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February 2020

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January 2020

January UNF Newsletter published

Uppingham Community Emergency Plan updated (See

Barclays Bank Manager to address Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum on January 30th

Executive Member David Ainslie awarded BEM in New Year Honours List  

December 2019

Rob Persani Chairs Forum Election Hustings

Uppingham Homes CLT on show at NPAG event on December 7th

Uppingham First board meets to review high street progress

Town Council evaluates Food Festival fiasco 


Historical News



January UNF Newsletter published

Uppingham Community Emergency Plan updated (See

Barclays Bank Manager to address Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum on January 30th

Executive Member David Ainslie awarded BEM in New Year Honours List  



Rob Persani Chairs Forum Election Hustings

Uppingham Homes CLT on show at NPAG event on December 7th

Uppingham First board meets to review high street progress

Town Council evaluates Food Festival fiasco 



Neighbourhood Forum offers to host election hustings

Cordinator meets Anne, Prinncess Royal 

Coop to support UNF for 2020

National Lottery provides further funding for  Uppingham Hopper 

Rotary and partners provide a further three defibrillators for Uppingham 



Uppingham Homes delgates to attend housebuilding conference at Birmingham NEC 

Uppingham First to attend Locality Affordable Housing Event in London

New Uppingham Gate Master Plan to be published

Dialogue with Anglian Water to improve Uppingham Water Treatment Plant commenced

Uppingham Hopper team prepare for severe winter with new winter tyres on standby for fitting    



Uppingham Community Emergency Plan updated

Uppingham Town Council supports creation of Uppingham Homes CLT

Uppingham  Homes board meeting minutes published above

Forum AGM makes nominations to East Midlands Womens Awards

Uppingham First AGM appoints two new directors

High Sheriff visits Uppingham Business Forum AGM 



Uppingham featured in government publication on well designed places (See doc above)

Neighbourhood Forum AGM to be held on August 29th 

Minutes of Uppingham Homes Inaugural Board Meeting published above 



Uppingham community mourns loss of Robert Wills 

Temporary Uppingham First website now operational 

Uppingham Rotary raises over £1k for Uppingham Hopper with Rutland Big Band evening



Vanguard Board to meet on June 27th 

Uppingham First to attend national housing conference in Manchester

Woolshop Owner Jane Lang elected as Chair of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan Committee 

Uppingham First launches new temporary website at



Town Council Election results reveal two new members of council

County Council Election results confirm one new county council member for Uppingham  



Uppingham Hustings well attended with most candidates accepting an invitation to speak 

Eighteen candidates standing for 15 seats on Uppingham Town Council 

Five candidates standing for the 3 Uppingham seats on Rutland County Council  

UNF hosts 2019 Election Hustings on April 23rd 

UNF welcomes announcement that a significant number of new community and business candidates

are seeking election to Uppingham Town Council



Badley Affordable Housing Trust secures Homes England funding 

Uppingham Town Clerk resigns  



Forum publishes Bypass and Hopper Surveys



Uppingham First publishes Business Newsletter  



Uppingham Hopper 6 Month Review Report to be published in January

Uppingham First to help create N Plan Design Toolkit



Forum to attend national Locality conference

ABC Trail to be published online 



Forum publishes 2018 Review 



Police Chief to address UNF AGM on Police Special Constables 



Uppingham Vanguard Board + meets July 24th - See meeting notes above 

Final draft of ABC Trail circulated to businesses 



Forum AGM August 23rd 2018



Uppingham Hopper Launched 



Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum AGM to be held on Thursday May 17th at 7.30pm

Guest speakers include Victim Support


Uppingham First Community Partnership AGM to be held on Tuesday May 22nd at 6pm  



Uppingham First Under 35's Housing Project Group meets with Uppingham Town Council

Executive Committee expresses concern about  modus operandi of new Neighbourhood Plan Committee 

Forum attends East Midlands Locality event

Forum prepares for new data regulation 



Neighbourhood Forum to meet on Thurssday January 11th 2018 at 7.30pm in The Falcon Hotel

