News about the Tip



Rutland County Council has confirmed it hopes to return to a full Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) service by 21 June 2021.

The Council is making clear that this is dependent on the continuing impact of COVID-19 and the Government’s spring roadmap for ending lockdown. If the Government does not meet the tests that have been set for easing lockdown and certain restrictions are not lifted as planned, it will not be able to restore the HWRC service as hoped.

The return to full service, which includes the reopening of Cottesmore HWRC on 17 May 2021, will take place in phases, to make sure all operations run as smoothly and safely as possible. This will include the introduction of a temporary booking system, with pre-booked time slots for residents to access HWRCs (first North Luffenham and then Cottesmore).

Lighter evenings and the seasonal change to HWRC operating hours mean that sites can now open for longer, from 10am until 6pm, reducing concerns about traffic volumes. The gradual easing of COVID restrictions also means that staffing can start to return to normal levels across the council’s waste services – freeing up staff to recommence operations at Cottesmore.

The temporary booking system to reserve a time slot at North Luffenham HWRC will go live on Monday 12 April 2021. From Tuesday 27 April, you will not be able to use North Luffenham HWRC unless you have booked in advance.

The booking system will allow six cars on site every 20 minutes at North Luffenham, equating to 18 cars per hour or 144 cars a day (North Luffenham HWRC is currently open six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday). Bookings can be made via the Council’s website or by phone from Monday 12 April.

Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services at Rutland County Council, said: “I know just how much people value our recycling centre service. Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic, it simply hasn’t been possible to operate a full service across both our sites at North Luffenham and Cottesmore. With COVID restrictions now being eased, we will soon be in a position where we don’t need additional staff to implement COVID-secure measures and provide extra cover for other services, like black and grey bin collections. This means that we can look towards lifting traffic restrictions around North Luffenham HWRC and reopening Cottesmore, albeit with some temporary measures still in place to make sure both sites can operate smoothly and safely.”

Following the switch to a booking system at North Luffenham HWRC from Tuesday 27 April, all temporary traffic restrictions currently in place around site will be removed, meaning two-way traffic flow will be reinstated along Glebe Road. The new exit gate at North Luffenham HWRC will also be brought into use for the first time.

Provided there are no issues with the new booking system and operations at North Luffenham HWRC are able to continue without disruption, the Council will review the current ban on trailers at North Luffenham HWRC in May.

The temporary booking system to reserve a time slot at Cottesmore HWRC will go live on Tuesday 4 May 2021. When Cottesmore reopens on Monday 17 May, you will not be able to use the site unless you have booked in advance. The booking system will allow three cars on site every 20 minutes at Cottesmore, equating to 9 cars per hour or 72 cars a day. Cottesmore HWRC will be open four days a week – Friday to Monday. Trailers will continue to be banned from Cottesmore HWRC when the site reopens on 17 May, although this will be kept under review.

Councillor Stephenson added: “From 21 June, in line with the Government’s proposed removal of all legal limits on social contact, we hope to lift all COVID restrictions across our two HWRC sites. The continuing need for a booking system to manage traffic at both sites will be reviewed, with the intention of removing this as soon as it’s safe. We don’t expect to lift the ban on trailers at Cottesmore HWRC by this date. However, these arrangements will provide for a seven day a week HWRC service across two sites and access for trailers at North Luffenham.”

For more information about Household Waste and Recycling Centre services in Rutland, including further details about the process to book a timeslot at North Luffenham HWRC from 12 April, please visit:

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Duke of Edinburgh: Book of Condolence at Church

A Book of Remembrance has been set up on a table in the church porch for anyone who would like to express their condolences on the death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Please use the provided hand sanitiser after you handle the book. A pen has been provided but you may prefer to use your own.

Next week the book will be inscribed and sent to Buckingham Palace.

God of our lives,

we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,

for the love he shared among us,

and for his devotion to duty.

We entrust him now to your love and mercy,

through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

Merciful God, be close to all who mourn,

especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.

May they know the hope of your promises

and the comfort of your love,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Our First Church Service of 2021

We are pleased to say that St Mary the Virgin has its first ‘real’ service this Sunday 11 April 2021 at 11am. It is led by our Reader Ann Robinson, who will offer Holy Communion by Extension (that means the communion wafers have been blessed by Christopher so that Ann may distribute them).

Communion is wafers only, not wine; we will have 1 or 2 ‘cantors’ to sing for us but if the weather is dry we plan to move into the churchyard to sing the final hymn together.

Please wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser and choose a socially-distanced pew. But above all, enjoy coming back to ‘real’ church!

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Take note of the RCC road closure from this Monday April 12th 2021: Oakham Road from the junction with Lyndon Road to Uppingham Road – estimated for a lengthy 3 months (to 5th July) but could take longer. Believe this is the A6003. See attached notice with the Councils recommended diversion. For Network Rail to repair bridge.

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Morcott has a Facebook Group – please join it

To support communication around the village, a new Facebook Group has been set up.

The best thing about it is that anyone can post themselves, rather than have to ask the Website Admin to post for them.

It’s also a place to post questions, news or offers that are time-sensitive and more short-term than information that is appropriate for the Website.

For example, you could post about Lost & Found cats/dogs, Sell or Give away unwanted stuff, ask a Question or share concerns about antisocial behaviour.

