Good to see Oakham buzzing with people enjoying the sunshine and the many stalls of Rutland’s Food & Drink Festival. Delicious smells from food of all kinds being cooked in the market square; cakes, charcuterie, cheeses, chocolate and more. Rutland is obviously a county of good taste.
What a community play! Utterly gripping, compelling and it made me laugh – and also want to cry. I knew that ‘The Rutlanders Return’ would be good, but I have to admit I didn’t expect it to be this outstanding! Brilliant staging, acting, music, singing and local research. The after-effects of WW1 in Rutland in the years immediately after the war, brought to life. Congratulations to all involved. Funds raised go to the Royal British Legion.
In one week two great community happenings, making all think about the lessons of WW1 – this play and the display of 10,000 ceramic poppies at Oakham Castle. Both outstanding & original. Congratulations to all for engaging all generations. Do not miss the poppies & try for play tickets at .. , if there are any left…
Did you know how powerful a dog’s sense of smell is? Apparently it is equivalent to being able to taste a teaspoonful of sugar dissolved in three Olympic-size swimming pools. No wonder sniffer dogs are so effective. Thanks to the 1st Military Working Dogs Regiment for a fascinating visit.
The photo is of Mollie and Flossie, my dogs. Flossie (the Cocker Spaniel) has been described as ‘a machine for transporting a nose, at high speed, less than an inch above the ground’.
It was magnificent to have horses from the Melton Defence Animal Centre at Oakham Castle yesterday for the opening of the ‘ Project. Rutland may be a small county but we live up to our motto – a lot in a little. Yesterday was a huge success. Do go along and look at the poppies. All made by Rutlanders, every one is different. They go on sale after 24th November, proceeds to The Royal British Legion.
Thank you especially to all those at Catmose College for being the hub of the project. Without the kilns and the staff’s support this fabulous community art installation could not have happened at Oakham Castle and we would not have had yesterday’s fantastic event. Well done everyone, particularly Vickie G!
For the first time ever in Uppingham, Remembrance Sunday’s events will have four female leads: High Sheriff Sue Jarron, Mayor Miranda Jones, Vicar Rachel Watts and myself. How appropriate for the centenary of women’s suffrage and the Armistice – it is said that their contribution to WW1 revolutionised the position of women.
A great morning to go to the dogs! The International Military Canine Biatholon at St George’s Barracks was an amazing test of agility, endurance & trust between dog & handler. Well done 1st Military Working Dogs Regiment!
Need a water challenge for dog and handler on a flat, dry, former airfield? See how it’s done… https://twitter.com/RutlandLL/status/1052920003815723008
Rousing music filled Uppingham School Memorial Hall last night. The RAF Regiment Concert Band and the Royal British Legion launched this very special year’s Poppy Appeal to audience of over 300. It was a treat for all who attended.
Please buy & wear your poppies with pride! We shall not forget.
All set for the start of the Lantern Walk in support of Dove Cottage Hospice, Ridlington, setting off from Oakham Castle. Dove Cottage is a day hospice and provides an amazing resource for those with serious illness. Delicious meals, yoga, companionship, games and palliative care in a friendly comfortable environment; it all gives the seriously ill a lovely day out – and their carers a break.
Has All Saints Oakham ever been so full of young people? There was such a buzz; wonderful singing and a thought provoking service yesterday, to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. Thanks are due to the organisers and to &