Full Steam Ahead for The Heritage Café!

As Father Christmas prepares to welcome thousands of excited youngsters and their parents aboard the annual “Santa Specials” at Ruddington’s Great Central Railway (Nottingham), the newly relaunched restaurant there will also be worth a visit this year. ‘The Heritage Café’ officially opens this Saturday (1st December) under the new management team of Karen Law and her partner Jim Goodinson. Karen is a former healthcare worker, with experience in catering, whilst Jim is a painter and decorator who’s currently helping out with the new venture. Both are already well known around The…

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Twelve Retailers Recording?

You may have spotted a tall man with a camera visiting various Ruddington businesses over the past week or so – then asking the staff to sing!? In a festive first for our village, Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) contacted all of its Loyalty Card retailers asking them if they’d like to be involved in a localised Christmas music video to help promote themselves and their business. The first dozen traders who responded to the email got the gig! The original inspiration came via RVCP founder Sally Beards of Phoenix Flowers…

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Kids’ Clothing Library Launches

A village mum has come up with a groundbreaking initiative to help both the environment and low income families in our village – the Ruddington Children’s Clothing Library. After first doing a bit of market testing via Ruddington Mums, Sally Dyson launched her new library last month – and is now hoping to spread the word about it even further. The library loans out children’s clothes for a fixed period of time, on payment of a refundable deposit. There is no fee for borrowing clothes and the deposit is then repaid…

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What Should Our Parish Council Provide Next?

Do YOU have a suggestion for something Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) could provide for our village? Every year, RPC’s ‘Amenities Committee’ looks at its budget, and discusses suggestions for things that the Parish could provide for the community – small things such as a new bench, improved noticeboards, or better signage, to bigger ideas such as new play areas, building improvements, or new sports pitches? Over the last couple of years, RPC has funded items ranging from wooden planters for our verges, and our new ‘Village Gateway’ signs, to a ‘Roll…

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Three Golds for Nottingham City Transport!

Ruddington’s main public transport operator is celebrating yet again – after receiving no less than THREE “Gold” UK Bus Awards, including the ‘Environment Award’. Of course, the benefits of ‘Green NCT – Home of the World’s Largest Fleet of Bio-Gas Double Deckers’ have been felt directly in our village – since Nottingham City Transport (NCT) replaced all our Green 10 buses with these brand new, environmentally friendly vehicles last year. They use fuel produced from waste through anaerobic digestion. These buses prevent harmful pollutants being emitted into the atmosphere from landfill and have an almost neutral well-to-wheel…

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Ruddington’s New Footpath

Residents from the new Pasture Lane estates, and those who enjoy walking to Rushcliffe Country Park, are celebrating the completion of a long awaited all-weather surface on a key pedestrian access route. After much campaigning by villagers, and lobbying by Ruddington Parish Council (RPC), Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) has now completed its promised work on “Footpath Number 5”.  In recent years there have been many complaints of it becoming unusable during periods of wet weather, usually over the winter, due to puddles and mud. This has meant a long detour for some residents…

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Ruddington Co-op Targeted Overnight

Nottinghamshire Police have been at Ruddington Co-op in the aftermath of an incident which left the front window next to the cashpoint smashed. A Crime Scene Investigation team was deployed to the scene this morning to comb for clues. Following a spate of offences in which cashpoints in our region have been ripped out with farm machinery, and had their money stolen, it was at first thought this may have been a similar incident. However a spokesman for the Co-op has told us their machine wasn’t attacked during the break-in,…

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The “Screaming Valentas” Visit!

Ruddington’s Great Central Railway is buzzing with excitement today (Saturday 17th November) as rail enthusiasts from around the country flock here to an event involving not just ONE but TWO unique, restored high speed train powercars. It’s a railtour with a difference as The 125 Group partners with The Branch Line Society and East Midlands Trains (EMT) to take a newly refurbished EMT (ex-Grand Central) six coach HST set from Derby to Ruddington and back again. They’re using the connection off the mainline at Loughborough South Junction to get here.…

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A Ruddy Good Christmas is Coming!

With ‘Halloween month’ and ‘firework fortnight’ now behind us, it may be alarming to realise that Christmas is less than six weeks’ away! However, rest assured, festive plans at venues around our village are already well advanced. Ruddington’s FIRST chance to see Santa Claus is actually on Friday November 30th at St Peter’s School on Ashworth Avenue. Their annual ‘Christmas Fair’ runs from 6pm until 8pm – and you can book in advance to see Santa by clicking >>HERE<<. The BIG ‘Ruddington Christmas Fayre’ will be held the day after…

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New Owner at The Cottage

After a few months in transition, we can confirm that Ruddington’s Country Cottage Hotel is now officially in new hands. Former staff member Sue Martin is the new owner and director – after completing the purchase from Julie and Andrew Sturt on October 25th. Throughout the process it’s been ‘business as usual’ for Sue, General Manager Linda and their team. The former Boots employee actually only branched out into hospitality in later life, after raising her children. Following a spell at The Walton Hotel in the city, Sue got her job…

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