UPDATE: Border Terrier home

Thankfully, a very tired, dehydrated and feeling sorry-for-herself terrier found her own way home to Back Lane last night. Stand down! Richard and Marjorie would like to thank all who were keeping an eye open.

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St George’s Barracks plans: update

The INITIAL consultation on what is called the High Level Master Plan closed on 14 June 2018, but it appears that only about 1300+ responses to various Questionnaire/Comment opportunities were received. Apparently only 325 responses were recorded via the online form at stgeorgesrutland.co.uk which makes me wonder if it was working properly!

It seems to me as I walk around the village, that people feel this development is inevitable and there’s no point in ‘consulting’ because the MOD and the Council will over-ride our views. While the development IS inevitable, there is still much to say about how big it will be, and what it will be like. There will be future opportunities to Consult, and I do urge villagers to use the democratic processes that are open to us.

I am indebted to Andrew Johnson, the Chairman of Morcott Parish Council for updating me with the following information. Andrew recently attended a meeting chaired by Sir Alan Duncan, with the Leader, Deputy Leader and CEO of Rutland County Council, plus the MOD, Ward Councillors and Parish Council Chairmen from across Rutland.

While Sir Alan is clearly supportive of the Defence Estate Strategy and the partnership between RCC and the MOD (after all, he is a former MOD minister), he encouraged some debate about infrastructure, potential phasing, employment, design and quality.


The main outcome of that meeting is that an ADVISORY GROUP is to be formed that includes the Parish Council Chair of every Rutland village, and the other attendees, which has the purpose of scrutinising and advising RCC on all aspects of the proposals. This group will meet once a month ahead of the main RCC Cabinet discussion so that comments/views can be communicated to cabinet members.

More information in due course.

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Gardening Group Summer Pots

Morcott Gardening Group is gathering this Saturday 30 June 2018 to admire each others’ Summer Pots that we have all (?!) planted up!

Meet at 29 High Street at 10.30am and then we’ll stroll around the village to view all the entries in our good-humoured competition. Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve planted up a pot or not… and whether you’re already a Gardening Group regular, or a newbie wondering what it’s all about.

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Barrowden Fete Saturday

Our friends in Barrowden have reminded me that their annual Fete is this Saturday 30 June 2018, starting at 12 noon on the village green, and we are all invited.

Attractions include traditional stalls, classic cars, hopefully a Battle of Britain fly-past (about 12.45), a Duck Race on the pond, Pimms stall and a BBQ. All proceeds to St Peter’s church, which is about to tackle a major building programme, and to other village groups.

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Correction: MPC meets THURSDAY 14 June

Apologies: the Parish Council Meeting is Thursday 14 June 7.30pm. I’m updating the notice online.

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Morcott Parish Council Meeting Thurs 14 June 2018

A reminder that the Parish Council meets on Thursday evening, 14 June 2018. The Agenda items include the draft Memorandum of Understanding between Burghley Estate and the council, and the council’s response to RCC’s plans for St George’s Barracks site.

All villagers are invited to attend: there will be a 10 minute ‘democracy slot’ in which views may be stated/questions asked. The full Agenda and all supporting documents are on the Parish Council’s own website: http://www.morcottparishcouncil.org.uk/council-meetings.html#item-638855-1069732

The meeting is in the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

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Metal theft alert – with particular reference to Church

Glaston church had a large quantity of lead stolen from its roof last night (Tuesday 29 May 2018).

Please keep your eyes open for any strangers at St Mary’s church: we are NOT having any work done at present, so sightings of workmen/ladders/vans etc should be viewed with suspicion.

Please contact either of the churchwardens at ANY time if you have any concerns (747157 or 747175) or – if a crime is in progress – dial 999.

Morcott church DOES have a functioning roof alarm, and signs up publicising this fact, so we hope this puts off unwanted visitors, but …

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