The residents of Record Street came out in force for a Jubilee Street Party and celebrated into long into the night. Thank's to Dr Dan Muckle-Jones for sharing his experience and photos with us.
"Despite a met office yellow warning for heavy rain, Ruthin’s irrepressible Record Street community proudly went ahead with their Platinum Jubilee street party on Sunday 5th June.
The street was closed with the council’s blessing and bedecked with a variety of bunting, flags of various nationalities, and the by now legendary 8-foot rainbow. The show opened with a rendition of “Don’t rain on my parade” and the clouds kindly obliged, limiting their efforts to at worst a mere light drizzle. This never stopped the dancing to the eclectic mix of 1940s big band music, disco, funk, rock and dance tracks.
Highlights included the inevitable street dance to the Macarena, and an elderly neighbour joining the conga with her wheeled walker. Honourable mentions go to Ewa for her incredible Jubilee pudding made from scratch (it took 2 days!) and Clare for coordinating the quiz. It was also lovely to be joined by Nick and Pauline from Derby, who had returned to celebrate the anniversary of their wedding in Ruthin 20 years earlier and found themselves unable to resist the festivities on the street.
The dancing went on till 10 pm and my knees have still not recovered. "
Ruthin Food & Drink Festival - All You Need To Know
The incredible Ruthin Artisan Markets team is back with their first event of 2022 set in the beautiful, historic grounds of Ruthin Gaol.
For those that have attended previous events, you'll know that the team do an incredible job putting on fun, inclusive and safe family-friendly events, working closely with the attending vendors to create a truly vibrant and diverse market. This next market is all about food and drink with plenty of tasty offerings so let's take a look at what to expect!
The Ruthin Food & Drink Festival kicks off on Saturday 16th April 2022 at 11:00. The mighty gates of the gaol will be thrown open and you'll be welcomed in to explore. There's no entry fee but the greeters at the gates will be collecting donations for the restoration of the munitions shed, all donations are greatly appreciated and a huge thank you is owed to everyone that donated last year as the markets managed to raise over £1000! As always, the Ruthin Artisan Markets team at the gates will be happy to answer questions and point you in the direction of anything you're looking for. Dogs and well-behaved humans are welcome.
So, what's on offer?
No matter what you're hungry for, you'll be sure to find something delicious at the market.
Local boys, Monster Grill will be there with their mouthwatering burgers, Little Tram Catering will have Pizza available and Maggies African Twist will be offering, well, an African twist. For those with a sweet tooth, local legends, Chilly Cow Ice Cream are attending as well as K&G Chocolates, Royle Bakes, Percy Puds and Tinas Mini Donuts.
You'll also find Eco-friendly and Vegan options at Rachels Eco & Vegan Snacks. Pen Y Bryn Apiary will be there with delicious honey goods and Jem Jams and Tom Tree Farm will cover your jam and chutney cravings.
Blighty Booch is back once again with their ever-popular kombucha and Swig Smoothie is also there with its fruity offerings and we can all get our morning caffeine hit from Ffika Coffee too.
For those over 18, there's a range of boozy stalls available including Cariad Gin, Angel Feathers Liqueur, Magic Dragon Brewing and the 612 Bar will be there with cocktails. And of course, there will be real ale and local cider with Big Hand Brewery, Rosies Cider and Hafod Brewing Co.
There's more than just food too!
There's a range of craft stalls available for you to browse and shop as well so make a list of the birthdays and anniversaries you've forgotten, you're sure to find something.
There are handcrafted soaps from Just Moo, Ceramics from Kirsty Williams and Sarah Bartlem and of course the fabulous Mal the Woodman will be there too.
Don't forget to explore Ruthin too!
It's great to see so many visitors to the town on market days and remember that there's plenty to see and do in Ruthin on Saturdays. The Food & Drink Festival is hosted in the centre of town so exploring the rest of the town is easy and enjoyable. Guests to the market can come and go as they please so no need to worry about nipping back to the car when things get too much to carry. Speaking of nipping back to the car, parking is available at Cae Ddol car park across the road as well as Park Road car park over the footbridge next to the gaol. There is also parking available on Market Street and Dog Lane.
There's plenty more to come from Ruthin Artisan Markets this year so subscribe to the Love Ruthin newsletter for updates about upcoming events!
Ruthin Pledges To Become Carbon Neutral By 2030
Ruthin has pledged to become a Carbon Neutral town by 2030.
Thanks to efforts by Ruthin Friends of The Earth and Town Councillor Mike Van Der Eijk, a new Climate and Ecological Emergency Task Group will be created in the community to push forward with efforts to achieve this goal.
