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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The Rainbow Trail Officially Opened

Saturday morning (August 8th 2020) the Rainbow Trail officially opened. Dr Sarah Furness, the Lord Lieutenant for Rutland, and Richard Cole Esq, the High Sheriff for Rutland, were both there to complete the ribbon cutting ceremony. Watched by members of the Rainbow trail, Dr Sarah Furness delivered an uplifting speech and afterwards she and Richard Cole each cut a ribbon to declare it open. After the ribbon cutting ceremony they both met all of the members present and had a

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Another Walk In The Rutland Countryside

Once again I have been for another walk in the Rutland Countryside carrying my camera and thoughts. What a fantastic afternoon I had. Best of all was seeing the natural surroundings and the wild plants and trees. Wish I could profess to know what all I saw was, but no I’m not that clever. Once I got back home and downloaded the film clips I had recorded, I then set about editing all of them together. I think this is

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What’s Happening in Oakham?

I’m confused. What’s happening in Oakham? There seems to be so many people who are trying to cause as much chaos as possible. It all seems to be the social distancing, one way system, parking, and who says what about everything to happen in our town. I’m sorry to seem naive about all of this but I just cannot work it all out. My head just will not cope with it. It all seemed to happen last week when workmen’s

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Rutland Library is to Re-Open

Wednesday 22nd of July Rutland Library is to re-open allowing access for Rutland Residents to borrow books and DVDs. The library will be offering a reduced collection and drop-off service. Reduced opening hours will be 9.30am to 2-00pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Saturday the hours will be 9.30am to 1.00pm. Unfortunately there will be no browsing, reading or any computer services. Visitors will be expected to follow social distancing rules inside. The number of people allowed in the

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Lockdown Rules Have Been Relaxed

On Saturday, 4th July, the lockdown rules were relaxed. Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas will now be open for business. Also allowed to open are places of worship, libraries, galleries and museums. Weddings are also included in the relaxation of the lockdown rules. Couples can now get married with up to 30 people allowed to attend. These new rules only apply to England, including of course Rutland. The UK government is only responsible for lockdown restrictions in England. Because health

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BLM March Through Oakham

Today, Saturday 13th June, around 100 people held a BLM march through Oakham in support of anti-racism. The walk began at the Oakham Library at 11.30 this morning and after a short while congregating there set off down the High Street to Church Street and on up to Cutts Close. The BLM march through Oakham was a peaceful affair in which people of all ages took part. At the end of the walk the supporters were encouraged to kneel on

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Helen Briggs Has Announced Her Retirement Date

Helen Briggs has announced her retirement date. The Rutland County Council Chief Executive has confirmed that she will be retiring from her role in July of this year, 2020. The Chief Executive first announced she would be retiring from her post in January 2020 after serving the county for thirteen years. In March she withdrew her resignation to support Rutland until more clarity over the Coronavirus situation Councillor Oliver Hemsley, the Leader of Rutland County Council said “I am grateful

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Prime Minister has made an Announcement

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has made an announcement that non-essential retail businesses can open from the 15th June 2020. With this in mind planning is underway at Rutland County Council supporting this announcement. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has notified the council that it will receive ÂŁ35,627 of funding. This is to support the re-opening of the high street shops while making sure they are safe for residents and tourists to visit. Guidance has also been

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A Walk Through Ketton Nature Reserve

This morning I looked out of the window and saw a beautiful day dawning. At this point I thought a walk through Ketton Nature Reserve is the only thing to do. After some breakfast and a couple of cups of coffee it was time to collect my tripod, a couple of cameras and set off for Ketton. The weather was fantastic, probably a little too fantastic because as the sun got up it became much warmer. However, the sun did

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