News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Feb 2022

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

T’AI CHI CLASSES AT RYHALL VILLAGE HALL: Suitable for all ages and fit-ness levels as well as complete beginners. EVERY FRIDAY 10.30-11.30 am First two classes half price £5.00. For more information please contact Ann: 07931193350 


Churches Together in Ryhall (Methodist and Anglican) are planning to launch Open the Book in our church primary school shortly. 

This involves dramatizing Bible stories, covering the whole Bible over three years, about twice each half term.. 

You don’t have to be a churchgoer to join us in this venture, just someone who enjoys performing, making simple costumes and making or locating simple props—and who wants to help children learn Bible stories. 

Contact either Rev William Booker 01778 380195 or Rev Jo 07946237223 


Ryhall & Belmesthorpe Parish Council is seeking a new Parish Councillor to fill a vacancy on the Council. 

This is a real opportunity for a resident of the Parish to become involved in and directly influence issues that affect the Parish – both now and for the future, whether you are interested in planning and other developments, ensuring the maintenance of green spaces, maintaining children’s playgrounds or influencing key decisions around traffic, parking and road safety and many other village and parish issues. 

If you would like to be a part of this challenging and important role within the Village, contact our Parish Clerk Sarah Gresty on 07718900848 or for more information


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. 

If you would like the Union Flag flown at half mast for the passing of a local resident on the day of their funeral please do contact us and we would be more than happy to do this for you. 

Contact Val Lofthouse 01780 754451; Patti Welby 01780 482915; Maureen Pettener 01780 753930; Sarah Markwell-Cook 07904 190049. 


Our Epiphany service in church had to be rearranged at short notice due to rising Covid numbers affecting both staff and children. Despite this, the Ethos Committee, made up of children chosen from each class in years 2-6, rose to the occasion wonderfully, and with just a short rehearsal assisted Rev Jo in delivering a service which Miss Watson recorded so that each class could watch it in their classroom. 

We heard about the Wise Men bringing their gifts to Jesus, the symbolic meaning of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, and thought about the gifts we could bring—kindness, friendship, tolerance and hope. 

Covid permitting our Candlemas service will take place in church on February 2nd. 

Meanwhile we look forward to our new Churches Together in Ryall venture, Open the Book, bringing dramatized Bible stories to the school. 

Ryhall Library (Open House) – Feb 2022

Did you see the feature about Family History research in the Mercury recently? 

If you have ever thought of dabbling in this fascinating area, or simply want to find out something specific about a family member from the past, such as a birth or a marriage certificate, there is no better time to do it than the present. 

And in our Open House sessions from 2.00 – 4.00 pm every Tuesday, you can get free help or advice from our resident expert, Tony Critchard, on how to access the data you require from the databases on our superfast broadband PCs. 

Furthermore, you may know that the Find My Past and Ancestry software which we use now include for the first time the data from the 1921 census. So, even if you have exhausted all the other census years on offer, there is now something new to go at, and the chance of finding out, for instance, where your grandparents (or, if you are younger, your great grandparents) were living in that year, who were their neighbours and what were their various sources of employment. 

No need to book ahead, just turn up on the day. And nothing to bring other than a notepad to write on, your library membership card .. and an enquiring mind. We look forward to welcoming you! 

A further welcome awaits any residents who come along to our monthly Knit ‘n’ Natter sessions, which resume on Tuesday 8th February and are open to all residents. 

Finally, I am pleased to report a positive response to my appeal for volunteers in the last issue, as a result of which two more residents have come forward to join the team. If you had thought about joining but just didn’t get round to doing anything about it, it is never too late to make yourself known at the library. We still need all the additional help we can get! 

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Do you have a metal mailbox for your post? Does it have a lock? If so, do you keep it locked at all times? A criminal was recently sent to prison for a number of years for stealing from people’s mailboxes on no less than 130 occasions. One of his victims was one of our own local residents. 

The motive for such thefts may not always be clear. Envelopes containing money or similar have obvious value. But frequently it is personal data which the thieves are after, eg names and addresses, bank account and credit card details, etc. Mail-box thefts can often lead to false accounts being opened in your name, including credit cards. 

So, if you have an external mailbox, please keep it under lock and key at all times. 

Adrian Gombault