Coventry news and blogs Tuesday 26 May 2015

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People ‘need voice’ on council plan 

26 May

Residents "need a voice" on Coventry's plans to join a proposed West Midlands combined authority, says a woman who is petitioning the city council.

Coventry motorists travelled to the Sun and back SIX times last year 

26 May

City saw record traffic on its roads last year...

Jury out in Syria terror trial 

26 May

The jury goes out in the trial of a Coventry man accused of trying to join Islamic State in Syria.

Jury out in Foleshill terror suspect trial 

26 May

Trial heard claims Zakariya Ashiq was on his way to Syria...

Coventry’s £14.9million Friargate bridge deck and public boulevard will be opened on Thursday 

26 May

The £14.9million bridge at Junction 6 of the Ring Road is part of Coventry's huge Friargate development...

Transport museum jobs under threat 

26 May

All staff at Coventry Transport Museum are offered voluntary redundancy as part of £100,000 savings.

Coventry’s Caribbean Festival cancelled due to spiralling costs 

26 May

New legislation mean that hiring the War Memorial Park would cost organisers three times as much as they usually pay...

Get the barbecue out! June heatwave predicted to hit the UK 

26 May

Thermometers will rocket to the 28C mark in the south within a fortnight thanks to hot air arriving from Spain...

Coventry and Warwickshire weather: Upcoming chilly spell should be over by June 

26 May

Skies will be clouding over during Wednesday afternoon, to threaten some rain by evening...

A46 accidents: Calls for urgent action after another two crashes on dual carriageway 

26 May

Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire, Ron Ball, says something needs to be done after spate of accidents on A46...

CCTV: Brazen thief walks out of Binley B&Q with stolen lawnmower 

26 May

Can you help to identify man caught on camera making off with mower...

Coventry Motofest organisers lose £50k after pulling plug on city centre concerts 

26 May

Reef and the Stranglers gigs planned for Broadgate this weekend have been cancelled following poor ticket sales...

Coventry University achieves top spot in prestigious university league table 

26 May

The city university beat neighbouring Russell Group universities, Birmingham and Nottingham, to achieve highest ever ranking by a former polytechnic...

New York flight from Birmingham Airport told to make emergency landing 

26 May

Anonymous calls claimed chemical weapons were on four international flights...

Coventry Motofest cancels The Stranglers and Reef gigs 

26 May

Organisers have reported that the cancellations have cost them around £50,000...

Live: Rush-hour news, travel and sport from Coventry and Warwickshire 

26 May

Coventry and Warwickshire area news plus weather, traffic and sport on Tuesday, May 26...

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Scam Alert May 2015 

26 May

  Coventry Consumer Network – Scam Alert – May 26 th 2015 More cold calls offering a call blocker device We have had more reports from local residents following unsolicited telephone cold calls offering a ‘Call Blocker’ device.

Have Coventry’s Mary Creagh’s dreams been nobbled by faller in Labour leadership stakes? 

22 May

Red Button: Former Bishop Ullathorne schoolgirl's hopes of winning race to become new party leader may have been dashed by rival candidate Tristram Hunt's decision to pull out and back Liz Kendall...

Scam Alert – May 2015 

16 May

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Ravenswood 103 Bennetts Road – May 2015 

16 May

Reference : HH/2015/1530 Dear Councillor David Galliers, An application has been received for the following development.

Residents of Stoke’s Gentleman’s Green furious at missing out on £200,000 council cash 

15 May

Red Button tells how the Coventry park's share of 'green' money paid by developers for community facilities was scrapped...

Why Jimmy Hill’s statue should stay at the Ricoh Arena… for now 

11 May

Alan Poole says the statue of the great man should stay put - at least until Coventry City's owners decide on new stadium...

Three conference centre events cost Coventry taxpayers £15k 

10 May

'The theme was Coventry and Growth: Securing maximum benefit for all...

