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Charity Air Rifle Competition

Take part in a Charity Air Rifle Competition this Sunday at Digby Farm in aid of the Royal British Legion

Hunter Field Target, also known as HFT is a popular target shooting sport that combines the air gun disciplines of target shooting with hunting scenarios. This is predominately an outdoor sport, shot with air rifles rated at a maximum of 12ft.lbf. The aim of the competition is to ‘knock down’ as many of the 30 targets as possible, which are placed in certain positions to simulate different hunting scenarios.

This Sunday 10th July, the UK Association of HFT is holding its Poppy Shoot, set in a field of Christmas trees at Digby Farm, Station Road. There are several spare rifles available to give an opportunity for anyone interested to come and have a go. The cost is £10 and all proceeds go to the Royal British Legion. The ground opens at 8am, and shooting starts at approximately 10.15am. There will be refreshments and toilet on site. Please find more details here


If you are interested, you must pre-book with Jason Ellis on 01780 722173 (leave a message, or ring early evening).

Bowling through the winter

The two teams are two third through the season which finishes in early April. Both are well up in their division. The A team is in the first division of the East Cambridgeshire League and have been for many years. Usually they win the Cup.

The other team is also in the League and is doing well in the second division but with four games to go – anything may happen!

Luckily the dreadful rainy season has not affected any away games but some opposing teams have had to reschedule owing to weather or sickness.

Watching curling in the Olympics has proved popular with some members! There is some affinity between the two games! Both require co-ordination between hand and eye, concentration and tactics.

Good luck to all players for the rest of the season.

Sylvia M Lawson, Carpet Bowls Club

2012 – 2013 Golf Society Presentation Evening

The North Luffenham Golf Society is now in its 8th year and we are proud that it is still going strong with new members joining each year (see below).Golf Society Trophies

The annual NLGS Presentation Evening was held on Saturday 15th February at the Coach House, South Luffenham. A good time was had by all our members who turned out for this event, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food, the company and of course the wine!

The results for 2012/13 were presented by two of our committee members, Judy Cade and Adi Ward, the results are as follows:

County Cup                       Simon (Chubba) Homer (2nd year running)

Spring Trophy                   Gill Bedford (Away weekend @ Pidley)

Easter Trophy                   Simon Homer (Toft)

Mayflower Cup                 Simon Homer (Market Harborough)

Summer Salver                 Graham Dexter (Thorpe Wood)

Perryman Cup                   Rob King (Stoke Rochford)

Autumn Trophy                Graham Ball (New Member)

Winter Cup                        Graham Dexter

Most Improved                 Graham Dexter


Order of Merits

Ladies                                 Judy Cade

3rd Place                            Charles Cade
2nd Place                            Rob King
1st (Overall)                       Simon Homer

It seems last season both Simon and Graham had an excellent result, claiming a good portion of the prizes.  Lets all give them a good run for their money this year!

Adi thanked all our members for their continued support and wished them a very successful and enjoyable 2013/14 season.

New members

Last year saw NLGS gain some new members, one of which (Graham Ball) won the Autumn Trophy.  Well done Graham!  Our list of members is continually growing!

The new signed up members are:

Graham Ball
Robb Tapp

Welcome to the club and good luck this year!

New members are always encouraged and welcome to join our golf society.  We hold around 8 meetings per year at various golfing locations in and around the area, including an away weekend in the Spring and a meeting in July (usually Thorpe Wood) which culminates in a good old get together with free food and drinks for members (non members welcome for a nominal charge).

All our meetings are geared to give everyone a fighting chance of winning something, so apart from the overall winner and 1st lady prizes, we offer nearest the pin prizes and occasionally longest drive and nearest the line prizes.

So what are you waiting for, there’s plenty to aim for and great fun at the same time, and membership is only £10 per person per year!  Anyone interested, please contact one of the committee members.

