Weekly Review: 14th May 2021
Last week's election results, hopes for more tennis courts, and an in-depth story on celebrating Ramadan in a pandemic. Did you know the theme for this Mental Health Awareness Week is 'nature'?
In South Rugby News this week
In the Warwickshire County Council elections, the Conservatives held on to Dunsmore and Leam Valley, Admirals and Cawston, and Bilton and Hillside. Rugby Borough Council elections also saw no change in party seats for South Rugby.
Less than half of the electorate turned out to vote, though. Bilton was best, with 47.5% of the division voting in the Warwickshire County Council elections.
More tennis courts for South Rugby?
Dunchurch village hall and sports-field needs £150,000+vat to build two all-weather, multi-sport tennis courts. And have you heard of pickleball? No? Read on...
Mosaic re-opens on 18th May
Mosaic café in Bilton will be welcoming customers back on Tuesday 18th May 2021 after being closed since November 2020.
Manager Kelly Pollitt said: “We’re really looking forward to having our customers and volunteers back in. We’re very excited.”
“This Ramadan has been different from the previous ones because we’re not mentally strong”
What was it like to celebrate Ramadan in a pandemic? Amjad Ali from Bilton Post Office tells all.
“I think it would have impoverished the church if the organ wasn’t restored”
Bilton-based church organ company helped repair Dunchurch St Peter’s instrument.
At St Peter’s church, Dunchurch, the voices in favour of restoring the ‘landmark’ 1970s organ won out over those wanting an electronic piano or digital organ.
Thurlaston village to help fight polio
Rugby and Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Clubs hope to raise enough for approximately 4,500 polio vaccines by selling purple crocus corms to Thurlaston villagers later this summer.
This comes as the UK Government is set to slash funding for polio eradication by 95%.
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Covid-19 figures for Rugby - cases up slightly
For the week up to 12th May:
45 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 25% compared with the previous seven days.
0 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. That’s no change compared with last week
The estimated R number for the Midlands is 0.8 to 1. That’s a change of -3% to 0% as of 7th May 2021.
If you’re going out to work, or have children at school, college or university, you can now collect home Covid test kits from many pharmacies or the Indian Centre, 1 Edward Street, Rugby, CV21 2EZ, or order one online. Find out more about twice-weekly covid-19 community testing.
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May Day, May Day, May Day
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum re-opens on Wednesday 19th May with an exhibition from potter Emilie Taylor called ‘May Day, May Day, May Day’, and a display of old photographs of Rugby. Book your visit online.
Summer is coming to the RSC
Bookings for the RSC’s summer of outdoor performances in the Garden Theatre open on 24th May. They include Henry VI Part One: Open Rehearsal Project, The Comedy of Errors and All Mirth and No Matter. Find out more.
Bridge Nursery in Napton, Warwickshire and 6 Canon Price Road Gardens, Barford are open this weekend. All gardens are listed on the National Open Garden Scheme website.
Nature activities for Mental Health Awareness Week
The theme for this week (10th - 16th May 2021) is ‘nature’. There are activity ideas from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the Canal and River Trust. Find out more
Have you connected with nature in a new way this week? Get in touch to share your story.
Saturday 15th May
Sunday 16th May
St Mark’s Church, Bilton, 10am Holy Communion in St Mark’s and via Facebook/YouTube. Call 01788 572611 or email email@example.com to attend.
Dunchurch Baptist Church, 10:30am, online service with the Baptist Union Assembly.
St Peter’s Church, Dunchurch, 10:30am. Call 01788 891066 to attend in person or to receive the Zoom link.
Coming up next week
If you’re interested in how decisions get made at our parish, district and county councils, here’s the list of meetings coming up.
Monday 17th May
Dunchurch parish council annual parish meeting, 7pm in the Village Hall. Read the agenda.
Thursday 20th May
This week the foodbank urgently needs ‘cup a soup’. They’re running low on tinned custard, men’s toiletries and deodorant.
There are donation locations throughout South Rugby. See the full list of drop-off points.
Willoughby Cricket Club match reports
The weather took its toll on Willoughby’s Northants Cricket League (NCL) fixtures on Saturday, with the 1st XI's Division 6 game away at Rothwell Town IIs and the 2nd XI's Division 12 home fixture with St Crispins and Ryeland IVs both cancelled due to wet pitches.
Club Friendly, Sunday 9th May: Willoughby v Crick Lions
Willoughby 168 for 8, Crick Lions 170 for 8. Crick Lions won by 2 wickets
Play was possible 24 hours later at The Green where an entertaining friendly with Crick Lions saw the visitors emerge as two wicket winners.
A Sunday gentleman’s coin toss gave Crick the choice to bat or bowl, and having chosen the latter they soon had their hosts in early trouble. A poor start from Willoughby saw them reduced to 1 for 2 wickets before Under 15 player Yash Sanghani (34) took on the bowling. With assistance from the usual middle order of Mark Fell (37) and skipper Ashley Rayner (50 retired not out), the home side finished on 168 off their 40 overs.
In reply, Crick relied on a superb knock of 103 not out by Fraser Grant for the mainstay of the innings. Good bowling from youngsters Nirmay Patel (8 overs 1 wicket for 19) and Michael Deery (7 overs 4 wickets for 25) was not enough to subdue the visitors who reached their target in the penultimate over.
Friday 14th May, 6:30pm: All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket
Saturday 15th May, 12pm: Northamptonshire Cricket League Division, Willoughby v Podington II and Division 12, Old Northamptonians Vs v Willoughby II
Sunday 16th May, 2pm: club friendly, Offchurch v Willoughby Sunday XI
Rugby Farmers’ Mart prices at a glance
Top prices per head this week were:
Prime steers: £1,663
Prime heifers: £1,737
Prime bulls: £1,177
OTM cattle: £1,505
Prime hogg SQQ: average £135
Prime hoggs: £168
Spring lamb SQQ: average £136
Spring lambs: £170