Local not-for-profit community organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £30,000 from Warwick District Council’s Rural and Urban Capital Investment Scheme (RUCIS). Following a brief pause last year as the Council focussed on administering much-needed funds for local voluntary and community organisations involved in supporting residents during the pandemic, the scheme is now open and organisations looking for grants to support capital improvement projects are urged to apply. Consideration is given to organisations looking to purchase or upgrade their property or equipment in order to provide their services to the community, such as: · Energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy technology · Providing disabled access or facilities · Resurfacing of car parks, sports courts and play areas · Essential building repairs · New facilities such as kitchens or toilets In previous schemes, Leamington Cricket Club received £4,496 towards the refurbishment of their toilet facilities; and Hill Close Gardens received £30,000 towards an extension to their existing visitor centre.
Councillor Mary Noone, Portfolio Holder for Resources, commented: “We’ve seen first-hand this past year how important local community organisations are to our residents, and I am delighted that Warwick District Council is in a position to be able to award this funding to ensure that the vital facilities they use to support the community are the best they can be. “New funding is available for the 2021/22 financial year and I would like to encourage not-for-profit groups located within Warwick District to come forward with their projects as we may be able to help.”
To find out more about the RUCIS scheme, visit
As you know there is a proposal to build a Gigafactory on the site of Coventry Airport.
Part of the overall plan is to consult, understand and take views from al of the local community and you can do this by going to www.gigafactoryconsultation.co.uk
The consultation opens today (May 11th) and will run until late May with Webinars taking place on May 20th & May 25th.
What to bring with you on polling day
With local elections in Warwickshire over a week away Warwick District Council advise what you should do when visiting a polling station on Thursday 6 May.
People voting in person are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:
· Wearing a face covering.
· Bringing your own pen or pencil.
· Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station.
· Keeping a safe distance.
Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19 or if they have been asked to self-isolate. Anyone who develops symptoms or is asked to self-isolate shortly before polling day has up to 5 pm on polling day to apply for an emergency proxy vote. This allows them to nominate someone they trust to vote on their behalf. Chris Elliott, Police Area Returning Officer for Warwickshire and Chief Executive of Warwick District Council, said:
“Your safety is our priority and we have followed the Government guidance to ensure you can vote as safely as possible in this year’s Elections. We are providing hand sanitiser, there will be screens and limited numbers voting at any one time. It will be a little different to previous Elections, but we ask that you are patient and support our officers and polling station staff who will be doing their best to make sure the polling stations run smoothly and safely on the day.
Aged 50 and over
You may have seen in the news that the UK is expecting a reduction in vaccine supply in April.
We are therefore urging anyone aged 50 and over to book their vaccine appointment as soon as possible. Over the coming weeks some of our sites may be operating at slightly different times due to the predicted national decrease in vaccine supply. Despite this, we will continue to offer the first dose of the vaccine to those who are eligible as well as administering second doses. We continue to invite all those who are currently eligible forward for a vaccine.
This includes over 50s, carers, frontline health and social care workers and those who are classed as clinically vulnerable. You can contact your GP, or book by following this link, or by calling 119 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ Please also be assured that if you have a second appointment due in April, this will go ahead as planned. Second doses questions and answers The NHS across Coventry and Warwickshire are now inviting people to get their second dose of the vaccination. The second dose acts as a ‘booster’ jab to enhance immunity to the virus and offer a greater protection against infection. Some people have questions about when their appointment will be and whether you have to go to the same location as before.
Q: When will I get my invitation for my second vaccination?
A: People using the national booking system can book their appointment at the same time as their first. If you had your vaccination at a local vaccination site you will be contacted around 11 weeks since your first vaccination for an appointment in the 12th week.
Please don't contact your GP to find out when you will hear from them.
Q: Will the reduction in supply affect my second dose which is due in April?
A: No, second dose vaccinations will continue as planned
Q: Will I be given the same vaccine as the first?
Q: Does second dose vaccination need to happen at the same place as the first dose?
A: Yes, the second dose of the vaccine is ordered for you by the vaccination centre where you had your first dose. There may be circumstances where this isn’t possible e.g. discharged outpatients, people who have become housebound or moved into a care home since their first dose, or patients who have moved to a new house to somewhere a long way away from where they had their first dose.
Warwick District Council’s Arts Team is pleased to announce they have been successful in their application for the second round of Arts Council England’s (ACE) Culture Recovery Fund Grants.
The award of £86,985, in addition to the £170,000 in the first round, will ensure the future viability of the Art Section’s cultural offer, which includes exhibitions, events and workshops at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum and a programme of live performance and film at the Royal Spa Centre.
David Guilding, Arts Manager at Warwick District Council said:
“This is great news and a testament to all the hard work achieved by the team during this most challenging year. It is also a reassuring ‘seal of approval’ from ACE, who clearly understand what we are trying to do and why our services are so important to our local community. These funds will help us to put Covid measures in place at the Spa Centre ready for re-opening, adjust the existing ones in the Town Hall and Royal Pump Rooms, as well as fund some activity before we are able to generate income again. Thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund we can continue to be Here For Culture.”
Rose Winship, Head Cultural Services at Warwick District Council added:
“We are delighted with the news that the Arts Section has been awarded this fund and thrilled to hear that Motionhouse and Playbox Theatre have also been awarded grants as they are important arts organisations based in Warwick District.”
Louise Richards, Executive Director of Motionhouse, a dance-circus company based in Leamington Spa, said:
“We’re utterly delighted to have received support from the Culture Recovery Fund. It will enable us to be ready to respond to opportunities to perform and inspire people as soon as restrictions allow. Thanks to Arts Council England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport for their support.”
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, Added:
“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.
We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.” Culture Recovery Fund Grants from ACE will help organisations in Warwick District to look ahead to the spring and summer enabling them to plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic across the country
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright