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.
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:
Complete the entry form in the middle of the Schedule
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. BY FRIDAY 30th June
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
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.
The next Garden Club Meeting will be on Thursday 9th March @7.30pm in the Community Centre when we welcome Mike Davey with ‘A Suburban Garden throughout the Year’ . Tea/coffee and biscuits served at the start of the evening with a raffle after the speaker. £2 for guests – all welcome.
**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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The Collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raised £566.
A 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.
“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:
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
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
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.