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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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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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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Annual Summer Fayre this Saturday

Ruddington’s second “Summer Fayre” is being held on The Green this Saturday, the 19th of August, and promises to be even bigger and better than last year. After the success of the inaugural event in 2016 it’s again been organised for the village by Ruddington Parish Council – and will take place between midday and 6pm. Cox’s Funfair will be there, you can have your photo taken in the stocks with Ruddington Scouts, experience the ‘Under our Wing’ talking and singing birds, play with Zoe’s Party Animals, enjoy the food…

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Framework Knitters’ Museum Survey

The Framework Knitters’ Museum has ambitious plans to redevelop and expand its Ruddington site. It’s applying for Heritage Lottery funding to help achieve this, and an important part of this process is gathering the views of the community. So the popular Nottinghamshire tourist attraction is giving us chance to have our say NOW to help shape its future plans in the form of a ten minute online survey – which can be accessed via the link below: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/3F4UH/ The survey needs to be filled in by Monday the 14th of…

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James Peacock – Class of 1967?

Next month Ruddington’s James Peacock School marks its 50th anniversary of moving to its current location in Manor Park. The new buildings replaced the original “free school” built in 1875 on the corner of Asher Lane and The Green (now Adlard Print) that had become too small for our growing village. To celebrate its half century the school is holding a “Community Celebration Day” on Saturday the 30th of September between 1pm and 5pm. Ruddington Local History Society is supporting James Peacock School by researching its past in order to put up a display at the event. So they would love to hear…

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NG11 Foodbank Becomes Sainsbury’s Local Charity

Ruddington’s support for our local “NG11 Foodbank” went one step further this month – becoming Ruddington Sainsbury’s “Local Charity of the Year”. Shoppers voted online and in store for a choice of three shortlisted local charities, to become the shop’s nominated charity partner for the next 12 months. NG11 Foodbank – which operates from The Hope Centre on Southchurch Drive in Clifton  – was the winner. The Sainsburys “Local Charity of the Year” initiative is a nationwide programme that sees local stores support a community charity over the course of one full…

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Life Saving Tool for Ruddington School

A village school has raised funds to install a defibrillator to save lives in its local community. It was presented to St Peter’s Junior School on Ashworth Avenue this week. Pupils and staff there wanted to ensure visitors and all users of the school had access to a defibrillator – as the nearest one is some distance away and the school is a busy community hub. As a result of various fund-raising activities and events, such as collecting 5 pence pieces in the summer holidays, a pupils’ disco and the recent summer fair and car boot sale,…

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Country Park Café Consultation

Rushcliffe Borough Council has launched a new survey asking if locals and visitors would like to see a dedicated café at Ruddington’s Country Park. It wants you to have YOUR say on whether you think it’s a good idea – AND whether you’d use it? Since 2015 the council has been working with Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park (FoRCP), Franklin Ellis Architects and The University of Nottingham on a proposal to refurbish and upgrade the existing building – and perhaps to extend it to create a permanent new café. This follows a previous public consultation by Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park held there last September…

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