£500,000 towards Rutland’s Resilience!

£500,000 has been awarded for ‘Resilient Rutland’ from the National Lottery! This will provide mental resilience training & counselling to help young people, prevent mental health problems and equip them for modern life. All of Rutland’s schools and their pupils will benefit and youth mental health resilience will be increased. Congratulations to Ann and all those involved in this project.

Remembrance rugby!

Yesterday afternoon I watched an ex-servicemen team play the Royal Signals Army Rugby team at Coleville RFC ground, for a commemorative match. Good fun was had by all (the Signals won) and the Royal British Legion raised funds for Poppy Legion.  Thanks for having me!

Veterans’ Breakfast – and yet more Armistice planning

Thanks again to Mark & Tracey Taylor who run the Veterans Breakfast Club at The Grainstore on the first Saturday morning of each month. Good company & good breakfast guaranteed – come along next on 9.30 December 1st. Veterans of any age and their families are welcome.

While there I was asked whether anything is happening in Oakham to celebrate the Armistice actually at  11am on the 11th Nov.   I didn’t know – I’ll be attending the service in Uppingham at that time – but I have discovered that the answer is yes.  A “Homage on the High Street” will be  taking place outside Crown Walk at  11am.

The main Oakham Remembrance Parade through the town is at 2pm and the Remembrance Service at All Saints starts at 2.30pm. All are welcome.

Rutlanders are amazing! Community Champions evening

I was delighted to welcome over 300 guests to the Officers’ Mess at Kendrew Barracks yesterday evening, to celebrate the amazing work of Rutland community heroes and volunteers.

Referring to a recent survey that put Rutland at the top of ‘happy places to live’, my speech to our community champions and assembled guests included:

“Rutland is a happy place not only because we have beautiful countryside and stunning market towns but because we have a community culture of altruism, doing our best for others and volunteering…”

Thank you to everyone who attended this community champions event. It has been a true honour having the chance to celebrate the successes of our community together, at Kendrew.

More information about (and photos of) some of the stars and the highlights is available on my  Twitter pages – see https://twitter.com/RutlandLL .