Ropsley shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|- London||100 mi (160 km) S|
|Civil parish||Ropsley and Humby|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Grantham and Stamford|
Ropsley is a village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) east from Grantham, and falls within the civil parish of Ropsley and Humby.
There are two village public houses: The Ropsley Fox and The Green Man.
Ropsley village hall has grounds which incorporate a basketball court, a football pitch and a cricket pitch. There is a golf course located on the outskirts of the village; it has 12 holes after undergoing extension. A running club based in Ropsley is called the Ropsley Road Runners. Ropsley Judo club is no longer active.
A 300 year old ring dam, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south-east from the village and identified by a group of trees, was once used as a sheep wash; the blue brickwork of the sheep wash can still be seen. There are paths from the village, past the ring dam, to Little Humby.
St Peter's Church
The church of St Peter dates back to Norman times. Some parts of the church appear to be of Anglo-Saxon origin. The building dates back to at least 1380. In the 17th century part of the church was demolished and re built by the vicar of the time, Reverend Francis Furlong, because dry rot was discovered in the walls.
The ecclesiastical parish is part of The North Beltisloe Group of parishes in the Deanery of Beltisloe in the Diocese of Lincoln. From 2006 to 2011 the incumbent was the Revd Richard Ireson  and from 2012 the Revd Mike Doyle.
The first school was built here in 1717, endowed by James Thompson. It was rebuilt about 1805 after a fire. A Public Elementary School was built here in 1874, and enlarged in 1894. The 1894 enlargements, which increased pupil intake to 400, was deemed a great success for the village.[according to whom?]
Today the school teaches almost 100 pupils. It has its own wildlife area, playground, climbing frame and football pitch, and a bell tower and hall.
The school holds a Summer Fete and a Christmas Fayre biannually. Each year at harvest time the school holds a harvest festival; children walk from the school to the church with their offerings. The food collected is then raffled-off.
Wildlife and walks
Many walks in the Ropsley area go through traditional English woodland, including Ropsley Rise Woods and picnic area. There is a wide variety of wildlife in and around the Ropsley.[clarification needed]
Ropsley has three war memorials, all of which are recorded.[by whom?] One is situated in the centre of the village and dedicated to First and Second World War servicemen. Two further memorials are inside St Peter's Church: one commemorates War dead, the second, a stained glass window, is a memorial to Sgt Pilot of the Royal Air Force, William Philip Dales from Little Humby. Each year on Remembrance Day, a parade, led by a piper, travels from St Peter's Church to the memorial at the centre of the village for two minutes silence.
Previously there were several small farms in and around the Ropsley area. Today, very little of the land is used for livestock; it is almost all arable farmland, growing crops from barley to oil seed rape.
- "Civil Parish details".
- "Ropsley and Humby parish council". Lincolnshire county council. Retrieved 7 September 2013. "The "Ropsley & District Parish Council" covers the electorial area of the village of Ropsley & the hamlets of Braceby, Great Humby, Little Humby & Sapperton. The Ropsley & Humby Ward elects seven councillors & the Braceby & Sapperton Ward one."
- Ordnance survey of Great Britain (3 January 2006). Grantham: Bottesford & Colsterworth (Map). 1:25 000. OS Explorer (A1 ed.). Section 247. ISBN 9780319238332.
- "Bishop Richard Foxe". Church web site. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- Taylor, H M (1978). Anglo-Saxon architecture : volume 3. Cambridge University Press. p. 1110.
- Church of St.Peter (325721). PastScape. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- "St. Peter's Church, Ropsley", Northbeltisloeparishes.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2012
- "Ropsley P C C", Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 14 May 1012
- "North Beltisloe Group Council Report for PCC AGMs."; Boothby.org.uk. PDF download required. Retrieved 14 May 2012
- "Ropsley CofE School web site".
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