Warwickshire tycoon publisher Felix Dennis’ legacy – £500m and a pleasure palace! 

8 May

Red Button on the mega-rich alternative magazine founder's rise from jailed hippy to poet and forest planter...

Former frontman of early-80s Coventry band Furious Apples standing in local elections 

5 May

Red Button: Greg Crabb’s CV includes rock singer, DJ, music promoter, graphic artist, hospital porter...

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Poor management skills hampering growth of SMEs 

26 May

Many small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are being held back by current levels of management and leadership skills, according to Warwick Business School research.

Warwick researcher awarded prestigious grant to study Haitian slave revolution 

26 May

An Assistant Professor at the University of Warwicks School of Law has received a prestigious grant to study the Haitian slave revolution of 17911804.

Warwick researcher awarded prestigious grant to study Haitian slave revolution 

26 May

An Assistant Professor at the University of Warwicks School of Law has received a prestigious grant to study the Haitian slave revolution of 17911804.

Guardian Ranks University of Warwick in UK top 10 

25 May

The UK's Guardian Newspaper has today, Tuesday 26 th May 2015, once again ranked the University of Warwick in the UKs top 10 universities, ranking it at 6th overall in the UK (up three places from last years Guardian table).

St. Michael’s Coventry – The Rise and Fall of the Old Cathedral 

25 May


Ifs, buts and maybes. 

24 May

Working through a weeks photos there are always the goodies you can't wait to publish, the majority of out of focus rejects and a couple that get you reaching for the reference books.

A trip to Hampshire 

23 May

We decided to have a break on the coast and chose Hampshire, not least because there was a long staying Greater Yellowlegs a rare American wader that I had never seen in the UK.

17th May 2015 

23 May

After the excitement of last weekend when Donna myself were in the right place at the right time when the Citril Finch news broke (5mins away watching Dotterel) it was back to a more relaxed day with a few hrs spent at Farmoor Reservoir Otmoor RSPB...

Time for a Blitz 

23 May

Half term is here, and as we will be staying at home I am going to use the opportunity to sort both my crafty stash, and my bedroom.

Sweatshop prize winner 

23 May

We are pleased to announce that this month's Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner is Imran Ali.

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The top club in England is… 

25 May

Liverpool remain the top team in England, according to a revised study compiled by Sky Sports.

League One Odds: 2015/16 

24 May

League One Odds: 2015/16 Vitalfootball:Coventry:24/05/2015 22:04:00 Sky Blues unfancied at present...

Rating the consistently incompetent – 2014/15 

23 May

I think we can all agree that last season was largely atrocious.

CCFC: Pre-Season Takes Shape 

22 May

CCFC: Pre-Season Takes Shape Vitalfootball:Coventry:22/05/2015 13:29:00 Varsity clashes and a trip to Luton...

CCFC: Loanee Star Has Reading Future 

22 May

CCFC: Loanee Star Has Reading Future Vitalfootball:Coventry:22/05/2015 11:20:00 Reading Take Up Samuel Option...

Kelly-Evans pens pro City deal 

22 May

Coventry teenager Devon Kelly-Evans has agreed to sign a one-year professional deal with the club.

Kelly-Evans pens pro deal at City 

22 May

Coventry teenager Devon Kelly-Evans has agreed to sign a one-year professional deal with the club.

CCFC: Pressley Leaves Positive Legacy 

21 May

CCFC: Pressley Leaves Positive Legacy Vitalfootball:Coventry:21/05/2015 21:05:00 Mowbray praises squad and staff he inherited...

Striker Agrees Coventry City Deal 

20 May

Striker Agrees Coventry City Deal Vitalfootball:Coventry:20/05/2015 20:28:00 Thomas pens new contract...

Welcome Tony Mowbray 

19 May

The news that Tony Mowbray has been appointed on a two year deal is very welcome.

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Great Britain 7s Heaven At Broadstreet. 

25 May

2015 GB7s – Coventry, 6th June 2015.

Eddie Holland RIP. 

