Celebrating All That’s Great About Ruddington

Ruddington is set for a major celebration – straight after the next monthly Village Market on Saturday 2nd October – which organisers are calling ‘RuddBEST’! Organised by St Peter’s Church in association with Ruddington Parish Council it will see events taking place across The Green and campus of the Parish Church throughout the afternoon and into the early evening. It will focus on all that’s GREAT about living in Ruddington and being part of our village community. St Peter’s Church Pioneer Minister, Jane Gray, recalls: “Back in the dim and distant…

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Beware Flying Teddies!

Believe it or not, Ruddington’s skies are set to see the spectacle of airborne bears this month; a fun new idea for our village kids to help raise funds for others in need. What’s thought to be the first ever ‘Teddy Bear Parachute Jump’ to be held in our village is taking place on Saturday 25th September 2021, in aid of Save the Children, and it’s hoped to get as many families involved as possible. Whether it’s Rupert, Paddington, Yogi or Pooh, all Ruddington youngsters’ bears are welcome. There’s an…

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Volunteers Needed for Expanded Museum

As Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum on Chapel Street moves towards re-opening in October, it’s looking for new volunteers. Jan Perret writes… If you are local to Ruddington, you will probably have noticed that the museum has been undergoing extensive building work over the last few months, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and FCC Communities Foundation. This money has allowed us to create a new entrance, reception, shop and cafe in the old ‘Gunn Cottage’ and this means we have more opportunities for you to be involved…

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There’s Movement at the Methodists’

Following an unprecedented period where there has been a very uncharacteristic lack of activity at the distinctive and historic Church Street building, Ruddington Methodist Church springs back to life this weekend! Of course, like many others in our village, the chapel (dating from 1873) was closed for services and other gatherings in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s just taken a little longer than some to get restarted, now all COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Kathy Powis reveals: “After nearly 18 months of complete shut-down or occasional services, we are…

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‘Bombs to Butterflies’ Reprinted

Our village is very fortunate to have the open green space of the Rushcliffe Country Park on our doorstep. But have you ever wondered about its history? You can find the fascinating story of how it evolved via the ‘Bombs to Butterflies’ project, where the original book has now been reprinted by The Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park (FoRCP). The first edition of the book was in 2003 – published by ‘The Friends’ and The Ruddington History Society. The idea was the brainchild of Margaret Lawson who put together a historical account…

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Makers’ Night is Back

Almost two years after the last Ruddington Makers’ Night, in December 2019, this much loved arts and crafts evening across our village is set to return this September. With the easing of restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic – which had caused Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) to cancel its last three planned Makers’ Nights on public safety grounds – this gathering of creatives will go ahead on Friday 10th September 2021 assuming all goes to plan regarding COVID-19. Organised by RVCP in collaboration with the Framework Knitters’ Museum and the new Debbie…

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Record Breaking Train Reaches Ruddington

In October 2019 RUDDINGTON.info reported that two former Midland Mainline Inter-City 125 Powercars would be coming to GCRN – Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on a permanent basis thanks to leasing company Porterbrook. As planned, high speed trains 43048 and 43089 were both duly handed over The 125 Group at the end of their careers with East Midlands Trains to be based in Ruddington – with the intention of running passenger trips between the Heritage Centre and Loughborough (eventually to Leicester North). We understand they are still in storage. Meantime, their eventual arrival here has been trumped…

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Forward Thinking at Ruddington’s Railway

A brand new fund to develop one of Nottinghamshire’s leading heritage attractions has been launched in our village today (Friday 9th July). ‘The Forward Fund’ aims to provide new visitor facilities, including a new station building at ‘The Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre’ in Ruddington. It will also raise money to upgrade tracks and bridges on the nine mile section of the historic Great Central Railway through the county. Guest of honour for the launch was Rushcliffe MP, Ruth Edwards – who is a patron of The East Midlands Railway Trust (EMRT), the…

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Ruddington Trio’s Fundraising Fortnight

This weekend, three employees from a Ruddington firm are beginning the challenge of walking the Pennine Way in just 14 days – in aid of a local children’s hospice. The trio, who all work at Quotient Sciences on Mere Way, are taking on the 268 mile trek to raise money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in Loughborough. Adam Ball (26), Tom Gailey (28) and Ben Foster (29), who all began working for the company in January 2018, are pictured (top) just before setting off from there today to start…

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Bloomin’ Dementia’s Big Day Out

The August Bank Holiday weekend will see the welcome return of a Ruddington charity’s main annual fundraiser – after it had to be cancelled last year due to COVID-19. Since Bloomin’ Dementia‘s very successful ‘Big Day Out’ in 2019 – rebranded from ‘Walking with Dementia’ in previous years – the Coronavirus pandemic has caused an unwelcome two year interval – meaning that funds are needed this year more than ever before. The village-based charity, which enjoyed a high profile launch at 4, Easthorpe Street in November 2017, aims to give a better…

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