Melton Mowbray’s Round Corner Brewery has won a Gold Medal and the Ale Trophy at the International Brewing Awards for its Steeplechase Pale Ale.
Irelands Farm Machinery are opening a Rutland Depot at Tinwell on June 2nd having been awarded the Kubota, Kverneland, Simba Great Plains, Vicon and Grange Machinery franchises for Rutland and the surrounding area. Already having these machinery franchises in Lincolnshire, this expansion will allow them to help and support more customers in this area with a full sales, parts, hire and service facility.
Importantly, alongside this they have also been awarded the Kubota Groundcare and Industrial Lite range of products for the same area and will be selling the complete Baroness range which includes a range of mowers suitable for golf clubs and sports pitches. For turf maintenance they will be selling Wiedenmann equipment including aerators and seeders, Campey turf Care including the Air2G2, Vredo Disc Seeder, and the Dakota Top Dresser and the Spearhead range of mowers, thus creating a range of products which will help customers in a wide range of circumstances.
They will also be introducing Agricultural and Groundcare Hire companies which carry a large amount of equipment. Over the past 5 months they have been recruiting a team of high calibre staff to give you the best possible service and are pleased to announce that Martin Jarvis joined the company on the 24th May as Branch Manager and will head up the Tinwell site. Martin is very experienced in Agricultural machinery having worked predominantly in this area throughout his career. His brother in law, Marcus Ladds, who is a highly experienced engineer, has already joined the company in the position of Service Manager and has spent the last two months preparing the new depot alongside builder Arthur Johnson. Paul Clayton who already works for the Company in the Bourne and Stamford area will still be covering that area and will be working from Tinwell as well as the Sutterton depot. William Fraser has joined the company to work alongside Martin in agricultural sales, William has worked on several estates locally and is an experienced operator who sees sales as a natural progression into the industry. He will be joined by Simon Tunn who has come to work on the Groundcare side of the business, Simon has previously worked as a Greenkeeper on some of the UK’s best Golf Courses and will bring great experience to the role. On the 2nd June Jake Meakins will be joining the company to run the Agricultural and Groundcare stores department. Jake has previously worked for a local farm supplies company and is keen to get into the machinery side of the business. Throughout the rest of the Irelands Group there is a wealth of knowledge and experience in all types of Agriculture and Groundcare, and it is the Company’s intention to provide a first class service and parts back up for all of the products at the Tinwell Depot. They will be holding an open day and working day in the near future, as COVID regulations allow.
Tinwell: Unit 6 Tinwell Business Park, Steadfold Lane, Tinwell, Stamford, PE9 3UN
Tel: 01780 769933
Photograph from left to right: Martin Jarvis- Branch Manager, Marcus Ladds- Service, William Fraser- Agricultural Sales, Simon Tunn- Groundcare Sales, Fiona & Jonathan Ireland – Directors.
Melton Hunt Club Racecard and Entries now online.
The penultimate race meeting of the Midlands season brings the return of spectators to Garthorpe, where the going is described as on the easy side of good for the Melton Hunt Club meeting.
Public entry for this meeting is by ticket only, in order to comply with COVID regulations. Tickets for the spectator zone are available via the Midlands Pointing website. Garthorpe is North of Wymondham, between Saxby and Coston on the B676/
There are 128 horses entered for this seven-race meeting with the first race starting at 2pm. Prior to this there will be some pony races.
A number of horses have entries in more than one race and also at other race meetings. Please check the list of nonrunners on the day. Several races have more than 20 horses entered meaning they could be split when declarations have been made.
The feature race of the afternoon will be the Mixed Open at 4.20pm. 22 horses have entries in this race including veteran campaigner Hazel Hill. Other entries of note include Diplomate Sivola, Just Cause, Robin des People, Southfield Theatre, Royal Chant and Badbad Leroy Brown. Minella Friend returns having won the Fernie Four-Miler last time out. Gina Andrews has a ride on Excitable Island for Nigel Padfield or Celtic Silver for husband Tom Ellis.
The afternoon’s first jump race is the Club Members Conditions race. A number of the Mixed Open horses have entries in this race as well, making for an interesting line-up. Celtic Silver will probably run in this race, with Gina Andrews on board, while brother Jack has a number of possible rides, including Bingo Star, winner of the Conditions race here at the last meeting at the end of April, and Al Shahir, second here last time out. Hadmeathello beat Bingo Star at Dingley in April, while Irish Anthem is trained by in-form Joe O’Shea.
