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Parish Council news article - February 2017   ()

Spring is in the air - a Peacock butterfly was spotted in Ketton Old Quarry nature reserve last month ! The strange and wild-looking Manx and Hebridean sheep that keep the vegetation short in the reserve have been moved to Lower Priory Field, another nature reserve area in the village, so the gates on the paths in the Old Quarry are now unlocked. Sadly though, volunteers, who help to manage the Old Quarry area, have reported a huge increase in dog fouling; dog fouling is a danger and nuisance to all reserve users and the wildlife there. On a more positive note, if you want to hear more about the Old Quarry nature reserve, and other reserves in the village, Jenny Harris, the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust conservation officer for the reserves, will be giving an illustrated talk at the Annual Parish Meeting, Tuesday May 9th, 7.30pm in the Northwick Hall. Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard, will also be speaking, as will Tim Charge, Chairman of the Parish Council. We also hope that it will be an opportunity for village organisations that are struggling for volunteers to make a 'sales pitch'. Please contact Sarah, our Parish Clerk (contact details above), if your organisation would like to produce a small display, and/or handout for the event.





Other dates for your diary are CPR and Defibrillator Training 2.30pm at the library on 16th and 23rd March (just turn up), the Beer and Music festival at KSCC on August 18th and 19th, the Village Fete at KSCC on Saturday September 16th, Monty's village walks on May 11th and June 8th– the walks will cover Bull Lane to Aldgate and must be booked in advance through the Parish Office (places limited to 15 each walk). And the next Wassail will be on Saturday January 20th 2018 ! There are more CPR and Defibrillator Training Sessions planned for April, but if your group would like an individual session please contact Glenis on glenis@petersouthern.co.uk or 01780729291.
Paul La Pla, one of our local beat police officers, is retiring after 8 years on our Rutland South Beat, and a total of 30 years with Leicestershire Police. We thank him, and wish him well in his retirement; we will miss his cheery smile and positive outlook.
John Bickley, a previous stalwart of Ketton Parish Council, died at the turn of this year. He was Chairman of the 2006 Parish Plan Steering Group, and was instrumental in helping to increase funds in the Whitebread Trust through the purchase of Tea Kettle Farm. Our condolences to his family.
If you live in, or have just moved into, Ketton Conservation area (which covers much of the village), or a listed building, any alterations may require planning permission. Rutland County Council are very happy to give pre-application advice on request.
Finally, the IT help sessions are continuing on Mondays, 1.30pm to 4.30pm in the Parish Office. They are proving to be very popular, so please contact the Parish Office if you would like to book a session. And a big thank you to Berni, our IT help volunteer!