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General news & information from the surrounding area.

North Luffenham Platinum Jubilee Latest News – Programme of Events and Horseshoe Hunt

Over the next few days every house in North Luffenham should receive an official Programme of Events. In it you will find dates and times of all the events over the four days. You will also find rules and an entry form for the Tug O’ War.

The Village Fun Day on the Friday is looking spectacular. Please do try and come along as there are many activities to join in and have fun with. Lots of prizes to be won. If you don’t want to try your hand at any of the games why not have your face painted instead! There will be light refreshments and an informal bar.

The Horseshoe Hunt on the Saturday is now finalised. You will see posters of horseshoes dotted around the village, some of which will be accompanied by fascinating historical facts about the village. There is a competition attached and to enter this you will just need to pick up a competition sheet from outside The Fox. Find the Horseshoes, identify the flag associated with that horseshoe and then, when you have them all, complete a short tie breaker question and return the form to The Fox.

You will also find copies of the official North Luffenham Village Walk Information Sheet. Please fell free to take one round with you and identify each of the places mentioned. The information about the history of this village contained in this guide is absolutely fascinating and confirms what a brilliant village we all live in.

Please return the guides after your walk so that others may enjoy them.

The competition sheets and guides will be available from 11.00 onwards.

Why not stop and chat with your fellow villagers on your way round? Then meet again in The Fox afterwards for a well earned drink to share your new found knowledge of North Luffenham!

North Luffenham Jubilee Celebrations – Update

Things are now beginning to take their final shape for the coming celebrations. The Beacon, which will be lit on Thursday night at 9.45 at The Fox, is now completed and will be a credit to the Village both on that night and at future occasions. The Friday Fun Day preparations are now almost completed. This day promises to be such great fun with loads of activities for all age groups to join in with. The Dog Show looks to be a great hit but surely the highlight of the day with be the first North Luffenham Inter Street Tug O’ War! The trophy has been hand made and is a spectacular piece of work which will be displayed in The Fox with the winning street’s name proudly engraved on it through the whole year. Have you got your team together yet?? We would love this to be a real fun competition, and would encourage as many streets to get involved as possible. Even if you don’t have enough people from your street this year why not “borrow” some from other streets?! Saturday’s horseshoe hunt is now completed and will be available for all to join in throughout Saturday. Finally Sunday’s Street Party is also nearly finalised. What a day that will be. Make sure you come along and join in all the festive celebrations. This really will be a Jubilee to remember!

The North Luffenham Tug O’ War Trophy

Volunteers Required: Platinum Jubilee

Preparations are well underway for the Platinum Jubilee from the evening of Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June 2022. Any help that can be given would be much appreciated.

If you are able to help please contact Simon Browning, Chair North Luffenham Platinum Jubilee Planning Group, email:

North Luffenham Annual Parish Council and Trust Meetings: Monday 16th May 2022 @ 7.30 pm at NL Community Centre

Please find attached the Agenda and supporting papers for the above meetings

Platinum Jubilee – Update report and request

We are progressing fantastically with planning for the Platinum Jubilee weekend which looks to be a great weekend for all. However we do need a number of volunteers to help with setting up and taking down of various things before and after the events on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please could you put out a request for willing volunteers to let me or one of the Jubilee Weekend planning team know if you would be willing to help us out for some or all of the weekend activities to help make this an occasion to remember for the Village.

Many thanks.

Simon Browning

Chair North Luffenham Platinum Jubilee Planning Group

Airfield out of Bounds: 9th May to 24th June

Due to a sharp increase of training activity, the airfield will be out of bounds from the 9th of May – 24th of June.

However you may access it on Saturday and Sundays ONLY.

Kind Regards,

LCpl J R Tillotson | Training Wing Courses JNCO | 103 HQ & Sp Sqn | St Georges Bks, North Luffenham, Rutland, LE15 8RL

Reminders for Your Diaries This Month

There are several local events taking place during the month ahead which would welcome your support 🙂

This evening – Tuesday 3rd May from 6.30pm
Cricket on the Oval – North Luffenham @ Home versus Upper Broughton.
If its slightly damp, shelter under the Pavilion canopy and bring along a flask of something warming or your usual tipple.

Wednesday 4th May – Good Companions gather @ 2pm in NL Community Centre
This month we welcome Derek Harris to talk about canal boats.
New members very welcome.
Contact Shauna on 07855 307150 or Alison 07769 322551

Saturday 7th May – Chater Community Choir Concert @ 7.30pm in South Luffenham Church
This is our first concert for over two years and all proceeds are going to the Church Repair Fund. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the beautifully refurbished Village Hall. Tickets available from choir members or Tracy Steward on 01780 729006 – or just come on the night to support this worthy cause.

