Join us for our launch event at Oakham Castle on
Saturday 9th February 2019 between 10.00am and 1.00pm. Find out more
about the project and meet the project team, Claire Crowley and Alex Wilby,
founders of Root-and-Branch Out CIC, who specialise in nurturing community
through nature. Alex is a professional horticulturist and Claire is a
planting and vegetable ‘still-life drawing’
Everyone is invited to the Village Carol Service this evening, Sunday 16th December at 6pm in the Church. Through Drama, beautiful well known Music, Poetry and Song experience the wonderful Christmas Story coming to life. This is a family service for everyone and will include Drinks and Mince pies after the Service.
Below is the list of Speakers booked until May 2019.
Please note that it is the Christmas Social Gathering/Quiz, on Thursday 13th December at the usual time of 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to this relaxed and friendly evening. Drinks and food will be available and we hope you will bring a plate of your favourite food to share.
13 December 2018 ChristmasSocial and Quiz Evening
10 January 2019 ‘Over the Garden Wall’ – learn about all that goes on in a walled garden Joe Whitehead, experienced head gardener for many years, including broadcasting, writing and being a panellist on gardening programmes.
14 February 2019 ‘A Garden for All Seasons’ – a detailed look at the planting in Diane’s garden at all times of the year, with practical ideas for increasing the flowering season Diane Clement, Director of the Seed Exchange for the Alpine, Garden Society, with many years experience growing, showing and judging.
14 March 2019 ‘The Wonderful World of Salvias’ – sharing her extensive knowledge, also covering the rise in popularity of thegenus and the origins of many of them. Janet Buist, Formerly of Pennycross Plants
11 April 2019 Alpines & Bulbs – ‘From Mountain to Market’. Rob Potterton, Nurseryman, Pottertons Nursery
9 May 2019 ‘There’s More to that Flower than You See’. Stephen Ashpole, from North Luffenham, again sharing with us his lifelong experiences of gardening and wildlife
Are you interested in helping other people and if so come and find out more about the North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme this Friday 7th December at 7.30 pm in the den at The Fox. Following our AGM there will be light refreshments and a chance to talk over what is involved with the volunteers.
There are a variety of ways in which one can help and our volunteers find it rewarding and not particularly time consuming.
An arch of knitted and crocheted poppies has been created by village residents to produce a cascade of flowers around the entrance to the church to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the Great War on Remembrance Day.
On Sunday 11th November the village is invited to gather at the Village Church to remember those that have lost their lives in War and those that have served their Country in War and in Peace.
We will also especially remember those Soldiers and Airmen from Great Britain and the Commonwealth who are buried in our beautiful churchyard.
To commemorate this, the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1, a beautiful arch of over 600 knitted poppies has been prepared in the Church Porch, in addition the School will be helping to decorate the Church with poppies.
The Service will start at 10.45 am, however you are urged to arrive by 10.30 am to secure a seat.
We will be joined by CO 1 Military Working Dog Regiment RAVC, Lt Col Neil Lakin RE and a contingent from the Regiment together with our Uniformed Youth Groups and representatives of the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association. The Act of Remembrance will be led by Air Vice Marshal Nigel Sudborough CB OBE DL the President of RBL Rutland.
16 Villagers lost their lives in WW1 and their names are commemorated on the village war memorial, their stories do live on and you can view them here on the Rutland Remembers website.
If you are unable to join us on Sunday do please visit the Village Church to see the beautiful Poppy installation and maybe pause for a minute at our Commonwealth War Graves Commission Plot.
This year Remembrance Day will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The village will mark this special event in a number of ways:
Remembrance Day Service – 10.40am on Sunday 11th November in the Parish Church, followed by Wreath Laying at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot in the Churchyard. All are most welcome.
