A hard working village community group and our newest high street shop are both in the running for one of this year’s Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards.
Organised by Rushcliffe Borough Council, and co-promoted by West Bridgford Wire, the annual community accolades celebrate volunteers, businesses, clubs, organisations, environmentalists, sports teams and athletes in the district and the best of its health and wellbeing and food and drink sectors in eleven categories. Even though the full shortlist isn’t officially announced until next week, we can reveal that Ruddington is up for a gong in two of those categories.
Ruddington Village Market posted on social media: “Whoa! Super-thrilled to hear that we’ve been shortlisted for a Celebrating Rushcliffe Award for Community Group of the Year! Thank you so much to everyone that’s supported us! Fingers and toes crossed.”
Our Village Market began in February 2019 and now takes place on the first Saturday of every month. It’s a collaboration between volunteers from The Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) and The White Horse Inn and has proved to be a great success among locals and visitors alike. This award recognises “…a club, organisation or community group who may have achieved success and are helping create a sense of place, epitomising what makes Rushcliffe great by coming together to improve their local area.”
Also celebrating being on this year’s shortlist in the Business of the Year category is Ruddington’s The Bottle Top, at 2 High Street, which only began trading in May. From the premises previously occupied by Thomas’s Greengrocers for over sixty years, husband and wife team Anthony and Alex Preston have brought the famous shop back to life with a range of products not previously available in our village. In addition to it now being an off-licence, The Bottle Top also heralds the return of a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables without all the plastic packaging, alongside other eco-friendly products, refills and a raft of sustainable living initiatives promoted by Alex via social media. They’ve also become involved in the Village Market and Anthony has started running quarterly beer festivals at the shop. Read more >>HERE<<.
The full awards shortlist from right across he area will be revealed by Rushcliffe Borough Council next week. Then the winners will then be announced and celebrated in a special ceremony on Wednesday November 20th.