Calendar girls in Ryhall strip off for good cause

Ryhall Calendar Girls, November - Miranda Amies
Ryhall Calendar Girls, November - Miranda Amies
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When a group of women got together in early August to discuss raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, they decided to follow in the footsteps of the Calendar Girls.

With just weeks to go before the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – the team in Ryhall set to work.

The models were persuaded, places to pose were picked and photographer Katy Moseley, 18, was enlisted. By mid-September the Ryhall Calendar Girls 2014 was in print.

And on September 27 it was offered for sale at the Macmillan coffee morning held in the village’s Green Dragon pub.

All 150 copies were sold out within hours, raising about £1,000. Now a second print run of 100 copies has been placed with plans for more in the run up to Christmas.

Miranda Amies, owner of the Village Store and Post Office, said the idea grew from a throwaway comment by customer Eileen Morgan.

Miranda, 48, said: “Eileen said ‘we should be calendar girls’ and I said: ‘why don’t we do it’. Minutes later (another customer) Debbie Rolfe walked in and I mentioned it to her. She thought it sounded brilliant.”

Debbie put a message on Facebook and within a week there were enough volunteers.

Debbie, who posed for March, has lived in Ryhall for 28 years and took over the Green Dragon with husband Shaun eight months ago.

She said: “Once we had enough volunteers, we had a meeting to talk about the different poses and places and most agreed we should pose undressed. A few husbands were a bit tentative, but they are quite proud now that the calendar is out and is making money for the charity.

“Ryhall has a great community. People do get behind you.”

Miranda, whose mum Sylvia Cooper, from Cottesmore, died of breast cancer aged 55, said they took the bold step because it was “such a good cause”.

She added: “Everybody in the group has been affected in one way or another at some time and needed the Macmillan nurses. My mum was about my age when she was diagnosed. It makes you feel you want to do a lot more.”

Eileen, 70, of Rutland Way, pictured for the month of May, said: “I only said it as a joke. I don’t have a garden and had to use the one at my daughter Tina Green’s home in Essendine for the photo shoot. But I’m ever so pleased it all came together.”

Copies of Ryhall Calendar Girls 2014 cost £6.50 and will be available at the Village Store and Post Office. The 2003 film, Calendar Girls, was based on the true story of a group of Yorkshire WI members who stripped off for a charity calendar.