A History of Wing Village and Its Setting 1066 – 2018

From David Seviour:

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the book and thank you to everyone who braved the elements on Sunday morning to attend the presentation and in many cases also purchasing a copy of the book. I’ve now completed all the pre-ordered deliveries (bar one) and fundraising for the ‘Church Fabric Fund’ and the ‘Village Hall Trust Community Fund’ from this source as a book launch event has gone well. No doubt the Festival Committee will announce financial outcomes shortly.

Remember, if you have purchased the book you have my e-mail address on its end page and I welcome any constructive feedback on its contents or any useful and related further information.


I’ve had a number of interesting conversations since the event and will be following up with ‘A Wing Listed Buildings Directory’ hopefully by the end of November, as well as further opportunities to buy the history book.

After the presentation, I had one very brief conversation about my comments on there likely being a post mill on the Glaston Road from an early Medieval date despite local history references only confirming that from 1634. I referred to evidence that I had read after the book had gone to print, in relation to land transactions which cited a mill in Wenge by 1209. I didn’t catch the person’s name, but he suggested that this date was too early for Windmills in England and that the reference therefore likely referred to a watermill in the valley. After the conversation I did some further checking and the experts as at 2016 say that there is good evidence of windmills (‘Molendina ad ventum’) having been introduced into England as follows; Dunwich 1199, Willingham near Beccles in Suffolk 1202, Henham in Essex 1202, Leyton Buzzard 1212, and significantly Grimsby in Lincolnshire in 1201.

Best Wishes to you all

David Seviour

Wing Fest Dog Show

Despite the driving rain, the Wing Fest Dog Show went ahead on Sunday.
Fiona Senior‘s  lovely Hungarian Vizsla ‘ Stirling’ won the Best in Show, the ‘Sophie Trophy.’
Fiona lives in London and was visiting her mother in Uppingham when she decided to brave the heavy rain to enter the show, winning the Trophy donated by Wing Resident, Mrs Anne Thomson, in memory of her Airedale ‘ Sophie’.
The trophy was presented by Judge, Mr Philip Sutcliffe from Wellingborough and District Canine Society and the Birmingham Fox Terrier Club, who cheerfully battled the driving rain to ensure no class was cancelled.  Philip, we are most grateful.

Thanks to the generous sponsors, Fish4 Dogs, pet food, we were able to donate £180 to Dogs Trust.
Thanks to all our hardy dog owners who came to support the event, and the soaking helpers, who kept going to the end!




Wing Summer Fest 2018

Despite the, not entirely unexpected, unkind Bank Holiday weather the Wing Summer Fest was a success, thanks to the army of volunteers that moved the event under cover at the last minute using the Village Hall, the Church, Townsend House and other covered areas. The dog show went ahead undaunted by the rain and was enjoyed by the suitably skinned canine participants.

A special thanks to Sally Cox, Sarah O’Boyle and Lindsay O’Conner who bore the brunt of the organizing ( and reorganizing! ) load but thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Movement Lesson

If you have been wondering why there has been so much activity in the Wing Village Hall this week there is a week-long workshop given by our own Stewart Hamblin and his American mentor, Michelle Turner, teaching parents how to improve the movement of their, sometimes disabled, offspring using the Feldenkrais method based techniques that Michelle has extended for her own child.

Parents have come from all over Europe to attend this workshop and the atmosphere in the Hall has to be seen to be believed.

This is Part 1 of 4 workshops. Stewart and Michelle plan to run the follow-on workshops starting next year. Of course, Stewart treats many of our local residents too, either in one of his many classes, Yoga, Pilates or Feldenkrais, or one-on-one, as he does with me, helping me recover from a stroke.

John Oakley



Joy Everitt


I am chairman of Arts for Rutland and wondered if you would be kind enough to pass this opportunity onto your contacts.

Calling all actors and crew! The Rutlanders Return is a newly written play about life in rural Rutland after the end of WW1. It is being professionally directed by Martin Berry, musically directed by Matt Marks and stage managed by Graham Ellstone. The play is being written by Andy Barrett from Nottingham and we need cast and crew.
The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery, Oakham Town Council, Uppingham Town Council and Rutland WW1 committee. The material for the script has been researched by a group of local historians and is being transformed into a dramatic performance with music.
A great chance to learn from the professional team. Please come along to Oakham Scout Hut Grampian way Oakham on September 2nd at 11.30am or see A4R.org.uk for more information. Performances 25th to 28th October in Oakham, Uppingham, Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore and South Luffenham.
Contact joy.everitt@gmail.com for more details