News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – May 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 fitness levels as well as complete beginners. Wednesdays12.00-1.00. For more information please contact Ann: 07931193350 


Every Tuesday 9.30-10.30am Thursday 6-7pm Saturday 9.30-10.30am 

Booking required or for more information contact Rachel 07815 838409 

KNIT AND NATTER meets 2nd Tuesday in the month 2.00 -4 .00pm in Ryhall Library. Next meeting – Tuesday 10th May. All crafters welcome – Contact Janet 01780 753128 


An old problem is returning to our streets – interference with people, especially the elderly, whilst they are using a cash machine. The victim is distracted mid-transaction or they are pushed to one side. The victim’s account has had as much as the maximum possible removed. We do not use the machines so much nowadays, because of the use of card transactions, so we can forget that these thieves are still active. 

The police are reminding us to : 

  • Be aware of people standing too close or trying to distract you whilst using the machine. 
  • If someone is persistently too close, remove your card and walk away. 
  • If possible, use a machine within a bank’s premises. 
  • Phone report suspicious activity to the police on 101. 
  • Also, please remember to cancel the bank or credit card rapidly, if you think that your card has been used fraudulently in any way. 

FLAGPOLE: Flags have been flown to commemorate the following: 

14th March Commonwealth Day 

17th March St Patrick’s Day 

27th March E. Pacy, killed in the 1st World War and buried in the church yard. 

Ukraine flag to support school’s charity event. 

1st April Rutland flag to celebrate 25yrs of independence 

2nd April Union Jack on the anniversary of the invasion of the Falkland Islands. 

12th April Felicity Marshall’s 8th birthday. Happy Birthday 

15th April Jan Marshall’s 40th Birthday. Congratulations 

The Easter flag was flown to wish everyone a Happy Easter 

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 it for you. 

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 Andrew Downing 07891900400 

RYHALL ACADEMY NEWS: On Friday 25th March children and staff were overwhelmed by the exceptionally generous response from our families to the appeal for Ukraine. We received so many items that they completely filled the back of the Volvo which came to collect them. 

This all began when four girls from Woolsthorpe class decided to write to Mrs O’ Brien to ask if the school could have a ‘blue and yellow day’ and bring in toiletries and other items to show our support for the suffering people in Ukraine. The girls could not believe it when they went into the hall to help arrange the donations for a display later in the day. They kept saying “We never imag-ined we would get so much!” 

All the children looked amazing in their blue and yellow and staff loved the badges and flags they had made. The display to accompany the donations which features artwork, prayers and messages of support from every class, looks wonderful too. 

The whole school community joined in to show compassion to the people of Ukraine. We would like to say a huge and heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all our families for their 


The goods will now be in Ukraine, having been collected, sorted and labelled locally and then taken to St Olga’s Church in Peterborough to be transported onwards by lorry. The village shop has also received extremely generous donations for Ukraine. So far three large car loads have been taken locally for sorting, boxing and labelling. When this is done they are driven to St Olga’s Church where they are loaded into a lorry and taken to Ukraine. Thank you to all the wonderful folk who have donated to this and who donate to the Stamford Food Bank box too.