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Keep up to date with news from clubs and societies in North Luffenham, Rutland, UK

North Luffenham Garden Club Christmas Social, Thursday 14 December

North Luffenham Garden Club will be holding its Christmas social with quiz (optional, being put out on tables, not read out). Please bring food to share. Wine & soft drinks – first glass free then donations.

Time and place: 7.30pm at the Community Centre

Date: Thursday 14 December

Once again, just a reminder, it is time to pay annual membership fees of £10.00 for which we have interesting speakers from October to May each year and organised outings each summer.

North Luffenham Christmas Trail

We need your help:  can you knit a small sheep or display one in your window?

In December, a Christmas Trail leaflet will be available so you can discover and record the names of sheep around the village. Bring the completed trail leaflet  to the Village Carol Service on Sunday 17th December at 5pm and the Christmas story will be explored with the help of the sheep.

Intrigued?  Willing to knit a sheep? Or offer a sheep a windowsill? Want to go sheep hunting?  For more details, please email Pippa the rector:  Full details including a knitting pattern are contained in leaflet attached below.


Christmas Trail knitting & displaying sheep


Christmas Flower Arranging Workshop

Sally Lambert has again kindly agreed to run a workshop on Sat 25th November from 10am – 1pm @the Community Centre, where she will guide us in making our own wreath, and other arrangements.

Cost is £5 per person, which includes tea/coffee & a mince pie.

You will need to bring any equipment you have – oasis, secateurs, vase/container you intend to use, pine cones, ribbons, decorations – plus foliage & flowers. Prunings of woody clematis stems, dogwoods etc make a great basis for wreaths – we all share bits and pieces too.

Please book your place with Katy Ellis on 01780 722173 as soon as possible.

North Luffenham Garden Club

November Meeting

NB:  The next meeting is to be held a week later than usual, on Thursday 16th November, at 7.30pm.

It is also the AGM, followed by Stephen Ashpole from the village, to present a talk on Organic Gardening, which will be full of information about the whys and wherefores on this subject.



Extracts from Captain of the ‘A’ Team Annual Report

There were some changes to the team during the season with Lewis leaving for the Falklands,  Ben Cox joining the team and immediately playing very well reminding us how good a player he is,  Andy and James played most of the games and without them it would have been difficult to maintain the numbers  needed to field a team.  Thank you  to all the team members for the commitment and dedication during the season.

2016/17 was a difficult season for the ‘A’  team with several disappointing  results notably a 6-4 win at Paston when an 8-2  win should have been the result.  An 6-4 win at home to Eyebury highlighted the  weaknesses in the team  although  it must be said Eyebury  played very well that night.  A 4-6 loss at Ramsey  was the worst result  of the season.

For  comparison in 2016 the team scored  four x ten/nil results , in 2015/2016 ten x ten/nil scores were recorded. In the latter part of the season the team were resigned to second place in the league, behind Paston, when out of the blue at their penultimate game, Paston lost 10-0 at  Northborough and handed the league to North Luffenham.

In  other competitions  the team won the Annette Stubbins cup beating Paston  in the final. North  Luffenham teams won the North Cambs area singles, pairs, triples, and  fours competitions. In county competitions Jason won the Hertfordshire singles with Jack runner-up.  Thomas , Jack and Jason won  the Hertfordshire triples and this qualified them to represent  Hertfordshire at the national finals in County Durham which they also won and they  are the current Nation Triples Champions, well done them!  Paul won the Cambridgeshire singles competition and went on to win the  Eastern  Counties Competition.

Chater Bowls Club Season Over

Outdoor bowling at Chater Bowls club on Pinfold lane has now finished for 2017.

The winner of the singles knockout was Carol Bates and the winner of pairs knockout was Alec Rose and Carol Bates. They are both residents of N. Luffenham.

So if anybody else in the village wishes to emulate them and fancys a go at outdoor bowling next year, you can contact me  at

Carol receives the knockout singles trophy


Alan Costello

North Luffenham Garden Club Autumn Show Sunday 10 September

The Show is a celebration of local talent and is Open For All to enter with many categories: plants, painting, needlework, card craft, woodwork, photography, baking, jam making, vegetables, flowers and fruit for example.

At North Luffenham Community Centre

On Sunday 10th September

Entries are open to everyone and if possible should be made before the show using the attached Schedule or you can get a hard copy of the Schedule from The Fox or Edith Weston Village Shop.

There are some simple guidelines in the Schedule and we will help you with any queries beforehand and on the day (contact details inside back page).  We’d love to see what you can do – be proud and show it off!

Photography.   Here are this year’s categories to keep in mind over the coming month so you can get snapping:                                                                                                                                 Flowers and Plants,  Gardens,  Sky,  Countryside  Activities,   Animals (wild or tame),  Linked theme (one set of three phtos linked together in some way),   Open (includes anything not already covered already).    There is a also a class for U16s, which is free, for any of these themes.

