Country Park Parkers Beware!

Nottinghamshire Police are warning to be on the look for thieves at Rushcliffe Country Park. It’s after a reported theft from a vehicle there this morning. Rushcliffe Police say: “The offender smashed a window in the car and stole the victim’s bag from inside. Please make sure you keep valuables such as coats, bags etc. out of view or take those items with you when parking your vehicle if possible.” You can find further advice on protecting your vehicle >>HERE<<. If you saw anything suspicious in the area between around 11.40am and 12.30pm…

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Bombs to Butterflies Revisited

Older Ruddingtonians will remember the days before Rushcliffe Country Park – when this sizeable area of the village was used as an Ordnance Storage and Disposal Depot. Our senior citizens will perhaps have even earlier memories – when it housed a bomb-filling factory during the Second World War. In 2003, a book called ‘Bombs to Butterflies’ was published by The Ruddington History Society and The Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park. It was edited by Margaret Lawson and told the history of the area from wartime up to when it became a…

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Hey, Little Slow-Worm!

Ruddington is quite fortunate to have a number of places where slightly more unusual wildlife can be found – with volunteers such as those from The South Notts Local Group of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust helping it to survive and thrive. Since 2008 there has been a smattering of grass snake records from around our village at Rushcliffe Country Park, Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve and Ruddington Grange Golf Course.  Grass snakes are Britain’s largest (and non venomous) reptile – not to be confused with the adder, which reportedly (and…

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

If you have fond memories of the ‘Kite Festival’ which used to be held on the ‘Kite Field’ at Rushcliffe Country Park then we’ve some good news for you. It’s set to return this year! It used to attract crowds of villagers and professionals alike to both spectate and participate. Members of the Midland Kite Fliers Club often attended to show off some of their larger creations, like their 45 foot long Scuba Divers and Big Fish {pictured top, in Ruddington, in 2010}. After a hiatus of almost a decade, with…

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Marking Our Country Park’s Aviation History

A special plaque has been unveiled which acknowledges Ruddington’s role in providing a key airfield during World War One. The Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust plaque has been installed on ‘Fowemer Hill‘ in Rushcliffe Country Park, commemorating the area that was used as a take-off and landing strip during The Great War by No38 Squadron from December 1916 to August 1917. It was also then used after World War One by local aircraft owner and resident Harold Ashworth in the 1930s – who went on to join the Royal Air Force. Records…

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Tristram’s Tree-mendous Fundraiser!

A Ruddington-based artist is aiming to raise ten thousand pounds for two charities – following a project in his home studio which saw him produce 1,000 hand-made linocut prints in just ONE day! Tristram Aver‘s “1,000 Native British Trees” is a fundraiser aiming to highlight the importance of woodland conservation, but also to show how spending time with nature benefits our health and wellbeing, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In 2016, the artist’s daughter, who attends James Peacock School, was diagnosed with ASD. This project was born after her…

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More Travellers in Ruddington!

After Sellors’ Recreation Ground twice became a temporary home to members of the travelling community over the summer the latest Ruddington encampment is at the other end of our village. SIX caravans rolled into the Visitor Car Park in Rushcliffe Country Park at around 10am this morning (Monday 1st October) and parallel parked near to the exit. It soon became clear they intended to remain longer than the maximum permitted 8 hour stay! Rushcliffe Country Park Manager Keith Laing was alerted to their presence – who then reported it to Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC), which…

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Can You Spare Some Coppers for Coppers?

A Ruddington dog lover has launched an online fundraising appeal for her pet’s favourite exercise spot – after poor weekend weather put people off attending a special event there aimed at raising more cash to maintain and improve it. Rain fell on Sunday (26th August) as the 3rd Anniversary “Fun Dog Show” was taking place in and around Coppers Dog Activity Trail at Rushcliffe Country Park – keeping many pooches and their owners away. The woodland trail, designed exclusively for canines, was created and built with over one thousand volunteer hours and opened…

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Trains Cancelled and Sky Lanterns & BBQs Banned

Whilst many are enjoying the extended heatwave and glorious sunshine, unfortunately the hot and dry weather has had a negative impact on one of Ruddington’s key tourist attractions. After safety concerns, Great Central Railway (Nottingham) has cancelled all its planned steam services this Sunday (8th July). After initial worries about trackside fires being caused by sparks from the funnel of the historic Hunslet 2890 ‘Douglas’ loco, which was due to operate today, the reason given was “…issues affecting the rail caused by the current heatwave.”  GCRN’s statement adds: “A further inspection will take place…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | Rushcliffe Country Park

Rushcliffe Country Park: Use stop Rushcliffe Country Park – Green 10C (Sundays & Bank Holidays) or The Green – Navy 3, Green 10 (other days), with a short walk from The Green via Asher Lane to Rushcliffe Country Park. This 210 acre open park space, with over five miles of footpaths, can either be a hive of family activity or a place of individual tranquillity, depending on your preference. Around a quarter of a million visitors a year stroll around the pretty park and lake, watch the varied wildlife, explore the…

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