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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 chaterbowls@gmail.com.

 

 

Carol receives the knockout singles trophy

 

Regards

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

chaterbowls@gmail.com

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.

Garden Club Programme for 2017

Garden Club Programme for 2017

**Next meeting – this Thursday 12th January @7.30pm in the Community Centre**

Stuart Dixon on ‘Ramblers ‘n’ Scramblers’ (roses and clematis)

With an increasing number of reports stating that Gardening is good for the mind, body and soul, why not come to our informal meetings where we welcome speakers on a variety of subjects in horticulture!

This month we look forward to the return of Stuart Dixon, a seasoned speaker who is a Horticultural lecturer, writer and broadcaster, featuring on BBC Radio Nottingham for the gardening show.

Programme 2017

9th Feb – ‘Improving your Garden’ by Jeanette Merillon

9th Mar – ‘Suburban Garden throughout the Year’ by Mike Davey

13th Apr – ‘Plants that Excite!’ by Andrew Ward

11th May – ‘Easton Walled Gardens’ by Jackie Murray

22nd June – evening outing to Leicester Botanic Gardens

9th July – day outing to Hidcote garden (jointly with Empingham Garden Club)

9th September – Annual Autumn Show

 

All welcome – annual membership £10 per person or pay £2 on the night with refreshments, raffle and plant sales.  All enquiries to Katy Ellis on 01780 722173.

200 villagers attend Service of Remembrance 2016

On Sunday 13th November, just before 11am some 200 Villagers, together with Parishioners from local Parishes within the Benefice and Military Personnel from 1 Military Working Dog Regiment (1MWD Regt), 2 Medical Regiment RAMC, St George’s Barracks Army Cadet Force Detachment and members of North Luffenham Scouts gathered to remember those who gave their lives in two World Wars and those that lost their lives on operations and training in more recent times.

The Service was led by Rev John Taylor and our Lay Reader Caroline Simmonds.

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Caroline Simmonds and Rev John Taylor lead the Commemoration

Senior Military Guests included Air Vice Marshal Nigel Sudborough CB, President of The Royal British Legion, Rutland and Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Foreman RLC Commanding Officer 1 MWD Regt and Station Commander at St George’s Barracks.

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Foreman RLC, Commanding Officer 1 Military Working Dog Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Foreman RLC, Commanding Officer 1 Military Working Dog Regiment

The Standards of the Royal Air Forces Association, 1 MWD Regt, North Luffenham Scouts, and Army Cadet Force Paraded outside the Church and took part in the Service and Commemoration.

L-R Standards of Army Cadet Force, RAFA and Wreath Layers from Scouts, Royal British Legion (AVM Nigel Sudborough, 1 MWD Regt (Lt Col Foreman) and 2 Med Regt RAMC.

L-R Standards of Army Cadet Force, RAFA and Wreath Layers from Scouts, Royal British Legion (AVM Nigel Sudborough, 1 MWD Regt (Lt Col Foreman) and 2 Med Regt RAMC.

During the Service the names of some 86 British and Commonwealth Fallen were read out and remembered with great solemnity and pride.

Following the service the congregation gathered outside and Wreaths were laid in front of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot.

Choir and Congregation gather at the Commonwealth War Graves Plot

Choir and Congregation gather at the Commonwealth War Graves Plot

The Collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raised £566.

Service of Remembrance – First World War Centenary

poppyA Service of Remembrance is being held in the Village Church at 10.45am tomorrow, where we will be joined by local military units and youth groups and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

In this the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme we will particularly remember those who died during the First World War.

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You can read about the 16 from North Luffenham who fell during WWI from this series published during the past week.

We Will Remember Them

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“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Extract from Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

World War II Fallen

In this final piece on Remembrance we remember too those from the village that gave their lives in World War 2. We remember:

  • JOHN CHARITY
  • RALPH CHARITY
  • WILLIAM PALMER
  • GEORGE HARRISON
  • FA LOCKE
  • JACK ALEXANDER

Whilst books such as “Rutland The Great War” provide a comprehensive list of the fallen with awards of merit, photographs and list of actions for that War, there appears to be no similar record of those who lost their lives in 1939 – 1945. Indeed in researching these pieces I have been unable even to find even the Regimental Numbers /Rank / First Names of all those listed above.

Should any villager have further details we would love to be able to include them in the village archive. Hopefully next year we can produce a summary of these men who too gave their lives in War.