Wednesday 11th May – Garden Club Meet @ 7pm in NL Community Centre
This month, our guest speaker is the lovely Nicola Oakey – local Award-winning garden Designer.
Refreshments (tea, coffee, wine) and Lucky ball Lottery will be available.
New members still welcome to join or its £3 on the night for non-members.

Saturday 21st May – Garden Club Plant Sale from 10am – 4pm @ The Fox
Come along and grab a bargain or two – bedding plants, perennials, herbs, & vegetable plants have been grown & nurtured by our members ready for this fund raiser.
If you have spare plants yourself, we’re collecting the evening before between 5pm-7pm at The Fox. Cash only on the day please.

Other Local Events Taking Place in May

Braunston May Fayre – May 5  
The Rat Race Dirty Weekend at Burghley – May 7  
Fika Saturday at South Luffenham Village Hall – 10:30-12:30 ~ May 14  
Rutland Choral Society, Rutland Showground, Oakham – May 14  
Spring Vegetable Week at Barnsdale Gardens – May 16  
Funhouse Comedy Club, Grainstore Oakham – 19 May  
Stamford International Music Festival ~ 19-22 May  
Rutland Walking, Cycling & Outdoor Festival – May 21  
Classic Wheels Oakham – May 22  
Rockingham Horse Trials ~ 20-22 May   
Tudor History Day, Rockingham Castle – 29 May   

Garden Club Fund Raiser for Ukraine featured in local press…

A village Gardening Club has launched a sunflower growing competition to raise funds for Ukraine.

The North Luffenham Garden Club has launched a ‘Sowing Seeds of Hope’ competition, with all proceeds donated directly to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal of the Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of 15 leading aid charities providing food, water, shelter, healthcare and protection to those fleeing the conflict.

Keen gardeners of all ages are encouraged to enter as there are three competition categories – Blooms (16 years and over), Buds (10 to 15 years) and Seedlings (nine years and under).

The winner of the Blooms category will receive a two-course meal for two at The Fox in North Luffenham, which includes a bottle of house wine or soft drink alternatives, winner of the Buds group will receive a £25 voucher to use at the Rutland Water Garden Nursery, while the Seedlings winner will receive a mystery gardening goody bag.

Chairman of the North Luffenham Garden Club, Shaun Ryan, said: “At the North Luffenham Garden Club, we wanted to collectively support vulnerable people in Ukraine and when we realised that the sunflower is Ukraine’s national flower, this competition sprang to life.”

“I’d like to thank our sponsors – The Fox in North Luffenham and Rutland Water Garden Nursery, for donating prizes and also allowing us to sell the seeds in their locations. To Nimble Media, for designing and printing the posters, letters and seed packets; and Pretty Wild Seeds, for supplying the seeds.”

“The club is looking forward to judging the entries – and together, we will nurture our sunflowers in aid of the Ukraine appeal.”

Packets of Ukrainian giant sunflower seeds, donated by Pretty Wild Seeds, are now available for a minimum donation of £2 to purchase from The Fox in North Luffenham, The Boot Inn South Luffenham, Rutland Water Garden Nursery, Edith Weston Village Shop, Welland Vale Garden Centre in Uppingham and Ashwell Garden Centre.

Entries are limited to one sunflower per person.

The competition will close on September 9.

Competition envelopes still available to buy & set your Sunflower seeds before the end of the month with a chance to grow the tallest sunflower 😊

Yoga in South Luffenham Tuesdays 6.30pm – 8pm

Next term 26th April – 1st June

Contact Deb – or 07973 508547

Friendly classes for women and men of all ages and experience.

Sessions are held in the lovely, newly refurbished South Luffenham village hall. 

Beginners Most Welcome

Classes taken by Deb King, British Wheel of Yoga Teacher for over 10 years.

Yoga classes consist of warming up joints and muscles, a wide range of postures for strengthening the body, improving balance and flexibility plus breathing exercises and relaxation.

Besides improving general health and well being, regular practice is effective for relieving arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, symptoms of the menopause, backache, joint problems, high blood pressure and many other issues.

Book your free trial class now –

Chater Bowls Summer Season 2022

Chater Bowling Club will be open from PM Monday 25th April, with the first Club roll up schedule for the afternoon of 26th.

This Summer sees the Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham, with Lawn Bowling being one of the sports being played. So, come along to see how the game is played, impress your friends with you knowledge and improve you enjoyment of watching the game on TV. As well as getting some gentle exercise.

If you fancy playing or learning to play bowls this Summer come on down to the clubhouse on Pinfold Lane or contact me on

Alan Costello, Secretary