We need to sell off some of the books because we are running out of space – now is your chance to grab a bargain. Donations please to Debra Thatcher.

Recommendations for this month:

“The Politics of Washing, Real Life in Venice” by Polly Cole’s – ordinary life in an extraordinary city besieged by tourists.  Beautifully written.

“The Appeal” by Janice Hallett – Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month.  This book has had glowing reviews, but didn’t really work for me.  Give it a go and let me know what you think.

“Amazing Times” articles from The Times newspaper 1945 to 1981 – a good spread, decent illustrations and amusing stories – one for the smallest room?

“Blott on the Landscape” by Tom Sharpe – I echo my comments on Porterhouse Blue from last month.



Items needed:

Sleeping bags, 2-person tents (not pop-up as these are not weatherproof and they blow away), yoga/camping mats, trainers with good soles sizes 8 – 10, torches, stoves, anything camping related.

Men’s jeans 30” – 32” waist, M/L joggers or similar, winter/waterproof coats M/L, new/unused boxers medium, new/unused socks

Dog food – self-opening cans or dried food

Homeless people are rarely XL so please no bigger than large size.

Neither duvets nor pillows can be accepted.

Many thanks for your generous donations and your ongoing support

Margie & Martin Wall
8 East Lane, Ridlington
Mobile – 07928378668
Telephone – 01572 821397


Demand continues to be high, please continue to be generous.

Microwaveable rice sachets, UHT milk, long-life juice and toiletries are always requested.

Thank you.



Thank you this month to:

Church cleaning rota:
Julie Hoult; Louise Fox; Ruth Lees; Karen Baines; Anne Harvey;

Church flowers:
Margie Wall; Kath Partridge; Sue Hatcher;

Front of House Rota:
Steven and Louise Fox; Anne and David Harvey; Ruth Lees. Ruth Lees;


A copy of the plan is now pinned up in the church porch.  Offers of assistance to Richard or Debra Thatcher.


Sunday, June 12th from 2pm to 5pm
Why not enjoy tea and a lovely slice of cake during a visit to seven beautiful gardens open in aid of church funds. £5 entrance fee (children under 10 and well-behaved dogs free).


If you have ever wondered how true to life Rumpole or Judge John Deed is now is the time to find out.  Come along to Ridlington church at 7:30pm on Friday, 15th July for the opportunity to listen to Richard Thatcher’s tales from the criminal bar – some of the amusing bits with an opportunity to ask questions.  Bring your own refreshments.  Retiring collection in aid of church funds.


Demand remains high so every donation makes a huge difference -please continue to be generous.

The next collection will be on Wednesday 20th April.

Microwaveable rice sachets, sugar, instant coffee, UHT milk, pasta sauces, long-life juice, pot noodles and deodorants requested.

Please feel free to borrow the books from the church or, if you would like to keep one, please make a donation. Donated books and payment to be passed to Debra Thatcher.


A mixed bag of books for April – placed on the small table so that they are easy to locate.

First, a biography of cricket umpire, Dickie Bird. It is the updated edition and sold well on publication. As befits this gentle man his story is very gently told. I found it of interest although not the hugest fan of cricket.

Secondly, a copy of the script of the 2009 play “Enron”, based on the huge financial scandal. Some of the language in the script will be seen as challenging to some.

Lastly this month, “Porterhouse Blue” by Tom Sharpe, which was dramatised some years ago with David Jason playing the porter at the college. This was a re-read for me and, although I found it amusing a word of warning – it reflects the language and thoughts of the time it was written.

Postcards also available to purchase in the church.



We are close to achieving bronze award status.  We need to undertake some additional work in the area of “lifestyle” and are considering ideas such as 50/50 clothes  sales, a village free cycle.  For more information, please contact Debra Thatcher.

Church cleaning rota:
Thank you, this month, to: Debra Thatcher; Mary Aldridge; Jacky Morrell; Julie Hoult; Louise Fox;


Church flowers:
There are no flowers in church throughout Lent;


Easter Lillies:
Donations for Easter lilies in memory of loved ones to Louise Fox, please.


Front of House Rota:
Ruth Lees; Richard and Debra Thatcher; Anne and David Harvey.