An MBE for Barbara Crellin

Feb 28th: I am delighted that Rutland’s Barbara Crellin has been awarded an MBE today by HRH The Princess Royal. Richly deserved! Barbara has done much for swimming, rugby, sport, education and well-being in Rutland.

Uppingham Rotary combats Polio!

February 17th:

Polio is still a debilitating illness in parts of the world. Uppingham Rotary⁩ held a fundraising static bike ride ⁦at The Falcon Hotel⁩ and raised over £1,000. Well done to all who took part!

QGC continues to grow…

Feb 6th: The ⁦ Queen’s Green Canopy⁩ is growing & there is time to add to #Rutland’s total before March.

I was delighted to join volunteers in Greetham to celebrate the planting of some stunning cherry trees. I look forward to seeing them in flower & the autumn colour. ⁦

Peterborough service for Katherine of Aragon

Jan 28th –

Today Katherine of Aragon was commemorated with a service at Peterborough Cathedral, where she is buried. A great woman – the first female ambassador, married to Henry VIII for 20 years. Before he divorced her.

Christmas fair at Cutts Close

December 4th: Three weeks until Christmas! Thanks to ⁦Oakham Town⁩ for a festive fair at Cutts Close today. Street food, stalls, The Grainy, spinning tea cups and more. A great Santa Fun Run was organised by Rutland Rotary.

A remarkable collection of Christmas cribs

December 3rd. An extraordinary array of 100 nativity cribs from around the world was displayed at St Andrews Church, Hambleton, Rutland this weekend. It was impossible to photograph everything as the whole church was filled!

The collection was kindly lent by BBC personality Libby Purves and assembled for display by local volunteers.

Christmas is coming!

Installation of a Chaplain for our Fire Service

November 28th: the formal Installation of Uppingham fire service’s chaplain, Jill Canningby, by Bishop John – a joyful chance to celebrate the work of our wonderful volunteer firefighters. We are so lucky to have such altruism in Rutland.

Ryhall’s church restored!

November 19th. We gave thanks with Bishop Donald in St. John’s Church Ryhall for the roof renewal project, recently completed. A £185k community project; impressive to do this in 2.5 yrs on a Grade I listed building. Well done to everyone.

Christmas presents for needy children

What a great scheme; to give those who would never have a selection of wantable and useful presents just that, for Christmas. The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal. Please give a filled decorated shoe box to Oakham Baptist church.