Where’s Ma’s Mah Jong Gone?

An appeal has been launched by a member of a famous Ruddington family for an item of great sentimental value which was accidentally given to a village charity shop. Musician Guy Phethean is on the hunt for a ‘Mah Jong’ set, belonging to his mother Kathy, donated to the Nottinghamshire Hospice Shop in Ruddington in the autumn of 2018. Guy (pictured above with Kathy) now lives in Essex but is keen to track down the set, and the associated hand-made wooden racks. They hold precious memories of his mum who died…

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Ruddington Moves to Tier 4

Today’s Government announcement that Nottinghamshire, like most of the East Midlands, will move into England’s highest level of current Coronavirus restrictions from New Year’s Eve means that Ruddington will almost be back in ‘Lockdown’ for a third time. It follows growing concerns about the new and apparently much more infectious variant of COVID-19 which is spreading alarmingly across Britain – leading to record numbers of confirmed new infections and hospitalizations. Starting at 00:01 on Thursday December 31st, our shift up to Tier 4 effectively returns us to the ‘lockdown’ rules of…

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Pub Doors Stay Closed for Christmas

In another blow for Ruddington’s hospitality venues, The Government has decided the whole of Nottinghamshire will retain Tier 3 ‘very high alert’ status throughout December. Despite the fact that data sources such as the Zoe COVID App are indicating Coronavirus numbers have been falling steadily in Rushcliffe, the strictest COVID-19 rules will remain in place here when the next rule change happens this weekend. It’s blamed on continuing high rates of infection countywide, with their trajectory and pressures on the local health and social care system being cited as the factors considered…

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Ruddington’s County Candidates for 2021

Although we’ve not even reached Christmas yet, the selection of candidates who’ll battle it out in next year’s Nottinghamshire County Council elections has already begun. The vote will be taking place on May 6th 2021 with current Ruddington representative Reg Adair standing again for the Conservative Party. However, with Andrew Brown standing down after two decades due to retirement, Mr Adair’s new Conservative running mate has been announced as Matt Barney. 44 year-old Matt says: “I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to stand for my local community in next year’s election.…

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Hospitality Hit Hardest by ‘Return’ to Tier 3

Today’s news that Ruddington will fall back under Tier 3 restrictions when the current ‘lockdown’ ends has not come as a great surprise to residents and traders. However, the Government’s decision to make revised Tier 3 measures even harsher for the hospitality sector has understandably caused dismay among our many village pub, restaurant and cafe owners. From December 2nd they’ll find themselves remaining under the same restrictions as during the current COVID-19 ‘lockdown’, rather than being able to open again if they are serving substantial meals, as previously. So, in line with the…

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24 More Hours ‘Til Tier 3

It’s been announced that Ruddington will now enter the highest category of COVID-19 restrictions a day later than originally planned. The short delay to towns and villages in the Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) area moving from Tier 2 into Tier 3 is due to Nottinghamshire County Council and our eight other local authorities deciding that the alarming recent rise in Coronavirus cases means that all areas should now face the toughest measures. Following further discussions between the Government and Council Leaders, all have agreed the City of Nottingham and the entire County…

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Public Consultation Starts on ‘Unitary Status’

Which authority has the job of overseeing many different aspects of life in Ruddington could change dramatically if Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) gets its way. Today (Monday 21st September) the authority has launched its own online ‘consultation’ – because it says it “…wants to know what residents and organisations across Nottinghamshire think about council services and how they could best serve local people, their families and their communities going forward.” NCC’s proposal is for a new, ‘unitary’ council to deliver services in Nottinghamshire. To have your say you’re invited to share your…

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It’s Back to School in Ruddington

After an unprecedented period, where most Ruddington school children haven’t attended classes for five months, parents and carers of pupils at James Peacock Infant and Nursery School and St Peter’s C of E Junior School {classroom photo above} are being reassured that all is ready for their kids’ return. Both our Ruddington schools resume onsite teaching this Thursday September 3rd 2020 – as does Rushcliffe School, which accommodates many children aged 11 to 18 from our village. However, with a possible vaccine against COVID-19 still months’ away, the need to protect both students and…

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Campaign to ‘Stop The Incinerator’

Now it seems there’s another burning issue getting people hot under the collar in Ruddington. It’s after an application was submitted to Nottinghamshire County Council last month to turn the soon-to-be-decommissioned Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station into a waste incineration plant. Environmental campaigners’ initial joy, that the coal fired power plant is now so little used by The National Grid that it’ll be shut down within five years, has since turned to dismay on learning what might replace it. The proposal by Uniper UK Limited is for the development of ‘The East Midlands…

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Ruddington Recyclers Beware

Villagers who use Ruddington’s closest household waste recycling centre in West Bridgford are being warned that, from the start of next month, we won’t be able just to turn up there! That’s because Nottinghamshire County Council is introducing a new, trial, online booking system for residents needing to visit the Rugby Road facility, which will begin on September 1st 2020. Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee at the County Council, explains: “When we reopened the site back in June we implemented temporary traffic management arrangements to…

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