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  • Rutland High Sheriff reaches out to her opposite number in Vermont

    Rutland High Sheriff reaches out to her opposite number in Vermont

    Surely this is the start of a beautiful friendship? The High Sheriff of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, had the wonderful idea of inviting her opposite number from Rutland County in Vermont state in the USA to come over and discover Rutland for himself. And while Oakham is officially twinned with Barmstedt in Germany and Dodgeville in Wisconsin, I know that the High Sheriff of Rutland hopes that the two counties of Rutland can forge a... Continue reading

  • What’s On in Rutland: Uppingham Fatstock Show

    What’s On in Rutland: Uppingham Fatstock Show

    Rise and shine for the 111th Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show! When is it? On Wednesday 28 November 2017 What is the history of Uppingham Fatstock Show?  This is a unique event, and – so Andrew Leech of local auctioneers & chartered surveyors Richardson tells me – has been cancelled only by the intervention of war and two national ‘foot and mouth’ outbreaks.  It’s unique in being the only event of its kind still held in... Continue reading

  • What’s On in Rutland this Weekend 29,30,31 Jan 2016

    Friday: Jazz & Blues with the Welland Valley Stompers at The Falcon in Uppingham. Free admission (bar open and food available to buy). This much-loved local band will play off and on between 8.30 and 11pm. Friday: Pennyless Folk Group is performing at Langham Village Hall. Doors open 7pm, entry is £10 to include something to eat, plus there’s a cash bar. Saturday: Ketton is holding a traditional Wassailing event that kicks off at 4pm... Continue reading

  • Burghley Horse Trials 2015

    This year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials takes place next week, between 3 and 6 September 2015. This internationally-famous event takes place in Burghley Park in Stamford. Thursday and Friday are for the Dressage competition; Saturday is the exciting Cross Country day on Captain Mark Phillips’ fabulous course around the park; Sunday is the climax, with the Show Jumping determining the final results and the winner. After the initial veterinary inspection, 74 horse and rider... Continue reading

  • What’s on in Rutland this Weekend

    What’s on in Rutland this Weekend

    5 THINGS TO DO IN RUTLAND 9 & 10 FEBRUARY 2013 Barnsdale Gardens: 10am-4pm every day.  Spring Flower fortnight starts Monday 11 February, but if, like me, you work then head along this weekend to admire the hellebores, snowflakes, daphne and, over the next couple of weeks anemone blanda, dwarf iris and other harbingers of longer days and warmer weather.  £5 entrance fee. Rutland Ramblers: on Sunday morning 10 February, this friendly walking group will... Continue reading

  • What’s on in Rutland this weekend

    Five random places to visit and things to do in Rutland this weekend 1. The Priest’s House, Easton on the Hill – displays on the mining and use of Collyweston Slate, and early ironstone quarrying 2. Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham – 90 pots created by top Korean potter Lee Kang Hyo.  Free admission 3. Barnsdale Gardens – walks and walks about Roses (Saturday). Normal admission prices 4. Tolethorpe Open Air Theatre – the Stamford Shakespeare Company... Continue reading

  • Rutland Red Hat Hoot at Launde Abbey

    Rutland Red Hat Hoot at Launde Abbey

    What a great evening yesterday, with the Rutland Red Hatters at Music on the Launde, with a great set from Funk Soul Brother, Frank Sinatra and other classics from the Leicester Big Band and a contribution from Rutland’s Singing for Fun group, which included two of our own Red Hatters.   It was all put on by Funky Abbey Festivals, and it was absolutely brilliant. I hadn’t been to Launde Abbey before: like many lovely... Continue reading

  • Uppingham Antiques Brocante 15 April 2012

    Was this Rutland’s first antiques brocante?  It was certainly Uppingham’s, and congratulations to Uppingham Town Partnership for organising it. The stalls were in the Market Place, and in Crown Passage leading up to Rutland Antiques Centre – though I confess there were rather less than the 50 dealers that I read about in the Rutland Mercury.  However, there were plenty as far as I was concerned, and for Uppingham’s first such event, it was well... Continue reading

  • What’s on in Rutland

    Five things to see this weekend and next week in Rutland, whether you’re a visitor or resident: 1. An Evening with Simon Callow at Uppingham Theatre on Sunday 26 February, 7.30pm. 01572 820820 Genius and expert on Charles Dickens this bi-centenary year. 2. Vivaldi at Burghley on Sunday 26 February, 7.30pm. Oakham School Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra. 01572 758820. Talented youngsters and glorious music in a fantastic setting. 3. David Swarbrick, folk singer at... Continue reading

  • Late night Christmas shopping in Uppingham

    Just got back from a lovely couple of hours at Uppingham’s late night Christmas shopping event.  Coolish and a bit blustery, but nothing to what the weather was doing at about 4pm so we were all lucky.  Small children were everywhere, especially around the market square that had been turned into a mini fun-fair for them. Bumped into friends who are in The Princess and the Pea – this is Uppingham Theatre Company’s pantomime and... Continue reading