Remembrance Day Service

The Service is on Sunday 11th November and will begin at 10.10am in St Leonards Church.

Following the service after a short walk through the subway the act of Remembrance will take place at the War Memorial beginning at 10.55am.

The Re-Enactor's Come to Ryton-On-Dunsmore

The free family fun continues this weekend in Ryton on Dunsmore. The re-enactors help us to meet a World War one cavalryman as they prepare for battle. Learn some of the skill needed for fighting on horseback!
The Warwickshire Regiment 1914-1918 Living History Group portray a regular infantry soldier.
The fun is still continuing today on the field next to the church.
1.30pm The Horses Tale
2.30pm Talk – Gas, Gas, Gas, Gas, Wind & Wee with the Sargent Major
3.30pm The Great War Cavalryman
Flower festival is on until 5pm at the church.
Keep the Home Fires Burning – Community Sing along at 7pm at the Village Hall.

Top: Steve Garret (Ryton History Group) Bottom left: Re-enactor talking through the workings of a Vickers machine gun. Bottom right: WW1 Rytonian soldier Charles Butler

Paper windmills from Provost Williams Children and one of the lovely flower displays at St. Leonard’s.

Great War Cavalryman – the re-enactors come to Ryton!

Heritage Weekend – Ryton-on-Dunsmore

Can you see yourself?
A small collection of photos from today’s fun activities here in the village #heritageweekend #rytonondunsmore

Photos from Provost Williams Primary. Follow them on Twitter @provostwilliams

More photos from Provost Williams Primary School.

St. Leonard’s Church decorated by Provost Williams Children.
Ryton History Group talk to children about the era.

Fun at the Fete

Football, Fete and Conga.

Photos provided by Mr. David Kenning

The fete, which raises funds for St. Leonard’s Church was very well attended. St. Leonard’s has released a press statement which is featured in the village magazine thanking those who helped organised and attended the event.
New village football team Ryton Stars FC also had something to celebrate, winning the sportsmanship award in the football tournament.
For anyone who wishes to help or volunteer in any way for next years event, please contact Reverend David Wintle Tel: 02476 301283 email:

Photos by Mr. David Kenning

A couple of notices about St. Leonard’s Churchyard

Firstly, the churchyard tidy up team is desperate for willing hands to help maintain the beautiful space that surrounds your beautiful church. They meet on the first and third Saturday mornings of each month. If you can spare an hour or two then please be in touch with the Rector or just turn up and introduce yourself to the other volunteers. They break around 11 am and go into the church centre for a hot drink and snacks.
The other thing that needs to be said is that there are a growing number of graves with extra (unauthorized) items or ornaments and so we have been looking in detail at the Churchyard Regulations of Coventry Diocese, which the Parochial Church Council (PCC) is legally obliged to follow.
There are more details on the church notice boards, but the nub of the matter is that many of the stone, concrete, metal, plaster and plastic vases and flower holders, as well as model people, animals or toys, windmills or jangling trinkets designed to make a noise when the wind blows are not allowed by the regulations. In
addition artificial flowers are not allowed except for Remembrance Day poppies and traditional Christmas wreaths and these should be removed after two of months.
The church is encouraged by the Diocesan authorities to look after the churchyard and to remove unsightly flowers from any grave, as well as other objects and items that fall outside what can be
allowed. We hope that you will co-operate with us in trying to keep our churchyard a tidy and peaceful place and if you seek guidance regarding the graves you tend, please speak to the Rector, or Churchwardens.

Spend a Penny!

Lent appeal in aid of Toilet Twinning.
St Leonard’s PCC has decided to send the proceeds from our Lent Jars collection this year to the charity Toilet Twinning. This brilliant scheme provides safe toilets for communities that at present have none. The possibility to go to the toilet privately and safely is important for everyone, but women and girls are especially endangered when they have no safe and private facilities. Not only that, but providing toilet facilities is an important way to fight against disease, notably dysentery and cholera, and thus
benefits whole communities.
The idea is to twin our lovely hygienic toilets at St. Leonard’s with a lavatory block to be built in a community that at present does not have such a facility. If we succeed in raising enough money, we will get in return a certificate to display in our loos stating that we are twinned with a specific toilet facility in Africa or Asia.
You can also join in the scheme as an individual, and twin your loo at home with one in the developing world. See the website at or simply Google ‘Toilet Twinning’.
Perhaps you would like to hold a coffee morning or another fund-raising activity in aid of this fantastic organisation?
If you want to join us in our Church Lent collection, please take a jar or Gift-Aid envelope from church (or use a jam jar from home) to collect the money you save from the things (chocolate, gin??) you have given up for Lent. Please bring your jar, envelope, and fund-raising proceeds to church at or after Easter.

