Ruddington’s New Sainsbury’s

Eagle-eyed drivers along Loughborough Road may have already spotted the further changes underway at our filling station – with a new Sainsbury’s outlet opening imminently. For a village which already boasts a Sainsbury’s Local, some may think this is a little excessive. However, this is a rather different shop – aimed more at passing motorists than local residents – and branded “On the Go!” The new retail format was launched in February and is being rolled out to dozens of Euro Garages sites, including here in Ruddington. It focuses on an…

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Have a Ruddy Good Day Out!

Following months of closure for much of Ruddington’s usually bustling village centre, due to the unprecedented COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ in March, it’s now ‘back to business’ for most traders! With face coverings required in shops from today, coupled with ‘social distancing’ measures already in place to keep us safe, visitors are now returning in force. Ruddington has always been a popular destination for shoppers wishing to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city and seek out our wide variety of independent retailers – most of them unique to the village – at a…

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Welcome Back on the Buses!

After the Prime Minister’s announcement this morning (17th July 2020), about using public transport for all journeys, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) says it looks forward to welcoming us back on board. As COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased, Boris Johnson has said it’s now okay to catch a bus for any journey, not just for essential travel. With both Ruddington’s Navy 3 and Green 10 services now back to a full timetable that means a leisure trip by bus for a #RuddyGoodDayOut is back on the agenda! However, passengers…

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The Old Bakehouse Tearoom

If you’re looking for a cosy and welcoming place you can pop into for tea or coffee, and perhaps a bite to eat, you must give Ruddington’s Old Bakehouse Tearoom a try! Owner Lesley Wells and her staff always go that extra mile to make you feel at home in quintessentially English surroundings. Closed for two months earlier this year, due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, it’s now back in action for both pre-booked eat in and takeaway food – with deliveries also still available. For the time being, though, it’s open just…

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Ruddington Building Society Branch Set to Shut

It’s been revealed that Ruddington’s last remaining building society branch is earmarked for closure – and it could be gone before the end of the year. The Nottingham has delivered this bad news as part of its announcement of a ‘Strategic estate agency alliance with Belvoir Group PLC‘ in which their respective estate agency and lettings services will be merged. These include the brands Belvoir, Northwood, Newton Fallowell and Lovelle which are are set to be made available at both companies’ offices by the end of July. Chief Executive Officer of The Nottingham,…

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‘So Far So Good’ Say Police

Rushcliffe Police say Saturday’s easing of ‘lockdown’ restrictions – meaning Ruddington’s numerous pubs and other hospitality venues could reopen their premises – did not create any major issues for its officers. As we reported on ‘Super Saturday’ (July 4th), the new freedoms saw the centre of our village the busiest it’s been for many months (top photo) helped by the return of the Ruddington Village Market, on The Green. Most villagers and visitors seemed to be adhering to the required ‘social distancing’ guidelines. Julie Smith of the Black Cat Café tells us:…

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Mascari Masterclass ‘Back to Business’ Offer!

Now that its Ruddington showroom is open again, following the easing of the government’s Coronavirus restrictions, the team at Kitchens by Mascari is inviting you to turn the dream kitchen you’ve been planning into a reality by taking advantage of a very special, time-limited offer. “The COVID-19 pandemic certainly took us, like many others, by surprise” admits Managing Director Rob Mascari. “But we are delighted to be back in business and starting to see a return to some normality.” Despite the last few months’ challenges for the family company, he says…

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NCT is “Good to Go!”

Ruddington’s main bus operator has achieved Visit Britain’s official industry standard, which confirms it’s following industry and Government guidance on COVID-19, ‘social distancing’ and cleanliness. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) runs our village’s frequent and friendly Navy 3 and Green 10 services – which returned to a full timetable on June 28th – and has now officially been awarded “Good to Go!” status. This new standard is a sign of businesses being able to demonstrate that they are adhering to the COVID-19 guidance issued by the government for their sector, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment…

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Back to a “New” Normal at The Bottle Top

When Ruddington’s The Bottle Top celebrated its first year of trading on 10th May 2020 it was during unprecedented times – in the middle of a nationwide ‘lockdown’ caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. As an ‘essential’ business, permitted to remain open by the Government, owners Anthony and Alex Preston decided they would do so. Throughout the restrictions they continued to serve residents with essential supplies at a time when our village supermarkets were struggling to keep up with demand. As before, the shop kept Ruddingtonians stocked with products such as plastic-free fresh fruit…

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Village Market on The Green Hailed a Huge Success

This weekend Ruddington Village Market returned after a four month physical absence, and it was a huge success – with organisers, traders and visitors doing an outstanding job of relaunching as a ‘socially distanced’ market in its new location on the village green. At 9am everyone was ready to go, and queues started forming at some of the most missed and hotly anticipated stands. Market regulars Split Screen Coffee, Beeston Brownies and Duke & Grey had orderly queues forming from early on, with small orange cones marking the 2 metre queuing…

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