Educational Gift for Ruddington’s Eleven Year Olds

Do you live in Ruddington and have a son or daughter with a birthday between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2007 who attends a school outside the Parish? If so, they’re still eligible for a special gift! It’s all thanks to James Peacock – who was born in Ruddington around 1585 before leaving for London when he was 14 years old as an apprentice to leather merchant Thomas Smith. James became a very successful businessman but, when he died in 1641, he had no children to leave his fortune…

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Fancy a Coffee Crawl?

Thousands of revellers are descending on Ruddington this weekend to take full advantage of the hundreds of beers, ciders, wines, spirits and entertainment which make up RuddFest 2018. All being well our pubs will be full – along with people thronging around the dedicated marquee and stalls on The Green. But for those less keen on the alcohol, or needing a break from the stronger stuff, Ruddington has plenty of other village centre venues you can stroll to for a nice, refreshing cup of tea or coffee. This now includes Jasper’s…

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RuddFest Returns!

Ruddington’s now famous annual real ale and cider festival is happening again from Thursday to Sunday this week. The four day “RuddFest” offers over 150 beers and ciders, alongside wines, Prosecco and spirits throughout the village PLUS live entertainment, a big variety of food and fun activities for the kids. The idea of regular beer festivals in Ruddington began at The White Horse in 2006 when the then tenants Tony Beecroft and Jez Curtis decided to make good use of their generous beer garden for a few extra barrels of real ale and cider from…

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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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Ruddington Kids’ Wildlife Group Wins National Prize

A special presentation is taking place in the Education Centre at Rushcliffe Country Park this morning after our local Wildlife Watch Group scooped a national award! Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust‘s Ruddington activities for 8 to 13 year-olds topped entries from across the country to win them the title of “Wildlife Watch Group of the Year”. The judging panel praised their year of fun learning for local children whilst also helping wildlife – documenting dozens of their activities from building a minibeast hotel (above) and a fungi hunt, through to picking litter and making…

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Easter Fun in Rudd

As always, there’s a lot going on in Ruddington for the youngsters during the Easter Holidays! The fun starts on Good Friday (30th March) when the Framework Knitters’ Museum will be holding their annual Easter Bunny Hunt from 11 am to 4pm. Any child who can help the framework knitters find all their knitted bunnies will be rewarded with an Easter Egg. The museum will also be toasting Hot Cross Buns on the cottage range, and the day will be filled with knitting demonstrations and fun activities for the kids. Entry is…

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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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Farewell Ruddington Fun

After almost eight years of providing free, holiday play activities in Ruddington, the team behind ‘Ruddington Fun‘ has announced the sad news that it’s having to call it a day… Founder Barbara Breakwell recounts: “In summer 2010, I started ‘Summer Fun in Ruddington’. This was only possible with the support of Sure Start, Georgina Ratcliffe, who worked for us2gether (a project that supported schools’ extended services) and Ruddington Parish Council. The response to the sessions was amazing and residents asked for more. Consequently, I put out a plea for volunteers and…

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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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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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