Fier Jaguen returns to the Midlands for the Restricted race, next, having won last time at Dingley in impressive fashion. How To Get Away won here at Garthorpe last time, while Ivebeentold and The Rosary Flyer won their maidens over the shorter 2m4f distance. Rebel Dawn Rising could be due a win after finishing a good second last time, especially with David Kemp’s yard being on good form of late.
The Novice Riders Conditions race is next up, where Minella Friend – winner of the Mixed Open Fernie Four-Miler last time – and Brown Bear – winner at Mollington a fortnight ago are two to watch.
The next is the Final of Retraining of Racehorses and The Jockey Club Veteran Horse series, for horses of ten years old or older. As one might expect for a series final this race has attracted a good quality of entries, but once again a number of these horses are also entered in other races on this card. Thumb Stone Blues carries top weight here having won their last four outings for the James King/Jason Warner team but this quality field should produce a great race.
What is planned to be the final jump race of the day is the Maiden, with 23 entries, but there are a number of trainers and jockeys with multiple entries here, in the hope of a split race. Of the previously pointed horses in this field the one most due a win must be the Chatfeild-Roberts family’s Go Go Geronimo, with four seconds to date, including a close second here last time, having been caught on the run in by How To Get Away. Alan Hill-trained Le Grand Fromage is another who was second on their last outing, and with some good performances under rules they must be due to move up the grades soon. Bradley Gibbs could ride Watching Brief, placed under rules, for their first attempt between the flags. Kaproyale is another debutante of interest, from the stable of Francesca Nimmo. Also in this line-up are the usual smattering of four and five-year-old store horses, including the grey Champs Elysees gelding Jervaulx who has a ten-pound allowance.
Finally our day’s entertainment is brought to a close by the Point-to-Point Flat Race for four and five year old horses, run over the shorter two mile distance. As many as 15 could come to post for this, the majority on their racecourse debut, some travelling a long way for this chance to impress before a possible trip to the sales.
Two local farm shops have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award, to be judged later this year.
March House Farm Shop, in Great Dalby, and Gates Garden Centre, in Cold Overton, have been nominated as outstanding farm shops in the Midlands Area, part of a national competition sponsored by The Grocer.
Both businesses have been praised for their reaction to the COVID-19 lockdown, adapting to demand in difficult curcumstances, and proividing food with minimal food miles.
March House Farm has been selling their own beef, lamb and pork for many years, but when the first lockdown landed in late March 2020 they were able to get their shop online in just a few days, attracting upwards of 80 orders per day.
Gates Garden Centre’s farm shop is relatively new but has become popular enough in the area for the farm to invest in their own livestock to sell there.
The Farm Shop and Deli Awards champion the best of local food producers, the first stage of which is divided up into regional competitions for categories which include butchers, bakers, delis, farm shops, greengrocers, online stores, and local shops.
Other Leicestershire businesses nominated include Elaine’s Fruit and Veg, Bushby (greengrocer), Pie Drop, Melton Mowbray (online business) and Jorge Artisan Foods, The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle (delicatessen).
This year, the awards received 153 entries, which are now being evaluated by an expert judging panel lead by broadcaster and journalist Nigel Barden, to determine the ‘Commented Retailers’ and ‘Best in Region Winners’ across the UK.
The live announcement will take place at 3pm on Monday, July 5 at the Farm Shop and Deli Show, at the NEC Birmingham from July 5 to 7.
Nigel Barden is joined in the judging process by food writer and co-chair Elaine Lemm, plus editor at British Baker, Amy North; fresh foods reporter at The Grocer, Henry Sandercock; branch manager for Paxton and Whitfield Jermyn Street, London, Hero Hirsh; head of trading and marketing for Booths, John Gill and head of consultancy business Delicious Planet, Victoria Robertshaw. The judges also include previous Retailer of the Year winners.
The venues doing takeaway food during the lockdown in Rutland.
With many thanks to Jason who completed the original list to which I have added a lot more.
UPDATE 31/1 to include Uppingham Takeaways and add submitted new ones to Oakham and villages.
West End Fish Bar
Fish & Chips, etc.
Cold Overton Road, Oakham
12pm-2pm. 4pm-10pm. Closed Sunday.
