These are all local links:
Local Government & Services  
Rugby Borough Council - Local Borough Council.
Rugby Borough councillors - Contact addresses and surgery times (listed by Ward)
Rugby LSP - The Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) for Rugby Borough is a partnership of local organisations, including Rugby Borough and Warwickshire County Councils, NHS Warwickshire, Warwickshire Police and other organisations from the voluntary, business, and community sectors.
Mark Pawsey MP,
Conservative Member of Parliament for Rugby
- Local MP; Surgeries in Rugby are held at ????, on every Friday and in Bulkington on the second Saturday of every month. [Jeremy Wright held surgeries at Age Concern, 43 Clifton Road, on three Fridays of each month and in addition held village surgeries]. You can contact Mark's office by Mark tweets, blogs and campaigns by email. For more about Mark see his entry at
'Kenilworth & Southam': 
Jeremy Wright MP,
Conservative Member of Parliament for Kenilworth & Southam
- Local MP and Government Whip; held surgeries in both Rugby and Kenilworth. Surgeries in Rugby were held on three Fridays of each month plus additional village surgeries. You can contact Jeremy Wright's office by
  • Telephone: 01926 853650
  • Writing to: Wilton House, Southbank Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1LA (or 184 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HU)
  • e-mail:
For more about Jeremy see his entry at
Warwickshire County Council - Local County Council.
County Councillors and Committees - The County Council has 62 councillors (listed by Parish). They are elected for a four year term.
WCC Rugby Area Office - Rugby Area Office (Locality Panels etc.) 01788 533656.
'West Midlands Region': 
West Midlands Regional Assembly - The Assembly was set up in 1999. An incorporated company limited by guarantee and based in Quay Place, Birmingham. It comprises of 100 (full) nominated members, with 68 members representing the local authorities, 16 representing the business sector and 16 representing other economic and social partners (trades unions, health, FE, HE, culture, housing associations, environment, parish councils, voluntary and community sector, black and minority ethnic community, disability, gender and faith communities).
Rugby 'Street Scene Services' - Local kerbside Red Box recycling scheme (& waste collection) schedules.
Recycling Centres - Local Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).
Hunters Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre - Re-opened to the public on on Tuesday 18th March 2008 with a one-way system in place for cars, following its total refurbishment (rebuilt using nearly 7,500 tonnes of recycled material). The new recycling store will open later on in the year.
Warwickshire Waste Partnership - The Warwickshire Waste Forum, established in 1998 became, in 2005, the Warwickshire Waste Partnership.
'Climate Change': 
Warwickshire Climate Change Partnership - Launched on 3rd July 2006, with the publication of the Warwickshire Climate Change Strategy, includes more than 100 partner organisations.
Local Media  
'Local papers': 
Rugby Advertiser
(& Rugby Review)
- Weekly paper, Thursdays, costs 26pence. (Northamptonshire Newspapers Johnston Publishing Ltd / Johnson Press Plc).
2 Albert Street, Rugby CV21 2RS. Editor: 01788 539977. Twitter: @rugbyadv
Rugby Evening Telegraph

(& Rugby Times)
- Daily paper, Coventry biased, costs 26pence. The Telegraph is now published Monday to Saturday in the following editions: City; Warwickshire; Nuneaton. Twitter: @covtelegraph
(Rugby Times Weekly freesheet now defunct. It closed in July 2009 as part of a series of closures by parent company Trinity Mirror Midlands. The Telegraph's sister paper the Coventry Times is a weekly freesheet tabloid newspaper)
Rugby Observer - Free paper, delivered to most (but not all) houses in the Borough on a Thursday. Bullivant Media's Observer Newspapers cover Leamington, Stratford, Rugby, Coventry and Solihull.
Post: 45 The Parade, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. CV32 4BL Tel: 01926 451 900 Email for News: Twitter: @warksnews
'Local Radio': 
Rugby FM - Listen on 107.1 FM or online - had a poll "Would you like to see Rugby have a Wind Farm?"
