Our splendid village hall calendar for 2020 is going on sale and takes a look at the marvellous history of Ryhall and Belmesthorpe.
The photos whiz you back in time, capturing the drama and the sense of fun in the parish over the last 120 years.
We see flooding in The Square, May Pole dancing at the village school, possibly in the 1950s, and Fancy Dress competitors for the church fete in the 1960s.
They came from a batch of photographs given to the hall some years ago by Michael Whetstone, the late head of Ryhall Primary School. He had collected them during his own research for a history of the village with Jeffrey Beeden.
The village hall committee decided to check out these and any others they came across, for the hall calendar early in September and since then interest has grown in the parish with people recollecting their own family history and digging into photo albums.
We hope these calendar pictures reflect not only the history of Ryhall and Belmesthorpe, but honour the memory of the people who over the years have given so much to make this part of Rutland special.
Anne Virgin, secretary of the hall, says: “These photographs show the parish through the years and it is striking to see what has changed – and what actually remains unaltered in the area. They are a great record of our times.”
The hall is grateful for the opportunity to use these pictures and where possible sought permission to have them in the calendar. All profits will go to the hall, a registered charity.
The calendar is now on sale, priced £5, and is available from The Village Stores, Ryhall, or hall committee members. For further details contact Anne Virgin on 01780 754621.