Our next meeting (Easter Cup) will be held on Saturday 12th April at Burghley Park Golf Club, 1st tee 1pm, if you would like to join us, please contact the Golf Society.

A list of all 2013/14 Society meetings will be posted out via email to all our members and displayed on the village website very soon, so watch out for those and get them penned in your diaries!  Let’s hope we have a glorious summer!

Wishing all our members (and of course myself) an enjoyable, fun and successful season.

Michelle, Committee Member, Golf Society

Cricket Club Meet & Greet Evening

your local cricket club needs you

The Cricket club will be having a “Meet and Greet” evening at the Fox and Hounds on Friday 28th February from 7pm to 9pm.

This is an event for all current / potential players and anyone interested in helping with the club activities to gather and catch up on the plans for the coming season.

via Pete Burrows, Cricket Club

Cricket Club AGM on February 2nd

Cricket Club Crest

North Luffenham Cricket Club Crest

The Cricket Club will be holding their AGM on Sunday February 2nd @ 11am in the Cricket Pavilion.

All welcome – Agenda will be published beforehand, but will cover Junior Cricket, Nets, Club Finances and the coming seasons games.

There may also be an informal post AGM discussion in the Fox and Hounds afterwards 🙂

via Pete Burrows, Cricket Club

Check the January What’s On Guide for North Luffenham to find out what’s happening in the village this month.

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Under 9’s Win against Uffington

Under 9 Cricket Team July 2013

Under 9 Cricket Team July 2013

After another win at Uffington, the U9 cricket team remain at the top of the league alongside Burghley Park.

We play Ketton this Sunday, at home on the Oval, starting at 10am. You are welcome to join us for tea & coffee, and cheer the team on!

via Sally Ann Marson, NLCC

Cambridgeshire and National Carpet Bowls Championships Report

Three members of the Carpet Bowls Club took part in Cambridgeshire County competitions recently.

The competition is of a very high standard consisting of the best players from local clubs.  However, both the singles and the triples won their respective matches, which entitled them to go forward to the National Championship which, of course, is of an even higher standard.

The Championships were played over a period of 2 days in Blackpool. The team played extremely well but seemed disappointed that they only took third place.  They usually come first.  Better luck next year.  We are proud of you.

via Sylvia Lawson, Carpet Bowls Club

A Happy Father’s Day on the Oval

Fathers Day at the Oval

The under 9’s had a great day on Father’s Day (Sunday 16th June 2013) cheered on by all the dads.

They played 2 matches. Lost the first game against a very good Burghley Park by 30 runs. Fortified by sandwiches, cakes & scones, and they won the 2nd game against Billingborough!!!

They are currently joint top of the league with Burghley Park so all to play

This weeks game is away against Uppingham.

via Sally Ann Marson, NLCC

Burghley Park vs NLCC Friendly Match Report

North Luffenham Cricket Club First team today played the initial game of a series of weekend friendly matches, against Burghley Park at their almost impossibly picturesque pitch in the grounds of Burghley House with an excellent view over the roof tops of Stamford.

The team was a mixture of young blood and what might generously be termed “experienced” players…. A great day was had by all, the sun shone, Burghley laid on an excellent spread in their pavilion including home-made Guinness and chocolate cake and North Luffenham won 🙂

Action from the game:

Teams coming off of the pitch at the end of the match:

via Pete Burrows, Cricket Club

4 games in, 4 games won!!!

We are all very proud of our under 9’s who remain undefeated this season after a win against Nassington this morning.

Under 9s NLCC Team

Under 9s NLCC Team

The team was led by Ellen Marson this week.

Our 18 run win was assisted greatly by both sides, parents & villagers who showed brilliant support.

via Pete Burrows, Cricket Club

Home vs Stamford Under 13’s Cricket Match Report

Cricket BallNorth Luffenham Cricket Club under 13’s made a cracking start to the season on Thursday night, beating Stamford u13’s by 7 wickets, on the Oval.

