Helen’s COVID-19 Set To ‘Go Viral’

Helen Brownett, who’s the Textile Artist & Technical Demonstrator at Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum, has designed her own version of a COVID-19 virus – and knitted it in 3D on one of the museum’s antique, circular knitting machines! Helen put the finishing touches to the blue Coronavirus by hand, adding pompoms on stalks to make her creation instantly recognisable. Explaining her motivation to design and knit a Coronavirus, Helen (pictured above on a Griswold machine) says: “I’ve always had an interest in knitting unusual things. Past projects have included the…

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Early Morning Blaze Hits Almost Two Thousand Homes

There were dramatic scenes in Ruddington during the early hours of this morning when an electricity sub-station on Old Station Drive caught fire – initially cutting power to 1,961 houses in our village. Flames were visible leaping high into the night sky. A Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue crew from West Bridgford was called out at 1.39am today (Tuesday 7th April) to tackle the blaze – with local resident Wayne Swift capturing the moment they arrived (above) to find the sub-station engulfed in flames. Western Power Distribution (WPD) also attended the…

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Rushcliffe VIRTUAL 10K & Running Festival

A popular, Ruddington running event which attracts hundreds of participants each year is still taking place – but has gone online! So, rather than the usual crowds packed into Rushcliffe Country Park today, like many other things at the moment it will instead be a ‘remote’ experience. The 2020 Rushcliffe 10k & Running Festival had already been postponed from March 1st due to a waterlogged course. It was then rescheduled for Sunday, April 5th – until the COVID-19 Coronavirus lockdown scuppered the new date, too. Rather than cancel it altogether, event…

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Play Area Virus Danger

With another spell of fine weather forecast, Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) is reminding parents and guardians that ALL its play areas are CLOSED until further notice due to the Coronavirus lockdown. These are at Elms Park, Sellors’ Playing Field (above), Vicarage Lane Playing Field (below) and St Mary’s Community Park. Although taking your kids out for daily exercise is encouraged, RPC says: “There have been reports that parents are allowing their children to play on the equipment and play areas. Please can everyone observe social distancing.” In fairness, there is currently a distinct lack…

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Share the Spirit of Ruddington!

One of the many, regular events missing from our village calendar for the foreseeable future is Ruddington Village Market – which has now also been suspended during the UK lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. The next one should have been this Saturday at The White Horse – also closed because of the pandemic. However, Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP), whose volunteers usually organise the monthly event, say: “The spirit of Ruddington is amazing! The village has come together in an incredible way to help those isolated and in need during these…

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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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Ruddington’s Buses During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Whilst most of us should be avoiding all travel and staying at home during the Coranvirus pandemic, Nottingham City Transport is maintaining a core service on its Green 10 route for key workers from our village and those needing to get by bus to Ruddington’s shops for essential supplies. The Navy 3 is not running until further notice, however you can find and download the current Green 10 timetable >>HERE<<. The company says: “These are uncertain times and we appreciate that lots of you have concerns and questions about how COVID-19 will impact on bus services, your…

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Remote Meditation in Ruddington

Ruddington resident Jakki Pritchard is already well known in our village for her regular Mindfulness courses in the Old Chapel of the Framework Knitters’ Museum. Sadly the outbreak of COVID-19 Coronavirus reaching our shores, and the resulting lockdown across the UK to try to prevent its spread, means it’s very uncertain when such group activities might be able to resume. However, Jakki’s main concern right now is for people’s state of mind whilst confined to their homes – especially if living alone. She’s particularly worried for the elderly and vulnerable…

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Kids’ Easter Colouring Competition Goes On!

Early in March, RUDDINGTON.info helped new village estate and letting agents Benwell Daykin to launch their ‘Easter Colouring Competition’ – a bit of fun for local children of all ages in the run up to Easter for a chance to win various prizes, including lots of chocolate, of course! At the time, copies of the artwork were distributed to St Peter’s Junior School and James Peacock Primary School in the hope that as many village children as possible would take part. Since then, unfortunately both the Ruddington schools and Benwell Daykin‘s branch at…

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#DistanceDancing in Ruddington

A Ruddington family of four have decided to spread some cheer to our village – and hopefully way beyond – for everyone who’s feeling glum during the current COVID-19 Coronavirus lockdown. It’s in the form of a video featuring their extended family, friends and neighbours – and utilizes a ‘home grown’ cover version the Take That song ‘New Day’ as its soundtrack, performed by Rielly Newbold. The woman behind it, Connie Baker explains: “We were sitting in the kitchen on Monday morning feeling a bit down after not being able to see…

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