News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Oct 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 11th October. All crafters welcome – Contact 

Janet 01780 753128. 

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

FLAGPOLE: Over the last two months we have flown flags as follows: Family birthday celebration for …

  • Dave and Jane Hinsley’s son’s 40th and Granddaughter’s 18th.
  • The St George’s flag in support of the Lionesses.
  • The union flag to celebrate Prince George’s birthday
  • To mark the start of a new school year the school flag was raised by the youngest child starting school, Jean Larder
  • The Merchant Navy flag in memory of Merchant Navy men and women lost in the lineof duty.
  • The Union flag in memory of Ryhall resident H. Francis buried in the church yard.
  • Golden wedding flag flown 16th sept for Linda and Peter Griffin. Congratulations
  • The RAF flag to commemorate Battle of Britain Day and Sunday.

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.


Looking for a warm place to go over the winter months? A way to save on those heating bills, now the cooler days are here? Ryhall Library is open every day of the week except Wednesdays and Sundays, and residents are most welcome to come and use the premises as a place to stay warm, especially this Autumn and Winter, when fuel costs will be so high. And on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, you can also purchase a hot drink from our Open House volunteers.

There’s plenty of reading material, including the Stamford Mercury, and always a friendly face to welcome you and have a chat. And on Tuesdays there is the opportunity to delve into your family’s ancestry on our superfast broadband equipped computers, with expert help on hand for the inexperienced.

Our volunteer team has sufficient numbers to staff our Tuesday and Friday sessions, but not enough to open on Wednesdays as well. Are there volunteers out there who would like to offer their time to extend the warm haven opportunity to residents on Wednesdays too? If so, please give your details in at the Library or contact the Parish Clerk (address in Parish Council section at rear of magazine). many sessions as you wish. Adrian Gombault


The church roof replacement should be completed by the time you read this! We are very grateful to the contractors for their work on the roof which will make for a drier, warmer church building to welcome folk into. Look out for news of a village event to celebrate completion of the roof replacement. Thanks to all those who have helped in any way to reach the end of this significant restoration project which will protect the building for future generations. 

Parents of new starters at Ryhall Academy came along to a Croissants & Coffee morning on 5th September at St. John’s Church, organised by Churches Together in Ryhall and across the benefice. It was so good to be able to offer a space and hospitality to some of those who had, for the first time, left children at the local school, to commiserate or rejoice with others in the same situation. Thanks to all those who volunteered their time. 

The Churchyard Champions’ last monthly volunteer workday this year to take care of the churchyard, will be Saturday, 1st October, 10am-12pm. Thanks to everyone who has helped throughout the year to make the churchyard such an attractive place for the whole village. We will mark the end of another season with a potluck lunch from 12pm. Contact Sandra for more details on Tel: 07554-740370 / 


Younger village residents are out and about much more again, after our Covid problems. However, many older ones are still nervous about shopping and socialising as they have become too used to being indoors and alone, which is unhealthy in the long run. 

Consider if you have such neighbours and encourage them to be outside in the daytime at least. Your casual chat could give you the opportunity to check on their safety from fraud and burglary. In exchange for your kindness, they will probably be pleased to keep an eye on your property in your absence, so it is neighbourliness all round. A win-win situation.