The Facebook Group complements this Website, and Morcott Next Door (if you use it) and the WhatsApp groups that some belong to.

Here is a link to the Group. If you use Facebook, do please join it. The more Members the Group has, the more useful it is.

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And the Winner is…

Well done to the six brave bakers who sent Hot Cross Buns for judging by Rutland Gourmet.

Before judging

Sarah and John Rivett faithfully tested every one, and announced the winner to be ERIC HAZELWOOD! Eric promptly came clean and admitted that Astrid had made the HCBs but didn’t plan to enter, so he submitted one under HIS name, but he cannot take the credit.

Sarah said “Excellent flavour and texture, if a bit rustic.”

Second was Sian Powell for her bun which was “neat, soft and good flavour” and third Pat Simmonds for her “good rise and shape”. Honourable mentions for Michael Blank, Tanya Teasdale Brown and Tejal Mitchell. Sadly no children entered, but maybe the lengthy ‘proving’ process put them off.

After judging

Thanks to all six star bakers for making the effort: hope you enjoyed it. Thank you also to Sarah and John for judging. What a wonderful day Easter Sunday was, with blue skies and warm sun. What a contrast to this morning’s snow and the plunge in temperature!

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Easter – In Church and Online Services

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and our Reader Ann Robinson are offering as many Easter services as possible, across our five parishes, including online meditations. Here is a summary:

MAUNDY THURSDAY: This 30-minute film was recorded at Barrowden and is a ‘Walking Meditation’ that includes music and readings. Watch it here on YouTube any time you wish:

GOOD FRIDAY: Ann Robinson leads a live Meditation at 2pm on Zoom. To participate, click on this Zoom invitation link:


Bake-off day! Morcott’s Hot Cross Bun Easter Bake-off. This fun competition is open to everyone and is judged by Rutland Gourmet: please drop your wrapped HCB at Sarah’s kitchen door by 3pm Saturday, with your name/address and age if 16 or under. Winners/prizes announced on Easter Monday.


St Mary’s Church in Morcott has been decorated for Easter and is open for prayer all day, but there is no formal service. Please wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser and leave a ‘someone sat here’ notice in your pew, to minimise the Covid risks.

South Luffenham has a service of Holy Communion by Extension at 9.30am, led by Ann Robinson. PLEASE TELEPHONE Sally on 01780 729 515 to ‘book a seat’ so the churchwardens can manage social distancing. Communion by Extension means that Christopher has blessed the wafers/wine so that Ann may distribute them. Wear a mask please.

Barrowden has a service of Holy Communion at 11am, with Christopher Armstrong. PLEASE TELEPHONE Kay on 01572 748 797 to ‘book a seat’ so the churchwardens can manage social distancing. Wear a mask please. This service will ALSO be live-streamed on Zoom: just click on this invitation link:

There is also a short service of Compline, on Zoom at 6pm on Easter Sunday, which ends with a meditation by Bishop Donald. Again, here’s the link:

Christopher, Ann, Eric, Jane and all the church team wish everyone in Morcott a very happy Easter.

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Morcott Parish Magazine – it’s back!

The editorial team always hoped to bring back Morcott Parish News in some format, and here is the first one of 2021 – the month of April, just in time for Easter.

We’ve gone digital – it is in PDF format, so you can read it online, OR download the PDF and print it off on your home printer.

The few villagers who do not have internet access and who we know value the parish magazine will receive a printed copy through their letterbox, courtesy of the Church Council. If you know of someone desperate to see a hard copy, who cannot access the magazine any other way, then please contact Eric Hazelwood.

Happy Easter!

Just click on the FILE below and it should open up/download. Let the website Admin know if you have any problems.

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Just the Job: The Medics on Zoom Monday evening

Join us for the last Just the Job of this Lockdown. 

This week it is The Medics with tales of their highs and lows of their challenging professions.

Two of our speakers are from Morcott: they are Toby Walker, a retired Vascular Surgeon with tales from the operating theatre, and Amanda Gallie, recently president of the British Association of Dental Therapists, who practices and lectures on dental hygiene.

The third speaker is Sally Brown who, after 30+ years in Nursing now offers Health & Social Care consultancy. Sally lives in Barrowden.

To join, all you have to do is (1) check that you have the Zoom app or download it. (2) click on the link below.

When? Monday 29th March 2021 Time 7:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

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The Great Morcott Bake-Off for Easter

Enter St Mary’s Church Hot Cross Bun Competition

A monk from St Albans is said to have baked the first hot cross buns to distribute to the poor on Good Friday. The basic recipe is flour, butter, sugar, eggs, yeast, milk, dried fruit and spices, so why not have a go?

  • There are two classes (1) Adults (2) 16 yrs and under
  • Sarah Rivett of Rutland Gourmet is our judge
  • Use any recipe you like from your granny’s to Mary Berry’s
  • You are asked to submit ONE bun for judging on Easter Saturday 3 April.
  • To stay Covid-safe, wrap in paper/foil/cling film, include your name & phone number (plus age if 16/under) and deliver to Sarah’s kitchen door at The Firs, on A47, by 3pm.

Winners will be announced on Easter Monday.

This is a free-to-enter competition organised by the church and open to every man, woman and child in Morcott.

Questions? Ask the Churchwardens 747157 or 747715

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