Coventry news and blogs Tuesday 17 October 2017
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Car parts manufacturer to create hundreds of jobs in Coventry 

17 Oct

The new jobs will be created at Liberty Pressing Solutions and Liberty Aluminium Technologies...

Courts: Catalytic converter thief targets vans at city garage 

16 Oct

Cases heard at Coventry Magistrates' Court from September 20-23...

The tax system flaw which means 775,000 people are paying too much tax 

16 Oct

Three key groups of people make up the 775,000 total...

Out-of-control car demolishes garden wall in Coventry 

16 Oct

An eye-witness said the car was pulling out of a driveway opposite when the collision happened...

Missing Lakes walker Dawid Kancyr: Rescuers find man’s body 

16 Oct

Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

This fantastic new play area is making break time great for Foleshill pupils 

16 Oct

Broad Heath Primary School unveils new playground equipment...

How long will the sun be red for? Hurricane Ophelia triggers amazing weather phenomenon 

16 Oct

The former hurricane is pulling air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa...

Why is the sun red today? Hurricane Ophelia triggers amazing weather phenomenon 

16 Oct

As the hurricane sweeps in, pictures and footage on social media have been showing a red sun...

Why is my car dusty? This is why we’ll need to wash our cars tomorrow 

16 Oct

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said the former hurricane is pulling air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa...

The ten ‘low-priority’ treatments becoming unavailable to NHS patients on prescription 

16 Oct

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens is behind the budget slash...

Red sun phenomenon ’caused by Hurricane Ophelia’ 

16 Oct

Dust whipped up from the Sahara is to blame for the phenomenon, says a weather expert.

St Clair Gardens: The future of mental health care in Coventry 

16 Oct

A brand new, state-of-the-art recovery centre is being built on the former Foleshill Leisure Centre site...

Mayhem Monday: Temperatures will hit 20C but winds may reach 50mph as Hurricane Ophelia hits 

16 Oct

Very windy weather is expected across the entire region...

England’s best and worst motorway service stations named 

16 Oct

All 112 motorway service stations are ranked.

UK set to be battered by Ophelia as country placed on storm red alert 

16 Oct

Violent and destructive winds are expected over higher ground with gusts of around 60mph...

Why you could be breaking the law by using old £1 coins 

16 Oct

Some stores, such as Iceland, Tesco and Poundland, plan to continue accepting them...

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“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 ...

Tears of a clown 

16 Jul

Only a complete fool would dare to suggest that extracting the fifth largest economy on the planet from the largest single market on Earth would be a simple undertaking and such a daunting task would probably freeze the blood of even the most skilful...

Ich bein ein Hamburger 

10 Jul

Perhaps the most enduring and delightfully amusing myths generated by the cold war, is the continued belief that a President of the United States stood before a crowd in West Berlin and described himself as a jam-filled doughnut...

Combined authority investment welcomed by new mayor 

14 Jun

Coventry regeneration schemes awarded £3.7 million loan.

Air sick 

3 Jun

As the English language continues to gloriously expand and evolve, it has yet to create an adequate word or phrase to capture the true essence of what it means to be a spectator of political campaigning...

Which side are you on? 

26 May

I have to admit that until Monday evening, I had never heard of Ariana Grande and even now, more than 72 hours later, I remain completely unfamiliar with her work but recognise that her talent and status make her important as an icon and role model ...

What are the parties offering women at the 2017 Election? 

9 May

Come and question the candidates at our hustings meeting: Coventry Women’s Voices Hustings  Tuesday 16 May, 7-9pm Committee room 3, Council House The meeting is free but please email CoventryWomen@gmail.

Stockton-on-Tees syndrome 

7 May

After being forcibly abducted, illegally deprived of liberty, brutalised and threatened with violence and death, it is beyond belief that a hostage would regard a hostage-taker with anything other than complete contempt and utter loathing...

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Saturday through to Monday 

16 Oct

SATURDAY Joy, June and I had a good walk around Cannock Chase, mainly in search of the reported Crossbills.

Ivo Barum launches MOJO column on investigative journalism site 

16 Oct

Another handy resource: the more so since it’s very current (April 2017): Ivo Barum’s new column for the Global Investigative Journalism Network opens with news that two-track video editing is now available for Android as well as IoS.

Gold origin confirmed with first ever neutron star gravitational wave sighting 

16 Oct

Gold’s origin in the Universe has finally been confirmed, after a gravitational wave source was seen and heard for the first time ever by an international collaboration of researchers, with astronomers at the University of Warwick playing a leading...

Professor Celia Lury elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences 

16 Oct

The Academy of Social Sciences has awarded a Fellowship to Professor Celia Lury, Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) at the University of Warwick.

