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Hollywood superstar Keanu Reeves joins Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi to discuss film-making in the West Midlands 

29 Jun

The Shakespearean scenes of political overthrow being played out at Westminster get a slight reprieve as the Bill Ted star meets the Conservative politician...

‘I couldn’t believe it’ – photographer holds up M6 after police react to fears he might jump from bridge 

29 Jun

Charlie Shelton unwittingly found himself in the middle of a police operation while taking snaps of a sunset...

Andy Murray column: Marcus Willis deserves Wimbledon moment 

29 Jun

Andy Murray on Marcus Willis' feel-good Wimbledon story and the time his fellow Briton turned up drenched for doubles.

Wimbledon 2016: Roger Federer meets Marcus Willis as contrasting lives collide 

29 Jun

As British qualifier Marcus Willis prepares to meet 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, we compare their contrasting lives.

E.ON strike means faulty gas and electricity meters won’t be fixed for four days 

29 Jun

The company, based in Coventry, will not be able to send anyone to fix broken meters while they are on strike...

Police bosses vow zero-tolerance on hate crime following Brexit result 

29 Jun

Chief Constable Dave Thompson has promised support to minority communities following Friday's leave vote...

Six new houses to be built on disused freight rail line in Coventry 

29 Jun

The two and three-bed houses will be built on land that formed part of the two-mile Coventry Loop line...

Everything you need to know today in Coventry and Warwickshire 

29 Jun

We bring you all the news as you wake up to on Wednesday, June 29...

Coventry and Warwickshire weather: Persistent rain 

29 Jun

Find out how the weather is looking across the city today...

Bears held up by rain at Edgbaston 

28 Jun

Warwickshire's hopes of forcing a three-day victory against Nottinghamshire are scuppered by more rain at Edgbaston.

Five things you might have missed in Coventry today: June 28, 2016 

28 Jun

All the headlines you need to know about from across the city today...

Tributes paid to well-known Coventry building merchant John Bailey 

28 Jun

John Bailey, of Bailey's Buildbase has left behind a wife, two children and four grandchildren...

Plans submitted for three new student blocks on site of old Dairy Crest depot in Coventry 

28 Jun

Plans include three blocks of flats that will house 225 students, as well as six new car parking spaces...

Ex-UKIP MEP’s car would’ve needed to “travel back in time” for expenses claim to be accurate, jury told 

28 Jun

Nikki Sinclaire denies submitting false claims when she was a member of the European Parliament...

Popular farm shop near Rugby destroyed in suspected arson attack to re-open 

28 Jun

Owners of Malt Kiln Farm Shop will be reopening the pick your own fruit field from Wednesday...

Matt Symons: Wasps sign ex-Waikato Chiefs lock forward from London Irish 

28 Jun

Wasps sign former Waikato Chiefs lock Matt Symons from relegated London Irish, their ninth pre-season signing.

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News from the Combined Authority AGM 

20 Jun

The West Midlands Combined Authority intended to hold its inaugural AGM last Friday, 10 June, but a little local difficulty in the House of Commons meant that the legislation hadn’t been completed in time.

In or out of Europe: what does it mean for women? 

7 Jun

Coventry Women’s Voices, Coventry Women’s Networking Group (WNG) and Coventry Feminists invite you to: Date and time: Tuesday 21 st June 2016, 7pm – 9pm Venue: Coventry Council House – Diamond Rooms 1 2 Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR The ...


2 Jun

Muchachas y los amigos de España; the great kingdom of Spain faces an unprecedented existential crisis brought about by unregulated immigration actively encouraged by faceless, unelected Eurocrats...

Facing forward in flats 

28 May

Viewed from this considerable distance, watching Hollywood musicals produced in the 1930s is tinged with an indistinct melancholia...


26 May

Clearly David Cameron is facing a number of questions that require something approaching answers rather than his predicable, tiresome and carefully rehearsed weasel words...

‘Time to grow up and work together’ – Sky Blues and council need to stop squabbling for the sake of the people of Coventry 

19 May

Telegraph chief reporter Simon Gilbert says it's time for all parties to start acting in the interests of Coventry and its citizens...

‘EDL not welcome in the city of peace and reconciliation’ 

26 Apr

Keith Perry says we can and must sort out our problems by working together...

Opinion: News editor Sam Dimmer on the latest shocking child neglect case to rock Coventry 

7 Apr

The child - described only as Baby E - died in hospital after growing up in squalid conditions at a house in the city...