Cold Overton Road, Oakham
5pm-10pm. Closed Monday
Melton Road, Oakham
4.30pm-12am. Thu/Fri 4.30pm-2.30am
Melton Road, Oakham
5.30pm-11.30pm Every Day
Mill Street, Oakham
5pm-10.30pm. Closed Monday
Melton Road, Oakham
5pm -10.30pm. Closed Tuesday
Rutland Balti House
Mon-Sat 5.30pm-12am. Sunday 1-3pm, 5.30pm-12am
Curries, Pizza, Kebab, Burgers
Fri/Sat 5pm-1:20am. Sun-Thurs 5pm-11:20pm
10 Dining Street
New St, Oakham
01572 722644 / 07806 685959 (order by SMS /Whatsapp)
Mon-Sun : 5:30 – 11pm
Mill St, Oakham
Tuesday- Thurs 5-10pm // Fri – Sun 4-10pm
Catmos Street, Oakham
Sunday – pickup between 12:30pm and 7:30pm
The Royal Duke
West Rd, Oakham
5:30 – 11pm every night (order from 3:30pm)
Church Street, Oakham
Tues-Sat : 4:30pm-10pm, Sun 12pm – 10pm
Fresh meat, ready meals
Tower House Farm, Oakham
Tuesday – Sunday 10am-10pm
Mill St, Oakham
Day time Takeaway
International dishes in evening
Fri and Sat Evening meals
Cafe / hot dishes / soup
Mill St, Oakham
Mon-sat 9am – 3pm
High St, Oakham
Opening August 2021
The Daily Grind
Coffee / Sandwiches
Church Street, Oakham
Mon-Sat : 9am – 5pm , Sun 10am – 4pm
Burley Rd, Oakham
Tuesday – Sunday 5pm-9pm
Light Lunches, Cakes, Coffees
Burley Rd, Oakham
Mon – Sat 9:30 – 5pm
Children’s packed lunches
Little Seoul Kitchen
Weekend – limited slots available
Lands End Way, Oakham
7am – 11pm
Church St, Oakham
Thurs / Fri Saturday evenings
Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Oakham Fish bar
Fish, chips, pies etc.
Ashwell Road Oakham
Mon-Sat 11:30am–2pm, 4:30–9pm
Pizza, steak, fish, international
Church St, Oakham
Thurs – Sat (4pm – 10pm)
Sandwiches, Salads, Soups, platters
High St, Oakham
Market Pl, Oakham
Thurs – Sat (4pm – 8pm)
Cakes, Puddings & Milkshakes
Oakham / Online
Fri, Sat and Sun 5-10:30pm or full size bakes Fri-Mon daytime.
Cakes, Tarts, Confectionary
Silver Fish Bar
Fish & Chips, Pies, Burgers
North St. East, Uppingham
Stockerston Road, Uppingham
North St. East, Uppingham
3 North St. East, Uppingham
Market Place, Uppingham
The Chip Shop
Fish & Chips, Kebabs, Pies
Main Street, Cottesmore
White Lion Whissendine
Main St. Whissendine
Weds – Sat evening. order by 17:00
The White Horse
Italian – Pizzas & Grill
Main St, Empingham
The Wheatsheaf Langham
Burley Road, Langham
Thurs-Sat 5-8pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm
The Rutland Point
Thursday – Saturday 5pm – 9pm
The Wheatsheaf Greetham
Modern restaurant food
1 Stretton Rd, Greetham LE15 7NP
Limited: Friday 15th and Sunday 17th Jan
The Plough Greetham
Authentic Pub food
Main St, Greetham
12pm-3pm / 5pm-9pm week days
Delivery (selected areas)
The Noel at Whitwell
Fish & Chips (see FB page)
Fridays (limited slots – see Facebook page)
The Kings Arms Wing
Thurs / Fri / Saturday Lunch (12-2pm pickup)
As new vaccination sites are set up on Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the NHS are actively seeking healthcare professionals to support the vaccine rollout.
Many of the roles are for qualified and registered healthcare professionals, but the NHS page also links to a registration area for volunteers for non-clinical positions.
The positions require further training but this can be completed at home and retired healthcare professionals are invited to re-register if they have retired in the last five years.
is recruiting staff on behalf of the local NHS.
Anne Scott, Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Quality a the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust said: “We are looking for staff who are registered healthcare professionals, or could easily re-register. This includes a wide range of professions such as physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists as well as nurses and doctors.
“We will be offering full and part-time work over the next few months. You will be very welcome.
“Staff who have already been involved in the programme have said it is hugely rewarding to help deliver vaccines which protect life, and will help the country return to normal.”
For more details and to apply, go to: www.leicspart.nhs.uk/supportvaccinations
New guidance has been posted by Rutland Health, our local Primary Care Trust, about the vaccination programme in the county.
They explain that the programme began in December but the delivery of the vaccine remains “erratic and unpredictable”.
