Weekly review: 5th March 2021
We've got interviews this week with Wanda Fashions, Bilton Junior School head teacher, a new business owner in Cawston and more. We also look at plans to extend Thurlaston Meadows Care Home.
You might have noticed that we don’t have quite so many photos of people as we’d normally like to publish on a news site like ours. That’s quite simply because we’re taking our lockdown responsibilities seriously. It’s a strange time to be working in news, not getting out and meeting people like we’d want to. All of our interviews are done online or by phone; photos are sent in, or taken by us but not of people. We’re looking forward to getting back to normal!
Dunchurch fashion shop hopeful for the future
When I spoke to Wanda Fashions in June 2020, Paula told me that sales had plummeted to 1% of what they'd normally be. We caught up with her to see how the year had panned out.
It’s been a hard year for Wanda Fashions, Dunchurch, with sales down by two thirds and doors closed for 31 out of 54 weeks.
Paula Twigger, business owner, said that without support from Rugby Borough and Warwickshire County Council it would have been an even harder year.
Bilton, Cawston, Dunchurch, Thurlaston - new council tax figures for 2021/22
How much will you be paying? Read on for the total amount of council tax for 2021/22 for each category of dwelling.
“We want more people to come forward as councillors”
Dunchurch parish council clerk wants to build bridges and generate more confidence in the council.
The council has been through a tricky time in the last couple of years, said clerk Gill Peacock.
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The wait is nearly over for new Baptist Church building
“We're eager not only to have larger, more modern and well-equipped premises for our own activities, but also for use by the local community," said Rev Dave Woods.
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"I'm a creative person who loves balloons!"
We spoke to new business owner Anusha Rayala. And did you know that latex balloons are biodegradable?
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Hidden gems: Thurlaston bus stop gallery
Thurlaston’s Main Street bus stop is home to a host of artistic creations. It’s a mini, community art gallery created by Thurlaston’s residents. We visited at the start of the week on our allotted daily exercise. Want the full picture? (for paying subscribers)
Back to school for Bilton Junior
“I have felt like a shepherd with my flock all scattered around Rugby," said Bilton Junior School head teacher Alexandra Norton. Children will be returning to the school on Monday. What’s in store for them? (Read more, for paying subscribers)
Proposal to extend Thurlaston Meadows Care Home
Extensions would add an extra seven bedrooms. You've got until 25th March to inspect the documents on Rugby Borough Council’s planning portal.
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Covid-19 figures for Rugby
For the week up to 2nd March:
94 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 4.4% compared with the previous seven days.
3 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows a decrease of 25% compared with the previous seven days.
The estimated R number for the Midlands is 0.7 to 0.9. That’s a change of -6% to -3% as of 26 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.
Art at home
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has a range of art and craft activity instructions on its website, for you to try at home. Ever fancied doing abstract art with felt-tip pens? Trying your hand at pointillism? Do you know what a Zentangle is? Have a go!
British Science Week
A ‘a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths’ from 5th - 14th March 2021. There are activity packs for families, children and young people online.
International Women’s Day
Plenty of charities, celebrities and companies are getting behind this year’s International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March, this year themed #choosetochallenge.
Cycling campaign group Sustrans sent us details of their competition to encourage more women to cycle, specifically those who feel that their accepted hair or hijab styles would stop them wearing a helmet. So, Sustrans wants secondary school and college students to send in pictures of hair- or hijab-styles that work with cycle helmets. Got a design to share? Use #HelmetHijabsAndHair on social media.
Saturday 6th March
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 7th March
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: Hope of Heaven (Luke 23:32-43).
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 8th March
Warwickshire County Council Pension Fund Investment Sub-Committee 10am
Warwickshire County Council Staff and Pensions Committee 2pm
Rugby Borough Council Scrutiny Committee meeting 5:30pm
Dunchurch parish council meeting, 7pm
Tuesday 9th March
Warwickshire County Council Resources and Fire & Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee 2pm
Thurlaston parish council meeting, 7pm
Friday 12th March
Warwickshire County Council Portfolio Holder Decisions/Leader Decisions 12pm
This week the foodbank urgently needs packets of mashed potato and deodorant. They’re running low on tinned carrots, tinned custard 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 Limousin x steer (sold by F. Hodgkin): £1694
Prime Simmental heifer (sold by A. Sabin): £1523
Prime Limousin bull (sold by N. J. Forster): £1902
Stock Simmental bulls (sold by A. V. Taylor): £1411
Prime Beltex x hogg SQQ (under 45.5kg) (sold by P. Batchelor): £137
Prime hoggs (over 45.5kg) (sold by S. F. Taylor): £163
Texel x ewe (sold by A W Goolding): £171