Category Archives: General News

General news & information from the surrounding area.

Security Marking – Sat 28th October 2017 at 3pm in The Fox

PC Peter Icke, our Community Police Officer reports that there has been an increase in burglaries and break-ins recently across Rutland and the surrounding areas. He has kindly agreed to hold a property marking event at The Fox on Saturday 28th October from 3pm. As well as marking Garden tools, lawnmowers, bikes etc, he will have available UV pens and a selection of shed alarms, timer switches, smart water kits and information to help you secure your home.

Sherlock Holmes & the Crimson Cobbles – South Luffenham Village Hall


South Luffenham Village Hall

Wednesday 18th October 7.30pm

Suitable for Adults/Family (12+)

90 minutes + interval

Tickets £10 from 01780 720687 or 01780 720112

Murder! Mystery! Mayhem! A witty, laugh-a-minute pastiche of Conan Doyle’s great detective, this fast paced, quirky and deeply daft retelling of one of the darkest times in Victorian history sees Holmes stalking Jack the Ripper in the streets of London’s East End.  Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the Whitechapel Murders which have recently sent shockwaves through London. Butwhen the evidence points to only one possible conclusion – that Jack the Ripper is actually Sherlock’s trusted sidekick Dr Watson – is our super sleuth prepared to believe the unbelievable? A kinetic, boisterous, joke-fuelled treat . . . tirelessly superb.

This is a brand-new Sherlock Holmes caper which brings together the world’s most famous fictional detective with infamous real-life characters and the fun comes thick and fast.

Community News

The Parish Council has been asked to share information that may be of interest to residents in our community.  Visit the sites below to find out more:

Rutland South Crime Report for September 2017

Latest Rutland South Crime Report for September 2017 received from PC Icke.

  • 2nd 10:25 – 3rd 17:25 – Burglary Dwelling Church Lane Lyddington – Flat instrument used to force utility window – selective search, pillar case used to remove items – exit via rear door.
  • 4th – North Luffenham – 08:45- 09:00 – Vehicle left unattended whilst parent takes child into school, on their return vehicle found with scratch to front side wing.
  • 5th  Empingham road, Normanton, between 14:00 -15:00 vehicle left unattended at side of the road, on owners return passenger window found smashed and items stolen.
  • 6th-7th Aldgate Ketton – 20:30 – 08:00 –  JCB left secure in compound. Between relevant times person/s unknown cause damage to vehicle by smashing rear window by unknown means, no attempt to gain entry to the vehicle. No suspects/witnesses.
  • 8th – 20:00 – 08:00 Manor Green Ketton – Theft of 2 mountain bikes from rear garden.
  • 8th -13th –Empingham Road Ketton  – notice board damaged by persons unknown who have melted a hole in the Perspex and written graffiti on it with black marker pen with the words ”admin crew”
  • 18th – Digby Drive North Luffenham – Overnight theft from van with tools being stolen.
  • 22nd-25th – Tixover – Theft of gates and pens for sheep handling.
  • 23rd – Ketton  –  Burglary dwelling – Between 19:30-10:30 re patio door glass smashed and entry gained.
  • 29th  – Dewyes Close North Luffenham – overnight unknown persons have stolen items from rear garden.

Current local priorities:
The issues identified are includes Hare coursing, criminal damage to land and crops, and theft. This is an issue for the rural community and we will look to conduct regular targeted patrols and joint cross border work with Lincolnshire police around this issue and through Op Galileo.


North Luffenham Garden Club

The Garden Club new season kicks off on Thursday 12 October at 7.30pm with a talk by Steffe Shields, photographer and landscape consultant entitled ‘My Green Studio.”

Subscriptions of £10 for the coming year will be due, which gives free entry to all monthly meetings, which are held in the village community centre. Any new members are most welcome.


Volunteers Needed – Bonfire Night Sunday 5th November 2017

The Parish Council Bonfire Night Working Group are now finalizing the arrangements for Bonfire Night 2017. The event will take place on Sunday 5th Nov 17 on the Oval. ‘Doors’ will open at 6pm and the bonfire will be lit at around 6.10pm and fireworks will commence around 6.30 pm. There will be a competition for the best ‘Guy’ and drinks and hot refreshments will be available at very reasonable prices. To make the event a success we need to raise some £2,500 on the night through collections and sales.

