News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Oct 2021


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

STAMFORD FLOWER CLUB: 11th October 7pm Ryhall Village Hall, 

Enjoy watching and be entertained by demonstrator Wendy Goodliffe creating at least 5 beautiful floral arrangements on the theme ‘It’s all a game’ She will tell anecdotes and give tips. Be inspired! Chance to win an arrangement in the raffle. Re-freshments. A warm welcome awaits. Membership not required £6. No need to book Tel .07932501183 for information 


This year the official launch for the Royal British Legion Poppy Ap-peal will take place on Saturday 30th October in the village square in Ryhall from 9.00am until 12 noon. 

Please do come along and get your poppy and make a donation to the appeal. 

You may or may not know that Carol Urry has stood down as a volunteer after many years of dedication and hard work. She has given so much to the Royal British Legion since 1997 and I am sure you will join me in thanking her for everything she has done and all the hours she has given to the charity. 

I am now joined by Richard Ludlow, Tracey Miles & Jill Muxlow who will help me with the launch and distribution of the collection boxes to our wonderful army of volunteers. 

If you are able to help us out and do a door to door collection on any of the following streets, please get in touch with me on 07966 321291. 

Ryhall – New Road, Balk Road, Rutland Way, Coppice Road, Church Street & The Square, Bridge Street, Foundry Road, Mill Street & Crown Street, Gwash Close & The Crescent. Great Casterton Village & Little Casterton. 

Last year we raised £2,652.45 and we would very much like to raise even more this year for this great cause. 

It is hoped that we will be able to hold another Poppy Appeal Quiz in the Green Dragon, so please look out for further details. 

Fiona Hill, Poppy Appeal Organiser for Ryhall and surrounding Rutland villages. 

GOOD VIBES – Community Gospel Choir for Ryhall, singing with others acapella, in harmony, just for enjoyment, not performance – gospel, folky, popular – rather a mixture of songs. No need to read music, come and taste it. 

Sat Nov 20th, 10a.m.-12, ready to start monthly in the new year. Come along and find your voice! At Ryhall Methodist Church. ALL WELCOME 

Contact William Booker. (01778 380195) 


Tuesday 31st August saw the flying of the School flag for the first day of the new school year. 

Friday 3rd September saw the flying of the Red Ensign flag for Merchant Navy Day. 

Thursday 9th September saw the flying of the Union flag at half-mast for the funeral of Betty Brader who passed on 3rd August 2021. May she rest in peace, and condolences to all her family, friends and all those who knew her. 

On Friday 10th September we flew the Union Flag in remembrance of Henri Francis. 

On Tuesday 14th a flag flew in recognition of Cyril Dolby’s funeral, and Wednesday 15th September saw the flying of the RAF Ensign flag for Battle of Britain Day. 

Saturday 18th September saw the flying of the wedding flag in celebration of the mar-riage of Andrew Jardine to Laura Pollard. Many congratulations on your future happiness together. 

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 contact Val Lofthouse 01780 754451; Patti 

Welby 01780 482915; Maureen Pettener 01780 753930; Sarah Markwell-Cook 07904 190049. 

A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED—Live theatre is returning to Ryhall Village Hall with a fantastic comedy show. On Friday 8th October when Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour will be staged in the village hall. The play features Julian Finnigan and Dominic Goodwin and the reviews have been fantastic. This will come as no surprise to those who remember Dominic in two other amazing shows we put on at the hall: Up Frankie and The Wind in the Willows. There will also be a bar and raffle. 

Tickets priced at £8.99 are now available from The Village Stores & Post Office in Ryhall, or from Anne Virgin on 07751 098996, email Be sure to book early, you will have a great time 

RYHALL LIBRARY: Now that Ryhall Library has resumed normal service on Mon-days, Thursdays and Saturdays, we are aiming to resume our Open House sessions on Tuesday and Friday afternoons (2.00 – 4.30 pm) from the beginning of October. 

Just exactly when we resume our service and on what days will depend on the number and availability of our volunteers. We have lost a proportion of our team over the past eighteen months and are stretched to the breaking point to cover two afternoons each week for a whole month. We will do our best, but the challenge would be so much easier if a few new volunteers would step forward, who would be willing to spend just one quiet afternoon each month in our lovely library, keeping the building open for community use and thereby ensuring the future of this valuable village asset. Please give some thought to whether you can help. 

Coronavirus safety measures will be in place for all Open House sessions, just the same as for the full County Library service. However, Tuesday afternoon activities will necessarily be limited. The Knit & Natter Group is unlikely to restart until the New Year, and the Reading Group has been terminated. However, the PCs are available for Family History Research, and help should be available for those who need it, especially if you are trying this for the first time. 

The 1921 Census data is due to come out online over the coming months, and its provision of much previously unavailable information about our ancestors should be a real attraction to any who have an interest in their family’s past history. 

Open House is a way of opening up the library for community service on additional afternoons. Library services are available but limited to returning and browsing and taking out books: use of the PCs and reprographic equipment is also possible. We also offer the opportunity to have a hot drink of choice. 

We are ready to entertain any proposals or bids to use the building for non-library purposes, provided that they are community-focused and suitable for a library environment. Please ask at the desk if you have such an idea. 

We hope to see as many of you as possible using the Open House service over the coming months, whether to borrow or return books, to use the PCs, to attend an activity or simply to come and enjoy a quiet and comfortable place to sit and read or perhaps have a hot drink and a friendly chat. 

Adrian Gombault