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

St John’s Church, Ryhall – March 2023

From the Registers Wednesday February 1stBurial of Nora Harris in the new cemeteryThursday February 16thFuneral of Peter Mears followed by burial in the new cemetery Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord Results of the 50+ drawsJanuary: 1st prize No 26 Anita Altham £100.50 -2nd prize No 36 Paddy McKee £50.25—3rd prize No

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – March 2023

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE with Sam McGreevy. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621 ZUMBA WITH RACHEL Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am and Saturday 9.30-10.30am. Booking required or for more information contact Rachel 07815 838409 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLUB every Monday evening 7.30-9.30 Classes £5 (first one free.) Come and meet new people. Beginners/ experienced dancers

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Feb 2023

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE with Sam McGreevy. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621 ZUMBA WITH RACHEL Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am Thursday 6-7pm Saturday 9.30- 10.30am. Booking required or for more information contact Rachel 07815 838409 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLUB every Monday evening 7.30-9.30 Classes £5 (first one free.) Come and meet new people. Beginners/ experienced

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Ryhall Village Fete Grant Committee – Jan 2023

Ryhall Village Fete Grant Committee is delighted to announce that 4 grants have been awarded from proceeds of the summer fete including Ryhall Bowls Club for collection and storage of rainwater for bowls green irrigation Ryhall Messy Church for stationery and craft items Ryhall Playgroup for toys, crafts, sensory play

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Ryhall Parish Council – Jan 2023

RYHALL PARISH COUNCIL Dave Amies – Chairman – The Post Office , Ryhall David Wilby – County Councillor – Orchard House Essendine Road, Ryhall Stamford PE9 4HE dwilby@rutland.gov.uk CLERK : Sarah Gresty, 077189 00848 clerk@ryhallparishcouncil.co.uk Ryhall Parish Council Website www.ryhallparishcouncil.co.uk Dates of Meetings for 2023 commencing at 19:00 held in Ryhall

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