Susan’s ‘Grand Day Out’ in Ruddington!

Our village is to feature on national television again this week thanks to Glaswegian comedian Susan Calman. For the second episode of her seventh series of ‘Grand Day Out’ on Channel Five, Susan hits the road to Nottinghamshire – including a visit to Ruddington’s increasingly famous Framework Knitters’ Museum. Amongst other things, she’s taught how to knit on one of the Griswold circular knitting machines. Although filming for this episode happened in April, those at the Chapel Street tourist attraction have been sworn to secrecy until now.  Even Susan’s rather…

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Roadworks Disruption Set to Worsen

Ruddington residents and businesses are being warned that existing roadworks, coupled with additional highways work which is soon to begin in and near our village, means traffic delays and disruption are likely to get even worse over the coming months. As previously reported, the over-running major project to reshape one of our busiest junctions at the Loughborough Road/Kirk Lane/Flawforth Lane crossroads is now set to continue with four-way temporary traffic signals until Friday 8th November – some sixteen months since work first began. Not only that, it’s planned that Flawforth…

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Planting Plots and Pumpkin Patch Plans for Ruddington

Just over two years’ ago, residents of the Ruddington Grange area discovered (with some dismay) that plans had been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) to create an archery range in the field adjacent to their properties. More alarmingly still, this was reportedly to be followed by a planning application for the proposed change of use of all of this remaining ‘green belt’ land on the eastern side of Wilford Road away from agriculture to sports and recreation. Following numerous local objections, this particular scheme was eventually shelved. However, concerns were raised again…

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‘The Wakes’ Return!

Sellors’ Playing Field will once again be alive with the sound of music and laughter this week as Ruddington’s annual family fun fair takes place. As our summer weather finally hots up, this year’s traditional event, run by David Cox Family Amusements, is running from Wednesday 26th until Sunday 30th of June. The fair is now celebrating fifty-six years on the same site, beside Wilford Road, after Sellors’ Recreation Ground was spared from being part of the ‘Fairham Green’ housing development which now surrounds it. ‘The Wakes’ themselves actually date back over a hundred years,…

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Roadworks Force Bus Timetable Changes

The return of four-way temporary traffic signals to Ruddington’s Loughborough Road/Kirk Lane/Flawforth Lane junction, coupled with the latest bombshell that these lights will now continue until November, has led Ruddington’s main operator to revise one of its timetables until the works are completed. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is concerned they’ve once again been causing significant disruption to its Green 10 service, particularly at peak times and early evening. This is because of the buses needing to join long queues at the Kirk Lane / Loughborough Road junction to get to Ruddington…

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Ruddington’s Refurbished Play Area Opens!

After delays caused by the inclement weather, Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) says its major refurbishment and upgrade work in the play area at Ruddington’s country park is complete – with brand new, accessible equipment now open for children to enjoy. The new-look Rushcliffe Country Park recreational facility boasts a new ‘Kanope Tower’ multi-play unit featuring 14 different play elements and a new wooden trail and offers panoramic views of the park. There’s also a new pendulum pod swing and a fully inclusive wheelchair see-saw. As shown on the image above, the full scheme has added 28…

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Museum Volunteers’ Special Day

On His Majesty’s 75th birthday last November we reported the very happy news that individuals and groups volunteering at Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum (FWK) had been awarded the prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest Royal accolade a local voluntary group can receive in the UK, and is equivalent to an MBE. FWK was one of 262 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive our new King’s first awards in 2023. Their work, along with others from across the UK, aims to remind us about all the…

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Educational Gifts for All Ruddington Eleven Year Olds

Do you live in Ruddington and have a son or daughter with a birthday between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 who attends a school outside the village? If so, they’re still eligible for some special gifts! It’s all thanks to James Peacock – who was born in Ruddington in 1585 before leaving for London when he was 14 years old as an apprentice to leather merchant Thomas Smith. James became a very successful businessman but, when he died in 1641, he had no children to leave his fortune…

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Thousands Raised During ‘Open Gardens’ Event

Organisers of last weekend’s ‘Ruddington Open Gardens’ have revealed it was another great success – securing well over £6,000 to split between their two chosen kids’ charities. For the fourth time, on Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd July 2024, people across our village allowed public access to their own green spaces, for a one-off payment of £5, to help raise funds for Save the Children and Action for Children. Jane Piggott says: “The huge success was thanks to the tremendous support of local gardeners and allotment holders, village businesses, the Ruddington Yarn Ninjas,…

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Roadworks Will Continue Until November!

The major work to reshape Ruddington’s busiest crossroads is set to cause significant disruption again from this Friday (7th June 2024) when four-way temporary traffic signals will be back in use at the Loughborough Road/Kirk Lane/Flawforth Lane junction. Now we’re being told these will be needed until Friday 8th November! The unwelcome revelation by VIA East Midlands, that the expected completion date has been pushed back yet another four weeks, means the work to improve the layout of this increasingly busy village crossroads will ultimately have taken sixteen months. Since it began…

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