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ISSUE 11 / JUNE 2010


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Rutland Water Nature Reserve

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Parenting Book reviews

Oakham Festival


Voluntary Action Rutland





Rutland Arts


All this and more in this issue of the Scene! Cover Photo – Lyndon pair with Burley House by John Wright Rutland Osprey Project

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83 South Street, Oakham, LE15 6BG 01572 755970

(0116) 222 2222 In a non emergency - for example not requiring police attendance - or to report a non-urgent crime, there is one telephone number for the whole of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Dr D A J Ker & Partners Cold Overton Road, Oakham, LE15 6NT 01572 722621

J A Gwyther 74 High Street, Oakham, LE15 6AS 01572 755260

Ketton Surgery Geeston Road, Ketton, Nr Stamford, PE9 3RH 01572 823531

Oakham Dental Studio Knight’s Yard, Gaol Street, Oakham, LE15 6AQ 01572 771775

Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 Emergencies 999 Childline - 0800 11 11

Market Overton and Somerby Surgeries, Thistleton Road, Market Overton, LE15 7PP 0844 815 1470

West Road Dental Practice 71 West Road, Oakham, LE15 6LT 01572 722677

Parentline- Phone: 0808 800 2222



Samaritans - Phone: 08457 909090

Boots The Chemists Ltd 18 High Street, Oakham, LE15 6AL 01572 722024

Langrick & Coe Opticians 16 High Street, Oakham, LE15 6AL 01572 724407

Day Lewis 21 High Street, Oakham, LE15 6AH 01572 722083

Oakham Opticians 3 Westgate, Oakham, LE15 6BH 01572 720072

Rutland County Council Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP Tel: 01572 722577 Email: Uppingham Town Council The Town Hall, High Street East, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PY 01572 822681 Informal Learning Manager Rutland Adult Learning Service Tel: 01572 771700 Mob: 07769 912258 Email:

Your Local Boots Pharmacy Cold Overton Road, Oakham, LE15 6NT 01572 770101 Dentists ADP Oakham The White House, 17 Burley Road, Oakham, LE15 6DH 01572 770579

Citizens Advice Bureau 56 High Street, Oakham, LE15 6AL 0845 120 3705

D S Nadany 2 Market Street, Oakham, LE15 6DY 01572 755002

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Simmons Optometrists 23 Burley Road, Oakham, LE15 7DH 01572 756434

Sports Vale of Catmose College Sports Centre - 01572 756181 Oakham School Sports Centre 01572 758754 Rutland County Council Active Recreation Team 01572 722577

Police, Health, Sports Clubs, Libraries, Vets and Places of Worship

than our useful numbers Athletics Rutland Athletic Club 01572 757617 / 01572 723606 Badminton


Brooke, Egleton, Hambleton,

Oakham Library, Catmos Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW 01572 722918



Uppingham Library, Queen Street, Uppingham, LE15 9QR 01572 823218

Royce Rangers Junior FC 07800 749907 / 01572 821189

Ketton Library, High Street, Ketton, PE9 3TE 01780 720580

Horse Riding

Ryhall Library, Coppice Road, Ryhall, PE9 4HY 01780 751726

Oakham Badminton Club

Rutland Riding Club 01780 755237 Rugby Oakham Rugby Club 01664 454421 / 01572 770274 Running Rutland Running Club 01572 755533 e-mail: Sailing Rutland Sailing Club 01780 720292 Tennis Oakham Tennis Club 07966 466482 / 07971 457739 Ketton Tennis Club 01780 460501 Volleyball Oakham Volleyball Club 01572 812544

Mobile Library offers a fortnightly service to the villages of Rutland

Vets Best Friends Veterinary Centre, Melton Road, Oakham, LE15 6AY 01572 770011 Oakham Veterinary Hospital, Ashwell Road, Oakham, LE15 7QH 01572 722647 Rutland Veterinary Centre, 12a Ayston Road, Uppingham, LE15 9RL 01572 822399

Places of Worship

Langham, Market Overton, Teigh, The Revd Lee Francis-Dehqani 01572 722108 Ryhall, Essendine, Carlby The Revd Patrick McKee 01780 762398 Cottesmore, Barrow & Burley Greetham, Thistleton, Stretton, Clipsham, Exton 01572 812202 (Cottesmore Church office) St Josephs Catholic Church, Oakham 01572 722308 Congregational Church, Oakham 01572 821899 Methodist Church, Oakham 01572 756946 Baptist Church, Oakham 01572 724990 School Chapel, Oakham 01572 758797 Langham Baptist Church 01572 768386 The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) 59 South Street, Oakham 01780 460454 (voicemail)


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Rutland goes ‘Wild in Art’ In the summer of 2010, Rutland’s streets, parks and open spaces will be taken over by some unusual visitors…a ‘Bloat of Hippos’ is heading your way! The unveiling of the fibreglass hippos will take place at the start of the Oakham Festival on Friday 18th June 2010 and will be displayed across the County for three months, with the possibility of the Hippos being brought out again next year, after a period of hibernation over the winter months! The project is funded by The Arts Council and developed locally by Arts for Rutland, the Oakham Festival and Rutland County Council in partnership with Wild in Art. In addition the Rutland primary and secondary schools will all be creating their own Hippo artwork and applying it to slightly smaller 60cm high fibreglass Hippo sculptures.These Hippos will be painted by each of the schools and will be on display for the period of the Oakham Festival (18th June - 4th July) before returning

to their schools to be loved and cared for. If you want to get involved with the Rutland Hippo project either as a sponsor artist or volunteer then please contact Tracy Halliday (Project Officer, Arts for Rutland) via email: or send your details to Tracy Halliday, Project Officer, Arts for Rutland, Rutland County Museum, Catmose Street, Oakham or call 01572 720922.

