Spirits of Christmas


 Come and sing carols around our new Christmas Tree and watch the lights switched on to celebrate the start of the season


£5 entrance

  • Wine by Bat & Bottle
  • Canapés by Otters Fine Foods
  • Christmas sausage rolls by Vivia Crump’s
  • Various Christmas themed stalls.

The  evening will begin with the switch on of Wing’s Christmas lights accompanied by a few carols to get you in the mood.

Entry to the event is £5.00 on the door and you will be given a glass of wine/beer or soft drinks of your choice and a selection of delicious canapes by Otters Fine Foods and some special Christmas sausage rolls by Wing’s own Vivia Crump.

Ben from Bat and Bottle will bring a festive selection of his Italian wines and be on hand to talk you through what makes them special.

There is an opportunity to get your Christmas shopping underway with a select number of stalls selling food and Christmas related products.

The evening will wind up with the prize draw for 2 time-share holidays donated by the Cullens.

We hope you will come and join what promises to be a great, local evening.



Wing Village Hall

The committee has organised a Spirits of Christmas event to be held in the hall December 2nd at 7.00pm. If you feel the need to sing carols then there will be opportunity to be tuneful at 7.00pm! The cost is £5 at the door to include a glass of wine and canapes. Among the various stalls there will be a chance to buy chutneys to embellish your holiday entertaining, wine tasting along with stalls where your Christmas presents. For £10 you will get advice on make-up techniques.
Other village information can always be found at wingrutland.uk

Wing WI

Wing WI recently celebrated their 90th birthday with a lunch at Normanton Hall Hotel. The occasion was enjoyed by all members along with Jan Holawell  who had moved earlier this year.
In October an oak tree was planted in the playing fields to commemorate the 100th anniversary of establishing the National WI in the UK. Special thanks go to Gloria Whight for raising the money to pay for the ‘mighty’ oak.
The members had a lovely meeting in November when Marianne Parry told the history of candle making and her way of making candles. This meeting was also the AGM, the president – Lilian Clark – gave her annual report and the secretary – Jane Gilmour a resume of the past year’s activities.
The December meeting will be on at 2.30pm on Dec 8th when the speaker will be talking about Magic and this will combine with the Christmas party – all are welcome.
If you have ever thought you would like to give the WI a try come along to our meetings, the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Wing’s collection for the Rutland Food Bank

This year I am making a collection for the Food Bank over the next few weeks and aiming to take it to them at the end of January. The village hall has kindly agreed that I can leave a collection box there and I will have a box in the porch of my house

4 Top Street, Wing, LE15 8SE

I will be at The Spirit of Christmas at the village hall on Dec 2nd so you can bring goodies there too.

I have been in touch with the food bank and these are the items that they are most in need of (they have a good stock of pasta, baked beans, breakfast cereal, teabags, pasta sauce). The toiletries and sanitary supplies are the most needed items. Any food products must have at least a 3 month shelf-life.


Toiletries, eg toilet rolls, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, soap, washing up liquid, nappies and sanitary products.

Food items  Sponge puddings,    Rice pudding,  Jam, Coffee, UHT milk,  Ambient/long life fruit juice

So, WING, come on and PLEASE be GENEROUS     

 Judith Oakley

Oakham pub goes cocktail and cracker crazy this Christmas to help local charity

Chris Watson, general manager of Mill Street Pub & Kitchen in Oakham with Suzanne Johnson, chair of Rutland Food Bank.

Suzanne Johnson, chair of Rutland Foodbank submitted:

The team at Mill Street Pub & Kitchen in Oakham have launched two exciting Christmas campaigns to help raise money for families in need this festive season. 

The pub is running a Christmas cocktail charity campaign, with 25p from every cocktail sold from Friday, 25 November to close on Christmas Eve being donated to Rutland Foodbank, to help buy items for its Christmas hamper campaign.

Rutland Food Bank, which opened in 2013 and supports families in crisis across Rutland who can’t afford to buy basic food essentials, is aiming to provide 160 Christmas hampers this year.

Suzanne Johnson, chair of Rutland Foodbank, which has bases in Oakham and Uppingham, says: “We provide a hamper of Christmas treats to people in Rutland for whom the extras at Christmas are a real struggle.

“It means a lot to us volunteers, and of course to our clients, to know that local businesses such as Mill Street Pub & Kitchen are thinking of us and supporting what we are doing to help local people this Christmas.”

