WING WI meeting February 8th 2018 7.30pm

 Helen Phillips will be speaking on

“The Master Craftsmen of Kashmir……….

………………………………… And the search for the Real Pashmina”

You are all invited to attend, to what promises to be an interesting evening. Helen is the founder of ‘Door to the Himalayas’ her interest in this rural area began in 2010. Her company offers the opportunity for the artisans and Master craftsmen to sell to a wider market. Helen has more recently worked with women’s groups and her work continues. Do put this date in your diary and come to hear her fascinating story. We will welcome men too!!

Helen will be bringing items for sale (credit cards accepted!)

If, at all possible, would you please let the WI know if you are hoping to attend but you can just turn-up!

To help cover expenses the WI has to charge 3 pounds but that does include a cup of tea and some cake!

Judith 01572 737761 .

Important Meeting at the Village Hall on Wednesday 17th at 7pm to consider a major change in the way the money is collected for the maintenance and repair of the village hall is used.

The Parish Council wish to change the Wing Community Charity Governance document the allow the money collected by the Village Hall Committee to be used for anything the Parish Council deem to benefit the village.

BUT the villagers who set up the Charity specifically insert words to safeguard the money so it would not be used for anything other than the repair and maintenance of the Village Hall. This smart move has enabled us to keep the Village Hall in good condition when village halls over the country are falling into disrepair.

This has not prevented the Hall from being used for other fundraising functions provided it is made clear that the fundraising PROVIDING it is made clear that the funds would not go towards the upkeep of the hall. The organizer just hires the hall for the length of time required.

This has worked without problems for 30+ years.

If the safeguard is removed the money for repair and maintenance could be taken for any purpose that the Parish Council see fit, supplementing the Precept, the tax that is levied on every resident and which they should work within… and the hall will suffer.


We have some exciting sessions lined up for the next couple of months, see below.
You are also more than welcome to come along and bring whatever  you may be working on for example crocheting or painting. We also have various games if you don’t fancy being creative.

Feb 8th, Wing Village Hall – Computer and tablet help

Feb 22nd, Manton Village Hall – Folk Art demo and have a go ??
Folk art are the beautiful paintings you see on canal boats.

March 8th, Wing Village Hall – Calligraphy demo and have a go
Pens and calligraphy paper will be provided.

March 22nd, Manton Village Hall – Scrabble and other board games or book making ??

Each session runs from 2.30 – 4.30. Cost £3 to include tea and cake
ALL WELCOME, we have people from all villages, Oakham and Uppingham too.
Contact: Wing: Joanne 737286,
Manton: Helen 737157,

Warning of a new scam

Important Meeting at the Village Hall on Wednesday 17th at 7pm to consider a major change in the way the money is collected for the maintenance and repair of the village hall is used.

The Parish Council have not posted any notices anywhere in the village informing the residents of this but it is scheduled.

The Parish Council, as Trustee of the Charity Wing Community Centre (Wing Village Hall) wishes to seek the approval of Wing’s community to extend the Scheme governing the Charity to enable the Village Hall Management Committee to spend monies raised in the future, in excess of that required to maintain and develop the Village Hall, on activities of wider benefit to the community.

The Charity was originally established to established to ring-fence the funds raised for the benefit of the village hall ONLY, to ensure it was kept to a high standard. At present the trust document restricts how monies raised can be spent.

If the village residents wish to agree to this change this will require a change to the Charity Commission Objectives.

The proposed change could release the constraints put upon the Parish Council by the originators of the Charity some 34 years ago to prevent the Parish Council using the funds for anything other than the maintenance and repair of the Village Hall.

The residents have for 34 years used the Village Hall as a base for fundraising for ANY good cause without let or hindrance. Please come along to hear how the proposed changes could work.


It is important that residents are fully informed about the impact these changes could have.

All are Welcome and Encouraged to attend.

It’s Christmas!

Today is the prime holiday in the calendar. May you all have a very happy day especially those who are lucky enough to be with friends and family.

If you have a neighbour who is alone remember to call on them and make the day a little brighter for them too.

For those of you with a family that can’t be with you, you can speak to them or even see them for free using Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype or any of the many free apps that are available on your computer or smartphone. Merry Christmas To You All in Wing!

100 Club Christmas Grand Draw

The 100 Club organiser, after much thought decided that this year the boat should be pushed out to attract the serious investor. Whilst £25 is a useful amount even today, £100 really is enough to start a small business or buy an Automobile.

A very closely observed draw  saw the third prize go to No. 37, Rosalind King. The second prize went to No. 6, Mick Rodgers, Mary was heard later telling him he could not go on a world cruise.

After much rolling of drums the first prize drawn from the Christmas sack was No. 44 Robina Curley of Wing Hall.

Below is a photograph of the Draw organiser presenting the prize to Robina. The other figure is your occasional society reporter and bodyguard. Prizes were given in cash so an armoured van had to be hired for the presentation. A mistake as it could not negotiate the ice in Wing. The monies were delivered on foot, the couriers changing into working clothes so as not to attract attention.

Robin 100Club winner g


Help us to keep its unique character

OK2WAY Action Group

One Way? … No Way!

Oakham does not want to look like Milton Keynes or Disneyland!!

This one-way proposal will create:

  • congested traffic around unsuitable side streets;
  • hazards for those who walk into town;
  • noise and air pollution in residential streets.

It will provide 30 fewer parking spaces for visitors.

Local shops are 90% against the idea.



[Although the petition has been handed in with around 3000 signatures it will continue to run online until mid-March 2018]

Rutlanders! There is no £2 million grant!

In June this year Rutland County Council bid for over £2 million from the Department for Transport towards the £3 million cost of a one-way system and regeneration scheme for Oakham town centre. The application was unsuccessful and there will be not DfT grant for this project.

The Chief Executive Officer and the leader of the council must have known this since mid-October, but we have seen no public announcement. Why not? What will the council do now? Will it scale down the project as it undertook to do in its bid to the DfT? What consultation will the council now undertake? Or will it blithely push ahead with the original plans, despite the rapidly rising tide of discontent and opposition?

If it goes ahead regardless, where will the missing £2 million come from? What other council projects will have to be abandoned? Which other budgets will be depleted? Will we, as Council Tax payers, now have to underwrite this potentially disastrous scheme which so many residents – and voters – are convinced is a bad idea?

Isn’t it time you asked your County Councillor some very pointed questions?

Tell Uppingham Ward Councillors your views by emailing , &


From the Heart of Rutland

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