Credit: Ruddington Village Community Partnership & Rushcliffe Borough Council

The first Ruddington village awards took place at St Peter’s Church and was presented by BBC Radio Nottingham’s Verity Cowley.

The awards celebrated those who have given outstanding service to the community and contributed to the robust and popular high street.

Verity Cowley, who compered the awards and lives in the village, said, “What makes Ruddington great is the volunteers – they run the markets, the Ruddington Yarn Ninjas are all volunteers and they make us all feel proud.

“The uniqueness of the village is that anyone will help each other out and what strikes me is that the volunteers are of all ages and it is all cross-sectioned, unlike anywhere else – for everyone to succeed, everyone needs to succeed.”

Jen Walker, Labour Councillor for the Ruddington ward on the Rushcliffe Council and owner of Parkers Yard Cafe in the Framework Knitters’ Museum, said, “There’s something quite special about Ruddington which is hard to describe.”

“The uniqueness of the village is that anyone will help anyone out”

Verity Cowley, bbc Radio nottingham

The Ruddington Yarn Ninjas, who only formed a year ago, won the ‘Community Group Award’ for their work around the village, such as providing blankets and hats for premature babies, in addition to fiddle blankets for residents with dementia.

The group has also created displays around the village for significant events such as the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II earlier this year and, at the moment, they have taken over the village with Christmas themed decorations.

Emma Scott, who accepted the award on behalf of the group, said, “Ruddington needs yarn bombs, not only because of the knitting heritage, but because we are such a close knit community.

“There are so many people that give back to the village and it was a delight to see that on the night – it isn’t only volunteers but businesses who go above and beyond, not only maintaining a successful company but contributing to the local community.”

Emma Scott of the Ruddington Yarn Ninjas talking about winning the award.

Christmas displays created by the Ruddington Yarn Ninjas around the village.

Helen and Simon Beale, owners of Perkins Hardware, were one of high street award winners – taking home the ‘Village Retailer or Service Award’.

The shop was described by Ruddington resident, James Bogusiak (22),  as an “important shop in the village” ran by “amazing people who are always happy to help”.

Simon Beale said, “It is quite touching (to win the award) and it is nice to know what people in the community think of us.

“I didn’t expect to win the award at all and I was surprised that people went through the trouble of voting for us.”

Simon Beale of Perkins Hardware, revealing the history of the business.

The awards will be back next year, to continue praising those in the village who go above and beyond.

Here are the full list of winners at the first Rudd Awards:

Community Group – Ruddington Yarn Ninjas

Heart of Ruddington – Barbara Breakwell

Sport, Leisure & Culture – Framework Knitters’ Museum

Village Hospitality Business – Bottle Top

Village Retailer or Service – Perkins Hardware

Volunteer or Fundraiser – Carol Jaggers

Young Star – Joshua Brooks