20 May

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing away of Eddie Holland on Sunday 17th May 2015.

And A Good Time Was Had By All. 

12 May

Street Bomb hits the French Mediterranean.

England Under 20s Junior World Cup Preparation. 

8 May

England U20s Junior World Cup Warm Up Match - Friday, 15th May 2015.

How To Manage A Cup Campaign…. 

8 May

Coventry and Mid-Warwickshire Second Team Cup 2015.

England 20’s JWC Warm Up Game – Friday, 15th May 2015. 

7 May

20's JWC Warm Up Game - Friday, 15th May 2015.

Champion of Champions returns for a third year 

6 May

TICKETS for the third successive Champion of Champions snooker event in Coventry have gone on sale this week.

Gary Havelock keen to protect Jason Garrity 

6 May

GARY Havelock believes Bees' fast-track reserve Jason Garrity is putting too much pressure on his shoulders in his desire to be the best, Garrity was one the Bees' star men as they progressed to the Elite League play-off final last season.

Skipper OBrien wins former player' vote 

6 May

amp;lt;bamp;gt;THE OBSERVER has team with Coventry City's Former Players' Association (CCFPA) to bring you all the latest news, events and signings.

Wasps targeting top six finish after Exeter win 

6 May

ENGLAND hopeful Joe Simpson scored one of the tries of the season as Wasps beat Exeter Chiefs 36-29 to remain on course for a top six finish in the Premiership.

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Coventry engineering firm invests in new premises to meet demand 

22 May

A COVENTRY engineering firm has invested in new premises after securing a new funding deal.

Itihaas joins forces with local microbrewery 

22 May

BIRMINGHAM-based restaurant group Itihaas has linked up with Coventry microbrewery Lion Heart to produce a new beer to match its menu of Indian cuisine.

Profits slump by more than half for Severn Trent 

22 May

COVENTRY-based utility Severn Trent has seen its profits slump by more than 50% as a result of a massive investment programme.

Itihaas creates own craft beer with Lion Heart brewery 

22 May

Raj Rana, managing director of Itihaas Group, joined forces with the Lion Heart brewery in Coventry, and the partnership has resulted in Sambha IPA...

Tollbar pain almost over, Coventry businesses told 

20 May

BUSINESSES in Coventry and Warwickshire have been told that the worst of the Tollbar pain will be over by August.

Business leaders welcome Coventry’s combined authority move 

19 May

BUSINESS leaders in the region have welcomed Coventry City Council moving closer to joining a combined authority.

Coventry moves closer to joining a combined authority 

19 May

REPORTS this morning suggest Coventry City Council is warming to the idea of joining forces with local authorities in Birmingham and the Black Country in a combined authority.

Nasmyth pledges multi-million investment to key businesses 

19 May

COVENTRY-based engineering group, Nasmyth is to improve one of its key businesses with a multi-million pound investment.

Smoke alarm firm secures £3m to supply devices to UK fire services 

15 May

COVENTRY-based Sprue Aegis, a leading supplier of home safety products, has secured major funding in order to supply smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to the UK\'s fire and rescue services.

Poundland’s ‘tremendous growth’ set to continue says chief executive 

14 May

The company marked its 25th birthday with a 1990s-themed fundraising celebration with Macmillan Cancer Support at its Willenhall headquarters...

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Warning to smokers 

12 May

Smokers in the West Midlands are being warned to consider the dangers, following the death of a pensioner who was engulfed by flames in his armchair.

Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation 

21 Apr

Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation Are you one of the men in this footage? If so, you may have seen something which could help us with a Coventry rape investigation.

Two men arrested in Coventry raids 

16 Apr

Two men arrested in Coventry raids Two men have been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods following morning raids in Coventry by detectives probing a local burglary spike.

Adrian’s award 

25 Mar

Watch Commander Adrian Hutt became Coventry's latest Good Citizen when he was presented with an award by the city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Noonan.

