Can YOU Help NG11 Foodbank?

With stocks of certain essential items still hard to find at Ruddington’s supermarkets due to the recent wave of Coronavirus induced panic buying, our local food bank is appealing for more donations at a time when the demand for it is growing. Although the Government has pledged financial help for those now unable to work during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, at least in the short term more people are having to turn to food banks – because they can no longer afford to feed their families or buy them…

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‘Factory Flyover’ Continues Railway ‘Reunification’

Volunteers from Ruddington’s heritage railway are celebrating reaching another milestone in its ‘reunification’ project to create an 18 mile train line all the way between our village and Birstall on the outskirts of Leicester. The tracks comprising Ruddington’s Great Central Railway – Nottingham (GCRN) and Loughborough’s Great Central Railway (GCR) are set to be rejoined once the 500 metre gap in the middle is bridged – meaning services will then be able to run between the two for the first time since 1969. So far RUDDINGTON.info has told you about the installation…

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The Bottle Top – Eco Shop!

During the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Ruddington’s The Bottle Top, at 2, High Street, is continuing to serve our village with essential supplies. At a time when our village supermarkets are struggling to keep up with demand, it’s offering villagers products such as plastic-free fresh fruit and veg, pantry staples such as pasta to weigh into your own containers, hand wash and other refills – even toilet rolls! Of course, vital stay-at-home beer, cider and spirit supplies are plentiful, too! Given the unprecedented situation, owners Alex and Anthony…

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Ruddington’s Mark is Canada Bound with Team GB!

A team of inspiring British athletes, who have overcome ill health and successful organ transplants, are heading to Canada to compete in the eleventh World Transplant Winter Games at the end of this month. There’s now an update below.* Among them is 53 year-old Mark Brown from Ruddington (pictured top right with his Curling team-mates) who will be competing in both the Curling and downhill events as part of Team GB. The 25 strong team will compete in a variety of sports, which include slalom, parallel slalom, giant, super giant, cross country, biathalon,…

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Iconic ‘Railbus’ for Ruddington

Ruddington’s Great Central Railway (Nottingham) has revealed that the latest addition to its heritage fleet should mean it will able to run trains here all year ’round. Currently services are operated by its volunteers only through the summer, in the lead-up to Christmas and over some other half-term holiday periods. However, the imminent arrival of a Class 144 DMU Railcar (144003) from Porterbrook, to become preserved for heritage use, could see services increasing to 52 weekends a year. Once it’s released from mainline duties during the first half of this year, and following a…

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The Great Big Ruddington Clothes Swap!

As eco-friendly initiatives in our village gather momentum into 2020, January sees “The Great Big Ruddington Clothes Swap”. It is being run by community-minded High Street business The Bottle Top in conjunction with The Co-op. It will begin with a week of donations of unwanted quality women’s clothes, shoes and accessories, for which you will receive vouchers. Then there’s a Sunday afternoon event at St Peter’s Rooms where you can use these vouchers to “buy” other people’s items. Any stock that’s left over after this event will be donated to…

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Charity Shop’s New Manager

Did you know that our village’s newest charity shop now has a new face at the helm? Stephanie Reed took over as the manager of Ruddington’s Children’s Society branch late last year. The fundraising outlet on the corner of High Street and Easthorpe Street first opened its doors in March 2018. The charity is pleased to report that, since then, it has had a good response for donations and is now able stand on its own two feet with stock mostly donated by local people. Money raised at The Children’s Society’s shop here in Ruddington…

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Uganda Calling!

It’s the end of an era for Ruddington – as our last remaining public telephone box has just been granted planning permission by Rushcliffe Borough Council for a rather interesting change of use. The Grade II listed, traditional, cast iron, red kiosk – in front of the War Memorial on Church Street – is a Type K6 designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Although an important heritage landmark for our village within the Conservation Area, BT Payphones decided that its lack of use made it no longer viable…

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The King’s Cat Calendar

Just when you thought Ruddington’s famous feline couldn’t achieve any more notoriety, Wilbur the Cat now has his very own calendar! It’s certainly been a busy year for Wilbur – starting over the summer when some of The King of Ruddington‘s subjects decided to throw him a Tenth Birthday Party! Although it seems our nomadic and nonchalant village pussycat has been largely oblivious to his global fame throughout (not even showing up for his own birthday bash in July) this hasn’t stopped thousands of Wilbur worshippers, here and around the world, celebrating…

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Cockle Man Convalescing for Christmas

Villagers are being asked to offer support to one of Ruddington’s most famous residents – who is out of action again following an accident earlier this week. Dave Bartram is back in the Queens Medical Centre with broken ribs and a suspected broken sternum after the incident – reported by Nottinghamshire Live on Friday to be a car crash in Ruddington last Monday. However that story has now been removed from their website – apparently amid uncertainty as to exactly what happened. Regardless, it follows a run of bad luck…

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