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5th Anniversary Garden Party The Rutland Fundraising Group for WaterAid is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with a Summer Garden Party to which all supporters of WaterAid are welcome. The Party will be held in the beautiful gardens of Prebendal House, Church Lane, Lyddington from 6.30p.m. to 9.00p.m. on Thursday, 10th June. There will be wine, canapes and music by the exhilarating Jamo Jamo Arts, a group of drummers who epitomise the energy and sound of Senegalese dance music.

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The Sun Inn We offer a warm welcome and traditional, fresh, home cooked food. Whether you want morning coffee, lunch, dinner or just a snack, it’s available at The Sun Inn, Cottesmore. Book your special celebration with us – contact Carl to view our Rutland Room and discuss your requirements, tailored to your needs July 23rd, 24th and 25th

Our Serving Times Monday to Thursday 11am to 11pm Food served 12noon to 9pm Friday and Saturday 11am to midnight Food served 12noon to 9.30pm Sunday 11am to 11pm Sunday lunch served 12noon to 7pm Sunday supper served from 7pm to 9pm

Our 1st Annual Beer Festival, up to 20 beers and ciders to try, with entertainment each day. 2nd August

The Rutland Morris Men will be dancing at the pub 6th August

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Bringing PeoPLe together to MaKe a Better LiFe

we grew up with, and when we do have babies, we are faced with having to build a whole new set of friends. I experienced this when I was a young mum, and although Netmums was not available back then, I did join a similar group and 18 years on, I am still close friends with the other mums that attended – it was an amazing support network. Netmums exists for exactly the same reasons - to offer a place for mums to get in touch with other mums.You can contact the Chairmum or Righthand Mum beforehand so you never need to arrive and not know anyone. You can find them on the coffeehouse thread where you can post or send them a private message - they'd be delighted to hear from you! You will find details of the events, advertised on your local Netmums notice board and the ‘what’s on’ pages, as well as on the official Meet-ups board in the Making Friends part of the Coffee House. Rutland Meetup details can be found on the following website help, tips and advice on one of the on totally dedicated to giving mums secti a have will e e, Scen the of ons Future editi tions or would even like to offer advic pleasure of doing. If you have any ques toughest jobs you will ever have the .com/rutland please log onto to www.netmums

Netmums Meetups are informal get-togethers for local mums, perhaps a picnic in the park, a walk or a trip to the local playcentre together. The Chairmums and Righthand Mums who organise the groups have volunteered to help because they understand the importance of bringing people together to make life better. We know that the best source of advice and support comes from other mums, and these days, we are more unlikely to live near our extended families or the friends

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Have gorgeous feet this summer! As a podiatrist (chiropodist) this is my busiest time of year, when we start to think about exposing our feet in sandals and realising they’re not looking their best! Cracked heels are one of the most common foot problems I see in the summer. Cracked heels (fissures) can be due to wearing sandals, especially mules or flip flops, these shoes ‘slap’ the heel which may cause the skin to thicken. Sandals expose the thick skin to the elements, drying it out, this combined with the stress of walking results in cracks. Think about a tomato, when you squash it, it wants to expand, eventually splitting.This is what happens to the heels as body weight pushes down and shoes push up, if the skin is dry and not supple it splits. Dry skin may also be a sign of omega oil deficiency. Cracked heels can be very deep and painful. The best treatment for cracked heels is prevention;

file hard skin regularly with a foot file or pumice stone, moisturise feet daily, ensure your diet contains plenty of essential omega oils and wear sandals with a strap around the heel (avoiding backless shoes). If you’re suffering from painful cracked heels, a podiatrist could help. A podiatrist treats cracked heels by removing the thickened hard skin; if the thick skin isn’t removed the cracks won’t heal. Occasionally, deep cracks can be treated with a skin glue, to stick the skin together so it can heal. If you’re unsure about how to get your feet looking and feeling their best this summer, consult your local Podiatrist (Chiropodist). Zoe Paradine Ward, Specialist Podiatrist Lighter Feet 01572 850013

Be captivated by magical sculptures Throughout June, July and August an exhibition of high quality, contemporary sculpture in a garden and landscape setting is taking place in Rutland. The cinema is not the only place where you can experience the magic of Alice's Wonderland this year. Wander in the sunshine through the gardens, woodland and meadow of Wingwell and be captivated by the magical sculptures of the 16 outstanding artists taking part in this year's exhibition. Ruth Moilliet's work in particular captures the spirit of Alice's world as you can reflect your childhood dream to be able to shrink in size. The exhibition brings many new artists to Rutland including Rebekah Narewski's vibrantly coloured, playful ceramics and the flowing forms of Charlie Whinney's steam bent timber. Peter Hayes is

returning this year to exhibit a selection of his intricate ceramic works Wingwell is located a short distance from Rutland Water, on Top Street, in the village of Wing, near Oakham.

