Category Archives: General News

General news & information from the surrounding area.


Many thanks indeed to the 150 Villagers that attended the APM on Monday evening. The Minutes of the meeting will be published shortly.
The evening provided an opportunity to hear the County Council’s response to the “Concerns” paper that had been prepared by the Joint Edith Weston / North Luffenham Working Group. The RCC paper which was discussed at the meeting is attached below.

In questions the key points arising included – “What are the proposed infrastructure developments and how can we influence this” and “where is the evidence that a new town of this size is needed, which dwarfs the requirement identified in the local plan”.

The Parish Council Working Group will meet shortly to discuss how we get our message across to the whole County.

The next milestone in the process will be the publication of a draft Master Plan and we have invited RCC to present this to the village on Wed 16th May 18 in the School Hall at 6.30pm.


PBG Cummings  Tel: 01780 720124 email:

Issues and Response – St Georges Concerns Latest v1.1 (16-04-18)

The 6th North Luffenham Safari Supper – 14th Apr 18

I would wish to thank everyone that helped in the organisation and the 30 Couples that participated in the Safari Supper on Saturday evening. It certainly was great fun and enabled lots of people to meet new friends. At the end of the evening we were able to present a cheque to the sum of £600 to Dove Cottage Day Hospice – many thanks to all.

If you have any comments on how to improve the event do please contact me. If you were unable to attend please do join us next time – it is well worth while.

Paul Cummings –
Tel: 01780 720124

North Luffenham Parish Council – Annual Parish Meeting – 7.30pm Monday 16th April 2018

North Luffenham’s Annual Parish Meeting will held at 7.30pm on Monday, 16th April 2018 in the School Hall. All residents of North Luffenham are welcome.

The Chairman and many of your Councillors will be in attendance to answer any questions concerning Parish Council affairs. The agenda is shown below together with the Chairman’s Report which will be considered at the meeting.

Following the Annual Meeting The Leader of RCC, Cllr Oliver Hemsley and the Chief Executive Mrs Heln Briggs will make a presentation on the ‘Concerns paper’ that had been presented by the Parish Council concerning the proposed development of up to 3,000 new homes, an industrial estate and a quarry on the sire of the Barracks. This development will inevitably impact upon all residents and you are strongly urged to attend this meeting to put your concerns to the County Council’s representatives.

VILLAGE DAY / SPORTS – 20 MAY 18 – Can you help??

Do you want a Village Event on The Oval on 20th May 18 – If so we need Volunteers willing to assist with simple games, teas, stalls and the like. Without help from the Village the event cannot get off the ground.  If you would be willing to assist with organization or to help with activities on the day please call:  Paul Cummings. Tel: 01780 720124

Many thanks

North Luffenham Garden Club meeting Thursday 12 April at 7.30pm

This month on Thursday 12 April at 7.30pm in the Community Centre we will be welcoming Neil Tyers from the National Auricula and Primula Society. A specialist grower of Auriculas, he will give an illustrated talk on all aspects of growing and keeping these wonderful plants.

For our final speaker of the season, on Thursday 10 May, we will have a presentation from a previous visitor to our garden club, Geoff Hodge, looking in detail at scented plants in the garden. Geoff is a prolific garden writer, with a wide area of knowledge which he loves to pass onto other gardeners.

All welcome, non members pay £2.



This year on 11th November 2018 it will be the centenary of the ending of the Great War after which the poppy became the symbol of Remembrance.

To mark this there are many schemes using poppies.

Here in the village , our Rector, Pippa would like a scheme for knitting/ crocheting poppies for a Cascade of flowers outside the church. This should be beautiful provided enough poppies are made! This project will be spearheaded by Fay Cummings and further details will follow after Easter.

In Oakham, it is hoped to replicate a version from the Tower of London with clay poppies at the castle.

I would like to set up an opportunity in the village for the clay poppy scheme ( open to men, women and older children ) and hope this would be one Saturday in June.

Apparently during a session of about 2 hours , it takes each person about 15 MINUTES to make a poppy. These will then be taken away for firing. All tuition is given. Artistic talent not needed.

Cost is zero although donations are welcome.

I need about 20 expressions of interest to set this up.

So if you would be interested please contact me by email :

SAFARI SUPPER – 14 APR 18 – Have you registered ??

As previously published, the village Safari Supper is scheduled for Saturday 14th Apr 18. Have you registered your interest?? If not please contact Judy Cade (Tel: 720467) or Paul Cummings (Tel: 720124). Cost is £20/House with all proceeds going to Dove Cottage Day Hospice.

A fun evening eating and meeting your way around the village. Booking Deadline is 24th March.

North Luffenham Garden Club Meeting, Thursday 8 March

North Luffenham Garden Club Meeting this Thursday 8th March at the Community Centre starting at 7.30pm.

This month Trevor Rogers, an experienced fruit grower and former RHS tutor, will be holding an interactive fruit growing clinic. We look forward to learning better ways of growing and enjoying the fruits of our labours.

As always, we  welcome non members, (guests £2.00).

Fraud Alert

A Fraud MO is being conducted against elderly vulnerable people involving a male caller, described by various victims as having an Indian or foreign accent, contacting the vulnerable person knowing their name, address and bank in order to try to get them to withdraw money from the bank.
Offences have continued across the force with a potential further 14 incidents being called into the Police over the last few weeks. This is likely to be higher in number due to some incidents being reported directly to Action Fraud and others being unreported.
A couple of variations to the method have been observed, these being the victim being persuaded to transfer their money into the suspects bank account and also where the scam initially began as a BT/TalkTalk representative rather than from the Police/bank.

PC 2113 Pete Icke | Eastern Counties – DNO NR37 Beat.
Rutland South Beat Officer
Telephone 3302113
 Address: Oakham Police Station – Station Road, Oakham Rutland LE15 6QT

Chater Bowls 2018 AGM Highlights

  • The AGM was held in the warmth of Fox Inn on Monday 26th Feb. We would like to thank Jason Allen for making us most welcome
  • Officers for 2018 will be:

             President:  Bindon Carter, Secretary: Alan Costello, Fixture Secretary: Richard Chown

  •      Club in good financial health with a cash surplus
  • The number of confirmed matches has once more reduced from 31 to 21 this year. 11 at home and 10 away.
  • The annual subscription to remain at £40.
  • The Match Captains for 2018 will be;
    • May & Sept    Derek Britton
    • June                Dave Kisby
    • July                 To be arranged
    • Aug                 Ian Gill
  • A Date for the Alan Rose Trophy will be confirmed later.
  • The first roll up will be 2pm on Tuesday 1st May (TBC)
  • The first match will be Sun 6th May at Greetham commencing at 2:30 pm

If you wish to spend a long hot summer bowling at the Chater Bowls Club in North Luffenham , the friendliest club in Rutland, please contact me at


Alan Costello

Secretary Chater Bowls Club


Village Day 2018 – Can You Help?

Following the success of the 2016 event, the Parish Council are looking to support another Village Day event in 2018. We need your help in putting together a simple but fun event to celebrate North Luffenham as being a great place to Iive and to provide an opportunity for a memorable village event on the Oval. This might coincide with the Royal Wedding on 19th May or on another suitable occasion. We are looking for volunteers to join a Committee to help with planning and to help organise the event. Ideas such as fun sports competitions, fancy dress, dog show, stalls, bric a brac, cakes etc spring to mind. Would you like to help ? – if so please contact Paul Cummings – Tel: 01780 720124.