Beating the Retreat

September 12th: We heard some great band music thanks to the band of The Parachute Regiment (now known as the British Army Band) Beating the Retreat in Oakham market square in aid of the soldier’s charity ABF – A great Rutland tradition.

Party in the Park

September 8th: I am really grateful to all who helped to deliver the Party in the Park at Cutts Close today, held to celebrate and thank Rutland’s large military community and the many veterans and their families who live in Rutland.  I thought it went extremely well and I have received lots of requests to ensure that it runs again next year.

What a variety of contributions too!  Music included live rock from Manky Beds as well as the Hathern Brass Band.  Representation from our armed forces and their many support groups was excellent.  Even including the Armed Forces Bikers Club and the Royal British Legion Bikers Club, who seemed to get on extremely well!

Marking Merchant Navy Day

Sept 3rd:  Thanks to Merchant Navy man Captain Bob Strick (retired) for raising the ‘Red Duster’ this morning to mark Merchant Navy Day. The Merchant Navy has made and continues to make a huge difference to our country so thanks to all who have served & to those who still do.

He also lowered the flag at home in Whissendine at sunset!

LN&R Army Cadet Camp

August 19th:  Thanks for the invitation to visit this event. Nearly 500 young people gained skills, made friends, learned to cope away from home, practised field craft, shooting, archery, canoeing, surf boarding & more at annual camp of the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadets at Lydd. Great opportunities & fun for cadets, thanks all volunteer officers & helpers.

Ashwell – a fete to remember

July 21st – Ashwell Fete must be one of the best in the country, not just Rutland.  Music, great stalls, wonderful homemade cakes, vintage cars, dog show, Punch and Judy  & much more

Tesco raffle for charities

July 20th: A raffle was held & delicious cakes sold, all in aid of Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK, in the foyer of Oakham’s Tesco. A great effort by Tesco staff and a reflection of their good relationship with their customers, as people both brought and bought to help three great charities.

Remembering the Tinwell air tragedy of 1944

July 14th – 75 years ago two US aircraft collided mid-air near Tinwell, Rutland.  They were on a training mission, hoping to help liberate their country. Twenty-two Polish soldiers of the parachute regiment lost their lives & eight American Airmen. Rutland is proud to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Family Fun, RAF Wittering

July 13th: Family fun day today at RAF Wittering – something for all, from Polish hens (aren’t they amazing?) to heavy vehicles and information on D Day.

Active Rutland Sports Awards

July 11th: Congratulations to all winners at the Active Rutland Schools Sports awards. So much determination & talent.   It’s great that youngsters in our region are enjoying sports & fitness.

Thorpe Hall fundraiser

July 11th – A fabulous garden in Market Overton was the setting for a very enjoyable fund raiser in aid of Thorpe Hall – a great cause. A beautiful setting and jazz from Rutland Big Band made for a perfect summer’s evening.