New start for Oakham’s Community building

I am pleased to be able to report that the Oakham Town Council’s  community building in Princess Avenue will shortly be in use again.


The building has been empty since the Fitness Centre closed about two years ago and has been the target of vandals in recent months.


Since then Council has been trying to lease the building and after a few false starts, Sarah Gott of Oakham Studios, approached the Council earlier this year. Sarah could see the potential of the building and that it has good off road parking for her clients. The building is detached and has more space than her existing premises.


Now that change of use Planning approval has been granted a lease agreement has been signed and builders will soon be moving in to make the building fit for purpose.  Work will include the installation of a sprung wooden dance floor, disabled toilets and improved access.


Sarah will be offering all of the dance classes that ran from her former premises, including ceramic painting sessions and will be adding a new programme of craft sessions for preschool age children and parents.


The anticipated opening day is January 8 2018.




The Mitie Foundation run Business Challenge Days in prisons that help soon-to-be-released prisoners improve their employability skills and prospects and we like to invite other prospective employers to participate as Business Partners.

The event is run in an enjoyable Dragons Den style.

As well as helping prisoners improve their employment prospects and hence reduce the likelihood of re-offending these events also prove to be a good team-building opportunities.

This will take place on 25th January 2018 with registration at 8:15am with day ending around 3:30pm, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Link below for more details






The Mayor Opens New Bistro within HM Prison Stocken

HMP Stocken report



Costcutter have been championing independent retailers for 30 years with over 2600 stores throughout the UK with the commitment to help independent retailers, like Navaneethan and his wife Tharshini, thrive and provide an outstanding range and price.Navaneethan, or Nava as the locals were getting know him as, at the opening of the re-vamped local stores on Willow Crescent is clearly well motivated and like Cost cutter has the community interests at heart.

Family, friends, many of whom made a special trip up from London, local residents and Town Councillors were not only able to witness the grand opening by the Mayor of Oakham, Cllr Michael Haley, they were also presented with a visually wonderful tradition from the family of a Sri Lankan blessing at the entrance to the shop.  

Area Manager, Darren Fulcher, from the family orientated Cost cutter supermarkets group was on hand to ensure that Nava was well supported, with the success of this partnership built on a forward-thinking family business approach with the customer very much at the forefront of a flexible business solutions that enables Nava to run your local store just the way you want with big ranges and very competitive pricing.

The Mayor of Oakham was more than pleased to be invited to perform the opening and the event was well supported by other Town Councillors, which included Cllr Paul Buxton and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Peter Ind and like the local residents that were present took the opportunity to get the business ball rolling for Nava with a few purchases of their own.

 The shop may appear small, however it certainly packs a lot of the day to day items that you need, including your local papers, so you can even pick up your copy of the Rutland Times when you pop in to take advantage of  the regular deals, competitive pricing with friendly service right on your doorstep.



East Midlands in Bloom Competition Results

Oakham in Bloom report 2017

Letter – Relating to allegations of breach of the code of conduct for members of Oakham Town Council by Cllr Martin Brookes

Letter to Cllr Brookes


Cutts Close is flying the flag as one of the UK’s very best green spaces

Cutts Close in Oakham has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.

The park is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award– the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The Clerk, Allison Greaves said “we are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for a third year. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Cutts Close to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said “we are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.”

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”