News From The Village Of Belmesthorpe – July 2022

DOROTHY DOLBY 

Dorothy has lived at The Paddock in Belmesthorpe for the last 56 years and must be one of the village’s best—known residents. During her time in the village she has taken on so many challenges, not least having the foresight to launch this Village News. 

She would cycle to Stamford several times a week to try and get businesses to advertise to pay for the printing. She always said she would not come home until she had found another advertiser! To get it off the ground her daughter, Tina, became the editor and thirteen years on it is still going strong! 

Dorothy was a long standing member of St. John’s church choir and also a founder member of Ryhall Revellers, which she produced for 8 years and also made loads of the costumes. 

She also spent hours knitting and sewing for good causes and the finished garments have gone to help people around the world, Forty three years ago Dorothy and Cyril wanted to help Cancer Research, so decided to form a fundraising group. I was very proud to be asked to be a founder member. 

We had fun organising loads of different events. The group went on to raise around £358,000. 

Sadly Cyril passed away last year so Dorothy decided that the time had come for her to leave the bungalow and go and live with her daughter, Tina, in Bourne. 

I’m sure everyone in the village is saddened at her leaving and I know you will all want to join me in wishing her well in her new surroundings where she is very happy. 

Sheila Blowers 

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