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Look: Let there be light! Coventry switches on Christmas! 

26 Nov

Thousands pack into Broadgate to see Union J perform after lighting-up ceremony...

Children escape motorway coach fire 

26 Nov

A party of schoolchildren is treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a coach caught fire on a motorway in Warwickshire.

Coventry Christmas Lights: Thousands head to city centre for big switch-on 

26 Nov

Festive-themed events have already got underway in the Lower Precinct and West Orchards Shopping Centre...

Henley Green Primary School gets book cash boost 

26 Nov

syncreon donates cake sale proceeds to help buy new range of books...

Poorest families set to pay higher council tax 

26 Nov

THOUSANDS of the poorest households in Coventry are set to pay disproportionately more in Council Tax due to cuts.

Watch: CCTV footage of two men snatching cash from restaurant owner in Lime Tree Park 

26 Nov

Incident captured on film outside post office in Coventry's Beech Tree Avenue...

Pattison College packs boxes full of Christmas cheer 

26 Nov

Pupils donate more than 50 shoe boxes to deprived children...

Coventry City Council ‘must improve’ after damning report 

26 Nov

Council misses half its targets, according to new report...

Foleshill’s Livingstone Baths may be torn down and replaced with doctor’s surgery 

26 Nov

Coventry City Council shut the 1930s sports centre in August despite huge petition signed by thousands of people...

Watch: CCTV footage of theft from Asda in Whitley 

26 Nov

Two men sought after £600 of computer equipment and toys were stolen from the London Road, Coventry, store...

Blue Coat School boxes clever for deprived children 

26 Nov

Pupils pack 57 boxes for Operation Christmas Child...

Scarecrow fun at Woodlands Academy 

26 Nov

Year 7 pupils show off their handiwork in annual homework project...

Look: Carey’s nightclub in Coventry to close after 30 years 

26 Nov

Owners cryptically say it's time to take the venue "on another journey...

Cuts warning over police delays 

26 Nov

Failures over police recruitment could lead to extra cuts, Warwickshire's Police and Crime Commissioner warns.

Boy hurt in Potters Green collision 

26 Nov

Youngster was airlifted to hospital with head injuries...

TV appearance for Coventry Godcakes 

26 Nov

Catch work of Nuneaton resident Leigh Waite on Nigel Slater's latest BBC programme...

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Red Button: Coventry council covers up country’s most useless cycle lane – the Spon End spurt 

18 Nov

Bizarre five-yard stretch of cycle lane has vanished under a layer of asphalt...

Red Button: Coventry MP calls in fire service after leak exposed 

14 Nov

Jim Cunningham's faulty fridge sparks evacuation of office block and a road closure...

The size of a fridge 

14 Nov

There is a lot of fun to be had when filling in the equal opportunities monitoring section of an application form or a questionnaire...

The One Show In Coventry 

12 Nov

This post is currently developing and as a result, is liable to change at any time without notice Tonight, BBC’s The One Show took it’s rickshaw challenge to Coventry, more specifically University Square, opposite Coventry Cathedral.

Tower of London poppies are a stunning memorial to ALL of our fallen heroes 

11 Nov

Alan Poole travelled to see the poppies at the Tower of London only to find queues, confusion and a national newspaper trying to make political capital...

Red Button: Missing Maya – on the look out for Coventry city councillor Ali 

10 Nov

Half-time report on city councillors’ attendances at important meetings makes for interesting reading...

Kev’s Column: Highway To The Future 

7 Nov

Ever week Kevin publishes his very own “Kev’s Column” online, this week he takes a look at the latest news on the A303.

Red Button: Cousin Jasper’s Feilding enquiries about an £11m spot of family business 

7 Nov

Earl of Denbigh, faced with a massive bill for death duties, is selling 1,000 acres of his estate at Monks Kirby...

School Talk: Best way to help students learn is still a mystery 

7 Nov

Latest research says we would be better off returning to traditional teaching methods...

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Features »

Coventry Talking Newspaper-26th November 2014 

26 Nov

In this weeks show Sheila reads an article called Dig for Victory, Leo  reads part two of an article called 60 years of Tony Hancock, BBC Coventry Warwickshire radio presenter Vic Minette ends her talk to the Monday Club,Leo reads the first part of...