Wife beater 

16 Mar

Responding to a legitimate if carefully planted parliamentary question regarding war crimes being committed in Syria, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has launched a blistering attack on the brave men and women of the US Air Force and the RAF...

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Features »

Warwick wins activity award 

29 Jun

The University of Warwick has been recognised for encouraging its students to be more active.

The Possible Impact of Brexit on Coventry – A personal view 

28 Jun

The Possible Impact of Brexit on Coventry - some thoughts by John Payne, Coventry Society Committee Member The views expressed in this paper are purely personal and do not reflect the views of the Coventry Society.

Local walks 

28 Jun

27th, 28th June 2016 Yesterday had a stroll round Caldecote Hall pretty much same old but highlights were family party of Mistle thrush, 3 pairs of Yellow wagtails plus 2 juveniles, juvenile and adult Linnets several Common Whitethroats good numbers ...

Armaggeddon Molotov-5 mobile gaming headset reviewed 

27 Jun

Singapore based gaming gadget brand Armaggeddon recently launched the Molotov-5 headset.

WMG researcher to pioneer development of next-generation manufacturing 

24 Jun

Dr Rebecca Cain, Associate Professor and Head of the Experiential Engineering Research Group at WMG, University of Warwick, has been selected to join the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Forum in Manufacturing ...

Review: Armaggeddon Molotov-5 unboxing 

23 Jun

I recently received a set of the newArmaggeddon Molotov-5 mobile gaming headset.

Coventry parkrun 322, 18 June 2016 

23 Jun

Volunteer heroes! Many thanks to all of this week's volunteers, without whom we couldn't have enjoyed our parkrun!: Alison Lowe, Aloysius Keighley, Andrew Hales, Andy Gandon, Andy Scruton, Andy Wilkinson, Barbara Fox, Bryan Mercer, Charles Brimble, ...

Cambridge sensor company using University of Warwick generated IP acquired by ams 

23 Jun

ams AG, a leading worldwide manufacturer of high performance sensor and analog solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd (CCMOSS), a spin-off company from Cambridge Universitys Department of ...

Caribbean photographers bring together the past and the present 

23 Jun

The Warwick Arts Centre at the University of Warwick is hosting an exhibition of Caribbean photography; Embodied Islands.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind and Partially Sighted for 22nd June 2016 

22 Jun

22nd June 2016 In this week’s show  Leo reads part 2 of a story about one of Britain’s best known actresses, Sue reads an extract from ‘Up with the Lark.

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Coventry City FC »

Start of July, Start of City Signings? 

29 Jun

Start of July, Start of City Signings? Vitalfootball:Coventry:29/06/2016 12:45:00 Mowbray looking to do two deals this week...

Save The Academy! Sign The Petition! 

29 Jun

The Sky Blue Trust has today launched a petition which we urge not only Trust members but all Coventry City supporters and football supporters in general to sign.

City Will Be Trusted On Loan Deals 

28 Jun

City Will Be Trusted On Loan Deals Vitalfootball:Coventry:28/06/2016 20:59:00 New rules make getting the right players in the summer crucial...

Are Players Set For A Football Exit? 

28 Jun

Are Players Set For A Football Exit? Vitalfootball:Coventry:27/06/2016 23:56:00 With the country narrowly voting to leave the European Union in Thursday's Referendum, there are certainly plenty of real questions that have to be addressed...

Villa’s clash at Luton live on Sky 

27 Jun

Aston Villa's trip to Luton in the EFL Cup first round will be shown live on Sky Sports, while the second weekend of live Sky Bet Championship fixtures have also been announced.

Details for City’s Ricoh Bow 

27 Jun

Details for City's Ricoh Bow Vitalfootball:Coventry:27/06/2016 12:50:00 Pompey in the EFL Cup...

Maddison & McSheffrey Reunions for City Friendlies 

25 Jun

Maddison McSheffrey Reunions for City Friendlies Vitalfootball:Coventry:25/06/2016 19:30:00 Pre-season schedule announced...

Transfers: Another Freed Sky Blue Signs League One Deal 

25 Jun

Transfers: Another Freed Sky Blue Signs League One Deal Vitalfootball:Coventry:25/06/2016 09:33:00 Oxford United snap up Aaron Martin...

Sky Blues Transfers: Experience or Youth? 

