Category Archives: General News

General news & information from the surrounding area.

An Invitation to Thursford Spectacular Christmas Show

Apologies for using the ‘C’ word even before Spring has come. However we have just received the invitation below:

The largest Christmas show in the country! Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, a cast of over 130 performers deliver an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety.

This is your opportunity to join Wakerley & Barrowden WI members, partners and friends for the 2pm matinee performance on Monday 18th November, leaving Barrowden at 10am to travel to Thursford in Norfolk, returning at approximately 8pm. Non members and gentlemen are very welcome to join us.
There are a few remaining tickets left at £52 which include luxury coach travel.

For tickets or more information contact :
Jane Stevenson 01780-721958

This Post will expire at 11:06am on Thursday April 11th, 2019.

Chater Bowls Club AGM Highlights

The Chater Bowls club AGM was held on the 25th Feb at the Fox Inn in North Luffenham

  • Officers for 2019 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 increased to 31.
  • Annual subscription to remain at £40.
  • The match captains for 2019 will be

May & Sept  Derek Britton,

 June              Dave Kisby & Carol Bates

 July                Roger Whittle

August             TBA

  • The first roll up will be at 2:00 pm on Tuesday 30th April (TBC)
  • The first match Thursday 9th May at home to Medbourne commencing at 2:30 pm.

Chater Bowls Club is situated on Pinfold Lane, N. Luffenham and welcomes new members, in particular those from N. Luffenham, from complete beginners to those with experience. So if you have recently retired and wondering what leisure activities to pursue or have recently moved to the area come on down. We have spare bowls sets for you to try your hand.

You can contact me on Tel 01572 823344, or email

We really are a very friendly club.

Alan Costello Club Secretary

Healthy Rutland Grant Scheme

The grant scheme aims to encourage project submissions from the community, voluntary and other civic society sector which are designed to improve the health and wellbeing for the people of Rutland. Applications from such groups are required by the 29th March 2019

Please see attached flyer

Annual Parish Meeting: Monday 18th March 2019 @ 7pm

Please note the change of date for this years Annual Parish Meeting which is now to be held on the above date at the Community Centre.

The change is due to the forth coming Parish Elections on the 2nd May as we needed to avoid restrictions being placed on the meeting due to Purdah. An agenda for the meeting will be issued shortly

Chater Bowls AGM

The Chater Bowls Annual General Meeting will take place in The Fox in North Luffenham at 2:30 pm on Monday 25th February.

Non members welcome to attend.

Chater Bowls is situated on Pinfold Lane in North Luffenham. We play friendly matches throughout the Summer from May to September with other local bowling clubs.

New to the area or just retired and wondering what interests to pursue. Come and join the friendliest bowling club in Rutland.
We have roll ups on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00 pm when you can try your hand at the game.

Community Health Consultation

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the people who plan and buy health services, have started a conversation with people asking them about their experiences of community health services including  community nursing, intensive community support services and therapies.

We would like to share with you what we have learnt so far about experiences of the service and what matters most to people.  We would also like to tell you about other work that has been happening to review community services and how all of this information is contributing and influencing our thinking about how services could look in the future. We will be offering many opportunities over the coming weeks for you to get involved.  Initially we have pleasure in inviting you to attend one of six “interactive workshops’ being held around Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The event in Rutland is:

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 6.00pm – 8.00pm – Rutland County Council,  Catmose House, Catmose Street, Oakham LE15 6HP

The events are the opportunity for anyone who has an interest in getting involved in designing future community services to get involved

Rutland CC Green Bin Collection from 01/04/2019

Following the successful introduction of Rutland’s green waste service in 2018, it will soon be time for residents to renew their subscriptions if they would like to continue with green waste/green bin collections.

For current green waste service users, subscriptions are due to end on 31 March 2019.

The annual fee for green waste collections, approved by Council on 17 December 2019, remains unchanged from last year, which means a charge of £35 per green bin is payable for households that wish to continue with green waste collections from 1 April 2019.

Subscriptions can be renewed from 4 February 2019 onwards and letters are being issued to all green waste service users from this week, to advise them of their options.

The quickest and easiest way to subscribe is via Direct Debit. One off payments can also be made online by visiting: or over the phone by calling: 01572 758 488.

A discount is available if someone living in a property is in receipt of local Council Tax support.

Following the subscription period, we will be issuing new stickers to be displayed on green bins from 1 April 2019.

Subscriptions must be completed by 1 March 2019 in order for stickers to be sent and arrive in time for 1 April 2019. Green bins which do not display the new 2019 sticker will not be collected after 31 March 2019.

Active Rutland Grow together launch event

Launch Event & Seed Swap

Join us for our launch event at Oakham Castle on Saturday 9th February 2019 between 10.00am and 1.00pm. Find out more about the project and meet the project team, Claire Crowley and Alex Wilby, founders of Root-and-Branch Out CIC, who specialise in nurturing community through nature. Alex is a professional horticulturist and Claire is a permaculture designer.

  • Seed swap
  • Newspaper plant pot making
  • Children’s seed planting and vegetable ‘still-life drawing’
  • Project talk every 30 minutes
  • Meet the team
  • Refreshments

Rutland County Council Internet Safety Event: Saturday 9th February 2019

Rutland CC are putting on the above event at the Rutalnd Showground between 11am and 3.30pm on Saturday 9th February. It will provide practical advice for the whole family including: online gaming, image sharing, privacy settings. and parental controls. For further information please telephone; 01572 758301

Healthwatch Rutland – Survey

Healthwatch Rutland are conducting a survey and want to hear from you if you or your family have served in the British Armed Forces, if you are currently serving or are a reservisit in the British Armed Armed Forces.

If you fall within one of the above categories, they would like you to complete their survey to help improve local services. Their survey can be found here:

Chater Bowls Club Annual Dinner

On Friday 18th Jan Chater Bowls Club held its annual dinner at The Falcon Hotel in Uppingham. 19 members attended and a good time was had by all.

Presentations were made to Brian Edwards for winning the singles knock out and to Mary Matthews and Roger Whittle for triumphing in pairs knock out competition.

Interested in being a local Councillor

RCC are running an event on Wednesday 13 February 2019 commencing at 7pm at Rutland County Council, Council Chamber, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP.

This event is being held to help people find out what it takes to become a local councillor and will cover the nomination process and standing for election, the role of a councillor and what support is available, including allowances and training.  

There will be a chance to speak with RCC Officers and Directors about council services and also the opportunity to speak to existing RCC Councillors about the role in practice.

For further information and to book a place on this event, please contact  or call 01572 720991.