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Vacancy for Parish Clerk at North Luffenham


A challenging and interesting opportunity has arisen for a suitably experienced, enthusiastic and competent individual to be appointed as Clerk and RFO to North Luffenham Parish Council. The successful candidate will be required to work from home and will be provided with a laptop, software and printer.

The salary is in accordance with nationally based terms and conditions and is currently under review, however it is currently within the range of £9.39-£11.41 per hour (dependant upon experience) for currently 10 hours per week – this is under review.

Responsibilities of the post include:

  • Advising Parish Council of policy issues and proper procedures
  • All Parish Council administration and correspondence.
  • Arranging meetings, compiling agendas and producing the minutes of meetings.
  • Managing financial records, monitoring and reconciling the accounts, preparing accounts for audit.

The Parish Council is sole Trustee of the North Luffenham Field Gardens and Recreation Ground Charity and the Clerk would be responsible for dealing with all administration in connection with this.

You will need to be able to work flexibly, and attendance at evening meetings is essential. Some knowledge of council procedure is an advantage but essential training will be provided. In addition, support can be provided for further training towards the Certificate of Local Council Administration.

Applicants must have:

  • Experience of administration and financial management with sound word processing and spreadsheet management skills.
  • Ability to work to own initiative and to work with volunteers to achieve the Council’s objectives.
  • Good numeracy, oral and written communication skills

Please call Parish Council Chairman: Paul Cummings on 01780 720124 or email for job description, personal specification and further details.

Applications in the form of a CV and covering letter are invited by 16th Mar 18 and should be sent to:

PBG Cummings, Chair North Luffenham Parish Council, 11 Digby Drive, North Luffenham, Rutland, LE15 8JS

Closing date for applications:  16th Mar 18
Interview dates: 3rd-5th Apr 18
Clerk commencement date:  21st Apr 18 (or earlier by negotiation)

Download Parish Clerk/RFO Job Description


Please find attached a progress report from the Joint Edith Weston / North Luffenham Working Group, which explains what the Working Group has been doing to date and what its future tasks are.

At the Focus Group meetings held on 29th Jan we were advised by the County Council that the current proposals would see both a development of 1,500 – 3,000 homes on the Western end (Edith Weston) of the site, and in addition the development of a substantial part of the Eastern (North Luffenham) end of site for the extraction of limestone. The report attached includes a map highlighting the area designated for mineral extraction.

The aim of the Working Group is initially to gather the information necessary to influence the development of the site. The first step in this will be to present a paper highlighting our concerns to the County Council in early March before any decisions are made.

PBG CUMMINGS – Tel: 01780 720124

SGB Update – Feb 18 Meged

Avian Bird Flu Confirmed in Rutland

It has been confirmed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), that Avian Influenza (bird flu) has been identified in the wild bird population in Rutland. 

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone currently applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. Anyone who keeps poultry or birds must adhere to strict biosecurity requirements, whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a garden flock. 

The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must: 

  • Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources
  • Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds
  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
  • Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy
  • Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas 

Further information about Defra’s biosecurity requirements can be found on the GOV.UK website. 

If anyone suspects disease in their flock or finds dead wild birds such as wild ducks, wild geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey, they must report this to Defra.  

You can contact Defra’s helpline by calling: 03459 33 55 77 

Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from avian influenza is very low. 

As a precaution, people should avoid contact with sick, dying or dead poultry or wild birds, avoid contact with surfaces contaminated with bird faeces and avoid untreated feathers. 

Further updates on avian influenza in England can be found online at: 


Battery Hunt


St. Mary & St. John C.E.V.A. Primary School

We are taking part in the Big battery Hunt which is one of the largest recycling challenges in the UK. The challenge is to collect as many batteries as we can before Easter to be in with a chance of winning some science themed prizes for school as well as teaching the children the importance of recycling. If anyone has any batteries could they please drop them in at school or there is a collection bucket in the Community Centre foyer.

Thank You

St Mary & St John CEVA Primary School
Church Street
North Luffenham
LE15 8LH

01780 720184


Hold the Date – North Luffenham’s 6th Safari Supper – Saturday 14th April 2018

The 6th North Luffenham Safari Supper will take place on Saturday 14th April 2018. Full details are contained in the attached flyer which will be enclosed in the February edition of the Parish Magazine. An evening of meeting new people, and having fun. Each participant couple are invited to host one course for 6 people. Starters, Mains and Puddings will be served in different homes around the village. Cost will be £20 / Couple, with all proceeds going to Dove Cottage Day Hospice. To book or for further information contact Paul – 720124, Judy – 720467, Liliane – 721047 or Di – 720447.

