Rainworth and Blidworth

Sculpture of the rocking cradle, made by Morris Reddington and presented to the village free of charge in March 2010. Photograph from Dr Tony Shaw.

Rainworth and Blidworth sit right next to each other and are laced together with many walks across a beautiful landscape. With 2022 marking the centenary of the re-launched Blidworth Rocking Ceremony, which stretches back over hundreds of years, our story will have to make reference to those many babies who have been the unwitting participants of an ancient ritual (most of whom have been referred to in the local paper to as ‘rock stars’).

With rivalry in the sixties, seventies and eighties focussing in on the Juvenile Jazz Bands (were you a Blidworth Red Devil or a Rainworth Royal?) there has also been, as there often is, rivalry between areas known as the ‘old’ (agricultural) and the ‘new’ (mining). But with the nineties seeing the demise of Rufford and Blidworth pits and a never ending process of barn conversions, the ‘new’ is now something very different indeed, and perhaps rather difficult to grasp?

Rainworth Royals, 1980. For more see here.

So what defines the area now? And how, after an initial outcry over their installation, do people feel about the wind turbines that have become such a prominent part of the skyline?

We’re really pleased to be working with the Rainworth Social Action Hub on this walk, and are very thankful for the support that is being offered by the incredibly productive Blidworth and District Historical and Heritage Society.

We’ll be adding information here about events in this area, as well as how the work is shaping up and ways in which you can help soon.  So please do keep checking in.