Inspired by Winter Watch? Fancy having a go at bird spotting, bat counting, “fishing” for insects, identifying plants?

Ridlington is going to be involved with a nature recording project in early June.

The idea is for local people to discover and record the wonderful plants and wildlife in Ridlington’s church yard – no previous experience required and open to all, no matter their age. More details to follow…

A huge thank you for the very generous donations to the Foodbank collection last month – we filled three boxes with various goodies.

The next collection is on St Patrick’s Day – Wednesday, 17th March.  As well as the old favourites of Fray Bentos pies and microwaveable steam puddings I have been advised that the Foodbank store is short of dog food and adult toothbrushes.

Please continue to give generously – your support makes the world of difference. Thank you.

Debra Thatcher

An Update from Anne Harvey

I have registered to take part in the ‘End to End’ Land’s End to John O Groats Virtual Run (874 miles) and hope to raise money for Cancer Research and Church Funds.

The event started on October 26th and ends up to 12 months later, although I am now ahead of schedule in spite of the snow in February!

I duly made it to Cannock Chase and as I write for the March month’s magazine, I have now clocked up over 475 miles and am approaching Kendal in the Lake District.

I am also pleased to report that I have improved my position to 554th out of 1,934 starters. Please message me if you would like to donate to either of the 2 causes above. Thank you.


We plan to continue our “Deep Cleaning Project” of the Church this year.

We have scheduled six dates which will take place before Easter, Harvest and Christmas.

We are looking for volunteers to help out with maintaining our beautiful church and grounds, so if you have time…  the following dates that have currently been scheduled are:


Monday, March 29th and April 5th.
Monday, September 27th and 4th October
Monday, December 6th and 13th


We will start at 09:00 and expect to finish by 12:00 noon.

If you are able to help out, please contact Anne Harvey on 01572 – 820 273 or 07751 – 079775.

We will continue to work according to the current Covid-19 rules and advice.


Please click on the below link in order to access the recently released Rutland Roundup from Rutland County Council.

Rutland Roundup – 26th February 2021




Something a little different this month – some non-fiction books as well as a novel.

Fancy a new hobby? “Chicken Breeds and Care” by Frances Bassom is a mini encyclopaedia providing practical guidance on keeping chickens together with profiles and lovely photographs of many major breeds.

Or how about shaking things up in the kitchen? “The Reader’s Digest Guide to Creative Cooking and Entertaining” provides recipes for every occasion from breakfast through to picnics and barbeques. If we can’t travel it doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy Kotopoulo Kapama, a chicken casserole from Greece, or Yakitori, grilled marinated chicken from Japan. Lots of enticing recipes to try.

This month’s novel is “In Pale Battalions” by Robert Goddard. It’s a well plotted thriller – a number of twists and surprises, with secrets within secrets. A very satisfactory read and two mysteries: who’s the daddy? And who’s the killer?

If you would like to borrow or buy a book please contact Debra Thatcher 01572 823910 or email to arrange delivery.

Please click on the following link for items currently needed this month:

Thank you everyone for your ongoing support.

Church services in the Rutland Water Benefice have stopped until at least when schools reopen. St Mary Magdalene and St Andrew’s, Ridlington remains open for private prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays 10am – 4pm;


You can still access the weekly services on YouTube or Facebook;


Church cleaning rota: thank you, this month, to: Suzanne Baines and Ruth Lees.