The Bottle Top – Beer, Coffee & Eco Shop!

Even though the business only opened in May 2019, there’s no doubt that Ruddington’s The Bottle Top has already become an integral part of village life for many residents – especially for craft beer fans and more environmentally conscious customers. Located in the premises previously occupied by the legendary Thomas’s Greengrocers, husband and wife team Anthony and Alex Preston certainly had some big shoes to fill at 2, High Street. However, it quickly became clear that their new business would be much more than just a ‘posh’ off-licence. They promised to bring this famous shop…

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WALK #3 – Ruddington to Clifton’s Greatest Hits

The third walk in this series takes us from Ruddington towards its nearest neighbour.  Clifton has its roots as a village, existing now within the Nottingham City boundary but growing up initially around Clifton Hall, an ancient family seat.  It was much enlarged by the building of a large council estate in the 1950s and is now a vibrant suburban community, enhanced by its new tram route and, arguably, the dualling of the A453 which reduced its seemingly permanent congestion during rush hour. This walk takes in some of the…

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New Skatepark for Ruddington

It’s been announced a new skatepark will be built at Rushcliffe Country Park by next spring – to replace the current wooden structure there which is now reaching the end of its useful life. Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) has advertised the contract to construct a bespoke concrete facility, which it promises will be designed in close collaboration with the young people from our village who will use it. It’s envisaged the replacement skatepark will meet the needs of future Olympic skateboarders and BMXers from Ruddington and the surrounding areas. The planned…

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Where Will YOU Go in 2021?

The kids are back to school and in the travel industry that traditionally means the start of a peak booking period. We all know that prices are higher during school holidays, and so it is best to book early or find yourself paying more for your Summer 2021 holiday. Of course, this year is different, and you may have some reservations about booking travel 11 months ahead with so much uncertainty about the opening and closing of travel corridors and changing travel advice. The good news is that Ruddington based…

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Village Centre One-Way System Proposed

A short consultation has been launched by Nottinghamshire County Council to find out the views of residents and traders on introducing a temporary one-way system to the centre of Ruddington. A letter has just been sent out by Via East Midlands (VIAEM) on behalf of the Council to all those who would be directly impacted by the proposed changes. It’s after both Rushcliffe Borough Council and Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) asked for these measures to be given consideration as a way of mitigating the effects of COVID-19 in our village centre.…

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It’s Back to School in Ruddington

After an unprecedented period, where most Ruddington school children haven’t attended classes for five months, parents and carers of pupils at James Peacock Infant and Nursery School and St Peter’s C of E Junior School {classroom photo above} are being reassured that all is ready for their kids’ return. Both our Ruddington schools resume onsite teaching this Thursday September 3rd 2020 – as does Rushcliffe School, which accommodates many children aged 11 to 18 from our village. However, with a possible vaccine against COVID-19 still months’ away, the need to protect both students and…

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Free Cycle Security Marking in Ruddington

Ruddington cyclists wishing to get their bikes marked usually have to travel to a coding session at Rushcliffe Arena. However, this weekend, it’s available right here! From 9am to 12noon on Saturday September 5th, Rushcliffe Borough Council ‘Community Safety Team’ and Nottinghamshire Police are hosting a stall at Ruddington Village Market. Cyclists can get their bikes security marked and registered with BikeRegister for FREE and also receive advice on crime prevention advice for burglary and vehicle crime. BikeRegister is the UK’s national cycle database and is the preferred bike marking system…

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Enjoy a ‘Ruddy Good Staycation’ this Bank Holiday Weekend!

Following the success of VE Day and Father’s Day hampers, Ruddington businesses have united once again to bring residents a ‘Staycation Hamper’. Many of us have had our holiday plans cancelled or changed this summer, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy everything that is on our doorstep this bank holiday weekend. So, why not order your hamper and enjoy a ‘Ruddington Staycation’? The hamper has everything you need to enjoy a stay in our village this weekend. How about taking the vegetable quiche from Black Cat Café, the…

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Ruddington Soft Play Centre Will Not Reopen

It was on Guy Fawkes’ Night almost six years’ ago that an imaginative addition to Ruddington kids’ social scene first lit up children’s faces in our village. On November 5th 2014 a new soft play centre called ‘Dizzy Rascalz’ opened its doors on Brookside Road and became an instant hit with youngsters and their parents. In March 2020, however, like so many other businesses, it was forced to close temporarily due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Now the owners have decided the knock-on effect of the ‘lockdown’ – plus new operating restrictions and guidelines…

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Honey, I’m Home!

If you enjoy combing Ruddington’s charity shops for bargains, your prayers are answered – because the usual buzz has just returned to one of them. And the volunteers say it’s good to bee back. (That’s it. We’re done now! – Ed) The Honeycomb is the first of the three fundraising shops in our village to re-open after an extended closure due to the Coronavirus, (which, of course, shut all our non-essential retailers for almost two months during the ‘lockdown’). The Church Street shop – which raises money for those who are…

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