This was “Rudd” the “roving reporter” who was part of the newsletter team led by Lorna McCullough when she launched “The Rudd” in November 1991.
With the demise of the Parish Magazine from St Peter’s Church and the “Village News”, which covered all South Notts villages, there was no longer a local newsletter , until “The Rudd” arrived.
It was published for 17 years until November 2008. During that period it had 2 editors, Lorna and then Chris Murden, who took over in 2003. Its format was predominantly A4 size and the first 2 copies were delivered to every household for free, courtesy of a grant from the Parish Council. Subsequently, it was sold in various outlets in the village. 20p bought you a fortnightly copy for several years but as it increased in content the price increased and it went to a monthly publication in its later years.
In 1992 it won the Rural Community Council Village Newsletter of the year award.
In the first issue Derek Kennedy welcomed it as an “informative vehicle that keeps villagers updated on events- happenings- gossip etc”
The desire to have a publication just for Ruddington remained post 2008. In January 2010 the Parish Council responded to the demand by launching the “Village newsletter”
The current editorial team consists of the Parish Clerk, Parish Councillors and local residents. We actively encourage anyone to submit articles for possible inclusion to maintain the ethos of an “informative vehicle”. It is produced monthly in an A5 format and is available for free from various outlets. On average 1200 are picked up each month. It is also published on the Parish Council website.
We thank Lorna for her vision. If you want to read issues of “The Rudd ” they are available as reference copies in the village Library, as are back copies of the current newsletter.
By Barbara Breakwell