They bowled out Stamford for 70 runs and knocked off the winning runs with one ball to spare.

Leading run scorer for the U13’s was Geordie Bingham, 14 not out.

via Bill Whittaker, Cricket Club

2013 Annual General Meeting for Carpet Bowls Club

Members of the Carpet Bowls Club are reminded that the AGM will be held on Monday 13 May 2013 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre.

The Minutes of the last meeting are on the notice board in the Community Centre.

via Sylvia M Lawson, Carpet Bowls Club

Home vs Spalding Under 9’s Cricket Match Report

Cricket Bat at RestThe Under 9 cricket team got off to a flying start to the season on Sunday by securing a home win against Spalding by 30 runs 🙂

The home team were cheered on by villagers & parents who turned out in support & stopped for a cuppa!

The chilly conditions didn’t deter & it was a great all round game. We have a few shining stars of the future!

Our next home fixture will be on Sunday 12th May with all games starting at 10 am.

Fingers crossed for better weather this season, see you up on the oval!

via Sallyann Marson, Cricket Club

Cricket Match Fixtures for May 2013

Cricket Ball

Cricket Deal Direct U9’s Fixtures

League Results

  1. Sunday 28th April – Home vs Spalding
  2. Sunday 5th May – Away vs Bourne
  3. Sunday 12th May – Home vs Billingborough
  4. Sunday 19th May – Away vs Peterborough B
  5. Sunday 26th May – Home vs Nassington

All games 10am starts

Team Manager

  • Sallyanne Marsons


U11’s South League

League Results

  1. Tuesday 30th April – Home vs Orton Park                          
  2. Wednesday 8th May – Home vs Uffington                     
  3. w/c 13th May – Away vs Uppingham                     
  4. Wednesday 22nd May – Home vs Uppingham (plate competition)
  5. Wednesday 29th May – Home vs Oakham Tigers

All games 6pm starts

Team managers

  • Bill Whittaker
  • Matt Butcher


Belinda Smith U13’s South League

League Results

  1. Thursday 2nd May – Home vs Stamford
  2. Tuesday 7th May – Away vs Ufford Park
  3. Thursday 23rd May – Home vs Oakham
  4. Wednesday 29th May – Away vs Ketton

All games 6pm starts

Team Manager

  • Bill Whittaker
  • Tim Osman


1st Team Burrough & District Evening League 2013

  1. Tuesday 30th April – Away vs Sproxton
  2. Tuesday 7th May – Home vs Whissendine
  3. Tuesday 14th May – Cup Round 1 – Home vs Thorpe Arnold
  4. Tuesday 21st May Home vs Great Dalby
  5. Tuesday 28th May – Home vs Barkby 2nd


1st Team Friendly Fixtures

  1. Saturday 11th May – Away at Empingham at 2pm
  2. Sunday 19th May – Home vs Laxton at 2pm

via Pete Burrows, Cricket Club

Anyone for Petanque?

PetanqueThe Petanque season got underway Tuesday evening, seeing us at home in a cup match. Sadly, we had to give a game away and lost as we were a player short. So, if anyone fancies trundling out on a summer’s evening and trying their hand at it, please let us know.

The weekly quiz saw a guest quiz person! Kay took over the running of the quiz last night and did an excellent job. It enabled me to have a go at answering the questions for a change. Have to admit to being on the winning team 😉

The next monthly quiz is on April 21st and we’d love to see you here.

New garden furniture has arrived and we have some giant dominoes and a connect four type game for the children (whatever age!) to play. All we need now is summer!

Following Sian’s illness, the kitchen will be open as normal from Friday evening.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Sian George and Maz, The Fox and Hounds

Cricket Club Committee Meeting Agenda for 11th March 2013

North Luffenham Cricket Club Committee Meeting

11th March 2013

8pm at The Fox and Hounds


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of last meeting
  3. Matter arising
  4. Secretary’s report
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Membership secretary
  7. Ground/clubhouse report
  8. Youth Cricket
  9. Nets
  10. Fundraising
  11. AOB – Date of next mtg, Date of AGM – contact people.

