Ruddington’s Jubilee Banner

The impressive result of months of planning and knitting was revealed today – as Ruddington prepares to celebrate the long Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in style. The finished, knitted banner was hoisted up outside The Framework Knitters’ Museum on Chapel Street this lunchtime (Friday 27th May), watched by onlookers – some of whom are actually featured within the stitching of the giant artwork created by textile artist Marie Jones! You can watch our video of the very first, momentous raising of the new village banner below. As previously reported, Marie was commissioned…

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New Ruddington Defibrillator

Residents in the area around Musters Road and in the new Wilbur Chase development now have much easier access to a piece of potentially life saving equipment – thanks to an initiative by Ruddington Baptist Church. The church has just unveiled a new defibrillator for public use at the southern end of our village – conveniently located on the wall at the front of its base ‘The Hub’ at 62, Musters Road. Baptist Minister Sam Hackett, other church members and invited guests attended a ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony last night (Tuesday…

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“Walkies!”

Dog owners from Ruddington and further afield might wish to take part in a fun morning of canine-centred events in our village on Sunday. The Friends of St Peter’s Junior School are inviting young and old to bring our four-legged friends along for their ‘St Peter’s Dog Walk 2022’ – a mile long stroll around the attractive school grounds off Ashworth Avenue.  Alternatively you can just meet up there with friends for a coffee, as refreshments will be available. It’s taking place this Sunday, May 8th, between 10.00am and 11.30am. Organisers say: “Join us…

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The ‘Big Sing’ is Back!

Ruddington Community Choir has announced that its ‘Ruddington Big Sing’ will be returning for 2022 – the choir’s tenth anniversary year. After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, Ruddington will once again be welcoming singers and choirs from both near and far on Saturday 8th October. Spread across multiple venues in our village, ‘Ruddington Big Sing’ will be a day of mass singing and specialist workshops, culminating in an evening concert in St Peter’s Church. The previous ‘Big Sings’ in 2016 and 2018 proved not only entertaining for the…

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The Schoolgirl Losing Her Locks for Charity

Ruddington schoolgirl Lily-Jean Morales is cutting her luscious long hair for a good cause this Saturday (2nd April) whilst also raising funds to make her long brown locks into a wig for a child who has lost their hair to cancer or other medical conditions. Seven-year-old Lily-Jean was inspired to donate her own hair after learning about the charity Little Princess Trust, from her cousin. She reveals: “My cousin James had short hair before Coronavirus, and now it is quite long, but my hair was already longer. Last summer my…

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Ruddington Aid Reaches Ukraine

A big hearted duo from a Ruddington pub, who decided to collect together a van load of humanitarian aid and drive it to Ukraine themselves, have just returned home safely. As previously reported, John Noble and Dave Frankie, the owner and manager of The Frame Breakers on High Street, set off last Sunday morning (20th March) on their epic return journey to Przemysl in Poland, near the Ukraine border. Thanks to generous donations from Ruddington and beyond, their hire van was stacked to capacity with food, warm clothing, sleeping bags, nappies,…

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Funding Boost for Museum

Staff and volunteers at Ruddington’s historic Framework Knitters’ Museum say they’re “super happy” to have received new funding worth £62,925. The cash will be used for urgent structural, chimney, window and roofing repairs, as well as improving the heating and security at their Chapel Street tourist attraction. The award is part of a £48m national package of additional government support for museums and libraries in the UK from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England. The museum has already benefitted from extensive previous funding to help with its ambitious…

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Ruddington Rallies for Ukraine

Day after day we are continuing to witness horrific images on television and online of Russia’s shocking and unprovoked attack on Ukraine. Residential buildings and hospitals are among those being bombed in an apparent bid by The Kremlin to seize control of the independent, East European nation. The attempted invasion has already resulted in thousands of reported civilian deaths since it was launched on February 24th 2022, to the incredulity of most of the rest of the world. Whilst many thousands of Ukrainians have stayed behind to help their military, and try to…

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Will YOU Open Your Garden This Summer?

As plans progress for the 2022 ‘Ruddington Open Gardens’ weekend, organisers are now seeking villagers who’d be able and willing to open their gardens to others in support of two children’s charities. As before, all proceeds from the event on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July will be split between Save the Children and Action for Children. Back in the summers of 2016 and 2018 the Open Gardens proved a great success, with an impressive £2280 raised for the two charities. Sadly, COVID-19 put a stop to the biennial event happening in 2020 so it’s hoped…

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‘Knickers for Knowledge’ is Back!

This March marks the return of The Mustard Seeds Project‘s infamous fashion show – otherwise known as ‘Knickers for Knowledge’! As many villagers will already know, the Ruddington based project supports women and girls in rural Uganda through economic projects and educational initiatives. Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has impacted the lives of women in this marginalised area of Uganda very significantly. Schools and clinics have been closed for two years – leading to increased poverty, disease and gender-based violence. Due to the severe lockdown teenage pregnancy cases has risen five times…

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