Ryhall Church - St. John The Evangelist Church, Ryhall

History Of The Ryhall Church

The Ryhall Church you see today is not the original one. An earlier one, built in 1108, was where the nave now stands, and probably had a small chancel to the East. Presumably it fell into disrepair, and the one you now see was built early in the thirteenth century. The side aisles were built a little later.

The chancel was added in the fifteenth century when both aisles were widened, and the clerestory (rank of windows high on the walls) added.
Its clear glass windows, typical of Rutland churches add to its beauty. The stained glass window in what was the Lady Chapel, to the East of the chancel arch, is by Thomas Kempe – you can see a sheaf of wheat, his trademark.

Around the Ryhall church are niches where statues once stood. These were almost certainly destroyed at the Reformation.

The Ryhall church has two unusual features –the C15th carved human heads and animals and the remains of St Tibba’s cell. St Tibba, Patron Saint of falconers was an Anchorite (Female Hermit). Roads in the village are named after her and St Eabba, another Anchorite.

The outline of her cell, a squint, or window through which she could hear the Mass and a niche where food was passed to her, are still visible on the outer East wall.

The church is open during daylight hours

Ryhall Church Today

The Ryhall church is currently undergoing a large restoration and renewal programme. We have to replace the roof, which is leaking in many places, and the old guttering and down-pipes.

We plan to replace the life-expired heating system with a more efficient and environmentally-friendly one, and to install a new lighting and audio-visual system – and, of course, to encourage more people to come to faith, rekindle a forgotten or abandoned faith, practise the faith they value or indulge their interest in church architecture.

We have strong links with our Church Primary School, Ryhall Academy.  The children are regular visitors to church for their RE lessons and termly services. Rev Jo visits the school weekly to lead Assembly.

Another increasingly strong link is with our friends from the Methodist Church and their Minister, Revd William Booker. We share a common faith (plus coffee and cake) and worship from time to time as Churches Together in Ryhall.

Recent Ryhall & Belmethorpe News

Ryhall Parish Council – Dec 2021

Dave Amies – Chairman – The Post Office , Ryhall Adrian Gombault – Vice Chairman – Elm Tree Cottage, Belmesthorpe David Wilby – County Councillor – Orchard House Essendine Road, Ryhall Stamford PE9 4HE dwilby@rutland.gov.uk CLERK : Sarah Gresty , Tar Cottage, Ryhall Heath, Ryhall PE9 4EF 077189 00848 clerk@ryhallparishcouncil.co.uk

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St John’s Church, Ryhall – Dec 2021

Winners of the November 50Plus Draw 1st Prize £103-50 – number 50 – Liz Hastings. 2nd Prize £51-75 – number 23 – Steve Green. 3rd Prize £17-25 – number 14 – John Saunders. From the Ryhall registers Sunday October 24th Baptism of Poppy Amelia Goodliffe Sunday October 31st Baptism of

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Ryhall Academy News – Dec 2021

We are extremely proud of the children from Ryhall CE Academy’s Ethos Council who attended St John’s Church for a special Service of Remembrance, in common with thousands of people across our nation. This followed the whole school marking Armistice Day on Thursday 11th November 2021, led by Reverend Jo.

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St. John’s Restoration & Renewal Plan Update – Dec 2021

December promises to be an exciting time for restoration at St. John’s. We are hopeful the building works for the roof replacement will be underway before the end of this year. Fund-raising, grant applications and community engagement on the restoration project started in March 2020. We are delighted that approvals are now

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Dec 2021

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE CLASSES with Sam McGreevy are back at Ryhall village hall. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621  We rely on the income from advertising to pay for the newsletter, so please support our advertisers whenever you can.  RYHALL CRAFT FAYRE  We would like to say a very big

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Ryhall Parish Council – Nov 2021

Dave Amies – Chairman – The Post Office , Ryhall  Adrian Gombault – Vice Chairman – Elm Tree Cottage, Belmesthorpe  David Wilby – County Councillor – Orchard House Essendine Road, Ryhall Stamford PE9 4HE dwilby@rutland.gov.uk  Richard Coleman – County Councillor – 5 Plover Road, Essendine Stamford PE94UR RColeman@rutland.gov.uk  CLERK :

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St John’s Church, Ryhall – Nov 2021

