1. Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May. Hue and Cry, Oakham Town Centre.
The Hue and Cry had been planned for quite some time before Bank Holiday Monday and we prayed for good weather, but the forecast changed almost on an hourly basis leading up to 29th May, and inevitably the rain did set in mid afternoon, but not before very many people had enjoyed a strong community event in the town. Westerby Basset Hounds, Morris Men, Army Dogs, the Hue and Cry pursuits of villains, food stalls and of course the RCC event at the Castle made the whole day a lot of fun for local and other people who had travelled much further to be there. Even the road works had been tidied up and the sight of children chasing a villain down High St was the undoubted highlight of the day.
Just under £1000 was raised for the High Sheriff’s charities and I owe a huge thank you to so many people for making the day happen.
2. Thursday 1st June
Visit to Sailability at Rutland Sailing Club, Rutland Water.
I had heard of Sailability on many occasions but had never been to the Sailing Club before, and had no idea of the size of the operation of Sailability, which functions in its own part of the Sailing Club on Thursdays. Top quality facilities for the Disabled are available at the Club involving purpose built bathrooms and loos, plus overnight accommodation for up to 52 people. The sailing dinghies and yachts are adapted to be user friendly for the Disabled and provide sailors who otherwise are dependent on wheel chairs for mobility with the most fantastic freedom and independence on the water. I went out for a sail in one of the Club’s boats with Instructor Val who taught me the fundamentals of sailing such a craft. It was great fun and I can understand why it is so popular with so many disabled people. If you have not been there, go and see how it all works on a Thursday. It is such an inspirational facility with large numbers of volunteers doing such sterling work to make it all happen.
3. Friday 2nd June
Rotary Dinner in Uppingham
Creative Arts are most definitely thriving in Uppingham, and The Rotary Club Dinner at the Falcon Hotel celebrated the very positive state of Arts in the Town. We started our evening at the North Street East and Woodbine Art Galleries in Orange St with a glass of champagne and viewings of the artwork and photography on display, and then moved to the Garden Room at the Falcon for an excellent dinner, and marvellous talk from Joy Everitt about the activities of Arts for Rutland which Joy chairs. She is a very busy lady indeed. The dinner and raffle had been organised by Margaret Simpson, and her husband Ron introduced and MCd the evening. A very good night was enjoyed by all. Thank you Rotary.