The Screaming Valenta Needs a Roof!

A charity is aiming to raise £100,000 to build a new diesel maintenance depot to house the prototype High Speed Train Power Car 41001 and six Mk3 coaches. The 125 Group needs donations to achieve its long-term goal to construct the building at Ruddington’s Great Central Railway (Nottingham). The depot will provide a secure, all weather, facility to enable the 125 Group to continue maintenance of its existing fleet and a restoration home for the Production HST power cars which the charity aims to acquire in the future. The 125…

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Have a #RuddyGood Clean Air Day!

It’s Clean Air Day this Thursday the 21st June – when we’re encouraged to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the atmosphere cleaner and healthier for everyone. If you can walk or cycle to work or school that’s the cleanest way of all. Otherwise travelling by bus is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to go – especially now that Ruddington’s Nottingham City Transport services are greener than ever. Brand new Green 10 Bio-Gas buses were introduced in our village almost…

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Village Planners’ Petanque Practice on The Piste

There’s been a lot of activity around the Neighbourhood Plan consultations in the past month, but that doesn’t mean the Village Plan group has been sitting idle. With a pétanque piste proposed on The Green, that’s just ONE of the things they’ve been working on! Chair Gavin Walker writes: Committee members meet monthly and work hard with other organisations to ensure that the development priorities identified by the villagers of Ruddington stay on track as far as possible. Active links with the Parish and Borough Councils are important, as well…

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Safer Footpath a Step Closer

Villagers frustrated by the lack of progress in building a safe and convenient pedestrian access to their homes may finally have some good news! Nottinghamshire County Council has revealed that moving things forward is now just a signature away – meaning the long awaited footpath/cycleway from Clifton Road via the Old Station Drive development directly into the Pasture Lane Estate (see aerial view above) can then be constructed. Residents’ anger even prompted them to start a petition to the County Council and Crest Nicholson Homes this week. It details how hundreds of Ruddington residents…

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Educational Gift for Ruddington’s Eleven Year Olds

Do you live in Ruddington and have a son or daughter with a birthday between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2007 who attends a school outside the Parish? If so, they’re still eligible for a special gift! It’s all thanks to James Peacock – who was born in Ruddington around 1585 before leaving for London when he was 14 years old as an apprentice to leather merchant Thomas Smith. James became a very successful businessman but, when he died in 1641, he had no children to leave his fortune…

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Ruddington Opens Its Gardens AND Remembers Jo Cox

RuddFest may be over for another year but you can look forward to two MORE big community events in our village this month – both on the same weekend. Firstly, Ruddington Parish Council is hosting The Great Get Together again this year – on Saturday June 23rd. Councillor Paul Reedman writes: “Building on the success of our Community Picnic last year we are increasing our activities and, for the more sedate amongst us, we are holding a Great Get Together Tea Party at the St Peter’s Rooms from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Cake…

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Ruddington Scientist Awarded an MBE

A climate change expert from Ruddington says he’s “unexpectedly chuffed” to be included on this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List – which recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. Professor Andy Chadwick – who’s an individual Merit Research Scientist at the British Geological Survey (BGS) – has received his MBE for services to the Science of Carbon Capture and Sequestration. “I’d never paid much attention to the Honours process – other than to grumble occasionally when I thought some undeserving politician was getting a gong” admits…

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Gino’s Cooking Oil Crook Convicted

A man arrested on suspicion of stealing cooking oil from Gino’s Italian Restaurant in Ruddington just before Christmas has been convicted at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on two charges of theft. Rushcliffe Police released a CCTV image (right) of the person they believed to be responsible after one of the incidents at the rear of the Church Street premises at 5.05am on Thursday 27th December 2017. The man found guilty of the used oil thefts is 52 year-old Errol Kus from Grantham. Mr Kus was given a conditional discharge of six months for both offences.…

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“Tour of Britain” Coming To Ruddington!

Over a hundred of the world’s top riders will be passing through Ruddington during the penultimate stage of this year’s OVO Energy “Tour of Britain” cycle race! The announcement comes on the back of last year’s successful event which attracted 210,000 supporters in Nottinghamshire on the day – one of the biggest turnouts across the eight stage race across the UK. The date for your diary is Saturday 8th September, when we’ll be able to cheer on 120 elite cyclists as they speed between West Bridgford and Mansfield in Stage Seven.…

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Team Artex Rally Last Minute Support

A Ruddington based business, perhaps best known for its swirly ceilings, will be expecting a great finish with its latest fundraiser! This week, a team of four from home improvement giant Artex on Pasture Lane take part in the Vado Rally – driving a “banger” from Dover to Copenhagen over five days. These include National Accounts Manager Amy Smith and Tony Wright (pictured top). The banger in question is a 13 year old Renault Scenic 1.4 – which they had to buy for under £500 to qualify. Not only that, all participants have…

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