Ruddington’s 2018 Summer Fayre

Ruddington’s third annual “Summer Fayre” is to be held on The Green on Saturday the 21st of July, and promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s. After the success of the first two events it’s again been organised for the village by the Events Team at Ruddington Parish Council – and will take place between midday and 6pm. Confirmed attractions so far include a Punch and Judy Show, David Cox’s amusements, Beatfeet drumming workshops and local DJ Andy Hallam spinning the discs. There will be stalls selling arts and crafts, food vendors…

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Twin Town Teams’ Football and Fun!

Ruddington has entertained two young teams from A.G. Grenay, the football club from our French Twin town, Grenay, in north eastern France. From Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May our village hosted a total of 33 people including the Mayor of Grenay and his wife, 21 children aged from 12 to 15 years and a collection of football coaches and parents. Ruddington Parish Councillor Paul Reedman writes: “Their stay proved to be a very busy affair with trips to both Notts County FC, where the children were thrilled to meet…

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“Le Jumelage”

Football will be the focus of this week’s visit by another young group from our “twin town” of Grenay. Although the “Twinning” activities (“Le Jumelage” in French) lapsed for several years, there’s recently been a drive to re-establish links and arrange new exchange trips between Ruddington and Grenay – which lies in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France. Although a town, its last recorded population of 6,899 in 2013 is actually slightly less than ours. The visitors will be here for four days from this Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th May, when…

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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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Traders’ Task Force Takes Shape

Businesses in Ruddington have begun exploring innovative new ways they might work together in order to attract more residents and visitors to use our village centre. On April 12th an extraordinary Ruddington Parish Council meeting was called in the wake of worries about the closure of Thomas’s Greengrocers – the latest of several long established independent traders here who’ve gone out of business or decided to shut up shop. Now a form of “Village Centre Partnership” is being proposed after dozens of concerned locals put their names forward offering to help.…

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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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Mindfulness Reaches Ruddington

You’ve probably heard of ‘mindfulness’ but may not know exactly what it is, nor what it can do? Ruddington resident Jakki Pritchard is hoping to change that by running new courses within our village – so locals have easy access to what she describes as “an enlightening and life enhancing way to manage our own health and wellbeing”. Jakki explains: “Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening right now in this moment – a non-judgemental awareness of our present experience just as it is. Although on trend, it is scientifically proven to…

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Ruddington’s Easter Buses

If you’re trying to think of things to do over the Easter holidays then we reckon a #RuddyGoodDayOut should be somewhere near the top of your list! Whether you’re a village resident or visiting us from further afield there are always plenty of activities for all ages to keep you occupied and entertained. You could do a bit of village shopping at our independent retailers, pop into one of our many pubs, cafés or restaurants, have a round of golf, visit one of our THREE museums, stroll around our Country Park,…

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Update on our Village Plan

You may remember that something of a milestone was reached last summer with the publication of the definitive Ruddington Village Plan –  your vision for how our village should develop over the next 5 to 10 years. This final version of the Plan was launched in August at the 2017 Ruddington “Summer Fayre” by RVP steering group volunteers (top photo) when villagers could pick up a printed copy of the completed document, ask questions and volunteer themselves for projects flagged up by four years of research. (You can read more about the background >>HERE<<.) The final plan itself contained…

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Bringing History To Life…

…that’s the aim of Ruddington’s multi-award winning Framework Knitters’ Museum – which has just reopened for its 2018 season. This nationally renowned heritage site is a true gem for us to have at the heart of our village. But the success of the popular and historic tourist attraction does rely very heavily on volunteers – and this is where they’re hoping villagers with a little spare time on their hands may come forward to help. They’re currently asking for potential recruits to get in touch – with a chance to make…

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