Sportsnight for WarningZone

May 24th – A great evening at the Leicester Tigers stadium  for Warning Zone! So privileged to meet senior sports stars. It’s in support of a great charity- Warning Zone serves 247 primary schools across Leicestershire & Rutland, bringing 10,500 children a year (92%) to their brilliant interactive sessions to prepare them for modern life, risks and responsibilities.  Check out their website.


The licensing of Revd. Don McGarrigle

Glorious sunshine for the licensing of Revd. Don McGarrigle by Bishop Donald at the church of  St Peter & St Paul, Great Casterton. The church was filled with everyone wishing him well.  Don’s commitment & warmth for others shone.  All of us hope he & Helen relish the new challenges.


The Royal Wedding!

The power of love! Stunning wedding. Congratulations to the new Duke & Duchess of Sussex who are set to shape world views for the better. All power to their vision & example. They are leading the way on non-gender stereotyping, acceptance of mental health issues, racial equality.

And what a gripping sermon!  Full text at .

“When we discover the redemptive power of love, we will make of this old world a new world.”

RAF Wittering Family Day

I attended RAF Wittering Family Day. Difficult to believe what the military have to carry -Engineer day packs weigh 30 kilos! Quite something to carry when you may need weapons as well. It’s about the same as my Golden Retriever dog! Skills & levels of military fitness are  impressive.


What next this week?

Becoming Lord-Lieutenant is fascinating and varied. This week I met magistrates, the Heads of Casterton College & Uppingham School, planned World War 1  armistice commemorations, attended three charity committees and two formal dinners!

The photo is from an interesting meeting  of local ‘opinion formers’ at Kendrew Barracks.

1st anniversary of Rutland Macmillan Befriending Scheme

We just celebrated the 1st anniversary of the Rutland Macmillan Befriending Scheme at its tea party. The scheme improves the lives of over 18s diagnosed with cancer, providing an informed & sympathetic ear. Congratulations to Elaine Rootham & 21 local volunteers who are making a real difference in Rutland.

Scout camp in Rutland on St George’s Day

Scouts celebrate St George’s day  in Stretton Woods with campfire marshmallows & renewal of promises. What a great youth movement scouting is! Opportunities for travel to Norway, Italy and France this year; teamwork exercise friendship & confidence all on offer.

Rutland library service is superb

I had a great day in Oakham library this week. It is a light, well carpeted, spacious series of spaces with books including e-books , large print and audio books – and lots more besides, most at no charge. There are  computers with free internet access, photocopying and printing facilities and DVD hire. The Children’s Centre has toys, Rhyme Time sessions, offers classes for new parents and chances for parents and children to get together. What a great use of space this new extension turns out to be. It is comfortable, modern and in frequent use. There were 8 very young babies and mothers meeting whilst I was there.

Much of the work of Rutland libraries is supported by volunteers. Indeed, if you reading this and are at a loose end then volunteering in Oakham, Uppingham, Ryhall or Ketton libraries can be a rewarding and valuable use of your time. Volunteers are always welcome!

Rutland also has a mobile library which visits the villages in county, books DVDs etc can be ordered for collection. This is such a help, especially for those who find transport difficult.

More information available at



RAF Wittering celebrates 100 years of the RAF

RAF Wittering are celebrating 100 years of RAF. This fab cake is tiny part of it! They have also had hundreds of young people at the base learning new skills. So impressed with the history and the vision for the future of RAF! Great job.

Rutland pottery poppies to commemorate the end of WW1 this November

The new High Sheriff, Sue Jarron & yours truly get stuck into making poppies for the Rutland Poppy Project. Serious fun! A great way to commemorate the end of WW1 in November. Ceramic poppies are also being made by young & old across the county. Typical Rutland; we are doing DIY. Look out for the display at Castle.  If our efforts are any guide, every poppy will be slightly different, even though we started with the same pattern!