Water Leak Disrupts High Street

Ruddington drivers, traders and shoppers are being warned they may face unexpected disruption in our village centre – following a burst water main today. ‘No Parking’ restrictions and four-way temporary traffic signals have been put in place at the junction of Church Street and Easthorpe Street whilst Severn Trent Water identifies and repairs the leak. It’s being anticipated the problem could take until this Wednesday 18th May*, to fix – although Severn Trent is hoping to complete its work sooner. Meantime, residents and visitors can expect the disruption to continue…

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Funding Boost for Museum

Staff and volunteers at Ruddington’s historic Framework Knitters’ Museum say they’re “super happy” to have received new funding worth £62,925. The cash will be used for urgent structural, chimney, window and roofing repairs, as well as improving the heating and security at their Chapel Street tourist attraction. The award is part of a £48m national package of additional government support for museums and libraries in the UK from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England. The museum has already benefitted from extensive previous funding to help with its ambitious…

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What’s Happening with the Church Clock?

If you tend to glance up at our Parish Church tower to check the time, when you’re making your way through Ruddington, you might have been rather misled lately. Even though the hands of St Peter’s clock may reassure you are not late for that midday appointment after all, they have actually been frozen at six minutes to twelve for quite some time!  Indeed, there are two incorrect clock dials on the historic building. The most prominent of these is the south face of the tower – with a newer…

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What’s Happening at our Heritage Railway?

For almost two years now a most familiar weekend sound drifting across Ruddington has been sadly missing – that of the distant whistles and gentle chugging of steam trains making their way in and out of Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre. In fact, heritage passenger services last ran at Great Central Railway (Nottingham) (as it was then known) during the February 2020 half term – before all trains were cancelled and the centre closed to visitors due to the initial Coronavirus outbreak. Whilst other attractions at the Mere Way site managed to reopen…

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Ruddington’s Latest Village Centre Arrivals

Two more retailers have now begun trading on the eastern side of High Street – from the three storey premises recently built on the site of the old Barclay & Cook convenience store. The new arrivals are actually well established businesses already – expanding their offer into Ruddington village centre – namely Wolds Kitchens and Interiors and Tomlinson Estates. Both will be competing against similar, existing traders – nevertheless have decided there is sufficient demand in our ever growing village to accommodate their services, too. Wolds Kitchens and Interiors is…

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Sewage Leak Closes James Peacock School

Pupils who attend Ruddington’s Infant and Nursery School have themselves at home unexpectedly today – after a flood of raw sewage affected the playground and the area around the main entrance. The incident at James Peacock School in Manor Park happened just as the school day was finishing yesterday (Monday December 6th) and was apparently caused by a sewage inspection cover springing a leak. It led to the cancellation of all classes today – with some parents and guardians having to hastily re-arrange their schedules to look after their children instead. A…

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Ruddington’s Festive Roadworks

This year villagers and visitors have suffered unprecedented and disruptive roadworks in Ruddington – many of them to facilitate the construction of four major new housing developments on our former village Green Belt. Thankfully things are looking much quieter into the new year. Whilst, of course, Santa and his reindeer can fly over any traffic queues or road closures, no significant Christmas disruption is planned for we terrestrial drivers, either! The current Wilford Road work by BT is off-peak only. The three-way traffic lights originally planned by Severn Trent for…

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Village Centre Roadworks Postponed

In another strange but welcome turn of events, the planned work by Severn Trent Water around Kempson Street, which was due to start today (Tuesday 30th November), has been called off! Ruddington traders and motorists had been dreading more disruption and delays coming, as it was, straight after Cadent had only just completed its over-running gas main repair work. This had closed Wilford Road at Dutton’s Hill for almost two weeks, causing peak time traffic chaos. The new work by Severn Trent is required to provide a new water connection for additional homes (artist’s…

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More Village Centre Roadworks

No sooner has Cadent Gas finally completed its over-running repair work – which closed Wilford Road at Dutton’s Hill for almost two weeks – village centre traders and motorists in Ruddington are immediately facing more potential disruption and delays this week. Yesterday (Monday 29th November) business owners on High Street received a letter of confirmation from Severn Trent that the planned work around Kempson Street is going ahead for three days, from today. This is to provide a new water connection for additional homes (artist’s impression below) being built along there. As…

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Dutton’s Hill Closure Extended!

Motorists, bus users and business owners in Ruddington have expressed dismay on learning that the recent traffic disruption in our village centre will continue for even longer – with emergency gas main work on Wilford Road STILL unfinished. Originally it was planned that two-way traffic signals would suffice whilst Cadent carried out repairs to a fractured gas main under Dutton’s Hill. However, last Wednesday (17th Nov) the busy route was suddenly shut without notice on safety grounds when it was discovered the gas leak was worse than anticipated. That closure was finally due…

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