Winners of the September 50Plus Draw  1st Prize £106-50 – number 34 – Jean Shields. 2nd Prize £53-25 – number 59 – Steve Jessop. 3rd Prize £17-75 – number 13 – Chris Parsons.  I would like to say a big thank-you to all the ladies who made the church look

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Ryhall Village Hall Quiz Night – Nov 2021

QUIZ NIGHT : The village hall committee is hosting a quiz and nibbles night on  Saturday 13th November at 7.30pm. Teams of up to 6 people with a cost of £8 per person to include complimentary quality nibbles.  To book in your team please contact Anne on 01780 754621 or

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Ryhall Academy News – Nov 2021

Ryhall CE Academy have had a productive start to the school year and it has begun with a full intake in the new Reception Class, totalling an astounding 199 children in the school now.  Since the start of the academic year, the school has been able to cautiously return to

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St. John’s Restoration & Renewal Plan Update – Nov 2021

Autumn is fast approaching as I write this. It will be an exciting time for restoration. The fallen wall in the churchyard has just been repaired, thanks to Rutland Country Council. We are hopeful that the relaying of the churchyard paths will start soon thanks to the Burghley House Preservation Trust,

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Nov 2021

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE CLASSES with Sam McGreevy are back at Ryhall  village hall. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621  NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Autumn is upon us and we enjoy several special events in these months. This means that we are out and about in the dark, so please take

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Ryhall Parish Council – Oct 2021

Dave Amies – Chairman – The Post Office , Ryhall  Adrian Gombault – Vice Chairman – Elm Tree Cottage, Belmesthorpe  David Wilby – County Councillor – Orchard House Essendine Road, Ryhall Stamford PE9 4HE dwilby@rutland.gov.uk  Richard Coleman – County Councillor – 5 Plover Road, Essendine Stamford PE94UR RColeman@rutland.gov.uk  CLERK :

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St John’s Church, Ryhall – Oct 2021

Winners of the September 50Plus Draw  1st Prize £109-50 – number 08 – John Smith. 2nd Prize £54-75 – number 45 – Jane Hinsley. 3rd Prize £18-25 – number 07- Janet Grey. Join the 50Plus Club TODAY for just £5.00 a month. This gives you a chance of winning one

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St. John’s Restoration & Renewal Plan Update – Oct 2021

Wonderful news! Rutland County Council has approved St. John’s Planning Application (subject to several reasonable conditions) to replace the worn-out lead roof with a new one in terne-coated stainless steel. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported this long process. Planning Approval is a vital step to preserve

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Oct 2021

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE CLASSES with Sam McGreevy are back at Ryhall village hall. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621  STAMFORD FLOWER CLUB: 11th October 7pm Ryhall Village Hall,  Enjoy watching and be entertained by demonstrator Wendy Goodliffe creating at least 5 beautiful floral arrangements on the theme ‘It’s all

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St John’s Church, Ryhall – Sept 2021

50-PLUS WINNERS FOR AUGUST  1st Prize £114-00 – number 12 – Robin Fenn. 2nd Prize £57-00 – number 11 – Rosemary Krezwell. 3rd Prize £19-00 – number 47 – Peter Rickett. Join the 50Plus Club TODAY for just £5-00 a month. This gives you a chance of winning one of

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News from the Village of Belmesthorpe – Sept 2021

As many will have noticed, RYHALL LIBRARY has now resumed normal service.  Opening hours are from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm with a half hour break from 1.00 – 1.30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays, and from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm on Saturdays. Please note the earlier starting and

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St. John’s Restoration & Renewal Plan Update – Sept 2021

I hope you have enjoyed your summer. What a wonderful day we had for the  Ryhall Village Fete on 17th July. The weather was beautiful, crowds of people came for a day out and the buzz continued all afternoon. So many people complimented the wide array of goods, plants, games,

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News from the Village of Ryhall – Sept 2021

THE VILLAGE HALL IS BACK IN BUSINESS  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 anne.virgin@btopenworld.com  News from the Village of Ryhall  RYHALL PLAYGROUP FOR

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Ryhall Parish Council – Aug 2021

Dave Amies – Chairman – The Post Office , Ryhall  Adrian Gombault – Vice Chairman – Elm Tree Cottage, Belmesthorpe  David Wilby – County Councillor – Orchard House Essendine Road, Ryhall Stamford PE9 4HE dwilby@rutland.gov.uk  Richard Coleman – County Councillor – 5 Plover Road, Essendine Stamford PE94UR RColeman@rutland.gov.uk  CLERK :

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