News from the Village of Ryhall – Dec 2020

FLAGPOLE: Sunday 8th November, Remembrance Sunday, and Wednesday 11th November, Armistice Day, saw the flying of the Union Flag in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the line of duty for us all. 

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning 

We will remember them.” 

On Tuesday 10th November the flag flew to celebrate Muriel Jennings’ 90th birthday. Many congratulations for your special day. 

On Saturday 14th November we flew the Union Flag to celebrate the birthday of HRH Prince Charles. 

30th November saw the flying of the Scottish flag to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. 

The 90th birthday Of Tom Couzens on 3rd Dec was marked by the flying of the birthday flag. 

Tuesday 8th December saw the flying of the Union Flag in remembrance of Lilian Plant, a resident of Ryhall, who died on this day in 1918. She enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps before transferring to the Women’s Royal Flying Corps, the equivalent of an RAF Aircraft Mechanic today. 

On Wednesday 9th December the Union Flag flew in remembrance of Charles Porter, a resident of Ryhall, who died on this day in 1918. He joined the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and fought in the Fricourt Wood attack during the Battle of the Somme and the Third Battle of Ypres. We will also be flying the Christmas Flag over the whole Christmas period. 

We would like to wish each and everyone in our community a healthy and peaceful Christmas & New Year. 

Take care and stay safe. 

Val, Patti, Maureen & Sarah. 

Contact Val Lofthouse 01780 754451; Patti Welby 01780 482915; Maureen Pettener 01780 753930; Sarah Markwell-Cook 07904 190049 for any enquiries /requests. 

RYHALL LIBRARY: Rutland County Council decided to close all its libraries for the national lockdown period in November. It is hoped that the limited service offered prior to this will resume on Thursday 3rd December, but library users will need to check with the library to ensure this is the case. At all events, the home delivery service is available at all times for registered library users, as well as a wide range of online services, all of which can be found on the Rutland County Council website. 


It will be an unusual Christmas for all of us this year but that will not deter our crimi-nal fraternity, especially in cyber crime. There is an increasing number of phishings which are targeting those who are fairly new to smart phones and I-pads. Take care and read again. 

Please do not respond to any unsolicited emails or messages which imply that you owe money or are in danger of having charges added to your 

account. Particularly take care if any form of verification on your bank or 

credit card accounts is requested. It is safer to delete the message and block the number used to send it ( if you can see it) You can ring the bank or 

company concerned, by the standard means, to check the authenticity. If you have to do that, then the message is almost certain to be a scam. 

Our criminals will also be looking for signs of Christmas presents in your home. Please do not display them where they can be seen from the window and keep larger ones locked away. Take care not to leave boxes out which show clearly what was inside – this also lets the criminals know which house to target. 

Having said all that, do have a safe and pleasurable Christmas with your 

families as much as is allowed. Remember to look out for your neighbours espe-cially those living alone. Try to include them in some way, if only by 

taking round a glass of something special. 

Here’s to a more wholesome 2021 !