Pancakes, Plastic and Playing Cupid.

So what's been going on then?

FLIPPIN' LONG TIME - 35 years of the Caldecott Pancake race, so Rob Persani and I went along with our pancakes and frying pans. The race started back in 1983 and it's serious business. There's a list of all the winners names on the wall in the Village Hall. So we took part, Rob came 2nd in the mens and I came 4th in the womens, so our names wont be added to the list.

There was also a tossing competition and Jenny managed to sqeeze in 118 flips!

So Well done to Jenny, Olga, Zac, Jake and Isabell- the winners today at Caldecott Pancake race 2018, hopefully see you next year!

£333,000 - Is the amount Birdfair raised for Birdlife International last year. They presented a cheque to the charity last week and you can hear where the money is going to with Tim Appleton in our weekly podcast.

RUTLAND AT THE BAFTAS - Rutland made an appearance in the Best Short Film Award category at the Baftas this year. Wren Boys, was filmed in and around Oakham so I caught up with Anthony Frith from Kavanagh's Tea Room in Oakham who did the hair and make up for the film. He got to go to the big screening at the Baftas and had a fab time. Once again you can hear all about it in our podcast.

PLAYING CUPID - We were out and about in Stamford, Oakham and Uppingham spreading the love giving away lovely red roses thanks to Amanda at Greensleaves Florist in Stamford. It was bloomin' cold so I hope the roses warmed your hearts hehe! Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day!

TIDY UP TIME - As part of Keep Britain Tidy, the Great British Spring Clean is happening on the 2nd - 4th March where we can do our little bit for our towns and villages. Although, a clean isn't just for spring, we should be keeping our areas tidy all year round. I caught up with Ann Ellis from Stamford in Bloom to find out what they've been doing to keep Stamford nice and tidy. Hear more in the weekly podcast, and if you want to get involved the contact is

TAKE THE CAKE - Cake from Javawocky at Coppergate in Uppingham has gone to Mind Shop in Oakham, Precision Sports and Workwear in Stamford and The Lodge Trust Community Cafe in Market Overton recently. Need a sweet treat to get you through the working week? Then let me know where you work and I'll pop along one of these Thursdays!

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - The Rutland Neighbourhood Watch app (first of it's kind in the country) has been going for over a year now, launched in November 2016 and it's recently had an update. You can report crime, find the support you need if you've been a victim of crime, communicate via messages on a wall and now they've added Hertiage Watch incase anyone sees anything suspicious going on around churches and heritage buildings. Hear more in the weekly podcast and you can download the app for free at the app store.

SPARE TIME ON YOUR HANDS? Mind Shop on the High St in Oakham are looking for volunteers! They'd appreciate as little or as much time as you can give and they're also on the look out for stock, so any clothes, bric a brac or household items you don't want, they will!

PLASTIC! - Yes we've been debating plastic again and wanted to know whether you'd unwrap goods at the check out so you don't have to take the plastic home with you? Gutsy! We do know a lady that does this in the area but would you actually do it?

Lots of you saying that you buy veg from the market where it comes in brown paper bags. Also The Grainstore in Oakham are ditching plastic straws! Could be the first pub in Rutland to do this? Find out more later this week.