School Expansion News Welcomed

Village families who currently have children attending James Peacock Infant & Nursery School and St Peter’s Junior School are welcoming this week’s announcement that Ruddington’s historically preferred Secondary School will be made over a third larger. Since the building of thousands of new homes began in its catchment area, some residents here have been struggling to get places for their kids at Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford (now rebranded Rushcliffe Spencer Academy). In fact, in recent years, a good number of Ruddington pupils have been split up from lifelong friends to be accommodated…

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‘Devolution’ Consultation Deadline Approaching

Ruddingtonians are being reminded that time is running out to have our say on proposed regulatory changes which could impact many aspects of village life – including housing, transport, education and the environment. On August 30th 2022 the leaders of Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council all signed up to work on proposals to set up a brand new body called the East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA). It followed an announcement from the Government that a package of new powers and funding, worth…

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Apply Now For Infant & Junior School Places

Whilst the deadline for parents of village youngsters to apply for their Secondary School places outside Ruddington in 2023/2024 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 applications are now open for kids starting in reception and children due to transfer from an infant school to junior education (Year 3) in September 2023. For children who will turn five years old between 1st September 2023 and 31st August 2024, and for those children transferring from…

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Watch Your Speed!

Neighbourhood Officers from Nottinghamshire Police have been in Ruddington again this afternoon carrying out speed checks on traffic entering our village along Wilford Road. Despite the 30mph limit now starting sooner, due to the new Bloor Homes development, with even a flashing sign to alert motorists to their speed as they pass Sellors’ Playing Field, they report that three vehicles were recorded still doing in excess of 35 mph along the main, built-up stretch. The offending drivers were dealt with by way of ‘Traffic Offence Reports’ – meaning they are…

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Have Your Say on Ruddington’s Polling Stations

Rushcliffe Borough Council is asking residents for their views on its polling districts and polling places when we vote in local, regional and national elections. A consultation period has begun, inviting comments on where polling stations are located and the ease of accessing them for those with a disability. For Ruddington, this currently means either our Village Hall on Wilford Road (pictured top) or St Peter’s Rooms on Church Street (pictured bottom), depending upon where we live. Hundreds of new-build houses in Ruddington are increasing the number of eligible voters on our…

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New Beat Bobby For Ruddington

Nottinghamshire Police have revealed a new Constable dedicated to our village. PC Stephen Piper has joined PCSO Philip Evans to focus on neighbourhood policing in Ruddington. He is promising to engage with the public and respond to the key policing priorities here. PC Piper, who has more than 20 years of experience as a response officer in the Metropolitan Police and in Nottinghamshire, says he’s received a very positive reaction from residents. He has already been out and about meeting members of the public at our August Village Market [top photo}, taken…

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Council’s School Places Plea

Parents of children who are starting Year 6 this September are being advised strongly to list four preferences when applying for their child’s secondary school place for next year – to avoid losing out on their preferred school for September 2023. While next September may feel a long way off, Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) says parents and guardians of Ruddington children who are about to start their final year at St Peter’s Junior School (or, indeed, at a school elsewhere) should be thinking about their application for secondary school right now…

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Phoenix Flowers is Blooming Great!

Ruddington’s popular florist is celebrating today after her business scooped a prestigious “Muddy Stilletos Award” 2022. Readers of the top UK lifestyle website – which prides itself on reaching “over 1.1 million cosmopolitan, fun-loving, urbane women living OUTSIDE London” – have voted Phoenix Flowers the best florist in the whole of Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire! It was the end of last month when our High Street florist’s learned they had been nominated and shortlisted in the final five. Three other Ruddington retailers; The Frame Breakers, Ruddington Village Market and Ruddy Fine Gin; were…

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Launch of ‘The Ruddington Pantry’

This month sees the start of a brand new local initiative which it’s hoped will reduce food waste in our village. On Wednesday 6th April Carol Jaggers and Gwen Eyre are opening a ‘community fridge’ in St Peter’s Rooms called ‘The Ruddington Pantry’.  The aim of a community fridge is to rescue good quality, surplus food, free of charge from local food retailers, gardeners and restaurants. Individuals are also encouraged to donate to the fridge by dropping off any items from their cupboards they won’t be able to make use of…

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‘Offer Day’ Relief For Our Junior School Pupils

Children in their final year at St Peter’s in Ruddington are celebrating this week after it was confirmed they will be able to stay with their friends in September. Tuesday was ‘National Offer Day’ – when the parents and guardians of all current Year 6 pupils attending our village junior school were informed whether or not they had been successful in getting their son or daughter a place at their chosen secondary school. In Ruddington this has traditionally been Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford – now known as Rushcliffe Spencer Academy.…

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