An Independent Local Radio station owned by Quidem Ltd and operated as part of its Midlands division along with sister stations (branded as Touch Radio) in Warwick, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Coventry from the Holly Farm Business Park, Honiley, Kenilworth CV8 1NP. Twitter: @RugbyFM Telephone numbers are:
Office - 01926 485600 (Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm)
Studio - 0845 094 9771 (Monday-Friday 6am-6pm, Weekends 8am-4pm)
Local Environmental Groups & Organisations  
'Sustainable Development in the 21st century':
Sustainable Rugby - Sustainable Rugby is a local forum supported by, but independent of, the Council for citizens to participate in actions aligned to its Local Agenda 21 (LA21) strategy and indicators, which meets at the Town Hall, Rugby 6:30-8:30pm bi-monthly on Monday evenings (01788 533827)
Action 21 - Action 21 is a local forum similar to Sustainable Rugby (for citizens to participate in actions aligned to Local Agenda 21) but for the Warwick and Leamington area. Action 21 welcomes volunteers to take part in projects in energy, food, re-use and transport. For enquiries about volunteering contact Louise Male (01926-339077) at the Action 21 Office at the Re-useful Centre, or Ms Michelle Clarke, Volunteer Development Officer at the Re-useful Centre on 01926 456067 01926886438 East Lodge, Jephson Gardens, Willes Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 4ER.
'Building sustainable communities, farming and reserves':  
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust - responsible for nature reserves at Brandon and several smaller ones.
Groundwork Coventry and Warwickshire - (see also Groundwork Leicester & Leicestershire).
Soil Association - Soil Association: Heart of England Organic Group.
Friends of Cawston Greenway - are a newly formed group that would love to welcome new members who want to get involved with their Greenway project to turn part of the disused and horribly overgrown Rugby to Leamington railway-line that runs through Cawston, into a nature and butterfly reserve and create an interesting and attractive green corridor that leads to Draycote Water. Volunteers cut back the path as well as doing general maintenance and they plan to do this every Sunday. See Cawston Greenway's Blog for further details, or email . ALL WELCOME!!!
homeonthehill - Home on the Hill: a freelance horticulturalist that teaches and writes about growing and using herbs, is an organic gardening specialist and also grows a few plants for sale.
'Giving & getting stuff for free':  
Rugby Freecycle - Part of a grassroots and entirely non-profit global network about reuse in your own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer and membership is free.
Rugby Freegle - a local organisation for offering your reusable items to other group members and getting stuff for free. Don't throw it away - give it away - there might be someone just round the corner who needs it and can keep it out of landfill. Many Freecycle groups nationally have left the Freecycle Network and formed a new UK-wide umbrella organisation called Freegle. Like the Freecycle Network it is all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfill, but it is based in the UK (they have an Ambridge and Borchester group). There is even a Warwickshire and Coventry 'Cafe' online chat group where you can enjoy the more social side of Freely Giving and reusing, Locally and Easily.
Rugby Bareboards Trust - a local Community Furniture Reuse Scheme which distributes low-cost donated furniture and household goods to people in Rugby on benefits or low incomes. Based at The Rabbit Warren, 36 Warren Road, Rugby CV22 5LG, they have three full time staff plus about 25 volunteers and are open Mon-Sat 10am to 1pm (Wed 10am - 4pm) . The office is usually manned Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm, so drop-in or phone 01788 547358 or e-mail:
Community Freebay - helps people all over Warwickshire and Coventry to find a new use for unwanted items. Many of the things which we throw away as 'rubbish' are in fact useful items which could be passed on to someone else. The site currently saves nearly 100 tonnes of quality items per year from landfill sites and it has put smiles on a lot of faces either by helping people clear out their garages and lofts, or helping others find something they really wanted.
West Midlands LETS - a 'Local Exchange Trading Scheme'.
Moulton Time Bank - a local Time Bank.
UK IT Recycling - free computer recycling and disposal (based in Telford).