Cricket Club 2013-2 Agenda for 11Mar20 [pdf]

via Pete Burrows, NLCC

Cricket Club 2012 AGM Minutes from 24th Feb 2013


  • Charles Cade- Chairman
  • David Head- Secretary
  • Robin King- Treasurer
  • Bill Whittaker
  • Pete Burrows
  • Barry Read
  • Kevin Corby
  • Sallyanne Marsons
  • Colin Heasell
  • Woody Hodson
  • Sam Hodson


John King, Dave Neild, John House, Ken Forsyth, Rob Staniland, Denise Cunningham, Jo Spiegl and Ian Ferguson.

Minutes of the 2011 AGM

held on 13th February 2011 were approved

Matters arising

Denise still has some shirts and will get them to us for the first junior session.

Chairman’s Report

Charles mentioned that while it is sad that there is no main weekend team at the moment, we need to look at the positives of a well maintained pitch and pavilion and run club, with a very successful junior section with a large number of youngsters which is good for the wider picture of cricket. He thanked all the committee & all those who put in the work to keep the club ticking over. It’s important to keep the club in good health because the time will come when league cricket returns at the weekends and it’s our duty to keep the club prepared for that event.

Secretary’s Report

David reported that 3 full committee meetings were held. Thanks to Bill for standing in as secretary during my absence from the village. The club continues to run satisfactorily. Many thanks to Bill, Ken, Colin and Robin for all their help, time & work on the square and the grounds over the past year. David also thanked John King for his continued loan of the ‘Fergie’ to enable the outfield to be cut regularly and also again to Colin for the occasional use of his mini-tractor. A big thank you to Sallyanne for her work with the juniors and to her and her family for the work they have done on the clubhouse in getting the inside looking good. Fixtures were now settled for the Burrough Mid Week League and we are awaiting details of the Rutland 2020 competition. A few friendly games are going to be organized for May to August. Already been approached by Laxton.

Treasurer’s Report

Robin presented accounts for 2012 which showed a net surplus of £104.21 for 2012, meaning that at the end of 2012, we had a working balance of £1,361.18. Expenditure for 2013 will need to be addressed at the next committee meeting and ideas for a fundraising event. Charles thanked Robin & the accounts were adopted unanimously.

Junior Cricket

The junior section continues to be the success of the club. No firm decision had been made yet in regards to the number of age groups to play in 2013 but it was hoped we would be able to offer U9, U11 and U13. A coach and manager would need to be found for the U13 group. The meeting thanked Sallyanne for all her hard work.


Pete Burrows reported that the Facebook account has been re-activated, as have the domain names for the generic email addresses. We have an NLCC page on the village website at https://northluffenham.com/clubs-societies/cricket-club/. We need to promote the website to all players, VP’s and club members, and get them to subscribe, to get alerts of any village and cricket news. Charles thanked Pete for his work on this.

Ground/Clubhouse report

Bill reiterated the thanks to Ken, Colin and Robin for their help over the season with the square and outfield and especially to Sallyanne and her family for their efforts with the clubhouse. The square preparation has already started. Equipment is all ok. The cooker for the kitchen has been ordered. The meeting thanked Bill, Ken, Colin, Robin and Sallyanne for their hard work.

Election of Officers

John King wished to stand down as President of the club. David to send a letter of thanks to John for all his support over the many years of being our president.

The following were elected:-

President – Bill Whittaker – Bill was unanimously suggested and selected as our new president.

Vice- Presidents – All the VP’s were re-elected, with the change of Bill Whittaker becoming President and John King being elected as a Vice President.

