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England v Barbarians: Elliot Daly at full-back for non-cap match at Twickenham 

25 May

Elliot Daly will make his first start at full-back for England in Sunday's non-cap match against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Coventry water park: Behind the scenes at swimming pool site 

25 May

The new water park will feature a 25m pool, spa and nine slides.

Coventry father and son jailed for ‘horrifying’ abuse 

24 May

Anthony Potts, 49, and son Nathan, 26, were behind "one of the worst" child abuse cases police had seen.

Jesse Richards murder: Police hunt for body in Corley 

24 May

Jesse Richards was attacked over a drugs debt and died in 2009, but his body has never been found.

Pilot Andrew McIntosh jailed for killing wife 

24 May

Andrew McIntosh launched a "frenzied attack" on his wife after a row over the price of their property.

Football fans warned of Wembley play-off train delays 

24 May

Network Rail is carrying out a major signalling project, affecting routes to London.

Pilot murdered wife in Knightcote saucepan attack 

23 May

Andrew McIntosh is found guilty of battering his estranged wife to death at their former home.

Matt Symons: Harlequins sign Wasps lock for 2018-19 season 

23 May

Premiership side Harlequins agree a deal to sign Wasps forward Matt Symons ahead of next season...

Coventry’s parking scheme to continue despite criticism 

23 May

The restricted parking is enforceable and signage will be reviewed, the council says.

UB40’s Ali Campbell: ‘We’re still cool’ 

23 May

Forty years into his career, Ali Campbell and his band prepare to play the BBC's Biggest Weekend.

Danny Cipriani listed as full-back in England training squad for Barbarians squad 

22 May

Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani is listed as a full-back in England's training squad for Sunday's match against the Barbarians.

Jack Willis: Wasps flanker sidelined for up to 12 months with knee injury 

22 May

Wasps flanker Jack Willis could be sidelined for up to 12 months after suffering a serious knee injury against Saracens.

Abhimanyu Chohan: Concern for missing Coventry schoolboy 

21 May

The 15-year-old is "not in any trouble, we just need to know he is safe," say police.

Coventry City: Club to wear one-off kit for League Two play-off final 

21 May

Coventry City will wear a one-off shirt for the League Two play-off final after running out of this season's home kit.

One-Day Cup: Jeetan Patel stars as Bears beat Yorkshire at Headingley 

20 May

Warwickshire skipper Jeetan Patel takes four wickets as the Bears beat Yorkshire in the One-Day Cup at Headingley.

Cyclists who died in war remembered in Meriden 

20 May

Lycra-clad cyclists gather each year at the memorial to remember those who gave their lives in the world wars.

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Feminist book fortnight: two weeks in June 

24 Apr

Bookshops around the country will be highlighting the diversity of feminist books.

Come to Coventry: Telegraph’s open letter to Channel 4 board 

21 Dec

We write to the board of Channel 4 to explain why this city is the perfect new home for the broadcaster...

Hull shows what UK City of Culture can do for Coventry 

30 Nov

The city has benefitted enormously from being UK City of Culture 2017 and Coventry can do the same, by Angus Young, the Editor of the Hull Daily Mail...

Inside the ivory tower 

21 Nov

“I am frequently asked why so few women of colour hold leadership roles in academia – the answers lie in this book.

How UK City of Culture bid can make Coventry’s streets fun 

15 Nov

Ludic Rooms to create 'hidden moments of joy' on the streets of Coventry...

The whole region is backing Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021 

14 Nov

Coventry's UK City of Culture bid has won support from across the region...

City of Culture: Why Coventry University is backing the bid 

10 Nov

New chancellor Margaret Casely-Hayford on her role and the city's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021...

“These car drivers are just lazy” readers react to school driving ban 

8 Sep

I know how easy it is to drive and get lazy school run parents criticised on Facebook...

Trust in me 

1 Sep

Even when a mature democracy becomes a little dog-eared around the edges and the very definition of democracy presents wear and tear in more urgent need of refurbishment than a crumbling Palace of Westminster, the basic premise of the relationship ...

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RESOLVE prototypes shape future of electric urban commuting 

25 May

The future of daily urban commuting could be small, lightweight Electric L-category Vehicles (ELVs) a cost effective, energy efficient and comfortable alternative to traditional cars in cities, is at the heart of the €6.92m RESOLVE project, which ...

The spies who loved him – what do real intelligence officers think of James Bond? 

25 May

As a new art exhibition opens at Bletchley Park celebrating the James Bond series and exploring Bond creator Ian Fleming’s links to the secret world of intelligence and espionage, two University of Warwick academics reveal what real spies think of ...

Parents, researchers and charities join forces to create new resource for parents of children with learning disabilities. 

25 May

The University of Warwick, Mencap, Cerebra, and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have teamed up with parents of children with learning disabilities to produce a new Parents Guide, launched today in Belfast.

Little Things Mean a Lot 

25 May

My love affair with music, all kinds of music, began at a very early age.

