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North Luffenham Garden Club

November Meeting

NB:  The next meeting is to be held a week later than usual, on Thursday 16th November, at 7.30pm.

It is also the AGM, followed by Stephen Ashpole from the village, to present a talk on Organic Gardening, which will be full of information about the whys and wherefores on this subject.

 

 

Extracts from Captain of the ‘A’ Team Annual Report

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.

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)

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.