To Mow or Not to Mow?

Many lawns, verges and public spaces in Ruddington are a little ‘wilder’ at the moment – as ‘No Mow May’ comes to an end. Promoted each year by the charity ‘Plantlife’, the initiative encourages individuals and organisations to leave mowers in sheds during the month of May so that wildflowers among the grass can grow wild to provide a feast for pollinators, tackle pollution, and lock away atmospheric carbon below ground. The question is, should more of us leave more ground untended throughout the year, not just for these 31 days?…

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Country Park Path Closures

A major programme of works has been announced, taking place throughout this summer, to maintain and repair the network of pathways which criss-cross Rushcliffe Country Park. The popular Ruddington leisure facility welcomes hundreds of thousands of people each year – from our village and further afield. Its miles of paths will now be brought back up to standard from the resultant wear and tear ahead of the busy summer season. Rushcliffe Borough Council says its £45k capital investment will begin on Monday June 5th 2023 to improve the visitor experience and accessibility to…

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RuddFest 2023 is Looming!

With all the excitement of the King’s Coronation, and its associated events here in Ruddington, plus ‘The Big Sing’, it might have escaped your attention that Ruddington’s famous annual beer and cider festival is ALSO happening this month? ‘Ruddfest 2023’ runs from Thursday 25th May until Sunday 28th May – just before the Spring Bank Holiday. The dates now move slightly each year, due to Ruddington Village Market being on The Green on the first Saturday of each month. This time over 100 beers and ciders are promised across participating venues.…

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A ‘Yarn Bomb’ Fit For a King

It’s only a month since their last ‘Ruddington Yarn Bomb’ for Easter, but our local knitters, pom pom and tassle makers, crocheters and sewists from the ‘Handmade in Rudd’ Facebook group and beyond have been working flat out, before and since, to create their latest display in time for The King’s Coronation. The now famous ‘Ruddington Yarn Ninjas’ have created lots of brand new pieces to adorn the village centre, as well as an update to last year’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee church railings ‘royal balcony’ tapestry to reflect the key Royal players this time around. Chief…

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King’s Coronation Events in Ruddington

Thanks to King Charles III, this year we’re getting no less than THREE Bank Holiday Mondays during May. For most villagers, the most significant of these is this coming weekend, 6th to 8th May 2023, when Ruddington will once again be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Coronation of our new monarch. Village centre businesses such as The Honeycomb Christian Charity Shop (pictured top) are already decorated and stocked up for the occasion! Before that, this Friday (May 5th) children attending St Peter’s Junior School will will be…

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Ruddington’s First Rapid Chargers

It’s been rather a long time coming, but our village is now offering rapid charging provision for use by the ever-increasing number of residents and visitors with electric vehicles (EVs). Two EV charging points have just been installed at the entrance to Rushcliffe Country Park, operating on the national BP Pulse network. These units offer up to 50kW charging speeds which, for a small car like the MINI Electric (pictured) means charging up from 20% to 80% will take only around 20 minutes. This compares with several hours to achieve the same…

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Asher Lane Leak

Ruddington drivers who usually use Asher Lane to gain access to their homes – or get to the back entrance of Rushcliffe Country Park – are being advised of an unscheduled road closure which could last for a couple of days. A burst water main overnight means the road was shut this morning (Wednesday 12th April) from its junction with Musters Road to its junction with Distillery Street for emergency Severn Trent Water repairs which could take until 4.00pm tomorrow (Thursday 13th April).* In the meantime, motorists are being diverted along…

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What Holidays Are Popular at the Moment?

I am often asked what is popular with my customers writes Ruddington based Travel Counsellor Leia Morales. Honestly it is difficult to say, as each of my enquiries is very different. But here is an insight into my last few bookings. Return to the Caribbean in 2024 I had a customer come home from St Lucia and wanting to book to go back to the Caribbean again next year. This happens a lot as customers like to have something to look forward to and know that the best flight prices to…

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Ruddington’s New Parkrun Life-Saver

Organisers of the weekly parkruns in Rushcliffe Country Park have taken delivery of a crucial piece of life-saving equipment – a defibrillator – which its own community stumped up the necessary funds for within a day! A social media appeal on March 30th raised the £816 required for the new, portable unit in less than half a day. The defibrillator arrived in Ruddington in time to be officially handed over on Easter Saturday morning by event ambassador Shane Sharkey to Geoff Hardy, Rushcliffe Parkrun Event Director Geoff Hardy (pictured above). Automated…

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Fancy Driving Thomas the Tank Engine?

If you ever dreamed of being a train driver when you were young, or you have kids who would love to do so, during the Easter holiday Ruddington Model Railway Club (RMRC) is giving you chance to ‘take control’ of some of Britain’s most famous childhood locomotives. This Sunday and Monday (9th & 10th April 2023), as well as the club’s indoor layouts running at Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre (NTHC) next to our Country Park, you can operate Thomas, James and Percy yourself on their outdoor ‘G Scale’ track. Organiser Sam Moss…

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