A combination of wet weather and high winds has brought down a young tree on the bridleway leading from the village towards Belton.

It is possible, with care, to step over it.  Park Farms have been asked to remove it and have confirmed that the works will be undertaken.



Unusually kicking off with a classic children’s book Kenneth Grahame’s,  “Wind in the Willows” – inspired by Mole ‘s statement “Hang spring cleaning!”.  Enchanting, although I found the illustrations disappointing.

The second this month is a crime writer who had hitherto been unknown to me  – Victoria Walters, one of her Dedley End mystery books – “Murder at the Village Church”, a locked-room puzzle.  Easy reading for a winter’s afternoon.

Concluding with another Agatha Christie “The Pale Horse” – a standalone novel where the investigator is Mark Easterbrook; enjoyed it more on re-reading it.

New to the Village, want to find out more about what is going on or want to let others know of any news or events? We have a

  • Village Website
  • Village WhatsApp Group
  • A monthly Parish Magazine
  • Village Hall Notice Board
  • Church Porch Notice Board

For information about Ridlington Village and St Mary Magdalene & St Andrew, Ridlington, please visit the websites below:



If you have any items/articles that you would wish to include in the Parish magazine, please email Annie Harvey acharvey@hotmail.co.uk by 12th of each month, at the latest.

Thank you.



A warm thank you to the anonymous person who has given the Village Hall a new bench to commemorate our new King’s Coronation  and to Debra Thatcher & the Parish Council for arranging its installation.

Somewhere nice to rest at one of the country’s prettiest village halls.

The Trustees

Once again your generosity, especially in the run up to Christmas, was stunning – thank you so much for your generosity in 2023.

Unfortunately, the Food Bank continues to need our assistance – please continue to donate.

Collection dates will be displayed in the church porch.

A big thank you to all those on the church flower rota for their contributions throughout 2023. You have made our church look very attractive and so welcoming; there is such talent in the village which was very evident at the time of the King’s coronation in May. Your inspired and thoughtful arrangements are much appreciated by the village folk and visitors.

Margie Wall

CHRISTMAS THANK YOUS – to our band of flower arrangers for making the church look so lovely, to Martin for playing, the Ridlington Singers for joining our Carol service, everyone who kindly donated to the village Christmas card scheme supporting the church, village hall and playing field and everyone who joined us in worship over the Christmas period.

As in previous years, we are running a village Christmas card scheme.  The idea is that you send one card to everyone in the village which will be displayed in the church porch and make a donation. The monies donated will be shared between the three village charities – Church, Playing Field and Village Hall.

If you wish to do this, please give the cards and donations to Debra Thatcher at 3 Main Street.

Many thanks,

Season’s Greetings!