Swift Success for Ruddington Entrepreneur

A midwife from Ruddington has achieved national recognition after designing a fashion top which allows women to breastfeed babies discreetly in public. Olivia Swift has just received the Bronze award in “The Best of British for Parents” category of Mumii UK‘s “Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards” 2017! Although not previously a fashion designer, nor a mum herself, Olivia told RUDDINGTON.info that she became inspired to create the special top – made out of a translucent chiffon material – during her midwifery training at The University of Nottingham. It was there she began to…

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Steam, Superheroes & Halloween at GCRN!

Kids of all ages can mix with their comic book heroes during a special themed event this month at Ruddington’s Great Central Railway. The “Superhero Weekend” at Mere Way on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October has been organised by “Superhero Days Out” in conjunction with our local heritage railway. You’re encouraged to go there dressed as your favourite character and feel the excitement on the “Grand Steam Train” as Batman, Spiderman and The Joker battle it out during your hour long journey. Rides will also be available on the miniature…

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Uganda Takes Centre Stage at School Celebrations

Back in August we posted about the summer fundraisers for Ruddington’s Mustard Seed Project and about their role in helping James Peacock School celebrate the 50th anniversary of its move to Manor Park. Now those involved can reflect on all that’s been achieved! The project’s Charlene Robinson writes: “Following on from the fashion show that we held earlier this year which enabled us to begin to build a primary school in Teso, Uganda, we’ve had an amazing summer of fundraising at the Mustard Seed Project. In August Julie Allen and Ruddy bear leapt…

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Louis for the London Palladium!

An 18 year-old Ruddington dancer is getting his big break on stage in the capital this Christmas – with a five week run at the London Palladium. Louis Gaunt is the son of Freedom Dance & Performance principal Stacey Green and started training at the age of four. His talents led him to being offered a full scholarship to one of the top colleges in the country, the renowned Performers’ College in Essex, where he is now in his final year studying professional dance and musical theatre. Louis has already had a…

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The Greatest of The Green Flags?

Are you a regular visitor to Ruddington’s own Country Park?  If so, do you think it’s one of the best of the best? For the eleventh year in a row Rushcliffe Country Park is already flying the flag as one of the UK’s 1,797 finest green spaces. NOW they want to get into the Top Ten! The Green Flag Award People’s Choice 2017 is open for voting until the end of this month so we’re encouraging our readers to give our local park YOUR vote right NOW! It’s a great…

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Loan Loco Saves “Santa Specials”

Youngsters can breathe a sigh of relief. Father Christmas WILL be able to spend some time in Ruddington in the run-up to the festive season after all! The popular Great Central Railway Nottingham (GCR{N}) “Santa Specials” – which are always hauled by heritage steam – were put in jeopardy at the start of this month. That’s because Stanier 8F-8274 – the only operational passenger steam locomotive based in Ruddington – suffered a serious failure. An inspection revealed the bad news of multiple cracks in the firebox and a very long and expensive journey to…

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Heritage Railway Bridges the Gap

TONIGHT will see an historic moment for The Great Central Railway – the installation of a new bridge to rejoin two sections of the line divided for almost half a century. Once reconstruction work is complete this will enable trains to run all the way from Ruddington to Birstall in Leicester for the first time since 1969! Great Central Railway Nottingham {GCR(N)} is reporting that the groundworks are now finished and that contractors are due to lower the two decks of the giant structure into place over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough using…

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Mustard Seed Summer Fundraisers

Several ‘Mustard Seed’ supporters are busy getting physical this summer to raise money to send a shipping container full of school equipment and other items to Teso, Uganda. ‘The Mustard Seed Project’ is a Ruddington fundraising group set up by James Peacock Infants School teachers Sally Squires and Jayne Henson – inspired by a visit to Uganda in the Summer of last year. Their aims are to raise funds to provide clean water, food and an education for children in the African country by bringing the local community together in fundraising for, and establishing links with, the…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | Rushcliffe Country Park

Rushcliffe Country Park: Use stop Rushcliffe Country Park – Green 10C (Sundays & Bank Holidays) or The Green – Navy 3, Green 10 (other days), with a short walk from The Green via Asher Lane to Rushcliffe Country Park. This 210 acre open park space, with over five miles of footpaths, can either be a hive of family activity or a place of individual tranquillity, depending on your preference. Around a quarter of a million visitors a year stroll around the pretty park and lake, watch the varied wildlife, explore the…

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