COVID Kits Now Available in Ruddington

The gradual easing of Coronavirus restrictions means you may now wish to take the opportunity to get together with a wider circle of people in our village (and beyond) to exercise and socialise – albeit in a ‘socially distanced’ way. However, all personal contact still carries risks, even if you’ve been vaccinated. Therefore, if you’d like to reassure yourself you have not picked up COVID-19 which you could inadvertently pass on to others, you can now collect a FREE kit from Evans Pharmacy on Charles Street. This ‘lateral flow test’…

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Alpha Goes Online

There’ll be a brand new way of finding your faith in Ruddington next month – with another virtual initiative from St Peter’s Church. Whilst its services have already been available online for quite some time, due to the Coronavirus ‘lockdown’, this is the first time its ten week Alpha Course will be available to ‘attend’ from home via Zoom. Alpha Online Coordinator, Dorothy Houghton, explains: “Though COVID-19 restrictions are easing, people still are wary about getting together with others. Alpha Online is safe. The beauty of it is that there’s…

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FREE Family Support During COVID Challenges

A Ruddington resident is one of the co-founders of a new project to help families with young children deal with the psychological strains of the Coronavirus pandemic. Debra Webster (pictured top in Rushcliffe Country Park) is already known to many around our village as one of the organisers of Ruddington Art & Craft Society. Her ‘Emotions Toolkit’ is currently being offered for FREE to village parents and carers of children under five years’ old. Emotions Toolkit was co-founded with Jackie Wilson, who has been providing self development and empowerment coaching…

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Lockdown Bike Fixes

Meet Ruddington resident Julian Bentley! He is a self-employed maths tutor who, like many others, watched his normal workload drop away during ‘lockdown’ although continued to offer some Maths tutoring by video. Meantime, as lockdown began, Julian noticed a lot of new bicycle riders in and around the village – many of whom were having difficulties such as saddles set too low, insufficiently inflated tyres and so on. “I knew from spending three years as a cycle Instructor that a lot of new riders would have a knowledge gap around cycling…

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Ruddington Photographer’s Lockdown Legacy

A Ruddington based photographer has launched a unique doorstep project which aims to capture the community spirit of our village during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. ‘Portraits Of This Time: Faces of Lockdown’ is an expanding portfolio of images taken by Peter McConnochie (pictured above on his own doorstep), who’s known professionally as Urban Scot Photography. He has already begun documenting these unprecedented times along the numerous residential streets of our substantial South Nottinghamshire village. “When the lockdown measures were introduced I was unable to get out and create street portraits or…

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Remote Meditation in Ruddington

Ruddington resident Jakki Pritchard is already well known in our village for her regular Mindfulness courses in the Old Chapel of the Framework Knitters’ Museum. Sadly the outbreak of COVID-19 Coronavirus reaching our shores, and the resulting lockdown across the UK to try to prevent its spread, means it’s very uncertain when such group activities might be able to resume. However, Jakki’s main concern right now is for people’s state of mind whilst confined to their homes – especially if living alone. She’s particularly worried for the elderly and vulnerable…

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‘Ruddington Rhythm’ Launches!

Our village’s regular, acoustic music night now has a new name. The monthly gathering at The Cottage Hotel will be known as ‘Ruddington Rhythm’ in the future – rather than ‘Ruddington Folk & Blues’. Organiser Ron McSweeney explains: “I have been considering a change of name for several months. I realised that some people were ‘put off’ attending as audience members by ‘Folk & Blues’ conveying a narrow area of music. We always had a wide range of styles and genres so the name now reflects the diverse music that is performed.” Singer…

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Bowls Club Open Day

If you’ve ever fancied a go at bowling you’ve a chance to try it out for FREE at the weekend. Ruddington Lawn Bowls Club is holding an Open Day on Sunday the 14th of May from 2.30pm to 5pm at their Elms Park base. You’ll be able to try your hand at bowls, hear about the club and enjoy refreshments. Whether you’re experienced or a novice, you’re invited drop in (take a friend!) and see if the game and our village club are for you? Experienced players wishing to return to the game are also very welcome to go along, to try the green…

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