The September 2015 Gathering
The September Gathering is the last one of the year and this is our shortest event as it starts to get dark quite early. Notwithstanding that, and the usual late arrival of most gatherers, we had a good turn out and as we expected, numbers were down. Having said that, we had some great vehicles on display, and what is very pleasing is that we still attract gatherers who have not been before, so you must be putting a good word out for us amongst your friends.
We had a nice mix of classic cars attend, some old favourites and regulars, and some we had not seen before. We were treated to, amongst others, a beautiful red soft top Mercedes, a yellow 2CV Citroen van (in great condition), a lovely Austin 10/4 convertible, Alpha Romeos, Aston Martin, several Land/Range Rovers, a smart light blue Bentley, a Ford Zephyr, a Ferrari and many more old favourites. There were also 3 E-type Jaguars on display. Around 60 classic vehicles were on display.
In the motorcycle park, we had some nice machines, including a return of the Rudge 500cc Sports Special, a Honda CB500-4, 2 BSA A10 650cc twins, several BSA singles, Triumph Bonneville’s, a Suzuki T500 2 stroke twin, and a couple of Harley Davidsons – to name a few. In all there were over 40 motorcycles of all ages present.
The next Gathering is on 19th May 2016 so please make a note in your diary – and bring a friend. Our success is down to the gatherers who generously attend and participate in the spirit of the event – that’s you! We thank you and hope you will continue to support us. Thanks must go to those who organise the event (Gilbert, Roly, Debbie, Mike and Martin); those who help on the days (Brian K, Janet T, Sue B, Thomas, Malcolm and Bill); the raffle coordinator (Loreen); sustenance providers (Andy and his team); the cakes and drinks ladies (Carol F, Maureen H, Ros M and all who donated cakes), the bar staff, Richard Greig for cutting the grass for us, and anyone else who I may have forgotten (Sorry!) – all of whom make the event the success it is. We know that we have made a significant increase in the amount raised for the Air Ambulance, and we shall publish details on this website (www.greethamrutland.com) and the Gathering Website (www.greethamgathering.co.uk) of how much, along with a picture of the cheque presentation once we have it all organised.
Once again, thanks to all the gatherers - see you in 2016.
Greetham WI celebrate the 100th birthday of the WI in a traditional way with a coffee morning .Thank you for your support we have made £100 for the Playground fund too !and the cakes were rather scrumptious .
The July 2015 Greetham Gathering
The 3rd Greetham Gathering of 2015 took place on Thursday 16th July, at the Greetham Community Centre in Rutland.
The event started slowly but was well attended with over 65 classic cars and 30 classic motorcycles. This when added to the supporters who also attended meant that around 200 vehicles turned up – a great indication of the interest and support that exists over this growing event. Amongst the many cars on show were, the literally just-restored (finished hours earlier that day - by Colin Easson Motors of Cottesmore) Austin Mini, a beautiful Lanchester, a Citroen DS, a Bentley, Daimler, Ferrari, Maserati, several Lotuses, MGs Triumph TRs and some classic “everyday” cars like an Austin Maxi, Ford Fiestas, Morris Minors, Rileys, Wolesleys and VWs.
In the motorcycle park, there were some interesting machines, including a Rudge 500cc Sports Special, a Honda CB750-4 and other Honda 4s, an Ariel single and an Ariel twin, a Kawasaki 750 triple (2 stroke) and a Kawasaki 1000cc six cylinder, a Velocette Venom, a motorised pushbike, a Norton Dominator, a modified BSA Bantam with a tank mounted gear change and a Honda C90 Cub. The Honda Cub is still the world’s most produced motorcycle and was the death nail in the British motorcycle industry – offering a cheap, reliable and efficient means of transport. It’s not the most exciting motorcycle – but its success must be admired. In all there were over 60 motorcycles of all ages present.
The next Gathering is on August 20th so please make a note in your diary – and bring a friend. With MG celebrating a big anniversary this year, it would be nice to see as many MGs turn up as possible. Over to you MG owners! See www.greethamgathering.co.uk for more details of the Gatherings, or just turn up at Greetham Community Centre, Great Lane, Greetham LE15 7NG from about 5:00pm onwards. Parking, hot food, cakes, teas, drinks, and bar. £1 per vehicle to enter. All entry and raffle profits from the Gatherings goes to the local Air Ambulance.
