News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Dec 2021

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE CLASSES with Sam McGreevy are back at Ryhall village hall. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621 

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We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who took the time to host a stall at the Craft Fayre on Sunday 7th November at Ryhall Village Hall. So much time must be spent creating such lovely items. The range of products on sale was amazing. 

Thank you also to all the people who came and supported the event, amazing too. A total of £125 profit was made from the cost of stall bookings. This was divided between 5 charities who were running stalls for their chosen charities: AIR AMBULANCE, FOP, BREAST CANCER CARE, EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice), SUE RYDER – THORPE HALL 


Do you enjoy embroidery? Have you picked up needle and thread in lockdown? Would you like to meet with others who are interested in textile arts? 

Stamford Stitchers group was formed in 2021 to replace the Rutland and Stamford Branch of the Embroiderers Guild. We meet regularly on the third Thursday of the month, at Borderville in Stamford. There is a varied programme of talks, demonstrations and mini workshops. These may be run by our members or an external speaker; and may be presented by one of our members or a guest speaker, either in person or via Zoom. 

Members enjoy access to a WhatsApp chat group where we share what we’ve been up to, and a stitch and chat Zoom meeting in between the live meetings. 

We welcome anyone who has an interest in embroidery and textile arts, whether a beginner or more experienced stitcher. 

For more information, please contact us on 


On Sunday 7th November we flew the 60th Birthday flag for Mark Edwards with love from Mum and the family. 

Thursday 11th November saw the flying of the Union Flag for Armistice Day. The flag garden is looking pretty with the poppies and the soldiers standing proud. 

Saturday 13th November saw the flying of the 21st birthday flag for Sam 

Younger. Many happy returns. Sam is also one of our village news deliverers. 

Sunday 14th November saw the flying of the Union flag for Remembrance Sunday. 

The flags we currently hold are:- Golden wedding, 60th wedding, just married, It’s a Boy/Girl, Happy Birthday (plain) plus 90th 70th 60th 40th 21st 18th, Merry Christmas, New Year, School and Happy Retirement. 

If we can help you to celebrate a special occasion by flying one of our lovely flags, for a small donation towards the upkeep of the pretty flagpole garden and the purchases of flags, please feel free to contact us and we can arrange for the relevant flag to be flown for you on the day or as near to the day as possible. 

Contact Val Lofthouse 01780 754451; Patti Welby 01780 482915; 

Maureen Pettener 01780 753930; Sarah Markwell-Cook 07904 190049. 


Open House will operate in the library on both Tuesday and Friday afternoons 2.00 – 4.00 pm until and including Friday 17th December. We will reopen our service on Tuesday 4th January. 

Expert advice to help with Family History Research is offered every Tuesday after-noon on our super-fast connectivity computers. Sessions since reopening have not been heavily subscribed, so this is a terrific opportunity to have some one-to-one guidance around the specialist software used for this activity. Participants have been known in a single session to identify great grandparents and beyond! Come and give it a try and get to know your ancestors, where they lived, how many children – and often servants – they had and what they did for a living. And all at no cost, other than for any photocopying you may wish to do. Coronavirus safety measures will continue to be in place, and the machines and seats are cleaned after every session. 

It is hoped to restart the Tuesday afternoon Knit & Natter sessions in 

January. If you would like to join this sociable and relaxed group, please give your name and contact details in at the library, and you will receive a warm welcome. 

We wish users of the library all the very best for the festive season, and hope to see you and others from the village in the New Year.