Stamford Arts Centre Theatre re-opens on the 19th July

Stamford Arts Centre Theatre re-opens on the 19th July with the Shoestring’s new production of the sparkling 19th Century comedy London Assurance.

The first ever performance of Dion Boucicault’s London Assurance was on 4 March 1841 at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden where it ran for three months. More recently, revised by Richard Bean, who wrote One Man, Two Guvnors, it was an outstanding success at the National Theatre in 2010.

Now, to cheer everybody up, and to welcome audiences back to live theatre, Shoestring will be presenting six performances of this uproarious comedy at 7.45pm from Monday-Saturday, July 19th-24th. For tickets contact the Arts Centre Box Office, 01780 755611, or

Rutland High Sheriff Declaration

From David Wood, the new High Sheriff of Rutland:

As my Declaration had to be held privately, I was unable to outline my objectives and plans for my shrieval year which the letter now attempts to do.

Besides my responsibilities as High Sheriff in supporting the judiciary, police and emergency services, I also want to focus on two key objectives:

The first is to support those suffering from rural poverty be it financial, loneliness or isolation.  Rutland is a comparatively wealthy county but there are many people who are in need which has been exposed even more due to Covid 19. There are many wonderful volunteers and organisations who are helping these people and I would very much like to meet these helpers to thank them by recognising and showing support for their efforts.

The second objective is to visit all the villages in Rutland as well as our towns of Oakham and Uppingham with two things in mind – firstly to find out how everyone has coped during this difficult time and to meet members of the community (particularly those referred to above) but also to see how they are addressing the challenge of climate change with initiatives to conserve biodiversity and sustainability – in their gardens, meadows, hedgerows and verges, allotments and churchyards. This will tie in with the Council initiative “Future Conversations” and the work that we are doing at Rutland Agricultural Society of which I am Chairman. At the end of the year, I will take great pleasure in awarding a tree to three of the most inspirational villages.

These visits will be very informal. If you would like to act as a guide to introduce me around your village, please let me know by my email .

In terms of events and key dates, we will have to see how lockdown and Covid plays out during the year. However, some of my plans are:

  •   Jeffy and I hope to hold an event to meet as many people as possible.
  •  On July 11th There is the Farming and Food Festival on the Rutland Showground
  •  There will be a Justice Service this year at All saints Oakham – probably in the autumn.
  •   If conditions permit a fund-raising Choral Concert in All Saints Oakham Parish Church on Saturday October 9th.
  •   I have real ambition to hold a Christmas lunch in the pavilion at the Rutland Showground for approx. 120 people who are in need and might otherwise be alone at Christmas.

100 Miles in 30 Days

From: Judith Oakley

PLEASE – a new payment system, not using BACS. CAPTAIN TOM 100 Challenge.

The family of Cpt Tom are challenging others to do a 100 ‘somethings’ in his honour by May 3rd.

I am taking on this challenge, 100 miles in 30 days, to help to fund the rebuild of the wall of Wing Parish Church. I am hoping 100 people will each sponsor me a penny (or more!) a mile. I measure the distance I walk on the pedometer on my phone so I will have proof I have done it BUT can’t guarantee the exact measurement!

I have been walking round my garden daily since June (even when covered in snow and ice).

Could you please pay the sponsorship money to the Church via this recently created new online giving page which enables UK taxpayers to donate under the Gift Aid scheme, which augments the size of their donation by 25%. Here is the link: – or just put the money in my mailbox at 6 Top Street, Wing.

I am starting today and hope to have completed the challenge by May 3rd – I will keep you posted with my progress about every 10 days.

the Future Rutland Conversation

On Thursday we launched the Future Rutland Conversation, a chance to share what you value most about life in Rutland and what you want from the future. Whether it’s transport, leisure, employment or the environment that matter to you, we want your views on lots of issues, to help shape the future of our county. Get involved in the conversation today and have your say:

A6003 Closed for 12 weeks



Oakham Road

Parish of Manton CP Order 2021

Rutland County Council District Council (‘the Council’) has powers under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (‘the Act’) to make traffic regulation orders affecting the adopted highway within the County of Rutland.

TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council now proposes to make an order entitled the Rutland County Council District Council (Temporary Diversion of Vehicular Traffic) Oakham Road Parish of Manton CP Order 2021 as the Council are satisfied that traffic on the road should be restricted because works are proposed to be executed on or near the road.