Youth Housing Project Group to meet to organise a Youth Listening Event



Forum attends Joint Blue Light Conference

Forum Chair meets Deputy Chief Constable

Housing Task Group visits Saffron Lane, Leicester project



UNF Executive Committee member Pam Dalby wins an East Midands Women's Award

Forum Coordinator Ron Simpson BEM awarded an East Midlands

lifetime achievement award for his work supporting women's development

Forum hosts talks with Police and Crime Commissioner

Forum Executive to lead on Youth Housing project

Further Hopper funding secured

Forum attends Safer Places discussions

Town hosts East Midlands Women's Awards



Forum AGM re-elects Janet Thompson as its Chair for 2017/18

Forum AGM supports continuation of the Uppingham Hopper

Forum adopts the Uppingham Community Emergency Plan

Forum supports independence for Rutland Healthwatch



Neighbourhood Forum Executive Committee AGM to be held on August 17th 2017

Uppingham Community Emergency Plan to be publicly adopted at UNF AGM on August 31st 2017



2017 AGM to be held on Thursday August 31st  at 7.30pm



Forum attends 2107 Public Sector Show in London

Crowdfunding website page for Uppingham Hopper fund launched

Biz Club donates £500 to Hopper fund

Update of Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan to be published

Forum attends regional Community Transport Association event

UppWatch info leaflet distributed to all housholds - Scheme now has 18 volunteers



Neighbourhod Forum attendance impresses Police and Crime Commissioner

UppWatch launched with 13 volunteers

Town's forward plans praised by regional and national agencies



Neighbourhood Forum to meet on March 30th

PCC to attend Neighbourhood Forum

UppWatch to formally launch on the 20th anniversary of Rutland's Independence

Forum Rep to attend Locality event in the House of Commons



Forum completes initial UppWatch volunteer training

Forum Coordinator invited to address Good Councillor conference

New Logo and branding agreed for UppWatch

Uppingham hosts Neighbourhood Planning Event



Neighbourhood Forum met on January 5th and agreed community action plan

14 Residents to undertake training in February as pilot of UppWatch



Forum to launch UppWatch in January 2017

in partnership with the Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Community Council

Uppingham First Partnership and UN Forum join CommunityTransport Association



Forum supports Uppingham entry to the Great British High Street Awards

Forum directors support bid for community bus grant



Forum members receive presentation on Good Neighbour Schemes

130 people attend the August Forum presentation on the Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan

   Uppingham First becomes a voting member of Locality

Uppingham  Hopper project runs luxury hamper raffle



Uppingham electric car completes 3.5k mile journey around France

Special meeting of Forum to be arranged in August 2016



AGM secret ballot on EU membership result (Remain 32 Leave 30)

EU Refugee presentation from RCC at AGM well received



May 2016 AGM will consider offer of  free land for starter homes

Uppingham YouTube Channel launched



Virtual High Street project to be the subject of an EU Leader Fund bid

2016 AGM will host debate on BREXIT



Town to host visit by  Deputy Director, Cities and Growth Unit

Uppingham to trial White Space broadband

Uppingham Hopper trial to be extended



Larkfleet CEO to address Neighbourhood Forum at 7pm on January 14th

Town Centre & Business Zones Plan proposes new development zone for Uppingham

Policing conference delayed until the Spring of 2016



Uppingham Hopper carries over 1400 passengers in its first 11 weeks

Forum to meet on January 14th 2016



Uppingham Hopper carries 700 passengers in its first 6 weeks

Supreme Court rejects Larkfleet attempt to challenge Neighbourhood Plan

Uppingham First to host conference on the future of community and business safety in Uppingham



Uppingham Hopper carries 126 passengers in its first week

56 people attend October meeting of the Forum



Uppingham listed in top five of Great British High Streets

Uppingham Hopper to launch on Monday October 5th



Hopper Bus volunteers meet to agree operating procedures

Barclays Bank to present on 'scams' to October Forum



Uppingham Hopper Bus arrives!

