Saturday, March 31, 2012

The End RAF Cottesmore

The End RAF Cottesmore

Name Signs Removed

At 6.00pm,  The RAF flag was lowered for the last time at the base this evening. The RAF departed Rutland and handed the base over to the MOD for them to make preparation for the arrival of the Army.

MOD Guard Service

Some passing the gate said it was a sad day for Rutland. Maybe a sad day for councillors who have served the RAF for years, maybe they can now concentrate on serving the wider community.

Local Press  BBC to the Rutland Times

I actually found a visit to the nearby cemetery much much more saddening. So many names and ages as low as 20

I was surprised our Mayor Councillor Joyce Lucas did not stop to visit and pay tribute, particularly as she was a guest in the Parish of Cottesmore.

I spotted Tory Roger Begy and his wife driving his eco friendly Jag  both waved, I thought how cheerful it was to be in Rutland then the Chief Executive Helen Briggs approached Rutland's Iron Lady, I am not sure if the lack of expression is caused by botox  A similar face could be seen worn by Oakhams Mayor, things quickly returned to normality with the arrival of Rutlands High Sheriff Peter Lawson and his wife who both waved.

On my return to Oakham I had the misfortune to spot the Mayor speeding back to Oakham no consideration for the residents of Burley the flashing slow down sign is in place for a reason.
Even Leicestershire Constabulary managed to pass without triggering the warning sign.

I was impressed to see the MOD did not  treat the local 
VIP's any different from the press or the local bus, 
they all had to enter by the side gate and sign in 
The High Sheriffs wife returns
to her car while Tory Leader Roger Begy waits in line

The RAF and MOD officials were waved 
in through the main gate.

Both the Mayor and Chief Executive attempted the 
main gate and were told to go away.


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Captions for Oakham Mayor Councillor Lucas Civic Service

Captions for Oakham Mayor Councillor Lucas Civic Service

Allthough the photographer has given consent for me to use a preview photo image links to any of his photos. I won't use them due to the Tory who lied to Google, when I previously use one.

If you click on the text link you can see the photo

My husband also wears a different hat, one for each day of the week, Town Partnership, Councillor, Community Partnership.... oh so many, he's hoping they will make him a special one when he is Mayor. Of course if you're husband is made Mayor you will have to lend him yours, co-opted Councillors can not be paid allowances. Maybe one of the two lodges will lend him some cash?

Oh Boyz! I do luv a little Lard in my pie, How about you boy? Not really old chap I'm a diet fanatic.

Cheers to all the tax payer who contributed to this evenings civic party! Cheers!

My Town, My County OMG! what have I done to it?

Oakham Mayor  slices and divides the Town Council Cake.

The Fat Constabulary

What sort of personality - and what sort of shape - do we want our policemen ideally to have? Historian David Cannadine looks at the popular perception of the British bobby over the years.

Read More... 

music hall song called The Laughing Policeman, written by Mabel Penrose and first recorded by her husband Charles in 1922.
It opens with these lines:

I know a fat old policeman
He's always on our street.
A fat and jolly red-faced man
He really is a treat.

Fat Policemen!

Some funny pictures of fat policemen, and one fat policewoman. undefined

Daily Job Alert any jobs in Oakham (within 10 miles) 31st March 2012

Daily Job Alert any jobs in Oakham (within 10 miles) 31st March 2012

Senior Project Manager - Onshore
Lutech Resources - Oakham
Senior Project Manager (Onshore)Paddington, LondonJob Category: Project Management My prestigious EPC oil and gas client is currently seeking a permanent Senior...
Careerbuilder UK - 07:13

Head of Science The Grange Therapeutic School
The Grange Therapeutic School is an Independent Special Residential School for boys aged 8-16 with emotional and behavioural difficulties. It is located in the... £25,878 - £32,392 a year
TES Jobs - 02:51

Care Officer
RUTLAND HOUSE COMMUNITY TRUST LTD We are a local charity providing care and support forAdults with Learning Disabilities in the Oakham area Care Officer... - 08:19

Teaching Team Manager The Shires
Ketton LE15
The Shires, part of the Acorn Care and Education Group, is an independent residential special school based in the village of Stretton (just off the A1 north of... £41,300 a year
TES Jobs - 02:51

Weekend Receptionist
JobsToday (Peterborough) - Melton Mowbray
Bentons are looking for someone to join their busy sales department on Saturdays 9am till 4pm & Sunday 10am until 2pm. Applicants must be computer literate...
Jobsite UK - 13:00