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Is your pension invested in the right place? Whether you are a keen pension saver or find the whole subject of retirement planning boring and confusing - read on; it could well be in your best interests! Most people find their pension investments baffling. But, in the most simple terms, pensions offer savers a choice of investment funds in which to grow their money, including safe ‘cautious’ funds (mainly invested in sensible bonds, from well established companies looking to raise money), to ‘balanced’ funds, which will include those sensible bonds again, but also equities (shares) in a wide variey of companies, fixed interest (similar to savings accounts that you might have anyway) and property. Another alternative, when in your 20s or 30s perhaps, and have plenty of time to ride out a downturn in markets is to opt for a more volatile ‘growth’ fund which could have a high proportion (maybe even 100%) of the fund in equities, some of which could be in riskier ‘emerging’ markets, such as the Far East. However, given that most savers know little or nothing about investments, most find themselves in a balanced managed fund holding something like 50% equities, 30% bonds and 20% property and cash without even knowing if its in their best interests or not. Those coming up for retirement now who didn’t review their pensions 10 years ago could still be losing out because their funds might not be most appropriate (after all, the FTSE100 has never regained its all-time high of 6,930 on the last trading day of 1999). An estimated 2% of contributors to pension schemes only ever swap funds and most pension companies operate balanced managed funds on this basis, assuming people won’t ever switch. But if you want to maximise the value of your pension fund at retirement (and who wouldn’t?) you should consider taking bigger risks when you are young, moving to a balanced fund in your forties and fifties and possibly a predominantly

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bond fund in the last five to 10 years before retirement. In automotive terms, its a little like having a sporty lightweight car when you’re young and moving onto something a little more sensible when you have children. Given that we might spend longer in retirement these days, than we do working, doesn’t it make sense to be flexible? At the very least, anyone saving for retirement should regularly review pension performance. Thats where I can help. Our futures are in our hands and if we don’t review our pensions regularly, we can have no excuse when we find they may have been invested in an inappropriate manner for us. So lets not become one of those disgruntled savers who exclaim ‘All pensions are rubbish!’. They aren’t – after all, does it mean that all red cars are rubbish just because you once had a dodgy red Lada? Alastair Rush is an Independent Financial Adviser serving the Oakham, Stamford and Uppingham areas, authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Once described by General Sir Mike Jackson as ‘the only man in Bosnia with longer hair than me’ and now requested by the likes of Honda UK, MoD, Siemens, John Lewis, British Aerospace and the NHS (to name but a few), to assist staff with financial planning, he brings his unique strategising insight to local private clients who wish to properly prepare for, and enjoy their retirements to the full. For a complimentary and obligation free consultation and portfolio review, please see his advertisement on the inside front cover of this issue.

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18th June – 4th July 2010

Oakham Festival 2010 promises to be exciting


AKHAM FESTIVAL is bringing you an exciting programme for 2010, opening on 18th June and running through to 4th July. Venues across the county host an eclectic mixture of performances including the Mayday Players bringing two nights of hilarious improvised comedy. The first night invites audience members to cut out newspaper articles just minutes before curtain time, inspiring ‘Tonight’s Top Story’; improvisation without tricks, gimmicks or games, just a live, onstage comic exploration. It is the world only hinted at by your local paper, but finally revealed by the comedic X-ray vision of The Maydays. Rutland Concert Band are back by popular demand following their sell out performance of music from the shows, film and well-known classical themes.


The festival finishes on the 4th July, with some events having an American theme. A Community Choir has formed especially for the Festival, currently busy rehearsing music from ‘Guys & Dolls’. The Grainstore Brewery has a feast of American music planned over the middle weekend and an organ recital based on music by Charles Ives, Samuel Barber and Philip Glass features at All Saints Church. The final weekend will take place at a Marquee in the Castle Grounds, sponsored by ‘Marquees by Stuart’ with a party night with local bands and a celebration of local young artists in Rutland’s Got Talent. Leicester Big Band will embrace the American theme, with vocals by Rutland’s answer to Frank Sinatra. Bring your picnics and enjoy the party atmosphere.


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Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Not Just For The Birds

Rutland Water Nature Reser ve (RWNR) was created during the 1970’s, a result of the then newly created Rutland Water. Run in par tnership with Anglian Water and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, the reser ve has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and is now regarded as one of the finest Nature Reser ves in Western Europe. The reser ve occupies a narrow strip of land running for nine miles around the Western end of Rutland Water and covers 600 acres. A reser ve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site, designated by The Convention on Wetlands as of international impor tance especially as a waterfowl habitat. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded and on a good spring day, it is possible to see over 100 species of bird, with rarities such as Red Kites a distinct possibility. Over the winter months in excess of 20,000 wild fowl can be found including 10% of the Nor th Western European Gadwall population. Summer sees the Osprey’s return to Rutland Water Nature Reser ve, a site where in 2001, these magnificent fish eating hawks bred for the first time in England for over 150 years! The success of this reser ve is due to wide diversity of habitats that range from ancient woodlands that are carpeted by Blue Bells in the spring, to meadows, streams, shallow water lagoons and reed beds which provide food for the various types of water fowl.


