Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?

Eat more healthily? “Skinny Pasta” – recipes of less than 500 calories or Mitch Tonks “Fish” might encourage you.  Learn something new?  “Sportographica” or “Football Oddities” might be just the thing.

Want some laughter? “Five go on a Strategy Away Day” and “Five on Brexit Island” – spoof Famous Fives could strike the right note or a compendium of “Where’s Wally”.

If it is beauty you are after – the coffee table book “Horses” has wonderful photography of equine life.  For a comedian’s life try “Spectacles” a memoir of Sue Perkins, part of the original Bake Off presenting team.

Light reading can be found in the novels “Every Woman for Herself” and “Secrets Under the Sun” or, if something darker is desired, Kate Ellis’ “An Unhallowed Grave” might fit the bill.

Feel free to borrow from the church or, if you want to buy, please make a donation.

Thank you.
Debra Thatcher

My heartfelt thanks to everyone in the village who donated items for the FoodBank last year – unfortunately, the need for support continues.  Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to an unexpected bill on a low income.  Please continue to give generously.  Please place donations in the two plastic boxes in the church porch. Collections will only be once a month.

The collection date for January is – Wednesday, 26th

Urgently needed items include – tinned fruit; tinned potatoes or smash; tinned meat pies; long life sponge puddings; UHT milk, blue or green; plain rice, particularly the microwaveable sachets; loo rolls; shower gel; shaving foam or gel; deodorants and non-bio washing pods.

Thank you.
Debra Thatcher

The Trustees of Ridlington Playing Field have been deliberating the future of the cricket pavilion for some time.

They have now taken the decision to have the containers that make up the cricket pavilion removed as they are rapidly falling into disrepair and in need of urgent renovation. They also pose a health and safety hazard and are deemed no longer fit for purpose. The water supply and toilet outlets will be capped off for future use.

The Trustees sincerely hope that at a future date a more suitable building in keeping with the beautiful surroundings can be erected to support the future use of the playing field as an area of recreation, sport including cricket matches again and relaxation.

For further information please refer to Ridlington Parish website.

The results of the Chocolate Yule Log Competition are out!! And what an array of expertise was shown.

As you can see from the photograph, it was a very difficult competition to judge as they were all delightful and tasty….

There were 9 participants who demonstrated their excellent  decorative skills but in the end it came down to taste.

The winner was Ella Chandler, Second came Janet Horwood, a joint Third was Jan Powley and Jacqueline Ike.

The entry fee and donations raised £85.00 towards the Church funds.

Congratulations to all who participated and thank you for your support.

Richard & Karen Baines



The Christmas Social Night held at the Village Hall was well attended with some 30 people enjoying a get together, both inside and out and keeping warm by the chimenea.

The money raised at the bar and by kind donations will be used to maintain the building.

We wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Village Hall Trustees

We hope that you will join us at the village Carol Service being held this Sunday evening at 6:00 pm.

Due to the COVID pandemic please:

  • Do not attend if you are exhibiting any COVID symptoms;
  • Take a lateral flow test (kits available at the back of the church) and only attend if you have a negative result;
  • Wear a mask unless leading the service, giving a reading, or performing;
  • Use the hand sanitiser on arrival;
  • Sit in family/household “bubbles”;
  • Wear warm clothes because although the heating will be on, the door will be open.

Thank You
Debra Thatcher


Despite the current concerns regarding COVID, there remain a number of people in the village who have expressed that they would still like the evening to go ahead.

We will of course be applying the current hygiene recommendations. Sanitisers will be available, windows will be open and masks will be worn where appropriate.

There will be a chimenea lit on the front lawn of the Village Hall for those wishing to enjoy a drink with some warmth outside.

Village Hall Trustees


For emergency use in case of Cardiac Arrest, the defibrillator is located in the BT phone box on Main Street.

It was connected in 2013 and funded by donations from village residents and the Karen Ball Fund. Annual costs average about £200 of which £100 is covered by the Parish council. A sudden unexpected increase in maintenance costs has now depleted our reserves and we need to raise more to cover future expenses.

Our target is £500 to cover the next 5 years expenditure and allow a small surplus. More details will be available in January.

If you are new to the village we are happy to give a short introduction on how it operates. Please e-mail Mike Horwood –  mike.horwood2@btinternet.com