We will remember them
WW1 casualties this month
100 years ago
23rd NOVEMBER 1917
Private Bertie Widdowson Hopkinson, aged 20,B. Battn. Tank Corps. No. 5 Coy.
Son of Mrs Hopkinson, Easthorpe Farm, Ruddington
Buried: Anneux British Cemerty, Nord, France
The September 2017 traffic patrol stats for the village were:
- 286 visits
- 846 observations
- 33 penalty charge notices
This is a big increase on August’s figures, which might be related to the school term starting again in September.
We’re looking for ideas for a logo for Ruddington’s Neighbourhood Plan, to give it a separate identity from the Parish Council. If you’d like to get involved, you can either drop your sketches or drawings into the Parish Council office at St Peter’s Rooms, or email ideas or pictures to email@example.com.
Rushcliffe Community Awards
Do you know an individual or business that has made an extraordinary contribution to our local community? If so, it’s time to nominate your unsung hero in the Rushcliffe Community Awards.
The awards recognise people and businesses across 7 categories, including Rushcliffe Food & Drink Establishment, Rushcliffe Hero and Young Achiever – the latter being sponsored by our very own White Horse Inn on Church Street.
Organised by Rushcliffe Borough Council in partnership with the Nottingham Post, the awards ceremony will take place at the Becket School in West Bridgford on Wednesday 16 November. Nominations are open now and will close on Monday 10 October.
To nominate someone for an award, you can visit www.nottinghampost.com/rushcliffeawards or call the Nottingham Post events team on 0115 905 1913 and request a nomination form.
Did you know about Streetwise?
This is the latest in our series of articles to help spread the word about services provided in the village which you may not be aware of.
Streetwise provides a variety of environmental services within Ruddington on behalf of Rushcliffe Borough Council. These are:
- Abandoned vehicle removal
- Dead animal removal from publically accessible areas
- Street cleaning & litter picking
- Removal of flytips
- Removal of flyposting and graffiti
- Emptying of litter and dog bins
- Grounds maintenance at Rushcliffe Country Park
You can access these services online www.rushcliffe.gov.uk or by calling 0115 981 9911.
Claire Dorans, Clerk to Ruddington Parish Council
Coffee and lunch at St Peter’s Rooms
Did you know that two Coffee Clubs and a Lunch Club are held every week in the Lounge at St Peter’s Rooms?
The Wednesday Coffee Club is a social hour for over 55s to get together and chat over coffee or tea. There’s a free Community Bus available in the village, so less mobile residents can attend. The Clubs meets every Wednesday (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 11am. If you’d like to come along, call Lorna McCullough on 0115 921 4975 for details.
On Thursdays, a Coffee Morning & Lunch Club takes place from 10.30am to 1.15pm. There’s a small charge for teas, coffees and an optional lunch. As well as being a social occasion, the Club gives people who may have difficulty preparing meals the opportunity to enjoy a cooked lunch. You can call Muriel Woodhead for details on 0115 984 5666. Please give Muriel plenty of notice if you’d like to have lunch, as meals are ordered weekly in advance.
Ruddington Craft Group
Ruddington Craft Group meets on the first and third Monday of each month, except Bank Holiday Mondays and the whole of August. Meetings take place between 10am and 12noon, in the Main Hall at St Peter’s Rooms.
It costs £3 to attend, which includes tuition, materials and refreshments. You may like to bring your own basic equipment, such as a pencil, ruler and scissors.
We participate in a variety of crafts, with September’s sessions covering Encaustic Art (Monday 4th) and Parchment Cards (Monday 18th). Newcomers are welcome to come along and learn a new craft – experience isn’t essential!
Did you know what a Parish Councillor does?
Parish Councillors are no different to you and me, except that they have made the decision to “get involved” and are fortunate enough to have been elected or co-opted on to the Parish Council.
The Parish Council is made up of 16 Councillors, 4 to represent each ‘ward’, or area, in the village. They come on to the Parish Council in a number of different ways, but mainly at election time, which takes place every 4 years, or if there is a casual vacancy (se below).
Councillors are all ages and come with a very diverse range of life experiences – from nursing, accounting, private enterprise, teaching, the legal profession, home-making and more. Some are single, some are parents or grandparents, and whilst some have lived in the village for more than 25 years, others are new residents. More importantly, although most have no experience of committees they bring life experience and enthusiasm. The one thing they all have in common is that they are all committed to ensuring that Ruddington gets the best value for money it can afford.
