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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 Gerry Robinson, organizer of a petition to stop the proposed one way system in Oakham

As we enter the final week of the petition before handover next Thursday, with well over 2,400 signatures, including hard copy forms, (2200 from Rutland and 1200 from Oakham alone), I have a few important points to brief you on:

Hand over has been confirmed with Rutland County Council to be at 16:00 on Thursday 14th December. It was decided last night that we will meet at the Market Square at 15:30 and march down to the Council Offices together. This may well be the first protest march that Oakham has seen in a very long time and I received confirmation last night that the BBC will be there to film it… So please, be there and show your support!

OK2WAY A formal protest group to run the wider campaign of which this petition forms a part has been formed. OK2WAY will be chaired by Tim Norton of Tim Norton Motors and will plan and coordinate all activities from now until the final RCC Council Meeting regarding the One-Way proposal in March 2018. The media, all local papers, local radio and the BBC have been briefed accordingly.

STREET STALL OK2WAY will hold their first Street Stall, in Oakham Market Square, this Saturday, 9th December, from 09:00 till 13:00. Please come along and support us. There will be hard copy petition forms to sign if you have friends / family who haven’t signed yet and bright One Way / No Way leaflets which you can display to show your support. We hope to see you there tomorrow. With 300+ supporters in each Oakham Ward and another thousand elsewhere in Rutland, I believe that the Councillors and our MP are beginning to really feel the pressure – So, let’s keep it up! Useful Contacts / Links beneath my signature as usual Thank you for your support

Gerry Robinson

Useful Links

The petition itself :

Sir Alan Duncan email:

Contact Your Councillor:

Have Your Say Leaflets:

Hard Copy Petition Forms:

The Mental Health Wellbeing and Recovery Service

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We are holding ‘drop ins’ where our Recovery Worker can signpost and assess the person’s needs and help with the support they require. An information ‘drop in’ in Uppingham at the Dolphin and Gerrard Court on Johnson Road, is held on Thursdays between 10am – 12noon, with other drops to follow.

Christmas Rutland Showground Craft Fair

image1⭐️Sunday 19th November⭐️

Join us for our lovely Christmas Rutland Showground Craft Fair at The New Rutland Show Ground (Oakham) on Sunday 19th November; 11am to 3pm.
An array of Beautiful Art, Craft and Handmade all lovingly created use for you!

FREE Entrance.

Please support this local community event. We look forward to seeing you.

Barrowden Auction of Promises

 Auction of Promises in aid of St Peter’s Church Reordering

Barrowden Village Hall

Saturday, 11 November 7.30 for 8.00 pm


Come along for a fun evening led by Nick Grounds, an extremely funny and entertaining professional auctioneer, and bid for a fantastic range of lots kindly donated by Wakerley & Barrowden residents.  A flavour of some promises:

  • Several Holiday Homes – home and abroad
  • A Ride in a Vintage Car
  • Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner or a Pub Meal
  • French Lessons
  • Babysitting, Gardening, Chauffeur Service
  • Personal Training, Pilates Session, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki treatment, a Manicure
  • Homemade cakes, Celebration Cakes, Christmas Puddings, Mincemeat or Marmalade
  • A Round of Golf
  • Rugby tickets
  • One of Dick Clarke’s unique Pots
  • A Keith Hensby Original Painting
  • A Professional Photographic Sitting of a Family or Child(ren)
  • Computer Training
  • Dog Walking

The modest £5 entrance fee includes a drink and nibbles plus a bidding number.  Successful bidders will be asked to pay at the end of the evening by cash or cheque.

If you are not able to attend in person you can leave ‘a bid on the book’.  Catalogues available from Carol or John Harding on 01572 747085,,




Tuesday  10 October and Thursday 12 October. 3 – 5pm

‘Tea  at 3’

Come and have a cuppa and see what Dove Cottage Day Hospice does for our Community.
Meet the staff and volunteers who are very proud of this beautiful facility
Where ? ,

On the road between Ridlington and Brooke. LE15 9AJ .tel .01572 722630

Piano and Organ Recital St Peter’s Church, Barrowden

Piano and Organ Recital

St Peter’s Church, Barrowden

Saturday 28 October 2017

12:30 – 14:00

This is a “not to be missed” opportunity to enjoy the playing of two of Barrowden’s truly accomplished musicians, John Comber and Jean Swinbanks.  They have put together a fascinatingly eclectic range of music for both organ and piano.

The recital will showcase pieces as contrasting as Elgar and Gospel, Bach and Jazz – and you’d have to travel a long way to find such a diverse mix!

The recital starts at 12:30 with an interval at 13:15 when light refreshments will be served – wine, soft drinks, coffee and small eats. We plan to finish at about 14:00

Seating for the first 40 who apply will be in the nave, and after that it is free seating, a bit like flying with Easyjet but more fun!

Amazingly there is no charge for the recital.  However, there will be a collection at the end with all donations going towards the cost of the new Thirlmere Organ.  The pieces that John plans to play are designed to demonstrate the versatility of this new piece of kit!

Please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to come – then we can make plans for the catering.  And oh yes, bring a friend, the more the merrier!

So, if you fancy coming along please contact any one of the following:

John Comber [747447]

Steve Preston [747098]

Peter Voller [747374]


And here are some photos of the inaugural meeting in Wing.IMG_0645IMG_0646Thank you all for your interest in the group. Just to clear up some confusion. The expectation is that people will attend the session in their home village. However, if you enjoy the activities ( and the cake !) You are most welcome to attend both. £3:00 will be requested for each session you attend.

Our friends from Morcott and from other villages are very welcome to come along too.
Transport can be arranged for Wing and Manton residents on request, unfortunately, at present, we cannot extend this to other villages.
OCTOBER           WING 5th     MANTON  19th
NOVEMBER         WING 2nd.   MANTON  16th
DECEMBER.         WING  7th.    MANTON tbc
For more information:

(Wing ) Joanne 737286

( Manton ) Helen 737157