Weekly review: 26th February 2021
Bilton Silver Band; a new charity scheme started at FishPlus (with support from JLS band member Aston Merrygold); Fairtrade Fortnight; Covid-19 figures and more.
This week we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There’s a route out of lockdown, and it really does feel like spring’s on the way. It’s been a long, dark winter, but even in the darkness there have been so many stories of hope. Music is providing release from daily stresses for Bilton Silver Band member Hannah. SRN also spoke to Bilton Road FishPlus owner Andreas Kattou who has just launched a new type of pay-it-forward scheme for small businesses. And we heard from Cawston Grange Women’s Institute, who are seeking to ‘extend the hand of friendship’ in these hard times. Their scarecrow festival will be back in the summer.
Our original reporting this week also included notice from Dunchurch Park Hotel that they plan to continue allowing public access to their grounds once the pandemic is over; and news on outline permission for a new country leisure park in Kites Hardwick.
And finally, we reported that New Bilton Cllrs Barbara Brown and Ish Mistry were to ask Rugby Borough Council to pressure central Government to make permanent the £20/week Universal Credit uplift. The uplift is currently due to end in April 2021. Cllr Barbara Brown said that without this extra Universal Credit payment more than 7,000 households in Rugby, many of them with children, would be in danger of tipping into poverty. Cllr Mistry told the council that ‘failure to extend the payment would trigger a spike in poverty not seen since the 1980s.”
Council members voted in favour of the request, 22 votes for, 12 against and 1 abstention.
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Covid-19 figures for Rugby
For the week up to 24th February:
168 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 7.7% compared with the previous seven days.
4 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows an increase of 100% compared with the previous seven days.
The estimated R number for the Midlands is 0.6 to 0.9. That’s a change of -7% to -3% as of 19 February 2021.
What’s on this weekend
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Please remember to only make essential trips out, wear a face mask, wash your hands and maintain social distancing.
Online events from the Fairtrade Foundation this weekend and into next week give an insight into the life and businesses behind some of our favourite drinks and treats. Find out how to grow a climate-friendly garden; hear from Ben & Jerry’s about making a resilient supply chain and more.
Have you been celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight 2021? We’d love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share what you’ve been doing.
Saturday 27th February
Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, 5pm mass: public worship and on YouTube. No booking necessary to attend the service, but please wear a face mask, wash your hands and observe social distancing.
Sunday 28th February
Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, 9:30am mass: public worship and on YouTube. No booking necessary to attend the service, but please wear a face mask, wash your hands and observe social distancing.
Dunchurch Baptist Church, 10:30am, online service: Words from Calvary: Freedom Through Forgiveness (Luke 23:34).
St Peter’s Church, Dunchurch, 10:30am, online service: call 01788 891066 for the link
Bilton Evangelical Church, 10am, online service
Bilton Methodist Church, 11am: Join the live-streamed services from the Wesleyan Chapel and Leysian Mission
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.
Monday 1st March
Rugby Borough Council cabinet meeting, 5:30pm
Tuesday 2nd March
Warwickshire County Council regulatory committee, 10:30am
Wednesday 3rd March
Warwickshire County Council health and wellbeing board, 1:30pm
Warwickshire County Council fire and rescue local pension board, 2pm
This week the foodbank urgently needs men’s razors and long-life fruit juice. They’re running low on pot noodles and rice pudding.
There are donation locations throughout South Rugby. See the full list of drop-off points.
Rugby Farmers’ Mart prices at a glance
Top prices per head this week were:
Prime blonde bull (sold by J. L. Martin): £1,669
Prime Limousin x steer (sold by F. Hodgkin): £1,628
Prime Limousin heifer (sold by C. W. Reay & Son): £1,571
Simmental Bull cow (sold by The Griffiths Partnership): £1,527
Prime Texel x sheep SQQ (under 45.5kg) (sold by MFH Farming): £136
Prime Charollais x sheep (over 45.5kg) (Sold by R. Woodward): £155