Category Archives: General News

General news & information from the surrounding area.

Experience the Christmas Story at the Village Carol Service- 6PM – Sunday 16th December

Everyone is invited to the Village Carol Service this evening, Sunday 16th December at 6pm in the Church. Through Drama, beautiful well known Music, Poetry and Song experience the wonderful Christmas Story coming to life. This is a family service for everyone and will include Drinks and Mince pies after the Service.

Draft Minutes of the Parish Council and Trust Meetings held on Monday 3rd Dec 2018

Below are the draft minutes for the meetings mentioned above along with the meeting dates for 2019 through to April 2020

Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in helping other people and if so come and find out more about the North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme this Friday 7th December at 7.30 pm in the den at The Fox. Following our AGM there will be light refreshments and a chance to talk over what is involved with the volunteers. 

There are a variety of ways in which one can help and our volunteers find it rewarding and not particularly time consuming.

It would be good to see you there.

The Armed Man

Concert in Oakham SUNDAY DECEMBER 9TH at 7.30PM

Oakham School Chapel.

The Armed Man  A mass for peace by Karl Jenkins

Performed by Oakham choral society;  this is a modern work written in 2000 to mark the end of the war in Kosovo. It is a fitting end to this centenary year of the end of the Great War.

If  you do not like choral works, this is a bit different. Some beautiful harmonies with exciting use of drums and brass instruments to paint a musical picture of the build up t o battle , the horrors of battle and its aftermath with a plea for peace.

It is worth a listen .

Tickets available from Walkers  Bookshop ( Oakham ) or on the door on the night.

Gerry Wells Book Launch

Local North Luffenham resident Gerry Wells will be launching his new book “Catching The Moment” at The Fox on 11th December

Please join us for canapés and a drink to launch Gerry’s new book

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

 6:00 – 7:00pm

The Fox Pub

North Luffenham

 (All proceeds will go to the Army Benevolent Fund)

RSVP Kathy Robinson (so we have enough canapés )

This Post will expire at 6:23pm on Saturday December 29th, 2018.

Parish Council and Trust Meetings 3rd December 2018.

Please see below the agendas and supporting papers for the above meetings which will be at 7pm on 3rd December, North Luffenham Community Centre

Last Post for World War I Fallen 🎖️

Please take a moment to honour the village fallen by reading their names below, whilst listening to the “Last Post” followed by “The Rouse”.

Last Post…

…The Rouse

World War I started on 28 July 1914 and ended on 11 November 1918 at 11am, 100 years ago. 

The fallen who came from North Luffenham are listed below in order of age, from the youngest who was 15, to the eldest who was 31/32 when the war started.

  • 25753 Private Herbert Henry Storey, born: 26 December 1899 🎖️
  • 38237 Private Arthur William Morby, born: 1899 🎖️
  • 38236 Private George Edward Smith, born: 1898 🎖️
  • 201499 Private Cecil Bailie Gage Killips, born: 12 April 1897 🎖️
  • 12760 Private John Henry Steele, born: 1896 🎖️
  • 10536 Private Charles Edward Thornton, born: 20 December 1895 🎖️
  • 40264 Private William Kirby, born: December 1895 🎖️
  • 3088 Private George Liddamore, born: Date Unknown 🎖️
  • 66112 Private John Alfred George Adams, born: 04 September 1895 🎖️
  • 15062 Private James Leonard Steele, born: 11 August 1895 🎖️
  • 25892 Private William Killips, born: 31 August 1891 🎖️
  • 24954 Private George Henry Saddington, born: 1891 🎖️
  • 43807 Lance Sergeant William Henry Delisle Alfin MM, born 10 October 1889 🎖️
  • 17232 Private Joseph Henry Boothby, born: 29 August 1889 🎖️
  • 21018 Private John Robert Cox, born: 1888 🎖️
  • 2596 Corporal Bertie H Smith, born: 1882 🎖️

North Luffenham Garden Club

Thursday Evening, 8th November 2018, at 7.30 pm:  the Community Centre.  

Don’t miss our Speaker, Mr Joe Sharman, the renowned plantsman from Monksilver Nursery, who will be here to give an illustrated talk all about Snowdrops, their history, cultivatiion and much more.

Refreshments, raffle, plants for sale and a warm welcome (Non members £2.00 per meeting). Meeting will include brief AGM.

RCC review of Polling Districts, Polling places and Polling stations.

Rutland County Council is conducting a compulsory review of the above in compliance with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013.

The review is to run from the 29th November to the 16th December 2018. The review is to be completed by the 23rd December 2018 and any changes will be effective for the ordinary elections on 2nd May 2019. Full details can be found at the following web-site:

I would mention that there is no plan to change the polling station for North Luffenham, this being the Community Centre.

The Gusualdo Six Concert 23rd Nov 2018. 7.30pm North Luffenham Church

Beautiful unaccompanied choral music from the renaissance to the present day.

Tickets £15/£5 under-18s
View this stunning medieval Rutland Church
with pre-concert drinks served from 7.00pm
Tickets in advance from Janet Whittaker: 01780 721216
or, or on the door


The annual Bonfire and Fireworks Event run by the Parish Council will be held on The Oval on Monday 5th November 2018. All are welcome.

DOORS OPEN – 5.45 pm

BONFIRE LIT – 6.10pm

FIREWORKS – 6.30pm


There will be a bucket collection to help offset the cost of the event – please give generously,

PBG Cummings:  Tel: 01780 720124

St George’s Barracks – Presentation to RCC Scrutiny Panel

On 11th October 2017, Paul Cummings (Chair NLPC) representing the SGB Advisory Group gave a presentation to the RCC Special Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Panel. The aim of the presentation was to highlight the concerns of of the villagers of North Luffenham, Edith Weston, Ketton, South Luffenham, Manton, Empingham and Normanton and to try to show the County Council some of the significant and unresolved flaws in their proposals to build a new town of 1,500 to 3,770 homes (a town larger than Uppingham) and a huge limestone quarry on the existing St George’s Barracks site. A copy of the presentation is attached.

Presentation Scrutiny Panel

On 26th November 2018, The County Council will be considering an application to the Government (Department of Housing Communities and Local Government)  for Housing Infrastructure Funds (HIF). We are concerned that such an application will inevitably lead to a Planning Application in 2019 to develop the site. Once this process has started in November it will be very difficult, and indeed probably impossible to stop. The proposals will see the site being turned into a massive construction site which could take up to 40 years to complete. It is the view of local Parish Councils that there remain many unresolved objections both as to principle and procedure. We believe that the current proposals are totally unsuitable for St George’s Barracks and that the County Council have isolated themselves and lost the confidence of those most affected and indeed much of the County. We believe RCC has an obligation to hear, diligently listen to and act upon the views, hopes and aspirations of its communities.

As noted in the conclusion to our presentation, “If the current proposal is the only one on the table, it deserves to be rejected out of hand. If a genuine root and branch alternative is considered possible, we trust you (RCC) will take our views into account from the outset, we stand ready to work together to find a solution that is Right for Rutland.”

HealthyRutland Grant Scheme

Rutland CC Healthy Grant Scheme aims to encourage projects which improve health and wellbeing, promote independence, and reduce the impact of long term health conditions.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available, and are welcomed from community groups, voluntary sector organisations, schools, parish and town councils.

For more information contact: or visit:


The Parish Council are finalising plans for Bonfire Night 2018 and need to identify more volunteers to assist with Stewarding and Bucket Collections. This is a great Village evening but it does need your help to deliver a safe and financially secure event. If you would be able to help please call – Paul Cummings: 01780 720124 or email:

Many thanks