If your New Year’s resolution is to do something for a good cause, why not keep it local? There are plenty of opportunities right here in Ruddington to make a difference to our local community or raise money for charity. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Support your local museums
We’re lucky to have no fewer than three museums in our village: the Village Museum at St Peter’s Rooms, the Framework Knitters Museum on Chapel Street and Great Central Railway North (GCRN) at Rushcliffe Country Park.
Like all museums, these organisations are always in need of volunteers to help them with all aspects of their operations, from retail sales to fundraising.
What’s more, volunteering can be extremely rewarding and a great way to make new friends and learn new skills, so the benefits go both ways! So if you have a few spare hours each week or month, get in touch with one of our museums to find out how you can help. You’ll find their contact details and opening hours at the Parish Council website.
Get your running shoes on
There are still places left for the 2016 Rushcliffe 10k, which takes place at the Country Park on Sunday 6 March – but numbers are limited so register now if you’d like to take part. Kicking off at 10:30am, the race is suitable for all abilities and takes runners on two circuits of the park. Everyone gets a medal and there are prizes for race winners.
The 10k is also chip-timed so it’s a great opportunity to try for a Personal Best if you’re a keen runner. Better still, your entry fee and any sponsorship money you collect will raise vital funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, a Nottingham-based charity that helps people with cerebral palsy fulfil their potential through sports.
You can find out more and enter for the 10k at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/10k/
Help shape Ruddington’s future
You may have seen the article in January’s edition of the newsletter about a possible application for LEADER funding, which could help Ruddington enhance and develop its tourist offering.
By getting involved, you could have a say in the economic future of our village and help our residents, businesses and other organisations get the maximum benefit from any funding we receive.
For more information, or to join the LEADER bid committee, please contact the Parish Council in the first instance. Everyone is welcome, but we’re especially interested in hearing from representatives of village shops, businesses and community organisations.