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General news & information from the surrounding area.

Christmas Events at The Fox

Events below are on at The Fox over the Christmas period

Saturday 14th Dec 8.30pm – Keith Tomlinson, The Major great vocalist, popular covers 1950’s through the decades, swing, rock and roll, pop, reggae, country and ballads

Monday 16th Dec 8pm – Christmas Quiz, All welcome, Maximum 6 in a team, £1 each to enter, cash prizes plus ‘Open the Box’ with other prizes to be won. Prize for most festive dressed. Hosted by Kat and Jason.

Friday 20th Dec 8.30pm – Matthew Roddis, incredible vocals fresh off the high sea’s having been lead singer a cruise liner for 6 months. Not to be missed.

Saturday 21st December 8.30pm – Dan Hughes, a regular at The Fox and back by popular request with his acoustic vocals.

Sunday 22nd December 6pm – Christmas open mic night. Come along and support our performers for some festive tunes.

Tuesday 24th December 6pm – Carols around the Christmas tree  to get us into the festive mood with Chater Choir. Always a popular event.

Tuesday 31st December 7pm – late – Glitz and glamour New Years Eve party with live music from Matthew Roddis followed by our popular karaoke hosted by Jason. Dress to impress. All welcome.

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Christmas trees and decorations at Digby Farm

Digby farm have been growing Christmas trees for over 30 years, and offer a range of trees including spruce pine and fir in a range of heights. There is also a Christmas shop full of decorations, tree stands, and gifts and crafts.

All the trees are on display so you can inspect each one and choose your preferred shape and size. Once you have chosen your tree, one of the helpful staff will give you a ticket, and then take the tree away to be netted, while you browse the Christmas Shop for decorations.

Open daily from 10.00 am to 5:30pm (4pm Sunday), and located here

Defibrillator reliability improvement

A big thank you on behalf of the village to Cllr Geoff Mason who recently volunteered his time and ingenuity to improve the weatherproofing of our village defibrillator. The defibrillator has been out of action on more than one occasion due to water ingress, and the addition of the black metal hood will improve the availability of this emergency life saving equipment in the future.

“Due to water ingress into the cabinet of the defibrillator it has been out of action on two occasions but thanks to Councillor Mason, who devised and constructed a cover for the cabinet, the problem has been resolved.”

Cllr Tim Smith – Parish Council Chairman

You can read more about how the village defibrillator works here.

Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan for North Luffenham

Taking control of planning in the village

How would you like the Parish of North Luffenham to look in 10 to 20 years time? The Village Survey of 2017 indicated that the general environment and proximity to the countryside were very important and being part of a community as important to the residents of North Luffenham

The proposed development of St. George’s Barracks, with a new town bigger than Uppingham, is a threat to the environment of North Luffenham in terms of visual impact and increased traffic. The local parish councils are striving to reduce the numbers of houses in the development, but it is likely that there will be some utilisation of the former airfield.

A Neighbourhood Plan enables local communities to control the planning of the area in which they live and work. It can be used to:

  • Develop a shared vision for your neighbourhood.
  • Choose where new homes and other development should be built.
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces.
  • Influence what new buildings should look like.

It is essentially a planning document for the whole of the parish, and as such can influence any development on St. George’s within the parish boundary.(p.t.o.)

Only a Parish Council can initiate a Neighbourhood Plan, but it can only be successfully impact the St Georges development with the support of the village and the Parish Council wants your help and enthusiasm to see it through.

There will be a presentation  at the Community Centre on 9th December at 7.0 pm.

The parish council feel it is important to the future of the village so please, if you are able, try and attend either just to know more or would like to be involved in some way.

All welcome; please do come.

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.

Defibrillator back in action

Because of water ingress into the cabinet the defibrillator was removed. The problem has been resolved and the defibrillator has been returned to the cabinet and ready should it be needed.

In any medical emergency always first dial 999 or 112. There are also volunteers in the village who will help if the defibrillator is thought to be required: 01780 322070.

