Updates regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19

Check the Parish Council Facebook page for the latest updates

The Stoneleigh Village facebook page has been set up to support the village during the coronavirus outbreak. Offer help/ask for help/post notices about organisations etc. To join the group, click here.

Green bin collections:

Green bin collections will be suspended from Monday 6 April 2020 for an initial period of one month to support the full collection of all refuse and recycling during this difficult time. Please click here to see the latest WDC guidance and regular updates for refuse and recycling collection services during this period.

A message from Warwick Rural East Safer Neighbourhood Team:

Warwick Rural East SNT has received a number of calls concerning village children socialising/playing together on play equipment/at the recreational area next to Stoneleigh Village Hall. Please follow Government guidance in relation to self-isolation/staying at home. Please ensure your children remain with you and are supervised at all times when in public.
Warwick Rural East SNT will be monitoring the local area. Think of others in your community. Stay at home to save lives!
Scammers take advantage of COVID-19

There seem to be new scams relating to COVID-19 regularly appearing. For the latest information and advice, visit the Warwickshire County Council Scam Alerts page.

Warwickshire County Council is warning residents that fraudsters are taking advantage of the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic to scam vulnerable people. 

Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where the virus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800K. Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers.

Some of the scam tactics have included:

Sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.

Impersonating the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Fraudsters claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

Selling unapproved and falsely branded products, (for example teas and essential oils), claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. There are currently no approved vaccines or drugs available to prevent or treat the disease.

Creating malicious web pages with coronavirus based domain names. These encourage Internet users to visit them, putting their computers at risk of viruses. Some are attempting to mimic genuine sources of information.

Cold calling residents offering ‘safe’ investments following falling share prices.

Taking advantage of vulnerable older people who are attempting to self-isolate. This may include offering to fetch shopping or carry out all household chores in return for cash or for divulging bank details.

Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:

“At this difficult time, look out for your vulnerable friends and family members. Keep in contact with them and abreast of all the latest information and advice about scams and health issues generally and most importantly help ensure they are safe and comfortable.”

Advice to residents:

Watch out for scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and phone calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

Shopping online: If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases. For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit:

Protect your devices from the latest threats: Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. For information on how to update your devices, please visit:

Keep up with all the latest help, advice and information at: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

WDC update about sports facilities: Thursday 19th March 2020
Everyone Active has confirmed that at the present time Abbey Fields Swimming Pool, Castle Farm Recreation Centre, St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre and Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, are open, and operating most of their activities. Some activities have been cancelled and customers are advised to check with their local centre. In line with industry advice, the number of spaces in group exercise classes has been reduced by 50%. On site cafes are not selling hot food, and cleaning and signage regimes have been increased for the safety of customers. The sports facilities at Myton School and Kenilworth School are closed from end of day on Thurs 19th March until further notice. Customers are encouraged to contact their local centres with any questions they may have about opening times and activities. For further details www.everyoneactive.com
Grass Football pitches at Newbold Comyn, Harbury Lane, Castle Farm, St Nicholas Park, and St Marys Lands have now been closed for the rest of the season and should not be used as annual maintenance will start shortly in order to ensure the pitches are in the best possible condition for next season.
Edmondscote Athletics track will be closed from Fri 20th March until further notice.
Bowls England has announced cancellation of all Bowls England events across the country for the 2020 season, including the National Championships held annually in Leamington Spa. The Council are liaising with local bowls clubs about the scheduled start of the local bowls season and will keep the situation under review in the coming weeks.
Tennis courts at Victoria Park, Beauchamp Square Gardens, Abbey Fields and St Nicholas Park remain open for casual play. For more information about Victoria Park Tennis Club please See “VP Tennis Club” Facebook site
ParkRun have cancelled all national events therefore the local Park Run events at Newbold Comyn and  St Marys Lands www.parkrun.org.uk .
We apologise for the disappointment and disruption that these closures may cause. The safety and well-being of our customers and staff is of paramount importance.

The closures will be for an undetermined period of time and will remain under review in line with government advice. This is a fast changing situation and we will update our customers as soon as we can as things change. All our parks and public open spaces remain open at this stage, perfect for getting out and about, enjoying some fresh air and getting some exercise.
Please continue to check our websites and social media channels for further information.
Thank you for your patience and understanding which is invaluable during these challenging times.

Links to the latest information and advice from Central Government, Public Health England and the NHS can be found via the Council's website www.warwickdc.gov.uk