Church Toys

We would like to update our collection of children's bible stories and prayer books, as well as quiet toys. If you have anything in very good condition that you think children might like to look at when they visit or attend church, please contact Anne Harvey on 01572 820 273 for collection, or leave at the back of the church. Thank you
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BOOKS!BOOKS!BOOKS!

"New for August" In this summer of sport, this month's offering is an autobiography of Brian O'Driscoll, the former Ireland Rugby Union Captain. It tells of his childhood, the introduction to rugby and his unprecedented success for club, country and the Lions. It also covers the many challenges along the way - personal loss, off the field pressures and career threatening injury - which means it is of interest to non-sport lovers too.  By way of a reminder, books are available a...
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Food Bank

We want to help to make sure that no one in our local community has to go hungry, and we need your help to make this happen. Your gift of food can make a real difference. Your food donations are absolutely vital to give everyone referred to the Rutland Foodbank a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food. If you are happy to drop off food donations, please see "Place in the box" at the back of the church. THANK YOU! The list shows the food items that are needed right now: ...
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Annual Parochial Church Meeting

View of the Ridlington Church from Church Street
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held on Sunday, April 7th. Progress towards the repair of the church roof was reported on, as well as the future installation of a toilet and kitchenette. Work on the roof should commence in the early summer. Thank you to everyone who has fundraised or donated to the roof fund. Life in the church continues to be busy; a wedding and a baptism are booked for later this year and a further wedding for the following year is to be confirmed. Social events a...
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THANKS!

Litter Pick - Thank you to everyone who joined the litter-picking on Saturday, February 16th and especially to Richard and Debra for organising and hosting and to Shelagh for the delicious cake. A good result from the Village Litter Collection Team Heritage Apple Trees - Thanks to all the volunteers for their assistance in planting, mulching and pruning the 8 local heritage apple trees comprising the community orchard on the church lawn. Thanks also to the Stamford Community Orchard Group...
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Sad Loss – Ian Fullalove

Flowers in teh Church
The Funeral service for Ian Fullalove will be held at Grantham Crematorium, Harrowby Road, Grantham NG31 9DT on Monday, March 4th at 12:30pm. The reception will be held afterwards at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH from 14:00. We have been informed by his family that Ridlington residents and friends are all most welcome to attend both the service and/or the reception. Ian had not lived in Ridlington long, but during his time here contributed to and played a full part in vi...
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Apple Tree Planting

The Ridlington Apple Tree Planters! On Sunday February 20th, some 'hardy' villagers came out and braved the cold weather to plant a community orchard on the church lawn. A total of 8 local heritage apple trees, a mixture of dessert and cooking, were obtained from Stamford Community Orchard Group. This is a National Lottery funded project. We look forward to harvesting our produce in due course. Many thanks to all those who helped in this worthy exercise. Richard Thatcher
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Community Orchard Update

Community Orchard Sign
Debra Thatcher represented the village at a Stamford Community Orchard Group Information and Training Day held at Ketton in November, where the attendees were treated to samples of delicious apple juice, cider vinegar, dried apple slices and dried pears. We were told that the fruit trees for the community orchard to be supplied with funding from "Awards for All", were local heritage varieties on semi-dwarfing root stock, so will grow to a maximum of 12 feet, making them, in due course, ...
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