Play Area Refurbishment Plans Announced

Plans to refurbish the children’s play area in Ruddington’s country park have been revealed today by Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC). The authority says the changes at Rushcliffe Country Park will be made after the Easter holidays in April as part of its £175,000 of investment into local facilities. Works will include replacing the existing central space net with a new Kanope Tower multi-play unit featuring 14 different play elements and a new wooden trail. RBC  says this will offer panoramic views of the park, increase play opportunities with a new pendulum pod swing…

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Easter 2024 Colouring Competition Winners

Both children and adults in Ruddington are being invited to take part in an ‘egg-citing’ challenge up to and including Easter for a chance to win various prizes – including lots of chocolate, of course! PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for entries has now passed, but we’ll publish the winners’ names below, once we have them… Meantime, Happy Easter! The ‘Easter Colouring Competition’ is run each year by village-based Independent Estate and Letting Agents Benwell Daykin. General Manager Ricky Benwell explains: “Our company is very much a family orientated business and we…

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Kids’ Fun Run Turns Ten

It’s hard to believe that Ruddington’s free, weekly park run for children aged 4 to 14 and their families is now a decade old! When Rushcliffe Junior Parkrun was launched in Rushcliffe Country Park, at 9am on Sunday 2nd February 2014, it was only the eighth junior event to be set up in the world – and yet it managed to attract 118 participants and 20 volunteers for the very first one. This 2k ‘fun run’ was set up to encourage kids, families and friends to enjoy exercising in open spaces,…

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Residents Object to New Nursery Plans

Proposals to create a new children’s nursery on Brookside Road in Ruddington have proved unpopular with householders in the area. When the site known as ‘Brookside House’ (pictured above in June 2021) was sold off for redevelopment in 2022 by former owners Brookside Autoservices, other units there which were still occupied were also vacated. However, the commercial premises have since lain empty, facing an uncertain future. Most recently, plans to demolish all the existing buildings and build three houses and six apartments there were also shelved. This followed a negative response…

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Penguin Spotters Wanted!

We’d expect no less from our nationally famous Ruddington Yarn Bombers than to adorn our village in amazing, festive style at this time of year. However, the Yarn Ninjas’ Christmas creations this time around have surpassed even previous standards – including giving the kids something fun to do between now and the end of this month.  Called the ‘Pesky Penguins Trail’, youngsters are invited to see how many of the little black and white knitted birds – in various attire – they can find lurking in different locations around Ruddington.…

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Scouts’ Successful Festive Fundraiser

One of the many attractions at Ruddington’s three day Village Christmas Market this year was a pop-up stall on the Saturday which was run by 1st Ruddington Scouts. Keen to raise funds themselves for their many activities, in the months before the event many Beavers, Scouts and Cubs had spent time making glass decorations and other items to sell on the day – some of which are pictured below. Not only that, their stall featured two tombolas; with chocolates and gifts kindly donated by local families and small businesses. Chair of…

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Applications Open for Infant & Junior School Places

Whilst the official deadline for parents of village youngsters to apply for their Secondary School places outside Ruddington in 2024/2025 has now passed, the process for Infant and Primary children hoping they’ll be schooled here is only just beginning. Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) has announced that from today (Monday 6th November 2023) applications are open for kids starting in reception and children due to transfer from an infant school to junior education (Year 3) in September 2024. For children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2024 and 31st August 2025, and…

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Moving the Goalposts!

During the summer we reported on an unpopular decision by Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) to remove the netting from one of the goalposts in Sellors’ Recreation Ground to discourage people from using it. It’s after some new ‘Fairham Green’ residents, who’d recently moved into the houses built just behind it, complained to custodians RPC that stray balls from young people playing football there were hitting their cars and windows. Before any serious damage was caused, it was decided to take away the net at that end of the pitch temporarily, until a solution could be found. Its…

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Parachuting Toys’ Fundraising Total Revealed!

Organisers of Ruddington’s biennial ‘Teddy Bear Parachute Jump’ – which took place at St Peter’s Church over the weekend – have hailed their event another success. Jane Piggott, a fundraiser for Save the Children‘s South Notts Branch, says: “Thank you so much to everyone who came along on Saturday (16th September 2023).  We were so fortunate to have a fine, warm and partly sunny afternoon and I’m delighted to say the event was once again a great success and raised £600 for Save the Children!” Around seventy children brought along their…

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New Secondary School Applications Warning

Parents of Ruddington children who will be starting Year Six this September are being told they can now apply for their secondary school place. Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) is once again urging families to utilise all FOUR preferences to avoid losing out on their preferred school or academy in September 2024. An NCC spokesperson says: “Parents sometimes think that selecting just one school will ensure that a place is allocated, but that is not the case. It is important that you make use of all four preferences for a better chance of being…

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