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These huge variations in habitat not only suppor t a massive diversity of birds, but also provide homes for some the UK’s most elusive and rare animals. Ever y thing from Otters and Stoats, through to Great Crested Newts and Grass Snakes make their homes here. From an ecological standpoint Rutland Water Nature Reser ve truly is a goldmine. Something for everyone Perhaps the most significant offering that RWNR has is that all this beauty, tranquillity and natural splendour can be enjoyed by anyone. Access to the 27 bird hides and miles of nature trails will cost you a mere £4 for the day from visitor centres, either Egleton or Lyndon. Both have educational interpretation rooms that are open to the public and sell a range of natural histor y books, gifts wild bird food and an assor tment of snacks and drinks to refuel with after your walk. For people with limited mobility there is the oppor tunity to use a buggy (prior booking essential) and the majority of the hides have wheelchair access. With friendly, knowledgeable staff and volunteers on hand even a novice will be able identify what they have seen. Its all about the Kids RWNR provides an extensive education programme that caters for children of all ages from primar y school to sixth form and beyond. The education centre at RWNR runs a number of holiday activities. Popular days include Nature Detectives, Explorer Days, and Family Fun Days. For as little as £25 a day children get the chance to go bug hunting, pond dipping and make nest boxes along with a whole host of fun activities. All days are led by experienced teacher naturalists and the emphasis is ver y much on having as much fun as possible! Date for your diary - Bird Fair On the 20, 21 & 22 August RWNR will again host the British Bird Watching Fair, the largest event of its kind in the world. Attracting over 20,000 visitors a year Bird Fair raises money for conser vation projects in all par ts of the world.

No more excuses Open 7 days a week, all year round, RWNR has something to offer ever y one, from the experienced bird watcher to those who want a relaxing walk. Its welcoming atmosphere and child friendly approach makes this an ideal family day out. The only problem is you may become addicted. Just don’t forget your walking boots!

Extra Information Tel – 01572 722651 Web – Opening Times 0900 – 1700 (Mar – Oct) 0900 – 1600 (Nov – Mar) Directions - The reserve lies south east of Oakham, the county town of the ancient county of Rutland. From the west, the reserve is reached via the A6003 from Uppingham or Oakham. Coming from the east, use the road from Stamford (A606/A1). Free parking.

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Age Concern Leicester Shire and Rutland is a locally managed and independent charity that provides a wide range of direct services and support that improves and maintains quality of life for older people and their carers. In the heart of Uppingham, Age Concern has a high street presence with a shop and café. The shop takes donations of good quality clothes, shoes, bags, books and bric-a-brac. Not your ‘typical’ charity shop, Age Concern has worked hard to present a fresh retail shop style with a café area to socialise and relax in. The staff and volunteers keep the shop running six days a week. Shops help to provide income for Age Concern and to continue to keep the

profile of the charity in the forefront of our minds. Other services and activities offered include outings and trips four to five times a year. As part of Age Concern, and based in offices within the shop, the Rutland Home Improvement Agency (RHIA) assists vulnerable people with attention paid to comfort, safety and security in their own homes. Staff at RHIA can visit you in your home and provide advice and support on possible grant funded adaptations such as the Decent Homes Grant to assist vulnerable people and the Disabled Facilities Grant. On a referral from an Occupational Therapist, RHIA will liaise on recommended works suitable to meet the needs of the disable occupant.

Keepsake portraits with a difference The launch of a new portrait company with a difference could solve the age old problem of buying that special someone a personal present they will treasure for ever. The Alternative Portrait Company is the creative brainchild of local Leicestershire artist Sarah Boddy. Already established as a successful greeting card designer she has turned her talent to painting fun portraits that celebrate the lives, loves and quirks of her commissioning clients. From birth announcements to retirements her humorous watercolour designs capture the person, the place and the occasion with meticulous personal detail. Whether the subject is a family group, couple or individual her unique designs become treasured keepsakes.

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Each month bestselling author of 10 novels, Freya North chooses her top reads Winner of the 2008 Romantic Novel of the Year for Pillow Talk, Freya is currently working on her 11th novel. Secrets, her most recent novel, is out now in paperback. Each month, on our Books Page, Freya highlights the best new releases in fiction, factual and children’s books, as well as titles you may have missed and classics you might want to try.

What I’m currently reading...

Essential Reading for Children

The Importance of Being Kennedy by Laurie Graham Harper Perennial £7.99 I love love love this author – she’s hugely underrated. This novel romps along at a fantastic pace – and yet it also provides the reader with great insight into key moments of history. Opening in 1917, the story is told by Nora, the fictitious nanny to the Kennedy clan. We are introduced to JFK, Bobby,Ted and the other Kennedy siblings when they are babies and we watch them grow up during the course of the novel. Set against a fascinating background of the Depression in the USA and the Second World War in the UK, it’s a compelling novel peopled with unforgettable characters. It’s also gently irreverent, extremely funny and very touching. If you like it, you’ll love her previous book, Gone With The Windsors – which took as its focus the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, reported in the fictitious diary of a make-believe friend of Wallace Simpson.

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo Harper £12.99 One of the our greatest children’s authors, Michael Morpurgo’s books appeal across the age divide as they can be read on so many levels. I defy you not to sob your way through War Horse. His new novel, An Elephant in the Garden is a thrilling and moving book featuring an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war. Set in 1944, it features Elizabeth – her mother works at Dresden zoo and her father is in the German army. Elizabeth adores Marlene, the zoo’s young elephant. But the Director says the animals must be shot in case the zoo is bombed and they run amok. Elizabeth and her mother move Marlene into their back garden…but then the bombs start to fall. It’s mid winter, their home is destroyed, they must flee the city, they must avoid the Russian troops – all this with a young elephant in tow.



My Bonnie by John Suchet - Harper Collins £18.99 Earlier this year, the nation’s favourite newsreader John Suchet revealed that his beautiful 67-year-old wife Bonnie, the love of his life, is suffering from Dementia. During the past three years he has gone from lover to carer and this moving, painfully honest account describes his loneliness and despair. Written in passionate and vivid prose, Suchet gives voice to both the warmth of the good times and the utter anguish of the bad times. In a series of moving and heartfelt stories, he weaves present day descriptions of life with Bonnie now – with memories of the romantic years they shared together. John personally cared for his beloved wife and for three years he kept her condition secret from all but family and close friends. Last September, however, he made the agonizing decision to move his wife to a full-time care home. This book is brave – at times it’s stark – however, essentially this is a love story; of how devotion and dedication can make something positive and rich of even the hardest times.

