Barrowden ‘symposium’ on Death

Our Priest-in-Charge, the Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, and Barrowden Church Council have organised a gathering to focus on something we don’t like to think about, let alone talk about: death and dying.

A panel of locals – a doctor, a nurse, a solicitor, a funeral director and a theologian – will each speak briefly about their professional experiences; what they can contribute to the process, and how to face up to some of the key issues.

The ‘symposium’ is held in Barrowden Village Hall on Tuesday 19 February 2019, starting at 7.30pm (ending around 9pm). All are welcome, from all the villages in our group, and there’s no charge.

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Gardening Group: Anglesey Abbey visit

The Gardening Group is going to see the famous ‘winter garden’ at Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge. It’s on Tuesday 12 February 2019, with cars leaving Morcott at 10am. Please give Tricia Jones a buzz on 747 851 to let her know you are interested, and plan car sharing.

This is a National Trust property so if you are a member, entry is free. For others it is GBP15.80 (if you don’t Gift Aid it) which includes entry to the historic House and working Watermill as well as the gardens.

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New Morcott Walking Group?

256px-Hiking_shoes_LowaBelle Hepworth and Richard Tolley are thinking of establishing a Walking Group in the village, with a regular monthly weekday walk.

They’d like anyone who is interested to get in touch with them, so that a Walking Group can be established and the first walk planned. Details are in the February parish magazine, or give them a call on 747 003.

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Morcott artist has Stamford exhibition

Tina Firkins and her family moved to Morcott (from Stamford) last autumn. Tina is an artist, designer and print-maker with a background in theatre design, and is one of three artists exhibiting this week at Stamford Arts Centre (with a lino print of Morcott church among her recent work).

The Local Artists Showcase opened yesterday (1st February 2019) and is on until 17 February. Do drop in when you’re in Stamford.

See or follow her on Instagram @tinafirkinsart



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Willoughby Road open (with care)

The ROAD CLOSED signs are still up, and it is single file for 50 yards half-way down, but Willoughby Road is passable for normal vehicles. The Road Closed signs appear to be putting off most of the usual weekend ‘Tip’ traffic though, which is nice!

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Defibrillator Training

Morcott has a potentially life-saving Defibrillator which is housed in the old telephone box on the High Street. Our co-ordinator is Gina Hacker, who is always keen to hear from anyone who would like to become a volunteer. Buzz her on 747 472.

In the meantime, there is a Resuscitation Refresher Course in Barrowden on Tuesday 29 January 2019 starting at 7pm (till 8.30pm). It is in the pub – the Exeter Arms and is FREE: Morcott volunteers are invited to find out how to use the defibrillator and learn CPR. Just turn up.

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RCC voted to apply for St George’s Barracks funding

After a long debate in front of more than 200 Rutland residents on Monday 21 January 2019, the full Council voted 12 for, 11 against applying for £30 million funding for the infrastructure required to support a new town at St George’s Barracks. Our ward councillor Edward Baines voted against.

Ahead of the vote Chairman Andrew Johnson represented the views of Morcott Parish Council and spoke against the proposal, as did other members of the Parish Council Liaison Group.

Before the meeting, RCC leader Councillor Oliver Hemsley, told me (via email) “if we vote for the submission we are not committing the County or Council to anything other than the chance to forward fund a development which will happen with or without the HIF Bid”.

BUT many speakers last night felt that in applying NOW for this funding, RCC is signalling to the MOD that it supports the master plan as it stands NOW (still far too big). This does NOT reflect the view of the majority of people in Rutland, and certainly weakens its position to negotiate with the MOD on our behalf.

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