25,000 VISITS – are paid each year to the Rutland Volunteer Centre, counting the number of people through their doors. Voluntary Action Rutland was established in the mid 80s (originally in a building at the back of Rutland Radio) and moved to Lands End Way in the late 90s. The building hosts a variety of community groups, and due to funding being cut is not now able to operate as a volunteer bureau in the way it used to. So now the centre is operating under the name of the Rutland Community Hub, and is funded mainly through organisations renting its buildings, from Healthwatch Rutland to the local Parkinson’s Group and Rutland Healthcare Support, which was set up after the town’s Red Cross shop closed in 2008. Voluntary Action Rutland still continues as a charity and still operates the building.
(Pictured VAR Chairman Carsten Pigott, Rutland Lord Lieutenant Dr Lawrence Howard and VAR President Peter Gover)
DOWN YOUR STREET TOMORROW – in Ironmonger Street Stamford, look out for me collecting coffee break requests and Something For The Weekend thoughts
UPPINGHAM ALIVE! FESTIVAL – Churches together in Uppingham and Belton are putting on a 10 day festival featuring films, a panto, magic, prayer and discussion. It starts on Friday
CHARITY DOG WALK – a 5 mile walk with dog friendly stalls at Sykes Lane, Empingham this Sunday morning from 10.30am in aid of Stamford re-homing charity Mutts Nutts, who were the nominated charity at the Stamford Santa Fun Run last year and are regularly at the Stamford Pet Show. The charity is also looking for volunteers.
MYSTERY VOICE – returns on Wednesday morning after 8 with a new voice, worth £20. It’s on our website already