Dead Like You by Peter James - Macmillan, £17.99 Peter James is on the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller writers and his Roy Grace detective novels are immensely popular. The author based Dead Like You on a true life case – that of The Rotherham Shoe Man when over 20 women reported rape by a man who then took their shoes. This novel is relocated to Brighton where, after a New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is raped. A week later, another victim. All that links them is that their shoes have been taken. For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, these new cases dredge up similarities to “Shoe Man” - an unsolved series of crimes resulting in a murder a decade earlier. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced? More women are assaulted and Grace becomes convinced they are dealing with the same man. Soon enough, Grace and his team are in a race against time to identify and save the life of the potential 6th victim. I like the character of Grace – he’s a modern police officer; down to earth and dedicated but out of work he’s also a troubled man haunted by the disappearance of his own wife years ago. The author himself is a member of the Sussex Police Rape Prevention Team.


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Local author performs at Morcott event American-born author Leslie Ann Bosher will read from her book ‘To the Manor drawn’ at a special event in Morcott Church on 3 July from 7.30pm. Leslie Ann swapped stilettos for wellies when she and her British husband settled in Rutland eight years ago. Her descriptions of countr y life, based on e-mails to and from American friends, are warm and witty, and offer Rutlanders an oppor tunity to see ourselves as others see us! “I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for countr y living with the audience in Morcott,” says Leslie Ann. “I consider myself a Rutlander now, having lived here since 2002.” Other performers will read poetr y and prose ranging across the centuries; each piece chosen to move or amuse the audience.

R.N.L.I. ACTIVITIES DAY Barnsdale Lodge Hotel on Sunday 25th July starting 10.30am

“Our title for the evening, ‘And is there honey still for tea?’ comes from Ruper t Brooke’s wonderful poem The Old Rector y, Grantchester”, says joint organiser Sharon Walker. “As well as highlights from Leslie Ann’s writing, there’ll be favourite pieces by Shakespeare and Betjeman, and also prose by Susan Hill and even the legendar y Pheasant Plucker’s Song, so there is something for ever yone.” Tickets for the event cost £8 and are on sale now from 01572 747 381. The evening includes drama from Morcott Children’s Drama Group and music from string quar tet The Beaux and Belles. For fur ther information about Leslie Ann Bosher and ‘To the MANOR drawn’ visit

The Rutland Branch of the R.N.L.I. will have Archery, Rifle Range, Croquet, Boules and Horseshoes available for ALL the family to take part in. There will be experts on hand to show the use of bows and rifles and there will be all sizes of equipment to suit all ages. Costs will be minimal £3.00 for archery and Rifle Range and £1.00 for the others.There will also be a BBQ Lunch available, so a great day out. The Rutland Branch of the R.N.L.I. holds various fund-raising events and sends off about £10,000 each year to help keep lifeguards and lifeboatmen kitted all round our coasts. At least 22 lives are saved every day in Britain. July and August are two of the busiest months as families have trips to the seaside. The R.N.L.I. is committed to increasing the number of lifeguards around Britain so funds are urgently required.

40’s Night at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel Friday September 24th The room will be decorated, there will be dance demonstrations and the food served will have a 40’s theme as well – so dress up and have some good old fashion fun! Tickets £25pp for more details contact Yvonne Clayton 01572 813252 or Barnsdale Lodge on 01572 724678.


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Six members of Rutland Running Club are embarking on a mammoth challenge this month. As well as their usual running commitments, Sian Cheverton, Maria Grundy, Fleur Ketley, Allan Grey, Steve Griffiths and Paul Rogerson will attempt to walk Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Trans Pennine route in eight and a half days – from 20 to 30 miles each day. Steve Griffiths has laid down the challenge, after being advised not to run after knee surgery in 2009. So a walk of 190 miles seemed like the perfect answer! Raising money for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, the team are looking for support via The air ambulance service covers the communities of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, covering a population in excess of 1.4 million plus over 1 million motorists who pass through the area everyday. It costs £1.5 million per year to operate the service and is supported entirely by voluntary donations. The Scene, Rutland June 10


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The most exciting way to see the Rutland Water Ospreys is to take a cruise aboard the Rutland Belle, and this year you stand even more chance of seeing fishing Ospreys with the brand new ‘Sunrise Cruises!’ You will sail to the parts of the reservoir where you stand the best chance of seeing fishing Ospreys and are hopefully rewarded with spectacular views. On many occasions visitors have enjoyed the breathtaking sight of birds diving for fish almost next to the boat. Rutland Osprey Project have planned two early morning cruises, and visitors can watch the sun rise over Rutland Water, catch the Ospreys at the busiest fishing time of the day and finish off with a hot breakfast on the side of the reservoir. For those who don’t fancy getting up at 6am (probably me included) there are, as always, a full programme of evening and weekend cruises throughout the summer. Evening Cruises cost £17 per person (£10 under 16s). Sunrise Cruises cost £20 including breakfast. For booking, cruise dates and times or more information, phone 01572 737378 and ask for a member of the Osprey team or email or go to for more information about the Rutland Water Ospreys.