Commonwealth War Graves

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We remember too those Servicemen who lie buried in the beautiful Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot in the Village Churchyard:

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL ARTILLERY

  • GUNNER PK MOORE

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

  • SERGEANT E HORTON
  • AIRCRAFTMAN FG MALIN
  • AIRCRAFTMAN G ROBERTS
  • SERGEANT AB WRIGHT
  • SERGEANT WD MORRIS
  • SERGEANT BF MULLETT
  • SERGEANT KH LONG
  • CORPORAL LA SURGEON
  • CORPORAL H BROGAN
  • CHIEF TECHNICIAN DM HIGGINS
  • SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN DT ROGERS
  • JUNIOR TECHNICIAN DB DOMINY
  • SERGEANT RA LIGHT
  • SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN SA SHARP
  • SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN F BOWEN

 

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE

  • SERGEANT HD WEAVER
  • FLIGHT SERGEANT JR YOUNG
  • SERGEANT RG WALTERS
  • FLIGHT SERGEANT RH LEWIS
  • FLIGHT SERGEANT KL CAMPBELL
  • FLYING OFFICER AE RAYNER
  • LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN TA McNEILLY
  • FLIGHT SERGEANT EK CHURCHILL
  • SQUADRON LEADER JD DICKSON
  • LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN CH ROSIN
  • LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN KS WILKINGS
  • FLYING OFFICER DG TRACEY
  • FLYING OFFICER LJ ELPHICK
  • FLYING OFFICER AM GILLIES
  • FLYING OFFICER PV ROBINSON
  • SERGEANT M LAING

 

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE

  • FLIGHT SERGEANT DLC LIDDELL
  • SERGEANT H MORRISON
  • SERGEANT LF CROKER
  • SERGEANT T LINDLEY

 

SERVICEMEN OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

  • FLIGHT SERGEANT JA DOUGLAS

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A Service of Remembrance is being held in the Village Church at 10.45am on Sunday 13th November, where we will be joined by local military units and youth groups and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

 

Remembering Those That Fell During The First World War – Part 5

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15062 Private James Leonard Steele

James Leonard Steele was the eldest son of William and Rose Steele and born in North Luffenham on 11 August 1895. By 1911, aged 15, he had moved within the village to live with his grandfather Jeremiah Steele and was a farm labourer.

He enlisted in Oakham, joining the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards on 5 January 1915, aged 19 years and 5 months old. He went out to France the following October where he took part in the fighting on the Somme.

James was wounded on 16 August 1916 and again on 4 May 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. At some point he transferred to the Labour Corps.

He returned home and married his wife Mabel in October 1918. But just five weeks later he was dead. James had been struck down in the big ‘flu outbreak that hit Europe and the world immediately after the war, but his illness was said to have been aggravated by his wounds.

He is buried at North Luffenham churchyard, and has a CWGC headstone. He was 23 years old. His cousin Hugh Steele and his second cousin John Henry Steele also died in the First World War.

12760 Private John Henry Steele

John Henry Steele was the son of Amon and Charlotte Steele and was born in North Luffenham in 1896. He was a cousin of Hugh Steele of Exton and James Leonard Steele, who is buried in North Luffenham churchyard, as John’s grandfather was the brother of their grandfather.

His father Amon died in his thirties before the war, and John’s mother Charlotte remarried and the family moved to Northamptonshire.

John Henry was known as Harry and joined 6th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Little more is known about his war service, except that he died fighting in Belgium on 26 June 1916 and is buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, grave III.B.17. He is not remembered on any war memorial in Rutland.

25753 Private Herbert Henry Storey

Herbert Henry Storey was the second youngest Rutlander to die in the First World War, aged just 16 years, ten months and ten days, after he was injured during the Battle of the Somme.

The youngest of all to die was William Clifton. Herbert, whose cousin Albert also died in the war, was born at at Ketton on 26 December 1899, the son of Herbert Storey and lived at New Town Cottages in North Luffenham. He enlisted in Mansfield, where he worked as a coalminer, on 3 May 1915, claiming to be 19 years, 127 days.

He went to France on 6 March 1916 with the 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). During the Battle of the Somme, on 14 October 1916, 100 men of the battalion were sent to act as stretcher bearers during an attack by 118th Brigade on the Schwaben Redoubt near Thiepval. It is likely this was the action in which Herbert was wounded.

He was admitted to hospital in Rouen with a head wound before being evacuated home. He died in St George’s Hospital, London, at 12.45am on 22 October. Herbert was buried two days later at Nunhead Cemetery in South London and is remembered on North Luffenham’s war memorial.

10536 Private Charles Edward Thornton

Charles Edward Thornton was initially rejected for military service because of a heart condition. But he made another attempt to join up and managed to enlist in the Lincolnshire Regiment just three weeks after the start of the First World War.

He was younger of two sons of Lewis and Mary Thornton of North Luffenham. Lewis was a butcher in the village, but both his sons trained to be bakers. Charles worked in Nottingham and then in Wragby, Lincolnshire, while his brother George worked in Loughborough.

Charles attested for the army at Lincoln and joined the 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He was sent to Malta and then to Gallipoli when the British made new landings at Suvla Bay in an attempt to break the deadlock in the fighting which had been going on since April. He was shot in the stomach and died from his wounds on 11 August 1915.

He has no known grave and is remembered on Panel 47 of the Helles Memorial as well as at home in North Luffenham church. His brother George, who had joined up the day after him, was discharged from the army in October 1914 as medically unfit.

