Ruddington Restoration Dedicated to Fallen Soldiers

A vintage carriage took pride of place yesterday (Sunday 17th September) at Ruddington’s Great Central Railway – in an event dedicated to over a thousand troops who died during the First World War. On display in the open for the first time was the recently restored MS&LR 6-wheel carriage – which took 16 years for five volunteers at our local Heritage Centre to return to its former glory. It was dedicated in a special ceremony by Ruddington’s Vicar, the Reverend Andrew Buchanan, to the many employees who left the Great Central Railway to…

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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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NEW Ruddy Good Guide!

Hot off the press is the 2017 edition of the handy guide about places to visit in Ruddington and where to eat & drink in the village. This FREE booklet has again been produced in a partnership between Nottingham City Transport (NCT) and the creative team here at RUDDINGTON.info. Look out for NCT’s ‘Ruddy Good Day Out‘ printed booklet available in the featured venues and other outlets throughout Ruddington – as well as local libraries and the NCT Travel Centre. Or you can download a PDF version >>HERE<<. Visitors to our village can hop on and off NCT…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | The Framework Knitters’ Museum

The Framework Knitters’ Museum: Catch the Navy 3 or Green 10 to Chapel Street. This small, unspoilt museum housed in original four hundred year-old Framework Knitters’ workshops and cottages has acquired an international reputation in recent years. As well as its innovative displays, an attractive garden, cosy tea room and shop it has operational Framework Knitting machines – some of which you can try out yourself to create a unique souvenir. The Old Chapel opposite houses an art gallery, with free admission, displaying the work of local painters. Both sites are…

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NCT’s #RuddyGoodDayOut | The Village Museum

The Village Museum: Catch the Navy 3 or Green 10 to Ruddington Church. This is housed within part of St Peter’s Rooms, which was Ruddington’s former Victorian school. Founded in 1968, the museum explores retail life in late Victorian and early Edwardian Ruddington through a series of displays which recreate the village shops of yesteryear. These include the world’s oldest surviving fish and chip shop interior – relocated from the original premises on the corner of Ruddington High Street and The Green. The museum is open from Easter until the end…

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Twin Town Teenagers’ Visit

The latest visit to Ruddington by visitors from Grenay, our twin town in France, took place over the weekend. From Thursday the 10th to Saturday the 12th of August fourteen youngsters aged from 12 to 16, accompanied by three youth workers, spent two full days with us. Activities included visits to the Framework Knitters’ Museum and Village Museum, as well as a trip to the Chinese Dinosaur Exhibition at Wollaton Hall and its satellite exhibition at Nottingham University. The Mayor of Grenay and his wife dropped in to see us…

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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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Gateway Signs Go Up

The installation of Ruddington’s smart new boundary signs, beside the main roads at the five gateways to our village, was completed today. Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) funded and commissioned the signposts to be created by Ruddington-based graphic design agency WigWag. They were then produced by specialist firm Signs of the Times in Leighton Buzzard and put into place today by RM Installations. They brand Ruddington as “The Museums Village” but haven’t replaced the existing signs, which are owned by Nottinghamshire County Council. Instead RPC says they “play a different role by celebrating our culture and heritage”. The bold, watercolour artwork features the Framework Knitters’ Museum and Village Museum buildings, along with…

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