Book Your Trip With Santa!

It may only be September, but tickets are now on sale at Ruddington’s Great Central Railway (Nottingham) for their famous, festive steam train trips with Father Christmas! The ‘Santa Specials’ mean the whole family can enjoy a scenic, winter journey through some beautiful South Nottinghamshire countryside. Most importantly, however, passengers can meet and take ‘selfies’ with the big man in the red suit during their journey. Director Phil Stanway told us: “Despite what has been a difficult year with multiple high value vandalism attacks, our Santa Specials are back, bigger and…

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Acts of Christmas Kindness in Ruddington

For the second year running, householders in our village have reported envelopes stuffed with cash being pushed through their letterboxes over Christmas! Once again, the envelopes filled with £20 notes have been delivered anonymously – marked only with the words “R. A. K. Random Act of Kindness”. Among the recipients were Dee & Lol of Ashworth Avenue. Dee got in touch with RUDDINGTON.info to say: “I would like to say a big thank you to the anonymous donor who posted an envelope containing £100 through my letterbox. I am not…

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Ruddington’s Festive Buses

Once again our village is being well served by public transport over the festive period – with only Christmas Day and New Year’s Day seeing no services at all. For the sixth year running, Ruddington is benefitting from a Boxing Day bus service, too. Nottingham City Transport‘s Green 10 is running up to every half an hour throughout the day. NCT’s Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith said: “Boxing Day is an important day for the sales, but it’s also an important day for our employees to be able to spend time with their family…

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By Yourself On Christmas Day?

If so, you needn’t be! Ruddington Baptist Church is hosting another Christmas Day lunch for people who would otherwise be alone on December 25th. Organiser Gwynneth Owen says: “Residents of all ages are welcome – whether your family has flown the nest, they’re too far away, or it’s just ‘complicated’. Come and join us along with other folk for a warm and friendly get together on Christmas Day!” Doors will open at one o’clock for welcome drinks and nibbles – with Christmas dinner plus all the trimmings being served at…

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A Ruddy Good Christmas is Coming!

With ‘Halloween month’ and ‘firework fortnight’ now behind us, it may be alarming to realise that Christmas is less than six weeks’ away! However, rest assured, festive plans at venues around our village are already well advanced. Ruddington’s FIRST chance to see Santa Claus is actually on Friday November 30th at St Peter’s School on Ashworth Avenue. Their annual ‘Christmas Fair’ runs from 6pm until 8pm – and you can book in advance to see Santa by clicking >>HERE<<. The BIG ‘Ruddington Christmas Fayre’ will be held the day after…

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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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On Your Own This Christmas?

If so, you needn’t be! Ruddington Baptist Church is hosting a Christmas Day dinner for people who would otherwise be alone on December the 25th. Residents of all ages are welcome – whether your family has flown the nest, they’re too far away, or it’s just “complicated”. You’re invited to join them and other village folk for a warm and friendly get together on Christmas Day. Doors will open at 1:00pm for welcome drinks and nibbles – with lunch being served at around 2.00pm. That’ll be followed at about 3:30pm by…

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Snowtime!

With just two weeks to go until Christmas Eve, Ruddington was turned into a winter wonderland today – as shown by this slideshow of village photographs posted to our social media sites:- Our thanks to everyone who shared a snowy photo. As you can see, there was quite a lot of dog walking going on! Although Ruddington was not affected as badly as many parts of the region it was certainly enough to put many people into a festive mood – especially as the snow fell on a Sunday. Despite…

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A Goat for Christmas?

The gift of a chicken, goat, sheep or cow to help families in Uganda become self-sufficient is the latest initiative from ‘The Mustard Seed Project’.  This is the Ruddington 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 which “taught us that a tiny seed can produce amazing results”. For a rather different and special Christmas present the village-based charity is now offering people the chance to donate anything between £5 and £100 to help Ugandan families living on…

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Christmas at St Peter’s Church

Following their involvement again in this year’s Ruddington Christmas Fayre on Saturday, St Peter’s Church is reminding us of the range of festive events and services still to come this month. THIS Saturday, December 9th, Ruddington and District Choral Society, along with the Ruddington Chamber Ensemble and soloists from the University of Nottingham, are presenting “A Christmas Feast of Baroque Music”. They’ll be performing Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, Bach’s Wachet Auf Cantata, as well as the Pastorale from Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, the Pastoral Symphony from Handel’s Messiah, and the Sinfonia from…

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