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Coventry draw Widnes in Challenge Cup 

20 Mar

Super League side Warrington will host Hunslet or Bradford Bulls, both from the third tier, in the Challenge Cup fifth round.

Gloster Meteor jet makes final flight from Coventry Airport 

20 Mar

One of the world's oldest fighter jets takes flight from Coventry before being shipped to the US.

Call for Alfie Dingley to be allowed medicinal cannabis 

20 Mar

A mother shows the bruises from her "aggressive and angry" six-year-old son in the campaign for a special licence to use medicinal cannabis to treat his epilepsy.

Maamria leaves Nuneaton for Stevenage 

20 Mar

Former Stevenage player and assistant boss Dino Maamria is appointed as the new manager of the League Two club.

Alfie Dingley’s medical cannabis petition to be handed to government 

20 Mar

Alfie Dingley is six - his family want him to be able to use medical cannabis to manage his epilepsy.

Carpool karaoke mum ‘overwhelmed’ by response to Down’s Syndrome video 

19 Mar

Melissa says three-year-old Francesca loves seeing herself in the video which has been watched by millions.

UK’s youngest and oldest populations 

19 Mar

Cities are often thought of as places for the young, but that's not always the case.

LPGA Founders Cup: Laura Davies three shots off lead after round of 63 

18 Mar

England's Laura Davies hits her first round of 63 since 2005 to move three shots behind leader Inbee Park after the LPGA Founders Cup third round.

Snow and ice bring UK travel disruption 

18 Mar

Difficult conditions hit road, rail and air travel, as Met Office amber and yellow warnings remain.

Carpool karaoke mums’ Down’s syndrome video goes viral 

17 Mar

Rebecca Carless says the response to the video has been "mad" and they want everyone to see it.

Nuneaton ‘terrorist training camp’ arrest man released 

17 Mar

A 25-year-old man is released pending investigation, Warwickshire Police say.

Crewe Alexandra v Coventry City 

17 Mar

Live coverage of Saturday's League Two game between Crewe Alexandra and Coventry City.

Footballer Lee Hughes declared bankrupt 

16 Mar

The former West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City striker recently joined non-league Halesowen Town.

Call to raid HS2 budget to fix potholes in roads 

16 Mar

Labour MP speaks out after figures show big rise in cyclist deaths and serious injuries.

‘Terrorist training camp’ arrest in Nuneaton 

15 Mar

A 25-year-old man is arrested after allegedly attending a terrorist training camp.

England v Ireland: James Haskell wants to prove he has an England future 

15 Mar

England flanker James Haskell will be looking to prove he can still cut it at Test level against Ireland in the Six Nations.

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Comment »

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 ...

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...

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Features »

Taming of the Shrew 

21 Mar

21st March 2018 Quiet day today, the most exciting thing I did was taking my wellies off.

The IMF’s surprising interventions within Politics of Austerity debates 

21 Mar

A new book by Professor Ben Clift, Professor of Political Economy in the University of Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies, explores how the International Monetary Fund (IMF) used its resources and reputation to shape ...


21 Mar

We spent Christmas Day with my sister and her family this year, and I love this photo I took of her with her boys.

Of Abandoned Staff Quarters in Public Universities 

21 Mar

Passed by new construction work inside the campus of a local University, which will remain un-named for specific reasons.

Another “spaceman” in Tesla car – Robert Llewellyn at WMG 

20 Mar

Robert Llewellyn hosted TV’s Scrapheap Challenge , starred as one of the crew of the spaceship Red Dwarf , and runs the popular ‘Fully Charged’ YouTube channel about renewable energy.

University of Warwick brings TB awareness to Coventry on World TB Day 

20 Mar

Scientists from the University of Warwick will be helping to promote an important public health message about tuberculosis (TB) this weekend in Coventry.

ABS Marketing Journals list 2018 

19 Mar

The much awaited Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Academic Journal Guide 2018 is finally out.


19 Mar

My sister rescued a little tortoiseshell cat a while ago and I took lots of photos of her on Christmas Day as we spent the day with her family.

Woodlark in North Warwickshire 

18 Mar

Sunday 18th March 2018 When the weather is bad - get out there.


17 Mar

With it snowing again today, I thought I would make a page using photos I took back on the first of March this year.

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Coventry City FC »

Episode 178 – Hurricane Gresty 

21 Mar

The Niis discuss wind, Jonson’s temper, Bayliss’s brilliance, and everything else that contributed to a gosh darn effective performance against Crewe.

City’s Deadline Gamble Pays Off 

20 Mar

City's Deadline Gamble Pays Off Vitalfootball:Coventry:20/03/2018 20:45:00 Clarke-Harris fires Sky Blues promotion charge...

City Stay On Track At Crewe 

18 Mar

City Stay On Track At Crewe Vitalfootball:Coventry:18/03/2018 21:33:00 Sky Blues consolidate play-off place...

