opsley is a medium sized village in South Kesteven, located five miles east of Grantham. The parish also contains the hamlet of Little Humby. Some parts of the stone church of St Peter appear also to be of Anglo Saxon origin. The building dates back to at least 1380. Ropsley was the birthplace of Richard Fox, the Tudor Bishop who funded the Grammar School at Grantham and Corpus Christi College at Oxford.
There are a number of facilities in Ropsley, two village pubs, the Ropsley Fox and the Green Man, a village hall along with football and cricket pitches and a local golf course. There are many nice walks around Ropsley where you can take in the local rolling countryside. Several of the walks take you through traditional English woodland, including the Ropsley Rise Woods picnic area.
Ropsley has had a great deal of success in Class II of the competition. The village has won its class nine times, in 1975, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2000. Ropsley has also come second four times and third twice.
To prepare for the competition I start at Easter and work all week from then right the way through looking after the village; cutting the grass, trimming, painting and making sure the village is tidy and well-presented. This year I painted the cemetery fences with gold tips for the Queen’s jubilee
– Barry Buxton
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