U3A is Coming to Ruddington!

In case you don’t already know, U3A is short for The University of the Third Age. Nottinghamshire organisers are keen to find out if there’s an interest among older villagers to set up one or more groups here in Ruddington. Paul Martinez explains: “We are for retired and semi-retired people and we share learning, fun and friendship in a vibrant, enjoyable and varied way. Members suggest and organise interest groups in a wide variety of subjects, both educational and social. No qualifications are required and none are given.” There have been…

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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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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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Our Navy 3’s going Green!

Ruddington’s main bus provider is set to further reduce its carbon footprint thanks to £2.7m of funding from DEFRA’s Clean Vehicle Technology Fund. Our single decker Navy 3 buses are among the 185 vehicles of Nottingham City Transport’s 330-strong fleet which are set to be retro-fitted to clean up their exhaust fumes. The cash follows a successful joint bid from the bus operator and Nottingham City Council. NCT’s younger diesel buses are capable of being upgraded to the latest more stringent Euro VI standards, resulting in tailpipe emissions which are claimed to be…

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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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No Village Centre Car Park Charges…. Yet!

Ruddington residents, traders and visitors WON’T have to pay to use the Church Street Car Park. That was the decision reached unanimously by Councillors at a full meeting of Ruddington Parish Council last night (Tuesday 30th January). However that is not going to be the END of the story… Currently the only car parking charges in Ruddington are at our Country Park where new pay & display machines (right) with a nominal £1 fee were introduced by Rushcliffe Borough Council in their visitor car park last summer. With our increasing village…

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Is This The Paddington Train?

Yes it is! 60163 “Tornado” will be blowing into Ruddington next month – and that’s the locomotive featured in the film “Paddington 2”! It’s coming here as the star attraction during the second weekend in February at Ruddington’s Great Central Railway. You may or may not know that this A1 Peppercorn Class is Britain’s newest steam train, built only in 2008. As part of the celebrations for her 10th year in service she will be appearing in our village for the first time. Despite her young age, Tornado is already iconic as…

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Getting Set for Uganda

2018 is certainly shaping up to be a big year for Ruddington’s Mustard Seed Project! As regular readers will know, this is the fundraising group set up by James Peacock Infants School teachers Sally Squires and Jayne Henson inspired by their visit to Uganda in the Summer of 2016. Following the Project’s formal establishment as a registered charity, and the election of a board of trustees, they are returning to Uganda to visit the communities they are supporting. JPS assistant head teacher Sally and teaching assistant Jayne, along with St Peters Junior School Deputy Head Ian Mawer…

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Brookside Autoservices

“Good quality work at competitive rates, not going over a quoted price, keeping customers well informed and getting jobs finished on schedule.” Those are the principles which have kept Brookside Auto Services doing brisk business in Ruddington for almost thirty years. Being a little hidden out of the way, round on Brookside Road, has meant that customer recommendations have always been important to their continuing success. Business partners Dave Pearson and John Dennis amalgamated their previous motor repair and servicing companies to create Brookside Auto Services in the early nineties.…

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Flawforth Lane Closes AGAIN!

It’s been revealed that one our key village access routes will need to be closed for MORE roadworks – despite already having been shut to traffic for over THREE MONTHS at the end of last summer! After it was first postponed on FOUR occasions the Nottinghamshire County Council Highways work on Flawforth Lane finally began on September the 18th 2017 but then over-ran by FIVE weeks until the 30th November 2017. NOW it seems even THAT wasn’t enough… A NEW notice (below) and updated information on roadworks.org states that ANOTHER three week closure will…

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