Celebrating The Great British High Street

Ruddington is kick-starting a celebration of local high streets in a new initiative from Rushcliffe Borough Council to promote the great businesses that exist within its communities. From TODAY (July 16th) the week long campaign sees the authority showcasing high street retailers and encouraging them to work together in their neighbourhoods to submit an application to the 2018 “Great British High Street Awards” run by The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. If successful, Ruddington could scoop a potential £10,000! Our village traders have joined East Leake, Bingham, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Cotgrave, Keyworth and…

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NG11 Foodbank supports Ruddington

Over the years, the Ruddington community have provided incredible support for the NG11 Foodbank, with gifts of food and toiletries made to donation points across the village. In the last year alone, for example, Co-op shoppers donated almost 2000kg of food; the children of James Peacock School collected nearly 200kg for their Harvest Festival; and recently, Sainsbury’s have been donating their surplus fresh and baked produce for next-day distribution. Thanks to this amazing generosity, the Foodbank was able to help 1,427 people in the NG11 area in the last 12…

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Village Car Dealer Expands into Vans

A Ruddington based business which prides itself on sourcing quality used cars to customers’ exact requirements has announced it will now offer the same bespoke service for those wanting vans. National Car Finder was launched at Kempson Court in April 2016 by Jon Lee. He previously worked as a car auctioneer for almost 30 years – a job which brought him to live in Ruddington around 14 years’ ago. He told RUDDINGTON.info: “The idea of a business which would help people save money and get the right car just ate…

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“Dragon’s Den” Funding for Ruddington Entrepreneur

A  26 year-old businesswoman from our village is celebrating receiving £3000 worth of extra funding following a “Dragon’s Den” style event organised by Nottinghamshire Community Foundation. Olivia Swift’s successful pitch at the Nottingham Trent University Business School secured the cash from The Nottingham Building Society to help the Ruddington entrepreneur grow her business. Olivia achieved national recognition last year after designing a fashion top which allows women to breastfeed babies discreetly in public. Although not previously a fashion designer, nor a mum herself, Olivia says: “I became inspired to create the special top…

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Refill Ruddington

Outlets in Ruddington are being encouraged to join a new scheme enabling the public to refill their reusable water bottles here free of charge – and so reduce single-use plastics.  Rushcliffe Borough Council says it’s looking for environmentally minded groups or individuals to join “Refill Rushcliffe” – for the benefit of both village residents and the many visitors who flock to Ruddington. The authority is exploring the award winning ‘City to Sea’ scheme – where businesses and community venues can act as a filling up point for thirsty passers-by signposted by stickers…

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Village Planners’ Petanque Practice on The Piste

There’s been a lot of activity around the Neighbourhood Plan consultations in the past month, but that doesn’t mean the Village Plan group has been sitting idle. With a pétanque piste proposed on The Green, that’s just ONE of the things they’ve been working on! Chair Gavin Walker writes: Committee members meet monthly and work hard with other organisations to ensure that the development priorities identified by the villagers of Ruddington stay on track as far as possible. Active links with the Parish and Borough Councils are important, as well…

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The Team from Ives Arrives!

Ruddington’s historic Barclays Bank premises are now home to another business which can help you look after your money – a new branch of an established local solicitors. Ives & Co was founded in Plumtree in 1986 by Vivienne Ives before being taken over by current Directors Ruth Stevenson and Paul Thomas eight years’ ago. Their head office is still at “The Forge” in Plumtree – in addition to their new premises here at 6, High Street which opened for business on April 23rd. Paul told RUDDINGTON.info: “It’s good to have a high street…

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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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Contemporary Shop Redesign Approved

Bold new proposals to modernise a former convenience store on High Street – which is in Ruddington’s conservation area – have been given the green light by Rushcliffe planners. We reported last December that Barclay & Cook, at 7-9 High Street, had closed its doors after over forty years under the stewardship of David Cook when dwindling trade prompted his decision to sell the shop and retire. The existing premises (below) will now be substantially redeveloped by the new owner – with the removal of the current pitched and flat roofs to enable another floor…

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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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