We all know how difficult it is at the moment and in particular at a loss of a loved one with all the current restrictions in place that prevents you from saying goodbye whilst celebrating life itself and like many Warwick District Council’s Bereavement Services Team are amongst the most affected by the ongoing coronavirus emergency. With social distancing restrictions allowing no more than six mourners to attend a funeral, it has been the staff based at Oakley Wood Crematorium who have been at the forefront in helping the public to come to terms with being unable to give their loved-ones the service or arrangements they had planned or hoped for.
However now thanks to the work of the Council’s IT Services, guest WiFi has been installed at Oakley Wood allowing family and friends and those unable to attend a cremation service to see it streamed online to remote locations.
Of course, it’s absolutely no substitute to being in attendance but it will hopefully give some comfort to those who cannot attend.
Speaking with Warwick District Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, Pamela Chilvers commented.
“I would like to thank the public for the understanding, goodwill and respect they have shown to our staff at an extremely difficult time. I very much hope that that providing remote access to ceremonies will bring some comfort to those who are grieving and that in time they will have the opportunity to celebrate the lives of all those who have passed during this tragic period.”
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger added.
“The Bereavement Services team have been truly on the front-line during this crisis and are amongst the forgotten heroes in our community. I want to thank them all for their ongoing commitment and compassion they have shown to our residents in the most challenging circumstances “
We both have personally have been affected by this and we look forward to a future event where will remember and celebrate the life of those no longer with us.
With so many people self-isolating or social distancing, online quizzes have become an increasingly popular way of people staying in touch with friends and family and providing a source of entertainment.
Many people are creating and sharing their own quizzes or taking part in online events.
However, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute has received information about some quizzes that, whilst on the surface appear harmless, are designed to harvest data that can be used to commit financial fraud and identity theft.
Some of these are circulating on social media and even claim to test your knowledge of COVID-19.
However, many of the questions you are expected to answer will be personal in nature: your name; address; phone numbers and email addresses; family information; pet’s names and hobbies etc.
REMEMBER Security questions for bank accounts and online passwords usually incorporate this kind of information, making it easier for fraudsters to build up information on an individual over time.
This information can be harvested and made available both to genuine businesses (that may wish to sell you goods and service), but also scammers.
* You would not tell a stranger in the street personal information, so why tell a stranger online?
Your personal and financial information is valuable. Protect it!
* Think before you click!
* Be careful who you share your data with. Remember, not all web pages or social media platforms are private and secure.
* Never share information such as credit and debit card PIN numbers.
For more information on safety online visit:
During this period of lockdown and uncertainty I know its not easy for anyone, but for those with loved ones suffering from dementia it must be so hard.
There are various organisations that offer support during the Covid 19 and one of these organisations is DEMENTIA CARERS COUNT who have lots of useful advise which is worth looking at.
It’s an organisation I know well and there is lots of helpful stuff, so if you or you know someone who is having to cope with this dreadful condition its worth a visit to their web site.
If you were not aware there will be road closures around Crackley Woods starting I believe at 6:00 am on Saturday 25th through to 6am Monday 27th the map below shows the diversion route.
There’s still time to have your say on the future of Newbold Comyn in a survey live on Warwick District Council’s website until 22 May 2020.
A draft masterplan for the park has been drawn up to reflect the results of the most recent survey carried out in September 2019, showing the proposed mix of new sport and physical activity facilities, including:
Respondents can give their feedback on the draft masterplan in an online survey that asks how often they would use the new facilities and whether they support their inclusion in the final masterplan.
Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood & Culture, said: “I would like to say thank you to everyone that has taken the time to complete the survey so far. We have received a great response, but we want to make sure that we hear from as many people as possible so that we can ensure that the final masterplan is representative of the views of the current and future users of this much-loved park.”
To view the draft masterplan and complete the survey, visit
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright