Charity Stall in Uppingham on Saturday

A reminder that Beverley and Robert Teasdale are setting up stall in Uppingham marketplace this Saturday 15 September 2018, to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts: CLIC Sargent for Children with Cancer charity. DO GO AND SUPPORT THEM!

They will be offering homemade cakes, pies and produce from their garden. If you can contribute to the cause by baking etc, please do, or you can support them by going along and buying something.

CLIC Sargent for Children with Cancer provides specialist support to families who are coping with their child’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, and it is the leading cancer charity in this field. 

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Wanted: Editor for the Parish Magazine

If you’ve received your copy of September’s Parish Magazine, you will see that the village needs a volunteer to take on the Editorship. Could this be you?

Outgoing editor Gwen Joyce (who retires with our grateful thanks) says it is a one day a month task, taking the contributions which come in from all corners of the village by email (mainly) and on bits of paper delivered by hand. We usually have information for about 12 A5 pages, and while the magazine starts with Church news, it includes notices from the Parish Council, info about the Village Hall, and from the various village Clubs and Societies. Once the pages are edited, the magazine document is handed over to John Williams who organises printing and distribution.

To fulfill the role of Editor, you really only need to be familiar with a standard word-processing package on your PC or laptop, and to use email. On the other hand, if you happen to be a desk-top publishing whiz, we’d be more than happy to hear from you!

Please contact either of the Churchwardens if you would like to find out more: Eric  is on 747175; Jane on 747157 (or via this notice/the village website).

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Parish Council Meeting 5 Sept 2018

The Clerk to the Parish Council would like me to let villagers know that there is a meeting on Wednesday 5 September 2018 in the Village Hall, starting 7.30pm.

The full Agenda may be found HERE on the Parish Council’s own website, along with supporting papers for agenda items.

The meeting includes a ‘Democratic 10 Minutes’ slot which is an opportunity for the electorate to speak on any subject covered by the Agenda.

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Re-launch Party: Country Lounge

The Freeman family would like to invite everyone in Morcott to the re-launch party for the Country Lounge.

The fun starts at 7pm on Friday 24 August 2018 and goes on “until late”.  There will be a hog roast, and a live band. The message is: “We look forward to seeing everybody.”

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Songs of Praise in Morcott on Wednesday

To mark the ‘feast day’ of our Patron Saint, St Mary the Virgin, Morcott church is holding a Songs of Praise service at 7pm this Wednesday 15 August 2018.

Please join us to sing half a dozen great hymns as requested by members of the congregation. There will also be a couple of readings, but no sermon or communion – just a celebration of St Mary with lovely music!

All are welcome. Please stay afterwards for a drink and a chat.  Any questions, please buzz churchwarden Jane Williams on 747157.

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St George’s Barracks Update August 2018

Some of you may have received an email from Rutland County Council about the Consultation that was held in May/June. I did, because I have signed up to their email list of those who want to stay in the loop. If you do too, email localplan@rutland.gov.uk to say ‘please add me to your Local Plan consultation list’ and you’ll get future updates.

In the initial stage of Consultation, only 8 households/individuals from Morcott appear to have responded. Given that Morcott is two and a half miles from the site, I’m surprised. There is now a further opportunity to find out what is planned, because the entire Local Plan is to be adjusted to take into account the St George’s Barracks plan, and NEW sites that landowners have since put forward for development are being considered. Uppingham Library, Ketton Library, Oakham Library, Ryhall Library and RCC HQ at Catmose offices in Oakham are all holding exhibitions relating to this during normal opening hours between 13 – 24 August 2018. The detail is also online, but it is not half as easy to interpret as seeing it on a big display board. Here’s the relevant section of RCC’s website:  https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/planning-and-building-control/planning/planning-policy/local-plan-review/

MEANTIME, here is what Oliver Hemsley, the leader of RCC says: “I would like to thank you all for taking the time to share your views on draft proposals for the redevelopment of St George’s Barracks. Having reviewed the responses with the MOD, it’s clear that ensuring this site is developed in the right way is hugely important to the people of Rutland, as it is for us.

The feedback you’ve given us will be critical as we begin to plan the next stage of this important project. These responses will be used to help shape a more detailed set of plans for St George’s, which will be put to residents again in the autumn. Your views are also being incorporated into Rutland’s new Draft Local Plan, the purpose of which is to protect Rutland’s unique character while guiding future sustainable growth and development in our county. A separate consultation on the latest version of the Draft Local Plan is due to get underway in August and I would encourage you to once again share your views.

Both the Council and MOD remain clear about the need to involve local people and communities in shaping the future of St George’s Barracks. This is why we consulted with you at the earliest possible stage and why we have now made every single consultation response available for public viewing. We share many of the concerns expressed throughout the consultation, not least the need to ensure any future development is in keeping with Rutland’s unique and special character, and supported by all the necessary infrastructure improvements. Revised proposals for St George’s will reflect what we’ve heard and you will continue to be involved throughout.”

Oliver Hemsley
Leader of Rutland County Council\

TO SEE THE DETAIL OF RESPONSES TO THE MAY/JUNE CONSULTATION, FOLLOW THIS LINK https://www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk/consultation-feedback/ 

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Country Lounge: new management

Alan and Julia Freeman, who own the Country Lounge Cafe Bar & Restaurant, have contacted the website admin with some news they would like to share with the village.

They inform me that the current management team is leaving the Country Lounge at the end of July, and from Friday 3 August, it will be under the hands-on control of the Freeman family (who also own the Royal Oak in Duddington).

The Freeman’s eldest son Hayden Freeman will be running front of house, supported by his family.

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