£8k Funding for Improved Museum Shop

Staff and volunteers at Ruddington’s historic Framework Knitters’ Museum are celebrating the award of new cash to upgrade their newly established café and shop. ‘Parker’s Yard’ was added late last year when the museum site expanded into the former ‘Gun Cottage’ – between the original workers’ cottages and frameshops and the old Knitters’ Chapel. This allowed a brand new visitor entrance, hospitality and retail area – including a separate new garden. It was achieved via grants totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds from The Heritage Lottery Fund, FCC Communities Foundation, various…

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A Plethora of New Village Businesses

Whilst many high streets up and down the country continue to struggle in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and people’s changing shopping habits, it seems Ruddington is coping better than many. Although there have been shop closures here, generally our retail units in the village centre don’t stay empty for long. Currently there are plenty of new arrivals. In fact the opening of ‘The Courtyard’ two years ago – an attractive new shopping precinct where mainly derelict old buildings used to be – plus the redevelopment of the former Barclay & Cook site…

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Model Railway Exhibition

If you like model railways then you’ll love this exhibition which continues today from 10am to 4pm at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre. NTHC says “A wide selection of railway layouts of all scales including trade stands to buy that missing part. Site entry free, admission fee applicable for the event.” The centre is one of Ruddington’s leading family visitor attractions – from going on a miniature train ride to looking around the various heritage groups onsite. It’s a great place for a #RuddyGoodDayOut because Nottingham THC is “Home of The Heritage Cafe, Nottingham…

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What’s Happening at the Old Barbershop?

Last December we reported that Aidy’s Barbers along Wilford Road had ceased trading – bringing to an end decades of gents’ hairdressing on Dutton’s Hill. At the time, 18a Wilford Road was up for sale by online auction following an application by Chris Chawner to change the use of the ground floor to Class E(b) food and drink for a café/restaurant and to create a two bedroomed apartment on the first floor.* Up until now it has been a three bedroomed house plus a ground floor barbers – although the house…

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Model Railway Exhibition

If you like model railways then you’ll like the exhibition on from 10am to 4pm at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre. NTCH says “A wide selection of railway layouts of all scales including trade stands to buy that missing part. Site entry free, admission fee applicable for the event.” NTHC is one of Ruddington’s family visitor attractions from going on a minature train ride to looking around the various heritage groups onsite. It’s a great place for a day out because Nottingham THC is “Home of The Heritage Cafe, Nottingham Heritage Railway, Nottingham Area Bus Society,…

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Auto Jumble

Auto Jumble will be at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre between 10am and 4pm. NTCH says “Time to tidy out your garages and sheds, bring along, sell and buy more bits to replace!” For more details on stalls contact nthcevents@gmail.com. NTHC is one of Ruddington’s family visitor attractions from going on a minature train ride to looking around the various heritage groups onsite. It’s a great place for a day out because Nottingham THC is “Home of The Heritage Cafe, Nottingham Heritage Railway, Nottingham Area Bus Society, Nottingham SMEE, Ruddington MRC, EMRT, Barnwrights &…

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Barton Ex-employee Day

This event will be a trip down memory lane for former Barton staff. Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre says it’s “a chance for ex-employees of Barton Transport to gather and reminisce amongst a collection of preserved vehicles from the fleet.“ The Barton Ex-employee Day on Sunday 22nd May is open to all visitors between 10am and 4pm at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre. NTHC is one of Ruddington’s family visitor attractions from going on a minature train ride to looking around the various heritage groups onsite. It’s a great place for a day out because Nottingham…

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New Museum Manager Announced

Following the stepping back of former manager and curator Jim Grevatte, Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum has just revealed its latest boss. After completing “a competitive recruitment process” for their new ‘Operations Manager’ role, the venues’ Trustees say they are “delighted” to announce that Ruddington resident Sarah Godfrey has been appointed. Sarah is already well known for her extensive community work within our village. The Trustees add: “With a strong arts background, Sarah brings us an unusual combination of both creativity and commercial awareness, as well as a wealth of experience…

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The Bottle Top’s Alex is The Tops!

A Ruddington businesswoman has just been named as one of the UK’s most inspirational and dynamic female entrepreneurs. Alex Preston (pictured top), who founded The Bottle Top in our village with husband Anthony in May 2019, is being profiled among one hundred ‘f:Entrepreneurs’ from across the country, as part of Small Business Britain‘s ‘#ialso100′ campaign. This celebrates the multi-achievements of women running businesses in the UK today. Her shop, on Ruddington’s High Street, is a sustainable general store and tap room which showcases a number of small and local producers from craft beer to zero waste…

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Night at the Museum

Those attending the official re-opening of Ruddington’s famous Framework Knitters’ Museum this week got to see it in a different light…. the dark! Staff and volunteers at Ruddington’s now internationally acclaimed tourist attraction welcomed invited guests to see the newly expanded site at four o’clock on Tuesday afternoon (23rd November) – and it was soon apparent why this time was chosen. As night fell, the workers’ cottages – recently restored to how they would have looked in 1890 – and the museum’s new ‘community garden’ were lit by candles and other…

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