24 Jun

Sky Blues Transfers: Experience or Youth? Vitalfootball:Coventry:24/06/2016 10:33:00 Who will City go for this summer...

CCFC: Fixture Thoughts 

23 Jun

CCFC: Fixture Thoughts Vitalfootball:Coventry:23/06/2016 10:04:00 Is a NYE game necessary...

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Sport »

Last Reminder: Supporters’ Club Meeting Tonight! 

23 Jun

Last reminder, there's an important meeting of the all-new Supporters' Club tonight.

Supporters’ Club Meeting (23rd June) 

20 Jun

A quick reminder that thenewly re-formed Supporters' Club are meeting again this Thursday (23rd June).

Small Margins as it�€™s BEC by a Neck 

2 Jun

A first outing at Coundon Park since November matched Affinity against a BEC side who were having a strong league season as well as being through to the semi-final of the cup.

Mosaic Capitalise on Affinity Indecision 

2 Jun

With a freshly mown but soft pitch meaning sides would have the opportunity to play some decent football if they could get any decent space and possession.

Elim Win Without Having a Shot on Target! 

2 Jun

A return to grass for the first time in three months gave Affinity the opportunity to get back into winning ways against an Elim side they had beaten well in the cup earlier in the season.

Cov Saints Halt Affinity’s Unbeaten Run 

1 Jun

With sodden pitches still the order of the day Affinity turned to the Blue Coat 3G for the third game running.

St Johns make Affinity Sweat on the 3G 

1 Jun

A return to the Blue Coat 3G to prevent another cancellation saw St Johns hosting and giving Affinity the chance to put memories of the first half cup tie performance to rest.

Bromsgrove RFC appeal level transfer 

1 Jun

Bromsgrove RFC are appealing against the decision to level transfer following the glut of teams at level 5 from the North.

Provisional Fixtures Released 

1 Jun

The National League One provisional fixture list has now been released.

Affinity Too Good for Holy Trinity on the 3G 

1 Jun

With pitches unplayable all over Coventry the availability of the Blue Coat 3G pitch gave Affinity the opportunity to continue their good run of form against a Holy Trinity team returning to the CDCFL after a number of years away.

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Business news »

Taxi modification firm hails £1m funding boost 

27 Jun

A COVENTRY manufacturer that provides specialist modification to vehicles in the automotive, aerospace, defence and rail sectors has been boosted by a £1m investment.

Chamber seeks to calm Brexit jitters with new support programme 

24 Jun

THE Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce is offering companies support on the back of the decision to leave the European Union.

Euro funding set to benefit businesses in Coventry 

24 Jun

A MULTI-MILLION-POUND support programme to help businesses across Coventry and Warwickshire sustain growth has been launched ironically with European funding.

Poundland rejects proposal for a takeover 

24 Jun

STEINHOFF, the South African company considering a takeover of Poundland, has said the board of the Willenhall company has rejected its proposal.

JLR says ‘business as usual’ after EU vote 

24 Jun

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed its position within Warwickshire and Coventry after the UK voted to leave the European Union...

Chamber of Commerce offers Brexit support to Warwickshire companies 

24 Jun

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce is offering companies support on the back of the referendum verdict to leave the European Union.

£11.5m portfolio deal dominated by Black Country property 

21 Jun

PROPERTY investor Custodian REIT has bought an £11.5m portfolio dominated by large industrial unit in Wolverhampton.

Tech company relocates to work on £2m driverless vehicle project 

15 Jun

A TECHNOLOGY company at the forefront of a pioneering project to develop autonomous vehicles has relocated to new premises in Coventry.

Sports fever drives demand up 30% for Coventry logistics business 

13 Jun

A COVENTRY logistics business has seen a 30% increase in orders as the UK prepares to indulge in a long summer of sport.

Business people stand tall after being honoured by the Queen 

13 Jun

THE Queen\'s Birthday Honours has recognised the work of a fashion businesswomen, a property entrepreneur and the man who is leading Coventry\'s bid to be the UK\'s capital of culture in 2021.

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Protest in Sheldon passes off without incident 

26 Jun

A protest by the English Defence league passed off without incident yesterday (Saturday 25 June) with only two arrests and no reports of disorder or injuries.

Drugs ring jailed for 20 years after WMP smashes dealer operation  

24 Jun

A drugs gang has been jailed for more than 20 years after their dealer operation was busted by West Midlands Police.

