The Big Shop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Women in the High Street   
Friday, 03 July 2015 11:00

The Big Shop pilot initiative to promote Uppingham shopping centre with its High Street of independent traders is likely to become an annual event with some changes following very positive feedback from traders and visitors on the organisation that went into the July 2nd initiative but a majority view that it would best be held next year on a Saturday to allow working families to participate.

Pictured is High Sheriff Andrew Brown with Town Mayor David Ainslie and 'Women in the High Street' lead Sandra Pollock at the official opening of the event. The Big Shop showcases the skills and talents behind Uppingham's very successful town centre. Among the very popular visitor experiences were the opportunity to view the work of the town's Violin Maker and his neighbour in Orange Street the Clock Maker. Morning presentations by cruise and travel specialists were also well attended. StitchUpp proprietor Jane Lang described the day as a positive first step and capable of further development.  Many traders praised the effort  put in by volunteers to the marketing and promotion of the event. The support of local  media was also much appreciated.

24 visitors are to benefit from a Town Council sponsored receipt draw on the day which will refund them a total of almost  £500. Top individual beneficiary was a visitor from Nassington near Peterborough who will receive a refund of £100 for an item purchased from Gilberts Furniture. 

A full review of the event and possible improvements for next year will be discussed at the next meeting of the Uppingham Business Forum.

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Bourne & Co PDF Print E-mail
Written by Uppingham Business Forum   
Friday, 03 July 2015 11:54

Violin maker Richard Moakes of Bourne & Co is pictured discussing his work with Rutland High Sheriff Andrew Brown and Uppingham Town Mayor David Ainslie as they tour the shops and businesses in Uppingham as part of The Big Shop.

Andrew described the range of skills and knowledge he witnessed on his tour as  'incredible and a great credit to the town'.

David Ainslie described being Mayor of such a community as 'a privilege.'

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Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 11:56
UCC Pupil Triumphs in Competition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum   
Friday, 03 July 2015 11:12

Uppingham Community College student Alfie Finch-Critchley has triumphed in MP6, a political speaking competition held in Leicester. He had to present his topic in 90 seconds and then answer questions from four judges including an MP and Leicester City Councillor. Alfie competed for UCC against five  other schools, all with very strong candidates. His topic was ‘non-domicile tax status.’ The other topics ranged from equality to the EU migrant crisis to representing the voiceless: today’s youth.

The skill, poise and confidence that Alfie spoke with was reported as 'brilliant'. He was very knowledgeable and assured with the answers to each of the judge’s questions as well. The Uppingham community are very pleased to learn that Alfie won! He now has the opportunity to travel to London on 8th July to tour Parliament. His speech, as well as a blog about his experience, will appear in The Day. Also, pictures and an article about the event will be printed in The Leicester Mercury.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 11:12

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