‘By the pricking of my thumbs

Something wicked this way comes’………….at Preston Village Hall on October 9th.

Be there!

Margie Wall

A whole host of recipe books have been donated.

For those wanting to brush up on their Agatha Christie novels prior to the flower festival on 9th and 10th October “The Big Four” and “The Mystery of the Blue Train” are available.

Please contact Debra Thatcher on 01572 823910 or by email debrathatcher@hotmail.com.


Joan Lount  –  July 17th 1943 – July 4th 2021 (aged 77)

It is with great sadness to announce that our dear Mother, Sister, and Grandmother Joan Lount passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 4th 2021.

Joan moved from Oakham to Ridlington in 1977. She has since lived happily in her Cottage opposite the Church. Joan was well known in the community through her farming life and always enjoyed participating in regular village events.

Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 20th at 11:00am at the Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene & St. Andrew, Ridlington, followed by a burial in the church grounds, where she will be laid to rest with her dear husband John. The family would like to thank Joan’s friends and neighbours for the support they gave her whilst she lived in the village.

All villagers are welcome to attend as there are no restrictions on attendance. The Vicar may request that a face covering is worn during the service and that social distancing is respected.

The Lount family

The latest request for the Peterborough homeless is for sleeping bags, small tents and yoga mats. Also needed are joggers, lounge/PJ trousers S/M/L & jeans size 30 – 32 waist. Trainers with good wear left in them would also be very welcome.

Many thanks for your continued help, it is very much appreciated.

Margie & Martin Wall
8 East Lane, Ridlington
Tel.: 07928378668/01572 821397

A huge thanks are due to the 9 volunteers who enthusiastically embarked on the bio blitz of the churchyard on 12th June – Chris and Marta, Jacky and John, Jenny, Liz, Shelagh and Richard and Debra.

Full details of the survey results will be published in due course, and we hope to put together some information for visitors which will be displayed in the church porch.  Who would have thought that the churchyard contains over 60 different plants and that’s without counting the trees!

“I did it! ….. All 874 miles now under my belt and a very impressive t-shirt and medal to prove it! But more importantly, thank you so much for sponsoring me and supporting both Church Funds and Cancer Research; this really spurred me on and I have been heartened by your generosity. So far, thanks to you, I have raised £620, with more donations ‘pledged’.

If you would still like to donate by cheque or cash, please drop off at Chimney Cottage, or via Just Giving: http://www.justgiving.com

Anne Harvey is fundraising for St Mary Magdalene & St Andrews Church Ridlington.
Anne Harvey is fundraising for Cancer Research UK.


With my heartfelt thanks,
Anne Harvey

Many, many thanks to all who continue to contribute to this worthwhile charity.

The Wednesday collection dates for July will be Wednesday 7th and 21st  and the collection boxes are available in the church porch.

Special requests have been made for UHT milk, cheese crackers/crisp breads, sugar, noodles, washing up liquid and shampoo.


We are still seeking new members and a Treasurer for our Parochial Church Council (PCC).

If you are interested in finding out more about the role, please contact any of the current members: Bart Hellyer; Margie Wall; Louise Fox; Richard Thatcher; Andy Hoult; David Harvey; Anne Harvey. This is a great opportunity to be involved in a range of aspects and decision making about the church, including its future development;

Church cleaning rota: thank you, this month, to: Karen Baines; Jacky Morrell and Anne Harvey;

Church flowers: thank you, this month, to: Jacky Morrell and Mary Richardson;

Churchyard mowing: thank you in July to Dave Johnson and David Harvey.