Category Archives: General News

General news & information from the surrounding area.

Pre-Submission Local Plan

The Pre-Submission Local Plan has recently been published; all 966 pages of it. The Plan can be accessed on R.C.C. website and can be downloaded in bite size chunks in pdf. form. Alternatively this link will download the full document:

On Thursday 16th January there will be a Scrutiny Panel Meeting on the Plan at R.C.C 7.0 pm. A member of North Luffenham Parish Council will be making deputation.

There are Council Meetings on the 20th January to approve or not the Housing Infrastructure Fund bid and on the 27th January to approve the Pre-Submission Local Plan. Both meetings are at R.C.C. at 7.0 pm and are public meetings. Deputations and questions can be asked at these meeting but must be submitted beforehand. For information on how to do this please follow this link:

Decisions on the proposed development of St. George’s Barracks are coming to a head and it is possibly the last chance for parishioners to influence the outcome. Please either attend the meetings and/or email our local MP with your views.

Neighbourhood Plan: further development

Following the public meeting on the 9th December the Parish Council formerly approved, on the 6th January, to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan a meeting will be held on the 13th January at 7.00 pm in the Community Centre with the aim of forming a Steering Group.

If you were not able to attend the initial meeting, think you may have skills to offer, or simply want to know more than you are welcome to attend.

Your County Needs You; St. George’s Barracks Decision

It would be helpful if as many villagers as possible could attend the following meetings at R.C.C. (Council Offices:  Catmose House, Catmose Street, Oakham LE15 6HP).

On Thursday 19th December at 7.00 pm there will be a Public Scrutiny Meeting and the aim of the meeting is to question council officials on the agenda for the meeting of the Cabinet on Monday 23rd December at 6.00 pm at which the Cabinet will discuss and decide what to present to the Councillors for their decision early in the New Year. This basically will be future development in the county and will largely be focused on St. George’s Barracks (SGB). At both meetings the following will be discussed:

The terms and conditions of the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF). The Spatial Strategy of Rutland (a decision as to how St. George’s Barracks fits into the Local Plan). St. George’s Barracks versus development at Woolfox. Other issues are viability, sustainability, transport, environment and cost assessments.

Local parish councillors will be making the views of residents known in deputations but unfortunately the public is not allowed to speak unless questions/deputations have been submitted beforehand. However a good turnout will give a sense of the feeling towards the development and help residents understand the effects that the St. George’s Barracks development will have on our communities and the county.

So please do come along if you can.

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.