Body found in search for missing Coventry man 

19 Jun

A body found by police yesterday (Saturday 18 June) is believed to be that of missing Coventry man Julian Kulpa.

Mum is first West Midlands woman convicted of revenge porn  

18 Jun

A mum-of-four has become the first woman in the West Midlands convicted under revenge porn laws after sharing naked images of her former partner on social media.

Concerns grow for missing Coventry man 

16 Jun

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man missing from Coventry.

Coventry man named after street robbery death   

15 Jun

Police have named a Coventry man who died following reports of a street robbery in the city centre on Monday (13 June).

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LocalGov »

Positive Images Literary Trail Walk 

1 Jul

Literary Trail.

Housing and Homelessness 

28 Jun

Follow up sent to Coventry City Council by David Shipp on 28 June 2016 .

Milverton Gates Care Home Dawson Road, off Aldermoor Lane, Stoke, Coventry CV3 1FU 

28 Jun

Response by Coventry City Council to Anahita Behrooz on 28 June 2016 .

Milverton Gates Care Home Dawson Road, off Aldermoor Lane, Stoke, Coventry CV3 1FU 

27 Jun

Request sent to Coventry City Council by Anahita Behrooz on 27 June 2016 .

Un-MOTED Car, 27th June 

27 Jun

Unmoted vehicle parked in the street, owned by people with past history of untaxed and unmote vehicles; Navy Blue Audi A4 R835 UAL parked outside 110 Dunhill Avenue.

Members Register of Interest forms for Cllr Kevin Foster – 2002 and 2015 

27 Jun

Request to Coventry City Council by Joel M Benjamin .

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Arts & Culture »

Independent record label providing ‘kaleidoscope of music’ 

29 Jun

Independent record label providing 'kaleidoscope of music' http://www.

Flashback: When The Who came to Coventry Theatre in 1967 

28 Jun

Flashback: When The Who came to Coventry Theatre in 1967.

Ed Sheeran in Coventry? Puzzling mystery of the pop star’s ‘lost’ gig 

28 Jun

Ed Sheeran in Coventry? Puzzling mystery of the pop star's 'lost' gig.

‘Totally enthralling’ – Trembling Bells wow Coventry at Old Grammar School 

28 Jun

'Totally enthralling' - Trembling Bells wow Coventry at Old Grammar School.

Flashback: Celebrating The Beatles’ Revolver 50 years on 

28 Jun

Flashback: Celebrating The Beatles' Revolver 50 years on.

Much Fun About Everything 

22 Jun

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 21 st June, 2016   The remarkable Oddsocks Productions brings its summer outdoors show indoors, to the Belgrade’s B2 space – a wise move given the vagaries of the weather, although I ...

Anyone for Menace? 

15 Jun

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 14 th June, 2016   This tour of Harold Pinter’s first full-length play by the excellent London Classic Theatre comes to its end in Coventry, and it’s pleasing to see a good turnout and to ...


13 May

WIPERS Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 12 th May, 2016   Ishy Din’s new play, co-produced by the Belgrade with Leicester’s Curve Theatre and Watford’s Palace Theatre, is a good fit for the B2 space.

Sharp Practice 

10 May

REHEARSAL FOR MURDER Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Monday 9 th May, 2016   The whodunit is a staple of the touring theatre circuit.

Homeland is where the heart is 

5 May

THE DISHONOURED Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 5 th May, 2016   This new play by Aamina Ahmad is a mature piece of writing – an impressive debut, a very impressive debut, in fact.

My Big Fat Indian Wedding 

27 Apr

BRING ON THE BOLLYWOOD Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 26 th April, 2016   Katrina is a doctor – the trouble is she’s 32 and unmarried.

Remembering when Birmingham’s best would travel to perform in Coventry 

26 Apr

Remembering when Birmingham's best would travel to perform in Coventry Pete Clemons remembers when Brummie bands of the 1960s would make the short trip down the A45 http://www.

The history of Birmingham legends ELO and their connections to Coventry 

26 Apr

The history of Birmingham legends ELO and their connections to Coventry In his 125th article for Coventry Telegraph, Pete Clemons discusses the Brummie icons http://www.

Flashback: Remembering Coventry band Jigsaw 

26 Apr

Flashback: Remembering Coventry band Jigsaw Pete Clemons on the sixties and seventies Coventry and Rugby musical outfit http://www.

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