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.

Oakham Takeaways and Food Deliveries


West End Fish Bar
Fish & Chips, etc.
Cold Overton Road, Oakham
12pm-2pm. 4pm-10pm. Closed Sunday.

Golden Dragon
Cold Overton Road, Oakham
5pm-10pm. Closed Monday

Bar.B.Q. House
Melton Road, Oakham
4.30pm-12am. Thu/Fri 4.30pm-2.30am

Red India
Asian Cuisine
Melton Road, Oakham
5.30pm-11.30pm Every Day

Oakham Chinese
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

Eastern Delight
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

Domino’s Pizza

Wisteria Hotel
Sunday Roast
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)

Everest Lounge
Church Street, Oakham
Tues-Sat : 4:30pm-10pm, Sun 12pm – 10pm

Farmer Lou
Fresh meat, ready meals
Tower House Farm, Oakham
Tuesday – Sunday 10am-10pm

Modern Scandi
Mill St, Oakham
Day time Takeaway
International dishes in evening
Fri and Sat Evening meals

The Feast
Cafe / hot dishes / soup
Mill St, Oakham
Mon-sat 9am – 3pm

French Cuisine
Opening 21/01/21

High St, Oakham
Opening August 2021

The Daily Grind
Coffee / Sandwiches
Church Street, Oakham
Mon-Sat : 9am – 5pm , Sun 10am – 4pm
Takeaway Delivery

Burley Rd, Oakham
Tuesday – Sunday 5pm-9pm
Delivery (+£3.50/£5.00)

Hungry Birds
Light Lunches, Cakes, Coffees
Burley Rd, Oakham
Mon – Sat 9:30 – 5pm
Children’s packed lunches

Little Seoul Kitchen
Online (Oakham)
Weekend – limited slots available

Lands End Way, Oakham
7am – 11pm

San Giorgio
Church St, Oakham
Thurs / Fri Saturday evenings

Rutland Roast
Sunday Roast
Online (Orbis)
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
Monday-Saturday 9am-5:30pm

Rutland Chinese
Market Pl, Oakham
Thurs – Sat (4pm – 8pm)

Rutland Cakeaway
Cakes, Puddings & Milkshakes
Oakham / Online
Fri, Sat and Sun 5-10:30pm or full size bakes Fri-Mon daytime.

Rutland Chef
Cakes, Tarts, Confectionary
Online (Rutland)

Uppingham Takeaways


Silver Fish Bar
Fish & Chips, Pies, Burgers
North St. East, Uppingham
Closed Sunday

Red India
Stockerston Road, Uppingham

North St. East, Uppingham

3 North St. East, Uppingham

Fortune Corner
Market Place, Uppingham

Rutland Villages


The Chip Shop
Fish & Chips, Kebabs, Pies
Main Street, Cottesmore

White Lion Whissendine
Full Menu
Main St. Whissendine
Weds – Sat evening. order by 17:00

The White Horse
Italian – Pizzas & Grill
Main St, Empingham

The Wheatsheaf Langham
Pub food
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)
12-9pm weekends

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:

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”.

When will I be contacted about receiving the vaccine?

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.”

I have had one dose, when is my second?

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.

Can I have my vaccination at home? I can’t travel.

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.

When will I get the Coronavirus vaccine?

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:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality. Cohort 6 also includes unpaid carers.
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over

More information about the prioritisation can be found here.

Do not contact your practice – they will contact you.

What happens at the appointment?

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 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:

  1. have a high temperature or fever
  2. Had another vaccination within 7 days.
  3. Have ever had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to any of the components of the vaccine or to multiple medications. (this guidance has just changed)
  4. Are taking warfarin and your INR reading is above 4. If you are taking warfarin please bring your yellow book when you come for your vaccination.
  5. Have had a positive COVID-19 test within the last 4 weeks.
  6. Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant within the next 2 months, unless you have a serious health condition that puts you at high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection.
    For the COVID-19 vaccination guide for women of childbearing age, pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding click here.
What happens on the day?

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.

  1. Wear a face covering.
  2. Maintain strict safe social distancing of 2m.
  3. Make sure you are wearing a short sleeve top under your coat as injections will not be given in a private room. You will also need a warm coat.
  4. All queuing will be outside, don’t forget your umbrella and a warm coat. Queues should be short because we have booked appointment times.
  5. Your temperature will be checked before you enter the building.
  6. The vaccinator will ask you some questions.
  7. The vaccinator will give you an injection into your upper arm.
  8. You will be observed for 15 minutes before you are permitted to leave.

Where can I find more information?

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.

What should I do now?
  1. Let us know using this form if you do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community. You do not need to let us know that you want the vaccination – your practice will contact you. You can post the form to your practice or email to
    – Click here for the COVID-19 consent form for adults able to consent.
    – Click here for the consent forms for adults living in care homes including those who have appointed a power of attorney.
  2. If you have a mobile phone number or email address that your practice doesn’t know, please let us know by visiting your surgery website and informing us. The information about the vaccination programme changes every day and this is the fastest way to keep you up to date. Your appointment will be offered by SMS if we have your mobile number.
  3. Let us know if you are over 80 and have additional needs, for example if you will need a wheelchair or additional help by emailing


Information about the Council Offices in Oakham:

  • The full address is – Council Offices, Catmose House, Catmos Road, Oakham, LE15 6HP.
  • There is free parking on-site
  • There will be Marshalls on site to help direct cars and people on the day.
  • There will be on-site reception for booking people in.
  • There will be clear signs and Marshalls on hand who will show you where to go to have your vaccination and how to exit the building.
  • The building has wheelchair access and exit.
  • There will be experienced trained healthcare professionals from local practices in Rutland on-site supervised by a GP who will look after you from start to finish. In the unlikely event of an allergic reaction there will be anaphylaxis kits and a defibrillator available.
  • We will maintain social distancing and ensure you receive your vaccine safely and swiftly.
  • You will be asked to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination to ensure you do not have a reaction, the waiting area is inside and will be socially distanced.
  • Please arrive promptly at your appointment time to prevent delays. Do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.

Will the vaccine have side effects?

  • Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them.
  • Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose.
  • Although you may get some protection from the first dose, having the second dose will give you the best protection against the virus.
  • Very common side effects include:
    • Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
    • Tiredness
    • Headache
    • General aches, or mild flu like symptoms
    • About Fever…

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?

  • The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19
  • As you are eligible for both vaccines you can have both but should be separated by at least a week.

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.

Covid 19 Vaccination A Guide For Adults 142x300 1

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:

We are aware that on social media there has been a great deal of concern around theft of dogs in the Rutland area. We can confirm that one reported theft of a dog was received by Leicestershire Police for the Rutland area last month. The dog was reunited with its owner the same day. We want to reassure dog owners and residents in Rutland that your community is a safe place to exercise your pets.

Joseph Lloyd (Police, PC, Melton & Rutland)

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.

  • A maximum of four vehicles unloading on-site at a time, with no more than two persons per vehicle
  • Visitors must observe social distancing and stay two metres away from each other and site staff at all times
  • The site will close for 15 minutes at 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm each day so that it can be cleaned
  • No trailers will be accepted on-site because of the need to move vehicles in and out as quickly as possible
  • Visitors are asked to pre-sort their waste and separate out materials like metal, wood and plastics before travelling to the site
  • Staff at the site will provide instructions but cannot help to unload or put waste items into containers

See the Council’s website for more information.

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:

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.

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