Main Committee
  • Chairman – Charles Cade
  • Vice-Chairman– vacant, but Dave Brew to be asked if he would consider the roll.
  • Secretary – David Head
  • Treasurer – Robin King
  • Fixture Secretary – David Head
  • Junior Organiser/Welfare Officer – Sallyanne Marsons
  • Membership Secretary – Pete Burrows
  • Captains midweek team – Woody Hodson and Sam Hodson
  • General Committee – Club Officers and team captains automatically + all of last year’s members elected to the general committee

Any Other Business

Committee meeting organized for Monday 11th March, 8pm at the Fox and Hounds. Suggestion that the club put together a proposal to the parish council with regards the re-development of the pavilion and cricket nets as part of the proposed recreational development.

The meeting closed at 12.15pm

Cricket Club 2012 AGM Minutes 24Jan2013 [pdf]

via Pete Burrows, NLCC

Cricket Club Committee Meeting Minutes 14th Jan 2013


  • Charles Cade – Chairperson
  • David Head-Secretary
  • Robin King – Treasurer
  • Pete Burrows – Membership
  • Bill Whittaker
  • Sallyanne Marsons
  • Jo Skelham
  • Matt Butcher
  • Dave Brew
  • Woody Hodson

1. Apologies

Tim Mayers. Helen Bishop

2. Minutes of Last Meeting

held on 19th July 2012 were accepted.

3. Matters Arising


4. Secretary’s Report

Thanks to Bill for standing in for me over the last 6 months during my absence from the village. Committee notified of the resignation of Denise Cunningham and Jo Spiegl from the committee and thanked for their support over the many years.

5. Treasurer’s Report

Income of £800 from the Parish Council for the mowing and £300 from the youth subs. Sallyanne has the tuck tin (approx. £100) to be used as a float for the new season. Current account approx. £1,100 & Deposit account approx £200. Known expenditure of sharpening the gang mowers and insurance.

6. Captains Report

As we have no captain, there was general discussion about next season. There will be no weekend league team.The Burrough league team will be organized by Woody and Sam Hodson (DH to chase fixtures).DH to investigate possible local friendly games in May, June, July and August..

7. Membership

Need to get the cricket club details onto the North Luffenham website, especially contact details for youth cricket and fixtures.

8. Ground/clubhouse

Very tidy clubhouse – big thanks to Sallyanne for sorting this out. Need to get 2 black camera club boards moved from the away changing room. Discussion about purchasing a cooker and/or BBQ. Consensus was to get a cooker. To be looked into in regards to cost and location in the kitchen. Water if currently off. Gazebo and gas BBQ seem to have disappeared.

9. Youth Cricket

Sallyanne has agreed to be in charge of the youth section. She had basically been doing the role the previous season and doing it fabulously. Youth meeting needed before season starts. U12 and U10 teams entered into winter league. Plans for next season is U7’s, U9’s and U11’s. U11’s to
be coached by Robin and managed by Bill, with help from Matt. U9 squad– going to look for a qualified coach (Bill to investigate). Will need a parent(s) to manage. Rest of the U9’s and U7’7 to be coached by Tim Osman, Graham and Jo. Need to get adverts etc into primary school newsletters and the camp and the Mercury. Fees for 2013 – £10 membership, £3 per week per child subs, £5 max per family.

10. Nets

Outside nets have been fixed. Bill to contact UCC regarding mid-week winter net sessions.

11. Fundraising

100 Club running OK. With no senior side, there seemed to be some perceived apathy within the village as to running a race night fundraising event for the cricket club. Thought not fully shared by the committee. Future event to be discussed at next meeting, but ideas of a race night, casino night, curry night, BBQ and a quiz were all mentioned.

12. Any Other Business

Date of AGM – Sunday 24th February 2013 at 11am in the Pavilion. David to contact all VP’s re GM and thank them for their continued support of NLCC.

Date of next meeting – to be arranged at AGM.

Meeting closed at 9.40pm

Cricket Club Committee Meeting Minutes 14Jan2013 [pdf]

via Pete Burrows, NLCC