Scouting for Scout Leaders

You may already have seen the impressive variety of ‘First Ruddington Scouts Needs YOU!’ posters around our village, promoting a campaign to recruit leaders. They’re part of concerted efforts to find more adults who’re able and willing to help run our local scouts, cubs and beaver groups here in Ruddington. Leader Dan Clifford explains: “First Ruddington Scouts is a thriving group with over 100 boys and girls looking for exciting, fun and adventurous activities to support their personal development and wellbeing. However, the successful future of the Scouts organisation in…

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What’s Happening with The Children’s Society Shop?

Whilst our village centre is now ‘buzzing’ again following the return of non-essential retail after a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions on April 12th, shoppers may have noticed there’s still no sign of life at one of Ruddington’s much loved charity shops. The Children’s Society Shop at the corner of High Street and Easthorpe Street closed its doors over a year ago – at the beginning of the first Coronavirus ‘lockdown’ – and hasn’t traded again since. A notice on the door has long been directing TCS customers wishing to shop or…

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Former Youth Centre to Be Demolished and Replaced

The new owners of the former Youth & Community Centre on The Green – which has lain empty and disused for over four years – have revealed how they plan to bulldoze it and erect more modern facilities in its place. As we’ve previously reported, Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) bought the building from Nottinghamshire County Council in 2019. Their planned public consultation on its future was delayed by the Coronavirus outbreak. Meantime, the onsite parking there has been made available to village traders in order to free up visitor spaces nearer the shops.…

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Petition For Safe Crossing Reaches 1.5K Signatures

A road safety campaign for a better crossing point for walkers, cyclists and horse riders on a busy dual carriageway between Ruddington and West Bridgford is attracting widespread support. Paul Fenton’s online petition highlighting how dangerous it has become to cross the A52 trunk road between the Nottingham Knight and Wheatcroft roundabouts has so far attracted over 1,500 signatures. His focus is on the existing underpass opposite Wayte Court (pictured above and below) which many walkers from our village already use to get to Sharp Hill Wood and Nature Reserve. “That…

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Guaranteed Mortgage Scheme Begins

Following Benwell Daykin’s previous RUDDINGTON.info article in March, detailing the extension to the Stamp Duty Holiday and Guaranteed Mortgage scheme, they are now pleased to expand on this. From the start of this month, the government has provided guarantees to UK lenders who offer mortgages to buyers, to secure a loan with a 5% deposit on a property of up to £600,000 before the 31st December 2022. The UK’s top five banks have announced their support of the initiative and many will roll out their offers and initiatives from the 19th…

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Ruddington’s Parkrun Returns

Excitement is mounting amongst younger children from our village (and beyond) that Rushcliffe Junior Parkrun will be back from Sunday April 11th at 9.00am! The usually weekly event in Ruddington’s Country Park has been cancelled for just over a year due to the Coronavirus pandemic – which, of course, led to Government restrictions on large gatherings. However, the green light has just been given to restart Parkrun for four to ten year-olds. With exactly one week to go, volunteer organisers have been checking the kit, putting up information posters and…

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Rushcliffe School to Get Bigger

There is some good news for Ruddington families who have children approaching secondary school age. Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) has just agreed plans to expand Rushcliffe School. Councillors approved the proposals to extend the academy in West Bridgford – managed by the Spencer Academy Trust – at a Policy Committee meeting yesterday (Wednesday 17 March). It is to try to meet the rising demand for secondary school places in our area up to September 2025. This need has largely been brought about by a significant amount of new housing construction…

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Stamp Duty Holiday Extended & Guaranteed Mortgage Scheme

Following the budget announcement on March 3rd, that the Chancellor extended the Stamp Duty Holiday, what does this mean for Ruddington residents? Well, the property purchase tax has been suspended on the first £500,000 on any property purchase, meaning you have the opportunity to save thousands of pounds if you complete your purchase before June 30th 2021. Nick Aston, senior valuer at Benwell Daykin Estate Agents on High Street, welcomes the extension: “This is great news for home buyers in the Ruddington area” he says. “With their savings on stamp duty,…

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Ruddington Pupils’ School Places Row

It seems many village schoolchildren starting secondary school this September will have further to travel than anticipated – and also be separated from their friends – in the wake of ‘National Offer Day’ (Monday 1st March). Since discovering the bad news online yesterday, or receiving their letters today, parents across Ruddington have been taking to social media in dismay. For many, their son or daughter will have to journey twelve miles to South Wolds Academy in Keyworth and back every day, rather than the expected six mile round trip to Rushcliffe…

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‘Laptops for Learning’ Village School Appeal

A community spirited Ruddington computer repairer has come to the aid of cash-strapped local parents whose children need access to a laptop for their studies during ‘lockdown’. With kids at home again whilst our schools are closed due to the latest Coronavirus surge, Damien Coggin (pictured above), of Ruddington Computers on St Mary’s Crescent, has stepped in to fix for free unwanted laptops which are passed on to St Peter’s C of E Junior School. He even set the ball rolling himself by pulling from his website two reconditioned laptops he’d had up for…

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