The 25p donation applies to any cocktail on Mill Street Pub & Kitchen’s exciting drinks list, which features 12 delicious cocktails including the Espresso Martini, Toffee Apple, Forest Fusion Martini, Kir Royale, Haig Club Spritz and Jamaican Mule.

Chris Watson, general manager at Mill Street Pub & Kitchen, says: “We are really excited about this cocktail campaign. Our cocktails are extremely popular and so we thought this would be a great way of raising money for Rutland Food Bank’s Christmas campaign and support the amazing work they are doing in our community.”

The pub is also supporting Rutland Food Bank’s Christmas hamper initiative by hosting a Christmas cracker donation station at the venue, which is located in the heart of Oakham in Mill Street.

Rutland Food Bank is aiming to collect 1,300 crackers or 160 boxes for this Christmas and people can drop off their Christmas cracker donations, which can either be single crackers they may have left over from last year or boxes of crackers, at the pub, which has a big collection bin.

Johnson adds: “If people are struggling to put food on the table, then things like crackers, along with the other items we donate are a luxury they can’t afford, but go a long way to making Christmas that little bit more special. Clients were absolutely delighted with the crackers last year, which is why we have decided to collect them again this year.”

People can also drop off non-perishable Christmas food donations for the hampers to the pub too including Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, biscuits and mince pies.

Mill Street’s Chris Watson adds: “Between ourselves and another local business we are aiming to smash Rutland Food Bank’s cracker target, so please donate if you can. We are open seven days a week from early morning to late at night for people to call in with their cracker and food donations.”

Mill Street Pub & Kitchen is open for donation drop offs from 7.30am to 11.30pm Monday to Thursday, 7.30pm to 12 midnight on Friday and Saturdays and 7.30pm to 11pm on Sundays.

 Christmas wreath charity event

The pub is also hosting a Great Christmas Wreath Sale and Christmas drinks on Friday, 9 December to help raise money for local charity ‘For Rutland In Rutland’.

The charity raises money for Citizens Advice Rutland, helping to generate funds for an advisor offering free, confidential and impartial advice to local people affected by cancer, dementia, strokes and other long term health conditions.

The event, in Mill Street’s downstairs Cavern Bar from 5pm until 8pm, includes complimentary mulled wine, mince pies and a range of homemade, natural Christmas wreaths and Christmas gifts on sale.

Keep the 747 service between Leicester and Uppingham running.

A petition has been set up in order to draw your attention to the fact that from 8th January 2017 our 747 Centrebus service  will be WITHDRAWN  COMPLETELY between Leicester and Uppingham (IN BOTH DIRECTIONS) therefore not serving the villages in between.

This will have an effect on all who rely on this, including others from neighbouring villages plus students relying on this for school and college during the day.

Please see details here on how to sign.

Prepared Citizens

Before the next Village Hall Committee meeting, on Jan 10, 2017, Joanne Beaver has arranged for Alison Flemming, from the Prepared Citizen Initiative of  LLR Prepared (Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland) to come and give a presentation and briefing about how the Prepared Citizen initiative would work in a small village. This will be open to any interested resident, not just the Village Hall Committee and the Parish Council.

The meeting will start 30 minutes earlier than the normal Village Hall Committee at 7pm and include time for any questions.

Community Resilience is a central government initiative that resulted following Sir Michael Pitt’s recommendation in his 2008 report into the previous year’s major floods, that the Government “… should establish a programme to support and encourage individuals and communities to be better prepared and more self reliant during emergencies, allowing the authorities to focus on those areas and people in greatest need”. It encourages individuals and communities to place themselves in a position to help themselves in times of trouble when the Emergency Services might be unable to reach them quickly. There are no statutory responsibilities placed on organisations to undertake this work, but LLR Prepared is committed to helping communities plan and prepare in order to make our region as resilient as it can be.

LLR Prepared will be inviting people who are already volunteers to sign up as Prepared Citizens. Invitations will be sent on our behalf by the volunteering organisations that agree to participate.

What is a Prepared Citizen? Someone who agrees they would be willing to participate if a community response needs to be organised in their community AND who signs up to our Alerting System so they can receive call out messages.

What might a Prepared Citizen be expected to do? Participate in a community response team, help to identify residents who require additional support, perhaps help to run a rest centre for evacuated families, provide catering for those without gas and electricity, clear snow and debris – many potential activities depending on the nature of the incident BUT NONE that would place them at personal risk.