Update on our Village Plan

You may remember that something of a milestone was reached last summer with the publication of the definitive Ruddington Village Plan –  your vision for how our village should develop over the next 5 to 10 years. This final version of the Plan was launched in August at the 2017 Ruddington “Summer Fayre” by RVP steering group volunteers (top photo) when villagers could pick up a printed copy of the completed document, ask questions and volunteer themselves for projects flagged up by four years of research. (You can read more about the background >>HERE<<.) The final plan itself contained…

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Third Charity Shop for Ruddington

Our Nottinghamshire Hospice and Honeycomb Christian Charity shops will soon have company – as an established national charity for vulnerable children and young people prepares to open an outlet in the village. The Children’s Society, which already has half a dozen branches in Nottinghamshire, will be soon be fundraising from 2 Easthorpe Street. Apart from a few months as Crusader Gifts‘ clearance shop, this unit has more or less sat empty since Something Special moved out of there around two years’ ago. The Children’s Society’s Regional Retail Manager, Dominique Scott,…

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Ruddington Buses Diverted

If you’re catching Nottingham City Transport‘s Navy 3 or Green 10 into or out of the City Centre early or late this weekend beware that overnight diversions are taking place. These will also effect NightBus N48. It’s because the old pedestrian bridges across Collin Street between the old Broadmarsh Bus Station and the Shopping Centre are due to be removed between tonight (Friday 5th January) and Monday 8th January. Whilst this work is undertaken, there will be diversions on all buses using this route – which will be unable to…

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New Look for Former Barclay & Cook?

There are mixed views among village residents and planning consultants about bold new proposals to modernise a former convenience store on High Street – which is in Ruddington’s historic conservation area. We reported earlier this month that Barclay & Cook, at 7-9 High Street, had closed its doors after over forty years under the stewardship of David Cook when dwindling trade prompted his decision to sell the shop and retire. If given planning permission, the existing shop (below) looks set to be substantially redeveloped by the new owner – with the removal of…

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Festive Foodbank Thanks

On Saturday (9th December) our local “NG11 Foodbank” foodbank held its Christmas appeal in Ruddington’s Sainsbury’s and Co-op supermarkets – and they’ve hailed it a great success. Jill Reedman told us: “It was a cold, frosty morning but shoppers demonstrated the spirit of Christmas by their generous donations. They were invited to donate an item from a list which included festive treats like mince pies and Christmas puddings, as well as regular staples like tinned tomatoes and tea. Jo and I collected 4 trolleys full of groceries in the Co op,…

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Barclay & Cook to Close

Villagers are reacting with surprise and sadness to learn that our last, independent, convenience store – a landmark in Ruddington for over forty years – is closing its doors for the final time this weekend. Barclay & Cook, at 7-9 High Street, started trading on 3rd October 1977 when Howard Cox sold his then mainly “provisions” shop (including bacon, cheeses, cooked meats and loose biscuits all sold by weight) to new business partners John Barclay and David Cook. The two men were already friends – John was a Cash & Carry…

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Co-op Shoppers Raise £3k for Museum!

Staff and volunteers at Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum say they’re “delighted and astonished” to have received a donation of almost £3,000 from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Earlier in the year, their ‘Hidden Histories’ exhibition project was chosen as one of the nominated causes to receive funds from Co-op members who shop at local stores and use Co-op services in the Nottinghamshire area, including the Ruddington branch. Funding for the project ended in April 2017 and they’ve just found out that they’ll soon be receiving a cheque for an impressive…

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Christmas Fayre Returns

Ruddington’s popular Christmas Fayre will make a welcome return to our village on Saturday 2nd December. Taking place from 12 noon to 5pm, the event will boast a wide range of stalls offering delicious seasonal food and drink, Christmas gifts and decorations, and much more! As usual, the High Street will be closed to traffic to make way for outdoor stalls with additional stalls set up in the marquee area at The White Horse Inn on Church Street. Indoor stalls will be set up in the St Peter’s Church and…

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A Dickensian Christmas

Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum is inviting you to join in with some festive fun and celebrate the coming of Christmas in Victorian style! “A Dickensian Christmas” will take place on Saturday 2nd December from 11am to 5pm, running alongside the Ruddington Christmas Fayre. Entry is free. You can toast tea cakes and chestnuts on an open fire, enjoy traditional carols around the Christmas tree and watch as the Maids of Clifton perform their own unique style of Morris dancing. There’ll also be craft stalls in the Chapel (which will be…

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Distraction Crime in Ruddington

Ruddington Parish Council warns it has been made aware of some incidents of distraction crime that have taken place in the village recently. One resident had £90 taken from her purse whilst speaking to a man of Eastern European appearance outside the Co-op on Church Street. The lady was approached and asked if she had any change. After taking her purse out of her handbag to check, the man asked her a series of questions about its contents – presumably to distract her whilst he stole the cash. A second incident occurred outside…

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