‘Pay What You Can’ for Christmas

Ruddington’s community spirit is shining brightly this festive season, with another village initiative launched this week to help cash-strapped families and individuals cope with the spiralling cost of… virtually everything! Called ‘Pay What You Can’, it’s the idea of village centre trader Sarah Burton (pictured) from Phoenix Flowers. She explains: “With the cost of living, and Christmas coming up, I know a lot of families must be stressed and struggling right now. I was going through some bits to donate to charity the other day but had an idea… what if we…

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Animal Craftwork Sale

Support the festive fundraising sale in the Meeting Room of the Visitor Centre at Rushcliffe Country Park on Wednesday 7th December from 10am to 3pm. The event is by registered charity Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park (FoRCP). Resident volunteer carpenter Roger Byrne is holding an ‘Animal Craftwork Sale’ of carved items he’s made using his bandsaw – also his creative skill. Twenty percent of Roger’s sales on the day will go to FoRCP, which aims to develop and enhance our Country Park. The Friends own fundraising stall will also be there. You’ll see the…

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Christmas 2022 in Ruddington

After the ‘lockdown’ Christmas of 2020, and the rather restrained festive season of 2021, Ruddington’s celebrations in 2022 look as if they might just be the biggest and best ever! That’s certainly the case for this weekend’s ‘Ruddington Christmas Market’ (on Saturday December 3rd) which, as previously reported, will comprise over a hundred indoor and outdoor stalls of food, drink and gifts, two covered pop-up bars and stages of live music, and children’s activities. Now organised by Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP) it will take place along both High Street and Church Street (road closures…

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Getting Festive at Ruddington Christmas Market

The team behind Ruddington’s popular monthly market is ready to pull out all the festive stops next Saturday, as ‘Ruddington Village Christmas Market’ returns for 2022. Organised by the Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP), this year’s Christmas market is set to be an even bigger event after the wet and windy market of 2021; with over 100 indoor and outdoor stalls of food, drink and gifts, two covered pop-up bars and stages of live music, and children’s activities. In a change to the format from last year, the Christmas market…

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Ruddington’s November Roadworks

Village motorists are being warned to expect further hold-ups and disruption in the coming weeks; both as contractors carry out various highway works and festive events begin in Ruddington. First up, this Monday and Tuesday (31st October & 1st November) there will be two-way traffic lights on Loughborough Road south of the Mere Way/Yarrow Drive Roundabout as improvements are made to the footpath there. Some delays are likely. Then, the work which was scheduled to take place on High Street last week is now due to happen this week instead, after…

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Mystery Christmas Cash Donor Unmasked by National Newspaper

The identity of the generous individual responsible for envelopes stuffed with cash being delivered to households in Ruddington, Clifton and Silverdale for the last six Christmases has been revealed by The Daily Express. Just before the big money-drop this Christmas – when £5,000 in fifty envelopes handwritten with “R.A.K.” or “Random Act of Kindness” each containing £100 in £20 notes were posted through the letterboxes of lucky local recipients – the newspaper identified the ‘Secret Santa’ as self-made millionaire Joe Soiza.  Mr Soiza hails from Clifton and founded Nottingham-based online healthcare company UK…

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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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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 Royal Date with Kate

If you settle down to watch “Royal Carols: Together at Christmas”, being shown this Christmas Eve on ITV, be sure to look out for a couple of well known faces from our village. Attending the star-studded evening at Westminster Abbey, by special invitation from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, was Ruddington Co-op Member Pioneer Gwen Eyre (above left) who took along Carol Jaggers (right) as her guest. Carol and Gwen co-organise the over 55s coffee morning in Ruddington, whilst Carol has volunteered with Ruddington Girl-Guiding and the local food banks for many…

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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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