Congratulations John!

Morcott’s own John Williams was last night (Wednesday 1 November 2017) given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Active Rutland sports review, held at Greetham Valley Golf Club.

The award recognises John’s decades of dedication to promoting Walking in the countryside, his advice on countryside access to organisations like the CPRE and particularly for creating and promoting the ‘Rutland Round’ circular walk, which is a 65-mile route right around our county.

The Rutland Round forms the backbone of Rutland’s annual Walking Festival, and John still leads ‘his’ walk each year. This is not only great for walking but also promotes Tourism to Rutland.

QUICK PLUG: John’s very good GUIDE BOOK to the Rutland Round can be bought direct from him, and is also available on Amazon.

Congratulations John: well deserved!

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Vacancy on Morcott Parish Council

The Parish Clerk has asked me to post this information. Click on the link to open RCC’s formal notice in PDF form.

Notice of vacancy – Morcott – Graham Pritchard – November 2017[10645]

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All Souls Day Thursday 2 November

The churches in our group are holding a special service this Thursday, on All Souls Day 2 November 2017.

During the service the names of those who have died in recent years will be read out. If you would like to add the name of someone important to you, there is a list on the table at the back of St Mary’s Church, or contact churchwarden Eric Hazelwood.

The service is led by the Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, and the sermon will be given by the Rev Pip Clements, who will be known to many in Morcott.

Time: 7.30pm. Barrowden Church. All are welcome.

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Bonfire Night in Barrowden

Our friends in Barrowden are once again inviting the good folk of Morcott to their organised firework display. Details are:

Saturday 4 th November on Barrowden recreation ground.
Gates open at 6pm, the Bonfire will be lit at 6.15pm and the firework display will start at 7pm.

There will be donation buckets on the gate as the money raised this year goes towards next year’s display. Food and hot drinks available to buy.

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New listing on Freecycle/For Sale

A new listing has been posted on the website’s Freecycle/For Sale area. There are currently several items listed so do check out the page and get in touch with the owner if you’re interested.

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Piano & Organ Recital in Barrowden

Saturday 28 October, 2017 – 12:30 – 14:00
An open invitation from our friends in Barrowden.
This is a “not to be missed” opportunity to enjoy the playing of two of Barrowden’s truly accomplished musicians, John Comber and Jean Swinbanks.  They have put together a fascinatingly eclectic range of music for both organ and piano.
The recital will showcase pieces as contrasting as Elgar and Gospel, Bach and Jazz – and you’d have to travel a long way to find such a diverse mix!
The recital starts at 12:30 with an interval at 13:15 when light refreshments will be served – wine, soft drinks, coffee and small eats. We plan to finish at about 14:00
Seating for the first 40 who apply will be in the nave, and after that it is free seating, a bit like flying with easyJet but more fun!
Amazingly there is no charge for the recital.  However there will be a collection at the end with all donations going towards the cost of the new Thirlmere Organ.  The pieces that John plans to play are designed to demonstrate the versatility of this new piece of kit!
Please let Barrowden know as soon as possible if you wish to come – then we can make plans for the catering.  And oh yes, bring a friend, the more the merrier! So, if you fancy coming along please contact any one of the following:
John Comber [01572 747447]
Steve Preston [01572 747098]
Peter Voller [01572 747374]
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Beware Burglars

Sadly, two Morcott High Street properties have been broken into in the last few days, with thieves targetting empty houses and trying multiple entry points (jemmying windows and door locks).

Police believe thieves are researching in daylight and returning to ransack for portable valuables, especially jewellery and cash.

Keep your eyes open and do jot down numbers or take a photo of any slow/parked vehicle that you do not recognise. Do report suspicious behaviour to the Police dialling 101.

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