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Ruddington: Rudd Awards announces this year’s community winners

The winners of the second Rudd Awards were announced at a special ceremony this month, with 19 Ruddington favourites celebrated for their contribution to the local community.

Organised by registered Community Interest Company, Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP), the 2024 Rudd Awards ceremony took place on Friday May 17th at Ruddington’s St Peter’s Church.

Compèred by BBC Radio Nottingham Breakfast presenter Verity Cowley, the second Rudd Awards celebrated independent businesses, individuals and community groups helping Ruddington to thrive. 

Six categories were sponsored by locally-based businesses including software solutions provider Ideagen with the ‘Young Star’ category, creative agency, True Story with ‘Village retailer or service’, drug development and manufacturing accelerator, Quotient Sciences with ‘Village hospitality’, My Care, Ruddington Retirement Village for ‘Community Group’ and, new to the awards this year – renewable energy specialists, Ridge Clean Energy, backing ‘Volunteer or Fundraiser’ and builders’ merchant, Frank Key Group supporting the ‘Sports, leisure and culture’ category.  

The winners included Dan Clifford and Sally Beards for their individual volunteering roles within Scouts and Guides, Ruddington Running Club, local pub, the Frame Breakers, new parent group, Nappuccinos, young twins Ottillie and Emmeline Jones and, for the second consecutive year, Perkins Hardware. 

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Lead sponsor of this year’s awards was Ruddington-headquartered and leading construction product distributor Okarno Ltd, formerly known as Artex. Okarno backed the ‘Heart of Ruddington’ award, an honorary award for an outstanding contribution to Ruddington Village, which this year went to Sheila Johnson-Marshall for her astonishing contribution to the lives of people in Ruddington through her many years of work at St Peter’s CofE Junior School. 

Sheila said: “It’s been a great pleasure and privilege really. I’ve enjoyed contributing what I have, if I have. The school is at the heart of Ruddington. The children are the best thing we have.”

Earlier this year, Ruddington residents and visitors submitted over 250 nominations across six categories, putting forward their favourites and providing reasons why they got a vote.

The shortlist was then decided by a local, independent judging panel, including; local Broadcast journalist and radio presenter, Sarah Julian, Local Parish Councillor Ken Piggott and Economic Growth Manager, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Catherine Evans, who chose three finalists per category.

Mike Ader, Chair of RVCP said: “Last night proved to be a wonderful celebration of our vibrant and thriving village. The committee and judging panel were humbled by the calibre and range of nominations received and the true sense of pride in our local community.

“Choosing our finalists was an extremely difficult challenge, and the passion and dedication displayed by all of the individuals, businesses and community groups nominated is not to be underestimated. I extend my congratulations to every nominee and those recognised on the night.”

The full list of winners and finalists can be found with judges’ comments below:

Volunteer or Fundraiser Award – sponsored by Ridge Clean Energy Ltd

    • JOINT WINNERS: Dan Clifford and Sally Beards
      We found it impossible to separate the achievements of these two amazing individuals. They have both put an incredible amount of hard work into scouting and guiding over many years.  They support so many young people helping them learn new skills, take on new challenges in a safe environment and building their confidence. They have made the groups inclusive and accessible for those with additional needs.  
  • RUNNER UP: N/a
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kimberley Ward

Sports, Leisure and Culture Award – sponsored by Frank Key Group

    • WINNER: Ruddington Running Club
      The club started in December 2023 but already have over 100 members. It is a grassroots club with a community focus making fitness fun for anyone in the village, provides a great way to forge friendships and connections and is a great asset to the community.  
  • RUNNER UP: Rudd Colts under 9 black team
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Framework Knitters Museum

Young Star Award – sponsored by Ideagen

  • WINNER: Ottillie and Emmeline Jones

The twins are young leaders in the Beavers, teaching the children sign language and leading lots of games. They also volunteer at the junior park run, they are an inspiration to other young people in the village.  

  • RUNNER UP: Amy Ratcliffe-Pugh
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Billy-Scott Ladkin

Village Hospitality Business Award – sponsored by Quotient Sciences 

  • WINNER: Frame Breakers
    The work the team did for Ukraine was outstanding, showing incredible bravery and compassion and love to people in dire circumstances. The pub is incredibly welcoming to everyone, providing a great service and great food. The village is very proud of them.
  • RUNNER UP: Parkers Yard
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Philo’s

Village Retailer or Service Award – sponsored by True Story

    • WINNER: Perkins Hardware
      Whether you are spending 50p or £50 the staff are always incredibly helpful. The team provide impeccable service and it is like an Aladdin’s cave. They won last time but we were so overwhelmed with the comments, this is clearly a business who continues to deliver an excellent service to local residents.  
    • RUNNER UP: The Honeycomb Christian Charity Shop
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Andrew Hicks

Community Group Award – sponsored by My Care, Ruddington Retirement Village 

    • WINNER: Nappuccinos
      This group is a lifeline for new parents in the village, going above and beyond the usual stay and play group. They provide an incredibly warm welcome and a lot of comfort, support and no judgement, an asset to the village. 
  • RUNNER UP: Wednesday Club
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: U3A

 

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