Welland Vale Garden Centre Christmas Market

Welland Vale Garden Centre, Uppingham, will be hosting a local market on Wednesday 27th November, in support of local businesses. Chater Community Choir will be singing and Rutland Radio & Santa will be in attendance. There will be a raffle with proceeds going to a local charity (to be decided) and a draw for our local primary school wildlife at Christmas completion where the children’s trees will be on display

North Luffenham Bonfire and Fireworks – 5th November

North Luffenham Parish Council will be holding their annual Bonfire and Fireworks Night on The Oval on Tuesday 5th November. The event will open at 6pm, with the fireworks starting at 6:30pm. There will be a Barbeque hosted by the Cricket Club, and hot drinks and mulled wine will be available. The fireworks are funded by donations on the night, and so please give generously to the bucket collectors. Help is still required with stewarding and bucket collecting. If you would like to be part of the event please contact Charles Cade on 01780 720467

My Heart Just Skipped a Beat

Concert at Barrowden Church – 26 October 7.30

Vocalists Tracey Steward and Amber Furrsedonn-Coates with Pianist Ivan Linford will perform a variety of songs from opera to the shows.
In aid of Barrowden Defibrillator fundraising. 

Tickets £10 from Sally and Stuart Brown 01572 748742 or

Return of the Gesualdo Six

Tonight’s the night.

The Gesualdo Six, one of the finest young vocal groups in the UK, are performing tonight at North Luffenham church at 7 pm.

They sing a wide range of amazing music and are much broadcast, recorded & well travelled, our candlelit concert is being fitted in between venues in Beruit and Paris!

Please note the concert starting time of 7pm but drinks & nibbles are available from 6.30pm which will give you time to view our fine grade one medieval church.

Tickets are £12 from (with no booking fee) & Janet Whittaker 01780-721216.

Please click on the link below to see the poster.

Defibrillator out of action.

The defibrillator situated at The Fox is out of action. With the recent heavy rain a lot of water has made ingress into the cabinet, which is heated, and it is probably electrically unsafe. The problem has been reported to the Community Heartbeat Trust who supplied the defibrillator.

Always dial 999 or 112 in any medical emergency.


For everyone who would like to come and hear our programme of interesting speakers, we start the new season on Thursday 10 October 2019, in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm. Please see the Programme attached below for more details. If you would like to come as a non member or as a guest of a member you would pay £3 per meeting, and members pay an annual subscription of £15, payable in October.

We are hoping to increase our membership and therefore hope to see more people coming to join us, and that includes anyone from the surrounding villages who would be interested. Theres is no particular gardening knowledge required! just an interest in getting together to listen to our interesting and varied speakers.


10 Oct 19: Adrian Stockdale – Drought Tolerant Plants

Expert in the origin of plant names and past Curator of the Theodore Payne Collection of native Californian plants housed in the UK

14 Nov 19: Joe Sharman, Monksilver Nursery – Ranunculus

Extremely knowledgeable, Joe, also known as ‘MrSnowdrop’ will tell us all about Ranunculus

12 Dec 18: Garden Club Christmas Social

9 Jan 2020: Janette Merilion – 101 Favourite Plants

Horticultural lecturer and historian, also specialising in garden design

13 Feb 20: Mike Davey – Home Grown Vegetables For All Gardens

Retired Research Dr & Lecturer from the University of Nottingham, now spreading his knowledge through his numerous different horticultural talks

Please note that all of his fee is donated to ACTION FOR CHILDREN

12 Mar 20: Jeff Bates – Plant Propogation

Horticulutral lecturer, examiner, and garden designer demonstrating a wide range of vegetative methods, with a chance to participate

9 April 20: Our local Stephen Ashpole – Am I barking up the wrong tree?

14 May 20: Neil Timm – World of Ferns

Learn about the versatility of Ferns from nurseryman Neil of the Fern Nursery, Binbrook, a popular draw for keen gardeners