Knit Your Own Christmas in Ruddington!

If you’re looking for a unique yet inexpensive gift to give to someone this Christmas, you perhaps need look no further than our Framework Knitters’ Museum? The popular Ruddington heritage site is offering you the chance to ‘Knit Your Own Christmas’ on one of its vintage knitting machines – creating up to fifteen gifts over two hours using unlimited yarn – all for just £15! It was villager Sarah Godfrey who suggested the idea. “The women responsible for the Wilbur cat party were knitting tails and we thought ‘Knit Your Own Xmas’ would…

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The Cockle Man’s Saturday Surprise!

When Nottingham legend Dave ‘The Cockleman’ Bartram dragged himself out in the pouring rain this morning to ply his trade at November’s Village Market, his visit turned out to be a little more rewarding than he’d expected! So as not to spoil the surprise, members of the RVCP Market Team were sworn to secrecy that their unique, VIP trader had just had one of Ruddington’s Nottingham City Transport Biogas Green 10 buses named after him!  72 year-old Dave was escorted to the Chapel Street bus stop to see his special bus arrive…

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Supermarket’s Hallowe’en Relaunch!

There was a scary start for Ruddington’s new-look Co-op food store today as holidaying children from our two village schools dressed up in Hallowe’en outfits for the official ‘reopening’. Pupils from James Peacock and St Peter’s Schools gathered together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony (top) which marked the end of an extensive nine week programme of works at our Church Street supermarket, costing over one million pounds. However the 6,000 square foot store, which supports up to 30 local jobs and runs on 100% renewable electricity, remained open throughout the refurbishment. The remodelled Co-op…

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Ruddington Co-op Reveals Latest ‘Good Causes’

The three beneficiaries of this year’s ‘Local Community Fund’ – courtesy of shoppers at the Ruddington Co-op Supermarket – have just been announced. It’s revealed that Ruddington District Girl Guiding, NG11 Foodbank and the Together@Clifton wellbeing group will all receive cash from the new round of funding – which runs from 27th October 2019 until 24th October 2020. Member Pioneer for Ruddington and Clifton, Gwen Eyre, told us: “The Ruddington Co-op store and the Co-op Funeralcare in Clifton are really excited to be working with these three causes in the coming year. Anyone can…

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Hunting for Hallowe’en!

A dozen of Ruddington’s village centre traders have got together to create a not-too-spooky event for our younger residents and visitors to enjoy this Hallowe’en. The family friendly ‘Hallowe’en Treasure Hunt’ is taking place this Saturday October 26th between 3pm and 5pm, and anyone with children is invited to join in. Those taking part are encouraged to get out their scariest costumes and pick up their ‘Treasure Map’ from The Bottle Top at 3pm. The map will pinpoint all the businesses taking part – plus other areas in the village where participants may be able…

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New High Speed Trains for Ruddington!

The 125 Group has announced that two very special diesel trains will soon be joining the fleet of heritage locomotives here in Ruddington. It’s revealed two former Midland Mainline power cars will be coming to GCRN – Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on a permanent basis thanks to leasing company Porterbrook. Production Inter-City 125 high speed trains 43048 (pictured above) and 43089 owned by Porterbrook (currently operated by East Midlands Railway) will BOTH be handed over at the end of their careers in front line service. They’ll then be based here and begin running passenger trips…

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Join Ruddington’s Big Purple Party

Don’t worry – there’s nothing political or Brexit-related going on here! Rather, ‘The Big Purple Party’ is an opportunity to help Nottinghamshire Hospice paint the village purple with friends, family and colleagues to help funds for local hospice care. Ruddington shop manager, Colette Priest, explains: “The party is to promote the Hospice and the work it does with terminally ill clients. Purple is our background colour hence, all this week, people at all our nine shops are dressing up in purple (like volunteer Sandy Malty, pictured top). Also we’re asking…

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Robin Hood Marathon Green 10 Changes

The annual Robin Hood Marathon is taking place this Sunday 29th September which will affect Nottingham City Transport buses crossing the route, including Ruddington’s Green 10 and Green 10C services. Some disruption will occur between 8.30am and 1.30pm. During all of this period: Green 10/10C from Ruddington will follow its normal route to Trent Bridge and then continue along London Road (the Victoria Embankment stop will be closed), and left Canal Street to the Broadmarsh area, where it will resume its normal route to the City Centre. Buses towards Ruddington will follow their normal…

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Book Your Trip With Santa!

It may only be September, but tickets are now on sale at Ruddington’s Great Central Railway (Nottingham) for their famous, festive steam train trips with Father Christmas! The ‘Santa Specials’ mean the whole family can enjoy a scenic, winter journey through some beautiful South Nottinghamshire countryside. Most importantly, however, passengers can meet and take ‘selfies’ with the big man in the red suit during their journey. Director Phil Stanway told us: “Despite what has been a difficult year with multiple high value vandalism attacks, our Santa Specials are back, bigger and…

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Mustard Seed Mosquito Nets – and Much More!

It’s certainly been a busy 2019 so far for Ruddington’s The Mustard Seed Project, Uganda! There’s lots to report about the charity’s continuing hard work – including much fundraising to progress its projects. In this bumper RUDDINGTON.info update, trustee Ruth Keen writes: Most notably, perhaps, was that during the first week of June, trustees were delighted to welcome the Reverend Charles Okunya Oode.  Rev Charles is the ‘man on the ground’ in Uganda and coordinates the work of the Mustard Seed Project – helping make best use of the funds that are…

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