Ready to celebrate in Stamford and Rutland

CAR NAMES - Thanks to everyone who got in touch about names of cars.  Although lots had names based on the number plate, it was good to see several were named after their persona as a size and personality of vehicle.

STAMFORD SPA - down the Meadows towards Tinwell the remains of the old Spa have been uncovered.  The healing properties of the mineral drinking water were legendary several decades ago, it's hoped the discovery and clean up of the site can lead to it being part of a tourist trail through Melancholy Walk with a bench being installed too, in a partnership between the residents, Stamford Town Council, the Skells Trust and possibly Anglian Water.

HOPE TO HOPE - 55 cyclists have spent the last four days cycling from Leicester to Sheffield, via Hope in the Peak District, to raise money for Leicestershire & Rutland cancer research charity Hope Against Cancer.  Each cyclist had to raise a minimum £1000, so it looks like well over £50,000 will be raised.  The cyclists left on their return journey this morning, bound for Leicester.  Some are Doctors involved in the project, some are patients who have benefitted from research done by the charity.

TAKEAWAYS - we asked you what's your go to food of choice at the weekend: 47% said Fish 'n' Chips, 41% Chinese, and Indian Meal was in third place

DOWN YOUR STREET - Wednesday afternoon I'm visiting Glaston and Morcott.

WILDS LODGE FESTIVAL - I'll be dropping by on Thursday, several other schools attend too

HAPPY 50TH TO CATMOSE PRIMARY - formerly known as Southfields, celebrations are planned for Thursday and Friday this week.

WHISSENDINE GET FIT AND SCHOOLTALK - Whissendine along with their partner schools including St Nicholas and Exton are doing a morning workout instead of assembly each day, the aim nationally is to get 1 million children exercising, thanks to The Body Coach.  Whissendine children are also giving us clues on Schooltalk, every morning at 7.40am

RUTLAND MARATHON - 1000 competitors took part in either the Full, Half or Team event where 4 runners did 10k each.  Registration opens for next September's event in a week's time, there's also a Spring Half in April next year which covers the second (and toughest) half of the full marathon course.

KETTON KSCC - the rainy weather saw hundreds packed into the new Ketton Sports & Community Centre building on Saturday - there were people outside visiting the stalls, we had our Pop-Up tent there too.  I remember going along when the toilet block opened years back, now the new build focuses on the other end, you can see the new roof stretching towards the High Street side and covering most of the building.  Ketton doesn't have a Village Hall as such, although there are two Church Halls and the Hall at the Northwick Arms, this is by far the biggest space for an event in the village.  Already groups are moving there, from baby music and sensory to Hollyhocks Cancer Support Group, who are moving from the Danish Invader from October, saying the extra privacy of being able to have space of their own will help those who attend.

BARROWDEN SHOP GETS A NEW DRIVE AND CAR PARK - at an estimated cost of £18,000, the team from Mick George have tarmacked the sloping approach to the shop, which will help drivers and those on foot alike, especially in the winter.  Mick George is just a few days away from opening the new Wakerley Quarry nearby, and it was after a presentation in the village about this, that the current High Sheriff of Rutland Craig Mitchell (who's also a Director of the Shop) got in touch with them to see if they'd be able to help with the project for free.

STAND UP WITH THE SHERIFF - former High Sheriff and Rutland farmer Andrew Brown is joining me on Wednesday morning after 8.30.  As part of the upcoming Leicester Comedy Festival, Andrew is building on his after dinner speaking by doing a stand up routine for a competition.

BOOKS - thanks to the Book Trust, who are also on the show on Wednesday morning before 8am, each reception age child in Rutland and Stamford will get a complimentary book soon.  We have the author chatting to us.  Also if your child has just turned six months (like ours has) a book will be on its way to you, to help encourage the child to read.

EXTRA SPECIAL GEORGIAN FESTIVAL - in Stamford starting on Thursday through to Sunday, if you click onto our homepage, you'll see a link to all the events, from an opening lecture by historian and presenter Dan Cruickshank on Thursday evening, to costume workshops, a street market both days at the weekend, horse drawn coach trips and a spectacular light display and I believe fireworks on the Meadows on the Saturday evening, there are also road closures for the weekend in town.  We'll be there on Thursday evening, Friday lunchtime and Saturday morning covering the event.  It's extra special because it then leads on to a series of events celebrating 50 years since Stamford became the first conservation town in England, culminating in a special concert remembering Sir Malcolm Sargent at Stamford School on 3rd October, exactly 50 years since he passed away.

AWAY FROM THE GEORGIAN FESTIVAL - Ladies Day is a play being performed at Stamford Corn Exchange on Saturday night, at a similar time across town at Barn Hill award-winning Youth Brass 2000 have a concert.  Both have tickets available, last I heard.  The Youth Brass concert is being sold through Stamford Arts Centre.

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