“Tour of Britain” Coming To Ruddington!

Over a hundred of the world’s top riders will be passing through Ruddington during the penultimate stage of this year’s OVO Energy “Tour of Britain” cycle race! The announcement comes on the back of last year’s successful event which attracted 210,000 supporters in Nottinghamshire on the day – one of the biggest turnouts across the eight stage race across the UK. The date for your diary is Saturday 8th September, when we’ll be able to cheer on 120 elite cyclists as they speed between West Bridgford and Mansfield in Stage Seven.…

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Twin Town Teams’ Football and Fun!

Ruddington has entertained two young teams from A.G. Grenay, the football club from our French Twin town, Grenay, in north eastern France. From Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May our village hosted a total of 33 people including the Mayor of Grenay and his wife, 21 children aged from 12 to 15 years and a collection of football coaches and parents. Ruddington Parish Councillor Paul Reedman writes: “Their stay proved to be a very busy affair with trips to both Notts County FC, where the children were thrilled to meet…

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“Le Jumelage”

Football will be the focus of this week’s visit by another young group from our “twin town” of Grenay. Although the “Twinning” activities (“Le Jumelage” in French) lapsed for several years, there’s recently been a drive to re-establish links and arrange new exchange trips between Ruddington and Grenay – which lies in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France. Although a town, its last recorded population of 6,899 in 2013 is actually slightly less than ours. The visitors will be here for four days from this Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th May, when…

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Cycling and Hiking for a New Scout Hut Roof

Two village scoutmasters are undertaking some major fundraising challenges this year in the hope of raising enough money to replace their leaky, old asbestos roof. The First Ruddington Scouts building off Ashworth Avenue accommodates around 120 young people aged 6 to 14 across Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. However Dan Clifford {“Falcon”}, a leader at the Beaver Scout colony, says: “Our Scout Hut roof is over 30 years old and can no longer be patched up. Every time it rains we lose about a quarter of our floor space in the main…

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Rushcliffe Ranger’s Rugby Recognition

Did you know that a Ranger at Ruddington’s Country park used to play top flight rugby for Ireland?! Zoe Fordham’s achievements have been marked with the award of an Irish international rugby cap as she celebrated her country’s 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam success – 25 years after she herself played in Ireland’s first ever women’s international. Zoe was among the special few who pulled on the green jersey in a match against Scotland in Edinburgh in 1993. The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) honoured her and the women who followed in…

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The Beast is Back!

Ruddingtonians awoke to another blanket of snow this morning – as the effects of the so-called “Beast from the East #2” were felt across the area. Early casualties were yesterday’s Ruddington Village FC fixture against Awsworth Villa FC at Elms Park and today’s Stroke Association ‘Resolution Run’ at Rushcliffe Country Park – both of which were postponed yesterday, anticipating the icy conditions. Then this morning’s Rushcliffe Junior Parkrun was cancelled due to the snow and ice. Despite this, roads around our village have remained largely open and passable with care…

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Rescheduled 2018 Rushcliffe Run

If you’re a keen runner but thought you’d missed out on taking part in this year’s Rushcliffe 10k & Fun Run there’s good news – you haven’t! Last Sunday’s event was postponed for safety reasons due to the heavy snow and icy conditions – and has been rescheduled for Sunday 25th March. One positive consequence is that a limited number of new spaces have become available for the previously sold out 10k Run – whilst room remains for participants in the 5k Run and 2.5k child friendly Fun Run, too! Organisers Perfect Motion Sports Marketing…

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“The Beast” Hits Ruddington!

After having escaped the worst impacts of the bad weather sweeping the UK earlier this week, Ruddington has seen the heaviest snowfall of the winter during the past 24 hours – thanks to the effects of the so-called “Beast From The East”. Villagers awoke to a blanket of around three inches of drifting snow this morning – accompanied by icy north-easterly winds. Driving conditions were treacherous for a while, however Nottingham City Transport has so far managed to maintain a near-normal service on our Navy 3 and Green 10 buses…

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Is Tom the Fittest?

A Ruddington Village Football Club player is turning heads on national television after joining the ‘Boys’ team on the new ITV2 “battle of the sexes” reality TV show ‘Survival of the Fittest’. Set in the sizzling South African savannah, viewers saw Tom Wilson enter the lodge for the first time yesterday on Day 12 (Thursday 22nd February) and BOTH the teams seemed to be impressed by his physique! He’s been drafted in to try to help The Boys get back to their winning ways against The Girls during the gritty “It’s a Knockout” style fitness challenges. Six foot…

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Penny Did Us Proud!

Villagers who stayed up through the early hours of this morning to watch Ruddington ice dancer Penny Coomes and partner Nick Buckland skate their hearts out for Team GB in the finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang were rewarded with another wonderful performance at the Gangneung Ice Arena. After sailing through yesterday’s Ice Dance to qualify for today, the duo found themselves up in the Bronze Medal position after their Free Dance routine – choreographed by Nottingham ice skating legend Christopher Dean along to music by rock band Muse. (You can watch Penny & Nick’s performance >>HERE<<.)…

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