Multi Skilled Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical Bias)
CV Library Ltd - Melton Mowbray
Multi Skilled Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical Bias) Performance Improvements Engineer, Maintenance Engineer We are looking for a Multi Skilled Maintenance... £26,000 a year
East Midlands Jobs - 09:11

JobsToday (Peterborough) Enhanced - Melton Mowbray
CUSTOMER SERVICES CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Salary Band 8: £22,221 -£24,646 pa We are looking for a dedicated and self motivated... £22,221 - £24,646 a year
Jobsite UK - 14:16

Office Manager
JobsToday (Peterborough) Enhanced - Melton Mowbray
Osbornes is an ambitious accountancy practice with clients across a broad range of industry sectors. As part of our continued growth, we are looking to recruit... £25,000 a year
Jobsite UK - 14:22

JobsToday (Peterborough) - Melton Mowbray
Gaddesby Primary School Bursar Required £22,218 - 24,576 p/a 32 hours p/wk pro rata To manage financial matters Liaison with staff, parents and Governors... £22,218 - £24,576 a year
Jobsite UK - 14:22

Planning Engineer
Consilium Group Limited - Melton Mowbray
PLANNING ENGINEER As a leading engineering organisation serving multiple sectors including aerospace and oil & gas, this well respected company has enjoyed... £20,000 - £25,000 a year
Jobsite UK - 09:32

Experienced Assistant Manager
JobsToday (Peterborough) Enhanced - Melton Mowbray
The Melton Mowbray Nursery School Requires an Experienced Assistant Manager to support and inspire our staff team, to nurture and care for our children, to...
Jobsite UK - 14:22

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Jobcentre Plus, Directgov - This vacancy is due to start on 09/04/2012 and end on 20/07/2012. Our client requires an experienced SolidWorks Design Engineer to...
Jobcentre Plus - 10:05

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Select Appointments - Melton Mowbray
Tig Welder upto £13ph Select Parkhouse are currently recruiting an Tig Welder for our rapidly expanding client, based in Leicestershire THE ROLE: This role... £10,000 - £13,000 a year - 23:02

Quality Manager
aktonrecruitment - Ketton LE15
Quality Manager Location: Rutland Salary: Circa 35K Are you a Quality Manager or Senior Quality Engineer with strong team management and leadership skill...
aktonrecruitment - 18:25

Technician, Melton Mowbray, Motor Trade Job
Perfect Placement UK Ltd - Melton Mowbray
Automotive, Motor Trade Job: Vehicle Technician Required in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire POSITION: Vehicle Technician CLIENT: Main Dealer LOCATION: Melton... £21,294 a year
Professional Passport Jobs - 22:05

General Hospital Locum Pharmacists needed
Bluestones Medical Recruitment Ltd - Uppingham
our model is simple59 we charge nhs and private clients less commission per hour than our competitors and supply high quality locum pharmacist and technicians... £25 - £35 an hour - 09:23

Business Development Manager - 3PL
Melton Mowbray
A dynamic logistics solutions provider requires an experienced Business Development Manager based from Leicestershire. Salary up to £35k, car, bonus and... £35,000 a year
Mail Online - 21:25

Training Coordinator, HR Assistant Personnel Food Leicester Nottingham
Food and Drink Recruit - Melton Mowbray
Training Coordinator Role, HR, Human Resources, Personnel Dept, Food Manufacturing, Leicester, Leicestershire, Midlands, Salary £Competitive +benefits We are... - 23:10

Sous Chef
Melton Mowbray
We are currently looking for a versatile and experienced Sous Chef to join the existing team of this award winning Gastro Pub based close to Melton Mowbray... £17,500 - £19,000 a year
CV-Library - 01:31

Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk, Labour) Iraq International Development Alan Duncan

International Development

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Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development

(1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of internally displaced people in Iraq in each year since 2003;

(2) what assistance his Department is providing to reduce the number of internally displaced people in Iraq;

(3) whether his Department is taking steps to encourage Iraqi refugees who fled from their country to return.
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Alan Duncan (Minister of State, International Development; Rutland and Melton, Conservative)

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that there are around 1.3 million 

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in Iraq. Most are unable to return to their areas of origin because of the difficult security situation, the destruction of their homes, or a lack of access to services.

