Flawforth Lane Shut This Week

As well as empty filling stations caused by panic buying, there’s another source of angst for Ruddington’s hard pressed motorists this week – the closure of Flawforth Lane. Thankfully it’s due to take place only from Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th September – substantially less than a previous three week closure sought last month by Linden Homes in connection with its ‘Blacksmith’s Green’ development. Although the contractor did shut the road for a few hours by mistake, seemingly due to a misunderstanding (top photo courtesy of Ruddington Mums), in the end that work…

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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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Top Prize for ‘Little Pink Shed’

A Ruddington allotment holder has been rewarded for all her hard work – not only with the fruit, vegetables and flowers she’s grown, but also with a special trophy. Susie Moore has received the award for Hareham Gardens Best Allotment 2021, and is pictured (above) receiving it from Robin Crinage – the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The James Peacock Bread Charity. Susie was given the special prize for bringing a previously neglected plot, within the allotments at the corner of Musters Road and Asher Lane, up to a…

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MP’s Village Crime Questionnaire

Crime in Ruddington is the focus of a short new survey which is dropping through residents’ letterboxes this week. It’s been produced on behalf of Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards following a spike of crime here over the summer months. It was particularly the increase in house burglaries which prompted a number of her constituents to write, expressing their concerns. Our MP says she wants to listen to our views about crime in the community in order to raise these concerns with our local police and Nottinghamshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner, Caroline Henry. The…

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Now It’s Flu Jab Time

Throughout 2021 it’s hardly surprising that all the emphasis has been on getting us vaccinated against COVID-19. That initiative is continuing apace – with children over 12 the next in line to be offered protection against the Coronavirus, along with ‘booster’ jabs for all adults aged 50 plus. However, health professionals are warning that flu is also likely to be a big problem this winter, so now is the time for older and more vulnerable Ruddington residents to be thinking about that, too. According to modelling, the 2021 to 2022 influenza season in the…

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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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How Do YOU Use Rushcliffe Country Park?

Most villagers consider ourselves very fortunate to have over 200 acres of recreational green space right on our doorstep, at the southern edge of Ruddington. Since being created, thirty years’ ago, Rushcliffe Country Park has become a magnet for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers in general – as well as hosting numerous, regular events including the weekly walks, park runs and the brand new skatepark, which all attract visitors here from far and wide. Now the many users of Ruddington’s Country Park ark are being asked to give their opinions in…

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Village Firm’s Royal Warrant

A Ruddington-based business is celebrating a prestigious award which has just been bestowed upon its founder and president. A ‘Royal Warrant of Appointment’ has been granted to John Mills (above), of MHR International UK Limited, for ‘the supply of Payroll and HR Systems to Her Majesty The Queen’. Mr Mills comments: “It is a real honour to be the recipient of this highly esteemed award. MHR is now among over 800 Royal Warrant holders whose work in trade and industry has been acknowledged at the highest level. At MHR, we are…

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New Team at the Tearoom

One of Ruddington’s much-loved hospitality venues has reopened today under new management – and also with a more contemporary, new look. The Old Bakehouse Tearoom on Church Street had been closed since the start of July to allow for repairs and alterations to the interior by its new owner Eve Kirk. She took over the reigns from Lesley Wells during this summer due to Lesley’s retirement. Eve is pictured above (centre) with new staff members Jess (left) and Serena (right), who both live in Ruddington. Eve explains: “I worked in a cafe…

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