plan Questionnaire will be delivered to each house hold and the Parish Council would be grateful if each adult in the household could complete the questionnaire,  this will only take about 15 minutes. There is a much shortened questionnaire for 11 – 15 year olds as the Parish Council would also very much appreciate their opinions. One to two weeks following delivery, will be collected, or you can deliver them personally to the ‘post box’ in The Fox.

The questionnaires can also be completed online by clicking on following link: