Uppingham - The People PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 22:43

A study of local facilities and activities which people pursue in Uppingham is perhaps the first step to understanding why it is such a popular parish.  Uppingham is fortunate in having three excellent local authority schools; Uppingham Community College caters for 11 to 16 year olds, and the Church of England and Leighfield Primary Schools for younger pupils.  There is also the famous and independent Uppingham School (13-18) .  

Nursery facilities are provided at Little Angels in Ayston Road. Uppingham is rich in sporting and leisure provision for young and old. In addition to youth groups, Uppingham Community College offers a range of sporting and other activities: netball, football, badminton, kickboxing, tae kwon do, tennis, cricket, dance/ ballet, drama, music, model flying, fencing, judo and archery.  Uppingham School, with its new Leisure Centre, offers facilities for aerobics, basketball, badminton, cricket nets and cricket courses, tennis and swimming (including lessons).  Uppingham Cricket club which previously had played matches on Uppingham School Middle Field has now opened a new ground of its own. The club has an excellent youth policy involving up to 150 young people aged 6 to 14 years.  Uppingham Football Club plays on Tod’s Piece (public playing field) and fields two teams.  It also has its clubhouse there.  The nearby Scout Hut is used by scout and guide groups. Other facilities include a skateboard park with two separate ramp installations, new play equipment for older children and an enclosed play area for toddlers.   Rutland Hockey Club plays on the Astroturf pitch at the Community College and runs a programme for young players. The Town Hall provides facilities for aerobics, yoga, slimmers, bowls, Pilates, tai chi, a youth group, dancing and a folk club. Uppingham Bowls Club uses a three-quarter length indoor rink adjoining Tod’s Piece.

The parish has excellent housing provision and services for the elderly. In the social housing sector Rutland County Council provides over 200 homes including bedsits, bungalows and larger properties, some of which are supported by wardens.  Nottingham Community Housing Association has two-bedroomed flats at The Firs of which 14 are let and 5 are on shared ownership terms.  The de Montfort Housing Society has 38 units all rented and allocated through its own and the council’s waiting list.  The Minster General Housing Association has 6 one-bedroom flats all rented and subject to 100% nomination rights held by the County Council. In addition there are 42 properties owned by the Thorpe, Archdeacon Johnson and St John and St Anne charities and currently providing accommodation for mainly local persons of post retirement age.  Drop In coffee morning is held each Friday in the Church Hall and there are two luncheon clubs.  Coach outings are arranged throughout the year.  Walks of 3-5 miles take place each month, followed by a pub lunch. There is a monthly tea dance and a monthly fish and chip social afternoon.  All these activities are supported by help from volunteers. An Indoor Bowls group meets weekly in the Town Hall and swimming is available for limited numbers.  Details of all these activities and services are available at the Age Concern shop in the High Street, as well as advice and information on a wide range of topics including welfare benefits, insurance services and assistance in completing forms. Age Concern Leicestershire and Rutland provides home care services and security services including the fitting of locks and spy holes.  It also runs an Odd Job scheme. 

Voluntary Action Rutland (VAR) offers a variety of services for the elderly, frail and disabled, including transport services enabling them to visit doctors, dentists, opticians, chiropodists, hospitals, lunch clubs etc. The service is mainly provided by volunteers using their own vehicles.  A small charge is made but the service is free to those receiving certain benefits, for example Income Support. The voice of Civil Society in Uppingham is represented by the Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum and the Rutland Consortium  at a county level.   

Uppingham is blessed with award winning Health Care.  There is a new Surgery and Health Centre situated at  Uppingham Gate. There are six doctors in the practice and a nursing team qualified in general nursing procedures, health screening, blood pressure monitoring and immunisation.  The practice offers regular clinics operated mainly by the nursing staff and provides advice and treatment for a wide range of medical and other conditions.  There is also a number of attached staff, including health visitor, district nurses, midwife, MacMillan Nurse and other specialists.

 Outside the National Health Service there is provision in the town for physiotherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and Chinese medicines.  There are defibrillators in the Market Square, at the Ton Hall, in dental surgeries and on the Beeches Estate available for community use and volunteers have been trained to use them in emergencies. The three dental practices all also providing hygienist services. There is an optometrist providing a full eye-care service and a surgical chiropodist.  Two pharmacies in the town provide prescription and over-the-counter services, and a dispensing facility at The Uppingham Surgery serves patients living more than a mile away.  In addition to the provision for human health care the Rutland Veterinary Practice in Ayston Road gives advice and treatment for animals.

The gardener is not forgotten in this wonderful community. Near to Tod’s Piece are some of Uppingham’s 75 allotments.   There are other plots situated off Leicester Road and 6 private allotments off South View.  

As well as mind and body, Uppingham seeks to care for the soul!  Uppingham has three churches.  The Grade II* Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul offers a full range of religious activities with services daily. Activities include an active Sunday School, a youth group and several adult study groups, bell ringers, senior and junior choirs and a Mothers' Union branch that meets monthly. Weekly musical concerts feature Uppingham School pupils and the church hosts other concerts on a regular basis. The Church Hall also provides facilities for the Uppingham Theatre Company, a play group, W.I. and a weekly Age Concern coffee morning. The church produces a monthly magazine, “Quartet”. The Methodist Church provides a full range of religious activities and has Sunday services and a Sunday School for under 11s. The church also hosts baptisms, funerals and weddings for the Congregational Church.  Regular bookings include a mother and toddler group meeting on Tuesdays in term time, W.E.A., a political group, The Choral Society, a youth drama workshop, a writers' group, a coffee morning on Fridays, a lunch club and service, and an ecumenical men’s breakfast. The Congregational House Church is an independent church with services on an informal interactive basis twice a month.  Charity coffee mornings are held bi-monthly.

The Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum is the voice of the voluntary sector and Civil Society in the town. It holds regular meetings to which the whole community is invited  via newsletters delivered to every household. The Forum also elects three community directors to the board of Uppingham First , the town's Community Partnership.


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