Celebrating Rutland Women

I was delighted to attend Rutland County Council’s women’s event today – Rutland Women 2019.  Women from all over the East Midland region attended (plus two brave men!). 74% of RCC staff are women, as are Rutland’s High Sheriff and yours truly as Lord Lieutenant.  We are proud of Rutland! Thanks also to Helen Briggs, RCC’s CEO.

Outdoors for all

October 6th: Accessibility & mobility are important for everyone. We had a great Sunday walk at Rutland Water organised by The Outdoor Guide – specifically planned as a wheel-friendly walk without stiles, which meant we could all get outside & enjoy it. What’s more, the rain stopped and the sun came out!  The Outdoor Guide website maps many such walks.

At the end of the walk, at Barnsdale Lodge, we had an unexpcted and thought-provoking demonstration.  If, like me,you are lucky enough to be able bodied it’s too easy to be unaware of the practical difficulties of disability. Mobiloo makes getting outdoors & taking part easier & more dignified. Hoist, bench, loo with rails, wash basin, showers, & assistance – brilliant! Thanks Ceri.

Pepper’s First Birthday!

October 4th: Pepper’s, at 2A High Street, Oakham, is a place for those with mental health problems to meet in welcoming environment. Yesterday they celebrated their 1st birthday.  Thanks to Judith Gilboy @LLRFoundation @WIPLeicsRutland & helpers, especially caterer Sara Mcallister & florist Pollen.

We’ve got the Bobby of the Year!

October 4th:  Huge congratulations to Rutland’s PC Joe Lloyd  who last night won ‘Beat Bobby of the Year’ at the Chief Constable’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Great policing makes for happier communities – well done!

Rutland’s Justice Service

October 2nd: Thanks are due to the Rutland High Sheriff, Margaret Miles, for a moving Justice Service in Oakham Church. We then went on to Oakham Castle, which is the oldest still-active court in the UK, and hearings presided over by Hon Mr Justice Jeremy Baker.  This is living Rutland history.

Ringing in Whissendine

September 28th: Bellringing is a great national tradition.  At St Andrew’s Whissendine we were pleased to welcome a visiting team from Thurmaston & Swithland, Leicestershire to our tower & 6 bells.

Music at Wilds Lodge

September 26: There was a range of delights including bucking bronco, inflatables music stage, silent disco, ponies and more at  the Wilds Lodge Music Festival, Rutland – a great school helping youngsters with autism & other conditions get most out of life.

‘Topping Out’ Oakham Grange

It was exciting to take part in the topping out ceremony for Oakham Grange Nursing Home in Barleythorpe.  This thoughtfully designed development will provide assisted care for the elderly. Congratulations to all at Clegg Construction & Ardale.  It’s looking great already and clearly will be beautiful.

Edna Bennett’s 100th Birthday

The sun shone for Edna Bennett’s 100th birthday on Saturday. Belton House  and Edna’s family put on a great party – 2 cakes, balloons & bunting. Best of all was a special birthday card from Her Majesty The Queen.

Lieutenancy cadet Investiture

September 19th – we held the investiture of the new Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets, and thanked the cadets who have completed their year of office, at Casterton Community College.  We were greatly assisted by representatives of all three armed forces demonstrating what could be in store for young people who join the cadets.

The cadet organisations make a huge difference to young people, teaching so many life skills that are immensely valuable whether or not they choose to join the armed forces. And they have fun at the same time. It was a great privilege to welcome the new Lieutenancy cadets.