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Joyce Lucas: And we begin with the letter ‘A’

Joyce Lucas
Joyce Lucas

An e-mail arrived this week from the Karen Ball Fund explaining what the fund has achieved over the years.

I am amazed to find that because of the hard work and generosity of many people the fund reached almost £500,000 and all the money has been spent locally in Rutland. The defibrillator programme is still going ahead and most people will have seen the planning application notice outside the Citizens Advice Bureau. So a huge thank you to the Karen Ball Fund.

Another delivery, this time hand delivered, was next year’s calendar by Richard Adams. Once again up to his usual high standard of photographs and some beautiful scenes of Rutland. I particularly like the murmuration of Starlings which almost looks like a giant mosaic pattern of the bird. The calendar is now on sale in many locations throughout Rutland prices £5.99. (I saw a supply in our local book shop in Oakham) and contributions from the sales of the 2016 calendar will go to the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust which grant aids repairs to the county’s churches and chapels.

Recently I spent a few minutes of excitement at Rutland County Museum with a ‘cast of thousands’….well, so it seemed at the time. There were many children and their parents taking advantage of the crafts at the museum fun day. It was absolutely great to get involved in such a wonderful activity for children. I was told the previous event attracted 150 children and parents so this is how you get involved…

On Wednesday, August 12 and August 19 there are other sessions. Held at 10am to midday or 1.30pm to 3.30pm, there is no need to book and it is suitable for four to 10-year-olds. The cost is only £2 per child.

The sessions on August 12 is AT PLAY making toys, spinning tops, jigsaw puzzle, and superhero glider.

Wednesday, August 19, SUPER STATIONERY make your own unique stationery ready for going back to school. Design a fabric pencil case, felt purse or wallet, ruler, key ring or name badge. Now how exciting is that?

Contact the museum for more information on 01572 758440 or e-mail museum@rutland.gov.uk.

And an advance notice for your diary, on August 23, there will be a Family Fun Day in Cutts Close, Oakham.

Wrinkle Rock will be playing all the old favourites in the Queen Elizabeth II bandstand. There will be face painting and bouncy castle, the Lions Club of Rutland will be serving burgers, pre-owned book stall, the Fire Engine and the Army will be manning their displays. It all starts at 12.30pm. So let’s have a fun day out to end the Oakham Town Council season of Bands in the Park. Admission is free.

And now for a new venture for my column.

Throughout the coming months I will be writing alphabetically (with your help) of what makes Rutland such a great place to live.

So we start with A.

A is for Archery, Bowmen of Rutland meet at Greetham Valley Golf Club. So if you want to try a new sport then get in touch with the club.

A is Angling both coarse fishing and trout fishing. There many rivers and canals where you can practise the sport.

A is Arboretum right here in Oakham. The Catmose Arboretum, although not classed as a tourist attraction, it is still a worthwhile trip. There are many mature trees and it is a quiet peaceful area on Sundays when car parking is free. The collection began when the Right Hon. Gerard Noel was a MP in the 1800s.

A is for Allotments. So if you are a gardener and your garden cannot accommodate rows and rows of vegetables why not contact one of the societies who owns the land. There are many allotments dotted throughout Rutland.

A is for Architecture. Sometimes when you are browsing the shop windows look up and see the magnificent buildings in our Rutland towns. Do you know where the original fire station was situated? Try to find it in Mill Street Oakham.

A is for Amateur Dramatic Societies and there a lot of these groups in our county. Some in villages and some in the towns. So if you fancy ‘treading the boards’ why not have a go?

A is for Artificial Beach at Rutland Water. If you don’t want to travel to the seaside enjoy a day at our county’s resort.

Now I will get my thinking cap on to come up with B is for….. It’s not just for clubs and societies, that information can be found in Rutland Times’ excellent listing pages, it is meant to be about what makes you happy as a resident living in Rutland. The peace and quiet, the parks, the scenery, the exhibitions. So e-mail me with your positive suggest-ions lucashackgreen@aol.com.

Don’t ever say to me there in nothing to do in Rutland. It’s out there you just have to look.

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