Easter Fun in Rudd

As always, there’s a lot going on in Ruddington for the youngsters during the Easter Holidays! The fun starts on Good Friday (30th March) when the Framework Knitters’ Museum will be holding their annual Easter Bunny Hunt from 11 am to 4pm. Any child who can help the framework knitters find all their knitted bunnies will be rewarded with an Easter Egg. The museum will also be toasting Hot Cross Buns on the cottage range, and the day will be filled with knitting demonstrations and fun activities for the kids. Entry is…

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Rushcliffe Ranger’s Rugby Recognition

Did you know that a Ranger at Ruddington’s Country park used to play top flight rugby for Ireland?! Zoe Fordham’s achievements have been marked with the award of an Irish international rugby cap as she celebrated her country’s 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam success – 25 years after she herself played in Ireland’s first ever women’s international. Zoe was among the special few who pulled on the green jersey in a match against Scotland in Edinburgh in 1993. The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) honoured her and the women who followed in…

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Ruddington’s Own ‘Fame’ School

The rather understated purple doorway leading into Number 5, Charles Street, may not seem quite as salubrious as the famous ‘High School of Performing Arts’ in New York City did back in the ’80s. But Ruddington’s ‘Freedom Dance & Performance’ has always aimed big – and consequently has found perhaps rather more than it’s fair share of ‘Fame’ along the way!? Principal Stacey Gaunt is a fully qualified I.S.T.D teacher with years of experience both as a performer and choreographer. She launched ‘Freedom’ in our village in 2002 with the motto “Training tomorrow’s stars…

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Rescheduled 2018 Rushcliffe Run

If you’re a keen runner but thought you’d missed out on taking part in this year’s Rushcliffe 10k & Fun Run there’s good news – you haven’t! Last Sunday’s event was postponed for safety reasons due to the heavy snow and icy conditions – and has been rescheduled for Sunday 25th March. One positive consequence is that a limited number of new spaces have become available for the previously sold out 10k Run – whilst room remains for participants in the 5k Run and 2.5k child friendly Fun Run, too! Organisers Perfect Motion Sports Marketing…

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Is Tom the Fittest?

A Ruddington Village Football Club player is turning heads on national television after joining the ‘Boys’ team on the new ITV2 “battle of the sexes” reality TV show ‘Survival of the Fittest’. Set in the sizzling South African savannah, viewers saw Tom Wilson enter the lodge for the first time yesterday on Day 12 (Thursday 22nd February) and BOTH the teams seemed to be impressed by his physique! He’s been drafted in to try to help The Boys get back to their winning ways against The Girls during the gritty “It’s a Knockout” style fitness challenges. Six foot…

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Penny Did Us Proud!

Villagers who stayed up through the early hours of this morning to watch Ruddington ice dancer Penny Coomes and partner Nick Buckland skate their hearts out for Team GB in the finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang were rewarded with another wonderful performance at the Gangneung Ice Arena. After sailing through yesterday’s Ice Dance to qualify for today, the duo found themselves up in the Bronze Medal position after their Free Dance routine – choreographed by Nottingham ice skating legend Christopher Dean along to music by rock band Muse. (You can watch Penny & Nick’s performance >>HERE<<.)…

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Penny’s in PyeongChang!

Village residents are once again rooting for Ruddington ice dancer Penny Coomes – as she and skating partner Nick Buckland battle it out against the best – representing Team GB at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang. South Korea is the third trip to a Winter Olympics for our local duo – having also represented Team GB at Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014. But their achievement this time is all the more astonishing because it was only in June 2016 that Penny smashed her right kneecap into eight pieces after a…

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Voice UK Star’s Ruddington Roots

If Saturday night TV talent shows are one of your weekly treats then you may well have already seen Eliza Gutteridge. Last weekend the 16 year old singer wowed the judges during the blind audition stage of The Voice UK on ITV, and the familiar local surname is no co-incidence because her family is from here. In fact the Gutteridges can trace their Ruddington roots back to 1640! Several relatives, who’re still in Ruddington, were glued to her performance of “Wild Horses” by Birdy last Saturday night as the self-confessed Tom Jones…

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The Ruddington Arms Does it Again!

One of our village inns has picked up another award for the quality of its cuisine – as Nottingham’s “Best Gastro Pub”! The Ruddington Arms received the accolade during a black tie ceremony last night hosted by TV personality Mark Durden-Smith at Colwick Hall. The annual Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards celebrate diversity and quality across every style of dining, recognising the most talented chefs and venues within the region – “allowing the best of Nottingham to be showcased on a plate!” Ruddington’s White Horse can also be proud to have been…

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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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