The Beast From The East

A few snow showers this morning, but nothing major.  We are expecting more snowfall at times throughout this week, and into the weekend

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BIRDFAIR - can you believe the event is 30 years old this year and is on course to have raised £5m for international wildlife causes in that time?  On Friday a cheque for £333,333 was presented to Birdlife International to help the French Polynesian Island of Rapa Iti, in 2018 the project is helping an Important Bird Area around a massive Argentinian salt like in Mar Chiquita

TOUR DE SANDS - in April last year, cyclists from Easton on the Hill set off for Elviria in Spain, in the village itself there were around 40 who cycled off on the first leg.  Now all donations are in, the total raised was an amazing £90,000!  Money will go to help research into Lymphodoema and pay for a St Barnabas nurse for the Stamford and Bourne area.  The charity was formed after Sandra (Sands) Watson died from cancer aged just 45, her husband Jerry was one of those who cycled all the way to Spain, after they both developed a love of cycling.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT - all this week, the Stamford group are selling fairtrade goods at the railway station, in Oakham Change Agents are doing the same on Wednesday morning, with other events planned, including the launch of the Rutland Fairtrade chocolate bar on Saturday at the Methodist Church on Northgate, the front cover of Normanton Church was designed by a Year 7 student at Catmose College

TOOTHPASTE ON YOUR LIGHTS - apparently it's a good fix to get rid of the grime on your car headlights, who knew?

GREEN WASTE CHARGE - the last day to register for the Rutland scheme, where we're being charged extra to collect the bins for the first time is this Friday.  Stamford is soon after, and in Peterborough council area the charge is rising to £45

SUPERMARKETS - we talked a lot last week about plastic wrapping on fruit and veg and other goods not being necessary, our poll asked would you be brave enough to take off the wrapping and leave it at the till - 46% said they would

TOMORROW - we're watching the snow, talking baking, and hearing from the Melton Furniture Project, which covers Rutland, and started in 1986.  They're looking for drivers, volunteers, and letting you know about the furniture they take and sell on

SCHOOLTALK - last week Ted was describing Lord Burghley, this week Violet is giving you clues to an object.  Listen out at 7.40 each morning



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