Category Archives: People

Long Term Parish Councillors Retire


Thank you to Tony Clark (96) who has been a long-standing member of Wing Parish Council, including sometimes being Chairman, since the 1970s, and Bryan Spooner, who has been a member of the Parish Council for 22 years, Bryan remembers joining in 1997 and is the present retiring Chairman.
Wing thanks you both for all your hard work for us.

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Where do I look for local news on the internet?


We have several sites where you can find Wing news on the internet.

We use “appropriate technology” to reach the widest audience.

The “master site” is the Wing Community website wingrutland.uk

All articles that are posted to the Wing Community website are also automatically posted to the Facebook page “Wing Community” and Twitter “@wingrutlanduk” but they are removed periodically by Facebook and Twitter.


There is also a local neighbourhood site Nextdoor.

(There is also a closed Facebook “Wing Community Group” but that is not used very much now we have Nextdoor.)

Nextdoor is like a simple Facebook with few functions other than posting and replying to messages, which as also sent to your email address. But it is the most heavily used of all the message facilities because it is so simple and, unlike the Wing Community website, any member can post or send a private message to anyone else in their neighbourhood.

You can get more details here , everything you wanted to know but never dared ask!


But remember there is always the Rutland Water Beneface Magazine, aka the Parish Mag, for those residents who don’t have nor don’t want to have the internet or just want to savour the news in printed form.

All these sources are edited by the same staff – me.

John Oakley

Cynthia Harris wishes all her friends A Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.


From: Joanne Beaver:

Cynthia with cake

Cynthia is now back at Crown from Peterboro Hospital. She is well but too weak to come to the village Xmas lunch.  She is worried because she cannot write her Christmas cards for friends. She has asked that I use the internet to Wish friends a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
If you know someone who doesn’t use the internet, e.g. Dorothy, please will you tell them?
Maybe the Xmas WI meeting and  Xmas lunch could be used to pass this message along, please.

Barbara Steen


The funeral of Barbara Steen who died Friday 23rd Feb will be held on Friday 9th March at 2 o’clock in the chapel of St Anne’s and St John’s (behind Wilkinson’s) Oakham.

When the old school became the Village Hall Gloria Whight and Jill Yell started a Nursery in the Village Hall and appointed Barbara Steen to run it.

Brenda Spooner


It is with great sadness that I have to report that Brenda passed away on Friday evening, after a long and distressing illness. I’m sure all our thoughts are with Bryan and her family.

Her funeral service will be held in the Church on Friday, 2nd March, at 11:30 am, followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.

Gordon Elliott


Gordon died peacefully, after a long illness, at his home in Bottom St, with Ann Thomson, his partner, at his side. He will be remembered by a number in the village as a very skilled decorator, even after he “retired”. He was also a very keen golfer and when we were both in better health used to enjoy a game ( and a pint ) at Rutland Water Golf, where he usually beat me.

Mary Hodgkinson


From: Alan Hodgkinson
Mary died, peacefully, yesterday morning.
As you know she has been ill for several years with lung cancer and the aftermath of chemotherapy, but the onset of dementia five years ago took its eventual toll. For the last two and a half years she has lived in an excellent care home, and I am comforted by being sure she was unaware of what was happening and was not unhappy.
The ceremony will be a short non-religious service at Peterborough Crematorium on Thursday 15th February at 11.30 am.
It is requested that you do not wear mourning clothes. If you wish to make a donation to Alzheimer’s Society it will be passed on.
Afterwards, there will be the opportunity to meet, chat and have a bite at Greetham Valley Golf Club (LE15 7SN), just off the A1 north of Stamford.
You will all have happy recollections of Mary and those are what we want to remember on the day.

Just remember Mary as she was.

Alan, Simon and Liz.

Sheila Casey


Sheila Casey, the always-smiling Wing village postmistress and shopkeeper, sadly died today, October 5th 2017, after a long illness following a stroke nearly 3 years ago. She had lived in The Priory, Stamford, since her stroke.

Sheila and her husband Tony had lived in Wing since coming from Church Langton nearly 50 years ago so they were closer to Preston where Tony ran the garage. When Mrs Dale retired from running the Post Office she asked Sheila if she would like to do it. Sheila was happy to accept the challenge as she had been running the village shop in Church Langton.

To begin with she ran it from a counter in the hallway at #6 and gradually started selling odds and ends. This then led her turning her dining room into a shop and re-instating the door that had been there when the same room had previously been a butcher’s shop. She really enjoyed running the shop and post office and was quite sad when she gave it up after Tony had his heart attack

The shop was always a good place for a gossip and keeping up with what was happening in the village. In a way, Sheila was following in the footsteps of her grandfather who had a shop in Kingston-on-Thames after he had learnt his trade from the original Mr Harrod!

Tony died 5 years ago but Sheila was supported by her family and the many friends she had in the village and her friends in the WI.

There will be a service to celebrate her life at a later date.