Ridlington Church. St Mary and Magdalene Rutland

Ridlington Church 

The church of St Mary Magdalene & St Andrew at Ridlington is an impressive building for such a quiet village; it consists of west tower, nave, north & south aisles, and chancel.

Most of the building dates from the 13th century; the tower in its present form dates from about a century later.

Extensive restoration in 1860 left little older work remaining save the chancel arch, nave arcades, clearstory and tower, thus the history is difficult to follow. The 1860 work by a Henry Parsons of London consisted of rebuilding the aisles and chancel and replacing all the fittings, including the erection of new roofs throughout. In 1887 a new porch was erected, and in 1903 the upper part of the tower was rebuilt.

Members of the Parochial Church Council are:
Richard Allen, Louise Fox; Steve Fox; Debra Thatcher (Church Warden); Richard Thatcher (safeguarding officer) and Margie Wall.


We have a rota for church flowers each year. Weekly and on special occasions wonderfully creative arrangements are to be found throughout the church, from the porch to the altar.

For church goers, visitors and all of the village folk, the flowers provide a feeling of peace and welcome and it is always good to see the changing seasons reflected in the church.

Many thanks to the church flower team for their dedication and hard work!

2024 rota will be advised monthly.

Cleaning Rota 

In addition to the weekly cleaning rota, there will be 3 occasions throughout 2024 where we will give the church a special ‘deep clean’ to keep it looking spick and span. Cleaning materials and refreshments will be provided, dates for the new year will be advised in due course.

2024 rota will be advised monthly.

Parish Magazine

Anne Harvey is now responsible for the Ridlington page in the Parish Magazine and would like to make sure that she gets as much information about village life; news; events etc… included as possible.

Please let her have details before the 11th of the month.

Her contact details are: email: acharvey@hotmail.co.uk, or Tel.: 01572 820273.

Village Library

In the church there is a village library – with an open door policy the church is accessible 7 days a week and all are welcome to sit in the peace and quiet at any time during the daylight hours. The books are there for all to enjoy, you can swap, borrow or keep a book and make a donation in the offertory box if you wish.

The Ridlington Charity Christmas Card

It is over 10 years since the Church Council started this initiative as a fundraiser for the 3 main community facilities in the village: The Church, The Village Hall and The Playing Field.

Send a Christmas card and donation to the village!

All the cards will be pinned up in the church porch, which will make a lovely display and give everyone the opportunity to read your message of goodwill for Christmas and New Year.

Simply deliver your card and donation to either Debra Thatcher, Ruth Lees or Pat Roome. The value of your donation will remain confidential but your well wishes will be shared with all.

Thank you!