RED ENSIGN FLAG RAISED IN RUTLAND

On Friday morning, 3rd September, the red Ensign flag was raised in the grounds of Oakham Castle. The flag was raised to mark Merchant Navy Day. The Merchant Navy is the collective term for commercial shipping including vessels from cruise ships, tankers and cargo ships of all description. During World War Two merchant seamen crewed Merchant ships keeping the United Kingdom supplied with raw materials. They also kept us supplies supplied with arms, ammunition, fuel,and food. Thanks to the Merchant

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BEATING RETREAT CEREMONY

The Annual BEATING RETREAT CEREMONY is taking place on September 8th. The ceremony will be performed by THE BRITISH ARMY BAND CATTERICK. Beating Retreat marks a centuries old tradition. When the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and retreated from the battlefield and returned to their camps at sunset at the sound of Retreat. Colours and Standards and Flags lowered. The BRITISH ARMY BAND will BEAT RETREAT at 6.30pm in the Oakham Market Place. Admission is free and there will

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Councillor Gordon Brown steps down from Cabinet

Date Published: 26 January 2021 On Monday 25th Councillor Gordon Brown announced he was to step down from Rutland County Council Cabinet due to health issues. Councillor Brown joined Cabinet in 2017 and held the role of Portfolio Holder for Planning and Finance. He will however remain as a councillor representing the Ketton Ward.The councillors replacing him will be announced in due course. The Leader of Rutland County Council, Councillor Oliver Hemsley said “It is with regret that Cllr Brown has

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Leicestershire and Rutland Police Are Keeping us Safe Throughout Christmas

As 2020 draws to a close we are beginning to make ready for the Christmas season. Possibly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it will be a Christmas as we have never known before, followed a week later by the New Year. Like previous years, Leicestershire and Rutland police are keeping us safe throughout Christmas. Normally a time for parties, families and friends meeting up, this year is going to be different. In spite of the restrictions, people are being encouraged

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CRAFTSPERSONS OPENED A POP-UP SHOP IN OAKHAM

A number of craftspersons opened a pop-up shop in Oakham on Thursday. The goods on display ranged from handmade soaps to ceramics and art. Other stalls displayed skincare and toiletries. The shop is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from nine o’clock in the morning to five pm every day. The idea of the pop-up shop is to encourage shoppers to visit the Victoria Hall to look around the crafts on offer. Hopefully it will also encourage shoppers to shop

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National Lockdown Over

I am immensely grateful to each of you who have adhered to the national lockdown with such a sense of civic duty. The end of restrictions is firmly in sight with the first vaccine being approved this morning. From today we return to the strengthened tier system to maintain our control over COVID-19. This is by no means another lockdown or a renewal of previous measures in England. I am pleased that from today, residents of both Rutland (Tier 2)

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New Business Opened in Oakham

On Wednesday morning at 10am on 2nd December 2020, a new business opened in Oakham Although 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges for us all, here at Lily Mae Home Care we are building on our core activities in South Lincolnshire – where we have been providing care to people in their own homes for four years – with the opening of a Wellbeing and Care Advice centre that will provide advice and information about all aspects of providing care to

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Gagging Order To Be Lifted On Military Personnel

A reckoning is coming for the unpunished abuse of power in our Armed Forces Said MP for Rutland and Melton, Alicia Kearns. Today my colleague Sarah Atherton will launch a subgroup of the Defence Committee to hear evidence from women serving in the Armed Forces about their experiences of bullying, harassment, sexual abuse and rape within the Armed Forces. This is a ground-breaking moment because the Defence Secretary has rightly stepped in to lift the gagging order on serving personnel

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Oakham Seconds won against Countesthorpe

On Saturday, 22nd August, Oakham Seconds won against Countesthorpe Cricket Club Seconds. The match, a Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket League Group 11 game took place at the Oakham Cricket Club ground on Brooke Road, Oakham. Countesthorpe Seconds won the toss and elected to bat. At one o’clock the first ball was bowled. Oakham then proceeded to bowl them all out for 61. Oakham Seconds replied with 65 for 1 wicket giving them the four points for the match and a

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VJ Day 75th Anniversary at Oakham Church

Today, 15th August 2020, a two minute silence was held to mark VJ Day 75th Anniversary at Oakham church. Because of the coronavirus pandemic only the Lord Lieutenant and Rutland High Sheriff took part. As the Lord Lieutenant explained, because of social distancing rules it seemed the only sensible thing to do. The two of them representing Rutland residents veterans, and serving armed forces. After a speech by Dr Furness the names of those from Oakham who perished out there,

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