As excitement builds for the inaugural ‘Rudd Awards’ ceremony on Friday November 18th in St Peter’s Church, you may not have heard that two Ruddington organisations have also been shortlisted for some borough-wide gongs which are being handed out six days later.
The annual ‘Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards’ showcase volunteers, businesses, environmentalists, clubs, organisations, and the best of health & wellbeing, food & drink sectors and local enterprise.
Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park have been nominated in the ‘Environmental Project or Group’ category up against FarmEco Community Farm in Screveton and South Notts Ringing Group. Amongst many other projects, ‘The Friends’ have recently celebrated the grand reopening of the completely refurbished Visitor Centre and new lakeside café in the park.
Also shortlisted from our village for the ‘Health and Wellbeing Award’ is ‘The Ruddington Pantry’ – vying for the gong alongside Keyworth Community Garden and The Biopolar Lift CIC in West Bridgford. The new, twice-weekly local initiative which began in April to reduce food waste in our village – is up for a ‘Rudd Award’ this month, too!
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change, Cllr Abby Brennan, says: “Huge congratulations to our shortlisted nominees, all of whom are making a significant difference to people’s lives in Rushcliffe or leading by example in their chosen field. We received so many worthy nominations this year and the highest in four years, the judging panel have had an extremely difficult job narrowing down to those who have been shortlisted.”
She adds: “We can’t wait to feature their stories and celebrate their achievements. It promises to be a wonderful evening, truly reflecting on the great and good of the Borough.”
Over 30 groups and individuals have been shortlisted for this year’s accolades and all have been invited to a ceremony, at Rushcliffe Arena, on Thursday November 24th. Good luck to both The Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park and The Ruddington Pantry!