Weekly review: 23rd April 2021
Where to find bluebells; a saxophonist's musical mission; replacement polling cards and more, as well as a recap of elections 2021 coverage so far...
In South Rugby News this week
‘Be the light that helps others see’
Saxophonist Steve Ray is on a musical mission to cheer up our streets and villages. And in doing so, he and his partner Barny Hassan have raised more than £4,000 for our foodbanks.
Replacement polling cards for 55,000 voters
Why did we all get a replacement polling card in the post?
Beauty is back
South Rugby says goodbye to lockdown hair. A week ago today our beauty salons and hairdressers opened up again after the latest national Covid-19 lockdown.
It’s been a tough year for the hair and beauty industry.
Where to find bluebells in South Rugby, Warwickshire
Read on for bluebell hotspots near you...
Rugby to Leamington cycle route set to get the go-ahead from borough council
RBC planning committee will be advised to recommend approval for the new part of the route along the disused railway line from near Draycote Village to Offchurch.
Democracy on hold while country mourned
And permission for remotely-held meetings is due to end on 7th May 2021.
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Covid-19 figures for Rugby - cases up slightly
For the week up to 21st April:
44 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 15.8% compared with the previous seven days.
1 death within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. That’s an increase of 1 compared with the previous seven days.
The estimated R number for the Midlands is 0.7 to 0.1. That’s a change of -7% to -2% as of 16th April 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 the Indian Centre, 1 Edward Street, Rugby, CV21 2EZ, or order one online. Find out more about twice-weekly covid-19 community testing.
What’s on this weekend
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World Book Night
Today (Friday 23rd April) is Shakespeare’s birthday and World Book Night. Here are three virtual events taking place tonight from 6pm to 9pm:
6-7pm: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with author Kate Mosse about his new book, Klara and the Sun, hosted by the British Library.
7-8pm: Take part in the #ReadingHour, on your own or with others. Warwickshire County Council libraries are hosting this event with 30 mins of silent reading and 30 mins of discussion. Register to join Warwickshire County Council on Teams for their #ReadingHour
8-9pm: Sandi Toksvig hosts 'World Book Night presents Books to Make You Smile', featuring writers David Nicholls and Bolu Babalola and World Book Night founder Jamie Bing.
Volunteer at Dunchurch Community Garden
Help the group build raised beds for the small edible garden outside the community library at 10am on Saturday 24th April. They’re looking for strong helpers. Find out more.
Nightingale Cottage, the Bungalow, Limetrees and Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens in Northamptonshire are all open this Sunday. There’s also Bridge Nursery in Napton, Warwickshire, open on Saturday and Sunday. All gardens are listed on the National Open Garden Scheme website.
Jabala and the Jinn, online screening
‘Jabala and the Jinn uses physical theatre, music and new writing to tell the story of a little girl’s playful and adventurous encounter with a very cheeky Jinn.’
The play was written by Asif Khan, with ilustration by Nadine Kaadan and is supported by Kala Sangam.
Jabala and the Jinn runs online until Saturday 24th April 2021.
Saturday 24th April
Sunday 25th April
St Mark’s Church, Bilton, 10am Holy Communion. Call 01788 572611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
St Peter’s Church, Dunchurch, 10:30am. Call 01788 891066 to attend in person or to receive the Zoom link.
Dunchurch Baptist Church, 4pm public service: email email@example.com to attend
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. A benefit of the pandemic is that they’re mostly livestreamed and therefore more accessible for us all.
Wednesday 28th April
Warwickshire County Council Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee - 10:00 am - cancelled
Rugby Borough Council planning committee meeting, 5:30pm
Dunchurch parish council annual parish assembly, 7pm, Zoom. Contact the parish council clerk by 4pm on 28th April to attend the meeting. The agenda includes a parishioner’s motion of no confidence in the parish council.
This week the foodbank urgently needs long-life fruit juice and washing up liquid. They’re running low on hot chocolate, cream crackers and clothes washing tablets (small packets).
There are donation locations throughout South Rugby. See the full list of drop-off points.
Willoughby Cricket Club match reports
Club Friendly: Willoughby v Braunston Paddox, Saturday 17th April
Willoughby 244 for 8. Braunston Paddox 56 all out. Willoughby won by 188 runs
An innings of 78 from Dan Farrow and four wickets for Dave Alcock were the Saturday standout shows in Willoughby’s comfortable success over neighbours Braunston Paddox.
Club friendly: Willoughby v Stoneleigh, Sunday 18th April
Willoughby 184 for 5. Stoneleigh 101 all out. Willoughby won by 83 runs
Having won the toss and elected to bat first, the hosts saw a steady opening partnership from Martin Nicholls (25) and Matt Cartridge (18) who put on 50 runs before losing the first wicket . Willoughby’s youngsters Ambrose Deery (20) and James Andrews kept the scoreboard ticking before an explosion of runs in the last 10 overs from the experienced heads of Mark Fell and Ashley Rayner (44 not out) took the score to a very respectful 184.
Sunday 25th April, 2pm: club friendly, Willoughby v Monks Kirby
And, Old Laurentians RFC first match of the season is against Barkers Butts on Saturday 1st May.
Rugby Farmers’ Mart prices at a glance
Top prices per head this week were:
Prime steers: £1,267
Prime heifers: £1,378
Prime bulls: £1,581
OTM cows: £1,335
Spring lamb SQQ: average £136
Spring lambs: £157
Prime hoggs SQQ: £160.50
Prime hoggs: £180