Gardening Group: Pruning Workshop

March’s gathering is a practical morning on Saturday 24 February, when Amanda Banfield is going to give us some tips on when and how to prune for healthy growth and good looking plants.

We’ll meet at Amanda’s at 10.30am rain or shine. If you don’t know where Amanda lives, give her a buzz on 747 810, or ask someone else in the group.

Spring is on its way: it must be, because Monty Don is on our TV screens from 9 March (hoorah!) so if  you would like to join our friendly group for sharing mutual knowledge and plants, please come along.

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French Night in Morcott: book now!

chef-1417239_1280A TASTE OF FRANCEMorcott Village HallSaturday 10 March 7.30pm

Bienvenue! An invitation to a delicious three course dinner ‘en français’ freshly prepared for you to enjoy with friends & family.

Le Menu:

  • French Paté
  • Beef in Burgundy Red Wine with Gratin Dauphinois potatoes &  green beans
  • French style dessert
  • Coffe/tea to finish

Plus a fun French Table Quiz and a Raffle ‘magnifique’

Cost for three course dinner & coffee/tea only £20 per person

BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment. Bookings close on Saturday 3rd March or earlier if sold out.

Contact Alison Johnson on 747381 or e-mail alisonejohnson (at) aol (dot) com

A vegetarian option will be available for the first and second courses. Please advise if required when booking. Please bring your own wine/beer and soft drinks. Glasses provided.

Dress: Berets and striped shirts optional!  

All proceeds will go to Morcott Village Hall.

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Extraordinary Meeting of MPC

The Parish Clerk has asked me to post this notice of an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 21 February at 7pm in the Village Hall.

Here is the AGENDA (click for pdf)

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Calling all Art Lovers!

If you’re interested in Art, and you are even vaguely spiritual, Christopher Armstrong our Priest-in-Charge has a personal recommendation for you this month.


“The Art of Lent: a Painting a Day from Ash Wednesday to Easter” is a little book by Sister Wendy Beckett, the 87 year old nun and art expert.  Sister Wendy has chosen 40 fascinating paintings – one for each day of Lent – and describes and interprets them in her own wise words.

Don’t take Christopher’s word for it. Here is what Dr Janina Ramirez, art historian and broadcaster says:  “For those who want to appreciate the spirituality behind some of the world’s greatest works of art, this book will be hugely inspiring – not only during Lent but at any time of year.”

Ash Wednesday – marking the beginning of Lent – is February 14th 2018, so if you would like to embark on a journey through Art and spirituality before Easter, please get your copy in good time. It would make an interesting alternative Book Club choice!

Kate Blank (who says it’s a lovely little book) has a stash of copies that she will be pleased to sell you at the RRP of £9.99. Give her a buzz on 747 240. Other (online) retailers are of course available!  Format: 98 pages, 16cms x 14cms.

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Gardening Group 30 January meet

Spring must be in the air! The first 2018 meeting of Morcott’s friendly and informal Gardening Group is on Tuesday 30 January at 7.30pm.  There will be a visiting speaker, Penny Dawson, who has a specialist nursery in Stamford, and who will talk about Hellebores.

The venue is the Teasdale’s house: Windmill View on the High Street (east end). All are welcome, so if you’re new to the village and interested in gardening, do come along and say hello! There’ll be a small charge to cover speaker costs and tea/coffee.

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Your Community, Your Resources

The Round Rutland organisation, which for 10 years has been providing advice and support to vulnerable and elderly people in the county, is winding up because its funding has come to an end.
It is holding a final event – open to all – to introduce people to the other organisations that can help them in future. These include charities like Vista and AgeUK, as well as Rutland Community Wellbeing Service, Home Straight, Voluntary Action Rutland and Healthwatch Rutland.
This is an open afternoon on Wednesday 14 February between 2.30-4.30pm (free tea and cakes) at the Victoria Hall in Oakham.
Further info here: 30773 A5 leaflet(2)
Should anyone in Morcott want to attend, and is without transport, please contact the Round Rutland office on 01572 335101: it is possible that a coach will be available to pick up at local villages.
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Green Bin Charge from April

The Parish Clerk has received a communication from RCC about the new charge for collecting our Green bins:

“As you will know, 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 22 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:

If you have any questions about the service please feel free to contact me.”

This is signed Mat Waik, Strategic Communications Advisor
Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland. LE15 6HP
t: 01572 758 328 | m: 07973 855 469 | e:

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