Ruddington Green Goes Green

Cyclists now have some further options to secure their bikes in our village centre, thanks to two double cycle racks just installed on The Green by Ruddington Parish Council. The idea of more robust bike racks for Ruddington, in addition to those outside the Co-op and the wall brackets attached to some existing shop fronts, was suggested by Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) as part of the ‘Traders’ Village Improvement Plan’. Julie Smith of RVCP explains: “It was felt that there was a lack of places near the High Street…

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Symmetry for Ruddington’s High Street

For the past couple of years there have been rather more businesses on one side of Ruddington’s main shopping street than the other, thanks to one or two departing traders and some major shop redevelopment work at the former Barclay & Cook store. Now that the last vacant shop unit on the eastern side of High Street is filled – the one previously occupied by Nottingham Building Society – we will get some ‘Symmetry’: not least because that’s the name of the Chiropractic business which will be starting there soon,…

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Buy To Let Investments

The Times newspaper had an article recently asking the question:  “Should I Invest in a Buy To Let Property in 2022?” They confidently replied with a resounding YES! …says Benwell Daykin. Two Nottingham postcodes occupied spaces one and two on their highest average yield locations in England, with NG7 giving 11.3% and NG1 giving 11.1% on average. Meanwhile, the same newspaper reports that banks are doing all they can to attract landlords in 2022 by offering low interest rates on buy-to-let mortgages (Mortgage Works, Nationwide’s buy-to-let arm, has a two-year…

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Reported Crime Continues to Rise

The latest figures from Rushcliffe Police show there was another increase in incidents recorded by officers in Ruddington last month. Whilst numbers are still relatively low, there were 33% more offences logged for our village in December 2021 than the month before. Perhaps the most concerning involves a 12 year old child reportedly being bitten by “a large grey dog” on Vicarage Park – with police still trying to trace this potentially dangerous animal and its owner. Historically our former Sainsbury’s store on Dutton’s Hill was targeted frequently by shoplifters…

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COVID-19 Jabs Reach Ruddington!

Whilst it’s over a year since the first COVID-19 vaccinations started to be rolled out in England, village residents have been forced to travel further afield to get our jabs – until now! The good news is that the first ever vaccinations against the Coronavirus to be administered here in Ruddington were given to patients at Ruddington Medical Centre just before Christmas.  Better still, regular opportunities will begin this week at Evans Pharmacy – meaning most villagers won’t need to head off to larger vaccination centres or other pharmacies to receive…

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COVID Causes Cuts to Our Buses Again

Ruddington’s main public transport operator is citing the rising number of Coronavirus cases and a shortage of bus drivers for its decision to reduce the number of services it will run early in the new year. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) says it will temporarily adopt its Saturday timetable on weekdays from Monday 10th January 2022 – affecting Ruddington’s Navy 3 and Green 10 buses until further notice. Additionally its NightBuses – including the NightBus N48 back to Ruddington in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings – will be suspended. Some good…

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Ruddington’s Christmas and New Year Buses

If you’re intending to catch public transport to and from our village during the festive period, this is what you’ll need to know about our local bus operators. You’ll find below the planned service changes for Ruddington passengers using Nottingham City Transport’s Navy 3* or Green 10C/10X*, Kinchbus 9, CT4N Services 22 & 23 or NottsBus Connect Service 863** over the Christmas and New Year Holidays. However, please note, with staff illness/shortages due to the Coronavirus, it is advisable to check for service updates on their social media sites or by telephoning the bus company. Nottingham…

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Ruddington’s Latest Village Centre Arrivals

Two more retailers have now begun trading on the eastern side of High Street – from the three storey premises recently built on the site of the old Barclay & Cook convenience store. The new arrivals are actually well established businesses already – expanding their offer into Ruddington village centre – namely Wolds Kitchens and Interiors and Tomlinson Estates. Both will be competing against similar, existing traders – nevertheless have decided there is sufficient demand in our ever growing village to accommodate their services, too. Wolds Kitchens and Interiors is…

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Omicron Christmas Closures and Cancellations

Just when it seemed the Coronavirus pandemic was under control in the UK, another variant of COVID-19 is forcing significant changes to our festive plans for the second year in a row. With daily infections now reaching a record high, seemingly driven by the highly contagious new Omicron strain, the Government is still largely putting its faith in the mass vaccine rollout to see us through. Indeed Ruddington hospitality venues are largely grateful that no official restrictions on them have been re-imposed just yet. However, perhaps partly due to this…

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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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