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You can read more about all 16 from North Luffenham who fell during WWI from the series of posts published this week.

A Service of Remembrance is being held in the Village Church at 10.45am on Sunday 13th November, where we will be joined by local military units and youth groups and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Remembering Those That Fell During The First World War – Part 4

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3088 Private George Liddamore

We do not know very much about George Liddamore. His name appears on the war memorial in St John the Baptist Church in North Luffenham but George is not mentioned in George Phillips’ Rutland and the Great War. It maybe he was the 24 year old son of George and Phoebe Liddamore who were living in North Luffenham at the time of the First World War and in their fifties, If he was, then he was living away from home in Grantham and worked as a gamekeeper.

What we can be certain of is that George Liddamore served with the 9th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Mesopotamia [Iraq]. The battalion joined the Tigris Corps which made an unsuccessful attempt to relieve the siege of Kut-el-Amarrah.

George was killed on 21 April 1916, a week before Kut surrendered. He has no known grave and is remembered on Panel 9 of the Basra Memorial and in North Luffenham church.

38237 Private Arthur William Morby

Arthur William Morby was just 19 when he died, one of around 45 “Teenage Tommies” from Rutland to have been killed in the First World War.

He was the son of George and Annie Morby, of North Luffenham, and was a Private in the Gloucestershire Regiment.

He was buried in France, at Hanguard Communal Cemetery, grave II.B.6, and is remembered on the war memorial in the church at North Luffenham.

24954 Private George Henry Saddington

George Henry Saddington was the eldest son of Charles and Anne Saddington and was born in North Luffenham in the summer of 1891. He had four younger siblings. George served with the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.

On 15 September 1916 the Leicestershire’s were part of 71st Infantry Brigade which took part in an ambitious attack aimed at capturing Morval, Lesbouefs, Gueudecourt and Flers during the Battle of the Somme. The battalion war diary described what happened:

“At about 5.50am two enemy aeroplanes appeared above us but did not stay long. About this time also a tank was noticed on our right moving quietly up to the enemy’s front line. On arriving there he immediately opened fire with his machine guns enfilading the German trenches on either side. He was very heavily fired on by the enemy’s machine guns which apparently had no effect.” Zero hour was fixed for 6.20am. “The leading Companies advanced at the walk at 30 yards distance between lines. A heavy machine gun was immediately opened by the enemy. The support Companies followed in the same formation 300 yards in rear of last wave of leading Company.” Things were beginning to go wrong. “The mist and smoke was terribly thick and allowed no observation by support Companies and Battalion HQ as to exactly what was happening…throughout the advance the battalion suffered very heavily from machine gun fire…and held up by very strong and undamaged wire in front of Quadrilateral [a German strong point].”

The attack petered out and eventually the Leicestershires were forced to withdraw with casualties of 14 officers and 410 men killed and wounded, including four others from Rutland. George has no known grave but is remembered on Pier 3A of the Thiepval Memorial as well as on the memorial in North Luffenham Church.

2596 Corporal Bertie H Smith

Bertie H Smith was born in Edith Weston in 1882 but records show his parents David and Hannah Smith were living in North Luffenham at the time. He was one of six brothers. Bertie became a joiner and moved to Oakham with his wife Annie Louise and their small son, Cyril Bertie Smith.

He joined the Leicestershire Regiment and served in Ireland after the Easter Uprising with the 2nd/5th Battalion. His death was the result of a tragic accident when he and another soldier drowned in floods as they were collecting stores with a horse and cart. In a letter sent to a Mr S Daniels who tried to help the pair, the Major General commanding the 59th Division based at Curragh Camp wrote:

“I have read with much satisfaction a report of your courageous action on the evening of the 17th November 1916 at Fermoy, when you endeavoured to assist Corpl. Smith and Pte. Jewell of the 2nd/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment who were in great danger on account of heavy floods washing past the bridge over the River Blackwater with a Government Horse and Cart. It is a matter of regret that the lives of the two soldiers were not saved, but this does not detract in any way [of] your action, and I desire on behalf of the military authorities, to thank you very cordially for your courageous attempt to help them in their difficulties at the risk of your own life.”

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has the date of death the following day, 18 November 1916. Bertie, who was around 34, is buried at Fermoy Military Cemetery in County Cork. Graves are not individually marked and so he is named on the Screen Wall with Hedley Jewell who died with him. He is also remembered on North Luffenham’s war memorial.

38236 Private George Edward Smith

George Edward Smith was the son of Charles and Kate Smith, and had a sister, Lily. He was born in North Luffenham around 1898 and served with the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.

He died as a prisoner of war at the end of March 1918 aged 19. After the war his body was moved to Mons (Bergen) Communal Cemetery, grave VII.D.12.

He is remembered on the war memorial at North Luffenham.

Field of Poppies

You can read more about all 16 from North Luffenham who fell during WWI from the series of posts published this week.

A Service of Remembrance is being held in the Village Church at 10.45am on Sunday 13th November, where we will be joined by local military units and youth groups and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.