HAPPY CAKE DAY - Had the best start to the week, it was Rob Wagstaff's birthday so he bought in cake for us all, yippee!
TOO EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS? Last weekend I hit the big city of London and I felt like I'd walked into a Christmas Winter Wonderland. Christmas lights everywhere! Only the second week of November and I was drinking mulled cider at a Christmas Market. I've also noticed a house in Cottesmore has their lights up outside their house already (looks fab though) and the tree in Red Lion Square, Stamford has gone up! Even though it's early, all this Christmassy stuff does make me feel happy so why deny happiness? Bring it on!
GIRL POWER - I met two lovely ladies this week India Martin from Lyddington and Joanne Spence Thomas from Ashwell. They're only 17 and 18 years old but they really want to make a difference in the world. Joanne is off to teach English in Japan next September and India is off to Nepal to help with with various projects after some places were devastated by an earthquake in March and they'd love you to come along to an event they're putting on for the charities they are working with Project Trust and Raleigh International on 1st December at The Barn Restaurant in Oakham. Full interview in the podcast.
TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY? - The words that go through my head every time I pick up something which isn't an essential, but I may have to just go for it this weekend as Stamford Shakespeare Co are celebrating 50 years by selling off a load of their costumes at Tolthorpe Hall. Not something you get to browse through every day, so it's on Sunday (today) from 10-4.
SPORTS STARS - Active Sports Awards happened on Wednesday and it was a great night celebrating the sporting talent in the area. Dean and I revealed the runner up and winner of the Rutland Radio Team of the Year so congrats once again to The Bowmen of Rutland Ontarget Team! Also to runner ups Rutland Special Olympic Basketball Squad and Oakham Cricket Club under 13s. So I had a fab evening feeling proud of Rutland's sport stars and Rob Persani, who was hosting the evening asked if I wanted to help him reveal tickets for the raffle. So I did, got up on stage all excited and had a real Bridget Jones moment. Ended up shouting out a raffle number the wrong way round, rather than 141 I said 414 and someone got up! I don't think raffle calling is my forte.
TAKE THE CAKE - Keara Johns and Joey at Coleman's in Oakham got the yummy Javawocky and Coppergate #Uppingham cakes this week! I noticed that the shop had some christmas decorations up already and Keara thinks it's fine in shops but lights on houses may be a little too early. http://www.rutlandradio.co.uk/features/take-the-cake1/ is the place to go if you fancy some free cake!
ADVENT CALENDAR - Have you chosen which advent calendar you'd like this year? Quite a big decision because you're stuck with the treat for 25 days and there's so many to choose from! Sweet, savoury, I've even seen a gin calendar! If you love a pastry or a sausage roll you're in luck as a particular bakery are doing one! Behind each window you get a voucher to spend in store, so you'll have a fresh warm treat each day.
SELFIE CHALLENGE - Another Friday challenge down! Rob and I had to take the best selfie. So Rob decided to go with a lovely scenic background of Oakham from the top of the railway bridge. I decided to get the Rutland Farm Park involved and borrow Pancake the chicken. We tried to get him to sit on my head which he wasn't too impressed with so flapped around, which (in my opinion) captured a great selfie! I also won this week, so thank you for your votes on social media, as that's where you can find the photos and also thanks to Pancake the chicken for helping! Rob's still in the lead with 3 points, I now have 2 and our next challenge is to make a fashion statement... so watch out!
SILENT RUBY - Had a call on Saturday morning to say congratulations to 9 year old Ruby Lemont who raised £300 for Children In Need by staying silent for 7 hours. 7 HOURS!!! Her Nanna Hoyles said she's usually a little chatterbox, so well done Ruby! Also well done to everyone else in the area who did a little something for Children In Need. I saw that the Student Services ladies at Uppingham Community College got their Pudsey ears out, Boots on High St in Oakham were involved and also the girls at Hambleton House at Oakham School held a bake sale.
Speaking of Pudsey, a lovely Pudsey Bear was painted onto a rock and hidden around Stamford. Originally placed on Casterton Rd, then Mrs Persani found it and was hidden by the scouts hut in Stamford. He was then found by one of the scouts and hidden again to continue his adventures so keep an eye out for him! More rock hiding news in the Stamford Rocks or Rutland Rocks Facebook group.