The effect of the order will be that during the dates and times specified below all vehicles will be prohibited from proceeding along the length of road known as Oakham Road from the junction with Lyndon Road to Uppingham Road

The closure is to enable Network Rail to undertake bridge demolition and rebuilding works.

The duration of the Closure shall be for a maximum period of six months from 12th April 2021 or until the works are completed.

It is anticipated the works will take 85 days. The closure shall come into force when the appropriate signs and diversion route are erected on site.

The duration of the Closure shall be as follows: from 12th April 2021 to 5th July 2021

The alternative route during the closure will be via the route shown on the attached plan and as shown on ( registration and sign on required. The alternate route will be shown nearer the start of work.)

The alternative route during the closure will be via the following streets: Uppingham Road, Oakham Road, Uppingham Roundabout, Duddington Way, Main Road, Morcott Road, Glaston Road, Barrowden Road, Peterborough Road, Leicester Road, A43 Stamford Road, Stamford Road, Kettering Road, A1 Northbound On Slip From A43, A1 J A43 Join N, A1 From B1081 To Unitary Boundary, A1 From J A43 To J A606 N, A1 J A606 Leave Including Two Way Section, Empingham Road, Audit Hall Road, Main Street, Whitwell Road, Barnsdale Hill, Stamford Road Roundabout and Burley Park Way with a reciprocal route.

Reasonable facilities will be provided to allow access to adjacent premises while the work is being carried out.

Any queries regarding the above please contact Mr B Rush, Network Co-Ordinator, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP or telephone 01572 722577

Mark Andrews

Interim Chief Executive




Wing Auction Of Promises

The Auction of promises concluded on Sunday evening with one special late arrival promise ending on Monday evening – The Red Arrows visit.

The results of the funds raised through the call my bluff wine tasting ticket sales, auction of promises and the Red Arrows bid together totalled an amazing….

Total £4881.25!!!!

Well done to everyone involved and a huge thank you to both the promisers and the bidders.

This massive amount will provide nearly a third of the cost of rebuilding the wall.

There is more fund raising still needed and Paul Kitson will be carrying out a sponsored walk, endeavouring to complete the ‘Rutland Round’ non-stop on 26/27th April – a 62 mile walk! All proceeds will go to the Wall Fund – please sponsor him if you can. More details will be posted on NextDoor Wing.

Please pledge Paul a failed bid, preferably the largest one!. Paul says “You would have spent the money anyway, so spend on my walk!” Please send your pledges to this account / If anyone would like to join him on the walk he would be pleased to have you come along. If you wish to make a donation to the Wall Fund Raising, you can either give the money to Helen Cullen (and if you compete a gift aid form it will be worth 25% more) or use the Wing PCC Just Giving site:

Thank you all so much – what a wonderful community effort!

Best Wishes, The Wing Covid19 Team.

Friday 12 March to Sunday 14 March 2021

To raise further funds for the rebuilding of the Church wall.

Bids to be submitted no later than 10:00pm on Sunday 14th March 2021 to except the bids for item 38, the special Red Arrows visit will be extended to 10:00pm on Monday 15th March 2021

The highest bid for each item at that time will win.