THE DATES FOR CRUISES ARE AS FOLLOWS: JUNE Sat 5th - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm Sat 12th - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm Sun 20th – SUNRISE CRUISE 6am-7.30am Sat 26th - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm Wed 30th - Wednesday Cruise 4.30pm-7.30pm JULY Sat 3rd - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm Sat 10th - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm Sat 17th - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm Sat 24th – SUNRISE CRUISE 6am-7.30am Wed 28th - Wednesday Cruise 4.30pm-7.30pm Sat 31st - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm AUGUST Sat 7th - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm Wed 11th - Wednesday Cruise 4.30pm-7.30pm Sat 14th - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm Fri 20th - Birdfair Cruise times tbc. Sat 28th - Saturday Cruise 3.45pm-6.45pm

The Rutland Scene has 2 pairs of tickets to give away for the evening cruises, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

What is the Rutland Water cruise boat called? Please send your answer to or 96 Lincoln Road, Deeping Gate, Peterborough, PE6 9BA. Dates are subject to availability, there is no cash alternative, and the closing date is the 25th June 2010.The winner will be selected randomly and notified by telephone. Entries will not be valid for competition details posted on websites other than the Scene Magazine website, where applicable.


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Var - working for the rutland community Located at the Volunteer Centre off Lands End Way in Oakham, and established for 30 years, Voluntary Action Rutland (VAR) offers a range of services and facilities for the Rutland Community. A number of charities and voluntary organisations are based at the Centre where rooms are also available for hire to businesses and community groups for meetings, training and conferences. VAR also supports individuals and groups and promotes local voluntary action by providing advice, information, training and consultation. Its services include volunteering opportunites, a transport scheme for frail elderly, disabled and vulnerable people, representation of the Voluntary sector on local networks, and a community development officer and a mentoring scheme funded by the Big Lottery and CapacityBuilders respectively. The transport scheme relies on volunteer drivers and VAR is currently looking for more volunteers for this crucial role either to drive their own car or one of the Centres

The new Voluntary Action Rutland website is now live. As well as providing information on the services offered, it is also a great source of information on events, room hire for up to 80 people and useful links to other websites in Rutland and neighbouring areas. Visit minibuses. A mileage allowance is paid to cover out of pocket expenses for own car use. A typical volunteer journey would be to collect a client from their home address, and transport them to a Doctors appointment (local) or a Hospital appointment (Leicester). Drivers wait until the clients appointment has been completed and then return them back home. Volunteers need to have a Criminal Records check which is organised by VAR and to complete a drivers application form. To find out more about becoming a volunteer driver call the transport manager on 01572 724705. For any other enquiries about VARs services or facilities visit the website or call 01572 722622 Voluntary Action Rutland, Rutland Volunteer Centre (Access from Lands’ End Way), Barleythorpe Road, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6QH. Tel: (01572) 722622

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JUNE & JULY Local schools, both primary and secondary, are displaying their work at Catmose College arts Centre in conjunction with oakham decorative and Fine arts Society. 10-26 June – Primar y work 1-21 July – GCSE wor k from Uppingham Community College, Caster ton Community College and Catmose College Catmose Ar ts Galler y is open 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm – 5pm and on a Saturday 10am - 1pm 01572 722286

Uppingham Arts and Crafts Fair 11th June 10am to 2pm Falcon Hotel, Uppingham In The Garden : Rutland & Stamford Embroiderer s’ Guild Exhibition


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Dambuster Triathlon Saturday 19th June Swim 1.5km - bike 42km - run 10km Dambuster is one tough event which sees the race cut a swathe through the serenity of Rutland. With the transition area focussed around Anglian Water’s Whitwell site and the Harbour Bar Cafe the event always maintains a par ty atmosphere for both competitors and spectators even though the racing is often serious.

Stapleford Steam Minature Railway 19 and 20 June Gates open at 10am, parking is free. Admissions: Adults £5 - child/oap £3 01462 851711

Uppingham Feast Day 20 June, 12pm – 8pm Uppingham will host this popular annual family event which is a long standing tradition in the Town. There will be music and enter tainment in the Market Place, an Italian Market in the High Street, a craft and Gift Fair in the Town Hall, a pet zoo and puppet shows. The event then continues into the evening with music and dancing in the Market Place with great local hot food.


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Open Gardens at The Laurels, Whissendine 13th July from 6.30pm Tea, coffee and wine will be available and RNLI souvenir s will be on sale.

South Luffenham Open Gardens with Flower Festival and Art St. Mary’s Church Sunday 18th July 1.00pm to 6.00pm. There will be croquet, ice creams, also Teas (from 2.00pm), homemade cakes and

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For further events and activities in Rutland, please visit these websites: www.r www.r