One in five witness someone collapse who requires CPR but the majority do not act 

16 Oct

An estimated one in five adults in the UK witness someone collapse who needs immediate CPR, yet the majority of people do not act, according to new research funded by the British Heart Foundation and condcuted by Warwick Medical School.

Apple Day 2017 

15 Oct

Castle Bromwich Hall hosts a day to show the harvest of the gardens every year, we didn't make it last year as the weather was so bad, but this year it was a lovely autumnal afternoon.

Friday 13th October 

14 Oct

With news of a Rock Thrush breaking late on Thursday it was a no brainer that this would be a target for us today.

Back on the’patch’ 

13 Oct

Friday 13th October Both the Caldecote and Mancetter walks have been very quiet.

Rockin Roots ‘n’ Blues 

13 Oct

Voodoo Kings to host a new live music event in Coventry city centre! Throughout the winter months Rockin Roots ‘n’ Blues will feature some hot acoustic acts and also introduce new acts to our live scene.

BBC’s quick tips on MOJO 

13 Oct

This is jolly useful… but it’s also evidence that the BBC (and by extension, the industry) is taking mobile journalism seriously.

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Coventry City FC »

Home Tie for Coventry City in FA Cup 

16 Oct

Home Tie for Coventry City in FA Cup Vitalfootball:Coventry:16/10/2017 20:17:00 Maidenhead United to visit the Ricoh Arena...

FA Cup First Round – Full Draw (16/10/17) 

16 Oct

FA Cup First Round - Full Draw (16/10/17) Vitalfootball:Coventry:16/10/2017 19:21:00 The draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup took place earlier this evening.

Minnows Hyde face MK Dons in FA Cup 

16 Oct

Hyde United, the joint-lowest ranked side in the FA Cup, have been given a home tie against League One MK Dons in the first round.

Coventry v Forest Green preview 

16 Oct

Coventry will hope to have midfielder Liam Kelly available to face Forest Green as they look to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat to Accrington.

2017/18 FA Cup 1st Round Draw Tonight 

16 Oct

2017/18 FA Cup 1st Round Draw Tonight Vitalfootball:Coventry:16/10/2017 05:16:00 The proper first round draw for the 2017/18 FA Cup will take place on Monday evening.

2017/18 FA Cup 1st Round Ball Numbers 

16 Oct

2017/18 FA Cup 1st Round Ball Numbers Vitalfootball:Coventry:16/10/2017 05:12:00 The proper first round draw for the 2017/18 FA Cup will take place on Monday evening.

FA Cup First Round Draw 

14 Oct

FA Cup First Round Draw Vitalfootball:Coventry:14/10/2017 21:27:00 Sky Blues ball number 15 in Monday's draw...

Stats: Accrington Stanley v Coventry City 

14 Oct

Stats: Accrington Stanley v Coventry City Vitalfootball:Coventry:14/10/2017 20:55:00 All the stats from Accrington Stanley (1) vs (0) Coventry City, Wham Stadium, 14 October 2017, 15:00 Att: 2,828...

The pre-game ramble: Accrington Stanley 

14 Oct

Don’t mention the advert.

Sky Blues Takeover At Accrington 

13 Oct

Sky Blues Takeover At Accrington Vitalfootball:Coventry:13/10/2017 20:16:00 City supporters out in force on Saturday afternoon...

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Sport »

Trinity Guild are now a Wasps Community and Affliate club 

10 Oct

The Club are now part of the Club Cashback Scheme.

Coventry 30 – 27 Bishop’s Stortford 

7 Oct

If Cov thought that the new boys in the league were going to be a pushover, they know differently now.

Cup action for the Guild! 

3 Oct

Walsall based, Bloxwich RFC visit this week.

A handy Age Group Guide for Parents 

21 Sep

With the U7's starting off on their first competitive matches...

A handy Age Group Guide 

21 Sep

A helpful reminder on the format and rules for each age...

Guild Catch Up! 

18 Sep

Cup progression, but a heavy loss in a last minute friendly...

Land Rover & Wasps are searching for Match Day Mascots 

17 Sep

Land Rover is searching for young rugby players to become official mascots for Wasps’ home matches at the Ricoh Arena this season.

Fixture Update – Cup Match against Warley RFC 

15 Sep

Last minute friendly fixture to be played instead...

Warley RFC sent to Coventry 

13 Sep

The 2018/2019 Cup campaign begins.

Bury St Edmunds Punish Broadstreet 

12 Sep

Latest match report from the Telgraph http://www.

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Business news »

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...

RICS to relocate team to Birmingham 

26 Apr

Property industry body decides against keeping Coventry staff in the city in favour of a new home in Birmingham...

Birmingham IT firm acquired by Arden Group 

20 Apr

Coventry group makes third acquisition in the space of 18 months as it aims to boost its roster of services...

