In 2018, The Grange Bakery and Grange News came together as one business on Church Street, and became known as The Grange. Operated by the Alton family, the businesses have been serving the village for several years.
During the Covid-19 situation, they’ve continued to operate as an essential service as they sell takeaway food and drinks, and also provide a news agency.
Mindful of the effect that the enforced change in lifestyle was having on everyone Tom, who manages the shop, decided in consultation with his family that they’d try and help cheer people up. So, they sought out the smiley flag they’d displayed during the Tour of Britain Bike Race in 2018 and it now flutters above the shop.
“We put it up as we wanted to make people smile,” Tom told me. He added: “It would be great if other businesses did the same.”
We’d like to say a huge “Thank you!” to all the Ruddington businesses who continued to trade during lockdown, in what were at times very difficult conditions. As lockdown eases, please continue to support them so we can keep growing Ruddington’s reputation as a vibrant place to live and work.