News from the Village of Ryhall – Sept 2020


In the back garden of Francis Court, Rutland Way, Ryhall there is a model windmill approx. 4’ high which urgently needs some t.l.c.

It was purchased in memory of Sandy Collins, a long-term resident of Ryhall, who spent his last years at Francis Court.

It has, over the last years, lost some of its wooden tiles from the main body of the structure, retaining its working sails.

Residents who knew Sandy are sorry to see the windmill in such a sorry state and in need of repair, and don’t wish to see it deteriorate further.

This is a plea for help from anyone willing to try and replace/renew the tiles. Some residents have raised a small restoration fund towards materials, but need the expertise of someone who can repair/ restore the windmill for the future.

Anyone who can offer help, please contact Brenda White at 6 Francis Court (01780 753 7870 to arrange a viewing.


Saturday 8th August saw the flying of the Golden Wedding Anniversary flag in celebration for Bill & Rita Allis on their special day.

Saturday 15th August 2020 was the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War. We remember and recognise all those who served and were sacrificed in the Far East and ultimately brought an end to the Second World War. The Union Flag was flown on this day.

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.

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 pur- chases 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.


As you may have seen, Ryhall Library is now open every Thursday from 09.30 am – 2.00 pm. The service is, however, restricted to the bor- rowing and returning of books and/or DVDs, and strict personal safety measures are in place to ensure the building and everyone who enters are fully protected against the Coronavirus.

The service is restricted to registered users only, and, in the case of borrowing, ap- plies only to items that have been pre-ordered over the phone (01572-722918) or via the Rutland Libraries website. Sadly, there is to be no browsing of books inside the building. Borrowers must have their library card with them when visiting the li- brary to collect items, and returned items will be held in storage for 72 hours, before they can be loaned back out again.

Other COVID-19 safety measures which will be in place include the following:

  • Normal social distancing requirements
  • Use of hand sanitiser stations
  • A limit on the number of people who can enter the library building at anytime
  • No computer access or use of printing or photocopying services

Open House on Tuesdays and Fridays remains closed, and will take its lead from the County Service, who will be reluctant to entrust the building to volunteers whilst the Coronavirus situation remains critical. It is therefore unlikely that we will be able to open up again for some time. For immediate news of fresh changes introduced by the County Library Service or Open House, please see notices which are posted on the library doors or visit the County website.