Weekly review: 18th June 2021
There was fierce debate over the adoption of the South West Rugby masterplan this week - and we'll have more on the details in the coming days.
Spotted over South Rugby this week:
We wondered at first if Richard Branson was paying us a visit but we think it was a flight from Virgin Balloon Flights, Rugby who use the Tanks, Trucks and Firepower field as a launch site.
In South Rugby News this week
St Cross opens new cancer and blood unit
We spoke to the Friends of St Cross about their support for the Maple Unit.
The Friends committed their largest ever donation of £200,000 to buy specialist equipment and furniture within the unit, including the nine treatment chairs and specialist scalp cooling equipment.
New Bilton man ‘thrilled’ to be the millionth vaccine patient
Coventry and Warwickshire's vaccination programme hits 1 million doses. But cases are on the rise in un-vaccinated age groups in England.
Anyone aged 25 or over, or who will turn 25 before 1st July 2021 can now book their first Covid-19 vaccine online. The under-40s will only be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
Hillmorton centenary summer fair
1921-2021: a hundred years of remembering lives lost in war. We branch out into Hillmorton to bring you news of a memorial event...
Proposed changes to constituency boundaries
Changes could affect Cawston, Bilton and new developments on Ashlawn Road. The Boundary Commission for England has produced a review that suggests changes to the boundary between Kenilworth & Southam and Rugby constituencies. MPs Mark Pawsey and Jeremy Wright told us what they thought of the proposal.
New councillors for Dunchurch parish council
Welcome to councillors Ian Grogan and Jon Marlow, who joined the council following two uncontested elections.
Protest to call for changes to South West Rugby masterplan
Standards for development in the masterplan were branded 'inadequate' by protesters, who planned to gather at the Benn Hall ahead of the full Rugby Borough Council meeting last night.
And last night Rugby Borough councillors voted in favour of the South West Rugby masterplan Supplementary Planning Document. We’ll have more on this story in the coming days.
Labour says ‘check the figures’ for number of houses required
Rugby Borough Council’s Labour leader Cllr Maggie O’Rourke (Benn, Labour) has called for the council to review the number of homes it builds under the Local Plan. But a council spokesperson said: “[the numbers] are approved in the adopted local plan after independent examination. They cannot be changed or removed by an SPD.”
Thursday 17th June was #CleanAirDay, a national campaign against air pollution run by charity Global Action Plan. At the end of May we wrote about one Thurlaston resident’s dream to make Rugby the clean air capital of the UK.
We also heard that year 5 pupils at Dunchurch Boughton Junior School took part in the campaign day on Thursday, learning about air pollution. The school encouraged parents to turn their car engines off when not driving, i.e. not ‘idling’ and to walk to school rather than driving, whenever possible.
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Covid-19 figures for Rugby: cases down slightly
For the week up to 16th June:
42 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 9 people 17.6%) compared with the previous seven days.
0 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. That’s no change compared with last week
A total of 67,318 people have had one vaccination dose and 49,332 have had both doses. That’s 70.5% and 51.6% of the adult population, respectively.
The estimated R number for the Midlands is 1.1 to 1.3. That’s a change of +1% to +5% as of 11th June 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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Messy church via Zoom at St Mark’s church: Saturday 19th June, 4.30pm. Songs, crafts, stories. Craft materials available to collect from the porch of the church (1 per child). contact Glenn firstname.lastname@example.org)
Father’s Day at The George: Sunday 20th June. Book online.
Cawston Grange Scarecrow festival, originally planned for 17th - 20th June, was cancelled due to a lack of interest.
Live music at Dunchurch Park Hotel: Guitarist Stuart Toogood will be playing in the secret garden at Dunchurch Park Hotel on Saturday 19th June, 1pm to 5pm. Picnic boxes, light refreshments and drinks are available.
Community garden gather session: Sunday 20th June, 11am. Contact via Facebook to join in.
Art in Dunchurch: On Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from 19th June to 3rd July visit Inglenook and Fosse House Gallery in Dunchurch to see the works of 18 artists on display. Find out more.
Yoga for the summer solstice at Draycote Water, Monday 21st June 6.15-7.30pm. Book with email@example.com/07738 630862
Lost Farm pop-up shop at Woodbine Farm, CV23 8BA: Saturday 19th June, 9.30am - 1pm.
Wedding fayre at the Benn Hall: Saturday 19th June, 11am to 2pm. Book online.
Recommended reads from Warwickshire Libraries for Refugee Day: Sunday 20th June
Open Gardens: All gardens are listed on the National Open Garden Scheme website.
