All Our Yesterdays


I’ve lived in Wing for nearly 20 years but I’ve been coming to events in the village since my sister-in-law Sheila Casey started running the village shop some 50 years ago. I’ve noticed that over the years the community spirit has eroded. This is probably due to the increase in TV choice in the home, the loss of one of the pubs and the ageing population so that there is less reason to leave our firesides and gather together as a community.

But not all is not yet lost. Yesterday we had a fund-raising lunch to sponsor one of our younger residents, Siobhan, who has gained a place in the London Marathon organised by the WI and over 50 people attended ( and raised over £400 ).

In 2 weeks, on 13th April, Gloria, one of the senior residents, is organising a 3-mile run/walk/crawl/bike/mobility scooter event – with refreshments – for the whole community to also support Siobhan.

This is raising the community spirit! At the lunch Joanne remarked that it was great to see the village responding to an event that was for the community and not simply to raise funds for the care and feeding of our wonderful Village Hall which, although it needs money to keep it in good condition, is NOT the centre of the community; it is the residents that are.

Is there anyone in the village who could organise an event for a cause of their own that could bring back the community spirit? Could we all get together for an evening of excerpts from the wonderful pantos we used to have? A sports day (suitable for the current demographic) for example. Any ideas are welcome.

Use Nextdoor.co.uk to have a discussion if you live in the village.

John Oakley

Parish Council Elections – May 2


Information for Candidates and Agents

Here you will find information for prospective candidates wanting to stand in May’s local elections and their election agents.

Nomination Packs

You can obtain a nomination pack from Bryan Spooner, Wing Lodge, Middle St, Wing ( 01572 737281 ), the Council Offices or download and print a County Councillor or Parish Councillor pack yourself here.

The covering letter gives specific details on when and how to return nomination papers.

Please remember, nomination packs must be returned by hand by no later than 4.00pm on 3 April 2019.

Election Timetable

The local government election timetable for the 2nd May shows key dates including the deadline when nominations can be accepted, the last date for registration application and absent vote applications.

Postal Vote Opening

Postal votes received at the council are opened during postal votes opening sessions which candidates and their agents will be invited to.

These sessions are not open to the public.  Postal votes opening sessions are due to take place at 11.00am on:

  • 17 April 2019
  • 23 April 2019
  • 25 April 2019
  • 1 May 2019

All sessions will take place in the Council Chamber at Catmose.

A further session will take place on Polling Day (2 May 2019) at 12.00pm.

Verification and Counting of Votes

The counting of votes will take place in Oakham at Victoria Hall at 10.00am on Friday 3 May 2019, the day after the election.

While we will do our best to complete the count on the Friday, depending on how many Council Wards and parishes are contested, it may require us to continue the count on the Saturday.

The count is a closed event attended by invitation only, but it is something that many candidates and agents will wish to attend.

Further Information

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us by emailing: elections@rutland.gov.uk.

Alternatively, please call: 01572 720907 or 01572 758385.

Recruitment of new Parish Clerk to Wing Parish Council


The post of Parish clerk to Wing Parish Council will be vacant from 1 June 2019.

Applications, preferably from the local area, are invited to fill this position. See the ‘Job Application Pack’ below for this notice.

Deadline 12.00 noon Wednesday 24 April 2019.

The application form can be obtained from Bryan Spooner, Wing Lodge, Middle St, Wing or downloaded from Wing Parish Clerk vacancy application form

The London Marathon – Sunday 28th April 2019


An Invitation from Gloria Whight

On May 10th 2003 I did The Moonwalk in London, and the Village generously sponsored me during my training by doing a village moonwalk around the Buttonhole.

This year I am asking you to sponsor Siobhan Reilly, a young Wing resident, who is currently training to take part in The London Marathon for her chosen Charity – The Woodland Trust.

I am, therefore, inviting and challenging you to take part in an aMAZEing Mini-Marathon on Saturday 13th April, starting at 10.30a.m. around the Buttonhole from the Maze and finishing there for a mini-brunch. Siobhan will be joining you – the walkers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers, etc. – as part of her training.

The Woodland Trust is the U.K.’s largest Conservation Charity, which protects, creates and restores the U.K.’s woodland for the benefit of people and wildlife

DOVE HOSPICE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


We are very grateful for your support. Like many charities, we are totally reliant on your generosity to maintain our level of service to Rutland Residents. Any ideas or, offers of support, or of sponsorship that will help to fund our activities are MOST GRATEFULLY received.

Fancy becoming a volunteer ? Give us a call to find out more.

6 MAY come and support us at BRAUNSTON FAYRE

15 MAY. Play BRIDGE? Why not bring a table of friends to our afternoon tea and Bridge in Manton

6 JULY. Our popular STRAWBERRY TEA returns at the hospice in Ridlington.

3 OCTOBER GOLF DAY at Rutland Golf club. Sponsorship and raffle prizes would be so welcome.

7-13 OCTOBER HOSPICE CARE WEEK. We will be offering Tea at 3 once more.

12 OCTOBER. Last year we launched a LANTERN WALK round Oakham. Participants loved it! it is a family event, a maximum of 3 miles. PLEASE Save the date. Can you get some sponsorship? Would your child’s s school get involved? We would Love more walkers and sponsors to make this fun event a real success. Please help. Please keep these dates, if you can, we need YOUR support to support OUR guests and their families.

For more information, please call 01572 722630 rutland@dovecottage.org