Next Neighbourhood Forum newsletter will be delivered in late July

Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum met on Thursday July 16th

Meeting considered the Bloor Planning submission for south of Leicester Road also the position with Larkfleet



Coordinator Ron Simpson recognised in Queens Birthday Honours List

The Uppingham Bag and other branded products to be launched on July 2nd

Forum Executive represented at UNP Court of Appeal Hearing on June 4th



Janet Thompson re-elected Chair of the Forum

Mark Shaw elected as Forum rep on Town Centre and Business Zone Plan Task Group

Uppingham in Bloom Executive Committee member Pam Dalby addresses Forum AGM

Eastern Counties Police Chief addresses AGM of Neighbourhood Forum

N Plan Primary School consultation to feature in national case study

Uppingham Business Forum to produce a 'How To' brochure for DCLG

Forum AGM - Thursday May 14th 2015 - 7.30pm in The Falcon Hotel  

UF Community Director Nomination Forms available from  



 Community delighted as Neil Wedge takes over the role of Uppingham Town Clerk

Community to debate call for a Neighbourhood Development Order on Heritage Site

N Plan Task Group to view housing proposals for Leicester Road

New faces to appear in Uppingham Town Council elections



Events list updated at

Rutland Lottery - Two residents win twice in 12 months

Forum AGM set for May 14th 2015

Janet Thompson elected as interim Forum Chair

Police Commander to address 2015 AGM

Forum to help launch new 'Good Neighbour' Schemes in Uppingham



Forum welcomes proposal for Art Gallery at Welland Vale Nurseries

Forum expresses concern about quality and colour of footpath to Preston



Forum celebrates Democracy Day with debate about future construct of Uppingham Town Council

Forum supports idea of Solar Farm to the East of the town

 Town Centre and Business Zone Plan Task Group has commenced work

Neighbourhood Forum approves Uppingham Webcam data sharing with police

Stockerston Road telephone box to house new style defibrillator



Neighbourhood Plan supported by Justice Collins at Judical Review

Forum recommends against UTC and RCC approval for Larkfleet Planning Application



Forum to support launch of Uppingham Webcam on November 26th 2014

Forum to host lunch with Chief Executive of the National Association of Local Councils

BRA defeats Limes, Firs & Spurs in Annual Quiz Competition

Neighbourhood Forum resolves to oppose Larkfleet Planning Application - Tuesday November 4th 2014



Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan featured in October edition of Councillor Magazine

Town Council shortlists 7 candidates for Town Clerk vacancy

Uppingham to feature in a DCLG publication on Great British High Streets

A packed Forum meeting gives a cautious welcome to policing changes following a presentation by Inspector Louise Cordiner, Rutland LPU Commander



Uppingham to address national conference on its approach to economic development

Uppingham an entrant to the Great British High Street Awards

Town Council secures grant for new Skateboard Park on Tod's Piece

Neighbourhood Plan to face Judicial Review mid November



Uppingham secures three commendations and one category win in 2014 Towns Alive Awards

WW1 Evening with candlelit march and WW1 supper and presentation was held on August 4th

Uppingham Fete, Flower and Dog Show was held on Tod's Piece Saturday August 3rd



Neighbourhood Plan approved at referendum on July 10th 2014 with 92% majority

In Bloom judges visited town on Monday July 7th 2014



AGM elects Mark Shaw as Forum Chair

Forum votes to mount YES campaign for N Plan Referendum

Forum to distibute Referendum Edition of Neighbourhood Plan during first week in July



Town Twinning members say goodby to Chair Roy Stephenson who is moving to be near family  

Official opening of Heritage Trail to be on May 4th 2014

Neighbourhood Forum Executive meet to consider RCC sports provision

Forum representatives  meet with RCC to secure trial of Uppingham Hopper Bus



Uppingham based group launches the Rutland Lottery - see  



Next Forum Meeting (May 2014) to debate:-The Uppingham Emergency Plan, Radon Gas in Uppingham, Fracking in Rutland



Neighbourhood Forum meeting held on January 15th sees best attendance yet (50+)

