Try your hand at bell ringing and uncover local history at Ryhall church open day

By Evie Payne

22nd Mar 2024 | Local News

St John's Church, Ryhall, will be welcoming guests this weekend. Image credit: Sandra McCune.
St John's Church, Ryhall, will be welcoming guests this weekend. Image credit: Sandra McCune.

St John's Church, Ryhall, will host an open day this weekend to share what goes on in and around the beautiful, Grade I listed church.

At the heart of the village, the medieval church was built in the early 13th century. It is packed with history and features spending the centuries, including a priest's chamber, 700-year-old font and sedalia and three stained glass windows.

The Church was traditionally associated with the legend of St Tibba and she is said to have lived here in the 7th Century. It is said that she used to bathe in the spring on Tibba's hill, this being on the hill from Tolethorpe to Belinsford Bridge.

St. John's started a major Restoration and Renewal Project in 2020 just as the first lockdown started. Since then, the old, leaky roof has been replaced, the drainpipes and gutters restored, the paths have been re-laid and the churchyard transformed into a beautiful, restful site for the whole village to enjoy.

Restoration of the church interior has started with surveys of the 250 year old clock completed, and architect's surveys and feasibility reports on the main building due for completion this spring, which will guide future restoration work.

And this weekend, local people will have the chance to find out more and get hands on at the local church.

Join the fun this weekend in Ryhall. Image credit: St John's.

Do you fancy having a go at bell chiming, hearing the stories of the church history and architecture and learning more about the role of the church in the wider community? You can do so this Saturday, and with family fun activities, a slice of cake and a cuppa, the event promises to be a great day out for everyone, completely free of charge. 

Join the fun on 23 March from 2-5pm.


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