A Poppy art installation in the Church – The Village Knit and Natter Group have knitted over 600 poppies which will form a magnificent evocative arch at the Church Door throughout November
An opportunity to display copies of photographs, letters etc of family members that have been involved in any conflict in the past 100 years. These will be displayed in the Church. If you would like to be involved please contact Janet Whittaker – Tel: 721216 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a fundraising Fashion Show in the Community Centre on Thursday 13th September 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 in advance from Janet: 01780 721216 or Hilary 07468-419781 or £6 at the door.
Raffle and Refreshments – Further details on the attached Flyer
The first meeting of our Autumn Season will be on Thursday 11th October,2018, with guest speaker Jo Bennison, a specialist Peony nursery grower from Market Rasen, Lincs, talking on “Peonies – covering species peonies and how breeders have improved on older varieties” (http://www.bennisonpeonies.co.uk)
The following meeting on Thursday 8th November, 2018, will be with Joe Sharman from Monkslivery Nursery on Snowdrops.
At meetings we start at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre with refreshments, a raffle, the guest speaker, and sometimes plants for sale. Annual membership is £10 per person, payable from the October meeting, or £2 per guest for each meeting. All are welcome, so do bring along a friend.
The Committee regret that due to current circumstances the Autumn Show, scheduled to be held on Sunday 9th September, has been cancelled for this year. The Show’s success relies on the efforts of the organisers, volunteers & helpers, and we need more of you!
As a Club we are currently looking for someone to take on the role of Secretary, and for more people to join the committee in general. If you feel you would like to step forward, please contact Katy Ellis by calling 01780 722173, or e mailing: email@example.com
The Club has a full, interesting and varied programme of speakers arranged for our monthly meetings from 11th October 2018 through to May 2019 – see details below.
Don’t forget it’s Garden Club this Thursday 10th May with the final speaker before the summer break! The club will be welcoming Geoff Hodge with a talk on ,Scented Plants and the Scented Garden’.
Geoff may be a familiar name as he is a freelance horticultural author, editor and broadcaster, writing regularly for publications such as ‘Garden Answers’.
You’ll learn plenty, have a good laugh, and he donates lots of extra raffle prizes!!
Please feel free to bring any spare seeds/seedling/plants to offer to other members. – 7.30pm at the Community Centre – all welcome – guests £2 per person, with tea/coffee/biscuits to start & raffle at the end
Chater Bowls Club in North Luffenham, opens its doors to Summer 2018 from 2pm on Tuesday 1st May. This is when we will be holding our first meeting for Club members to limber up for the coming season and offers superb an opportunity for potential members in the locale to test themselves with expert advice on hand if required!
So do come along and try your hand at Sir Francis Drake’s favourite game in the fresh air of North Luffenham!!
Chater is a small and particularly friendly club which, in addition to its weekly get-together, plays friendly matches, usually around twice a week in the Summer, against local clubs in Rutland, Leicestershire, Northants and in and around Stamford.
So why not consider spending the Summer in the excellent company of girls and boys who, whilst being slightly competitive (well who is not!), put the emphasis on having fun.
We have spare sets of bowls available; all we ask is that you wear flat soled shoes. Remember it’s 2pm on TUESDAY MAY 1st.
If you wish to know more about Chater Bowls club please contact , Alan Costello, on 01572823244 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Criminals are targeting our Churches in this area and stealing lead and copper. The Church which lies at the heart of our community is at great risk – please keep alert and report any suspicious activity – especially at night. Thank you.
Each garden needs to include the main elements of the Easter story: a cross, a tomb and some signs of new life, like a tiny plant from the garden, sprouted grass seed, cress seed, paper flowers….
On Maundy Thursday (the last day of term) please bring your Easter Garden to Church on between 8.40 and 9.10, so that they can be displayed. If you can’t make this time, please contact Pippa or Janet (see below)
On Good Friday we will gather at Church for a 10am start, then (weather permitting) go on a short walk (strong shoes advised), remembering the final parts of Jesus’ life and ending up in Church to celebrate how the story ends and the signs of new life . . .
Hot cross buns will follow!
Do come and join us: this will be quite short and is suitable for all ages.
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.