Open Gardens Raises over £2K for Children’s Charities

Organisers are celebrating the success of last weekend’s “Ruddington Open Gardens” – after the final tally revealed that £2280 was raised for kids’ charities! This total will be split between Save the Children and Action for Children. Over 400 people bought the special programmes and enjoyed perfect weather for the biennial event on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday 24th June – when 14 village gardens and allotments were opened to the public. Many were serving refreshments whilst other attractions included “live” music in the Methodist Church, teas in the church hall, a…

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Ruddingtonians Return from Uganda

Four trustees of Ruddington based charity The Mustard Seed Project have arrived home from their trip to Uganda having received invaluable, personal updates on its work. Founders of the charity Sally Squires and Jayne Henson, who’re both staff at James Peacock Infant & Nursery School, were joined on their second trip to the country by fellow educators Ian Mawer (the Deputy Head Teacher at St Peter’s C of E Junior School) and Professor Louise Mullany (of Nottingham University). The first stop for the quartet was the capital city Kampala, where they…

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New Charity Shop Opens

In January we revealed that a new Children’s Society shop was coming to Ruddington. We’re glad to report that it began trading TODAY (Friday 23rd March) from Number 2 Easthorpe Street. It was officially opened at 10.30am by the Mayor of Rushcliffe Councillor Barrie Cooper. This is our village’s THIRD charity shop, sited where Crusader Gifts‘ clearance shop – and previously  Something Special – used to be. This prominent corner unit had lain empty for most of the last two years so to see it back in use, and bustling with activity, is…

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Mustard Seed Success

Ruddington’s Mustard Seed Project has revealed it’s made a four figure sum from its latest fundraiser – and then some! The charity – which secures funds to provide clean water, food and an education for children in Teso, Uganda – held its second ‘Knickers for Knowledge Fashion Show’ at St Peter’s School in our village last night (Friday 9th March) asking for donations of new knickers, a bra or a child’s book from those who attended. But the money raised came primarily from the event tickets, the sale of top…

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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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Alice’s Haircut for Children’s Wigs

A Ruddington nine year-old has just lost her much-loved long locks – so she can donate her hair to a children’s charity. Kind hearted Alice Rogers, who attends St Peter’s School, has gone even further – using her father Wayne’s JustGiving page to also raise money for The Little Princess Trust. This is a charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young adults who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses. Alice explains: “We were watching a TV programme about Bradley Lowery –…

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Getting Set for Uganda

2018 is certainly shaping up to be a big year for Ruddington’s Mustard Seed Project! As regular readers will know, this is the fundraising group set up by James Peacock Infants School teachers Sally Squires and Jayne Henson inspired by their visit to Uganda in the Summer of 2016. Following the Project’s formal establishment as a registered charity, and the election of a board of trustees, they are returning to Uganda to visit the communities they are supporting. JPS assistant head teacher Sally and teaching assistant Jayne, along with St Peters Junior School Deputy Head Ian Mawer…

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Third Charity Shop for Ruddington

Our Nottinghamshire Hospice and Honeycomb Christian Charity shops will soon have company – as an established national charity for vulnerable children and young people prepares to open an outlet in the village. The Children’s Society, which already has half a dozen branches in Nottinghamshire, will be soon be fundraising from 2 Easthorpe Street. Apart from a few months as Crusader Gifts‘ clearance shop, this unit has more or less sat empty since Something Special moved out of there around two years’ ago. The Children’s Society’s Regional Retail Manager, Dominique Scott,…

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Random Acts of Kindness in Ruddington

Mystery surrounds the identity of the kind-hearted benefactor, or benefactors, who’ve spread some welcome, festive cheer to numerous households in our area over the Christmas period. Envelopes marked “R.A.K. Random Act of Kindness” landed in letterboxes around Ruddington, Clifton and Silverdale – each containing £100! However the handwriting on the front appears different on some of them – suggesting perhaps more than one person was involved. Maria Watson of Clifton Donation Group helped to spread the word about the generous gifts saying they were a “Random Act Of Kindness from an amazing, anonymous…

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Festive Foodbank Thanks

On Saturday (9th December) our local “NG11 Foodbank” foodbank held its Christmas appeal in Ruddington’s Sainsbury’s and Co-op supermarkets – and they’ve hailed it a great success. Jill Reedman told us: “It was a cold, frosty morning but shoppers demonstrated the spirit of Christmas by their generous donations. They were invited to donate an item from a list which included festive treats like mince pies and Christmas puddings, as well as regular staples like tinned tomatoes and tea. Jo and I collected 4 trolleys full of groceries in the Co op,…

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