Christmas Cheer In Wing

Christmas Cheer in Wing

As you will recall, in May the Covid19 Group arranged VE day celebrations to bring the community together.  It was a great success and as Christmas approaches, we are announcing another event.

Wing ‘Christmas Cheer’ on 23rd December 2020

between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.

This will be an opportunity for everyone to have festive drinks (or non-alcoholic and children’s alternatives) and a mince pie and other festive fayre at various locations around the village. Santa will make an appearance, Christmas Carols, socially distanced, will be sung in the churchyard alongside opportunities to view the Christmas Lights and Advent Windows throughout the village.

We are delighted that so many people are already displaying festive lights and Advent windows around the village. The more the merrier – thank you! Do let us know if you are willing to participate and we will create a map to guide you around the village.  Please let us know by Saturday 5/12/2020

Mindful of the Covid19 rules, we would like to set out an overall structure for the evening to observe rules and keep everyone safe.

The route will start at the Village Hall where a map of the Advent Windows can be collected, along with a drink and other goodies. The route will then take you past the Church where carols will be sung and then round the village to see the Advent Windows and Christmas Lights.  At various locations there will be additional festive drinks and fayre, before finishing with Santa at Townsend Barn and, no doubt, further drinks!

To ensure social distancing, we would ask that you let us know of your interest to attend so we can allocate a timeslot for your household to begin your evening. Obviously, we have to avoid large numbers assembling in any location in order to comply with the regulations and keep everyone safe.

Please respond Email: to register your interest.

For those of you who would have liked to participate but are unable, due to self-isolation, health or personal issues, we would be delighted to bring some cheer to you!

Please let us know and we will bring a festive drink and fayre to you at home during the day.  Please phone one of the wellbeing volunteers (see below) if you would like a home visit or please reply to this email.

This event is hopefully an opportunity to raise a little bit of money. Once any costs are covered, all monies raised will go to the Church. Any donations will be gratefully received and there will be collection buckets at the various drink / food tables around the village.

The Grand Christmas Tree Lights will be turned on at 6:00 pm on Wednesday 2nd December.

All are welcome to come and see the lights being turned on;- PLEASE maintain social distancing and the household rules for tier 2.

In what has been a difficult year, we hope you will feel able to join in the festivities to provide much needed cheer and an opportunity for the village to celebrate together.

Happy Christmas to you all

The Covid19 Coordinating Group

Wellbeing Volunteers

Street you live onName of volunteerPhone number
Reeves Lane, Westhorpe Close and  12 & 14 Top StreetLinda and David Clark Paul Comben07718381345 01572 737373
Top StreetSusannah Fish Chrissie Roberts07908815112 07970900029
The Jetty and Middle StreetJane Alexander-Orr Alice Hill01572 737368 01572 737516
Church Street and Bottom StreetJoanne Beaver Kevin Osborne01572 737286 07557453806
Morcott Road, Glaston Road and Mill CloseHelen Bateman Helen Eldridge Angela Harding01572 737499 07851922391 01572 737784
Station Road, Wing Hollow and Preston RoadJeffy Wood01572 737465

COVID19 Coordinating Group Email:

Wing Harvest Scarecrow Trail Was Last Weekend

A big thank you to all those who made the amazingly creative scarecrows, which were very much enjoyed by everyone who followed the harvest trail.  Look out for an article in the Rutland Mercury this weekend and we hope to do it all again at some point in the future.
For those who missed the event or would like to enjoy them again, here are all the scarecrows.  I’ll be in touch shortly with the children who entered the quiz.

Click on the photos to see them in all their glory.

Age UK


We work throughout Rutland with people over 50 and their carers, providing support, information and activities.

This work would not be possible without the support of our volunteers, partners and funders.

There is a lot of planning going on at the moment as to how best to manage the current situation and things are changing on a daily basis, this newsletter covers our current situation.

If you need help or support or just not sure who can help you, either contact Yvonne or Penny; both are working from home, but are able to pick up messages left on their office landline.

Social Groups

Unfortunately for the time being all our social and wellbeing groups including Men in Sheds and Daycare have had to stop for the time being.

We are now supporting those who attend all our Age UK social groups via regular telephone calls, we are very grateful to all the volunteers who are helping us with this.


