Back to “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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Vandals Strike at Ruddington Farm

A clear-up operation is underway following more mindless vandalism in our village – this time causing serious environmental pollution at a farm south of Rushcliffe Country Park. The incident was discovered on Monday morning when a partner in the Ruddington arable farming business found its large irrigation pond had been illegally accessed and pumping equipment there damaged. “Over the weekend, Sunday evening at a guess, a group of people must’ve been partying at the pond” the partner told RUDDINGTON.info. “As I was walking towards the pond, at about 6am, I suddenly became aware…

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Car Parking Charges Return at Country Park

After six weeks of visitors being able to enjoy FREE parking since the partial reopening of Ruddington’s country park facilities to visitors, Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) has announced its charges will resume soon. With the further, recent Government easing of COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions, from Monday June 29th, the pay-and-display rate of £1 per day will be reintroduced – allowing a maximum 8 hour stay. Blue badge holders can still get 3 hours free within the 11 dedicated disabled spaces. Regular visitors to Rushcliffe Country Park can also buy an annual parking…

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‘Go Wild in June’ & Geoff’s ‘Hedgehog Award Challenge’!

Now that ‘flaming June’ is here, can you do one wild thing a day throughout the whole of the month? Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust believes you can! Despite the usual ‘Rushcliffe Country Park Wildlife Watch Group’ and other organised events at Rushcliffe Country Park being suspended due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the latest easing of restrictions means it’s still possible to take part in the annual nature challenge safely whilst observing ‘social distancing’ regulations. ’30 Days Wild’ is billed as a fun, feel-good challenge run by The Wildlife Trusts every June –…

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Will Tips Reopening Reduce This Fly-Tipping Menace?

It’s hoped eyesore scenes like these over the weekend in Ruddington will become less frequent once all Nottinghamshire County Council recycling centres reopen for residents – then businesses – over the next eight days. This latest fly-tip (top) of a mattress and other household waste was captured on camera by local photographer Paul Witney along Asher Lane. Rubbish including a child’s buggy and artificial Christmas tree was also dumped illegally on a verge alongside Wilford Road, obstructing the footpath (right). Waste from both of these locations will now have to…

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Stay Off the Tracks!

Managers at Ruddington’s heritage railway centre have issued a trespass warning – after reports that a number of people have been walking along their tracks between here and East Leake. It seems the problem started as villagers sought out longer, ‘socially distanced’ walks when exercise restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak were eased. It also appears to have been exacerbated by an online video blog recommending this activity – for which the blogger has since apologised. It’s clear that she, and others taking to the empty tracks, didn’t…

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Calling Ruddington Creatives!

Whilst their regular meetings at The Next Episode are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions, a village based art group is hoping we’ll show our creative flair ‘remotely’ by taking part in an exciting new competition. Ruddington Art & Craft Society is inviting submissions by email on the theme of ‘Our Wonderful World’ between now and the end of this month. It’s open to all age groups – with ‘arty’ prizes relevant to the age category and a special exhibition promised for entrants’ art work once ‘social…

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You Cannot Bee Serious?!

Since the COVID-19 Coronavirus ‘lockdown’ began, there’s not been much of a ‘buzz’ around Ruddington village centre on a Sunday. However, today it was a ‘hive’ of activity! This was the scene as one motorist went to her car on Charles Street at lunchtime – to discover that a swarm of bees had taken rather a fancy to it! Alex Preston from The Bottle Top, who captured the image above, reported them to bee keeper Keith – who provides their High Street shop with local Thrumpton Honey. She was informed they…

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Country Park Partial Reopening

As Government ‘lockdown’ restrictions are eased a little, Rushcliffe Borough Council has announced the reopening of some car parks at its open spaces, tennis courts and skate parks. These include a limited number of facilities at Ruddington’s Country Park – which were closed in March due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The Authority says risk assessments have been completed with its teams and third parties to ensure all can be accessed in line with government advice. However visitors are asked to ensure social distancing of two metres is maintained at…

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Asher Lane Angst as Developer Moves In

Even before any actual construction work has begun at Ruddington’s new ‘Wilbur Chase’ development, the housing company who’ll be building it is being accused of breaching Rushcliffe Borough Council‘s planning conditions. Outline approval for 175 homes was controversially granted on appeal at the former Green Belt site north of Asher Lane just two years’ ago – despite significant local opposition including an initial planning refusal by the Borough Council.  Following the Government Planning Inspector’s nod, Avant Homes then won the tender from landowner Space Foods Limited to carry out the work. Its detailed…

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