Back to “New” Normal at The Bottle Top

When Ruddington’s The Bottle Top celebrated its first year of trading on 10th May 2020 it was during unprecedented times – in the middle of a nationwide ‘lockdown’ caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. As an ‘essential’ business, permitted to remain open by the Government, owners Anthony and Alex Preston decided they would do so. Throughout the restrictions they continued to serve residents with essential supplies at a time when our village supermarkets were struggling to keep up with demand. As before, the shop kept Ruddingtonians stocked with products such as plastic-free fresh fruit…

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Our New Look Bookies

It’s just over two months since the relative peace and quiet of a Sunday evening in Ruddington was shattered by the dramatic arrival of fire crews, cordoning off High Street and smashing through the door to tackle a blaze at our village bookmakers. On 23rd June 2019 our branch of Coral had already closed for the day when smoke was seen billowing from the building and the emergency services called to the scene at just after 7pm. The fire was quickly extinguished and the cause identified as an electrical fault in the back…

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Sweetie Boutique is Back!

Visitors to this year’s Summer Fayre were delighted to find that Ruddington’s very own traditional sweet shop has reopened – just a couple of doors’ down from where it was before! Sweetie Boutique is a unique, village centre business owned and run by resident Sue Kosciekowski (pictured) who began trading at the front of Julia’s Kitchen at 14, High Street last December. When the former Grange Bakery unit at number 18 then became available to rent she decided to take the plunge with her very own premises, and has spent the last seven weeks putting…

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Our New Look Library

Ruddington Library is reopening on schedule this weekend, following its refurbishment, and villagers should notice a rather contemporary restyling – INSIDE at least! It’s taken almost two months to complete the makeover, but Inspire, which runs the library on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, hopes that users will be pleased by the upgrades. There was always going to be a limit as to what could be achieved externally, with this ageing building’s rather unattractive, flat-roofed, sixties’ design. Light grey window panels instead of the former maroon coloured ones are the only obvious…

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