See the website

See the website

St Leonard's Church Fête & Football Competition 2016

Fête 2014 MontageThis year’s church fête is on Saturday 25th June on the recreation with events starting at 9:30am with the football competition, with the fête starting at 12 midday, culminating with the community gathering from 6pm to 10pm.
Events starts at 9:30am with the football competition, which itself is expected to run through to approximately 4pm.
The fête opens at 12 midday, running through to 5pm. Come along and enjoy the food, drink and stalls, such as Games, Raffles, Cupcake Bake-Off, BBQ, Cream Teas, Maypole Dancing, Bouncy Castle & Slide, Jimbo Children’s Entertainer, Brass Band, Cake Stall, Bar plus more…in the late afternoon there will be a mini disco.

Fête CONGA Tent

Fête CONGA Tent

The CONGA (no not that dance, but a COmmuNity GAthering) will start at 6pm, featuring a Steel Pan Band, an Auction of Talents and later, live saxophone from Tim Hammond.There will be food and drink to purchase (the bar remaining open with lager, wine, cider, soft drinks and real ale) but feel free to bring your own food and drinks if you prefer (non-breakable tableware where possible please). Entry to the CONGA is free, although a donation is suggested of perhaps £5 per family.

If you would like to get involved with the event in any way please contact Fiona at or Frances at, or call 02476 301283.

St Leonard's Fete – Call For Help

Fete BuntingSt Leonard’s Fete will be on the 25th June this year and we need your help.If you can spare a small amount of time on the day or, if not on the day, perhaps in the preparation leading up to the day, then your contribution will be greatly appreciated.
We need helpers on the day in most areas, but specifically this year we are looking for some additional people to help with the bouncy castle. We have established that we need at least 2 teams of 2 people, working in hour long shifts, from 11am through to around 4:30pm. This involves taking the money, ensuring the correct number of children are on at any one time, and watching for safe play.
We need help to find donations of raffle prizes:

Do you go out for lunch or dinner to venues in the surrounding area?

Do you know any companies that would be willing to donate various gifts or services?

Do you feel comfortable about asking for donations?

If you do then we would welcome any donations of prizes or sponsorship that you are able to collect. There is no need to attend fete meetings if you would prefer not to, we just need to be updated on your progress along the way.
We need help to find sponsors: Do you know anyone who would be willing to sponsor the following items?

  • Marquee – £650 al, or part cost would be a great help
  • BBQ, Table and Chairs – £330
  • Children’s Entertainer – Jimbo – £200
  • Sound Man – £110
  • Football Competition Costs – £480
  • Coventry Brass Band – normally sponsored by Keller

If you can help please get in touch with Fiona Tetlow on 07738 281 238 or Frances Wintle at

Village Newsletter February 2016 Out Now

Village Newsletter February 2016The February edition of our bi-monthly Village Newsletter is out now. The Village Newsletter is a full colour newsletter and paper copies are distributed to your door every other month free of charge, but should you mislay your copy and/or wish to look at back copies of the newsletter then they are also available here on the website, as are all of our other publications.
The latest copies of all our regular publications are available via links in the top right corner of our website (Recent Publications). This area of the website shows the 7 most recent publications but all previous copies are still available. Typically our publications are one of the following, but can from time to time include other publications:

  • Church Newsletter (monthly)
  • Village Newsletter (bi-monthly)
  • Parish Council Agenda (monthly)
  • Parish Council Minutes (monthly)

Church Newsletter

If you wish to access back copies of the Church Newsletter then these are available on the Church Newsletter Page, which date back to September 2014. This page also contains information and contact details of the editor, Rosemary King, should you have any questions, require a paper copy or wish to add content.

Village Newsletter

If you wish to access back copies of the Village Newsletter then these are available on the Village Newsletter Action Group Page, which date back to October 2012. This page also contains information and contact details of the editor, Dale Keeling, should you have any questions or wish to add content. Advertisements are also available (half page and full page).

Parish Council Agenda and Minutes

If you wish to access back copies of Parish Council Agendas or Minutes then these are available on the Council Minutes Page, which date back to 2013. You can read more about the Parish Council on the Parish Council Page, which also contains the contacts details for the Clerk to the Council, Geoffrey Tooke, should you have any further questions or wish to raise a question with the council.
If you have a regular village publication that you would like included on the website then please contact us.

Puzzles and Pancakes Shrovetide Quiz

Quiz NightOur annual quiz for Shrovetide will be at St Leonard’s Church centre, Ryton, on
Tuesday 9th February 7.30pm.
Tea/coffee and pancakes served in the interval. Small(ish) prize for the winning team. Tickets £4; proceeds to US (formerly USPG)- the oldest of the Missionary Societies.
Could we issue a rallying call to the various groups in our villages to enter a team – e.g.
Twirls, Melody Makers, Evergreens, Augmented Choir, Bubbenhall Breakfast Team? The
more the merrier- competition between teams could be fierce!