Vlog about the book The Halo Effect …and the Eight Other Business Delusions that Deceive Managers 

24 May

Here is a video I made some time back.

Improved financial regulation deters misconduct, study finds 

24 May

Improved regulation has deterred a greater amount of financial misconduct in the UK since the global financial crisis, according to a new study by researchers at UEA, Bangor University, and the Universities of Warwick and Otago.

New Shakespeare exhibition featuring Warwick research opens in Stratford 

24 May

A new exhibition, Hear the Ambassadors: The Performance of Diplomacy in the Age of Shakespeare , opened this week in Stratford.

London Square 

24 May

The Squares in London a well known oases of green within the city.

Civic Day 2018: Celebrating Coventry’s Postwar Architecture 

23 May

Civic Day 2018: Celebrating Coventry's Postwar Architecture and Planning This year the Coventry Society will be celebrating UK Civic Day on Saturday 16th June at the Priory Centre near Holy Trinity church and St.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 23rd May 2018 

23 May

23rd May 2018 In this week’s show: Leo reads the final piece about music composed in concentration and prison camps during the war; Michelle Manville talks to the Monday Club about Blind Veterans; Sue reads an article about Nicholas Parsons and ...

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WATCH: L2 play-off final memories 

25 May

We take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the League Two play-off finals.

Robins: Coventry can make history 

24 May

Mark Robins believes his Coventry City players can "build themselves into the history of the club" when they face Exeter City in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final at Wembley on Monday.

Prutton’s play-off final predictions 

24 May

David Prutton returns with his final predictions of the season ahead of the Sky Bet EFL play-off finals.

Play-off special live from Wembley 

23 May

Scott Minto will be joined by Andy Hinchcliffe and Don Goodman for the Live Play-Off Preview from Wembley on Friday night at 7pm, live on Sky Sports Football.

Useful things to know for Coventry’s trip to Wembley 

22 May

The Sky Blue Trust would like to congratulate Mark Robin's and the boys in getting to the League 2 Play-Off Final.


22 May

SKY BLUE TRUST NOTICE OF ELECTION TO BOARD - 2018 In accordance with Rule 63 of the Trusts Constitution, three current Board members must resign.

Episode 187 – Friday Night Winner! 

21 May

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta win play-off semi-finals on Fridayyy.

Coventry to wear one-off shirt 

21 May

Coventry City will wear a one-off strip based on their 1987 FA Cup final kit for the League Two play-off final against Exeter on May 28.

Coventry book Wembley date with Exeter 

18 May

Max Biamou's double helped secure Coventry's passage to Wembley as they saw off Notts County 4-1 at Meadow Lane to reach the Sky Bet League Two play-off final.

Sky Live: Notts County v Coventry 

17 May

Notts County host Coventry in the second leg of the League Two play-off semi-final on Friday night, with the tie hanging in the balance.

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Plymouth 21 – 24 Coventry 

5 Apr

Bit of a slog, but another win.

Caldy 12 – 55 Coventry: Champions! 

21 Mar

It's taken a little while, but we're back in the Championship.

Darlington Mowden Park 0 – 42 Coventry 

5 Mar

Rather better than most expected...

Coventry 40 – 10 Cambridge 

17 Feb

A tougher game than the scoreline suggests...

Trinity Guild RFC needs you! 

13 Feb

New Mini & Junior Players wanted, so come along and give rugby a try, and join the second oldest Club in the City...

Guild takeover the Wasps! 

29 Jan

Guard of Honour duties for the Guild...

Save the date 

24 Jan

Date for the 2018 Dinner Dance...

Coventry 57 – 12 Esher 

20 Jan

Coventry return to form.

Blackheath 61 – 29 Coventry 

13 Jan

If we should go up, I don't think we'll miss going to Blackheath...

Coventry 52 – 5 Old Albanians 

6 Jan

Whatever happens now, we've definitely won the majority of our games this season.

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Bromsgrove finance expert joins charity team as trustee 

16 Feb

A SPECIALIST grant-giving organisation in Coventry which awards funding to community projects across the region has welcomed two new trustees including finance guru from Bromsgrove.

Rhino Interiors expands with new Birmingham office launch 

14 Feb

Coventry-based company agrees deal to open new office and showroom in Colmore Row...

MP hails ‘fantastic’ news that new battery centre for electric cars will bring thousands of jobs to Warwickshire 

5 Dec

News that a national battery centre for electric cars will be built in Coventry and Warwickshire, bringing thousands of jobs with it, has been hailed as 'fantastic' by a local MP.

Coventry Toys R Us is not earmarked to close in company cull 

5 Dec

The nearest Toys R Us store to Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth will remain open despite a company cull.

Meggitt to close Birmingham factory 

29 Nov

Aerospace group plans to shut its plant in Tyseley to support creation of new 130m super site in Coventry...

