UPDATE: All Schools Must Close From This Tuesday

BREAKING NEWS – 8.00pm Monday 4th January 2021 In a sombre ‘live’ broadcast from Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just announced that a third national ‘lockdown’ in England is being introduced, in a new bid to bring the latest Coronavirus outbreak under control. This time around all schools will be closed, from tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January) until at least the February half-term, with a return to online learning. Exceptions to this will be vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers, who will still be accommodated in class. Mr Johnson…

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New Year Honour for Ruddington Occupational Therapist

A community-spirited village resident says it’s “an incredible honour and privilege” to have been recognised in The Queen’s New Year Honours list for 2021. Kate Robertson, who has become very well known around Ruddington since she moved here from Newark in 1991 with her husband and three young children, will receive an MBE for ‘services to occupational therapy’. She retired from the NHS in 2017 but has remained active both in academic roles and within our village, including helping out during the current Coronavirus pandemic. “Our children went to the village schools…

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Ruddington Moves to Tier 4

Today’s Government announcement that Nottinghamshire, like most of the East Midlands, will move into England’s highest level of current Coronavirus restrictions from New Year’s Eve means that Ruddington will almost be back in ‘Lockdown’ for a third time. It follows growing concerns about the new and apparently much more infectious variant of COVID-19 which is spreading alarmingly across Britain – leading to record numbers of confirmed new infections and hospitalizations. Starting at 00:01 on Thursday December 31st, our shift up to Tier 4 effectively returns us to the ‘lockdown’ rules of…

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Ruddington Buses Under Tier 4

Following the announcement that Ruddington will be put into England’s ‘new’ highest level of COVID-19 restrictions to start 2021, our village’s main bus operator says the latest change will not alter the existing schedules of either its Navy 3 or Green 10 services. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) hopes that, by maintaining its current service levels under Tier 4, buses will continue to be less busy to enable better social distancing (and therefore safer travel) as we head back to work.* NCT says: “Nottingham and Nottinghamshire moving to Tier 4 restrictions from Thursday 31st December 2020 has…

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Ruddington’s Festive Snow

It’s not very frequently we get snow within the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ in our part of the East Midlands. However, villagers awoke to the first significant snowfall of the winter this morning – much to the delight of our younger residents. As the photographs above taken by Sarah Godfrey demonstrate, Ruddington was ready! Perkins Hardware was open bright and early and doing a roaring trade in sledges, 6 year-old Edwin was out in front of St Peter’s Rooms’ Christmas display building ‘Jerry’ the snowman, whilst our new shopping precinct…

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WALK #4 – Ruddington to Bradmore – and back

This is the fourth walk in the series – and we have already headed south, north and west – so this stroll takes in countryside to the east of Ruddington, around the pretty village of Bradmore. The walk takes about three hours and is about four and a half miles long. Unlike the previous walks, there are no nature trails or country parks, but paths and tracks across open countryside and farmland, so please ensure that you are wearing sturdy footwear, or preferably good quality hiking boots. As with all the…

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Ruddington’s One Day ‘COVID’ Christmas

The new and more infectious mutation of the Coronavirus, which is now spreading alarmingly across Britain, has caused dozens of countries to suspend travel from the UK as well as halting freight across The English Channel – leading to worries about food shortages. It’s also confounded festive plans for many in our village and beyond. Not only must our many hospitality businesses remain closed throughout (except for takeaways or delivery) but any long distance family get-togethers in our homes have had to be cancelled, too. For now, Ruddington remains in Tier 3 – which is…

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Where’s My Bus?

If you’re a frequent user of Ruddington’s Navy 3 or Green 10 buses, inevitably you will find times when our village services aren’t quite running to schedule – due to heavy traffic, mechanical problems, or other issues. As well as the illuminated displays at many bus stops, for a while you’ve also been able to check on the NCTX website or ‘phone app what time the next bus(es) will actually be reaching your stop, to prevent unnecessary hanging about in the cold. Now Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has gone a stage further…

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Christmas Drink-Drive Warning

Even though the current Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions mean pubs in Ruddington and beyond remain closed, other than for takeaways, Rushcliffe Police warn they’re very much still on the lookout for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Commenting on two such arrests in our area today, Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry says: “The Rushcliffe response team were carrying out enforcement work as part of the county-wide Christmas drink and drug driving campaign. As part of this, we have access to additional resources and we are committed to carrying through…

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£5K Funding Boost for Village Market

As hundreds of visitors flocked to today’s festive Ruddington Village Market, its volunteer organisers learned they’d won a grant from Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) to make it even better next year! RUDDINGTON.info can reveal that Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP), which runs the monthly event on The Green, has been awarded ‘matched funding’ of £5,359 to purchase larger marquees for the market and other community events plus secure storage for equipment and rubber matting for pedestrian walkways. The market was moved from its original venue of The White Horse onto the…

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