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...

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

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, ...


Tribute to the Fallen with the slogan will we remeber
On Sunday November 11th 2018 the Reverend Dr. Pippa Madgwick led the congregation of 56 parishioners and visitors in a service of remembrance and thanksgiving to mark the centenary of the Armistice that brought an end to the hostilities of World War I. The Ridlington Choir performed, under the direction of Martin Wall, a selection of well known songs from that conflict, and the Rutland Poppy project presented the Church with a permanent memorial, the Poppy Horseshoe, which will remain i...

Harvest Festival

On Sunday evening, October 7th, thirty Ridlington folk met to celebrate a successful harvest. The service was led by Anne Harvey, with Martin Wall playing the organ.  Traditional harvest festival hymns were sung, but the service ended with the catchy Isley Brothers number "Harvest for the World". Afterwards there was a very pleasant gathering for supper, provided collectively. The proceeds of sale of produce will again go to our local Dove Hospice. With thanks to all who ...

Harvest Festival Service

Did you know...... The Harvest Festival is an annual celebration that occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Harvest festivals can be found at various times throughout the world given regional differences in climates and crops. It was the early English settlers who took the idea of harvest thanksgiving to North America and today the one we all know of is the "Day of Thanksgiving". In Britain, thanks have been given for successful harvests since Pagan times and a...


"New for this Month" This month's offering is Christopher Winn's - "I Never Knew That About England's Country Churches", recording interesting facts about churches all over England. Rutland has its own chapter - did you know that the sundial at Market Overton's church was given by Sir Isaac Newton, whose mother came from that village? Or that St. Mary's at Bottesford in the Vale of Belvoir was the last place in Britain to be attacked by the Luftwaffe? By way of a reminder, books ...