Save Our Countryside!

In the wake of at least 525 new houses being approved on large chunks of our village Green Belt earlier this month, Ruddington Green Party is calling for anyone who cares about our countryside to sign a national petition to ‘Cease all new developments on Green Belt and greenfield sites across the country’. They say it’s “…a small way to respond the the encroachment and environmental damage which is being done locally.” Ruddington’s two Labour Borough Councillors – who were the only two members to vote against the approval of Rushcliffe Borough…

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Former Pharmacy’s New Tenant

Mystery has surrounded who will be moving in to Ruddington’s former chemists’ shop since refurbishment work there began a few weeks ago. The historic High Street premises have been empty and up To Let since Evans Pharmacy relocated to Charles Street in May this year – and rumours have been rife as to what they might become next. This speculation has been fuelled by the workmen saying it’s “top secret” and being asked not to say! However, the stories going around that it is to become a pizza restaurant or…

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Hunting for Hallowe’en!

A dozen of Ruddington’s village centre traders have got together to create a not-too-spooky event for our younger residents and visitors to enjoy this Hallowe’en. The family friendly ‘Hallowe’en Treasure Hunt’ is taking place this Saturday October 26th between 3pm and 5pm, and anyone with children is invited to join in. Those taking part are encouraged to get out their scariest costumes and pick up their ‘Treasure Map’ from The Bottle Top at 3pm. The map will pinpoint all the businesses taking part – plus other areas in the village where participants may be able…

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It’s Good to Talk!

Have you noticed a rather subtle addition to the landscape in Rushcliffe Country Park? It’s not the bench itself but rather the yellow notice attached to it! Yes, Ruddington’s very first ‘Happy to Chat Bench’ is now available for anyone who’s willing to sit and talk. It’s an initiative launched by the Senior Citizen Liaison Team to help combat loneliness often felt by older people in later life. Bristol based SCLT is made up of a team of volunteers who provide bespoke safety presentations to community groups and organisations, as well as…

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Dwellings Pending For Allen Vending

The distinctive premises of a former Ruddington beverage vending machine supplier will be turned into residential accommodation under plans being submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council. Allen Vending ceased trading from our village after rival company GEM Vending acquired the Ruddington company in September 2018 and moved all its operations to Langley Mill. Now an application’s been submitted for its old site at the corner of High Street and Kirk Lane to be changed into five flats. Under proposals by Tan Designs Ltd this will mean alterations to the buildings including partial demolition…

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New High Speed Trains for Ruddington!

The 125 Group has announced that two very special diesel trains will soon be joining the fleet of heritage locomotives here in Ruddington. It’s revealed two former Midland Mainline power cars will be coming to GCRN – Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on a permanent basis thanks to leasing company Porterbrook. Production Inter-City 125 high speed trains 43048 (pictured above) and 43089 owned by Porterbrook (currently operated by East Midlands Railway) will BOTH be handed over at the end of their careers in front line service. They’ll then be based here and begin running passenger trips…

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Join Ruddington’s Big Purple Party

Don’t worry – there’s nothing political or Brexit-related going on here! Rather, ‘The Big Purple Party’ is an opportunity to help Nottinghamshire Hospice paint the village purple with friends, family and colleagues to help funds for local hospice care. Ruddington shop manager, Colette Priest, explains: “The party is to promote the Hospice and the work it does with terminally ill clients. Purple is our background colour hence, all this week, people at all our nine shops are dressing up in purple (like volunteer Sandy Malty, pictured top). Also we’re asking…

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Ruddington Makes Awards Shortlist – UPDATE!

A hard working village community group, our newest high street shop and a major drugs development company in Ruddington are all in the running for one of this year’s Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards. Organised by Rushcliffe Borough Council, and co-promoted by West Bridgford Wire, the annual community accolades celebrate volunteers, businesses, clubs, organisations, environmentalists, sports teams and athletes in the district and the best of its health and wellbeing and food and drink sectors in eleven categories. Even though the full shortlist isn’t officially announced yet, we can reveal that no less…

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Ruddington Bus Operator Up For FOUR National Awards

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is celebrating after being short-listed for 4 UK Bus Awards, including ‘City Operator of the Year’, which could see the company crowned the best bus operator in the UK for a record breaking fifth time! NCT, which runs Ruddington’s Navy 3 and Green 10 services has been shortlisted for: Engineer of the Year: Jake Moore Unsung Hero: Sheila Swift Top National Driver: Jatinder Kumar City Operator of the Year Last year, Aaron Johnson was crowned Top National Bus Driver, NCT won City Operator of the Year and also…

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Councillors Vote to Rescind Ruddington’s Green Belt

It’s just over a week since we revealed that FOUR Green Belt areas around the edge of our village had been given the Government Planning Inspector’s blessing to be sacrificed for at least 525 new houses. In his report, Senior Inspector Philip Lewis BA (Hons) MA MRTPI concluded that Rushcliffe’s Local Plan Part 2, as submitted for examination, was “legally compliant and sound, subject to a number of modifications” he has recommended. None of these recommendations involved removing any houses from Ruddington’s quota! At the Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) ‘Extraordinary Meeting’ called last night (Tuesday…

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