The trust says:
“Our next vaccine deliveries will be in January. We will be telephoning patients over 80 from January 4th onwards to book these appointments once we know when to expect the vaccine. We will be calling again those patients who missed our calls when we were booking the first group. We are expecting to have offered the vaccine to everyone over 80 who can come to the vaccination centre by the end of January 2021. We will be using the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine.
More information about the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine can be found here.”
Planned second doses of the vaccine have been cancelled and will be resceduled in due course.
The decision has been made by NHS England so that more people can be protected by receiving their first dose.
Second doses will now be rescheduled for 12 weeks after the first. Patients who are affected will receive a letter.
More information about why your appointment is being rescheduled can be found here.
It is currently not possible to vaccinate people who cannot travel to the council office site because the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine must be kept at a very cold temperature and cannot be moved.
National instructions on use of the Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccine are now being published, and they are planning how we can safely vaccinate housebound patients.
More information about the Astra Zeneca vaccine can be found here.
There are over 2500 people over 80 in Rutland, and the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine is delivered in batches of 975, so don’t worry if you have not been contacted straight away.
The national priority list which we must follow is as follows:
More information about the prioritisation can be found here.
If your practice has your mobile phone number, information will be sent to you by text message. Please respond to this as soon as possible to secure your appointments. The automated system message sends a link to your smartphone which allows you to book. This does not work with some older phones, so if you are unable to book using the link we will contact you by telephone.
Unfortunately there are scams and hoaxes coming through. The NHS will NEVER ask for your bank details. The link we send simply takes you to a choice of booking slot.
They will be sending booking details for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme to your mobile phone if you have one over the next few weeks and months. If you are aged over 70 and have not received a SMS or text about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme then we do not have your mobile phone number. If you have a mobile phone please let your practice know the number by writing to your practice or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not phone your practice. If you do not have a mobile phone we will contact you.
If you do not have a mobile phone we will telephone you and offer appointment times. Please make the vaccination a priority and accept the time if you can.
You cannot have a vaccination if you:
The vaccination centre will be Council Offices, Catmose House, Catmos Road, Oakham, LE15 6HP not your GP surgery. There is adequate free marshalled parking at the site and wheelchair access. There are no toilet facilities available at the site. The nearest toilets are at Church Street, Oakham.
For the COVID-19 vaccination guide for older adults click here.
For the COVID-19 vaccination guide for social care staff click here.
For information on what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination click here.
Information about the Council Offices in Oakham:
Will the vaccine have side effects?
Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for two to three days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection. You can rest and take the normal dose of paracetamol (follow the advice in the packaging) to help you feel better. Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week.
Can I choose which vaccine I receive?
We cannot offer you a choice of vaccine because we receive intermittent limited supplies and we are instructed who to give them to.
I have had the flu vaccine; do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well?
Can I catch COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No this is not possible symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, call NHS 111.
Please take the time to download and look through our COVID-19 Vaccination – A Guide for Adults leaflet by clicking on the image below.
Rumours have been circulating that there has been a spate of dog thefts in the local area, particularly in the villages around Oakham.
Some stories, circulating on Facebook and by word of mouth, concern dogs which are supposed to have gone missing in the village of Somerby.
A resident told me that, “three dogs have been taken from people’s gardens in broad daylight in the main street itself.” Adding, “but the real hotspot is Burrough Hills car park. If you leave your car there they will break in and take your dog.”
It was pointed that if people have gone there to walk they would probably not leave dogs in cars.
In an email to the Neighbourhood Alert mailing list, Constable Joe Lloyd responded to the rumours to put minds at rest:
A lot of searches landing on Rutland Life are from people trying to find out when the Household Waste and Recycling centre at Cottesmore is going to re-open.
We share your frustration!
Unfortunately I’m afraid we are none the wiser as to when it will return, and in the meantime can only suggest heading to the North Luffenham centre instead.
If you need more info on the North Luffenham Household Waste and Recycling Centre you can try here: North Luffenham HWRC.
Rutland community website Rutland Life has launched a Rutland Business Directory, containing listings pages for any Rutland Business which would like to be featured.
Anybody can add listings for an initial period, after which there will be cheap paid plans for inclusion, and slightly more expensive ones to have a listing featured within the directory.
Each listing includes photos, reviews, links to business websites and social media, in addition to a content area for businesses to wrote about themselves.
Businesses are also included on an interactive map of the county.
Oakham-based Grainstore Brewery has launched a beer club with options for weekly and monthly beer deliveries of one or more of their local ales.