Jim’s column 17.3.2018 

18 Mar

Coventry City's defensive record in League Two this season has been very impressive.

Stats: Crewe Alexandra v Coventry City 

17 Mar

Stats: Crewe Alexandra v Coventry City Vitalfootball:Coventry:17/03/2018 19:51:00 All the stats from Crewe Alexandra (1) vs (2) Coventry City, Gresty Road, 17 March 2018, 15:00 Att: A Coggins...

Coventry battle past Crewe 

17 Mar

Coventry consolidated their position in the play-off places as first-half goals from Jonson Clarke-Harris and Tom Bayliss earned a 2-1 win at lowly Crewe.

England Under-21 Match To Honour Big Cyrille 

15 Mar

England Under-21 Match To Honour Big Cyrille Vitalfootball:Coventry:15/03/2018 20:52:00 Molineux game will feature tributes to Regis...

LISTEN: EFL Matters podcast 

15 Mar

Listen to the EFL Matters podcast, as Danny Gabbidon and Garry Birtles join David Prutton to discuss all the latest talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.

Crewe v Coventry preview 

15 Mar

Crewe boss David Artell hopes to have full-back Jamie Sterry at his disposal for Coventry's Sky Bet League Two visit to the Alexandra Stadium.

Episode 177 – Ryan Haynes’ Soccer Skillz 

14 Mar

Two very different games generate four useful points, but it could have been more.

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Sport »

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.

Vice President’s Lunch – Rugby Welsh RFC at home 

21 Nov

The Club are hosting the first Vice President's lunch is this Saturday.

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Business news »

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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LocalGov »

Preparing for Adulthood: Enabling Independence 

22 Mar

A FREE event to investigate options for young people with SEND (14-25yrs) around increasing their independence both at home and in the community in which they live.

SAID THE BIRD – An exhibition of textile work by Anthony Stevens 

21 Mar

The Pod and its arts collective, Collective//Pod, present new textile work by UK based artist, Anthony Stevens at the CCCA, Fargo Village.

Man whose heart stopped thanks NHS staff 

21 Mar

Duncan is lucky to be alive.

GIS/Mapping Software 

21 Mar

Response by Coventry City Council to Andrew Bennett on 21 March 2018 .

Information on care leavers semi supported accommodation 

21 Mar

Response by Coventry City Council to Mr Mckenzie on 21 March 2018 .

Information on care leavers semi supported accommodation 

21 Mar

Request sent to Coventry City Council by Mr Mckenzie on 21 March 2018 .

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Arts & Culture »

The Beverley Martyn Story 

14 Mar

The Beverley Martyn Story Pete Clemons But first a little Intro...

The Old Grey Whistle Test 

10 Mar

The Old Grey Whistle Test By Pete Clemons Nowadays, music channels seem to be all over the place but going back to the early 1970s there were very few music programmes on TV to watch.


7 Mar

THRILLER Live Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 6 th March, 2018   This electrifying tribute show is doing the rounds and this week it’s Coventry’s turn to become reacquainted with the back catalogue of the ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson.

Shannon Cooper-Garland 

28 Feb

Shannon Cooper-Garland By Pete Clemons Facebook can be the most strange of places and, at the same time, the most incredible of places.


28 Feb

SPAMALOT Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 27 th February, 2018   We all know them, the bores who can spout reams and reams of Monty Python scripts and manage to suck all the humour of it, as if just saying the lines is enough, when what matters, ...

London Love, Wedding at the Victoria Stakes 

22 Feb

We’re back! Kicking off with our first wedding of the year in North London.

Roger Lomas – From The Sorrows to Award Winning Producer 

19 Feb

Another piece from the prolific pen of Pete Clemons - published inThe Coventry Telegraph in 2013.

The 7” single………. 

16 Feb

The 7” single……….

‘The Man and the Journey’ Pink Floyd 

8 Feb

'The Man and the Journey’ Pink Floyd by Pete Clemons ‘The Man and the Journey’ was a suite of music performed by Pink Floyd during their 1969 tour.

Gregory Bull and Friends – The Books 

3 Feb

Perdam Babylonis Nomen by Gregory Bull.

Judy Dyble – Union Chapel 

3 Feb

Judy Dyble - Union Chapel Pete Clemons Judy Dyble doesn’t need any introduction.


28 Jan


Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night – Richard Cabut Resonance FM Interview 

21 Jan

This interview was recorded at the Resonance studio in Borough, London, mid-November 2017, but has remained unaired due to administrative difficulties.

Maybe Baby – Buddy Holly 

19 Jan

Maybe Baby by Pete Clemons One of the more enduring memories of my childhood, as far as listening to music is concerned, is that of an old 1950s style radiogram which had a good few 45s stored away in it.

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