Two from one of my favourite modern day authors – Sebastian Faulks.  The first “Engleby” is narrated by a 1970’s student.  I couldn’t put it down when I read it first some years ago – a good read, but slightly disturbing.


The second “A Week in December” was perhaps not as good as it could have been – set in a week in December in 2007 recounting the lives of seven characters living in London and how they interlink.

Two non-fiction books as well…

“Gardening Tips” by Steve Brookes – might pursue his tip to prevent slugs eating hostas and
”Contract Bridge for Beginners” – not a game I play so can’t comment.

Please feel free to borrow any of the books at the back of the church. If you would like to buy one, please make a donation. Thank you.

Debra Thatcher

Your continued generosity is much appreciated and as we head into the autumn months it is important that we continue to support the Food Bank, which is doing an amazing job in supporting local families in need – if everyone added one item to their shop we would make an even greater difference.

Items requested include: UHT milk; tinned goods – potatoes, carrots, fruit and meat pies; porridge; cereal bars; noodles; long-life sponge puddings; crackers and cheese biscuits.

Twice monthly collections for the Food Bank will continue until the end of the year.  The collection dates for October are 13th and 27th.

Thank you for your support.
Debra Thatcher


Church Cleaning:
Thank you, this month, to: Julie Hoult; Louise Fox; Suzanne Baines and Ruth Lees.

The church is due for a ‘deep clean’ weeks commencing Monday 27th September and Monday 4th October – if you are able to offer some time to do a little extra cleaning before the winter, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Church Flowers:
Thank you, this month, to: Liz Simpson; Maggie Wilson; Anne Harvey.

Heartfelt thanks are due to the members of the working parties who strimmed, trimmed and cleared the churchyard on Thursday, 2nd and on the morning of Sunday, 5th September. These planned tasks were carried out by Karen Baines, Neil Fairley, Steve, Barney and Joe Fox, David and Anne Harvey, Dave and Shelagh Johnson, John and Jacky Morrell and Richard and Debra Thatcher.

Special thanks to Richard Baines for removing the strimmings and clippings from the site.

A new management plan is being prepared for 2022 for volunteer work parties and will be placed in the church porch so people can identify volunteering opportunities.


Ridlington Players


By Jim Hollingsworth


Tickets for the Play have now all been sold! However, we have a list for cancellations,  if you are interested and want to be placed on this list, please do not hesitate to contact Margie Wall.

What a journey we have been on to stage this play! From Zoom meetings to socially-distanced rehearsals in a garden, and then at last we burst upon the stage! We have had so much fun with this one-act Agatha Christie spoof play, and we hope that you will have as much fun watching it!

So, do join us at Manton Village Hall on Saturday October 9th at 7.00 pm (Curtain up 7.30) and test your skills as detectives. So many people – so many motives!

Although Covid rules are now relaxed, it would be appreciated if you would wear masks for the performance, please.  We will update you nearer the time with any government-led changes and our aim will be to keep everyone safe.

Bring your own liquid refreshment and glasses for pre-performance drinks.

Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from:        01572 821397/07928378668   01572 823910  01572 823542/07465409477


Unfortunately, it has not been possible to proceed with the proposed fund raising Flower Festival which was going to be held on October 9th and 10th.




Our Harvest Festival service will be held on Sunday 3rd October at 6pm.

All welcome at this annual service of Thanksgiving, which will be followed by refreshments – nibbles and wine.

Donations invited for the Rutland Foodbank.


Yes, but what was the motive?

Come to MANTON VILLAGE HALL on Saturday, October 9th to watch the Ridlington Players weave the murky story of DEATH AT THE DEANERY and all will be revealed!

Bring your own liquid refreshment and glasses and gather for a pre-theatre drink at 7:00 pm. Curtains up at 7:30 pm. Meet the cast afterwards and enjoy an after theatre pow-wow!

Tickets are £5 each (in aid of Ridlington Church) and can be bought from the following people:

Margie Wall         0792837866               

Debra Thatcher  01572 823910            

Suzanne Baines  01572  823542           

Selling fast, don’t miss out!

“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”