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 – June 2022

50+ club winners for May will appear in the July newsletter along with June winners as our organiser, John Finden, is unwell. We wish him a speedy and full recovery.  CHURCH FLOWERS FOR THE JUBILEE The twelve ladies who always decorate the church so beautifully for festivals are willing to

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St. John’s Restoration & Renewal Campaign Report – June 2022

Ground works in St. John’s Churchyard were completed in April to protect the building from water damage and are an essential part of preserving its integrity. We will be greatly relieved to see the main roof work get started in early June 2022 subject to the results of a bat survey in May.

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – June 2022

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE CLASSES with Sam McGreevy are back at Ryhall village hall. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621  T’AI CHI CLASSES AT RYHALL VILLAGE HALL: Suitable for all ages and fitness levels as well as complete beginners. Wednesdays12.00-1.00. For more information please contact Ann:  Carpenterann356@aol.com 07931193350  ZUMBA

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St John’s Church, Ryhall – May 2022

Winners of the APRIL  50Plus Draw  1st prize £103-50 – number 41 – Sue Conlon.  2nd Prize £51-75 – number 58 – Jacqui Hardy.  3rd Prize £17-25 – number 20 – Alison Hindmarch.  FROM THE REGISTERS  Funerals  April 13th Debbie Dunthorne followed by burial at Ryhall  April 20th David Harrison

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St. John’s Restoration & Renewal Campaign Report – May 2022

Hopefully, ground works associated with the roof replacement will have started in St. John’s Churchyard by the time you read this. The works are needed to address blocked drains either side of the south porch which will protect the building from water damage and are an essential part of preserving the

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – May 2022

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE CLASSES with Sam McGreevy are back at Ryhall village hall. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621  T’AI CHI CLASSES AT RYHALL VILLAGE HALL: Suitable for all ages and fitness levels as well as complete beginners. Wednesdays12.00-1.00. For more information please contact Ann:  Carpenterann356@aol.com 07931193350  ZUMBA

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St John’s Church, Ryhall – April 2022

Winners of the March  50Plus Draw  1st Prize £105-00 – number 75 – Stella Smith. 2nd Prize £52-50 – number 59 – Steve Jessop. 3rd Prize £17-50 – number 80 – Betty Edwards.  Do you enjoy singing but can’t read music?  Why not come to Good Vibes at the Methodist

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – April 2022

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE CLASSES with Sam McGreevy are back at Ryhall village hall. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621  T’AI CHI CLASSES AT RYHALL VILLAGE HALL: Suitable for all ages and fitness levels as well as complete beginners. Wednesdays12.00-1.00. For more information please contact Ann:  Carpenterann356@aol.com 07931193350  ZUMBA

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Ryhall Parish Council – Mar 2022

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  Ryhall

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St John’s Church, Ryhall – Mar 2022

Winners of the March 50Plus Draw  1st Prize £103-50 – number 06 – Chris Gunner. 2nd Prize £51-75 – number 22 – Elinor Hawksley. 3rd Prize £17-25 – number 42 – Shirley Catlin.  LENT GROUP  We are planning to run a Lent group on Wednesday afternoons, beginning on March 9th,

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St. John’s Restoration & Renewal Plan Update – Mar 2022

St. John’s was delighted to recently receive the faculty, providing the final approval needed for the church roof replacement. This was the last piece of the jigsaw that started almost 2 years ago when fund-raising started for St. John’s Restoration & Renewal campaign. We are hugely grateful to the community of Ryhall

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Mar 2022 

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE CLASSES with Sam McGreevy are back at Ryhall village hall. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621  T’AI CHI CLASSES AT RYHALL VILLAGE HALL: Suitable for all ages and  fitness levels as well as complete beginners. Wednesdays12.00-1.00. For more information please contact Ann: Carpenterann356@aol.com 07931193350  ZUMBA

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Ryhall Parish Council – Feb 2022

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 – Feb 2022

Winners of the December 50Plus Draw  1st Prize £103-50 – number 67 – Shaun Rolfe. 2nd Prize £51-75 – number 18 – Win Peck. 3rd Prize £17-25 – number 33 – Chris Hayes.  With three weeks to Christmas, Betty Edwards decided there was just about enough time to put the annual Christmas hamper

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Feb 2022

CLUBBERCISE EXERCISE CLASSES with Sam McGreevy are back at Ryhall village hall. Weds and Fri 9.15-10.00 am. Contact Sam 07887 802621  T’AI CHI CLASSES AT RYHALL VILLAGE HALL: Suitable for all ages and fit-ness levels as well as complete beginners. EVERY FRIDAY 10.30-11.30 am First two classes half price £5.00.

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St John’s Church, Ryhall – Jan 2022

Winners of the December 50Plus Draw  1st Prize £103-50 – number 44 – Rebecca Storey. 2nd Prize £51-75 – number 75 – Stella Smith. 3rd Prize £17-25 – number 61 – Tom Rowlands.  Thank you, Stephen and Neil Fenn, for the lovely new paths through the churchyard, which have done

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Ryhall Library (Open House) – Jan 2022

Our volunteer team is back in the Library from and including Tuesday 4th January, and every Tuesday and Friday from 2.00 – 4.00 pm thereafter.  Looking for a new interest to go into the New Year with? Or something you could do to contribute to our lively and supportive community?

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Ryhall Academy News – Jan 2022

Christmas is always a busy and exciting time at a primary school and preparations for Christmas 2021 were no different, although, of course, precautions were taken to ensure that Covid safety was upheld at all times.  The Christmas Market on 3rd December was a resounding success, although a very different

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News from Ryhall and Belmesthorpe – Jan 2022

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 is an information service provided voluntarily in an effort to make the village residents safer in the home and the community. It is, therefore, very sad that a

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