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Rutland Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 April 2017 14:17
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Rutland has celebrated its 20th Anniversary as an independent county marking the occasion with a civic reception in Oakham Castle at which, in keeping with tradition, a horseshoe (pictured) was presented by the visiting Chair of the Local Government Association, Baron Porter of Spalding CBE. 
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 April 2017 14:38
 
HSBC Threatens Pensioners Again PDF Print E-mail
Written by Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 11:05

altFollowing extensive correspondence in 2016 and written assurances that all was well, HSBC Senior Banking Operations Manager Karen Maynard has this week written to the Trustees of the E J Toon Charitable Trust in Rutland indicating the bank has summarily closed down the charity's long standing bank account with HSBC. The charity pays £50 every Christmas to registered Uppingham pensioners over 80 years of age. Pictured is Edward J Toon, the charity's founder and benefactor.    

The move comes after intervention in 2016 by the Leicester Mercury Press Group following a similar threat, resulting in the bank apologising for its actions, blaming a failure of  internal communication, and awarding the charity £1000 in compensation for the stress and trouble caused by the administrative error.

Trustees have described the latest move as an outrage and likely to cause considerable anxiety among the Trust's 250+ beneficiaries. Trustees must now repeat their efforts of last year and campaign to have the decision reversed. Principal Correspondent and Chair of the charity, Ron Simpson BEM, described the bank's actions as 'incomprehensible and a public relations disaster for the bank'.  The issue will be discussed at a public meeting of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum on March 30th 2017 to be held in The Falcon Hotel. The charity can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    


Last Updated on Saturday, 01 April 2017 13:56
 
Uppingham Business Forum PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 March 2017 12:01

The next meeting of the Uppingham Business Forum will be its 2017 AGM, to be held on Tuesday April 4th 2017 at 6pm in The Falcon Hotel. Agenda items include reports on meetings  with the Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership and the owners of the Uppingham Traveling Fair. Invited guests include a national wireless broadband expert and the Federation of Small Businesses. 

Agenda items include the updated version of the Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan, a report on a planned meeting with the Cities and Local Growth unit of the Department of Communities and Local Government, a town events update, the election of the Forum Chair for 2017/18 and nominations for the board of Uppingham First.

A meeting agenda is available from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    

Last Updated on Monday, 27 March 2017 04:47
 
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