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Pictures: Ruddington prepares for Jubilee celebrations with beautiful knitted displays

Knitted post box toppers and dressed trees and bollards are some of things residents have made.

As the Platinum Jubilee week approaches residents in Ruddington have crocheted and knitted streamers to hang on tree branches, covers for tree trunks and characters that adorn bollards around the village centre.

A stunning post box topper has been created too.

See below for Ruddington village events.

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Wednesday June 1

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Tea Dance with Afternoon Tea – taking place at the Village Hall from 1.30pm. This event is organised by Lockton Dance School. For info & tickets, contact Julie Lockton (07977 298 559)

Thursday June 2

Jubilee Beacon Lighting – In line with national celebrations, Ruddington will do its part by lighting its own Jubilee Beacon on the Village Green on that evening.

The program is as follow:-

9.15 to 9.35pm Ruddington Community Choir will be opening the event with a selection of songs from their repertoire.

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– 9.40pm Ruddington local bugler Pete Webster will officially announce the lighting of the beacon with a specially written bugle call, entitled Majesty

– 9.45pm exactly local time, former Chair of the Council Cllr Allen Wood will be lighting the Jubilee Beacon while Ruddington Community Choir will sing Song for the Commonwealth, which has been written and composed by Lucy Keily (from Australia) and Vincent Atueyi Conemelu (from Nigeria)

This is an open event and everyone is welcome.

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Friday June 3

Ballroom Social with Supper – taking place at the Village Hall from 8pm. This event is organised by Lockton Dance School. For info & tickets, contact Julie Lockton (07977 298 559)

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Saturday June 4

Royal Oak Tree Planting – During Ruddington’s Award-Winning Monthly Market, we will be taking a moment to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of reign by planting a Royal Oak Tree on the Village Green grounds. The tree has been kindly donated by resident Barbara Breakwell and it will be planted by a local dignitary in a brief ceremony at 11am.

In St Peter’s Rooms, the Little Ps will hold a morning session of activities for the children at 9.30am. Gavin Walker will be running a Historical walking tour, starting at the library at 10am. No booking needed In the afternoon, Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre will be holding a Jubilee, Brass & BBQ event.

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Gates open at 5pm with the music from Carlton brass band starting at approximately 5.30 for the first of two sessions, along with BBQ style food and licensed bar. Doors close at about 8pm.

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The tickets cost £8 each which does not include refreshments. Tickets available from the Heritage Cafe on site from Easter.

Sunday June 5

Big Jubilee Picnic

St Peter’s Church is holding their Sunday service on the Green at 10.00am. Musicians amateur or otherwise, playing any instrument at all, that would be prepared to join the service and play/sing, please contact Cllr Jane Gray on 07967 443463 or

Ruddington will then be hosting its very own Big Jubilee Picnic on the Village Green at 12noon onwards. In order to make it accessible to everyone and in true community spirit, everyone is welcome to bring their own picnic treats to share with family and friends. While the children will be entertained by activities and games in the afternoon, the adults canjoin them or relax and enjoy some live music from Nottingham Concert Band & PRS Jazz Trio, freshly made coffee from Ginger & Blue or drinks from The Frame Breakers.

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We’ll be having a puppet show, followed by an indoor cinema session for the children at 4.30pm in St Peter’s Church.

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Other activities during the day include:

WI Display – The WI will be hosting a static display on the history of the Ruddington WI group in the

Framework Knitters Museum for all to visit.

As part of their Diamond Village Project, Framework Knitters Museum has commissioned a banner by artist Marie Jones displaying Ruddington Diamonds (a person who has in one way or another ontributed to what makes Ruddington, Ruddington, the character of the place) to be paraded.

A memory Tree will also be set up on the Green.

Visit Ruddington Parish Council for more information.

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