Bringing History To Life…

…that’s the aim of Ruddington’s multi-award winning Framework Knitters’ Museum – which has just reopened for its 2018 season. This nationally renowned heritage site is a true gem for us to have at the heart of our village. But the success of the popular and historic tourist attraction does rely very heavily on volunteers – and this is where they’re hoping villagers with a little spare time on their hands may come forward to help. They’re currently asking for potential recruits to get in touch – with a chance to make…

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Horrors of the Holocaust

This month Ruddington remembers The Holocaust… The liberation of Auschwitz occurred on 27th January 1945 and this day is now commemorated each year with International Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).  HMD remembers not just the millions of victims of the Nazis during World War II but also the victims of later genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and Cambodia. Ruddington Parish Council is going to mark HMD this year with a display in St Peter’s Rooms which will be available to view from Monday 22nd January 2018 until Saturday 27th January during normal Parish Office opening…

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Former DIY Shop Plans Approved

Two rather striking new buildings WILL be built in Ruddington after a revised state-of-the-art scheme for a former DIY shop site was finally given the go-ahead by Rushcliffe planners. It’s third time lucky for the contemporary designs after two previous submissions in a similar style were rejected. Permission was originally refused primarily on the basis of “an over-intensive development of the site” and “poor design that fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of an area and the way it functions”. H.A. Bostock ceased trading at 70 Wilford Road in…

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Framework Knitters’ Museum Survey

The Framework Knitters’ Museum has ambitious plans to redevelop and expand its Ruddington site. It’s applying for Heritage Lottery funding to help achieve this, and an important part of this process is gathering the views of the community. So the popular Nottinghamshire tourist attraction is giving us chance to have our say NOW to help shape its future plans in the form of a ten minute online survey – which can be accessed via the link below: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/3F4UH/ The survey needs to be filled in by Monday the 14th of…

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Ruddington “Wakes” Funfair

The dates for the 2017 Ruddington “Wakes” Funfair have now been confirmed by Ruddington Parish Council. As usual, it will be sited on Sellors’ Recreation Ground on Wilford Road. This year it will be open from Thursday the 20th to Sunday the 23rd of July. The traditional, family event, run by Cox’s Amusements, dates back one hundred years, when the St Peter’s Feast was the start of the school holidays in the village, around the 29th of June. “The Wakes” were then held on The Green but, since 1968, have taken place each year on Sellors’…

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New Lectern for Ruddington’s War Heroes

Parish Councillors have resolved to remember those from our village who died serving our country with a new lectern at Ruddington’s War Memorial. It will replace the one already there (pictured top) and will be a “Roll of Honour” to those who fell during the First and Second World Wars and in Korea. The proposal was put forward because the names carved on the War Memorial itself are still difficult to read despite the restoration work that was carried out in 2013. In addition, the current lectern in the War Memorial Garden which acknowledges Nottinghamshire…

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Sainsbury’s for Sale?!

Eagle eyed shoppers will have noticed that our Sainsbury’s Local on Dutton’s Hill is up for auction – well, the building, at least! This week a yellow sign has appeared which seems to signal a very definite end to the Grices of Ruddington legacy at 12/14 Wilford Road – where the family first began trading back in 1909. (You can read more about the history >>HERE<<.) In recent memory the business had sold furniture – then specialised purely in electrical goods and kitchen appliances – with brothers Tony and Steven Grice continuing the historic family firm started by Reuben Grice (senior) all those years ago. But,…

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Spring Art Exhibition

The Spring 2017 Art Exhibition has now begun in the Chapel Gallery at Ruddington’s Framework Knitters Museum. The exhibition – the museum’s fifth in total and fourth in partnership with the Nottingham Society of Artists – features work by three popular local artists: Doreen Hunt, Richard Simkins and 94 year old Nigel Corlett. Having opened on Saturday 4th March, the exhibition will run until Saturday 27th May – taking in the Easter school holidays and benefiting from Sunday opening days at the museum, which start on Easter Sunday. The Chapel Gallery opened…

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Framework Knitters’ Museum Reopens

Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum reopens today (Wednesday February 1st) after the winter break. The fourth exhibition at the Chapel Art Gallery, which opened in November 2016, also resumes. This features Nottinghamshire artists Lynda Childs, Dawn Wilsher and Nigel Boughton-Smith. It will continue until Wednesday the 22nd of February. The Chapel Art Gallery, which opened in spring 2016, is a partnership between The Nottingham Society of Artists and the museum. It features work from some of Nottinghamshire’s best known artists, and a contribution from the sale of any artworks is split between the museum and…

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Grices Goes Under

Long term Ruddington residents will be saddened to learn that one our village’s most famous family firms has gone out of business after over a century. Grices of Ruddington was actually established as a workshop and garage in 1909 by Reuben Grice (senior) and his wife Catherine who then lived at 12/14 Wilford Road. Initially they sold and repaired bicycles there, even mending vehicles from the MOD during the war years.  He introduced a petrol pump with a hose that swung out over Dutton’s Hill to fill up the few cars that were around…

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