In June, 9 volunteers held a bio blitz of the Churchyard. It was an enjoyable way to understand the biodiversity that was co-existing in and around St. Mary Magdalene & St. Andrew Church in Ridlington.

We have put together a list of what we discovered and hope you find it of interest too.

MAMMALS: Common Pipistrelle Bat

BIRDS: (in or over the churchyard) Red Kite, Blackbird, Starling, Wood Pigeon, House Sparrow, Swift, Jackdaw, House Martin, Swallow

MOTHS: (23 of 12 species) Common Marbled Carpet, White Ermine, Small Magpie, Heart and Dart, Common Swift, Light Brown Apple Moth, Bee Moth, Common Wainscot, Mottled Rustic, Middle-barred Minor, Dark Arches, Rustic Shoulder-knot and three caterpillars (unidentified)

INVERTEBRATES: Red-tailed Bumblebee, Honey Bee, Common Rough Woodlouse, Pill Woodlouse, Earthworm, Spiders (various small), Beetles (various small), Ground Beetle, Slug, Snail, Black Garden Ant, Flies (assorted)

TREES: Lime, Elder, Laburnum, Holly, Yew, Cedar of Lebanon, Walnut, Apple (8 heritage varieties)

PLANTS: Ivy, Orange Hawkweed, Ivy- leaved Speedwell, Dandelion, Germander Speedwell, Greater Stitchwort, Daisy, Common Sorrel, Rosebay Willowherb, Groundsel, Herb Robert, Slender Thistle, Meadow Buttercup, Few-leaved Hawkweed, Black Medick, Cowslip, Black Knapweed, Yellow Rattle, Meadow Cranesbill, Hedge Parsley, Feverfew, Hogweed, Stinging Nettle, Foxglove, Creeping Buttercup, Cleavers, Common Vetch, Lady’s Mantle, Bramble, Aquilegia, Dog Rose, Wood Avens, Dog Violet, Pignut, Meadow Fescue, Meadow Grass, Ribwort Plantain, Creeping Bent, Fat Hen, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Rock Rose, Primrose, White Clover, Oxeye Daisy, False Oat Grass, Yorkshire Fog, Welsh Poppy, Wild Garlic, Creeping Thistle, Dovesfoot Cranesbill, Smooth Sowthistle, White Deadnettle, Red Deadnettle, Coltsfoot, Ground Elder, Stemless Thistle,Curled Dock, Mallow, Creeping Cinquefoil, Yarrow, Catsear, Biting Stonecrop, Sheep’s Sorrel, Common Mouseear, Pale Toadflax, Black Horehound, Ragwort.


I cannot believe the donations keep coming in and I am now not far off raising £1000 in total. I am overwhelmed by such generosity and will be getting in touch with you all individually to say a massive thank you!

If you would still like to donate by cheque or cash, please drop it off at Chimney Cottage, or via Just Giving:

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

Church cleaning rota: Thank you, this month, to: Julie Hoult; Louise Fox; Ruth Lees;

Church flowers: Thank you, this month, to: Jo Fairley; Jackie Ike; Victoria Bullimore;

Churchyard mowing: Thank you this month,  to Harry Baines.

This turned out to be a successful event and a Big Thank you go to Karen and Richard Baines for organising it. There were 8 entries to the competition and £57.00 was raised towards the Church fund.

Judging took place on Sunday, July 4th and the winners were as follows:

1st prize: Bella Fox

2nd prize: Steve Fox

3rd prize: Jan Powley


There was such great interest in testing our baking skills across all age and gender groups that another challenge was requested.

A “Christmas Chocolate Yule Log” perhaps??  Who knows! Stay tuned for details of the next event when all will be revealed.


Our next Walking Group will take place on Wednesday 4th August, leaving at 2:00 pm from outside the Village Hall on Main street, Ridlington.

If you are interested in organising or taking part – or would just like more information, please contact Anne or David Harvey  on 07751 079775/01572 820 273 or John Morrell on 01572 – 821 343.

‘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


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