This is currently now operating as a telephone based scheme.

If you have a few hours a week to give, we are in need of more people to be able to offer a friendly call to those who are isolated or lonely, we give support and training. Contact Yvonne if you are able to help

Age UK /Macmillan service

Still open for phone calls on 07711 325517. Call if you need information, support or just a chat if you have been affected by cancer.

Hearing Aid Batteries

As you are probably aware, the Age UK Uppingham shop had to close last week, we’ve been in contact with UHL Hearing Services and for those people who have NHS hearing aids, they can get their batteries by ringing 0116 2586230 or they can send a stamped addressed envelope to Hearing Services, LRI Leicester LE1 5WW.

Struggling with your Laptop, Tablet or Mobile Phone?

If you need help using a computer, laptop, tablet, iPad or mobile phone, we are now offering support by phone or by Skype, anyone needing help should contact either Yvonne or Penny.

Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland

Have set up a dedicated Corona virus helpline between the hours of 9.00 -5.00pm Monday to Friday for practical and emotional help – 0116 299 2239.

A new national Age UK publication is attached and there is information on our local Age UK website

Rutland Information

Rutland County Council: on their website there is information on what is being provided by the council and others including details of all the village and community groups providing shopping support throughout Rutland. There is also information on scam awareness and a crisis helpline.

The Rutland Wellbeing Service remains open but has changed to a telephone service, see the website for more details or contact Yvonne or Penny

For anyone who is experiencing hardship, the Rutland Food bank is operating.

Ideas of things you can do whilst staying safe at home

Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Embroidery, Mending, Jewellery Making, Painting, Drawing or try some mindfulness colouring

Spring cleaning, organise a cupboard or drawer—anything thing you no longer want save for charity, our Uppingham Shop will be happy to receive donations once it re-opens

Gardening or if you don’t have a garden you could grow herbs or salads in a pot on a windowsill, many garden centres are now offering a delivery service

Cooking, vary your recipes to the ingredients you have, Jamie Oliver has an inspiring programme on Channel 4

Play an instrument, sing or listen to music

Play board or card games, do a jigsaw, sudoku or crosswords

Exercise when you can, chair exercise and moving regularly, try mediation or relaxation

Keep in contact with family, friends and neighbours by phoning, writing a letter or emailing, if you have internet you can Skype, use Zoom, Facetime or Messenger video call. Through video messaging you can have virtual a coffee morning, afternoon tea or party

Watch a film or comedy on TV, for older films try “Talk TV” channel 81, “Dave” channel 19 is good for comedies.

Rutland Libraries have access online to audio books, eBooks you can read on an tablet, magazines and newspapers see theirwebsiteand Family history research

Theatre Companies showing past live performances online include National Theatre ●Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals-The ShowsMust go on! Shakespeare’s Globe Royal Opera House Cirque Du Soleil Curve Theatre archived shoes to watch Hampstead Theatre

Learn something new Open University free courses andDuolingo

Watch the Rutland Water Osprays on the live camera link

Useful websites & phone numbers:

Silverline helpline for older people available 24 hours a day every day 0800 470 80 90

NHS 111 or online Police Non emergencies 101

In an Emergency, Police, Fire, Ambulance 999

Samaritans 116 123

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline: 0800 888 6678

Turning Point for alcohol and drug problems & Last orders 0116 223 7366

Gamcare National Gambling helpline – 0808 8020 133

Refuge advice for dealing with domestic violence 0808 2000 247

Rutland Food bank 07582 783363

RSPCA animal cruelty & advice line 7 am— 10 pm 0300 1234 999

Mind mental health charity info line 0300 123 3393

SANE mental health charity operating a leave a message line 07984 967 708

Lets Talk local NHS mental health service 01509 561 100

Age UK Local Contact Details

Oakham and North Rutland -Yvonne Rawlings 077388 20910 or 01572 770 324 (answer phone– checked daily –weekdays)

Uppingham and South Rutland -Penny Stimpson 07715 960167 or 01572 822 171 (answer phone– checked daily—weekdays)

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland Advice Line free, confidential and independent which can help with anything that affects yourquality of later life. It is open from 9am to 1pm on weekdays on 0116 299 2278