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First volunteer fair held in Uppingham a success

An event to encourage people to volunteer their time for community organisations was held at the Uppingham Town Hall on Saturday, October 13.

Organiser and Uppingham Mayor, Miranda Jones, said that since becoming mayor she had received a lot of communication from people asking for more support for community organisations.

“So I thought it would be a good idea to get a venue and a get a whole lot of community organisations involved to take part and then invite members of the public along to attend,” said Miranda.

“These organisations are not asking a lot and sometimes just need an hour of your time once a week.”


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Mayor Miranda Jones Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778940) Helen Swift from 1st Uppingham Brownies and Guides Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778976) Andrew Swift from Uppingham Films Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778979) Tony Streeter and Pam Dolby Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778985) Alan Hoskins from Air Ambulance Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778991) Coun Marc Oxley with deputy mayor Dave Casewell Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778994) Sally Picken, Rachel Burkit and Caroline Heggs Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778953) A Volunteer Fair held in Uppingham was hosted by town Mayor Miranda Jones Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778958) 1st Uppingham Scout Group Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778961) Barbara Thomas from Macmillan and Yvonne Rawlings from Age UK Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778964) Jim Freeborough and Gerry Robinson from Voluntary Action Rutland Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778967) Pat and Andrew Griffin from Uppingham Poppy Appeal Photo: Lee Hellwing (4778973)

Members of the public who attended the community volunteer fair were able to ask questions and find out more information from representatives of the various organisations present.

Miranda said about 10 local community organisations had taken part including the Air Ambulance, Age UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Legion.

“We held the event from 11am to 3pm in the town hall and while it wasn’t packed, for a first time event there was a good turnout of people.

“Most of the organisations recruited people so you would have to judge it as a success.”

She said there had been enough interest to hold a second event “possibly in the spring”.

“Uppingham in Bloom also used the occasion to hold a fund raising lunch which consisted of a two course meal and raised about £400,” said Miranda.

The meals were cooked by Uppingham School’s Hospitality Head Chef, Ian Kembery.

The two courses cost £6.50 which included complimentary tea and coffee.

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