Asher Lane Planning Inquiry Concludes

Today was the final day of the Public Inquiry into the appeal against the decision by Rushcliffe Borough Council to refuse planning permission for 175 homes off Asher Lane. After the first two days on Tuesday and Wednesday, proceedings got underway again yesterday morning (19th April) at Rushcliffe Arena with evidence from Neil Bennison, a Highways Consultant, on behalf of the appellant, Space Foods Ltd. The afternoon session heard evidence from Richard Mapletoft, Planning Policy Manager, and Kirsty Catlow, Area Planning Officer – both for Rushcliffe Borough Council – and…

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Update from the Asher Lane Inquiry

The Public Inquiry into the refusal by Rushcliffe Borough Council to grant planning permission for the building of 175 homes off Asher Lane in Ruddington began yesterday (Tuesday 17th April) at Rushcliffe Arena under the appointed Inspector, Nick Fagan. After opening speeches by Counsel for both sides, the first person to give evidence was Ruddington Parish Councillor Paul Reedman who made a statement against allowing the appeal, issued jointly by Ruddington Parish Council and Ruddington Action Group, before answering questions from the Inquiry. Rushcliffe Borough Councillors Jean Greenwood, Martin Buckle…

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Ruddingtonians Return from Uganda

Four trustees of Ruddington based charity The Mustard Seed Project have arrived home from their trip to Uganda having received invaluable, personal updates on its work. Founders of the charity Sally Squires and Jayne Henson, who’re both staff at James Peacock Infant & Nursery School, were joined on their second trip to the country by fellow educators Ian Mawer (the Deputy Head Teacher at St Peter’s C of E Junior School) and Professor Louise Mullany (of Nottingham University). The first stop for the quartet was the capital city Kampala, where they…

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Ruddington Kids’ Wildlife Group Wins National Prize

A special presentation is taking place in the Education Centre at Rushcliffe Country Park this morning after our local Wildlife Watch Group scooped a national award! Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust‘s Ruddington activities for 8 to 13 year-olds topped entries from across the country to win them the title of “Wildlife Watch Group of the Year”. The judging panel praised their year of fun learning for local children whilst also helping wildlife – documenting dozens of their activities from building a minibeast hotel (above) and a fungi hunt, through to picking litter and making…

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Ruddington Resurfacing Resumes

Weather permitting, the road resurfacing work which did not get completed on one of Ruddington’s estates, due to ice and snow, will finally be done TOMORROW (Thursday 12th April). Peter Topliss from Via East Midlands has confirmed to RUDDINGTON.info that Brookside Road, Brookside Gardens, Templeman Close and Shelton Gardens are still on the current schedule to be repaired and Micro Asphalted – to join up with the work which was completed on Grange Avenue and Fairham Close last month. Affected residents can expect their road to be shut, with no parking allowed, between…

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Cycling and Hiking for a New Scout Hut Roof

Two village scoutmasters are undertaking some major fundraising challenges this year in the hope of raising enough money to replace their leaky, old asbestos roof. The First Ruddington Scouts building off Ashworth Avenue accommodates around 120 young people aged 6 to 14 across Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. However Dan Clifford {“Falcon”}, a leader at the Beaver Scout colony, says: “Our Scout Hut roof is over 30 years old and can no longer be patched up. Every time it rains we lose about a quarter of our floor space in the main…

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Goodbye “Mrs Hawthorn”

The funeral of a popular teacher who taught hundreds of Ruddington schoolchildren during her 22 year career is taking place this Friday. Heather Hawthorn (pictured above with husband Don) taught at St Peter’s School from 1970 until her retirement in 1992. Sadly she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer last month when it infected her liver. She was 81. Mrs Hawthorn was well known for playing many musical instruments – teaching both children and adults the guitar – and she coached the school football team to win the league. Out of…

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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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Mindfulness Reaches Ruddington

You’ve probably heard of ‘mindfulness’ but may not know exactly what it is, nor what it can do? Ruddington resident Jakki Pritchard is hoping to change that by running new courses within our village – so locals have easy access to what she describes as “an enlightening and life enhancing way to manage our own health and wellbeing”. Jakki explains: “Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening right now in this moment – a non-judgemental awareness of our present experience just as it is. Although on trend, it is scientifically proven to…

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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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