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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:05

A public health consultation on the future of Healthwatch Rutland has angered many in the community for appearing to be biased and trying to predetermine the outcome; the loss of an independent scrutiny voice for Rutland on health matters.

Campaigners are urging residents to respond to the online survey and reject the proposed option of a merger with Leicester and Leicestershire and call for an independent Healthwatch Rutland to be funded for a further contractual term. 

The survey is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who responded.  

 
Pensioners to Support the Uppingham Hopper PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:57

Trustees of the E J Toon Charitable Trust have written to over 200 beneficiaries of the Trust asking if they could help deliver what unitary authority Rutland County Council say they cannot; grant aid the restoration of the Uppingham Hopper Bus Service. 

Despite the county council (and therefore Uppingham ratepayers) providing an annual grant of £80k to subsidise the Oakham Hopper service, RCC says it can only afford to give a one off interest free £25k loan repayable over five years to help fund the Uppingham bus. No contribution can be made to running costs. The community will therefore have to find £5k a year just to refund the capital cost of the loan. Uppingham Town Council has offered to support the bus operating costs to the level which it is legally allowed to do so.

E J Toon beneficiaries are over 80 years of age and receive £50 every Christmas. Many of them were users of the Hopper service during its trial period earlier in the year, ironically part funded by RCC. Beneficiaries have been asked if they would give up their 2017 entitlement to supplement the donations being made by members of the public. Largest single donation so far is £500. Community Partnership Uppingham First has set the end date for initial fund raising as September 12th 2017. The project has the personal support of the Uppingham Town Mayor Alec Crombie MBE.

Member of the public wishing to support the project should send a cheque made out to Uppingham First c/o The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9PY.


 
Lavender Blue PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 July 2017 11:27
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Celebrating 15 years trading this year, Market Harborough company Lavender Blue has opened a further shop in High Street East, Uppingham. Its home décor offers a wide and ever-changing range of eclectic products from furniture, mirrors and soft furnishings to locally made mirrors and greeting cards featuring the work of local artists.

Uppingham Business Forum Chair Ron Simpson BEM welcomed the new arrival and said "The arrival of Lavender Blue further strengthens the town's independent trader offer and confirms Uppingham town centre as the high street of choice for doing business in  Rutland. The town's significant primary shopping frontage continues to attract a wide range of visitors and tourists. New heritage LED lighting will soon further enhance the offer".


 
Gallery Says Goodbye PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 July 2017 11:03

altHilary Salomon and Mike Moralee, proprietors of the North Street East Gallery, said goodbye to their current studio in Orange Street on Saturday July 29th prior  to their taking a little time off before searching for a new studio. The present gallery premises have been purchased for redevelopment.

The couple were joined for a farewell drink by dozens of the gallery's supporters and customers with most expressing the hope that new premises can be found in Uppingham soon. The widely acclaimed gallery and its supporting artists were featured in the 2017 'Celebrating the Arts in Uppingham' event hosted by the  Rotary Club of Uppingham and timed to accommodate this year's Rutland Open Studios Exhibition.     

 
Robert Thorogood in Town PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 July 2017 10:36
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Robert Thorogood, the writer and creator of BBC1’s ‘Death in Paradise’ was a very special guest speaker at the Rutland Biz Club on Friday July 28th. Robert is pictured (centre) with Biz Club President Geoffrey Pointon (on the right) and his father in law Les Breathwick (a club member) outside the club meeting venue, The Lake Isle Restaurant in Uppingham.

Robert went to Uppingham School before going on to Cambridge University, where he was President of the Cambridge Footlights. When he left, he spent many years working as an actor, writer and temporary secretary and in 2008 came up with the idea of a light hearted murder mystery show set in the Caribbean. He then spent the next few years hawking his ‘Untitled Copper in St. Lucia idea’ to production companies around London until he managed to sell it to the BBC.

Series 6 of ‘Death in Paradise’ went out earlier this year and was watched by an average of 8.5m people per episode, and the show is sold to 250+ territories worldwide. Robert is currently working on Series 7 (which will be broadcast in 2018). During his luncheon speech, Robert talked about the ways in which modern-day TV shows are funded and commissioned, and the future of the TV industry.


Business Forum Nominates Uppingham in Bloom Chair  for East Midlands Women's Awards                                    Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum - Thursday August 31st 2017
 
          Support 86 year old resident Anne Porter who is sky diving for the Dove Cottage charity
           https://mydonate.bt.com/events/annesskydive/445240

 
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