So, how do you get on the Parish Council other than at election time?
Occasionally, a Councillor resigns due to personal circumstances and a casual vacancy is advertised. If Rushcliffe Borough Council receives 10 or more requests for an election, one may be held but if this doesn’t happen, the Parish Council can co-opt instead. This means that the vacancy will be advertised and eligible members of the public invited to apply within a specific timescale. A Working Group from the Parish Council then sits down with the candidate/s, and after a chat and a few questions, votes to fill the vacancy with the most suitable candidate at that time. All very painless, straight forward and friendly!
Once you’re a Councillor, you’ll be asked to join either the Amenities or Environment & Policy Committee, as well as attending Parish Council meetings. Each committee meets 6 times a year, as does the full Parish Council, and there are occasional planning meetings as well. Members of the public are encouraged to attend these meetings so that they can see the Councillors at work and make sure their views are heard. Smaller Working Groups are often formed to look deeper into specific issues and then report back to the appropriate committee in greater depth; this is an opportunity to really get your teeth in to something you feel strongly about.
Being a Parish Councillor can be a very rewarding and interesting role – keep your eyes open for a vacancy and get involved!
Claire Dorans, Clerk to the Council
Report a fault or problem online
Did you know that it’s now possible to report a wide range of faults or problems, or make certain types of enquiry, online? Both the Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council websites now offer this facility.
Here are the web addresses to get you started:
- Rushcliffe Borough Council – rushcliffe.gov.uk
- Nottinghamshire County Council – nottinghamshire.gov.uk
You can also report certain faults via an independent website, www.fixmystreet.co.uk. This service liaises with the relevant council on your behalf, making life easier for you, whilst also helping ease the administrative burden faced by councils. Visit the website to find out more.
We’ve now updated the Parish Council’s own site to make it easier for you to ascertain which fault or problem is the responsibility of which council, so you can get in touch with the right people more quickly. Click here to find out more.
Recycling your batteries only takes a moment, but helps protect our environment from the effects of dumping them in a landfill site. Rushcliffe Borough Council provides free battery bags which you can leave on top of any coloured wheelie bin on your refuse collection day. The batteries will be recycled and you should be left a replacement bag.
If you don’t have a bag, you can request one by calling the Borough Council on 0115 981 9911. Or, why not pop your used batteries into the Parish Council office next time you’re passing? There’s a box on the table in the entrance hall where you can leave them. Please note that car batteries and any batteries with acid or gel inside them can’t be accepted.
Noise nuisance app
Rushcliffe Borough Council will take action against a noisy neighbour or event – but only if there’s proof of the problem. To help you report noise nuisance, Rushcliffe have recently introduced the “Noise App,” which is an electronic noise diary for smartphones and tablets. You can use the app to make recordings of the noise and add notes about the disturbance, which can then be sent to Rushcliffe for use as an evidence base for action to follow.
For more information about what the Borough Council can do about noise nuisance, and to download the Noise App, please visit rushcliffe.gov.uk/noise. If you’re not sure how to do this, just ask your Rushcliffe Borough Councillor to help.
Ruddington Medical Centre online services available
All registered patients are now able to access the following services online:
- Request repeat prescriptions
- Book routine GP appointments
- Cancel appointments at http://www.theruddingtonmedicalcentre.co.uk/. Click on the relevant icon at the bottom of the home page.
- Using Patient Access via our website. Registering for the online service allows you to manage your appointments and request repeat prescriptions 24/7.
Run out of medicine at the weekend?
Your pharmacist may be able to help with an emergency supply.
Did you know if you run out of medicines at the weekend, you may not need to wait for an out of hours’ doctor to write you a prescription?
“Five days’ supply of most medicines can be issued by your community pharmacist at weekends when your doctor’s surgery is closed,” says pharmacist Emma Anderson, who is based at Evans Pharmacy on the High Street. “If you do not pay for your prescriptions this service is free of charge.
“To give you an emergency supply of your medicines, we need you to come to the pharmacy in person. It is helpful if you bring an empty medicine box or a repeat prescription request form with you. Unfortunately ‘controlled drugs’, which include strong analgesics and some sleeping tablets, are not included in the scheme.
“We may also be able to supply patients who have had medicines prescribed by doctors in other parts of the UK.”