Booking deadline will be 24th March 2018

Flyer – 2018

Green Waste Bin Charge

Last September Rutland County Councillors voted to introduce a £35 charge for green bin collections, starting from April this year.
In the next few days all eligible households will receive a letter inviting them to sign up for the chargeable service from Monday 22nd January.

Residents will be able to sign up online, over the phone, or in person at the Council’s offices.

The link to the website for registrations and further information is as follows:

Reminder! – Candlelit Concert in Parish Church this Friday

A quick reminder that the wonderful Cambridge Singers will be returning to the village to give a Candlelit Concert in our beautiful church this Friday 5th January at 7.30pm.
Tickets available from Janet Whittaker (tel:-721216 or at £10 (children free). Profits to be shared between Cancer UK -Brain Tumour Research & Church Heating Fund – you know we need it!
Do please join us on what should be a very special everning. Mulled Wine & Nibbles will be available from 7pm and during the interval. We look forward to seeing you.

NL Epiphany Poster 2018

Are you ready for winter?

As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Since 1990, gas and electricity network companies have invested over £80bn to make the UK’s gas and electricity supply more reliable than ever before. But storms, floods and other extreme weather can still cause damage and disruption.

That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.

To Be Winter Ready, you should:

  1. Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  2. Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit to find out who your network operator is.
  3. Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

Improved Oakham High Street with one-way traffic flow

Designs and proposed surfacing materials for an improved Oakham High Street with one-way traffic flow will go on display at Oakham Library from 14th November to 15th December 2017 as part of the town centre regeneration scheme being led by Rutland County Council.

The display will include design drawings, showing work to date on the proposed new highway layout and expanded pedestrian areas, as well the location of parking spaces, cycle routes and delivery bays for businesses.

In particular, there will be an opportunity to see and comment on the types of materials being considered for pavements, kerbs and road surfaces, along with examples of new street furniture, such as benches and lamp posts.

As part of the detailed design phase for the Town Centre Improvement Scheme, we have already begun approaching businesses, traders and other stakeholders directly for their feedback on the latest detail designs. People will also be able to view the scheme designs and comment online from 14th November by visiting:

The information gathered will then be used to help create a final detailed design, which will be presented to Full Council for approval in March 2018.

For more information about the regeneration of Oakham Town Centre, I would encourage you to visit:
Alternatively, please contact our project team by emailing:

via Mat Waik, Strategic Communications Advisor, Rutland County Council

Volunteering Opportunity

Fineshade Wood needs you!

The Forestry Commission is currently recruiting volunteers to work in beautiful Fineshade Wood, located just off the A43, close to Stamford. This ancient woodland is a hidden gem, and needs friendly volunteers to help visitors make the most of what is on offer.

Our Welcome Volunteers find that telling people about the trails and wildlife at the site is very rewarding, and this role suits those who enjoy meeting people and yet don’t necessarily want to be physically active. If, however, you would like to get stuck into the practical conservation side of volunteering, we are always on the lookout for those who love wildlife and the outdoors and enjoy a bit of hard graft! So at Fineshade there is something for everyone!

For either opportunity please contact us at or ring 0300 067 5347.

Welcome vol ad

North Luffenham Christmas Trail

We need your help:  can you knit a small sheep or display one in your window?

In December, a Christmas Trail leaflet will be available so you can discover and record the names of sheep around the village. Bring the completed trail leaflet  to the Village Carol Service on Sunday 17th December at 5pm and the Christmas story will be explored with the help of the sheep.

Intrigued?  Willing to knit a sheep? Or offer a sheep a windowsill? Want to go sheep hunting?  For more details, please email Pippa the rector:  Full details including a knitting pattern are contained in leaflet attached below.


Christmas Trail knitting & displaying sheep


Rutland Footpaths Map

On the recent Village Survey, there were lots of comments on the popularity of walking, and the importance of access to the countryside to the residents of North Luffenham

For those that are not aware, Rutland County Council (RCC) have an online map showing all the footpaths and bridleways in the county

You can access the map here and zoom into the area you would like to view:

RCC Footpaths Map


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.