'Creating a better environment':  
Living Streets - (The Pedestrians Association): 020 7820 1010
Anti-Airport Campaign - AirportWatch are an umbrella movement uniting the national environmental organisations, the airport community groups, and individuals opposed to unsustainable aviation expansion.
Nappy Trial Service 01833 640400. Nappy Trials Limited - your first port of call for all things cloth nappy related. The Nappy Trials Website has a range of articles and forums that dispel any myths. The directory is the place to look for details of cloth nappy sellers, Real Nappy Network and everything you should ever need to look for.
The Real Nappy Campaign - which has a 'Nappy Finder' tool. Real Nappy Week ran in April 2008. The website also gives details of the Real Nappy Exchange.
CRACIN - 'Coalition for Recycling and Against Coventry Incinerator', formed to prevent the development of a new "Super-Incinerator" in Coventry.
Energy Saving Trust advice centre - To contact your local Energy Saving Trust advice centre call 0800 512 012. They are open from 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday.
Local Food & Shops  Photo of Local Shops Traffic Sign in Rugby in 2008
Find a Milkman - Enter your postcode and if they deliver to your area, register, say what you would like, and your milkman delivers it. If you know better ways of finding a milkman, or want to let us know about other home delivery services then let us know.
Dave's food Shop - in St Andrew's Church House, behind the church in Rugby town centre, Thursdays and Fridays only. some of the profit goes to Rugby FoE. e.g. toilet roll, mushroom pate, Ecover eco-friendly cleaning products and he also sells fantastic cakes, samosas, organic veg and lots of other wholefoods.
Farmers' Market - in Market Place, (Under the Clock Tower) Rugby 9am-2pm. Expanded to 2 days a month - now every 2nd and last Thursday of the month. TRIAL on 2nd Thursday - with small craft market. [Rugby First 01788 572150].
Hunters Lane charity Re-Use Shop - Hunters Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre is now home to a charity Re-Use Shop run by Age Concern Warwickshire selling a wide variety of donated items at bargain prices. Contact the shop manager for more information directly on 01788 567484.
Smile - Free loyalty card for use in Rugby businesses. See the advert & application form on Rugby BID's website. N.B. If you have any queries you can e-mail Aftab (Operations Director) at or phone their Office on 01788 569 436.
Local Transport  Photo of Taxis at Rugby Train Station in 2008
Travel by Walking in Warwickshire - A4071 Bilton Pedestrian Refuges proposed options:
Rugby Town Bus Map - Rugby Town Services Route Map PDF
Stagecoach Buses 01788 535555 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.- The No. 4 route takes in a figure of eight round Bilton > Town Centre > Train Station > Brownsover and round and round again, with one every twelve minutes during weekdays. Further details are available at the Travel Shop at Railway Terrace or via e-mail to:

Warwickshire Bus Map - Warwickshire County Public transport Map Dec. 2007 PDF
Travel de Courcey 02476 302656 - Mike de Courcey Travel Ltd. bus services include the 580 and 585 between Coventry and Rugby. (Super-low-floor easy access buses). Routes 583, 584, 585 and 588 also serve Avon Valley, Lawrence Sherriff, Bishop Wulstan, Harris and Rugby High Schools. De Courcey also take their "Stay-Safe" bus to schools and community centres to educate young students on road dangers (this can also be hired out), and they are working with a Coventry Secondary School in a business challenge. Further details and timetables are available online at, or via e-mail to:

Geoff Amos Coaches 01327 260522 - Mum, Buggy and Wheelchair friendly, super-low-floor Great Central Connexion Bus Service Rugby-Daventry-Banbury, every hour, 6 days a week. Further details and timetables are available online at, or via e-mail to: CEASED OPERATING SERVICES 5th August 2011. See Stagecoach Bus Warwickshire

Traveline 0870 608 2608 Txt: 84268 West Midlands Timetable Finder and Journey Planner is operated by West Midlands Transport Information Services Ltd. WMTIS - public transport info 0871 200 22 33
Traveline East Midlands Completely different to the West Midlands version ('powered by Atkins') and probably more if you are traveling that way. Txt: 84268 - East Midlands public transport info 0871 200 22 33

Bus Map National Rail map of Bus destinations from Rugby

Transport Direct Travel Planner - The Transport Direct Travel Planner is a lot more friendly than Traveline and it offers a great range of information. It now provides details of the CO2 your journey will produce. However, best to cross-check with another planner if you are going across into other regions.
