Morcott Men’s Mince Pie Bake Off!

Calling all gentlemen!  It is time to put your mincemeat where your mouth is by entering the first-ever Morcott Men’s Mince Pie Bake Off.

mincepieYour challenge is to make and bake six – that’s 6 – mince pies for a blind judging at the Christmas Market on Saturday 29 N0vember.

Mrs Pat Simmonds is a qualified baking and handicraft judge, so don’t even think about smuggling in ‘shop-bought’ mince pies with an extra dusting of icing sugar: she can spot a cheat a mile off.

The winning chef will receive a small prize and the honour of the coveted title or Mr Morcott Mince Pie 2014. 

Sue DeBar has entry forms for this fun competition: please contact her at 19 High Street to enter and pay a competition fee of £1.  Then present your 6 home-made mince pies, IN PERSON, between 2pm – 3pm at the Village Hall, during the Christmas Market.

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See Morcott Artists’ Work in Pop-Up Gallery

Lotus Bowl by Neil Harding

Lotus Bowl by Neil Harding

A group of 15 local  artists and designers – including Morcott’s own Neil Harding and Margaret Shepherd – invite everyone to their Pop-Up Gallery at 7a North Street East, Uppingham during the run up to Christmas.

The Pop-Up Gallery opens today, Tuesday 18 November and is then open every Tuesday to Saturday for six weeks, and in December on Sundays too.

Nouveau Ritz Brooch by Margaret Shepherd

Nouveau Ritz Brooch by Margaret Shepherd

Opening times are 10am to 4pm Tue-Sat, and 11am to 3pm on the December Sundays. PLUS until 9pm on THURSDAY 4 DECEMBER, which is Uppingham’s Late Night Christmas Shopping evening.

Neil and Margaret both work to commission from their Morcott studio. They have individually completed large portfolios of commissions, and collected works in National Collections in London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. For more images and information about their work see their listings on our Businesses & Freelancers page, or call 747 270.

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Made in Morcott Christmas Market 2014

Saturday 29 November 2014 is the date for Made in Morcott’s Christmas Market: a community event for all ages organised by the Village Hall team.

hallThe Christmas Market starts at 2pm: don’t be late or you might miss out on the jams, preserves, marmalades, cakes and shortbreads… on the cushions and festive decorations… on the kids’ corner…  or on the bulbs and bird boxes that will be for sale – all Made in Morcott.

A 2015 Morcott Calendar, raising funds for the Village Hall, will be unveiled and is for sale, along with greetings cards.

A magnificent Made in Morcott Hamper will be raffled, along with a Christmas Cake and several other prizes.

Entry £1.50, to include a mince pie and a drink: kids are free.

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Mo Gardner’s Sculpture Unveiled

Morcott’s own Mo Gardner has created a sculpture for St George’s Barracks and Edith Weston. Its official unveiling is on Friday 21 November, at 2.30pm.

The High Sheriff of Rutland, Air Commodore Miles Williamson-Noble, will do the honours, and the sculpture is being sited by the mini-roundabout.  

Mo will be delighted if any of her Morcott friends can come along.

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Last Call for Thursday’s Jazz Singer

Alison Johnson says there are still tickets available for Sarah Moule, the superb jazz singer appearing live at the Village Hall on Thursday evening. Call her on 747 381 to reserve yours now (£12.50).  The ‘curtain’ goes up at 7.30pm. The bar can supply you with glasses, but you’re asked to Bring Your Own drinks.

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Arts4Rutland: a Commemoration of WW1 in Oakham on 14 November

Arts for Rutland present a WW1 Commemoration  at Rutland County Museum on November 14th at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 from Rutland County Museum and on the door.

The performance starts with readings from Letters of a Lost Generation  edited by Alan Bishop and Mark Bostridge (1998) are read by permission of Mark Bostridge and T.J. Brittain-Catlin, Literary Executors for the Estate of Vera Brittain 1970.  These are a selection of letters written between Vera Brittain and three young men all who went to Uppingham School. These young men all enlisted very soon after the start of WW1 and the letters describe in their own words their experiences of life in the trenches.

This is followed by After the Ball by Lynn Brittney, a powerful One Act play performed by actors from local theatrical groups. The play examines the effect of war on serving officers and their loved ones set around an annual ball held by the family and is very moving and thought provoking.

Then there will be a selection of poems from 1914 read by the cast. A Recording of Wildflower Meadows especially written for the Mobilisation event at Kendrew Barracks in June will be played. There is also be an exhibition by Oakham Town Council coordinated by Adam Lowe with memorabilia and artefacts of Oakham’s involvement in WW1. The Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff are attending and it promises to be an evening of remembrance and locally produced dramatic performances.

Further information from Joy Everitt, Arts for Rutland on 723 393

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Tickets for Sarah Moule: get them now!

Tickets for Sarah Moule – live in concert in Morcott Village Hall – are selling fast, so do not leave it too late to get yours. This nationally-renowned jazz singer is in little’ole Morcott for one night only, just a stroll from your front door.

Sarah Moule is live in Morcott on Thursday 20 November at 7.30pm.

Dave Gelly of The Observer said on 14 September that Sarah is ‘cool, elegant, immaculate’ and awarded her 5 stars.  Brian Blain of says ‘Massive talent and perfect technique – as a solo artist Sarah Moule stands in the very top flight of UK singers‘  so what are you waiting for?

Phone Alison Johnson on 747 381 or email alisonejohnson (at) aol (dot) com ASAP.  Tickets are £12.50 each …. for a jazz singer of national renown.

This is a BYO night: in other words, bring your own booze, whatever your tipple. Glasses provided.

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