News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Jan 2023

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE with Sam McGreevy. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am.

Contact Sam 07887 802621

ZUMBA WITH RACHEL Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am Thursday 6-7pm Saturday 9.30- 10.30am. Booking required or for more information contact Rachel 07815 838409

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLUB every Monday evening 7.30-9.30 Classes £5 (first one free.) Come and meet new people. Beginners/ experienced dancers will be guided through dances. No partner required. Contact Mary (01778 343299 ) or Amanda (01778 560433)

RYHALL PLAYGROUP meets every Monday in term time 9-10.30 . £1,50 for one adult and child, 50p per additional child. See FB Ryhall Playgroup or Email ryhall-

YOGA (VINYASA) Tuesday 6-7pm and Sunday mornings 9-10am.. Vinyasa is an upbeat flow creating a fluid practice by linking movement with breath, building on strength and stability whilst improving focus and flexibility. Contact Erin 07943793310 or

KARATE Friday 6.30-7.30pm .Young starters to the more mature. For further information contact Matt 07900 506278)

RYHALL ART AND CRAFT CLUB meets on Thursdays from 9.30 til 12.30. New members welcome. Contact Sandy on 07874212852.

KNIT AND NATTER meets 2nd Tuesday in the month 2.00 -4 .00pm in Ryhall Library. Next meeting – Tuesday 10th January All crafters welcome – Contact

STAMFORD STITCHERS meets on the third Thursday in the month at 7.15pm at Borderville Sports Centre, Ryhall Road. We have a programme of monthly talks, stitch sessions, workshops or demonstrations. We have a friendly and welcoming membership and a full and varied programme.

Would you like to meet with others who are interested in embroidery and textile arts? We welcome anyone who has an interest, whether a beginner or more experienced stitcher. Our membership covers Stamford and a wide range of surrounding areas.

For more information, please contact us on

Thanks to Debbie and her team for a wonderful lunch and a lovely afternoon on the 14th December – plus thanks to the pianist.

Betty Edwards

FLAGPOLE : On Remembrance weekend the Union flag was flown in remembrance of the fallen of both world wars.
On 12th November the 60th birthday flag flew for David Hinsley. Best wishes from the family.

The Union flag flew in celebration of the Birthday of King Charles on the 14th November followed on the 30th to mark St Andrew’s Day.
In December flags were flown as follows: 8th Lillian Plant and 9th C.E.Porter ( war graves) 17th wedding flag for Rachael Cummings and Paul Szyszka
We will be flying the Christmas and New Year flags to celebrate the festive season. The team wish everyone a Healthy 2023

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. 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 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.


The thieves are out and about again targeting the new presents, especially power and electronic ones and bicycles. Do leave all these in a secure and locked place. Good light around your home is off-putting to opportunistic burglars so do keep them on, especially if you are out of the house in the hours of darkness.

Spare a thought for your elderly and disabled in the icy weather. Maybe some help with keeping their main path clear of ice would be very welcome and you might get a cuppa besides the smile as a thank you!

Keep you and your family safe in 2023.


The Open House team is pleased to announce that we will be offering a free hot drink to every visitor at our Tuesday and Friday afternoon sessions during the winter months of January to March inclusive, starting from Tuesday 3rd January.

This is in support of the Warm Place initiative, whereby residents are welcome to come and enjoy the warmth of the library building and of our volunteer team, who are ready and keen to offer their company during these challenging times.

As ever in these sessions, visitors are free to return or borrow books and, now, jigsaws, or to use the superfast broadband computers for Family History research (free mentoring on Tuesdays) or other purposes of their own. And, if arts and crafts are your thing, then the Knit ‘n’ Natter Group, which meets on the second Tuesday of every month, is always keen to recruit new members.

A happy, and hopefully a warm, New Year to one and all. Adrian Gombault