Forum to prepare Emergency Plan for Uppingham



Forum to meet to approve final draft of N Plan

BIS representatives to visit Uppingham

Forum featured in AMT national event for Market Towns

Forum members try out BMW electric car



Forum presents at Design Council in London

Forum represented at LEP Summit

BRA Incorporates



BMW Electric Cars coming to Uppingham

Broadband speeds in excess of 900Mbs reported on The Beeches

 Forum helps design housing development

Neighbourhood Forum to meet September 26th at 7.30pm in The Falcon Hotel



Forum to collaborate on Uppingham Hopper Project

Volunteers attend Voicebox workshop No 2 at Cricket Club



Forum reps attend Design Council Workshop to pilot community toolkit

Draft Uppingham Neighbouhood Plan published for public consultation




Gigaclear Fibre Network now operating at 900Mb+ in the North East of Uppingham



Forum AGM elects Mark Shaw as Chair for 2013/14

New Executive Committee also elected

Uppingham First Reps:- Mark Shaw, David Lewis, Janet Thompson

Rutland Consortium Rep: Phil Marston



The next Neigbhourhood Forum meeting willl be held at the Falcon Hotel on Tuesday April 23rd at 7.30pm

Fibre Network launched on April 12th 2013



April opening date set for Uppingham Fibre Network

Forum members meet Planning Minister Nick Boles MP

Forum commences construction of Neigbhourhood Skills Register

Saga agrees to pilot remote health care system on Uppingham Fibre Network



Gigaclear Fibre Broadband Network construction under way

Development proposals for Tods Piece to be considered at next Forum Meeting

Housing proposals for South of Leicester Road submitted

International Bank and Supermarket Group express interest in Uppingham



Forum to nominate new Uppingham First Directors in Jan 2013



Firs Estate votes to have Gigaclear Fibre Network

BRA to fund Affordable Housing connections to Fibre Network



Tods Piece Survey distributed by Town Council

N Plan Task Group Invites Developers to second round of talks

N Forum Coordinator Ron Simpson re-elected as Director of One East Midlands



Well attended N Forum meeting reviews community vote on Development Sites

Development site survey produces 135 responses

N Plan Task Group to survey Tods Piece users

Neighourhood Plan Task Group Survey published. Return deadline 14.9.2012

Next Forum Meeting - September 27th 2012 - 7pm - The Falcon Hotel

Police and Crime Commissioner Event - October 23rd 2012 - 7pm - County Museum



Forum to support Task Group community survey/community vote on development sites

Neighbourhood Plan Task Group Recommendations published

Forum Welcomes Branston Road Residents Forum into membership

Forum's work congratulated by Department of Communities and Local Government



Forum Executive leads launch of Uppingham Open Access Broadband Network



Neighbourhood Forum helps stage Neigbhourhood Plan Developer Day



2012 AGM elects new Executive Committee

Mark Shaw elected to Board of Uppingham First



Community Planning Day fixed for June 30th 2012

Forum AGM fixed for Thursday May 3rd 2012

Uppingham offered 1Gb Open Access Network

Forum Coordinator elected to coordinate new Rutland Consortium



Uppingham to host first Rutland Consortium AGM on March 29th 2012



Neighbourhood Plan Workshop February 4th 10am in the Town Hall

Come and help shape the future of Uppingham



Uppingham Wifi Mast Bid submitted to BDUK and DEFRA

Forum meets 7pm January 18th Falcon Hotel

Forum Newsletter invites participation in Neighbourhood Plan



Free Wifi launched in Uppingham Market Square December 6th 2011



Standing Room only as Forum debates Neighbourhood Plan options



Forum to debate Neighbourhood Plan



Forum submits LAA Reward Grant Bid



Construction of contact database begins

Forum AGM agrees to support creation of a new Rutland Consortium

Forum elects Executive Committee of three: Neil Hermsen (BRA)  Michael Wellen (Rotary)   Ric Ellis (Social Enterprise)

Ron Simpson( Neighbourhood Watch) re-elected as: Forum Coordinator and delegate to the new Rutland Consortium

Ric Ellis nominated for community directorship on Uppingham First

Forum supports Community Speedwatch