News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Nov 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 

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Autumn is upon us and we enjoy several special events in these months. This means that we are out and about in the dark, so please take care with personal and home safety. 

Wear some bright or reflective colour clothing and / or carry a lit torch. 

Keep children away from the traffic stream. 

Ensure that the home is locked securely including the outhouses. 

Let some lights shine in the home and possibly leave a radio or even the TV on. 

If you have outside security lighting or cameras, please ensure they are active. 

If you are out alone, let someone know where you are going and when you are due home. 

Carry a phone so that you can make contact or be contacted. 

Enjoy your outings, the friendship and the autumn fare. 


SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER 11am – 3pm 







STAMFORD STITCHERS: 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 


September saw the flag fly at half mast on 22nd for the funerals of Thelma Hallam and Irene Heaps. May they rest in peace and condolences to their family and friends. On 26th. the Canada flag flew in remembrance of Charles Lowe, born in Ryhall in 1877, who died on 26th Sept. 1916 in the Battle of the Somme near Courcelette. 

3rd October saw the flying of the 40th birthday flag for Alex Marshall and on 9th the 90th birthday flag flew for the celebration of Roy Goulding, Many congratulations. 

The Baby Boy flag welcomed River, grandson to Dave and Jane on Oct 10th. Many congratulations. On 17th the birthday flag was flown to celebrate the 7th birthday of George Roberts with love from Mummy, Daddy & Gracie-May. 

The flag was flown at half mast for the funeral of David Fenn on October 18th . May he rest in peace, and condolences to the family and friends. 

On 21st October the Union Flag was flown to celebrate Trafalgar Day. 

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. 


I am pleased to announce that the library will be open again on both Tuesday and Friday afternoons until further notice. This follows our reopening of the Library on Tuesday afternoons in October, and is in addition to the County Library Service’s all day opening on Mondays and Thursdays and also on Saturday mornings. This means that the library building will be open to visitors for some time on five days out of every seven. 

Coronavirus safety measures will be in place for all Open House sessions, just the same as for the full County Library service. Family History Research assisted sessions have resumed and are offered every Tuesday afternoon. There is no charge for this immensely satisfying and illuminating activity, all that is required being library membership. 

Following my appeal for new volunteers to supervise these sessions, I am pleased to say that two residents have agreed to join the team. Both are quite new to the village, and both have expressed surprise and pleasure that the village is able to boast its own library. We think the same, and we would love to see even more members of the community make use of this wonderful asset. Remember, Open House sessions can be anything you want them to be: browse and borrow the books, use the PCs or photocopier or just enjoy a hot drink and the company of the volunteers. 

Come and give us a try! 

Adrian Gombault