RuddFest is Postponed Again

It’s been revealed that Ruddington’s much loved annual Beer and Cider Festival – which usually attracts thousands of visitors – will not be taking place this June as planned, due to continuing concerns about COVID-19. The decision was made in the wake of the Government’s ‘roadmap’ announcement on Monday that restrictions on large events and some hospitality will not be lifted until June 21st at the earliest – which is after the originally scheduled RuddFest 2021 dates of June 3rd-6th.  Last year’s event was first postponed and then cancelled altogether because of the Coronavirus…

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New Retailers on Ruddington’s Post-COVID Roadmap

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spelt out today how the rollout of Coronavirus vaccines means we can finally start to plan our way of out of the latest ‘lockdown’. With COVID-19 restrictions being eased gradually over the coming months, our schools can reopen on March 8th; the stay-at-home message will be removed from March 29th; then gyms, libraries, some hospitality and other non-essential retailers should be able to resume trading from April 12th, assuming all’s still going to plan. More details of the Government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ can be…

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Green Light for New Footbridge

Trustees at Hareham Gardens Allotments have received the go-ahead to build a new bridge across their brook. It’s welcome news for the many gardeners who use it, since the current wooden bridge linking the 62 plots (pictured above with Plot 4 in the background) has begun to rot, leading to fears it may soon become unsafe. It’s set to be replaced with a ‘long-life’ concrete bridge. Funding for the project has been secured from The National Lottery Community Fund, The Jones 1986 Trust and with help from Ruddington’s Rushcliffe Borough Councillors,…

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The Bottle Top – Specialist Beer & Eco Shop

Yet again this pandemic, villagers are relying on Ruddington’s The Bottle Top to keep them stocked with essential items now that the toughest, national restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 are back in place. Whilst the new wave of Coronavirus and a third ‘lockdown’ have forced some of our village shops to close yet again, husband and wife team Anthony and Alex Preston are continuing to provide us with all their usual supplies. These include plastic-free fruit and veg, dried zero waste goods such as rice, nuts and oats, local pastries…

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Ruddington’s Red Roof in Uganda

This latest photo from the Teso Region of Eastern Uganda shows how a classroom building project is moving forward nicely despite the problems of COVID-19 both in the UK and equatorial Africa. The project to provide a High School for children in Aminit is supported by St Peter’s Church and represents the second secondary school that they have been involved in building in Uganda over the last 15 years. Starting just two years’ ago, Ruddington’s Parish Church has worked with the local community at Aminit to complete a three classroom block –…

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Further Vandalism at Our Heritage Railway

Volunteers at Great Central Railway Nottingham (GCRN) now have some more unexpected and unwelcome work to do after trespassers at the Ruddington site decided to spray graffiti onto one of the 125 Group‘s recently restored MK3 coaches. The Heritage Centre is already facing great financial challenges thanks to the Coronavirus – having been unable to run any passenger services from there since the February half-term last year. Whilst not on the scale of the vandalism in 2019, it’s still very upsetting and disheartening for all those involved. This latest, mindless act was discovered…

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FREE Family Support During COVID Challenges

A Ruddington resident is one of the co-founders of a new project to help families with young children deal with the psychological strains of the Coronavirus pandemic. Debra Webster (pictured top in Rushcliffe Country Park) is already known to many around our village as one of the organisers of Ruddington Art & Craft Society. Her ‘Emotions Toolkit’ is currently being offered for FREE to village parents and carers of children under five years’ old. Emotions Toolkit was co-founded with Jackie Wilson, who has been providing self development and empowerment coaching…

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Skating Into the Future

Construction work is now underway on a brand new ‘plaza’ style skatepark in Ruddington – which should be ready for use by this spring. Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) is building a replacement concrete facility at Rushcliffe Country Park which has been designed by Canvas (top image) in close collaboration with the young people from our village and elsewhere who will use it. It’s hoped the contemporary skatepark will meet the needs of future Olympic skateboarders and BMXers from Ruddington and the surrounding areas. As shown in Charlene Robinson’s photo below, workmen have now moved…

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Ruddington’s Extra Support for 2021 Census

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has appointed a dedicated manager to support village residents and help make ‘Census 2021’ a success. Ruddington based Leia Morales (pictured above) is its new ‘Community Engagement Manager’ for Rushcliffe who will assist organisations, charities, faith groups and community leaders within the Borough raise awareness of the census and the value to residents in taking part. Leia’s is already a familiar name around our village, having launched her business as a Travel Counsellor last year, written news stories for RUDDINGTON.info and volunteered at the Ruddington…

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‘Laptops for Learning’ Village School Appeal

A community spirited Ruddington computer repairer has come to the aid of cash-strapped local parents whose children need access to a laptop for their studies during ‘lockdown’. With kids at home again whilst our schools are closed due to the latest Coronavirus surge, Damien Coggin (pictured above), of Ruddington Computers on St Mary’s Crescent, has stepped in to fix for free unwanted laptops which are passed on to St Peter’s C of E Junior School. He even set the ball rolling himself by pulling from his website two reconditioned laptops he’d had up for…

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