AUGUST FOOD BANK COLLECTION

With high numbers of people losing their jobs and many still on furlough there continues to be a huge demand for support from Rutland Food Bank. Our donations in the church porch are collected on alternate Wednesdays and for the collection on 26th August we have been advised that the following are in short supply: Hand soap; Shampoo; Cereal bars; Cream crackers; and Pringles Thanks are due to everyone in the village who have supported the collections to date and for the conti...
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CHURCHYARD

The north bank is still developing well with abundant yellow rattle, which is now forming large seed pods. Traditionally, farmers used the sound of the seeds rattling in the seed pods to know when to cut their hay, so we will cut the banks and the front of the churchyard again in the late summer. Meanwhile, the grave yard is still being mowed regularly.
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RIDLINGTON PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

View of the Ridlington Church from Church Street
MESSAGE FROM RPCC Thank you to Ridlington residents who already support the church throughout the year. This generosity is hugely appreciated, enabling the church to be a living community asset – not just for Sunday services and major gatherings, festivals and celebrations, but also a hub for the Foodbank, Choir, Community Orchard and Wildflower Garden… However, as a result of Covid 19 and the inability of the church to hold services, gatherings and fund-raising events, we are now struggli...
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BOOKS!

  We are currently looking at ways to safely reintroduce our book recycling and exchange over the coming months. It is anticipated that we might find safe storage for the books, catalogue and index them and then offer a delivery service to any requesting household. Upon their return, the books can be quarantined. Watch this space for future details…. and thanks to Debra for her ongoing work in this area.
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CHURCH NEWS – Update

Benefice Magazine
From Sunday 5th July, 2020, our lovely church St Mary Magdalene and St Andrew’s will be opened for private prayer from 10am - 4pm on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Details about church services can be found on the Rutland Water Benefice website. You can download the order of service and readings from there too; Join the Rutland Water Benefice Facebook group and the Sunday service Watch party, or see the videos that make up the Watch party on Facebook, or see the service on The Rutland Water Be...
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FOOD BANK COLLECTIONS – July 2020

Oakham Foodbank have been delighted with the number of items that have been donated during lockdown and have asked if people can continue to be generous to help them support the 550 households already in receipt of assistance.  In addition, it is thought that the number of households to be supported will increase in the next few weeks as the furlough scheme comes to an end and sadly some businesses make redundancies. We will have our next collection from the Church porch on 15th July and the ...
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CHURCH NEWS

View of the Ridlington Church from Church Street
From Monday 15th June, churches may be open for private prayer, subject to risk assessment; appropriate cleaning and supervision; availability of hand sanitiser; advisory notices; non-access to hymn/additional spaces/prayer books etc… St Mary Magdalene and St Andrew’s Church will be opened shortly with further notice to be given. All cleaning/checks are currently being undertaken by David Harvey (Church warden) and Anne Harvey (PCC Secretary). If you would like to assist with the cleaning and/or...
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CARING FOR GOD’S ACRE

View of the Ridlington Church from Church Street
As you will remember, last autumn a group of volunteers cut the grass on the north bank of the churchyard and a number of wildflower seeds were sown.  The seeds purchased were chosen for either their ability to reduce the strength of the grass or to prosper in the tricky conditions – heavy clay soil, shade in the winter. We are pleased to say that many of the yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor) seeds have germinated.  This is vital in establishing a wildflower area because as their roots develop...
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