Seeds and Strolling for Uganda

It’s now three years since we first found out that Ruddington’s last remaining public telephone box would be decommissioned – when BT Payphones announced its lack of use made it no longer viable to keep it in service. The Grade II listed, traditional, red, cast iron kiosk in front of the War Memorial on Church Street {pictured top left} is a Type K6 designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Because it’s an important heritage landmark, within our village Conservation Area, ideas were invited to put it to an alternative use through…

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Thousands Raised During Village Open Gardens

Organisers of this month’s ‘Ruddington Open Gardens’ weekend have revealed the event was a great success – securing almost £4,500 for their two chosen charities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usually biennial was last held in 2018, but it returned even bigger and better on 2nd & 3rd July 2022. Through the weekend people across our village once again allowed public access to their own green spaces, for a one-off payment of £5, to help raise funds for Save the Children and Action for Children. Jane Piggott says: “The organisers are very…

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‘Open Gardens’ Return After Four Year Gap

After all the excitement of Ruddington’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at the beginning of June, there’s another, big weekend event taking place all over our village at the start of next month. On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July, from 2.00pm to 6.00pm on both days, ‘Ruddington Open Gardens’ is back for the first time since 2018.  It is usually held biennially to raise funds for Save the Children and Action for Children. Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic, with all the associated restrictions, forced its cancellation in 2020. However, organiser Jane Piggott is pleased…

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The Schoolgirl Losing Her Locks for Charity

Ruddington schoolgirl Lily-Jean Morales is cutting her luscious long hair for a good cause this Saturday (2nd April) whilst also raising funds to make her long brown locks into a wig for a child who has lost their hair to cancer or other medical conditions. Seven-year-old Lily-Jean was inspired to donate her own hair after learning about the charity Little Princess Trust, from her cousin. She reveals: “My cousin James had short hair before Coronavirus, and now it is quite long, but my hair was already longer. Last summer my…

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‘Knickers for Knowledge’ is Back!

This March marks the return of The Mustard Seeds Project‘s infamous fashion show – otherwise known as ‘Knickers for Knowledge’! As many villagers will already know, the Ruddington based project supports women and girls in rural Uganda through economic projects and educational initiatives. Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has impacted the lives of women in this marginalised area of Uganda very significantly. Schools and clinics have been closed for two years – leading to increased poverty, disease and gender-based violence. Due to the severe lockdown teenage pregnancy cases has risen five times…

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‘Ruddy Kind Acts’ Initiative Launches

For the past few Christmases, residents of Ruddington have benefitted from ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ – where a mystery benefactor and his helpers have posted hundreds of envelopes marked ‘R.A.K’, each containing £100 in cash to lucky local recipients in our village, Clifton and Silverdale. Some villagers even had a wad of money thrust at them whilst walking down the street! After the identity of the generous individual behind it was finally revealed in December 2021, it inspired creatives from the ‘Handmade in Rudd’ group to launch their own community initiative – dubbed ‘Ruddy Kind…

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Boxing Day Action at Elms Park

A charity soccer match – which traditionally takes place in Ruddington every Boxing Day – returns this year. After being cancelled by COVID-19 last Christmas, spectators are warmly welcomed back to Elms Park on December 26th 2021 at 11am for what promises to be a feast of family fun and football. The game is being run by Ruddington Village Colts Football Club – which is benefittng from the proceeds this year. This time the match is between Coaches & Parents and Current Players. The plan is that it will be played on the ‘slope…

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New Village Festival & Open Gardens Planned

If you’ve lived in Ruddington for a little while, you may remember ‘Open Gardens’ events being organised in our village? In the summers of 2016 and 2018 these were staged in aid of Save the Children and Action for Children and proved a big hit with villagers and visitors alike. Last time around, an impressive £2280 was raised for the two charities. Sadly, COVID-19 put a stop to the biennial event happening last year. The good news is that it should return NEXT year. One of the organisers, Jane Piggott, says: “For the summer of…

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

A big hearted twelve year-old from Ruddington has lost her long hair for charity today – so that she can help out other children in need. Louise Roome, who attended St Peter’s Junior School before starting at Rushcliffe School, received her haircut this lunchtime (Saturday 13th November) from Danielle at ‘Hare & Rabbit’ in the village. She is donating her previously waist-length locks to The Little Princess Trust – which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young adults who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and…

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New Footbridge Opens

Allotment holders at Hareham Gardens in Ruddington are celebrating the completion of their new footbridge. It spans a brook and provides a step-free route between the two halves of the site – which houses a total of 62 plots. It needed to be suitable for wheelchair users – whilst the adults with learning difficulties who are supported by the THERA Trust to grow crops on one of the plots needed safe access to get between the car park and their plot. The new structure replaces an older footbridge  (pictured below)…

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