RICS unveils new Colmore Row base 

12 Oct

Property trade body confirms it will move its West Midlands team out of Coventry to new base in city centre...

New home for Birmingham haulage firm 

24 Aug

J Madden Transport takes space at Electrium Point in Willenhall...

Black Country manufacturer plans £3m HQ renovation 

14 Jun

Assa Abloy to introduce host of changes and improvements to its UK headquarters in Willenhall...

Rigby Group buys exec airline operation at Birmingham Airport 

31 May

The owner of Coventry Airport has expanded its footprint in the West Midlands with undisclosed deal to buyout Marshall's Solihull base...

Coventry’s streets to shape City of Culture if victorious 

16 May

City unveils some of the details in its bid document as it continues campaign to win 2021 crown...

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Betrayed husband is convicted of wife’s murder in Willenhall  

26 Jul

A jilted husband who stabbed his wife to death after finding her lover at their family home has today (Wednesday) been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.

Burglar traced to seaside camping hideout 

25 Jul

A prolific thief has been sent to a youth offenders institute for a series of burglaries in Solihull – after West Midlands Police traced him to his seaside campsite hiding place.

Coventry woman charged with terrorism offences 

24 Jul

An 18-year-old Coventry woman arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences has today (Monday 24 July) been charged.

Bus company and driver charged over fatal Coventry crash 

24 Jul

A bus company and one of its drivers have been charged over a fatal bus crash in Coventry in which two people died.

Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.

Detective Academy: New investigators united in passion for cracking crime 

22 Jul

West Midlands Police’s new breed of detectives range from seasoned cops with almost 20 years’ police experience to new recruits with burning ambitions to crack crime.

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Tactile Textiles 

26 May

A weekend all about textile crafts.

New head of Public Health in Coventry announced 

25 May

Coventry City Council has named a new Director of Public Health Wellbeing to lead the drive towards a healthier, more active city.

Speeding, 25th May 

25 May

People are over speeding in the 20 mph zone especially outside of Finham Primary School.

Coventry’s Family Hubs – open and serving families in local communities 

25 May

Coventry’s eight family hubs will unveil their new names, as chosen by their communities, during a week of fun activities.

Hackney Carriage & Private Hire declared convictions. 

25 May

Response by Coventry City Council to John McDevitt on 25 May 2018 .

Hackney Carriage & Private Hire declared convictions. 

25 May

Request sent to Coventry City Council by John McDevitt on 25 May 2018 .

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets 

22 May

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets by Pete Clemons There wasn’t much chat from the stage.

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells 

17 May

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells by Pete Clemons One album that music lovers never seem to forget the release of was that of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.

White Noise – St Johns Church (Delia Derbyshire) 

10 May

White Noise – St Johns Church ( Delia Derbyshire) By Pete Clemons The people who designed and built those wonderful medieval churches centuries ago, along with the relatively more modern structures, could never have imagined that, years later, what...

Repeat Offender 

9 May

FLEABAG Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 9 th May, 2018   It’s a real treat to be able to see Maddie Rice reprise the hit one-woman show, three years since I first enjoyed it in Birmingham.

Hired and Fired-Up 

5 May

THE HIRED MAN The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Friday 4 th May, 2018   If Thomas Hardy upped sticks and moved north to Cumbria (or Cumberland, as it was known then) the chances are he would have come up with something very like Melvyn Bragg’s family ...

The Rolling Stones in Coventry 

2 May

The Rolling Stones in Coventry by Pete Clemons Rock and roll is for the young people.

Being Mark Rylance 2 

25 Apr

Being Mark Rylance 2 by Pete Clemons Artist Nicky Cure and musician annA rydeR, spelt as such to presumably distinguish herself from the interior designer and TV personality, are collectively known as Radar Birds.

Just My Cup of Chai 

25 Apr

THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHAI Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 24 th April, 2018   Marivaux’s 18 th Century French farce, The Game of Love and Chance , gets an update from Tara Arts and Nigel Planer of The Young Ones , no less.

Marquee Wedding From Home, Oxfordshire 

19 Apr

Marquee tents have been a common choice for wedding parties over the years.

Labour in Vain 

18 Apr

THIS HOUSE The REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 17 th April, 2018   This hit production from the National Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre/Headlong comes to this town and reminds this reviewer of its brilliance.

50 years of the Quo 

18 Apr

50 years of the Quo by Pete Clemons I must admit to having a soft spot for the Status Quo.

1968 – As I remember it – by Pete Clemons 

11 Apr

1968 – As I remember it by Pete Clemons.

Kast off Kinks – Belgrade Theatre 

5 Apr

Kast off Kinks – Belgrade Theatre by Pete Clemons Although they should have been, I never felt The Kinks were really given the same credit that bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who had.

Crooning Glory 

30 Mar

CROONERS The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 29 th March, 2018   As the curtain opens, a David Attenborough-type voiceover introduces us to that rare and endangered species, the crooner, inviting us to observe them in their natural habitat, ...

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