The pledge was made by Ruthin Town Council in response to a motion raised by Councillor Mike Van Der Eijk, and thanks to efforts by Ruthin Friends of the Earth, a motion passed that commits the town to reduce its emissions and offsetting any remaining emissions through sustainable practices.
"Most people are aware of issues around climate change and how our behaviours can influence this. The motion which was passed has at its heart the need to promote an active role for all public and private bodies, working in partnership with the community. In a direct sense, it means that all council decisions will need to be considered in terms of their impact upon the environment and climate change.
Town councillors will ensure that this is carried out by liaison with Friends of the Earth and other groups and then reporting and feeding back to the Town Amenities Committee and the full council. Much has already been done by these voluntary groups with council support to maintain and improve our environment which helps to make where we live a good place while helping to combat global warming.
Many good examples exist of how we can take care of our environment to maintain bio-diversity and reduce our use of finite resources by recycling, reusing and repurposing. If everyone does a little it adds up to a lot!"
- Clr Mike Van Der Eijk
The motion raised has been welcomed by local groups and support so far has been encouraging. Below is a statement from Ruthin Friends of The Earth Group;
Ruthin Town Council declares Climate and Ecological Emergency
On 21st February, Ruthin Town Council approved a motion by Councillor Michael van der Eijk, declaring a climate and ecological emergency, pledging to work towards making Ruthin carbon neutral by 2030 at the latest. The Town Council will now establish a Climate and Ecological Emergency Task Group to work with the local community, which will regularly report back to full council via the Amenities Committee, in order to deliver a climate and emergency policy and action plan. The Town’s declaration was in support of a similar pledge by Denbighshire County Council, and was made after studying documents provided by Ruthin Friends of the Earth.
Ruthin Friends of the Earth expressed appreciation for the various steps that the Town Council has taken since the COP 26 climate conference in 2021, such as supporting tree and wildflower planting, the Plastic Free Ruthin initiative, and the ‘Celebrating Green Ruthin’ event in St Peter’s Church last November. Nia Baker, Chair of Ruthin Friends of the Earth said, “Ruthin Town Council’s declaration of a climate and ecological emergency is a great example of the need to think globally, act locally. The declaration means that any relevant actions and decisions by the Town Council must take into account their climate and ecological impact. We will be closely following the Amenities Committee’s reports on progress towards developing a practical action plan for achieving local carbon neutrality. We also look forward to working closely with the Council as we develop more initiatives such as our Repair Cafes, which take place on the first Saturday of every month in the Naylor Leyland Centre.”
People wanting to learn more about Ruthin Friends of the Earth or to become involved with their work can find them on Facebook.
- Ruthin Friends Of The Earth Press Release - 23 Feb 2022
More updates from this motion and from Friends of the Earth Ruthin are coming soon!
New Advertising Opportunities For Ruthin
Love Ruthin Has A New Look... And A New Goal!
We've just finished our update of the Love Ruthin website and we're pleased to be able to offer new advertising opportunities to businesses, groups and events in our local community.
When we first launched this service, it was part of a response to the impact of coronavirus on commerce throughout the district. We developed a system that allowed businesses to advertise their opening hours and covid19 responses such as curbside pickup, one way systems and accessibility information. The response we received was extremely positive and we've decided to keep the service running and extend the capabilities further.
So what's changed?
Firstly, we have a shiny new design and have upgraded the branding to reflect the colourful and creative community that we're so lucky to live in. The website will now display content in a cleaner format and is easier to navigate. This new look should help us move forward with some of our future plans too.
Whilst Covid19 is far from over, with most restrictions now lifted, we've decided to remove the Covid19 field from our listings. This section was a little tricky to get right and could often leave people with incorrect information if a business failed to update their information when needed. Instead, we've now included a suggestion for businesses to include any relevant information in their description.
Speaking of descriptions, we have rebuilt this section too. This is now the main focal point of the listing page and we'll be looking to make much more of the descriptions of businesses to show all businesses, groups and events in their best light, aid their own SEO and improve the outward appearance of Ruthin to boost footfall and tourism.
Understandably, some people might struggle to write more content about their businesses so we will have a writing service available when needed too. We'll also have other advertising options including monthly newsletters, articles and social media features.
All of these services are being managed by an experienced team at Snowdon Digital and I believe that with our experience we can make the most of the opportunities that arise to show off Ruthin and its surrounding areas and help the many tireless volunteers and organisations of the town bring back that spark that has been missing from our community for too long.
I'll always give consideration to suggestions so please feel free to email me or if you'd prefer to meet up for a coffee (or a pint) I'll be happy to chat through your ideas and see if there's something we can do to help. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org