News from the Village of Ryhall – Sept 2021


The village hall is now open and operating normally after Lockdown. For information regarding hiring the hall or any activities there, please contact Anne Virgin on 01780 754621 or 07751 098996 or email 

News from the Village of Ryhall 


Run by volunteers Mondays 9:00 – 10:30 in term-time in the Village Hall. You are most welcome to come along! 

£1.50 for one adult and one child, then 50p for each extra child to cover the costs of refreshments, hire of the village hall and materials for the craft activities. 

Our dates half term are: Sept 6/13/20, Oct 11 and 18 

However, we can only open and run if we have enough volunteers. Can you… 

• Help tidy up once in a while? (10:15-10:45) 

• Make refreshments every now and then? (9:00 – 10:30) 

• Welcome families & take payment at the door? (9:00 – 10:00) 

Can’t come along on Mondays? Could you provide a craft activity or cake? We can reimburse for materials/ingredients – and you can drop off/we can collect the day before. 

We rely on volunteers so please let us know if you can help in any way – you don’t need to be a parent/carer, just someone who can give a little time for this important community project. 

Charlotte Davis 0797 606 4410 

Rev Jo Saunders 01780 480479 

or look for us on Facebook by searching for “Ryhall Playgroup” 


Ryhall Village Hall should have celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, but 

Lockdown put a stop to that. So this year, we are holding a 50 + 1 “Tea Party” – and we would like you to join us. We are serving tea and cakes on Sunday 19th the Village Hall, 2pm to 4pm. Along with our complimentary refreshments will be a free raffle. 

We have a proud history and a special display of photographs will show the changes and events that have occurred at the building over the years. 


Monday 6th September 6.45pm for 7pm start. Ryhall Village Hall 

Enjoy watching and be entertained and inspired by demonstrator Vanessa Wellock who will create at least 5 beautiful floral arrangements on the theme ‘What’s it all about ?’ She will tell anecdotes and give tips. Chance to win an arrangement in the raffle. £6—Membership not required .Tea / coffee. 

No need to book. A warm welcome awaits. Queries: Tel Mary 07932501183 


The school flag was flown on Friday 16th July for the last day of the school year. 

On Thursday 22nd July the Union flag flew to celebrate HRH Prince George’s 8th birth-day. 

Saturday 31st July saw the flying of the 60th birthday flag for Amanda Smethurst to celebrate her special birthday. 

On Saturday 7th August the Just Married flag flew to celebrate the marriage of Nick Gilchrist and Janine Juggins. Many congratulations on your special day and best wishes for your future together. Another flag flew next day, 8th for the bridegroom’s birthday! 

On Monday 9th the new grand-daughter of Liz and John Hastings was welcomed by the flying a special flag and next day, 10th the 50th birthday of Rachel Capper was marked with a flag. 

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 contact Val Lofthouse 01780 754451; Patti 

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

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Communication is all important and weare keen to maintain safety and pride in our village for all our residents. There is a flourishing branch of the Ryhall Neighbourhood Watch on Facebook but there are many villagers who either do not use social media or who struggle with IT generally, so we should include these in our information and support. 

The best form of communication is by word of mouth and this is a friendly way. Chat about concerns or acquired advice at the bus stop, in the shop, at church or when attending a meeting in the village hall. Writing messages in conspicuous places like the village and shop notice boards – make them cheerful to catch the eye – is also helpful. You can also make use the very British cuppa and invite local people to your home or call on your neighbours for that chat and safety check. 

If you have concerns which should be brought to the attention of authorities please do inform the police or the local council as promptly as possible giving as much detail as possible. Do use the Rutland Neighbourhood Watch App on your phone for the quickest way of finding these contacts. 

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. 

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