NG11 Foodbank supports Ruddington

Over the years, the Ruddington community have provided incredible support for the NG11 Foodbank, with gifts of food and toiletries made to donation points across the village. In the last year alone, for example, Co-op shoppers donated almost 2000kg of food; the children of James Peacock School collected nearly 200kg for their Harvest Festival; and recently, Sainsbury’s have been donating their surplus fresh and baked produce for next-day distribution. Thanks to this amazing generosity, the Foodbank was able to help 1,427 people in the NG11 area in the last 12…

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Open Gardens Raises over £2K for Children’s Charities

Organisers are celebrating the success of last weekend’s “Ruddington Open Gardens” – after the final tally revealed that £2280 was raised for kids’ charities! This total will be split between Save the Children and Action for Children. Over 400 people bought the special programmes and enjoyed perfect weather for the biennial event on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday 24th June – when 14 village gardens and allotments were opened to the public. Many were serving refreshments whilst other attractions included “live” music in the Methodist Church, teas in the church hall, a…

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Village Car Dealer Expands into Vans

A Ruddington based business which prides itself on sourcing quality used cars to customers’ exact requirements has announced it will now offer the same bespoke service for those wanting vans. National Car Finder was launched at Kempson Court in April 2016 by Jon Lee. He previously worked as a car auctioneer for almost 30 years – a job which brought him to live in Ruddington around 14 years’ ago. He told RUDDINGTON.info: “The idea of a business which would help people save money and get the right car just ate…

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The Screaming Valenta Needs a Roof!

A charity is aiming to raise £100,000 to build a new diesel maintenance depot to house the prototype High Speed Train Power Car 41001 and six Mk3 coaches. The 125 Group needs donations to achieve its long-term goal to construct the building at Ruddington’s Great Central Railway (Nottingham). The depot will provide a secure, all weather, facility to enable the 125 Group to continue maintenance of its existing fleet and a restoration home for the Production HST power cars which the charity aims to acquire in the future. The 125…

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Team Artex Rally Last Minute Support

A Ruddington based business, perhaps best known for its swirly ceilings, will be expecting a great finish with its latest fundraiser! This week, a team of four from home improvement giant Artex on Pasture Lane take part in the Vado Rally – driving a “banger” from Dover to Copenhagen over five days. These include National Accounts Manager Amy Smith and Tony Wright (pictured top). The banger in question is a 13 year old Renault Scenic 1.4 – which they had to buy for under £500 to qualify. Not only that, all participants have…

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More Big Sing Success!

Our village came alive today – with the sound of singing seemingly to be heard from every direction. It was nothing to do with The Eurovision Song Contest, but rather the 2018 Ruddington “Big Sing” – which organisers have hailed a great success! Hosted by Ruddington Community Choir, it is a festival simply to celebrate the joy of singing – with over 200 members from 13 choirs taking part in 13 workshops and community singing at six different village venues. It started at 9.15am this morning and culminated in a Gala Concert late this…

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Artists and Knitters Wanted!

Are you creative with paint, fabric or wool? Over the NEXT Bank Holiday weekend, Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum is hosting a three day Summer Exhibition and Sale of Artwork and Textiles, and they’d love to hear from you. The event will run from Saturday 26th to Monday May 28th. Their stipulation is that all your works must be for sale with any commission going towards museum funds. Organiser Helen Brownett explains: “It is open to everyone, so if anyone is a bit nervous about showing their artwork for the first…

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Cycling and Hiking for a New Scout Hut Roof

Two village scoutmasters are undertaking some major fundraising challenges this year in the hope of raising enough money to replace their leaky, old asbestos roof. The First Ruddington Scouts building off Ashworth Avenue accommodates around 120 young people aged 6 to 14 across Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. However Dan Clifford {“Falcon”}, a leader at the Beaver Scout colony, says: “Our Scout Hut roof is over 30 years old and can no longer be patched up. Every time it rains we lose about a quarter of our floor space in the main…

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Goodbye “Mrs Hawthorn”

The funeral of a popular teacher who taught hundreds of Ruddington schoolchildren during her 22 year career is taking place this Friday. Heather Hawthorn (pictured above with husband Don) taught at St Peter’s School from 1970 until her retirement in 1992. Sadly she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer last month when it infected her liver. She was 81. Mrs Hawthorn was well known for playing many musical instruments – teaching both children and adults the guitar – and she coached the school football team to win the league. Out of…

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Easter Fun in Rudd

As always, there’s a lot going on in Ruddington for the youngsters during the Easter Holidays! The fun starts on Good Friday (30th March) when the Framework Knitters’ Museum will be holding their annual Easter Bunny Hunt from 11 am to 4pm. Any child who can help the framework knitters find all their knitted bunnies will be rewarded with an Easter Egg. The museum will also be toasting Hot Cross Buns on the cottage range, and the day will be filled with knitting demonstrations and fun activities for the kids. Entry is…

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