Joyce Lucas: Town buzzing with activity this summer

The lead cyclists going through Langham. Photo by Stan Stubbs. EMN-140428-110746001
The lead cyclists going through Langham. Photo by Stan Stubbs. EMN-140428-110746001

I start by saying thank you to all those people who said they missed my column last time. It was due to a slight misunderstanding…but here I am again.

It is with regret that I have to report the passing of Bob Burgoyne. He was an enthusiastic member of the Bowmen of Rutland and worked as an Art and Design Technician at Oakham School. In his spare time he made long bows and shafts and held a fine collection of ancient archery equipment. His funeral was held in the quiet country church at Brooke which was befitting a man who enjoyed the countryside.

I was pleased to hear that Oakham Castle will be open for business during Easter and throughout the coming summer months. This is the main visitor attraction for Oakham and for those who love our town it was a bitter blow when the announcement came that the building would be closed. The town will be buzzing again for the Cycle Race at the end of April and the Oakham Festival in June.

June 27 sees a repeat of the Proms in the Park by the Rutland Concert Band. The 1812 Overture will feature the cannon fire and bells so this is a timely reminder that all animal owners will need to be aware.

Oakham Town Council have their usual programme of Band Concerts in the Park and Oakham School have a full programme of events. So there is plenty of things to do during the summer.

On April 24, the Cottesmore Military Wives Choir will make their public debut in the Victoria Hall Oakham.

They are practising regularly and people will be mightily surprised at what a wonderful sound they make. The concert starts at 7.30pm and I know it will be a sell-out so tickets need to be bought soon from Music and More Oakham, Sports and Books Uppingham and The Music Shop Melton. Tickets are only £5 and when there are gone, they’re gone.

There are two prestigious events lined up for this choir which will be their biggest challenge to date. However I wait, along with many others, for their official press release.

The concert on April 24 is in aid of Rutland and Melton Cancer Support Group which meets at Voluntary Action Rutland on the second Wednesday of each month and at Samworth Court, Melton on the first Thursday of each month. This is a self-help group run entirely by volunteers. The group began 15 years ago and offers help, friendship and mutual support for all who suffer from cancer and their supporters. The meetings are lively and are a great source of information and encouragement. Speakers and outings are arranged and financial support for hospital parking is available.

Please contact Marjorie Aylward by phoning 01572 722311.

Talking of volunteers, soon the summer activity for Oakham in Bloom will start in earnest. They work tirelessly all year round to make the town look attractive for residents and visitors. I am sure they will need all the help they can muster, so why not spend a few hours with them. Contact Chris Morton Tel 01572 759108 for further details.

I attended The Rutland Service in Peterborough Cathedral recently. I wonder why ‘volunteers’ were not mentioned. Rutland cannot function without their help…so let us all give a hearty thank you to everyone.

I watched the internment of Richard III on March 26. What a splendid occasion! However it has crossed my mind…is there anything else of significance buried under the Greyfriars car park?

At a recent meeting I attended we were asked to ‘touch our toes’

A remark was made. ‘If God wanted me to touch my toes He would have painted the floor with chocolate’. Now there’s a thought.