Image issued following phone theft at Coventry station 

6 Mar

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Image issued following phone theft at Coventry station 

6 Mar

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Slippery Slugs and Snails for Tots 

28 May

A fun session especially for tots all about slugs and snails with lots of short games and a guided slug and snail hunt.

Pond Dipping 

27 May

Try your hand at pond dipping and find out more about what lurks below.

60 Minute Marvel – Den Building 

27 May

Can you make the perfect survival shelter; this session is both fast and fun.

Use of temporary (agency) social workers 

26 May

Response by Coventry City Council to Dee Green on 26 May 2015 .

Insurance claims management arrangements 

26 May

Response by Coventry City Council to Sudhir Basquiat on 26 May 2015 .

Support for Adults with Learning Disabilities – Dynamic Purchasing Lots 1, 2 and 3 

26 May

Response by Coventry City Council to Sylvester Chang on 26 May 2015 .

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Mountin’ Lions 

22 May

COUGAR – The Musical Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 21 st May, 2015   Donna Moore’s musical receives its UK premiere in the Belgrade Theatre’s super B2 studio, transformed here to a swish bar run by one of the characters.

Remembering Coventry band The Ramrods – Pete Clemons 

12 May

It's been a while since we've had a new Pete Clemons article, not because Pete has slowed down but because of various changes at the Coventry Telegraph I believe.

Far From Grimm 

8 May

HANSEL AND GRETEL Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 7 th May, 2015   This new version comes to the Belgrade courtesy of HighTime Opera company, a small-scale outfit whose mission is to bring opera to everyone and not just the elite few.

Screaming Dead – Skull Records – 1982 / Beltane Festival / The Laila Mythology / 

1 May

Valley Of The Dead Schoolgirl Junkie / Lilith For the Beltane (the beginning of summer) I am placing Screaming Dead up on KYPP.

Return To Wroxall Abbey 

29 Apr

In the decade of playing wedding gigs the length and breadth of the UK, few venues have the combination of style, elegance and history that Wroxall Abbey has in abundance.

Giving Tuppence 

29 Apr

THE SECRET ADVERSARY Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 28 th April, 2015   Agatha Christie plays always prove popular so it’s surprising that no one has adapted the Tommy and Tuppence stories for the stage before now.

Imminent Arrival 

25 Apr

So it's been a while again, mainly due to being crazily busy followed by even crazier exhaustion! But I thought I'd update where we are now.

Calling the Shots 

24 Apr

A TRANSLATION OF SHADOWS Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Thursday 23 rd April, 2015   Back in the day, when the Japanese attended the cinema (I’m talking silent movies) they would have the films described for them by a figure called the “Benshi...

Mist Opportunity 

16 Apr

THE MIST IN THE MIRROR Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 15 th April, 2015   Oldham Coliseum is touring this adaptation of a Susan Hill novel in a bid to recreate the atmosphere and no doubt the lucrative success of the long-(still!)-running ...

Scientist Meets The Roots Radics – Selena Records – 1981 

2 Apr

Jah Army / Flabba Is Wild / Some Dub / Whip Them / Fighting Radics Kill The Devils Wife / Jah Is Love / Wa Di Is Free / Best Dub On Ya / Forward Dis Ya Dub Here is scratchy old record that I have pulled out for today, I actually wanted to share the...

Kin Dread 

1 Apr

BLOOD Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 31 st April, 2015   The blood of the title refers in the main to family – as in ‘blood is thicker than water’ (a saying that’s never made complete sense to me.

Charting the Rich Musical History of Warwick University – Pete Clemons 

30 Mar

It's been a while since we had a Pete Clemons post on here but pete is back in fine form looking at the musical history of Warwick University for the Coventry Telegraph.

Toxic Grafity: Reflections on Self-hood and Revolution 

14 Mar

14th February, 2015 I write this on a significant date.


25 Feb

It's been an extremely busy few weeks chez Watson.

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