Countdown to Christmas in Ruddington

Whilst some of Ruddington’s main Christmas celebrations have already been and gone, residents and visitors can still look forward to more festive fun and activities over the holiday period. Continuing caution about Coronavirus – particularly the new Omicron variant – has led to some organisers and venues asking people to carry out a COVID-19 lateral flow test before mingling with others, and to wear face coverings according to the Government’s new ‘Plan B’ rules. Booking systems have also been introduced in some places to keep down numbers during the busiest…

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Ruddington Nature Pioneer Receives Recognition

The driving force behind a Ruddington nature reserve is among the winners of this year’s ‘Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards’.  For 2021 a ‘physical’ ceremony returned – and was held last night (December 8th) at The Rushcliffe Arena.  Gordon Dyne, Chair of the South Notts Local Group of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, received recognition for his conservation work at Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve. Gordon is pictured above receiving his trophy from (L to R) Tom Holodynsky of Great Northern Group, Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Simon Robinson and and Mayor of Rushcliffe Cllr…

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Mask Up For Omicron!

Businesses in Ruddington are weighing up the likely implications of new measures announced this weekend by the Prime Minister to try to stop a worrying COVID-19 variant spreading in Britain. At the time of publishing, three cases of the so-called ‘Omicron’ mutation have been identified in the UK – one of them in Nottingham – and it’s feared there could be many more infections to come. Please find an update below*. Following scientific advice, Boris Johnson has confirmed “temporary and precautionary measures” will be introduced from 4.00am this Tuesday, 30th November 2021, and then…

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Night at the Museum

Those attending the official re-opening of Ruddington’s famous Framework Knitters’ Museum this week got to see it in a different light…. the dark! Staff and volunteers at Ruddington’s now internationally acclaimed tourist attraction welcomed invited guests to see the newly expanded site at four o’clock on Tuesday afternoon (23rd November) – and it was soon apparent why this time was chosen. As night fell, the workers’ cottages – recently restored to how they would have looked in 1890 – and the museum’s new ‘community garden’ were lit by candles and other…

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What’s Your Favourite Ruddington Pub?

Of course, our village is spoilt for choice when it comes to public houses – with the historic seven (above) now joined by other Ruddington venues where you can sit down to enjoy an alcoholic drink or two – such as Ruddington Grange Golf Club, The Bottle Top and Philo’s Deli. However, it’s the more traditional community inns which are the focus of Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards‘ latest competition – to find ‘The Best Pub in Rushcliffe’.  She has launched this search in tandem with her ‘Best Local Shop Awards 2021’ –…

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New Village Festival & Open Gardens Planned

If you’ve lived in Ruddington for a little while, you may remember ‘Open Gardens’ events being organised in our village? In the summers of 2016 and 2018 these were staged in aid of Save the Children and Action for Children and proved a big hit with villagers and visitors alike. Last time around, an impressive £2280 was raised for the two charities. Sadly, COVID-19 put a stop to the biennial event happening last year. The good news is that it should return NEXT year. One of the organisers, Jane Piggott, says: “For the summer of…

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Christmas Street Market Confirmed

The organisers of Ruddington Village Market say this December’s Christmas event will be returning to High Street and St Peter’s Church – after being scaled down last year to take place only on The Green because of COVID-19 concerns. Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) took over the responsibility of organising the annual ‘Christmas Fayre’ from Ruddington Parish Council early last year, with plans to combine it with their festive December Village Market on The Green to make it bigger and better than ever. However, with the Coronavirus pandemic creating major public safety…

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‘Green Rewards’ In Ruddington

With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) getting underway this weekend, local businesses and community projects in our village are joining forces with others across Nottinghamshire to offer discounts, vouchers and prizes for playing our part in combatting climate change and achieving ‘net zero’. Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) is among the nine authorities in the county who have joined forces with Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham with a new ‘Green Rewards’ app and web platform. By using it, Ruddington residents can accumulate points and earn prizes for many activities we…

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Breakers’ Boss Bows Out

One of the best known characters in Ruddington’s retail community has left his post – after more than seven years as Operations Manager for a Nottinghamshire brewer. Nottingham Brewery has confirmed the departure of Andy Heath due to the imminent sale of The Frame Breakers pub on High Street – which the company has owned and run for the past six years. Andy joined the brewery in September 2014 – after 16 years working for J D Weatherspoon – and is credited with turning around the fortunes of the Ruddington pub, following…

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Ruddington Curry House is Hot Stuff!

Village restaurant owner Mahbu Noor and his staff say they’re delighted at picking up a special national award for their work at The Three Spices on Easthorpe Street – after being nominated for it by their customers. The Ruddington eatery picked up the title ‘Best Customers’ Choice Restaurant’ in this year’s prestigious National Curry Awards – staged by Curry Life Magazine at a glittering event in London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel. The gong was presented to him by well known broadcasters Angela Rippon and Mike Bushell {top photo}. Speaking after the ceremony, Mr…

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