They offer delivery within a 15-mile radius of Oakham or members can collect from their premises.
You can read more about the club on their website here:
Join our Mini Cask Real Ale Club!
The popular Kavanagh’s Tea Room I to close as the proprietors move to new premises to focus more on supplying restaurants and hotels with gluten free products.
In a statement on social media they said:
“2020 what a year so far. Kavanagh’s opened it’s doors in May 2017, we spent 3 Months refurbishing the inside and outside to make it the special place it is today. It has been such a wonderful labour of love.
We have had such an amazing time and have truly loved every moment!
Three and a half years has absolutely flown by. We have hosted breakfasts, lunch, Bistro evenings. We’ve supplied and catered for Hotels, Estates, local Businesses, the Councils and more recently Royalty!
Kavanagh’s hosted Champagne & Gin evenings, along with Murder Mysteries, Baby and Bridal Showers, Birthdays and themed events i.e. Harry Potter!
2020 has been such a difficult year for everyone and harder for independent businesses, so having found great success in producing Gluten Free, it seemed a natural transition to focus the business going forward in supplying Restaurants, Cafes, Hotels & Spas.
Although the Tea Room will be closing, Kavanagh’s is still going strong and we have moved to the Victoria Hall.
Afternoon Tea and baking for you has always been our greatest joy and this will continue through our website and social media pages for collection or delivery.
We want to thank all of our wonderful family, friends, customers and suppliers for all of your support for the past 3 1/2 years.
We have had the most amazing few years and know that we have many more ahead of us in our new venture. Post lockdown we have some exciting events coming up to get us all in the festive spirit. 😁🥳🎄.
It’s seems apt on this historic day ( Remembrance Sunday) to leave you with a few words from Sir Winston Churchill
“The best way to stay consistent, is to change with circumstances”
Lots of love Clare and Martyn”
we wish them the best of luck going forwards.
McDonalds have opened their 24-hour restaurant on Lands End away on the eve of the second national lockdown.
For many years Rutland has been infamous for being the only county in England without a McDonalds restaurant but now the global chain will be employing more than 60 local people.
The opening had been slated to be performed by Barleythorpe Beat Officer Joe Lloyd, as voted for by local residents, but he was unable to do so. Lloyd has recently been isolating after testing positive for Coronavirus.
The food store features a drive through for COVID-secure ordering and collection although it is understood that the restaurant itself will allow indoor dining under strict bio security measures.
Local opposition to the chain’s planning application had centred around the perceived litter increase which the drive through facility might bring. Others pointed out that litter is dropped by humans and not restaurants and that education is key.
The new restaurant is opposite Lands End and next to the BP garage at the North end of Lands End away.
Rutland County Council have announced the reopening of at least one of the county’s civic amenity sites, or recycling centres.
On its website Rutland County Council announced that, “North Luffenham HWRC will open six days a week (Tuesday to Sunday), from 10.00am to 4.00pm.”
The North Luffenham Household Waste Recycling Centre’s address is: Willoughby Road, Morcott, Rutland LE15 9DW.
The reopening will begin on Tuesday 19th May.
The council added:
Staffing constraints mean it is not possible to reopen both of Rutland’s HWRCs at this time. North Luffenham has been chosen because it is larger than its sister site at Cottesmore. The Council has also taken advice from Leicestershire Police regarding the potential for queueing traffic on the B668 between Cottesmore and Burley.
There will be restrictions which affect the reopening of the tip, however.
As a results of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown Anglian Water have taken the unfortunate step of closing all the company’s water parks and associated public areas.
They have announced on their website:
We’ve sadly taken the decision to close all of our water parks to the public with immediate effect to help limit the spread of coronavirus.We had hoped to keep our green spaces open, but the wellbeing and safety of our customers, visitors and colleagues is the most important thing at this time.
We would encourage everybody to follow the Government’s advice to social distance and not travel wherever possible to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
Check our Water Parks coronavirus update page for our up to date status and FAQs at: https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/covid-19-updates
The widespread Coronavirus pandemic has hit many Rutland events which were due to take place in the coming weeks.
The UK Government imposed restrictions aimed at restricting the spread of the virus, including an effective ban on mass gatherings.
Although not implicitly forbidden, Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that medical personnel, usually present at sports and cultural events in case of accidents, should instead be available to the NHS at this time of need.
Midlands Pointing announced on Tuesday 17th March that all the remaining point-to-point horse racing meetings due to take place in the Midlands were cancelled, including the four fixtures due to take place at Garthorpe Racecourse, just outside Wymondham.