Rutland Challenge 2000

The Merry Monk, Oakham

The Rutland Morris Men were, and are, concerned at the disappearance of many pubs around the country. In order to raise the profile of these vital centres of community life, the side decided to dance at every public house in Rutland during the year 2000. We did this in order to raise the profile of these vital centres of community life, having seen the sad demise of some of these hostelries in recent years.

We also hoped to contribute to the local economy by developing a web site describing the year's events which we believed would be accessed by potential visitors from all over the world. The Challenge's website was first hosted by Rutnet (which is is now closed), and we are grateful to them for keeping the archive of material for us.

There was some controversy during the Challenge too. Was Caldecott in Rutland or Leicestershire? Detailed research had revealed that the whole car park and a corner of the public bar at the Castle Inn in Caldicott was in fact in Rutland, and we felt obliged to add this to our existing list of 68 pubs in Rutland.

Our itinerary was …

1 May
The Vaults, Uppingham
The Monckton Arms, Glaston
The Kingfisher, Preston
The Blue Ball, Braunston
The Old Plough, Braunston
8 May
The Crown, Tinwell
The Northwick Arms, Ketton
The Railway, Ketton
22 May
The Wheatsheaf, Greetham
The Black Horse, Greetham
The Plough, Greetham
29 May
The Gate, Bisbrooke
The George & Dragon, Seaton
The Exeter Arms, Barrowden
3 June
The Noel Arms, Whitwell
4th June
The Whipper In, Oakham
Admiral Hornblower, Oakham
10th June
The Wheatsheaf, Langham
The Noel Arms, Langham
The Royal Duke, Oakham
The Horseshoe, Oakham
12 June
The White Horse, Morcott
The Halfway House, South Luffenham
24th June
The Fox & Hounds, North Luffenham
The Horse & Panniers, North Luffenham
The Sun, Belton In Rutland
3rd July
The Black Bull, Market Overton
The Three Horseshoes, Whissendine
The White Lion, Whissendine
4 July
The Boot & Shoe, South Luffenham
The Olive Branch, Clipsham
10th July
The Essendine Hotel, Essendine
The Millstone, Ryhall
The Green Dragon, Ryhall
17 July
The Ram Jam Inn, Stretton
The Jackson Stops, Stretton
31st July
The Odd House Tavern, Oakham
The Normanton Park Hotel, Normanton
The White Horse, Empingham
5th August
The Blue Bell, Belmesthorpe
The Crown, Great Casterton
The Plough, Great Casterton
21 August
The White Lion, Oakham
The Cobbler, Oakham
The Rutland Angler, Oakham
29 August
The Prince of Wales, Oakham
The Merry Monk, Oakham
The Griff Inn, Oakham
4th September
The Waggon & Horses, Uppingham
The Cross Keys, Uppingham
The Crown Hotel, Uppingham
11 September
The Plough, Caldecott
The Castle, Caldecott
The Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington
The Old White Hart, Lyddington
23 September
The Wheatsheaf, Oakham
The Sun, Cottesmore
The Finch's Arms, Hambleton
The Horse & Jockey, Manton
The Wheatsheaf, Edith Weston
The Fox & Hounds, Exton
24 September
Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Barnsdale
The Railway, Oakham
The Grainstore, Oakham
2 October
The Exeter Arms, Uppingham
The White Hart, Uppingham
The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham
8th October
The Cuckoo, Wing
The King's Arms, Wing
Pictures from our archive …

We are very grateful that RutNet allowed us to use its pictures as a record of our Challenge, but some of the pictures are low resolution and poor quality. If you have any better ones that you took during 2000, please contact us because we'd love to have a complete record of the Challenge.