Category Archives: Good Neighbour Scheme

The latest news for the North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme

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.

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:

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.

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:

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

Useful information is avilable on the Rutland County Council Website: please click on this link:

Claire Bewick. Chair North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme

Empingham Surgery Collections

Now that the most severe restrictions have been lifted, Empingham Surgery are no longer running their formal prescription collection scheme for the village.  They are recommending that patients return to the method of collection previously used (in person, family, etc.)

If you do need assistance please contact the Good Neighbours Scheme on 07825 697841 or the email address below 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who volunteered to assist when the pandemic moved us into lockdown.  It’s nice to know that there are so many people ready & willing to help their neighbours. 

The Good Neighbours Scheme is still running as usual with a small group of people manning the phone line and a larger group helping out with any requests.  If you’d like to learn more or get involved with the activities we undertake please email or call the number above. 

Claire Bewick. Chair North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme

Medicines Collection: Important Information


Prescription medication can be collected for you from Empingham Medical Practice, Uppingham Surgery, Market Overton Surgery or Somerby Surgery.

North Luffenham Good Neighbours Scheme is coordinating the scheme for residents of North Luffenham.

If you need medicines to be collected please 


Call 07825 697 841

We’ll need to know your full name, first line of your address, date of required collection, frequency of collection (e.g. 4 weekly, monthly) and whether you are exempt from charges or have a prepayment certificate (see below)

Please let us know as early as possible as we’re aiming to arrange a bulk collection once a week.

Most prescriptions will be exempt from charges or pre-paid. If not you will need to buy a pre-payment certificate

You may be isolated, but you are not alone.

Basic food provision boxes for the self isolating / those at risk

The Fox has been able to source some boxes of basic provisions (Foxy Boxes) for the at risk people in our community.

The boxes contain basic essentials, typically milk, bread, eggs, potatoes, grapes, apples, bananas, oranges, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, carrots, cucumber and cherry tomatoes and cost £20.

One box per household can be purchased by calling The Fox on 01780 720991 before 8pm this evening (Friday 20th) for collection or delivery between 11am and noon tomorrow (Saturday 21st). Payment must be by cash or cheque.

There is a possibility that this may be available again in the coming days and we’ll update the website if that should occur.

In order to maintain a level of fairness please only take this offer up if you are self-isolating or in the at risk group (over-70, underlying health condition).

Via Claire Bewick – Good Neighbour Scheme

Covid-19 Coronovirus

Volunteers required and help for residents self isolating

If you have to self isolate because you have symptoms,  been in contact or have the coronavirus then help is available such as:

  • Shopping.
  • Collection of medication.
  • Dog walking.

The North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme (NLGNS) have volunteers who can help: 07825 697841 or
North Luffenham Parish Council has a Resilience Plan and is coordinating the help that will be required. NLGNS has a limited number of volunteers. The Parish Council would appreciate if a number of residents could volunteer and provide help as above and, if possible, keep in contact with the elderly and vulnerable in their vicinity.

If you would like to help please contact the Parish Clerk at: 01780 408288  or NLGNS at

The attached leaflet will be distributed to every household

Can you help?

Are you interested in helping other people and if so come and find out more about the North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme this Friday 6th December at 7.30 pm in The Den at The Fox. Following our A.G.M. there will be light refreshments and a chance to talk over what is involved with the volunteers.

Volunteers Needed

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.

It would be good to see you there.

Help Needed ?

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.

North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme AGM.

North Luffenham Sign

When: Thursday 20th October 2016 at 7.00 pm.

Where: Upstairs Room at The Fox.

Who: Volunteers and all those interested.

The second AGM of the North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme will take place as above. The Committee would like to invite all the volunteers and anybody interested in just knowing more about the scheme or perhaps thinking of helping the scheme in some capacity.

The Committee would like to thank Jason, landlord of The Fox, for the use of the upstairs room.


Annual General Meeting of the Good Neighbour Scheme

North Luffenham

From: PBG Cummings

11 Digby Drive North Luffenham OAKHAM Rutland LE15 8JS

Tel: 01780 720124

8 September 2015

All Volunteers NLGNS Committee


It really doesn’t seem possible, but it is exactly a year since Tim Smith and I popped our heads over the parapet and offered to try to set up a Good Neighbour Scheme for North Luffenham. In the past year the scheme has been established, reviewed and developed. In operation it has proved itself to be a much-needed asset to a small isolated village. However, there is still much more that can be done to further develop and hone the scheme to ensure that it can achieve its full potential.

I know that some volunteers will have been frustrated by the lack of ‘tasks’ that have come your way and it has taken longer than we expected for the scheme to become a trusted and established part of the village fabric. It is therefore time for us to have a good look at what is right/wrong and how the scheme might be improved.

When we started the scheme we agreed to take stock after a year and to allow our ‘Members’ (Volunteers and Users) to have a say in who they would like to manage the scheme and to propose new thoughts and ideas for its evolution. To this end we will hold an Annual General Meeting in the Community Centre at 7.30pm on Wed 23 Sep 15. I hope that you will be able to join us. I attach a draft Agenda for the meeting – if you have further points that you would wish to include do please let me know.

I have decided that having helped to get the scheme off the ground, it is time for someone else to take over as Chairman, this will also avoid any potential conflict of interest in my appointment as Chair of the Parish Council. I will of course remain a volunteer. May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and encouragement.

I look forward to seeing you on 23rd September at 7.30pm in the Community Centre




ITEM ONE – Chairman’s opening remarks
ITEM TWO – Report on progress
ITEM THREE – Finance report
ITEM FOUR – Election of Committee
ITEM FIVE – Review of NLGNS Scheme – What next
ITEM SIX – Presentation by Janice Wildermoth – First Call Rutland (British Red Cross) ITEM SEVEN – Presentation by Paula McKillop – Round Rutland

ITEM EIGHT – Any other business

Need a helping hand

The North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme is ‘active’ from Monday 19th January and if you need a helping hand, which is not an emergency, then ring 07825 697841 (8am to 8pm). We will do our best to reply straight away but if we are unable to than a message can be left, and we will return the call as soon as possible.

A leaflet explaining the scheme, the kind of help offered and a fridge magnet with the contact number, was recently delivered to each household but just to mention the broad areas where we could offer help are:

  • Occasional Transport (Expenses to driver)
  • Shopping in an emergency
  • Collection of prescription
  • Help with pets
  • A one-off tidy of your garden
  • Form filling (non legal)
  • Practical support following injury/surgery
  • Minor household repairs
  • And more …… just call:

07825 697841