Ruddington’s New Year Buses

Nottingham City Transport is promising that getting home will be easy and inexpensive for Ruddington’s New Year revellers thanks to its late night buses. Our village’s main transport operator is once again running its New Year’s Eve services, with late night buses running through until 3.15am to get people home after bringing in 2018 in Nottingham. NightBus N48 is the best option if travelling home to Ruddington – which comes via The Meadows and Clifton (see map below). NCT advises that the cheapest and most convenient way to pay is with the NCTX Buses App…

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Random Acts of Kindness in Ruddington

Mystery surrounds the identity of the kind-hearted benefactor, or benefactors, who’ve spread some welcome, festive cheer to numerous households in our area over the Christmas period. Envelopes marked “R.A.K. Random Act of Kindness” landed in letterboxes around Ruddington, Clifton and Silverdale – each containing £100! However the handwriting on the front appears different on some of them – suggesting perhaps more than one person was involved. Maria Watson of Clifton Donation Group helped to spread the word about the generous gifts saying they were a “Random Act Of Kindness from an amazing, anonymous…

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Can Ruddington’s Mark Make the Medals?

Kidney transplant recipient and Ruddington resident, Mark Brown, is making his final preparations before representing Great Britain at the 10th Winter World Transplant Games (WWTG) in Anzere, Switzerland, next month. The 2018 Games take place from the 7th to 12th January, with Team GB comprising 12 adults and one junior – plus six children competing in the Nicholas Cup. The team will be supported by more than 30 relatives, friends and nurses. 50 year old Mark, who received his donor kidney in 1994, is hoping to build on his success at…

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New Look for Former Barclay & Cook?

There are mixed views among village residents and planning consultants about bold new proposals to modernise a former convenience store on High Street – which is in Ruddington’s historic conservation area. We reported earlier this month that Barclay & Cook, at 7-9 High Street, had closed its doors after over forty years under the stewardship of David Cook when dwindling trade prompted his decision to sell the shop and retire. If given planning permission, the existing shop (below) looks set to be substantially redeveloped by the new owner – with the removal of…

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Ruddington Library to Close…

…but thankfully it’s only temporary! Our library, on Church Street, is shutting its doors after this weekend for a TWO MONTH refurbishment. It will close at 1pm on Saturday (23rd December) and not re-open again until 9am on Saturday 17th February 2018. Inspire, which runs Ruddington Library on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, explains: “We’ll be developing an inviting and modern space for reading, learning, and cultural and community activities. Changes to the library will include an inviting modern layout and extensive re-decoration, new shelving, essential electrical work, new flooring…

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Another Ruddington Bus Driver Receives Recognition

Ian Neal, a regular friendly face behind the wheel of Ruddington’s Navy 3 bus, has just won Nottingham City Transport‘s final “seasonal driver award” of 2017. It’s certainly a great way for our village to round off the year since Green 10 driver Badar Sheikh achieved the same accolade right at the start of 2017 following HIS “mystery traveller” assessment. Mr Neal, who drives the Pink 30 route, too, will now be entered into the 2017 NCT Driver of the Year Competition next month. Good luck to Badar and Ian!

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More Parish Council Vacancies

Ruddington Parish Council is looking for community-minded villagers to fill more of its seats after the resignation of two further councillors. The vacancies have arisen in Easthorpe Ward and Manor Ward following the departures of Marilyn Robinson and George Ellison respectively. No reasons have been given for their decisions to stand down. However it follows a raft of other councillor resignations over the past year – resulting in a contested election for one seat and others where four candidates were elected unopposed. In order for a poll to be held this time, at least…

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Leys Road Burglary

It seems criminals are trying their best to ruin Christmas for some Ruddington residents – after another house in our village was broken into on Sunday. Following a crime spree the previous weekend which targeted vehicles on Kirk Lane and properties on Loughborough Road, Elms Park and Sheepfold Lane, the latest burglary was at a house on Leys Road. Rushcliffe Police are reporting that this happened between 7.30am and 3.45pm on Sunday 17th of December. Did you see or hear anything suspicious ? Do you have a CCTV system and, if so, has…

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On Your Own This Christmas?

If so, you needn’t be! Ruddington Baptist Church is hosting a Christmas Day dinner for people who would otherwise be alone on December the 25th. Residents of all ages are welcome – whether your family has flown the nest, they’re too far away, or it’s just “complicated”. You’re invited to join them and other village folk for a warm and friendly get together on Christmas Day. Doors will open at 1:00pm for welcome drinks and nibbles – with lunch being served at around 2.00pm. That’ll be followed at about 3:30pm by…

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Festive Foodbank Thanks

On Saturday (9th December) our local “NG11 Foodbank” foodbank held its Christmas appeal in Ruddington’s Sainsbury’s and Co-op supermarkets – and they’ve hailed it a great success. Jill Reedman told us: “It was a cold, frosty morning but shoppers demonstrated the spirit of Christmas by their generous donations. They were invited to donate an item from a list which included festive treats like mince pies and Christmas puddings, as well as regular staples like tinned tomatoes and tea. Jo and I collected 4 trolleys full of groceries in the Co op,…

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