MBE for Margaret Jennings

April 6th – Margaret Jennings MBE received her honour on Saturday morning at Barnsdale Lodge, surrounded by family and friends. She did not wish to travel to London so I had the honour of delivering it on behalf of The Queen. Congratulations Margaret! 27 years governor of Uppingham Community College, having been Deputy Head; stalwart of Rutland Sailability & Uppingham church.

Rutland Honours Committee

Expertise from London showed Rutland Lieutenancy and its Honours panel how to write good nominations. Thanks to Jennifer Ryan – a great workshop. We want to do Rutland & its many altruistic individuals proud. Please give names of deserving people to me.

Barleythorpe Brownies at Oakham Castle

A big turnout at Oakham Castle for Barleythorpe Brownies Promise Ceremony, with parents, Sue Jarron High Sheriff & the Chair of Rutland Council.  Barleythorpe now has a full pack! Well done Nichola, without whose determination it would not have happened.

Rutland Big Band in Hambleton

Feeling down, tired and a bit jaded?  Rutland Big Band is the answer! April 1st: Over 100 people attended Hambleton Church for a feel good concert organised by Rotary Club of Rutland, raising money for great causes. Thanks to all, and to Miranda & team for fab canapes – worth every calorie!

My first anniversary as Rutland’s L-L!

My lovely supportive husband has just given me a new (properly stitched!) Lieutenancy flag to celebrate my 1st year as Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland- what a year!  I met thousands of people, hundreds of events travelled miles – there is so much good in Rutland!

Girl Power in the Army Reserves!

March 25th:  I was finding out how businesses can benefit from reserve forces.  There are 32,000 reserves, with a big range of skills business & technical + leadership initiative team working & responsible. Reserves offer lots. Find out

I also found out about Girl power in the forces.  The Army is looking beyond traditional recruiting areas for women to have a greater role in 2019. It’s in TheTimes top 20 employers for women – no gender pay gap and women are now in some key roles, but the aim is for better gender balance.


Queen’s Awards for Enterprise



Finding out how to turbo charge your business:  I met Paul Holt of   a double Queen’s Award for Enterprise winner. Rutland  has great businesses but no winners since 2010! Let’s change that.  You won’t win if you don’t apply. Come to a meeting about how to apply for an award at   on May 7, 2pm.  To find out more contact Barnsdale or email me.

Rescue (and fire) service

March 19th – A fascinating visit to   (includes Rutland). The service is great and also great value – 3rd cheapest at £66.46 pa band D. It is very much a rescue + fire service – of 8,000 incidents pa only 2,400 involved fire.  The rest are rescues. car accidents etc.  Photo illustrates a ‘can opener’ for wrecked cars.  I heard about bravery & the emotional toll for firefighters. Thanks to all.

Award for Wilds Lodge

March 13th:

Outstanding!   just won an award from Nurture UK. Amazing to see the transformations possible in youngsters who arrive with difficulties but emerge with confidence nurtured in stimulating beautiful & homely environment with great teaching.

I am so impressed by Wilds Lodge! The new theatre is stunning but everywhere there are well chosen & equipped rooms full of stimulation & character. Thanks to Dan & Toby who took me around with teacher Cherida. Congratulations to beautifully behaved pupils, great staff & inspiring head Robin Lee.