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Wing Summer Festival

From Lindsay O’Conner, Event Coordinator:

Please can you kindly give some thought to speaking to respective partners and family around volunteers for the event, we are really low on the uptake at the moment so it would be very helpful to get some names in the frames. Small tasks to larger ones all needing support…an example… we will need someone to support Jim Reeves on his cherry picker with help putting up bunting on the day before the event from outside the village hall and along Top Street. Another area we need support …Oxen cart rides … we need someone to ensure that on the day Ahimsa Diary have everything they need to support this activity, the volunteer will need to ensure the signs are in place on the day for where the rides will be taking place and will need to manage a float and may need table and chairs to support this activity …. ideally this candidate should like animals ! even if not close up and personal.

We will need a group of people to help tidy up the street after the days’ event from around 5pm in order we can prepare for the evening event in good time. Signage will need removing and collecting so road opens and further to that, the marquee will need to be set up in the village car park for the evening event.

During the day’s event, we need support in the form of car parking supervision/Marshalling, again we need to ask around please as Paul Brewer will need support.

By 11pm it will be just like Christmas day over in a flash…left only with the tidying up!!… At 11pm we will need help to clear up so please, do think about yourselves or family, friends who will be prepared to commit to formally being part of the closing of the event team! I am in the process of sorting out the breakfast van for the morning of the event so a nice bacon butty might be tempting enough to bring people onto the streets to help get us up and running.

LASTLY, for today ..prize giving and raffle draw at 4pm (dog show ladies if you would like the dog show results announced by your judge that’s fine) we can extend the general prizes and raffle draw to another person. Sally has asked that you all give some thought as to whom in Wing might like to present prizes and draw the raffle. This someone might be for example the longest Wing Resident if able to take part do you know who this might be ?…perhaps there is someone not at the forefront of what goes on in the village but whom you feel would be delighted to be included and thought of. Please let me know your thoughts as to who this person might be and why you think they are the right candidate. If we have more than one response I will update Sally and perhaps it will go to a vote.


We need some signs making for the Summerfest

We have a challenge! We need signs making for the Summerfest, ideally wooden signs like the old fashioned village street signs. We can, if required, supply plastic self-adhesive 2-inch letters if someone will supply or make the wooden signs with the arms painted with white gloss paint.

If you can help make one or more of these, text or phone John Oakley on 07462808313 or email 

One to go by the Maze with signs pointing:

  • Straight over green saying “Dog Show”
  • Right saying “Village Hall, Church and Exhibitions”
  • Right saying “Artisan Market”
Sign to go in front of church  with arrows saying:
  • Pointing left: “Dog Show”
  • Pointing left: “Art Exhibition”
  • Pointing left: “Food and Drink Court”
  • Pointing right: “Wingledon” yes, that’s right – Wing’s Wimbledon
  • Pointing right: “Zorbes”
  • Pointing right: “Competition”
Signs saying “Oxen Rides”:
  • to go at top of Church Street pointing down
  • same to go at top of Middle Street
  • same to go at top of Reeves Lane
Signs saying:
  • “Toilets in Village Hall and car park” to go throughout village.
  • Signs directing cars to “Car Park”
    • from Morcott Road end (to go where tea sign is) and
    • from Reeves Lane end saying “car park follow diversion signs”.
  • One final sign for “Entrance to Car Park” .

Wing Village Hall Needs A New Hall Manager/Caretaker

Due to the imminent retirement of the current manager, the Wing Village Hall Committee is seeking a local applicant to make sure that the Village Hall is kept up to the current high standards.

This is a paid position.

Purpose of the Role: To manage the general day-to-day maintenance of the hall overseeing any queries and to ensure the hall is in a fit state for hirers.

Management tasks: To be the line manager to both the cleaner and any person supporting the maintenance role by assisting with heavy duty tasks and lawnmowing when required.

Regular activities: The job includes:

  • Checking the state of the hall periodically and reporting to the committee of any major issues.
  • Tidying up the hall generally, checking for breakages, blown bulbs etc.
  • Managing the notice boards and removing litter.
  • Checking the postbox and making sure the appropriate member of the committee is informed of any correspondence.
  • Checking the janitorial supplies ( cleaners etc.) and topping up as required.
  • Checking and replacing paper towels and toilet rolls.
  • Monitoring the cleaning and arrange for additional cleaning when required.
  • Maintain regular communication with the cleaner and updating her on the weekly bookings so she can organise her time accordingly.
  • Scheduling the mowing of the lawn.

Anyone interested in taking on this vital role should contact the Village Hall Committee Chair, Sally Cox ( ) Tel: 07976936509, to discuss the extent of these tasks, the timing and the remuneration

St George’s Barracks Plan Press Release

NEWS RELEASE – 29 May 2018

For immediate release

25 May 2018

PRESS RELEASE For immediate use

Urgent ‘Have Your Say’ plea to Rutlanders amid fears that barracks plan will create a dormitory town for commuters

Two parish council chairmen have warned that the plans to redevelop St George’s Barracks could create a dormitory town for commuters or a sink estate with no hope for many of its largely imported residents.