GREETHAM CHURCH FETE 2015
Beautiful, sunny weather made for a magnificent fete this year! It drew in the crowds who enjoyed
sitting outside with their teas watching adults trying their luck on the slow bike ride and kids racing
down the rollercoaster. This year the fete was opened by Diane and John Creasey – Diane is a
Reader with the church. The surprise activity of the day was the maze which was a triumph of
engineering construction! We held the inaugural Young Harry cake baking award in memory of Harry
Weston. The winner, Jessica Douglas (age 7), was presented with a trophy sponsored by The
Wheatsheaf. Our visitors included Exton and Greetham School together with a crew from Oakham
Fire Station and the Police Community Support team. Their vehicles were a big draw for boys of all
ages! Animal lovers enjoyed Sally’s dog show, Lynne and Sarah’s ponies and Anne’s owl. The stalls,
cakes, tombola and raffle all sold out in record time and once again we guessed where the sheep
pooed! It was fantastic to see so many families from the village with young children having a brilliant
The Church would like to give massive thanks to all those who contributed to the fete. We are ever
grateful for your support and generosity in making this event a success. Thank you for your
donations to the stalls and tombola, for sourcing materials for the games, for cake baking, for
providing lots and lots of help on the day and for turning up to enjoy yourselves.
In particular I’d like to thank our local businesses – The Plough, The Wheatsheaf, The Black Horse,
the campsite, Estelle (reflexologist), Pippa (hairdresser), the village shop and Snapdragon (shop in
Oakham) – for their raffle donations and help. Please support them, more information on
www.greethamrutland.com. Also, thanks to Stef Douglas for arranging the fire engine, the Bothwell
family for providing sheep and hay bales, and to the Hinch family for more hay bales and toilets.
We are especially grateful to the help from the de Vries family this year – Maaike presented a lovely
posy to Diane; Thomas who did his paper round, helped all day from early morning (did you spot him
under the Brucie mask) then went to his third job at The Plough; and Elke who, as part of her Duke
of Edinburgh award, helped with the publicity of the fete, made bunting and ran the rollercoaster
(did you see her amazing shop window display?). Their mum and dad, Steph and Harro, also helped
extensively and are probably wondering how this all happened!!
Thanks from the Church Fete Committee.
Press release: For immediate Use Date: 14 July 2015
Choir for the blind and visually impaired calls for new members across Rutland
A choir for the blind and visually impaired is appealing for new members across Rutland.
There are 224 people with visual impairment or sight loss across Rutland and the Visionary Vocals Choir would like those with an interest in singing to join them.
The choir was set up and continues to be supported by Oakham based opticians Simmons Optometrists. This means all the singing sessions are free to join.
Simmons Optometrists also prints the song sheets at a range of print sizes to enable the members to follow the lyrics.
The group meets for two hours every Thursday between 11am and 1pm at the Railway Inn in Oakham. Wheelchairs, guide dogs and carers are also welcome!
Members of the choir choose popular songs to sing at each session which range from the 1980s classics to the present day top 40 hits. One of the group’s favourites is the Katrina and the Waves classic, ‘I’m walking on Sunshine.’
The group currently has up to 18 members, depending on the week, but they are looking to expand with the long term view of performing to audiences to raise funds for charity.
Owner of Simmons Optometrists, James Alexander, said:
“Here at Simmons we are passionate about the health of our clients and this includes their wellbeing. The benefits of singing are well known and we want to encourage as many people as possible to join.
“People with sight loss and their carers are a group in society which can easily become isolated. The aim of the Visionary Vocals Choir is to provide an inspirational and fun activity, which is not about what people can’t do but centres on what they can do. There are no auditions for the choir, just come along and join in.”
Visionary Vocals Choir leader Diana De Wet said the camaraderie between choir members is magical.
She added: “Singing is better and cheaper than any medicine and every voice has a place in our choir. Our aim is to have some great fun. It’s not just the choir; it’s also a social event. After the sing-song we all have lunch together and enjoy each other’s company.”
If you would like any further information or you would like to arrange a to take a photo of the choir please contact Sarah Newall the number below.