Rural Crime Team at the Malt Kiln Farm Shop, Stretton under Fosse: Wednesday 30th June, 9am to 12 noon: discount-price trackers, beam alarms and other equipment, as well as signage and useful information will also be available. Rural Crime Officers will be available to talk about any issues or concerns that you may have. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Saturday 19th June
Sunday 20th June
St Mark’s Church, Bilton, 10am common worship communing in St Mark’s and via Facebook/YouTube. Call 01788 572611 or email email@example.com to attend.
Dunchurch Baptist Church, 10.30am, online communion service
St Peter’s Church, Dunchurch, 10.30am. No booking necessary
Democracy: 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 21st June
Rugby Borough Council Scrutiny Committee meeting, 5.30pm
Tuesday 22nd June
Rugby Borough Council Licensing and Safety Committee meeting, 5.30pm
Wednesday 23rd June
Warwickshire County Council Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, 2pm
Rugby Borough Council Planning Committee meeting, 5.30pm
Thursday 24th June
Warwickshire County Council Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel 10.30 am
This week the foodbank urgently needs tea and squash drinks. They’re running low on washing powder, washing up liquid and savoury crackers.
There are donation locations throughout South Rugby. See the full list of drop-off points.
Willoughby Cricket Club match reports
Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 6: Mears Ashby v Willoughby
Mears Ashby 259 for 7. Willoughby 149 all out. Mears Ashby won by 110 runs
A poor all-round performance from Willoughby got its just rewards as they suffered a heavy defeat at Mears Ashby.
In hot conditions and a batting friendly pitch, things did not start too badly for the visitors as they had the hosts reduced to 45 for 3 at the first 15 over drinks break. However, Mears kicked on from there as Jon Hill (56) and Michael Pennington (81) took advantage of the short boundaries, quick outfield and some below-average bowling to put on a fourth wicket partnership of 144. That propelled them to a challenging 259 for 7 off their 45 overs, with Mark Fell taking 2 for 41 Scott Cluely 2 for 44 for the Willoughby attack.
In reply, only opener Chaitiana Kurusala emerged with any credit with the bat, finding the boundary on ten occasions in his side’s top score of 47 as wickets fell at regular intervals. Nikesh Mistry’s 26 not out at number nine was similarly boundary-ridden but merely a token late gesture as Mears cruised home by 110 runs.
Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 12: Willoughby II v Great Oakley II
Willoughby 191 for 8. Great Oakley 171 for 6. Willoughby won by 20 runs
The news was slightly happier at The Green as Willoughby’s second eleven continued to hold top spot in Division 12 after a hard fought win over their visiting Great Oakley counterparts.
With both teams going into the game boasting a 100% win record, Willoughby skipper Ryan Perry won the toss and elected to bat, although it started poorly as opener Ian Andrews could have dispatched a short wide delivery anywhere and got underneath the ball to balloon the ball up for a simple catch.
Things got progressively better as Martin Nichols (51) and Matt Cartridge (50) put on a partnership of 119 for the 2nd wicket which lasted for 28 overs. Matt Cartridge again reaching 50 but not pushing on for a more substantial innings. A quick cameo from Ambrose Deery and another well crafted 50 for Martin Nichols saw Matt Goss (24*) and Archie McMillan (23) put on 36 for the 5th wicket. At 176 off 35 overs Goss lead the total up to 191 for 8.
After tea the opening duo of Archie McMillan (0 for 32) and Rees Moor (2 for 29) kept the opening batsmen at bay with an opening spell of 16 overs. Moor picking up 2 wickets with 60 on the board. Skipper for the day Pratt negotiated the innings well keeping Great Oakley within reach of the total through the middle overs, the tandem bowling of stalwarts John Gregson (2 for 37) and Fregus Deery (1 for 33). 2 big overs from Pratt reaching his 50 and taking Great Oakley into the 110's forced a bowling change with the death bowling of Matt Cartridge and McMillian back into the fray to summon a wicket.
With 10 overs to go Pratt wasn't comfortable in rotating the strike with his partner and as the field was spread boundaries came hard to come by. Into the 160's Pratt was immovable bearing down on his 100 only to be scuppered with 2 overs remaining leaving little hope of victory, Cartridge (1 for 21) picking up the wicket. Great Oakley finishing the innings 171 for 6.
Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 6: Willoughby v Desborough Town
Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 12: Barton Seagrave II v Willoughby II
Sunday club friendlies
Badby and Farthingstone v Willoughby 2pm
Willoughby Sunday II v Hockley Heath IIIs 1.30pm
Rugby Farmers Mart
Top prices per head this week were:
Prime steers: £1,805
Prime heifers: £1,689
Prime bulls: £1,665
OTM cows: £1,428
Spring lamb SQQ: Avg £122
Prime lamb: £168
Prime hogg SQQ: 235p/kg
Prime hogg: £156