Exploring Christianity this autumn

Our Priest-in-Charge Christopher Armstrong is running a weekly session for enquiring minds. Christopher says: Lost in Services? Difficulties with God? Problem of Evil?

You are invited to a short course, ‘Exploring Christianity’, beginning on Monday 9 September at Barrowden Rectory, 7pm.  It is designed to ask and answer questions for enquirers with a possibility of Baptism or Confirmation at the end. All welcome. 

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Ride & Stride 2019

What are you doing on 14 September? How about walking, running, cycling or riding your horse from church to church around Rutland?  You’ll be enjoying the great outdoors and raising funds for the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust which gives out grants to preserve the county’s churches (including Morcott).


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Ride & Stride 2019 is on Saturday 14 September. The idea is to get family and friends to sponsor you to visit as many churches as possible during the day. All the churches in Rutland (and there are 64 in total!) will be manned by volunteers who will ‘tick off’ visitors.

Morcott’s Ride & Stride organiser is John Williams. At 80+ John has a fantastic record not only of organising, but raising sponsorship by walking from church to church.

If you would like to take part, please ring John on 747 515 for a leaflet and sponsorship form. If you can’t take part then please sponsor John and any other participants in the village. John will be knocking on doors soon!

You can go to RutlandRideAndStride.org.uk to find out more (including a ‘create a route’  planning tool) and there’s a Just Giving page: JustGiving.com/rhcpt 

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Songs of Praise at St Mary’s Church 15 August

Everyone in the village is cordially invited to Morcott church’s ‘patronal festival’ marked with a celebratory Songs of Praise service on Thursday 15 August at 7.30pm.

There’s no sermon, no communion – just as many of our favourite hymns as we can fit in and one or two readings celebrating St Mary the Virgin, our patron saint.

Please stay for a glass of wine afterwards.

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Parish Council Minutes

The minutes of the July Parish Council meeting have been published, and can be downloaded here in PDF form. 17TH JULY 2019 MINUTES

Note that the Parish Council is still looking to co-opt additional members. Please consider putting yourself forward and contact the Parish Clerk for further info.

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Cerys Powell is fundraising for Cancer Research


Morcott’s own Cerys Powell is throwing herself around a ‘Pretty Muddy’ 5km obstacle course in a fundraiser organised by national charity Cancer Research UK.

This is on 7 September in Nottingham where Cerys is at university. Cerys is going door-to-door with her sponsorship form OR you can put a donation in an envelope through her letterbox at 19 Willoughby Road.

race for life

Cerys says “Cancer is one of the biggest health issues of our time and it affects every family. One of my main motivations for running is that I lost my step grandmother this year to cancer. Cancer is such a hard battle so I would appreciate sponsors to help us to fight back against cancer.”

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Road Closures 12 Aug 2019

RCC intends to close Morcott High Street (whole length, from end to end) for one day on 12 August 2019 for ‘surface dressing’. On the same date, a section of road between Morcott and Wing (after the Pilton fork) will also be closed for the same purpose.

As usual “reasonable facilities will be provided to allow access to adjacent premises while the work is being carried out” but they’ll clearly want all our cars off the road so they can pour bitumen and scatter chippings. Mind your paintwork!

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Kids Activities in South Luffenham

South Luffenham Church is organising some fun family activities in August, and invite Morcott families to join in. Details are:

Kids Crafts: South Luffenham Village Hall, Monday 5 August 2-3pm at a cost of £2 per family (not per child).

Rounders on the Rec (as in South Luffenham’s Recreation Ground on A6121). Each Wednesday in August: 7, 14, 21 and 28, at 6pm (for an hour). A casual, fun game of rounders for all ages and abilities. Kids HAVE to be accompanied by an adult. Free.

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