‘Pay What You Can’ for Christmas

Ruddington’s community spirit is shining brightly this festive season, with another village initiative launched this week to help cash-strapped families and individuals cope with the spiralling cost of… virtually everything! Called ‘Pay What You Can’, it’s the idea of village centre trader Sarah Burton (pictured) from Phoenix Flowers. She explains: “With the cost of living, and Christmas coming up, I know a lot of families must be stressed and struggling right now. I was going through some bits to donate to charity the other day but had an idea… what if we…

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Christmas 2022 in Ruddington

After the ‘lockdown’ Christmas of 2020, and the rather restrained festive season of 2021, Ruddington’s celebrations in 2022 look as if they might just be the biggest and best ever! That’s certainly the case for this weekend’s ‘Ruddington Christmas Market’ (on Saturday December 3rd) which, as previously reported, will comprise over a hundred indoor and outdoor stalls of food, drink and gifts, two covered pop-up bars and stages of live music, and children’s activities. Now organised by Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP) it will take place along both High Street and Church Street (road closures…

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New Rail ‘Reunification’ Bridge Arrives!

Reaching the stage when trains will once again be able to run all the way from Ruddington to Leicester has got another step closer this week – with the lowering into place of a replacement Great Central Railway (GCR) bridge over the A60. As RUDDINGTON.info reported last month, this brand new structure was needed to replace the old bridge (number 326) near the Brush factory, on the outskirts of Loughborough, which was in such poor condition that the line over it needed to be closed on safety grounds back in September…

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The Best of Ruddington Unveiled

The first-ever ‘Rudd Award’ winners were announced at a special ceremony at St Peter’s Church last night {Friday 18th November}, with a raft of Ruddington favourites celebrated for their contribution to the local community. The inaugural Rudd Awards, organised by Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP), was introduced by RVCP Chair Mike Ader and compered by BBC Radio Nottingham Drivetime presenter Verity Cowley {pictured} with a little help from the Vicar of Ruddington Revd Andrew Buchanan. It celebrated 19 independent village businesses, individuals and community groups helping Ruddington village to thrive by building…

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Joe and Pudsey’s Ruddington Visit

The organisers of Ruddington’s Junior Parkrun have released final details about the two very special visitors coming to our Country Park this weekend. As previously reported, Pudsey Bear and celebrity body-coach Joe Wicks will be taking part in Rushcliffe Junior Parkrun this Sunday, 13th November 2022, as part of BBC Children in Need‘s annual fundraising. However, it’s worth noting some significant changes to Ruddington’s usual weekly event for 4 to 14 year-olds. In fact, Rushcliffe Junior Parkrun will be officially cancelled on the day – to make way for ‘Walk with Joe’. This means there…

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Ruddington Remembers

A new poppy display by the now famous ‘Ruddington Yarn Ninjas’ is among the ways our village is paying its respects this year to those who gave their lives to defend our country. Adorning the railings in front of St Peter’s Church, near the War Memorial, the Ninjas have had a little extra help creating this one. Ninjas’ spokesperson Emma Scott {who provided the photos top and below left} explains: “We have over 100 poppies on the giant poppy all made by the yarn ninjas and members of the WI.”…

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Ruddington Organisations up for Rushcliffe Awards

As excitement builds for the inaugural ‘Rudd Awards’ ceremony on Friday November 18th in St Peter’s Church, you may not have heard that two Ruddington organisations have also been shortlisted for some borough-wide gongs which are being handed out six days later. The annual ‘Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards’ showcase volunteers, businesses, environmentalists, clubs, organisations, and the best of health & wellbeing, food & drink sectors and local enterprise. Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park have been nominated in the ‘Environmental Project or Group’ category up against FarmEco Community Farm in Screveton and South Notts Ringing Group. Amongst many…

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New Chair Gets Ready For Remembrance

As Ruddington prepares for the annual Royal British Legion Parade and Service of Remembrance at our War Memorial, on Sunday 13th November 2022, the Ruddington and District Branch has a new Chairman. Malcolm R Greenberry (pictured above) was elected to the role in May this year following the sad passing of longstanding Chair, Ken Hicks. “Ken worked hard for the Branch, the county and Ruddington, and will be missed by many” says Mr Greenberry. “It was suggested to me that I might volunteer myself, which I did, and was voted in unanimously, with…

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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 – have been announced. This time two of the organisations are based in our village and the third over in Clifton. It’s been revealed this week that The Ruddington Pantry, Ruddington & District U3A and 1st Clifton Scout Group will all receive cash from the new round of funding – which runs from 24th October 2022 for the next 12 months. Member Pioneer for Ruddington and Clifton, Gwen Eyre, explains: “The Ruddington Co-op store and the…

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£8k Funding for Improved Museum Shop

Staff and volunteers at Ruddington’s historic Framework Knitters’ Museum are celebrating the award of new cash to upgrade their newly established café and shop. ‘Parker’s Yard’ was added late last year when the museum site expanded into the former ‘Gun Cottage’ – between the original workers’ cottages and frameshops and the old Knitters’ Chapel. This allowed a brand new visitor entrance, hospitality and retail area – including a separate new garden. It was achieved via grants totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds from The Heritage Lottery Fund, FCC Communities Foundation, various…

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