Subcon Lasers: ‘in the forefront’ due to continual investment in the latest technology 

16 Apr

Subcon Laser Cutting, based in Nuneaton, invests in the latest technology available to keep at the forefront of a rapidly changing and challenging manufacturing environment.

Fifth anniversary for Coventry & Warwickshire Champions 

9 Apr

Business from across the West Midlands region gathered for a prestigious Coventry Warwickshire Champions meeting...

Strategy launched for thriving games and digital industry in and around Leamington 

24 Mar

A new strategy for growing the games cluster and the wider digital creative sector in and around Leamington has been launched by Coventry and Warwickshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

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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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Paper costs and carbon footprint reduction targets 

17 Oct

Request sent to Coventry City Council by A R Shaw on 17 October 2017 .

4 black bags of household waste dump in an alleyway at the rear of my property, 16th October 

16 Oct

4 bags of household waste dump outside my back gate with an address on a leaflet inside.

Flytipping, 16th October 

16 Oct

Rubbish pile getting bigger as more and more people find it Report on FixMyStreet...

Dog fouling between 103 and 105, 16th October 

16 Oct

Owner of 105 has let his fence fall into disrepair, is now letting his dogs foul the shared access, the access has been fenced off at the end which is a shared access and emergency route for fire brigade, ( shown on deeds ) Nearest road to ...

25 Stonehouse lane bumping her rubbish on common land constantly, 16th October 

16 Oct

Its constant and her back gardens full of black bags of rubbish and other rubbish Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 4 Stonehouse Lane, Coventry Report on FixMyStreet...

Launch of Children and Young Persons’ Project evaluation report 

16 Oct

Coventry Citizens Advice would like to invite current partners and new to showcase of their recent evaluation report on Wednesday 1 November, 4.30pm – 5.30pm.

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Arts & Culture »

Tim Bowness, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham – 30 September 

10 Oct

Tim Bowness, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham - 30 September by Pete Clemons It is not often I can say that I have attended a gig where not one song performed throughout the entire evening has been from a latest release.

Punk Is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night – Richard Cabut / No Future: Punk, Politics And British Youth Culture – Matthew Worley 

8 Oct

PUNK IS DEAD: MODERNITY KILLED EVERY NIGHT This original collection of insight, analysis and conversation charts the course of punk from its underground origins, when it was an un-formed and utterly alluring near-secret – back in the garage, when ...

The Bee Gees – Benn Hall, Rugby 1967 

2 Oct

The Bee Gees – Benn Hall, Rugby 1967 by Pete Clemons This coming December sees a show advertised as ‘Jive Talkin’ perform The Bee Gees – ‘The timeless repertoire of the Bee Gees is brought to life in this stunning stage production’.

Chic and the Coventry Dance Club Scene 

2 Oct

Chic By Pete Clemons The 70s UK disco era, an import from America, covered a broad brush of music styles.

Coventry Music Museum – New EP and Label! 

26 Sep

Coventry Music Museum - New EP and Label! By Pete Clemons How many music related exhibitors can boast their own record label? Very few I suspect, if any at all, would be the correct answer.

Daniel Wylie – More Melodic Sunshine…………. 

15 Sep

More Melodic Sunshine………….

Judy Dyble – Talking About Strangers 

15 Sep

Judy Dyble - Talking About Strangers by Pete Clemons Seeing Judy Dyble in concert, fairly regularly over the last few years, has been one of the more memorable and most enjoyable gigs on my calendar.

Train of Thought 

11 Sep

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Monday 11 th September, 2017   With delicious irony, the fates delay the curtain up on this play centring around trains.

A Dog Without Purpose 

5 Sep

FAITHFUL RUSLAN Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 5 th September, 2017   If George Orwell had written Lassie Come Home it might have turned out something like this: heavy with political allegory and mired in the harshness of life.

The Dirt Road Blues Band 

13 Aug

The Dirt Road Blues Band by Pete Clemons I don’t think that it’s an exaggeration to say that Leamington Spa is blessed with its fair share of blues performers.

A chat with Kristian Hartridge – Moom. Sometime during 1995/96 

10 Aug

A chat with Kristian Hartridge – Moom.

The Pineapple Thief – Where We Stood 

10 Aug

The Pineapple Thief – Where We Stood by Pete Clemons The last time I wrote at length about The Pineapple Thief was around the time of the bands tenth studio album ‘Magnolia’ being released.

Callum Pickard and the Third Look 

2 Aug

Callum Pickard and the Third Look by Pete Clemons https://www.

Badfinger at the Godiva Festival 

23 Jul

Badfinger at the Godiva Festival by Pete Clemons And as the sun continued to beat down Coventry’s adopted band, Badfinger, took to the stage shortly before 3pm for their debut gig in the city.

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