Between 2003 and 2011 the Department for International Development (DFID) provided over £200 million of humanitarian assistance to IDPs, other vulnerable groups in Iraq, and Iraqi refugees outside Iraq, through the United Nations (UN) agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The UK will continue to provide support to populations affected by displacement in Iraq until 2014, as part of a project implemented in several countries by the Norwegian Refugee Council. Multilateral agencies such as the UN also continue to provide assistance in this area. In particular, the UNHCR is working with the Government of Iraq to end displacement, through a comprehensive plan which is due to become fully operational in 2012. The UK is also providing wider support to help create a more stable and prosperous Iraq, to which all Iraqis can return.

Andrew Rosindell (Romford, Conservative) Alan Duncan what plans he has to visit Sri Lanka.

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Andrew Rosindell (Romford, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to visit Sri Lanka.
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Alan Duncan (Minister of State, International Development; Rutland and Melton, Conservative)
None at present.

Andrew Rosindell (Romford, Conservative) Sri Lanka Alan Duncan (Minister of State, International Development; Rutland and Melton, Conservative)

Sri Lanka
International Development

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Andrew Rosindell (Romford, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials of his Department are currently stationed in Sri Lanka.
Photo of Alan Duncan
Alan Duncan (Minister of State, International Development; Rutland and Melton, Conservative)

Rutland County Council has recently received government funding to tackle rough sleeping in our districts. Framework’s Street Outreach Team

Rutland County Council has recently received government funding to tackle rough sleeping in our county.

If you need help or you see someone sleeping rough

in Rutland call Framework’s Street Outreach Team on

0800 066 5365

No-one should have to sleep rough.

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free Public Liability Insurance for all Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch schemes across England and Wales to enable volunteers to carry out their roles without fear of personal loss.  

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  • Street parties are covered provided they are not prohibited by any exclusion criteria.
  • The cover also includes other wider Watches and Junior NHW if incorporated into a NHW Scheme or Association and local policies and practices are adhered to.
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The Admiral Hornblower Oakham New fencing

The Admiral Hornblower Oakham New fencing 

Smart new metal fencing has been fitted at the Admiral Hornblower
after the wooden fence was destroyed piece by piece 

Oakham High Street Pony Photograph

Oakham High Street Pony Photograph

Oakham in Blooms Peacock from HMP Ashwell Planted and Looking Fine Photographs

Oakham in Blooms Peacock from HMP Ashwell Planted and Looking Fine

Now the peacock is planted it is looking good

I think there is something comical about the head?

RAF Cottesmore is closing as a Royal Air Force station today

RAF Cottesmore is closing as a Royal Air Force station today with a ceremony to mark the occasion.
One year ago today saw a Church Service and Last march through Oakham.

RAF Cottesmore people arriving at All Saints Church Oakham for farewell service photographs

the RAF ensign will be lowered for the last time at Cottesmore at 6pm.

Guests include Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Laurence Howard; High Sheriff of Rutland Peter Lawson, Oakham mayor Joyce Lucas, and chief executive of Rutland County Council, Helen Briggs.

The base will be handed over to the Ministry of Defence to become an Army base.

There have been various closure ceremonies over the last year

RAF Cottesmore people arriving at All Saints Church Oakham for farewell service photographs

Troops from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment will move into Cottesmore . They are due to arrive in June and July.

RAF Cottesmore Farewell Parade Oakham Photographs

Here is another interesting post from a Rutland Blogger


RAF Cottesmore 1938-2012

Today sees the RAF flag lowered at the RAF base in Cottesmore and bring to a end seventy four years of history. The Harriers that were at the based have long gone, sold by the Government for peanuts to the Americans who must be rubbing their hands on buying a whole fleet of serviceable combat aircraft for so little.  Read More...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Doors Ketton Rutland England Photographs

Rutland County Police Ketton

Rutland County Police Ketton

Vintage Harley Davidson Photograph

Vintage Harley Davidson

Ketton Tractors

Ketton Tractors

Stamford Road Oakham Car Park

I was a passenger in a car yesterday and experienced the nightmare that is Stamford Road
I can't believe Rutland County Council is happy it has created this danger with its rather
stupid parking policy that forces those who use to park in their car park to park along this busy
road. Cars parked along the road and then you might just notice the white van roof on the right
one of many parked on the pavement. Its hard to believe this is a main road and major bus route.

Hibbins House, Ketton Rutland England

Hibbins House, Ketton

The Hibbins family built this house in the late 19C. They were master masons who produced, among other things, many memorial tablets and gravestones. The house is decorated by intricate examples of their skill.