Date for your diary Oakham Festival from 18 June – 4 July

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VERY LITTLE boy goes through a By motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay stage of liking cars and some, like me, excited would be an understatement. I was off to simply don’t grow out of it. Norfolk in a flash. Much of my car addiction could be down to growing up in Norwich, only a few miles from the After being shown around the Lotus factory and witnessing Evoras being skilfully and lovingly put Lotus HQ in Hethel where THE Bond car of the together by local people rather than robots, I was seventies – the Lotus Esprit S1 was made. The nearest I ever got to seeing my ‘The Spy Who more than itching to get behind the wheel of my 59 plate demo model. I was hooked from the Loved Me’ dream car was on a sponsored cycle moment I set eyes upon it. ride around the Lotus test track for the cubs. Once inside the Lotus Evora 2+2 you soon realise That seemed enough for me at the time, and I that the world’s only mid-engined four-seater soaked up the atmosphere of that windswept is just as former airfield dramatic as as though I its gratifyingly was somehow styled exterior. connected to The front Roger Moore leather seats and his 1977 are very Bond car with comfortable, its ‘underwater’ and touch gadgetry. I was sensitive still giddy from switchgear excitement abound. You’d a few years struggle to later when get all but the the new Turbo tiniest baby Esprit featured seats to fit the in the 1981 FACTS miniscule rear film, ‘For Your seats, but, fair Eyes Only’. Yes, Max speed: 162 mph PROS ‘N’ play to Lotus, looking back, 0-62 mph: 5.1seconds CONS the rear bench that is definitely Combined mpg: 32.5 where my Performance ✓ Engine layout: Mid-mounted, is a useful storage area addiction to Ride and handling ✓ V6 petrol, 3456 cc cars came Looks ✓ Power: 276 bhp @ 6400 rpm and is trimmed from. Fuel economy ✓ Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm in black leather as standard, So, you can Rear seats ✗ CO2: 205 g/km which gives the imagine my Price: £49,875 illusion that the reaction when, car is only a after months of two-seater. The pestering from me, Lotus rang to see if I’d like to test drive their new Evora 2+2 model. And guess boot is even decent enough to fit in two sets of what? The model I was being offered was in white golf clubs. Brilliant! The first thing I noticed about the Evora is how – just like the dream car I’d first clapped eyes well it rides. The 3.5-litre V6 lump is tame in town, on at the Norwich Odeon in 1977. To say I was

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but it’s hard to mask the rich throaty burble of the power waiting to be unleashed. Hit the open roads and the Toyota-sourced powerplant simply pins you in your seat. The 5.1-second 0-62mph time blows you away, yet the Lotus still feels cool, calm and collected. The car’s brakes took me by surprise – they scrub off speed in a blink of an eye and yet the Evora is totally stable under heavy braking and the mid-engined layout gives the car terrific traction. As well as the ability to turn heads and its sheer driving pleasure the Evora’s combined cycle fuel economy figure of 32.5mpg is also something to be admired. In a day driving from Norwich via Lincolnshire to Northamptonshire I got about 28 mpg - not bad considering I played about a little on the 100 mile journey home. The Norfolk based company has done an amazing job on this car. It’s utterly exciting to drive, it draws looks wherever it goes, it feels safe and it is an extraordinarily competent all-rounder. All in all Group Lotus fulfilled my boyhood dreams by letting me drive this beautiful work of art. It’s something I won’t forget for a long time and nor will anyone else who gets behind the wheel of the stunning new Evora.


New bead shop opens The Banyan Tree Too, known for its huge selection of fashion jewellery, has just opened a new bead shop in their Uppingham store. On sale are the beads, the tried and tested components they use to make your own hand-crafted necklaces, bracelets and earrings and a small selection of quality tools. For budding beaders who would like to try their hand at this fascinating pastime,The Banyan Tree Too are offering 90-minute starter workshops.Teenagers and adults welcome. Working with small groups of up to four people the workshop price of ÂŁ15 includes the essential components needed to make a necklace or bracelet. Choose your beads (charged extra) from the hundreds of different gemstones, freshwater pearls and funky synthetics on display to complete your own design to take away with you. The Banyan Tree Too, 9 High Street West, Uppingham. Open 10am-5pm. Or call: 01572 821556.

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The Theme Historical Events in Rutland

The history of the carnival parade and fun day was first organised in 1970 by the Girl Guides to raise funds for a new guiding headquarters and was at that time known as The Guides Carnival. At a later stage a Committee was formed to carry on as the Carnival Parade and Fun Day as we know it today. Groups wanting to enter this year’s Oakham Carnival Street Parade had better start brushing up their local history because this year’s theme is Historical Events in Rutland. Our ancient County has a lot of history to choose from, such as knights of the realm presenting horseshoes to the Castle. There are lots of ideas on the internet too. The parade star ts from Catmose Vale College at 1.30pm and will head for Melton Road Crossing and straight down the High Street, onto Ashwell Road, turning into Station Road then into Church Street, then the fun really starts at Cutts Close, where the parade of floats, the musicians and walking groups will gather for even more enter tainment to include Traders’ Stalls, Children’s Amusements, Side Shows and Dancing. There will be refreshments available and we have ordered the sunshine. So come along and enjoy the festivities, there’s something for all everyone. Any Group wishing to enter the street parade or have a stall please contact Mrs. Maureen Dodds on 01572 723434 or e-mail


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Sizzling Summer sounds to revive musical memories

The music of Abba is well loved by a wide range of people from the young to the notso-young and the amazing success of the film version of ‘Mamma Mia’ had people singing along to their string of hits all over again in cinemas throughout the countr y. Since it is highly unlikely that the Bjorn Again original group will ever reform (can you imagine what price they could command if they did?), the next best thing is to go to see one of the tribute bands that specialise in performing their music. One of the best of these is the wittily titled Bjorn Again, who perform in the park at Burghley House, Stamford, on the evening of Saturday, June 12. Bjorn Again were originally formed in Australia back in 1988 and have played the music – with a touch of humour of Abba to thousands of fans with more than 3,700 shows in 55 countries to their credit. The suppor t act on June 12 is Cher yl Baker, who many will remember for her work with Bucks Fizz and their ‘80s smash ‘Making Your Mind Up’. The combination of the music of Abba and the delightful setting of Burghley makes for a lovely family summer night out. Bring a picnic and be prepared for a sing-song! Adult tickets cost £28.50 each, tickets for children aged 5-15 cost £15.00 each, while children under 5 go free. Call 01780 752451 to book tickets. Friends of Burghley are entitled to a discount of £2.00 on telephone bookings only. While I never got to see Abba perform back in the day, I did once inter view Bjorn on the telephone during the period I was working for the long-gone music weekly ‘Record Mirror’ from 1976 to 1977. Some of the most consistently creative music of the 1970s came


