Ruddington Traders Join #MyHighStreet Initiative

Last month we told you about the launch of the 2018 “Great British High Street Awards” run by The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. If successful, our village could scoop £10,000 to spend on improvements to its shopping areas. We’re pleased to report that Ruddington village centre businesses have got together to create a submission for two out of the four possible entry categories. Julie Smith of Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) told us: “The ‘Community’ aspect talks about the strength of the local community and businesses and residents working together, whilst…

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Drivers Warned to Expect Delays

Ruddington’s motorists should brace themselves for more queues exiting and entering our village – as multi-way traffic signals are put into use at one of our busiest junctions tomorrow (Monday 20th August). Renewal of the road linings at the Loughborough Road/Kirk Lane/Flawforth Lane crossroads is being carried out by Nottinghamshire County Council. The good news is that the work is expected to last only for one day – so the disruption caused by the temporary traffic lights should be short lived. The fact that it’s also the summer school holidays…

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Ruddington’s New Mobile Defibrillator

A village cabbie has come up with a shockingly good idea to help save lives – he’s installed a defibrillator in his taxi! Ruddington’s Richard Le Blond, who has driven for Southside Cars for the last eight years, had the device fitted to his vehicle on Monday. He paid for it himself and believes he is the first private hire driver in this area to carry one. Richard told us: “I’m aware that in Clifton and surrounds there are a large number of ageing people that could be vulnerable and…

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Ruddington’s Big Knitted Scarf!

Given Ruddington’s famous framework knitting heritage, what better way to showcase our village to the world than by displaying a giant knitted scarf created by its residents on a circular sock knitting machine dating from 1860? At least, that’s what Framework Knitters’ Museum assistant Helen Brownett thought when she came up with the idea! Helen says: “I do make quite a few scarves for the different events we have around the museum, to string up across the buildings and in the workshops. So ‘a scarf along the street’ came into…

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Travellers Evicted – Again – Finally!

First of all, it was due to be at 8 o’clock this morning (Monday 13th August) – a time which quickly slipped to 3pm due to enforcement availability issues. Then, when Bailiffs arrived at Sellors’ Playing Field for the planned eviction this afternoon, they were informed that some of the men (and hence their vehicles to tow the caravans off with) were working in Peterborough! Almost another six mickey-taking hours later, with Police, Bailiffs and Council officials all having been left hanging in limbo to see them off the site and…

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‘Walking Bus’ Proposed for Ruddington

A fun, healthy, safe and environmentally friendly way for children to get to our village schools is being suggested for pupils in Ruddington. A “Walking Bus” is a form of student transport for school kids who, chaperoned by adults, walk to school along a set route, in much the same way a school bus might drive them there. Like a traditional bus, walking buses have a fixed route with designated “bus stops” and “pick up times” at which they collect the youngsters. Whilst the school holidays are with us, a…

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The Travellers Return!

Local residents and park users could only look on in disbelief this lunchtime as the welcome return of the rain coincided with some probably less welcome members of the travelling community casually letting themselves back onto Sellors’ Playing Field and setting up camp again. It’s just one month since a group of travellers – which adjacent householders told us they thought were mostly the same people as this time – were evicted from the same site after breaking into the Ruddington recreation ground at the start of July. On that…

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Multi-Storey Car Park for Ruddington?

Last August we reported how a Ruddington based software company had announced its latest expansion would lead to the creation of around 400 more jobs here – a number which was then raised to 500 posts this spring. Payroll giant MHR has its UK site at Ruddington Fields Business Park – in ‘Britannia House’ (currently being refurbished) and the newly built ‘Wellington House’. The company, established in 1984, develops software already used in processing payments to around 10 percent of the UK’s workforce. MHR has previously received planning permission from Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC)…

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Plant Pot Fire Features in July Crime Stats!

Ruddington residents might find it quite reassuring – although perhaps a little bizarre – that a blazing plant pot was one of just eleven recorded crimes in our village during the whole of July. The offences reported over this 31 day summer period also included three burglaries and five other thefts. The full list kindly supplied to us by Rushcliffe Police is below: 2nd      Theft of two bikes by breaking into locked shed in Distillery Street 3rd       Vehicle taking fuel without making payment at Esso Station…

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More Mindfulness for Ruddington

A Ruddington resident has announced she’ll soon be hosting a third ‘mindfulness’ course in our village – after the first two proved to be so popular. Jakki Pritchard started running her ‘Exercise Mindfulness’ sessions here last year to give locals easy access to what she describes as “an enlightening and life enhancing way to manage our own health and wellbeing”. Jakki explains: “Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening right now in this moment – a non-judgemental awareness of our present experience just as it is. Although on trend, it is…

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