Final Call for ‘Rudd Awards’ Nominations!

Have YOU nominated a deserving Ruddington trader, group or person for a ‘gong’ yet, to show your appreciation for what they do in our village?  If not, there’s still time… just! Launched by Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP) in 2022, the ‘Rudd Awards’ are back again this year for a second time. With seven categories, these awards are designed to recognise and celebrate those businesses, community groups and individuals that contribute to making Ruddington a thriving place to live, work and enjoy. Nominations for the 2024 awards in six of…

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Historic Footbridge Closes Again

Less than five years since it was last closed for repairs, one of Ruddington’s railway landmarks is currently undergoing a little more TLC following new safety concerns raised by the increased number of pedestrians who now use it. ‘Fifty Steps Bridge’ over the Great Central Railway line was constructed well over a century ago (circa 1899) and still survives as a functioning footbridge to this day. This is despite the passenger line beneath it becoming a victim of Dr Richard Beeching’s cuts in 1963, and nearby Ruddington Station subsequently being…

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Will You Open YOUR Garden for Charity?

After returning post-pandemic in 2022, it’s been confirmed the (usually) biennial ‘Ruddington Open Gardens’ event is being staged again this summer. In fact, planning is already underway for Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2024, when gardens and allotments in our village will be opening in aid of two charities from 2.00pm to 6.00pm on both days. As previously, all proceeds from the event will be split between Save the Children and Action for Children. Residents willing to participate in this year’s two-day horticultural feast are now being invited to get in touch.…

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‘Rudd Awards’ is BACK!

Following its successful debut in 2022, the team behind a biennial, Ruddington-focused awards ceremony has announced nominations for this year’s event are now OPEN. As before, ‘Rudd Awards 2024′, organised by Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP), will recognise villagers’ favourite individuals, community groups and businesses in six categories, as follows: Sports, Leisure & Culture Village Retailer or Service Village Hospitality Community Group Champion Volunteer Young Star The awards are again sponsored by Okarno (formerly Artex Ltd) on Pasture Lane, with RUDDINGTON.info proud to continue as the awards’ official media partner. RVCP Chair Mike Ader…

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Apply Now for UK Shared Prosperity Funding

Ruddington organisations delivering a project are being reminded they can apply for up to £40k from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF), supported by the UK Government. Applications should be made as soon as possible via Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC), which is currently inviting community groups, businesses, voluntary or public sector organisations from our village to apply for the support by the deadline of Friday January 19th, 2024. Projects can cover a broad range of initiatives, and examples include: • Creating and improving local green…

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Twixmas Roundup from our Railway

With Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre now closed until 2024 (3rd January) here’s a quick progress report as we reach the end of another busy year at Ruddington’s popular railway. Firstly, Great Central Railway (Nottingham) (GCRN) reports that all the main building work on its new carriage shed here in Ruddington is now complete. Not only will this substantial new structure protect four, 1950s-built carriages from the elements and damage, but also the planned flat floor means it will be suitable for indoor events, and there is also a small workshop.…

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Penguin Spotters Wanted!

We’d expect no less from our nationally famous Ruddington Yarn Bombers than to adorn our village in amazing, festive style at this time of year. However, the Yarn Ninjas’ Christmas creations this time around have surpassed even previous standards – including giving the kids something fun to do between now and the end of this month.  Called the ‘Pesky Penguins Trail’, youngsters are invited to see how many of the little black and white knitted birds – in various attire – they can find lurking in different locations around Ruddington.…

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Santa’s Seasonal Schedule

Of course, the most hectic time of all for Santa Claus is Christmas Eve into Christmas Day morning, when he has to deliver presents all around the world, to every boy and girl who’ve been good, whilst they’re sleeping. However, it seems Father Christmas is also set to be very busy in the festive period beforehand, with several appearances right here in Ruddington – meaning either you can go along to meet him or that he’ll be paying an early visit to us. First up, although Santa will be coming…

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Get Ready for our Three Day Christmas Market!

Back in the summer we revealed how the 2023 ‘Ruddington Christmas Market’ would be building  on last year’s hugely popular event by expanding to three days. Now, as this most festive of village events draws near, organisers Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP) are revealing more details about what’s in store this year. RVCP previously announced the dates and times as Thursday 30th November 4pm to 9pm, Friday 1st December 4pm to 9pm and Saturday 2nd December 11am to 5pm – with the final day including additional stalls on High Street and Church Street…

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Milestone Moment for Ruddington’s Railway

Despite the less than ideal autumn weather, it’s being reported that construction of a brand new building at Ruddington’s heritage railway is proceeding well – with new roof beams recently lifted into place {top photo by Tom Ingall} and the halfway point of the fundraising target now reached. As we reported in the summer, £40,000 was awarded to the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Ltd (GCRN) ‘Carriage Shed Project’ from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF). This money, combined with match funding from East Midlands Railway Trust and LNER…

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