Weekly Review: 21st May 2021
With the continued lockdown easing, Old Laurentians opens its clubhouse to members and church leaders reflect on the last 14 months; we've got a new Dunchurchian mayor for Rugby; cricket and more...
In South Rugby News this week
Walk to school superheroes
Children across South Rugby will be taking part in the annual Walk to School Week (17th - 21st May 2021), during national walking month. Read on to find out more and information about public rights of way near you.
A month to go until Cawston scarecrow festival
Are there any Wurzel Gummidges out there? Not just for Cawston residents to enter - all creations welcome.
“During the pandemic we’ve learnt the importance of normal relationships between people. And how people have responded to the needs of others."
We hear from three church leaders on the pandemic experience and hopes for the future.
Meet the elected councillors: Rugby Borough Council
We did quick interviews with five out of the six elected councillors at the start of their new term to find what they’ll be focussing on in the months and years to come. Read what Carolyn Watson-Merrett, Julie A'Barrow, Howard Roberts, Ish Mistry and Carie-Anne Dumbleton had to say.
Hybrid parish council meeting ‘the future’ of local government
Parishioners were first saved an evening in the rain and then had the option to join the annual Dunchurch parish meeting from their own computers.
Dunchurch’s Deepah Roberts made mayor of Rugby
Mauritian-born nurse, Dunchurch resident and councillor Deepah Roberts will be respecting and protecting the environment throughout her mayoral year.
Old Laurentians RFC clubhouse reopens this weekend
Members will be back inside on Saturday for the first time since December 2020 and full contact training starts again in the summer.
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Covid-19 figures for Rugby
For the week up to 19th May:
19 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an decrease of 57.8% 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 58,816 have had one vaccination dose and 36,060 have had both doses. That’s 61.7% and 37.8% of the adult population, respectively.
The estimated R number for the Midlands is 0.8 to 1. That’s a change of -3% to 0% as of 14th 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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Please remember to wear a face mask in public places, wash your hands and maintain social distancing.
Fosse House Gallery
In the heart of Dunchurch, Fosse House Gallery has a range of artists and makers exhibiting from Tuesday to Saturday each week. Find out more.
There’s still just about time to get your bluebell walk in before the end of the season. Find out where to see bluebells near you.
May Day, May Day, May Day
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum re-opened 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.
3 Cleeve View, Evesham and Bridge Nursery in Napton, Warwickshire; and the Old Rectory, Quinton and Badby Gardens, Northamptonshire are all open this weekend. All gardens are listed on the National Open Garden Scheme website.
Saturday 22nd May
Sunday 23rd May
St Mark’s Church, Bilton, 10am Common Worship 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
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.
Tuesday 25th May
Warwickshire County Council meeting, 10am, followed in the afternoon by meetings to appoint cabinet portfolio holders and the chairs and vice chairs of all the committees. See the WCC calendar for more details.
Wednesday 26th May
Warwickshire County Council appointments sub-committee, 9am
Rugby Borough Council planning committee, 5:30pm - CANCELLED
Thursday 27th May
Warwickshire County Council resources and fire and rescue overview and scrutiny committee 9:30am
This week the foodbank urgently needs men’s razors, men’s toiletries and deodorant (men and women’s ). They’re running low on cup-a-soup, tinned custard and sugar.
There are donation locations throughout South Rugby. See the full list of drop-off points.
Willoughby Cricket Club match reports
Northants Cricket League Division 6: Willoughby v Podington II
Podington 80 all out. Willoughby 81. Willoughby won by 8 wickets
Willoughby’s Saturday 1st XI got their delayed Northants Cricket League off the ground with a convincing home win over Podington IIs.
After an opening weekend free week and then abandoned fixture last Saturday, the weather forecast was not promising so it was perhaps no surprise that, having won the toss, Willoughby skipper Ben Hollis asked Podington to bat.
The visitors’ struggles of the last two seasons were evident from the outset as Dan Farrow and Mark Fell took the new ball and made early inroads, the former returning figures of 2 for 9 off an eight over spell with Fell equally economical.
The first and only bowling changes saw Callum Hanks and Jake Quinney come on and inflict more misery. Hanks returned 5 for 25 and Quinney 2 for 36 off a 10 over spell, as Podington succumbed to 80 all out off 33.4 overs.
Northants Cricket League Division 12: Old Northamptonians 5ths v Willoughby II
Willoughby II 144 for 9. Old Northamptonians 5ths 79 all out. Willoughby II won by 65 runs
Willoughby’s 2nd XIs made it two wins from two starts with another useful success this time away at Old Northamptonians 5ths.
On a very wet and cold Saturday afternoon for this fixture, skipper Ryan Perry lost the toss and his side were asked to bat on a wicket that was was boggy and difficult to negotiate as the rain came spitting down throughout the innings.
Opener Matt Cartridge was the only batsman to get a firm grip of the pace and bounce of the pitch: he effortlessly reached 50 in the 14th over before being caught on the boundary. A partnership of 45 from Michael Deery (27) and Goss (23) through the middle overs progressed the innings with the only notable contribution in the lower order coming from Sean Thornton (13) as the players struggled to time the ball on the wet pitch. Willoughby closed on 144 for 9 off 40 overs with Walmsley finishing 3 for 38.
Saturday 22nd May, 12pm
Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 6: Stony Stratford IIIs v Willoughby
Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 12: Willoughby II v Wellingborough OG’s IIIs
Sunday 23rd May, 1pm
Senior Single Wicket Tournament
Rugby Farmers’ Mart prices at a glance
Top prices per head this week were:
Prime steers: £1,449 (sold by RAJ & D Hopkins & Son)
Prime heifers: £1,508 (sold by DTP & PA Walters)
OTM cows: £1,343 (sold by T Barber & Son)
OTM bulls: £1,593 (sold by D J Hull & Partners)
Spring lamb SQQ: Avg £133
Spring lambs: £161 (sold by M M Clarke & Sons)
Prime hogg SQQ 298p/kg (471 Avg £140)
Prime hoggs: £167.50 (sold by L Swerling)
Ewes: £180 (sold by JA Shaw & Partners)
Calves: £480 (sold by Brendon Doherty of Withybrook, Coventry)
Sheep and lamb auctioneer Tom Wrench wrote that Monday’s trade was driven by the return to indoor-eating in restaurants.