Goodbye to Shane

Ruddington’s village butcher is going out on a ‘high’ this month – following a few years which have not always been easy for our cheery Church Street retailer. Please see the important update below.* After shop manager Shane Ginty took over the running of the business from original owner Stewart White in 2015, like many independent retailers he faced some very tough trading conditions. The gradual rise in villagers choosing to shop at the big supermarkets and online – coupled with some people cutting down on meat or giving it…

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Christmas Market Cancelled

It’s been announced that Ruddington’s 2020 Christmas Market and Fayre has had to be called off due to continuing concerns about COVID-19. Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) took over the responsibility of organising our village’s biggest, annual, festive event from Ruddington Parish Council earlier this year – and had ambitious new plans to host gazebo stalls and street foods all along Church Street and High Street, along with further food, drink and makers stalls at multiple indoor venues around the village centre. However, despite an easing of government restrictions, it…

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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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‘So Far So Good’ Say Police

Rushcliffe Police say Saturday’s easing of ‘lockdown’ restrictions – meaning Ruddington’s numerous pubs and other hospitality venues could reopen their premises – did not create any major issues for its officers. As we reported on ‘Super Saturday’ (July 4th), the new freedoms saw the centre of our village the busiest it’s been for many months (top photo) helped by the return of the Ruddington Village Market, on The Green. Most villagers and visitors seemed to be adhering to the required ‘social distancing’ guidelines. Julie Smith of the Black Cat Café tells us:…

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Hello to Hospitality and Haircuts in Ruddington

Dubbed ‘Super Saturday’, TODAY sees the latest step in the Government’s easing down of COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ restrictions. Our village pubs, cafés, bars, restaurants, barbers and hairdressers are now permitted to open for the first time since March 20th. It seems the majority in Ruddington are actually doing so. Much work has been going on behind the scenes over the past few weeks whilst the owners and tenants of village venues of many different shapes and sizes have been working out if, how and when they can be ‘Covid safe’ to reopen…

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Ruddington Musician’s Lockdown Legacy

A guitar tutor and session guitarist from our village has something to show for his three months ‘in confinement’ – his debut album! Dan Cartwright, who lives on Brookside Road in Ruddington, has taught guitar and drums at many nearby schools, including South Wolds Academy, West Bridgford School, and Willow Brook Primary. “I started teaching when I left South Wolds Academy in Keyworth in the mid-nineties” says Dan. “Since then I’ve been in various bands and must have played nearly every pub/club in Notts. But, nine years ago, my daughter…

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The Village Market Returns!

Ruddington’s popular, monthly market will be back this July – after being suspended for the past three months due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. Now that Government ‘lockdown’ restrictions are being eased, its organisers Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) have decided it will be safe and practical to restart Ruddington Village Market on Saturday July 4th – albeit initially with fewer stalls and a new location to enable ‘social distancing’ at the event. Mark Pinks of RVCP’s Market Team admits: “It’s going to be different for a while. One of the best…

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Auto Crime Dominates Ruddington Offences

New figures just released show that vehicle crime was again the most prevalent problem in our village during May 2020 – even though the total number of offences logged by Rushcliffe Police was lower than the month before. Just ten Ruddington incidents were reported to local officers during the whole of May – compared with thirteen in April. However, these statistics do not include a Nottinghamshire Police drugs raid in our village as part of ‘Operation Alaska’ on May 28th. Beat Managers supported by specialist search trained officers, a force drug dog and the…

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Ruddington COVID-19 Volunteers Recognised

Rushcliffe Councillors are presenting bouquets of flowers to volunteers across the Borough this week as a ‘thank you’ for assisting fellow residents during COVID-19 whilst reflecting National Volunteer Week (June 1st to 7th). Alex Broughton and Sue Matthews {pictured above} of Ruddington Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group have received some beautiful blooms from Phoenix Flowers to recognise their fantastic efforts helping villagers in need during the Coronavirus outbreak. They were nominated for the accolade by Ruddington Councillors Cllr Mike Gaunt, Cllr Jennifer Walker and Cllr Gary Dickman – who themselves have been closely involved in…

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‘Go Wild in June’ & Geoff’s ‘Hedgehog Award Challenge’!

Now that ‘flaming June’ is here, can you do one wild thing a day throughout the whole of the month? Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust believes you can! Despite the usual ‘Rushcliffe Country Park Wildlife Watch Group’ and other organised events at Rushcliffe Country Park being suspended due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the latest easing of restrictions means it’s still possible to take part in the annual nature challenge safely whilst observing ‘social distancing’ regulations. ’30 Days Wild’ is billed as a fun, feel-good challenge run by The Wildlife Trusts every June –…

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