Looking Local portal - Looking Local: Rugby Transport Direct Bus and Train Departures and Arrivals. This free service available via Sky, Virgin, 3 Mobile and any internet browsable phone is operated by DigiTV, which is owned by Kirklees Council on behalf of all UK local authorities. See -
'Trains & Taxis':  
National Rail - National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950
Rugby Rail Users' Group - Rugby Rail Users' Group (RRUG) fights to improve and maintain the Rugby rail service, the station and its environment
Traintaxi - Traintaxi Limited: 01733 237 037
Sustrans Connect2 - Sustrans Connect2 Rugby, The Leicester Road Viaduct
'Car Share':  
Carplus - The Car Club Network - 08700 111 199 (to register a journey)
National CarShare - 01344 861 600 Ltd  
Locally-based National Groups & Organisations  
'Real Food': 
HDRA - The Organic Organisation - not a local organisation exactly, but they are based just outside Rugby. Now called Garden Organic - the national charity for organic growing.
'Technology to improve lives': 
Practical Action - formerly Intermediate Technology (ITDG) - same as above, dealing with promotion of appropriate technology in poorer countries. (N.B. ITDG are now called Practical Action). During the run up to the climate conference in Copenhagen Practical Action's Stop Climate Injustice campaign is focused on getting the strongest possible deal in Copenhagen. This includes a series of diaries that make stark the impact that climate change is having in the developing world. It is not a far distant concern to speculate about, but real and current threat that can destroy livelihoods and take lives; those that have contributed least that are being hit the worst.
Pro Wind Alliance - The Pro Wind Alliance (ProWA) is an association of local individuals and groups who are convinced that renewables are vital for the future. Not a national organisation exactly, but in particular, ProWA supports current wind energy proposals in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
Local Ethical, Cultural Voluntary Groups  
Rugby Area Yoga Society (Rugby RAYS) - Weekly Yoga classes at various venues, meditation, retreats, yoga trips to uk and India, Ayurveda clinic, talks and treatments.
Rugby Christmas Cracker - a voluntarily run organisation which since 1991 has been fundraising, currently to help disadvantaged young people in Bangalore, India. Every year runs Cracker FM radio station in the month up to Christmas; the studio output goes over the airways on 87.9FM and is also streamed out over the internet. Also runs Crackerteria, which is staffed by volunteers. Email: katiethomas [@] ntlworld [.] com
Rugby Borough Neighbourhood Watch - the Neighbourhood Watch Committee for the Rugby Area.
Sacred Spiral Doula - Birth and Postnatal Doula working in the West Midlands, fully accredited with Nurturing Birth and Doula UK. "Doula" (pronounced "doola") is a Greek word meaning "woman servant or caregiver".
Warwick Volunteers - based at Warwick Uni. Students Union (Level One, North) Open 9:30-16:30 Mon-Fri Email: Warwick Volunteers Tel: 024 7657 2763. They regularly ask for volunteers to participate in their Warwick University Campus room clearances in partnership with Oxfam and Warwick Accommodation.
Useful Publications, Papers, Views  
'Planning & Strategy':  
Rugby SCS - consultation on the 'Future of Rugby' 2.84MB PDF
Rugby Sustainable Community Strategy - Final Strategy, adopted in June 2009, that establishes a shared vision for the 'Future of Rugby' [8.74 MB 20-page PDF]. The overall purpose of the strategy is to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives, works or visits here.