They have urged the people of Rutland to “raise their voice” in a concerted effort to alert Rutland Council Council to their concerns. The deadline for returning feedback forms been extended by two weeks to 14 June.

In a joint statement issued this week, Paul Cummings, chair of North Luffenham Parish Council, and Norman Milne, chair of Edith Weston Parish Council, have accused RCC’s leaders of selling out the future of the county without the full council having a say in what should happen to the barracks site when the MoD leave in 2020/21.

“The Cabinet and Executive have decided that it isn’t necessary to discuss their proposals through the normal democratic forum until the decisions are all finalised and planning permission is sought,” the statement says. “Indeed, only a limited few councillors had sight of the proposals before they were presented to the public, in what looked remarkably like a fait-accompli. The future of the county has been sold-out,  based on some very suspect assumptions and a need to reduce the current growing budget deficit. As has become clear in recent weeks, we have been faced with a changing story of the scale of the development, which is likely to continue to grow unless the public raises its voice in a concerted way and says that enough is enough.”

They believe the proposed new town in the heart of the county on the edge of Rutland, Water would dwarf Uppingham in scale and there are fears that the whole development could eventually grow to the size of Oakham. “This has been hidden under the sobriquet of a ‘Typical Rutland Garden Village’. However, what is planned at present are first 70 homes as soon as possible on the Officers’ Mess site, then 3,000 on the main site within 10 years and finally a further 500 once the minerals have been extracted. And this new town won’t even look like Rutland. The proposal includes terraced houses, three-storey town houses, apartment blocks and properties without gardens. What impact will all this have on all future planning decisions in Rutland’s villages and towns?”

The pair have urged every Rutlander to view the proposals in detail and “look beyond the platitudes and vague promises for a better future”, to the reality, which will be a huge urban sprawl dumped in the centre of a rural community, bringing an estimated 7,000 cars onto our roads with little to address the issues of access to the A1, A47, A606 and A6003, let alone the choke points at the North Luffenham Rail Crossing, Manton Top, and Edith Weston village. “Much is promised in respect of infrastructure funding.

However, the Government’s money tree is unlikely to provide sufficient funding to do all that is required to deliver the promises made,” the statement adds.

A huge quarry of some 350 acres –almost half the site – will be a blight on the landscape for the next 30-40 years. Largely hidden in the latest glossy brochure, the area is euphemistically shown as a ‘Country Park’.

The statement also questions the feasibility of RCC’s promise to create 3,500 new jobs. “To date, Rutland’s success in attracting high value employment to this rural county has been entirely ineffectual, and the vast number of our qualified young people inevitably migrate to our cities and major industrial conurbations,” it says. “Rutland is what it is – a beautiful rural county whose major industries are tourism and agriculture. The proposal to build over 1,000 ‘affordable’ homes sounds good, but the local authority cannot create jobs and it makes no sense to industry to create jobs in the heart of an industrial desert. There is a real danger that RCC will inadvertently create a dormitory town for commuters, or a sink estate with no hope for many of its largely imported residents.”

It is time, the chairman say, to “smell the coffee” and to force RCC to understand the real concerns of those that it represents. “A development of this size will affect us all and needs to be rethought in every detail. Please take the time to read the presentations and make your view heard – it will affect you both directly and indirectly. Please respond to RCC’s consultation by 14 June using the feedback form provided in the consultation pack or on-line at:

Issued by: North Luffenham & Edith Weston Parish Councils Joint Working Group

 For further information or comment, please contact:

Paul Cummings, chairman, North Luffenham Parish Council

(H 01780 720124 E: )

Norman Milne, chairman, Edith Weston Parish Council

(H: 01780 722005 M: +44 7712 001001 E:

St George’s Barracks 3000 homes plan

The St Georges development could change Rutland as we currently know it:

 The “consultation” is now underway – people should be made aware:

The St Georges Plan (opens in a new window)

The closing date for the consultation on the high-level masterplan is 31st May 2018.

 “Up to 3,000 homes, offering a range of house types and tenures to meet the needs of Rutland, supporting the exemplary vision we have for the masterplan”

 The traffic implications alone are huge, probably a further 4000 cars all trying to use Uppingham and Oakham which are already at capacity.

It is important that people voice their opinion now.

St George’s Barracks Consultation

The St George’s Barracks site has been an important part of Rutland and the RAF’s history – but it now plays an equally important role in our future.

The Government announced in November 2016 that the 300-hectare site will be sold after 2020.

Rutland County Council has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Defence because we want to ensure that any development on the site is controlled, sustainable, in harmony with the county’s environment and with the appropriate investment in public services, infrastructure and affordable housing.

Most of all, we want to make sure our wider community has the chance to input into what happens at the site at the earliest possible stage.

That is why we want your feedback on some early ideas about what could happen, before any detailed plans or proposals are drawn up.

What happens on the site is critical to Rutland’s future, so please do come to one of the events listed below and online at: Full details of the masterplan will also be published online from midday on Friday 11 May.

With your help we can make sure that the development that does take place is right for Rutland.

Oliver Hemsley
Leader of Rutland County Council

Full details are here.