How to enter:

  1. Complete the entry form in the middle of the Schedule
  2. Take your Entry Form and money, either to Katy Ellis, 24 Sycamore Road, North Luffenham,  before show day, OR to the Community Centre between 2pm – 5pm on Saturday 9th September
  3. On Show day bring your entries to the Community Centre between 8.30am and 10.30am. Judging starts at 11am,  then open to the public from 2.00pm for viewing, afternoon teas and Prizegiving.

Autumn Show Schedule 2017 V3 copy

Gesualdo Six Church Concert – 30th August

The Gesualdo Six (a younger version of The Kings Singers) will be appearing on the Radio 3 programme In Tune on Monday 28th August a couple of days before appearing in North Luffenham on Wednesday 30th!

Don’t miss a memorable concert of music from the Renaissance to light present day tunes –come and drink a glass of Last of the Summer’s Pimm’s to say farewell to our wonderful summer before the Autumn weather.

Concert in church at 7.30pm Wednesday 30th August -Tickets £12 (including Pimm’s) from Janet Whittaker 01780-721216 or at the door.

Vandalism – Graffiti on the cricket pavillion

After a long period where there have been no issues with vandalism in the village, unfortunately the problem has reappeared.

Someone in the last couple of days has sprayed graffiti onto the Cricket Club toilet block

Can anyone who might have any information about who might have done this please contact Charles Cade


Garden Visit to Coton Manor, Northamptonshire on Saturday 22 July

Easton-on-the-Hill Horticultural & Crafts Society have some spare seats available for their visit to Coton Manor on Saturday 22 July departing 10.30 from Easton-on-the-Hill Village Hall and returning at 16.00 from Coton Manor.

Tickets are £17.50 for non-members for entry to Coton Manor and include transport.

Please contact Joy Forster on 01780 762156 if you are interested.

Colton Manor is a peaceful 10 acre garden occupying a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house. Landscaped on different levels, it comprises a series of distinctive smaller gardens, providing variety and interest throughout the season, and enhanced by flowing streams, fountains and ponds. Beyond the confines of the garden there is a magical 5 acre bluebell wood and colourful wildflower meadow at its best in June and July.

The Stableyard cafe offers a great selection for lunch. You may bring your own food, however picnicking is not permitted at the garden.


Hurry – spaces left for day trip to two stunning Cotswold gardens

The Garden Club are running an outing to Hidcote (morning) & Kiftsgate (afternoon), two stunning gardens in the same village in the Cotswolds on Sunday 9th July, leaving Empingham @ 8.30am/North Luffenham 8.45am.  Open to all – take a picnic or eat at either of the gardens.

Tickets are for coach travel plus entry –  £22.50 if you have National Trust membership (you must bring your own card on the day) or £33.50 without.

For information or to book places on the trips, please contact Katy Ellis on 01780 722173 or email ktellis1606@gmail.comBY FRIDAY 30th June

AGM 2017 for Carpet Bowls Club

Members of North Luffenham Carpet Bowls Club are reminded that the AGM will be on Monday 19 June at the Community Centre, North Luffenham at 7.30.

Anyone wanting an agenda please phone 01780 720631.

The mats will still be down so that anyone can have a go and a cup of tea.

New members are always welcome.

Sylvia Lawson (Sec)

Chater Winning Start

Chater Bowls Club got off to a winning start on Sat 15th April. Hosting a team from Market Overton, Chater won on all 3 rinks. The next home fixture is an evening match on Thursday 18th May against Empingham, so come along if you want to watch how the game is played.

If you want to play now we hold roll ups every Tuesday & Thursday afternoons.

Chater Bowls Club.Friendly Bowling in Rutland

Garden Club Autumn Show – Photography Competition

At the Garden Club Autumn Show, to be held on Sunday 10th September 2017, there will once again be a photography section. Here are this year’s categories to keep in mind over the coming months so you can get snapping!

  • Flowers & Plants
  • Gardens
  • Sky
  • Countryside Activities
  • Animals (wild or tame)
  • Linked theme (one set of three photos linked together in some way)
  • Open (includes anything not already covered)

There is also a class for under 16s for photos on any of these themes.

2017 Programme for Good Companions

  • Feb 1st Talk about future outings, get things sorted for the year. Very important that everyone attends if possible.
  • Mar 1st What the Romans did for us in the kitchen. Chris Carr April 5th Easter flower decoration. Sue Sewell
  • May 3rd Lets laugh. Nina Rawling
  • June 7th Guide Dogs for the blind.
  • July 5th Mile stones. Helen Crabtree Aug 2nd Meal with Allan on the organ.
  • Sept 6th Rutland, small but beautiful. Richard Adams Oct 4th Resurrection Men. Adam Lowe
  • Nov 1st Snowman with Liliane.
  • Dec 6th Christmas Lunch.

The Good Companions meet in the community centre on the above dates, 2pm to 4pm.

Yearly subscription of £10 plus £1 a meeting which includes tea, cake and door raffle ticket.

A separate raffle is also run during the afternoon. Outings to be arranged.

Everyone Welcome.