WMRSS Phase3 Revision Draft Options Document - consultation on the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (WMRSS) Phase Three Revision Options will run from 29th June to 14th August 2009. Join their consultation database and be kept updated with progress on the RSS Revision by emailing your contact details to - If you have any queries or questions related to WMRSS Phase Three Revision please contact David Clarke on 0121 678 1023 at the West Midlands Regional Assembly
Rugby Radio Station site - consultation on the future of the Rugby half of the mast site:
In June 2011 Rugby Friends of the Earth submitted a holding OBJECTION [116kB 12-page PDF] to Outline Planning Application R11/0699 for the proposed RUGBY RADIO STATION development.
  • - There was an opportunity to make your voice heard, view the plans and talk to BT and Aviva's designers about proposals for redeveloping the site at their Design Enquiry that took place June 25th-29th 2009.
  • - Alternatively, you could (and maybe still can) register a comment or ask a question online.
'Wildlife & Green Space':  
green space standards - English Nature's (now Natural England's) urban green space standards
'Food & Shops':  
The Deforestation, Climate Change and Livestock EDM 845 - Early Day Motion 845 - DEFORESTATION, CLIMATE CHANGE AND LIVESTOCK 23.02.2009
The Grocery Market Ombudsman EDM 560 - Early Day Motion 560 - GROCERY MARKET OMBUDSMAN 22.01.2009
Exemplar Sustainable Travel site - Download South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth's 'Exemplar Sustainable Travel site' plan for Leighton Buzzard [1.3Mb 25-page PDF].
Refuse and Recycling Survey - Download BMG Research's June 2007 Waste and Recycling Survey for Rugby Borough Council [813kB 32-page PDF].
'Climate Change':  
The Climate Change Bill EDM 736 - Early Day Motion 736 - CLIMATE CHANGE BILL 21.01.2008
General Information  
FoE national links page - please visit for national links
WriteToThem - a neat, simple and free way of finding and then sending an email to your elected representatives by entering your Postcode.
UK Parliament Constituency Finder - please visit to find your MP, by Postcode, Name or Constituency.
'Travel & Traffic':  
Shared Space - gives pedestrians and the local community priority over through traffic on their roads.
'Climate Change':  
Nottingham Declaration - Launched in October 2000, the Nottingham Declaration on climate change has now been signed by more than 300 English Councils pledging to systematically address the causes of climate change and to prepare their community for its impacts.
UK Carbon Footprint project - please visit to find out how you can reduce your footprint.
British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) - the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries, based in Victoria, London.
National Links  
FoE national links page - Please visit for national links.
Campaign for School Gardening -The Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening aims to encourage and support schools to develop and actively use a school garden.
10:10 climate change campaign - The Guardian's 10:10 climate change campaign is the brainchild of Franny Armstrong, the film-maker behind The Age of Stupid, for individuals and organisations to pledge to cut their carbon footprints by 10% in 2010 was launched on 1st September 2009.
Woodland Trust - The Woodland Trust is the UK's leading woodland conservation charity.
Recycling unwanted mobile phones - Link to ShP for Charity, the complete online mobile phone recycling service to raise money for charities. .
'Renewable electricity':  
Good Energy - Good Energy came out top in a December 2006 survey of green electricity tariffs by the National Consumer Council. Switch to Good Energy and make a difference today. When you make the switch, Good Energy will donate 50 to help fund Friends of the Earth's vital campaigns. Businesses can secure an even bigger donation - up to 120 - by switching now.
'Internet communities and forums': - "for a sustainable and ethical future". - "The urban guide to self sufficiency & birth place of the Selfsufficientish Bible".
River Cottage - "The River Cottage Community is a site for all things foodie. You can blog, view & add recipes, join our forums and much much more!".
PawimbiylbInai - Open Facebook Group: Put a windfarm in my backyard if you like, because I'm not an idiot: started in March 2009, now claims to have over 4,000 members and to have developed into the International Wind Energy Awareness Association!
International Links  
European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) - Based in in Brussels, the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting the utilisation of wind power in Europe and worldwide.

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