Opera in Morcott: Tickets on Sale

Lovers of light opera have a treat in store on Saturday 17 June 2017, when a group of musical friends – Amici – present Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and other operatic highlights, in Morcott church.

The superb 18-strong choir is joined by guest soloists Nick Hardy (Opera North), Joanne Rondel and Judith Tinston. All the friends come together under the leadership of George Robey.

The first half (about 45 minutes) of the programme is Gilbert & Sullivan’s brilliant ‘Comic Opera in One Act’ Trial by Jury. After a relaxed interval during which wine and soft drinks will be available to buy, as well as raffle tickets, the second half of the concert will begin. This is a mix of ‘operatic hits’ including a show-stopping Nessun Dorma and other pieces arranged specially for the concert by choir members.

Amici has performed across the UK for 20 years, from Manchester’s Concert Halls to the stately homes of England, and on TV for programmes such as Songs of Praise. We are very lucky to have a choir of this standard come to Morcott.

Tickets are now on sale! £12.50 from Alison Johnson on 01572 747 381 or by email to alisonejohnson (at) aol (dot) com

  • Please arrive from 7pm, for ‘curtain up’ at 7.30pm.
  • Morcott church has unreserved seating, so don’t be late!
  • Interval refreshments & raffle.

This is a fundraiser, principally for Morcott Church, with a contribution made to the other churches in our group, who are helping us with arrangements and selling tickets.

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MPC: Chairman’s Report

The main feature of the recent Annual Parish Meeting was the Chairman’s Report. You can view it, or download it in PDF form: Chairmans Report May 2017 ABJ 170517

The Minutes of the full council meeting will be published on the Parish Council’s website in due course.

The next meeting of Morcott Parish Council is on 7 June 2017.

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Morcott Parish Council Annual Meetings

The Annual Parish Meeting, followed by the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 17 May 2017 in the Village Hall.

The Parish Meeting starts at 7pm and includes the Chairman’s report on the previous 12 months, and an opportunity for the public to speak. This short meeting is followed at approx 7.30pm by the Annual Parish Council Meeting.

Agendas for both meetings are posted on the Parish Council’s official website HERE

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Morcott Gardening Group update

The group had a lovely couple of hours on 23 April, visiting some of our own gardens to see how our spring bulb pots had turned out. The winner of our informal competition (kindly judged by Pat Simmonds) was Beverly Teasdale for her creative planting, with Julia Harbage second for her all-white display, and Tricia Jones third for her purple pot.

Here are a few pictures from the morning.






If you love gardening, do join the group – it’s all very informal and friendly! Contact Tricia Jones on 747 851 for more information.










The June meeting is a trip to Kelmarsh Hall Gardens, on Thursday 1 June 2017. The plan is to leave Morcott about 10.30am. The cost is around £7.50 if we have a guided garden tour. Please contact Tricia if you would like to come – we will be car sharing.

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Morcott Village Hall AGM 2017

The Village Hall Committee holds its Annual General Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. This is an open meeting and all villagers are welcome to attend, and ask questions. The audited accounts will be presented.

(Please note that the extraordinary Parish Council meeting mooted for the same date will NOT take place as no applications/firm proposals for the Allotment Field were received by the deadline. This item will be carried forward to the next Parish Council Meeting.)

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Gardening Group: Spring Pots

The Gardening Group is getting together on Sunday morning (23 April 2017) to show off their displays of spring bulbs in tubs and pots

This will happen in various ways: either bring your best pot/tub in all its glory (if you can lift it); OR bring photos of your tubs as they were at their peak (ie on your smartphone/iPad/tablet or a good old fashioned printed photo) OR if your display happens to be at its peak this weekend, the Group can visit to see them in situ.

Pat Simmonds is bravely going to judge the results and rumour has it there will be a prize. So, do convene at Tricia & Steve’s house (29 High Street) at 10.30am on Sunday to show off your spring pots!

There will be coffee/tea and biscuits.

ALSO – Sunday afternoon is the date that Tim and Stefa Hart open The Old Hall at Market Overton under the NGS yellow book scheme. Here are brief details: http://my-rutland.com/gardens-in-rutland-open-under-national-garden-scheme-2017


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Morcott: Road Closure

RCC Highways department has advised the Parish Council that it is carrying out work at the junction of The Cockpit/Wing Road/High Street on 25 & 26 April 2017 – that is Tuesday and Wednesday.

The junction will be closed and this will particularly inconvenience residents of Wing Road, or anyone travelling to Wing.

The diversion signs in place will no doubt confuse everyone and mean large/heavy vehicles travelling through the village on roads they should not normally undertake.

Further, the Centrebus Service 12 bus will not be able to travel through the village, but a diversion route has been put in place.  They advise passengers to wait (and disembark) at the ‘triangle’ at the High Street/A6121 near the White Horse Inn.  The bus will turn there and continue along the A47 to Glaston or Barrrowden as appropriate. Measures are being put in place to ensure that school transport is not disrupted.

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