Weekly Review: 10th February 2022
Cawston Cars and Coffee is back on this Saturday. Read on for all the week's news and a selection of events this weekend.
In South Rugby News this week
🔓4th February 2022
The hedgerows would be removed as part of works to improve the safety of the reservoir in the event of an emergency.
🔓5th February 2022
"As the Holocaust moves from living history, to history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the six million Jewish victims and also pay tribute to the survivors."
7th February 2022
Young people from the Dunchurch’s Scout group will be spending a night under cardboard to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness.
🔓8th February 2022
Members of Rugby Borough Council’s climate emergency working group met last week (Wednesday 2nd February 2022) to discuss how the authority will meet its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.
🔓8th February 2022
At the parish council meeting on Monday night (7th February 2022) three village residents expressed their concerns about the temporary housing pods delivered to Dunchurch Park Hotel.
Two residents spoke in person at the meeting to air their worries that the temporary accommodation pods had been delivered to the hotel estate without the relevant planning permission being in place.
🔓9th February 2022
Snowdrops are coming up thick and fast now, heralding in the spring and warmer weather.
Here are just some of the places to spot them in and near South Rugby. Have we missed anywhere? Let us know and we’ll add it in.
🔓10th February 2022
CUSTOMERS at Bilton Road chip shop FishPlus have donated more than 3,000 meals to people in need.
Covid-19 figures for Rugby: cases down
For the week up to 9th February 2022:
1,028 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 1,842 people (64.2%) compared with the previous seven days.
4 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. That’s 2 fewer than the previous week.
86,312 people had received one dose of the vaccination; 81,149 had received two doses; and 64,158 had had a booster or third dose. That’s 82.1%, 77.2% and 61% of the total population aged 12+.
The estimated R number for the Midlands as of 28th January 2022 is 0.6-0.9.
In Rugby, the walk-in sites are at Locke House at The Railings, and at Hillmorton’s Ex-Serviceman’s Club on High Street in Hillmorton. In addition to the walk-in clinics, you can book a jab on the NHS website.
Although face masks are no longer a legal requirement, Warwickshire County Council is encouraging all residents to continue to wear one in enclosed spaces to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
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Bilton Allotment and Garden Association shop open: Saturdays and Wednesdays, 10am to 12 noon, cash only.
Cawston cars and coffee: Saturday 12th February, Cawston Community Hall, 9.30am to 11.30am. Entrance by ticket only, although tickets are free. Any donations received will be given to a local charity. Find out more.
Belgian beer festival at The Boat: 12th to 18th February, The Boat Restaurant & Bar, Birdingbury Wharf, Rugby Road, CV23 8HQ. To book a table go to www.boatinnbirdingbury.co.uk or call 01926812657. Belgian beer and snacks. Live music on Saturday 12th February, 7pm.
Saturday 12th February:
Sunday 13th February:
St Mark’s Church, Bilton: Communion at 8am and 10am in St Mark’s and via Facebook/YouTube.
Dunchurch Baptist Church: 10.30am at the new church building on Coventry Road, also livestreamed.
St Peter’s Church, Dunchurch: 10.30am service.
Bilton Methodist Church: 10.30am in person
Democracy: coming up next week
Monday 14th February
Warwickshire County Council Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Local Pension Board 2pm
Tuesday 15th February
Cawston parish council meeting 7pm, Cawston Community Centre
Warwickshire County Council meeting 10am
Wednesday 16th February
Warwickshire County Council Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee 10am
Rugby Borough Council Scrutiny Committee meeting 6pm
Thursday 17th February
Warwickshire County Council Cabinet meeting 1.45pm
Friday 18th February
Warwickshire County Council Portfolio Holder Decisions/Leader Decisions 12pm
This week the foodbank urgently needs pot noodles, noodles, cream crackers/savoury biscuits, toilet rolls, coffee, puddings, dog . They are running low on packets of instant mashed potato, tinned carrots, razors and deodorant.
There are donation locations throughout South Rugby. See the full list of drop-off points.
There is also emergency free food available at the Dunchurch Library, open during library opening hours (currently Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). Find out more about the Dunchurch Pantry.
Letters to Editor
Adverse decisions affecting our village
For the past two or three years the village [Dunchurch] has been subject to some very large decisions ( Local Plan etc) which will have a profound impact on our village for decades to come. We have tried to do what we can to protect the essential nature and character of our community and as we slowly emerge from Covid we are reasserting our our nature, organising village events, clubs, and activities (welcome to the opening of the new Baptist Church!).
However, I am concerned that some smaller but very important detailed decisions, which we should have more control over, are being misapplied. It is a rather insidious route we seem to be on, chipping away at the character of our village.
Before I came to live in the village 50 years ago, colleagues at work commented that Dunchurch was a quiet place but with some charming features like the thatched bus shelter and even a thatched notice board, apart from the lovely Church and Guy Fawkes' House. Sadly, recently the thatched notice board has been replaced by a new notice board very similar to one you will find in almost every village in the country. Nothing to distinguish it as belonging to Dunchurch. No charm, simply utilitarian. Is it too late, at the time that the amazing bus shelter is to be refurbished, that a new, thatched canopy could be erected over the new notice board and some of the distinctiveness of our village be restored before it is lost forever? Perhaps, if Parish finances or their reserves are under too much pressure then a village- wide appeal might be considered and which, I believe might attract support?
The new (ish) approach signs to the village with their attractive white gate construction, were eagerly anticipated. However, the very sketchy line drawing to illustrate features of the village is completely invisible to 95% of those who pass them by, and, sadly, this was an opportunity completely lost to reinforce our identity as a village in my view.
Neighbouring villages like Thurlaston have the right idea, with a bold colourful shield design!
For months now we have had additional street/ diversion/direction signs in and around the village centre. Some newer street furniture almost completely masks earlier signage. The Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England commented some years ago that there was too much signage, a lot was ad hoc and it was a mess. Surely this is something within our control that we can actually do something about without an enquiry or reference to the Minister?.
Unfortunately, as soon as the road builders moved on they were replaced by the Street Lighting Crew (another couple of days of chaos). They replaced the rather charming, vaguely Victorian lamp posts with their gold embossed highlights and replaced them with spectacularly tall lamps of a style more suitable for the roundabouts at Milton Keynes! They appear to be vastly out of proportion to most of the buildings they are adjacent too and with no affinity to any of the architectural features or periods of the village. Surely some consultation with the community could have avoided this latest development.
The one in front of The Old Forge… is so tall that the lamp itself disappears 6 or 8 feet into what will very soon be a dense, leafy canopy.
We need to act on issues we can control and continue to lobby on those that are important to us but others decide upon.
Save Dunchurch Action Group
Rugby Farmers Mart
This week’s prices per head, at a glance:
Prime steers: £2,024 (British blue x sold by N J Foster)
Prime heifers: £1,685 (Limousin x sold by John Peebles)
Prime bulls: £1,357 (sold by Alan Tacy)
OTM: £1,416 (British Blue sold by C & S Lane)
Cows: £1,438 (Simmental sold by J Windridge & Son)
Prime hogg SQQ: £144.50 (Beltex x sold by W Bartlett)
Prime hoggs: £164 (Beltex x sold by J P Page & Sons)
Ewes: £209 (Charollais sold by Poulson & Co)
Calves: £370 (British Blue bull sold by Martin Beaumont)
Rugby Farmers Mart is held on a Monday at the Charolais Pavilion, Avenue M, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2RG.