Skating Into the Future

Construction work is now underway on a brand new ‘plaza’ style skatepark in Ruddington – which should be ready for use by this spring. Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) is building a replacement concrete facility at Rushcliffe Country Park which has been designed by Canvas (top image) in close collaboration with the young people from our village and elsewhere who will use it. It’s hoped the contemporary skatepark will meet the needs of future Olympic skateboarders and BMXers from Ruddington and the surrounding areas. As shown in Charlene Robinson’s photo below, workmen have now moved…

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The Adventures of SIMMO

A Ruddington illustrator and amateur footballer is paying tribute to one of his team mates with a series of amusing comic strips about the colourful player. Defender Kev Brett (pictured top) has embarked on a fun project to capture “The Adventures of SIMMO” – illustrated cartoons featuring the antics of Jake Simmons, one of the stars of Ruddington F.C.‘s squad. So far he’s created SEVEN comic strips featuring Jake, which you can see below. (Just click pause on the image until you’re ready to see the next one). We’ll keep adding…

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No Beer from the Pub!

In another blow to our hospitality venues, one of the new restrictions added by the Government in the third ‘National lockdown’ is that public houses in England can no longer serve takeaway alcohol from their premises. Whilst no initial mention was made of this by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his Monday night announcement (4th January 2021), it’s since been revealed that such venues are now restricted to selling alcohol by delivery only – meaning beer collection services being successfully run by pubs such as The Frame Breakers in Ruddington…

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Stay Safe in our Play Areas this Christmas

Residents and visitors to Rushcliffe Country Park and other public open spaces and play areas in Ruddington are being reminded to follow simple steps to have fun safely through the festive season. Rushcliffe Borough Council anticipates its Country Parks in particular will remain very popular over the holidays, as villagers and visitors feel the need to get regular exercise and fresh air to assist with both our physical and mental health.  Additionally, we are still only able to meet up with others in public open spaces under with continuing Tier 3…

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Supporting Good Causes at Ruddington Co-op

Every year shoppers at our village Co-op help to provide much needed cash for three local good causes via their ‘Local Community Fund’. During the last funding year, the Ruddington branch handed out a total of £11,458.25 to local projects in need via ‘The Big Co-op Payout’ – split between Ruddington District Girl Guiding, NG11 Foodbank and Together@Clifton. Sandy Flavill and Sally Beards of Ruddington Girlguiding are pictured (top) receiving their cheque for £3737.37 from store manager Chris Bradbury. When Co-op members buy selected Co‑op products and services, the shop gives back 2p for every…

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Hospitality Hit Hardest by ‘Return’ to Tier 3

Today’s news that Ruddington will fall back under Tier 3 restrictions when the current ‘lockdown’ ends has not come as a great surprise to residents and traders. However, the Government’s decision to make revised Tier 3 measures even harsher for the hospitality sector has understandably caused dismay among our many village pub, restaurant and cafe owners. From December 2nd they’ll find themselves remaining under the same restrictions as during the current COVID-19 ‘lockdown’, rather than being able to open again if they are serving substantial meals, as previously. So, in line with the…

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Final Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Launched

Since our Ruddington Village Plan was published in the summer of 2017 another hard working group of volunteers has been taking things a stage further with a Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan (RNP) to give our local community additional influence on how the village should grow and develop in the future. Backed by Ruddington Parish Council this type of plan has more ‘teeth’ than its predecessor in determining planning policy and outcomes – such as where we’d prefer new homes, shops and offices to be built. It’s also allowed villagers to have our say on what these new buildings should…

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Community Centre Consultation

It’s almost a year since Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) announced it had completed the purchase of the former Youth & Community Centre site on The Green from Nottinghamshire County Council for use by our whole village community in the future. It has lain empty and disused since December 2016, with the main building having to be boarded up in 2018 (top) following repeated acts of vandalism. After lengthy negotiations, RPC Chairman Allen Wood finally received the keys from County Councillor Reg Adair eleven months’ ago amid great celebration and anticipation. He commented…

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Village Tennis Star Secures Title Double in Prague!

Ruddington’s James Shaw has completed his 2020 season in fine style after winning both the quad singles and quad doubles titles in the Wheelchair Tennis at the Prague Cup Czech Indoor.  The 25-year-old world No.19, who is part of the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme, beat fellow Brit and top seed Antony Cotterill 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the quad singles final before partnering Cotterill to make it two wins from two round-robin matches in the quad doubles event.   Second seed Shaw, who started his quad singles campaign with a…

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Second National ‘Lockdown’ Confirmed

All non-essential retailers and hospitality businesses in Ruddington will be forced to close again this week if plans revealed by the Prime Minister today receive parliamentary backing. With trick-or-treating already off the agenda for tonight, Boris Johnson’s Hallowe’en announcement is a scary warning that even more urgent action is required to stem the alarming second surge of COVID-19 infections in England. It follows stricter measures already announced in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Mr Johnson was joined by England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and the government’s chief scientific adviser…

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