‘Bombs to Butterflies’ Reprinted

Our village is very fortunate to have the open green space of the Rushcliffe Country Park on our doorstep. But have you ever wondered about its history? You can find the fascinating story of how it evolved via the ‘Bombs to Butterflies’ project, where the original book has now been reprinted by The Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park (FoRCP). The first edition of the book was in 2003 – published by ‘The Friends’ and The Ruddington History Society. The idea was the brainchild of the late Margaret Lawson who put together a…

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Wilford Road Closing for a Week

Drivers are being reminded that Wilford Road in Ruddington is to be shut for a whole week this August as highway contractors finish constructing the new junction into the Bloor Homes ‘Fairham Green’ development. The current temporary traffic lights will be swapped for a total road closure from Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th August inclusive whilst these roadworks are carried out, meaning (except in an emergency) no vehicular traffic will be allowed through. However, it’s understood the shared footway will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists throughout. Another casualty of…

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Face-to-Face U3A Meetings Resume

Like everything else involving close human contact, the diverse range of Ruddington & District U3A meetings – which was continuing to expand since the local group established itself in 2018 – came to an abrupt halt early last year because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Although a few online village meetings and talks have taken place on Zoom since then, only following the latest “full” easing of COVID-19 restrictions have local U3A organisers decided to start getting people together in person again. U3A is short for The University of the Third…

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Makers’ Night is Back

Almost two years after the last Ruddington Makers’ Night, in December 2019, this much loved arts and crafts evening across our village is set to return this September. With the easing of restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic – which had caused Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) to cancel its last three planned Makers’ Nights on public safety grounds – this gathering of creatives will go ahead on Friday 10th September 2021 assuming all goes to plan regarding COVID-19. Organised by RVCP in collaboration with the Framework Knitters’ Museum and the new Debbie…

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Rushcliffe’s 5k Parkrun Returns

Ruddington welcomed the return of its weekly 5k Parkrun for adults this morning (Saturday 24th July) after an unprecedented sixteen month gap. It was suspended back in March 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic so participants today were clearly keen to get their running shoes and high-vis back on! Whilst Rushcliffe Junior Parkrun had already resumed on Sunday mornings, for 4 to 10 year-olds, in April, Parkrun UK decided to wait for a further lifting of Coronavirus restrictions before restarting the timed run for the grown-ups on Saturday mornings. Both events remain FREE to…

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Ruddington Says “YES”!

Volunteers from the Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan (RNP) team say they’re delighted that residents have overwhelmingly backed their vision for our village in yesterday’s big referendum (Thursday 22nd July 2021). Once counting was completed after the polls closed at 10pm, it was revealed that 1,068 votes were cast, out of which an overwhelming 91.2% of villagers had voted in favour of the Plan with just 8.5% against. There were 3 ‘spoilt’ ballot papers. This ringing endorsement means that the policies on the development and use of land in our village that the RNP contains…

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Ruddington Referendum Reminder

Villagers are being urged to vote “YES” to approve the Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan in an important referendum being held this week. Everyone living in the parish should now have received either a postal ballot or a notification to vote in person at one of our two village Polling Stations on Thursday, 22nd July. As you can see below, the poll gives you the opportunity to answer the simple question: “Do you want Rushcliffe Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Ruddington to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood area?”…

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Ruddington Trio’s Fundraising Fortnight

This weekend, three employees from a Ruddington firm are beginning the challenge of walking the Pennine Way in just 14 days – in aid of a local children’s hospice. The trio, who all work at Quotient Sciences on Mere Way, are taking on the 268 mile trek to raise money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in Loughborough. Adam Ball (26), Tom Gailey (28) and Ben Foster (29), who all began working for the company in January 2018, are pictured (top) just before setting off from there today to start…

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Road Closures in our Village

Residents are being warned to prepare themselves for further disruption over the next couple of weeks as two roads in Ruddington village centre are closed for roadworks – with diversions for motorists and public transport put in force. These are on High Street and Parkyns Street – with full details below. However, that’s only the START of it… This latest work is in addition to the over-running highway reconstruction on Loughborough at the Mere Way Roundabout to create a suitable access for the new William Davis Homes development – which will not now be…

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New Ruddington Skate Park Opens

Skate boarders, scooter riders and BMXers are celebrating the opening of Ruddington’s new skate park – funded by Rushcliffe Borough Council and supported by Skate Nottingham, Canvas Spaces and VIA East Midlands. The £210,000 concrete structure at Rushcliffe Country Park has been praised as another landmark facility – not just for our village but for the whole of Nottinghamshire. It’s a ‘street course’ which has been designed to blend into a country park setting whilst also meeting the needs of future Olympic skateboarders and BMXers and being inclusive to beginner riders and the…

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