This is South Rugby News. We’re a new sort of news organisation: we’re ethical, environmentally friendly, and we want to do things differently. 

We want to help people living in and around South Rugby, Warwickshire, to be more informed; more connected.

We aim to report in detail on the local issues that matter to people in Bilton, Cawston, Dunchurch, Thurlaston and the surrounding areas. And we’ll be filling in the gaps left by our traditional local papers, covering the parish and borough council meetings that don’t normally get press coverage.

South Rugby News was founded by me, Eleanor Holdsworth, with support from long-serving journalist Richard Howarth.

Eleanor: I’m a local resident and recently completed the NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism. My working career so far has taken me through renewable energy and community sustainability, to international development and agriculture.

We founded South Rugby News in February 2021. And in April 2021 we incorporated our parent Community Interest Company, Kestrel New Media CIC. South Rugby News is a project run by Kestrel New Media CIC (company number 13268975).

We use green hosting for our emails. And we’ll donate a tree to the Heart of England Forest for every 10 paying subscribers.

Why subscribe?

We believe that quality journalism is vital for a healthy community and a healthy planet, but we need your support to make it work. Put simply, we need financial support to enable our journalists to have time to research and write the stories that matter to you, and to keep those journalists trained in all the latest legal developments. If there’s a time when we need independent journalism to set out the facts, it’s now. Without local journalism our democratic processes are at risk.

We’re not funded by advertising: we rely on your financial support to keep the stories flowing; to keep attending council meetings; to research the issues that matter to you. We’re offering a new sort of journalism based on the support of our readers.

What you get

Subscribe for a free signup and you’ll get our main story every Monday, plus a news roundup at the end of the week.

Paying subscribers get all that, plus new stories throughout the week and full access to the website and discussion boards.

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Making a complaint

We can look into complaints about items we have published which are in our control. We adhere to the Standards Code adopted by IMPRESS and can only deal with complaints which relate to an alleged breach of the standards set out in this Code.

We can only deal with your complaint if you are:

⦁ personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code

⦁ a representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code, where there is public interest in your complaint

⦁ a third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information

We are also regulated by IMPRESS, but initial complaints must be made to South Rugby News (Kestrel New Media CIC) in writing at the following address:


We will acknowledge your complaint by e-mail or in writing within 7 calendar days and will normally respond to your complaint with a final decision letter within 21 calendar days. If we uphold your complaint, we will tell you the remedial actions we have taken.

If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint, or if you do not hear from us within 21 calendar days of submitting your complaint, then you can refer your complaint to our Independent regulator IMPRESS at the following address: