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

North Luffenham Draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan has been developed by North Luffenham Parish Council. The next stage of the process is a formal, six week, consultation on the draft plan.

The consultation period will run from 23rd August to 4th October 2022

This is the opportunity for villagers and other stakeholders to comment on the overall plan, and specifically on the planning policies included in the plan.

Please note the consultation goes live on the website on the 23rd August.

REMINDER – SUMMER SOCIAL ON THE OVAL THIS SATURDAY 30th JULY, 2-4pm

The weather’s forecast to be fair, the ladies of Luffenham are busy baking summer treats and the ingredients for the jugs of Pimms are ready & waiting to be blended for you to enjoy a relaxing afternoon @ the Cricket Pavilion. Do come along and while away an hour, chatting to friends old & new whilst raising much-needed funds for our local Charity – The Rutland Food Bank.

North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme

At the recent meeting there a number of volunteers came forward and the scheme remains viable. If anybody was unable to attend the meeting but would still be interested in volunteer please contact Hilary Smith: hilary.daintith@gmail.com

If help is needed the contact number for NLGNS is 07825 697841

North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme: Reminder.

A reminder about the meeting to present how the GNS works is being held this Wednesday evening ( June 29th) in  the Community Centre at 7pm. It should only take an hour. 

Please come and hear about this voluntary scheme which is not too demanding but does fulfil an  important function in our community.

Reminder – Garden Club Meeting this Wednesday 8th June @ 7pm

This month we welcome our local Bee Expert, Mike Wyatt. Mike has lived in the village for many years and you will have seen him walking the lanes in his bee overalls – well now’s the the opportunity to find all about what he does and how you can help our bee community 😊

In addition, there will be the popular Garden Club Lottery plus signing up for July trip to Oundle and the beautiful Foxtail Lilly Gardens (Cutting Flower Garden & Vintage Florist). Please remember to bring cash for both… £2 per ball & £10 for the Trip on 13th July.

For further information about Foxtail Lilly – please see https://www.foxtail-lilly.co.uk

New members still welcome to join on the night 👍

Successful Garden Club Plant Sale

We are delighted to report that the Plant Sale at The Fox on Saturday was really well attended and a great success.

A big thank you to the people who worked hard behind the scenes to grow, deliver & arrange the stock for the day, and to those who came along to support the event.

For folks who missed it, here’s a video of our Garden Club Chairman – Shaun Ryan – introducing the Sale & all the plants on offer😁…

We have set up an honesty box to give good homes to any remaining plants; you’ll find these available to purchase in the new outdoor covered courtyard area of The Fox; please give generously😊 & thanks again for your support.

Remaining Plants @ The Fox with Honesty Box…

Update: Plant Sale @ The Fox this weekend – Saturday 21st May, 10am-4pm

Well, the busy gardeners of the Luffenhams are doing us proud; collections at the Fox started last night and we can now add ‘Gifts’ to the lovely array that will be on offer this Saturday😊. Ladies from ‘Men & Women in Sheds’ have been busy making and painting plant holders for these amazing succulents; Roses in contemporary planters and Houseplants in beautiful vintage pots will make perfect gifts for a loved one or indeed treat yourself!

North Luffenham Garden Club reopens its doors and launches ‘Seeds of Hope’ Sunflower Growing Competition to raise funds for the Ukrainian Appeal

It is with great excitement that the North Luffenham Garden Club is finally back this month after 2 long years.

We are planning to meet on the second Wednesday of every month. 

The first meeting will take place in the Community Centre on:-

Wednesday 13th April 7pm – 8.30pm

There will be a great guest speaker, plus other news and activities.
Wine, tea and coffee will also be available. 

Sowing Seeds of Hope – Sunflower Growing Competition for Ukrainian Appeal

An exciting project has been launched called “Sowing Seeds Of Hope”.  It’s a Sunflower Growing Competition to help raise money for Ukraine whilst at the same time drawing awareness to the newly revived North Luffenham Garden Club.  There are some great prizes to be won and seeds can be bought from The Fox, Edith Western Shop & Rutland Water Garden Nursery.

Saturday 21st May – Plant Sale @ The Fox

There will be a Plant Sale on Saturday 21st May @ The Fox.
Members, all keen gardeners, and allotment holders in the village are encouraged to plant a few extra seeds, save those thinning’s and generally grow to share what we have available. We are hoping to have sufficient contributions for the following sections:

Bedding Plants

Perennials

Indoor Plants

Herbs

Vegetable Plants

Want to Join Us?