We are now looking for volunteers to assist with Stewarding, Bucket Collections, Management of Fireworks and Catering support. We would be most grateful for any offers of assistance to ensure that the event can be both safe and successful. If you can help please call:

Paul Cummings: 01780 720124 or Charles Cade: 01780 720467

Good News – Oval Play Equipment

From Paul Cummings: PC Chairman:

The Parish Council have been advised that over the next week 3 new pieces of play equipment will be installed on The Oval. These are a Cradle Swing, a Zip Wire and a Climbing frame.

Please note that the equipment should not be used until all necessary safety checks have been completed as part of the commissioning process.

This will complete Phase 1 of the process of modernising and improving play facilities on the Oval. Much more is to be done and we are looking for volunteers to join a working group to develop ideas for the improvement of the play area.  

I am thrilled that the new equipment is now being installed and would wish to thank Cllr Steve Marson for his hard work in getting us this far – many thanks indeed.

Piano and Organ Recital – Barrowden 28th October

Piano and Organ Recital

St Peter’s Church, Barrowden

Saturday 28 October, 2017

12:30 – 14:00

This is a “not to be missed” opportunity to enjoy the playing of two of Barrowden’s truly accomplished musicians, John Comber and Jean Swinbanks.  They have put together a fascinatingly eclectic range of music for both organ and piano.

The recital will showcase pieces as contrasting as Elgar and Gospel, Bach and Jazz – and you’d have to travel a long way to find such a diverse mix!

The recital starts at 12:30 with an interval at 13:15 when light refreshments will be served – wine, soft drinks, coffee and small eats. We plan to finish at about 14:00

Seating for the first 40 who apply will be in the nave, and after that it is free seating, a bit like flying with easiJet but more fun!

Amazingly there is no charge for the recital.  However there will be a collection at the end with all donations going towards the cost of the new Thirlmere Organ.  The pieces that John plans to play are designed to demonstrate the versatility of this new piece of kit!

Please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to come – then we can make plans for the catering.  And oh yes, bring a friend, the more the merrier!

So, if you fancy coming along please contact any one of the following:

John Comber [747447]

Steve Preston [747098]

Peter Voller [747374]




Macmillan Cancer Support

The Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland Macmillan Volunteer Project is available to anyone over the age of 18 who has been affected by cancer. We can offer you support if you’ve been affected by cancer in any way. Support is available at whatever stage of the cancer journey you are at. The project is provided in partnership between Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Please click on the link below for more details and contact information.

AgeUk Macmillan new leaflet

Are you eligible for 30 hours free childcare?

From September 2017 onwards, working parents with children aged three and four
may be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare. It is important that parents check their
eligibility and register as soon as possible to secure their place.

If you would more information or would like to find out if you are eligible, please:

New council ward boundaries for Rutland

You may be aware that the Local Government Boundary Commission is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Rutland County Council and are holding a consultation that will run from Tuesday 25th July to Monday 2nd October.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the area with the aim of ensuring that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Rutland. Please note that the commission has recommended that the number of councillors should remain the same.

Find out how you can put forward your views and ideas:

Consultation on the Future of Healthwatch Services for Rutland

Rutland County Council are undertaking a joint consultation with Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council to consider our options for the future provision of Healthwatch services in each of the local authority areas from April 2018.

They have jointly produced an online survey to collect views from the public and professionals alike – both those who currently use Healthwatch services and those who might wish to in the future.  Hard copies of the consultation will also be available at GP surgeries and libraries across Rutland.

The survey is open from Tuesday 1st August to Friday 8th September at:

Help shape Rutland County Council Local Plan

Rutland residents are being given the opportunity to share their views and help shape Rutland’s Local Plan, during an eight-week consultation that runs until Monday 25th September.

The Local Plan provides planning policies for the whole of Rutland, as well as identifying the main locations for future development in the County.

The latest version of the Local Plan is currently being reviewed with the aim of extending the plan period from 2026 to 2036, setting out where additional new housing, employment and other development will be needed during this time.

As part of this process, the Council is seeking people’s views on a new Draft Local Plan that identifies provisional sites for additional employment, retail, waste management and minerals-related development, along with space for approximately 1,700 additional new homes to meet housing needs in Rutland over the plan period.

Cllr Oliver Hemsley, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Trading Services and Resources, said:

“This is a great opportunity for local people to get involved and help shape future development in Rutland. One of the Council’s main aims is to help deliver sustainable growth in the county – growth that meets the needs of both current and future generations of residents while also protecting our rural environment. We are keen to hear feedback from residents and local businesses to ensure the Local Plan reflects the needs, expectations and views of our community.”


North Luffenham Annual Autumn Show, Sunday 10th 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