LotPromiseDonated by
1A voucher for electric bike hire for one day for 2 adultsRutland Cycling
2Gucci Homme Sport scent for menRoberta Hale
3Afternoon tea with prosecco for 4 either delivered within 10 mile radius (Stamford, Corby, Market Harborough) or will host in Joanne’s garden on Church Street, Wing, Covid permitting. Offer valid until end September 2022. Date to be agreed.Joanne Beaver
4Voucher for 30 minute Back MassageRutland Health and Beauty, Oakham
5Junes Farm Grill Box for two people (contains 1 pack of 2 chunky pork chops, 1 pack of 2 pork shoulder steaks, 1 x 400 g of dices leg pork, 2 pack of 6 sausages (old English and Lincolnshire and 1 x pack of 2 gammon steaksJunes Farm, Whitwell
6Round of Golf with Robin Cullen at Luffenham Heath Golf ClubRobin Cullen
7An inside and outside car washJon Roberts
8A tandem bike for the day and luxury picnic (your choice of local location for picnic)Paul and Carolyn Comben
9A bottle of Woody’s home made Damson GinDavid Wood
10Tickets for a family of up to 5 for the Rutland Farming and Food Festival on Sunday 11th July 2021David Wood
11A Lady or Man Hair Cut Wash and Blow Dry by Nikki ThorpeGood Hair Days
12An Angela Harding Bumper Bundle (includes Kitchen Apron, Tea Cosy, 3x Note Books, Jigsaw, 2021 Wall Calendar, 3x Tea Towels and One pack of note cardsAngela Harding and Mark Dyas
13A glass vase arrangement of seasonal flowers on a mutually arranged dateAmanda Steele Flowers
14A primrose planter and a Cineraria SenettiRutland Water Nursery
15A Fiona Cairns Celebration Cake with personal message – choose from classic vanilla, chocolate salted caramel or lemon sponge (voucher valid for 12 months)Fiona Cairns
16An hour’s garden design or planting consultationPauline Pitts
17Meat Casserole or Fish Pie for 6 people (date by arrangement before 22nd June 2021)Fran Towell
18A Hambleton Farms meat joint hamper of beef, pork, lamb and gammon (each joint would feed a family bubble of four)William Nelson – Hambleton Farms Ltd
19A one hour’s gardening sessionAlisdair Orr
20A one hour’s Tennis lesson for a beginner / improverAlisdair Orr
21A voucher for a private tour of Rockingham Castle on a Sunday in Summer 2021. Tour to be given by Alison Loader, an accredited Castle GuideAlison Loader
22An Easter door or table flower arrangement your choiceAlison Loader
23Simnel Cake for Easter (contains nuts)Susannah Fish
24A plate of 6 cheese scones (2 lots on offer)Debbie Whight
25An afternoon tea with a garden visit for up to 6 people at Churchfield, Top Street, Wing June 2021 (date & time to be agreed) hopefully with sunshine included !David and Carole Morris
26A gorgeous deluxe Lalique scented diffuser and two candlesPhilip and Tracey Moores
27A voucher for two for a 3-course lunch or dinner from the menu of the day with coffee & chocolates at Hambleton HallSally Cox
28Loaf of sourdough breadAlice and David Hill
29A Jar of Three Fruit Marmalade and a jar of Seville Orange Marmalade (2 lots on offer)Alice and David Hill
30A weekday round of golf for two at Rutland Water Golf Course (voucher expires 31/12/2021)Robert Towell
31A fresh cream Victoria sandwich cakeDebbie Whight
322 CDs featuring David Hill
– JS Bach Trio of Sonatas for Two Harpsichords by David Ponsford and David Hill
– Howells Missa Sabrinensis with the Bach Choir and BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Hill
Alice and David Hill
33A collection of puzzle and word search books for adults (six books)Jon Roberts
34A delicous chocolate cakeMaureen Beaver
35Wooden Planter (30 long x 22 wide x 18 inches deep in treated timber)Richard Bateman
36A meal for two people at The Olive Branch, Clipsham (UK Pub of the Year 2021 in the Good Pub Guide)The Olive Branch, Clipsham
37 A tutored painting or drawing session for 2 people for two x 1 hourMary Rodgers
38A visit for 2 to the Red Arrows base at Scampton, Lincs. Half a day with the Red Arrows for 2 people. Go to Reds’ crew room, watch a sortie briefing, witness the display practice, and then return inside to see just how this world-famous aerobatic team debriefs every sortie.Clive Loader ( who will accompany the winners)
Note:Subject to final arrangements.

Winning bidders will be notified separately and connected with the promisees.

Services in Church are resuming

You will be very welcome if you would like to attend any of the services over the coming few weeks.

21st March  9.30am  Morning Prayer led by Sarah Tuck

28th March 9.30am Holy Communion for Palm Sunday led by Rev’d Jenni Duffy

4th April 9.30am EASTER DAY Holy Communion led by Rev’d Dr Pippa Madgwick 

If you would like to attend this service please book in with either Alice Hill 737516 or David Wood 737465.  We hope that we can accommodate everyone but we do need to abide by the COVID regulations that restrict the number of people able to be present in church.

The church will be decorated with flowers for Easter, if you can’t make it to the service do drop in on Wednesday 7th April to have a look.

11th April 9.30am Morning Prayer led by Caroline Simmonds

25th April 9.30am Holy Communion led by Rev’d Jenni Duffy

Look out for the printed May edition of the Parish Magazine that will contain details of future service rotas.

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