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from the flamboyant Roxy Music with their suave frontman Br yan Ferr y. I caught the original line up with Brian Eno early in their career at a Cr ystal Palace Garden Par ty and by the time I saw them again at Birmingham, they had taken their sophisticated take on rock right round the world. More recently I saw Brian Ferr y at one of the picnic concer ts held in the grounds of Belvoir Castle, near Grantham, another lovely setting for a summer night. Roxy Magic is the longest-running tribute to Roxy Music and Br yan Ferr y and the group make an appearance at Bourne Corn Exchange on Saturday, July 3 at 8.30pm. The real band were well known for their brilliant musicianship and playing, so this tribute band have a lot to live up to, while their singer, Keith Hackett, emulates the look and sound of the smooth Mr Ferr y. Tickets cost £10.00 in advance and £12.00 on the door (subject to availability) and can be ordered from 0782 803 2241. For fur ther details visit the websites: and Enjoy your music! David Brown Bryan Ferry

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Just Desserts usually come to those who deserve them, for better or for worse………. but this summer everyone in Rutland, locals & visitors alike, can get their Just Desserts whether they deserve them or not, and feel no guilt. Many Rutland hotels, restaurants and pubs have signed up to run a charity promotion for the duration of the Oakham Festival & Uppingham Fringe, June 18th until July 4th.The event, organised by The Lions Club of Rutland, will enable the Lions to continue to support local charities and deserving causes. At all participating hotels, restaurants and pubs, anyone choosing the “Just Dessert” from the dessert menu will generate a £1 donation for local charities. So if anyone wants to get their Just Desserts and support local charities at the same time they need to look out for the Just Dessert poster inside the participating restaurants, or alternatively look them out on local websites. The Lions Club of Rutland have been raising funds in order to support local charities and deserving causes for over 30 years. Recently the Lions have supported causes such as the Toby Cunliffe Appeal,The Parks School Oakham, Rutland Sailability, the Uppingham College Choir, the local Air Ambulance and many more besides. For the Rutland Lions, best known for their annual firework display and Santa’s sleigh prior to Christmas, Just Desserts is a new fundraising event being trialled this year to replace some other longstanding fundraisers like Exton Street Market, that are no longer in the calendar. It is hoped that Just Desserts will become a regular summer event. Anyone wishing to know more about Rutland Lions should contact secretary Derek Eyers at or more about Just Desserts, contact Allan Grey at The Lions Club of Rutland hopes you get your Just Desserts this summer, and remove all that guilt associated with eating desserts.

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Prom Paranoia To the average Joe Blogs, year eleven conjures up images of looming GSCE exams, heavy revision (supposedly) and difficult decisions about the future, however, I know from experience that Prom paranoia will be prominent in the minds of all you girls across Rutland. On the surface, you may seem calm and collected, but I am not fooled, as I know for a fact that under this masquerade there is a one-track mind of prom, prom, and prom! You have all earned it through the blood sweat and tears of your GCSE’s so it is only fair to have a spectacular evening in celebration, but how do you make the most of your prom experience? Well that is where I come in. First things first, pick your dress. Now, it may seem like there are too many to choose from, but believe me when I say, you know, you really know! It may seem a bit of a cliché but all of my friends and I agreed that we knew what the dress was the moment we zipped, buttoned or laced it up. Whether you want to go classic with a long, silky, sexy number, or whether you want to funk it up a bit with a shorter, brighter dress, you need to feel confident in what you are wearing. In addition, to all those mums and dads desperately clutching their purses and wallets for dear life, I’m afraid you need to see these dresses as an investment… if that makes you feel any better. When picking your dress think about how you can reflect who you are and maintain your individuality whilst still dressing up to the nines. A shorter dress


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From the heart by Charli Smith

was my perfect choice as I felt free to dance and move around with ease, and when the temperature began to rise in the clustered hall, I wasn’t gasping for air under frilly layers of satin and lace. Arriving at prom is a spectacular occasion full of horse drawn carriages, beastly hummers and classic limousines.The paparazzi, otherwise known as family and friends, are always out in full force.The best way to make your entrance affordable but still make a statement is to share your ride with a group of friends and split the cost between you, meaning your parents do not have to take out a second mortgage. Also, remember that, sadly, all good things must end, so it is important to consider how and where you will continue the party when the clock strikes 12. So, a few pointers to make the most of your prom: • Choose an outfit that suits both your personality and your appearance and make sure you feel confident in it! • Sharing the cost of your mode of transport can really ease your parents’ bank balance. • Expect the unexpected. It would be just your luck that on the morning of your prom a mighty great blemish will be waiting to surprise you, I mean, you are a teenager after all. So make sure you are stocked up with good quality concealer if this problem should, quite literally, arise. • Take far too many photographs!

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The Rutland Scene Issue 11  

Issue 11 of the Rutland Scene is packed with news, features, lifestyle tips and much more. Check out the issue here.

The Rutland Scene Issue 11  

Issue 11 of the Rutland Scene is packed with news, features, lifestyle tips and much more. Check out the issue here.