The Red Round Decorations look the same as
those that can be seen on Queen Victoria Golden 
Jubilee monument in the centre of the village.

Labour 'disappointed' as Galloway hails Bradford West a purfect win

Labour 'disappointed' as Galloway hails Bradford West a purfect win

George Galloway has said his surprise victory in the Bradford West by-election showed the "alienation" of voters from the main political parties.

I say well done and hope this sends out a warning to all the rubbish out there, it's time for change.

Last night  a civic event was held by Oakham Town Council this is a tiny example of the reason we need change. 

Many people work very hard in Oakham to pay for events like last nights that have no purpose.

The Mayor recently, went on about how wonderful she is because the tax payer did not pay for her wine at the two previous events, now we see from a photo set all the elite enjoying  food and booze all paid for by those hard working tax payers, because? because its nice and enjoyable for the Mayor.

I think a strong message has been sent out by the voters, we here promise after promise and what happens nothing. Maybe post last nights party some of those present have read the Galloway Headlines and will; take time to reflect about what they are doing.

We have just had a budget for the Rich criticised by the Labour Rich! I wonder if Oakham Town Council was celebrating the budget.

We were told we are in it all together, what rubbish!

How many of us can afford to throw parties for large groups of the local elite.

Of course Oakham Town  Council can because they are spending your money. The Mayor is likely to say its OK because it comes out of her allowance.

I really like this photo set because the photographer has broken all the rules by showing the elite stuffing their faces.

Mayor of Oakham, Cllr Joyce Lucas & Deputy Mayor Cllr Charles Haworth Civic Service

Mayor of Oakham, Cllr Joyce Lucas' Civic Service

It now makes sense why Councillor Charles Haworth, sent me such a rude email late last night.

He had returned from a Civic Service and Reception held by Oakham Town Councils Mayor
Councillor Joyce Lucas.

This of course was paid for by the local tax payer.

As you can see from the photo set, a special cake was commissioned for the event.
Plenty of food and booze was provided  for the invited elite.

In the photo set one Cllr and his wife is inccorectly named.

This afternoon I received a email from a reader of my blog name and address supplied.

Dear Martin

You have said “I wrote to Oakham Town Council Councillors. Charles Howarth replied:

‘Why are you sending me this? Please do not send me any emails under any circumstance. Any communication from is entirely unwanted and may be referred to the police for action to be taken against you.’

This is the man who called himself ‘Lardboy’ and wrote such dreadful rubbish on the internet and then became a troll, whom, Inspector Monks protected and refused to investigate or prosecute. Inspector Monks subsequently received ‘Learning Points’ on his personnel file for his failures in investigating the trolls on Oakham Town Council. Hardly surprising when you consider one of the trolls was Special Constable Adam Lowe.

In fact I witnessed Inspector Monks and Cllr Charles Howarth huddled in a carel in Oakham Library together in around April 2010. Coincidentally blogs of harassment subsequently appeared which were frankly crimes of hate, were posted on the internet at the same time. But Charles Haworth is protected by the police. However the police appear to believe that, like Brutus, Charles is an honourable man.

This latest missive from Charles Haworth is odd. It begs the question:

Why did Cllr Charles Haworth unblock your address from his emails? Until quite recently Charles Haworth had said he had blocked emails from you. What sheer hypocrisy.

It would seem that Cllr Haworth has deliberately unblocked his receipt of your emails so that he is able to complain to the police about you – knowing full well the police will never ever seize his computer and investigate his offences against you. Charles Haworth’s message above is in preparation to complain to the police about you – yet again. Is Charles Haworth not aware that as a Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor he holds public office? Is Charles Haworth so secure in his faith in the police that he thinks his vexatious behaviour will be overlooked, yet again, as he tries to inveigle you in a controversy to waste yet more police time? Is this another trivial attempt to paint himself as the victim? I rather think Charles Haworth’s message to you is a repeat of the ‘mince pie gate’ incident last Christmas. Luckily on that occasion the police saw sense and refused to treat Cllr Haworth seriously. Let’s hope that good sense prevails under Inspector Mistry – after all Johnny Monks and the brothel have decamped together to Loughborough and Charles Haworth should try to understand that perhaps the days of Oakham being a rotten borough are now numbered.

Rutland Water Barnsdale Photographs

As the water disappears at Rutland water it gives an opportunity to explore parts of land normally under water.
There is evidence in some parts where trees normally grow in the water the level in those areas was up to waist height.

The sheep seem to to enjoy the spaces 

Tree stumps normally under water