Anyone can join a meeting – you could be in the early stages of gardening, live outside North Luffenham or just want to come along to see what it’s like.  We’re all here to encourage and support each other. There is a small fee per meeting or a half-year membership is available for new members.
Costs: £3 per meeting or £7.50 for half year membership (valid until Sept 2022)

For any enquiries regarding any of the above events, membership, or plant sale – please email us at:-
                                     northluffenhamgardenclub@gmail.com

North Luffenham Scouts Collecting for Ukraine Today

We will continue to collect for Ukraine on Saturday 12th March 2-4pm due to great demand and donating in the previous week. Many have said they still have things to contribute. Please look especially for old rucksacks, water bottles, sleeping bags, hiking clothes and boots for men, women and children and medical supplies especially. Can parents please share to community boards locally , thank you everyone. The container will be in the car park of St Mary & St John CEVA Primary School, North Luffenham, Rutland school 2 til 4pm on Saturday. Every donation will help 🇺🇦

Don’t forget ‘Carols by Starlight’ on the Oval Tonight at 6PM

Don’t forget to dress warmly, bring chairs, torches and cash donations for a collection (funds will be split between those in need, and Church expenses)

Carol Sheet for the evening can be downloaded here:

Cricket Pitch Renovation

Anyone who has played cricket will know the importance of the condition of “The Square” – the hallowed area where the wickets and creases are located.

Following two years of lockdown, the pitch on North Luffenhams own “Oval” was in very poor condition. Nick Davenport agreed to take on the not inconsiderable challenge of maintaining the area and temporary repairs were made in June 2020 to ensure the surface was safe to play on for this season.

Advice was taken from Keith Exon (ex head groundsman at Glamorgan County Ground & Oakham School) who, along with his son Alex, now offers a pitch maintenance and renovation service through his business ‘Perfect Pitches’) and they were able to advise on what could be done do to return it to it’s glory days during the off season.

As it happened, Keith phoned at the end of September to say that he had finished a job at Old Trafford, and had a gap in his schedule before he went to Trent Bridge, and could fit North Luffenham in – elite company for a village pitch indeed!

The cricket club accepted the offer, and Keith arrived with his highly specialised equipment

Keith used a Koro Field Top Maker to remove all surface vegetation from the top 6mm of the square, levelling out hollows and bumps and preparing a good base for reseeding as you can see in the following images. A huge amount of surface vegetation was removed and at the Butt Lane end of the pitch a further 2mm was removed to lower the slope around the crease and the excess soil was placed at the opposite end to fill a depression which ran along side the top side of the wicket. This should ensure the pitch is perfectly level.

The next step was to use a scarifier to remove any remaining vegetation and leave grooves at 20mm centres to give better seed/soil content.

35kgs of grass seed and 25kgs of fertiliser where then applied and covered by 1250kgs of Boughton County Loam.

Keith’s last step was to drag a matt/lute by hand for final levels and so ensuring a good finish for germination.

Keith’s attention to detail and his professional expertise have been crucial to the renovation of the square. We could not have achieved the same outcome and ongoing support for the care of the wicket without his intervention. We should not underestimate this given Keith currently carries out the same task for county grounds such as Trent Bridge and Northamptonshire.

Watering wisely then became a key factor to encourage germination and support the emerging grass in what turned out to be a hot spell. This required frequent visits to the oval to move the sprinkler to avoid drowning the seed and avoiding the hottest time of the day to prevent scalding of the emerging grass. The outcome of all this has been 99% germination, great coverage of grass and to date two cuts to keep the grass at 20mm to encourage tillering and strong root growth.

The plan over the winter is to keep the grass level to 20mm and then in spring begin a regime of gentle rolling to settle any upheaval caused by frost. Gradually lowering the cutting height to around 6mm and increasing the rolling as we move towards the start of the season.

Community Centre Bookings

As you may know, the Parish Council have taken over the management and operation of the Community Centre, in the room located behind the school.

The room and toilets have been redecorated by RCC as part of the handover, and additional facilities will be added in the next few months (new furniture, IT equipment etc)

The room is available for booking by any person or group wishing to use it.

If you would like to make a booking, please contact Charles Cade on 01780 720467

Palm Sunday and Easter

Do join us for services in church this Sunday and on Easter Day at 9.30am.

All are welcome at both services + when the church is open on Wednesday and Sunday.

Also come and see the figures decorated at school and around the village have been transformed to tell the story of Palm Sunday and Easter.

(Please remember that to comply with the law, masks must be worn in church and households cannot mix indoors)

Parish Magazine – Online Only This Month

For February and March the Rutland Water Benefice Parish Magazine will not be printed and delivered. It will be available online only

The link to the February edition of the magazine is below

https://www.rutlandwaterbenefice.info/content/pages/documents/parishmagazinefebruary2021onlineedition.pdf

North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme AGM

All villagers are invited to join us for the Good Neighbour Scheme AGM, Tuesday 26th January at 8.00pm, where we will discuss the busy year just gone, and how we can best support each other during this year.

The AGM will be by Google Meet and to join please click on this link: https://meet.google.com/vdm-fxsz-jdk?hs=224

Help in Lockdown

As we’re now back in lockdown with those most vulnerable being recommended to stay at home I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the Good Neighbour Scheme in the village.  If you need help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, or anything which would ordinarily require you to leave the house we are here to help.

Lifts can also be given to a vaccination but please give as much notice as you can.

The scheme is not restricted to the most vulnerable but is here to help anyone who needs it.  We can be reached by phone on 07825 697 841 or by email at nlgns2020@gmail.com

Useful information is avilable on the Rutland County Council Website: please click on this link: https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/health-and-family/health-and-nhs/health-and-support-services/coronavirus/

Claire Bewick. Chair North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme