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Citizens Advice Rutland’s new service reaches out to lonely people

An inspiring new initiative to support lonely and isolated people has been launched by Citizens Advice Rutland. The Telephone Befriender Service reaches out to people who live alone but lack regular contact with family or friends. Chief executive officer

33 min. ago in Regional East
 

Boots For Buddies appeal will ensure football is open to everyone

A football coach is urging people to donate unwanted boots and trainers so they can be given to underprivileged children this Christmas. Since launching the Boots For Buddies appeal last month, Glenn Vaughan has already collected in excess of 400 pairs –

today, 10:21 in Regional East
 

Lincolnshire’s new police chief is ready to fit the Bill

The next Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has a 255-mile trip from the south-west coast of England ahead of him before taking up his new post. Bill Skelly (50), a married dad-of-two who was born in eastern Scotland, emerged from a pool of five cand

today, 07:06 in Regional East
 

Stamford supermarkets want every child to get a gift this Christmas

Stamford supermarkets have launched appeals to ensure that underprivileged children – and those who will be in hospital during the festive period – have a merry Christmas. Staff at the Sainsbury’s store in Ryhall Road have teamed up with The Rotary Club

today, 07:06 in Regional East
 

Web shoppers warned over Facebook Marketplace fraud

Internet shoppers are being warned of a potential scam involving Facebook’s Marketplace. Action Fraud - the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime - has received reports from victims who have tried to purchase items and never received th

yesterday, 23:43 in Regional East
 

New Lidl store finally opens in Bourne

A long-awaited new Lidl store in Bourne opened its doors to customers yesterday (Thursday). Customers queued around the car park for the early morning opening at 8am. Mayor of Bourne Colin Pattison cut the ribbon and welcomed the first customers. For the

yesterday, 23:43 in Regional East
 

It’s beginnning to look a lot like Christmas in Bourne

This year’s Bourne Magical Christmas Fayre was hailed as one of the best ever and saw huge crowds gather in the town centre. People of all ages headed to North Street on Saturday for the popular annual event which coincides with the town council’s Christ

yesterday, 17:18 in Regional East
 

Tragic star Savenaca Koroibulileka’s wife and sons attend memorial match at Oakham Rugby Club

Savenaca, a serving soldier, died on September 24 after collapsing while playing rugby for Oakham RFC. He was 38. On Saturday, his Oakham teammates took on a side made up of Army colleagues for a memorial at the Rutland Showground. Before the kick-off, t

yesterday, 17:18 in Regional East
 

Lincolnshire top of the class for primary school performance

Lincolnshire is top of the class according to the latest Education and Skills Annual Report from Ofsted as the county is the best performing in the East Midlands with 93% of schools rated good or better. Lincolnshire County Council (83%) was only one of

yesterday, 16:06 in Regional East
 

Builders finally move in to start redevelopment of Stamford Hospital

Builders moved in at Stamford Hospital this week to start a long-awaited £2m redevelopment of the site. The first phase of the Stamford Hospital redevelopment project started on Monday and is expected to last for about six months. The first phase include

yesterday, 16:06 in Regional East
 

Justice secretary praises our campaign calling for tougher sentences for killer drivers

The justice secretary has praised our campaign calling for tougher sentences for those who kill on the roads. Liz Truss MP said the Johnston Press Drive for Justice campaign worked ‘tirelessly’ for victims’ families. It comes just days after the Ministry

yesterday, 14:23 in Regional East
 

Positive response to Bourne Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire

The team behind the Bourne Neighbourhood Plan said there has been an “encouraging response” to a questionnaire sent to all residents. The questionnaire distributed in early November asks people to put forward their ideas on the development of Bourne and

yesterday, 14:23 in Regional East
 

Bourne youngsters impress with their Christmas stories and poetry

Four schoolchildren were presented with £10 gift vouchers after being selected as winners of a writing competition run by The Cedars Care Home, in Bourne. Staff at the home, in Church Walk, asked pupils at Bourne Abbey C of E Primary Academy and Bourne W

yesterday, 12:10 in Regional East
 

Stamford’s Priory Court Care Home is rated ‘good’ in all categories

The recently refurbished Priory Court Care Home in Stamford has been scored ‘Good’ in all categories by the Care Quality Commission following a recent unannounced inspection. The CQC grades the services delivered in care homes in five categories – safe, e

yesterday, 12:10 in Regional East
 

Festive wreaths will be sold in Oakham tonight in aid of charity

A great Christmas wreath sale will be held at Mill Street Pub and Kitchen in Oakham tonight. The sale is being hosted between 5pm and 8pm by the For Rutland In Rutland charity. A large selection of natural wreaths will be available, from £25, as well as

yesterday, 10:07 in Regional East
 


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