The Nutcracker by Sprungsters 

26 Nov

The Nutcracker by Sprungsters Saturday 13th 3pm and 5pmSunday 14th 3pm @ Unit 5 Fargo Village, Coventry, CV1 5ED The Christmas tree is up, decorations set and the turkey’s been bought but you it still doesn’t feel like Christmas.

A quiet week 

26 Nov

Wednesday 26th November 2014 A somewhat subdued period birdingwise at the moment.

Christmas Light Switch-On 

26 Nov

Sunday 30th November – FarGo’s First Christmas We have so much going on this Sunday – celebrate the start of the festive season with our cheesy Christmas family day Open 11am-4pm Free admission 12.00 – 4.00pm SANTAS GROTTO &#...

Data mining study identifies Twitter as lifeline for the chronically ill 

26 Nov

Painstaking analysis of hundreds of thousands of tweets by a researcher from the University of Warwick has revealed how Twitter is acting as a lifeline for those with gut-related chronic illness.

South African visitors exchange ideas on education at Warwick 

25 Nov

A delegation from South Africa has visited the University of Warwick to exchange ideas and practices in delivering education.

A Festive Frolic 

25 Nov

Giddyup Vintage Events presents an Evening Festive Frolic.

Femail artist jam session – Girl Power! 

25 Nov

We can’t wait for this Jam with some amazing female artists! 12- 4 Sunday 30th November at FarGo Village! Bring your friends!! FREE Admission...

Pamper & Perfect at FarGo Village 

25 Nov

Pamper and Perfect Day 28th November from 10am until 4pm It’s Pamper Day at Fargo on Friday lots of stalls, some still available for free! Free entry, and lots of choice for Christmas gifts, pamper hampers, handbags, scarves, jewellery, ...

Tiki Love Truck… 

25 Nov

At the end of the long and warm summer Kev and I had a trip to London that regular readers may remember.

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Coventry City FC »

Another Meeting With Wasps 

26 Nov

Last week the Sky Blue Trust met again with Nick Eastwood CEO of Wasps and new Chair of ACL, following confirmation of their 100% ownership of ACL.

Coventry City Loan Deadline Latest 

26 Nov

Coventry City Loan Deadline Latest Vitalfootball:Coventry:26/11/2014 16:03:00 Who's coming or going from the Ricoh Arena...

Maddison signs Sky Blues deal 

24 Nov

Highly-rated Coventry midfielder James Maddison has signed his first professional contact with the club until June 2018.

Maddison signs Coventry deal 

24 Nov

Highly-rated Coventry midfielder James Maddison has signed his first professional contact with the club until June 2018.

Maddison signs Coventry deal 

24 Nov

Highly-rated Coventry midfielder James Maddison has signed his first professional contact with the club until June 2018.

Pressley Pleased as City Midfielder Signs 

24 Nov

Pressley Pleased as City Midfielder Signs Vitalfootball:Coventry:24/11/2014 13:44:00 New deal for Maddison...

Stats: Colchester United v Coventry City 

24 Nov

Stats: Colchester United v Coventry City Vitalfootball:Coventry:24/11/2014 08:54:00 All the stats from Colchester United (0) vs (1) Coventry City, Weston Homes Community Stadium, 22 November 2014, 15:00 Att: 4.433...

Colchester Utd 0 – 1 Coventry City 

24 Nov

Thoughts If you travelled to the arse end of England to watch us on Saturday, you have my upmost respect.

Did You Miss This? 

23 Nov

Welcome to the first of what we hope will be a regular round-up of things you might have missed over the past week, to do with Coventry City and football in general.

One Small Step for Sky Blues 

23 Nov

One Small Step for Sky Blues Vitalfootball:Coventry:23/11/2014 12:06:00 Pressley cautiously optimistic after win...

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Hot prospect James Maddison signs first professional deal with Sky Blues 

26 Nov

TEENAGER James Maddison celebrated his 18th birthday with the perfect present after signing his first professional deal with the Sky Blues.

Coventry climb continues into top three 

26 Nov

COVENTRY moved up to third in National League One after producing without doubt their best away performance of the season at Tynedale.

Coventry star Joe Sheriff aiming to build on Bedworth win 

26 Nov

CRUISERWEIGHT Joe Sheriff is ready to build on his positive start to life as a professional boxer when he returns to the ring in the Black Country this weekend.

England star Jordan Henderson praises spell with Sky Blues 

26 Nov

ENGLAND and Liverpool star Jordan Henderson has said he enjoyed every minute of his time with the Sky Blues.

Coventry City Ladies defender Nat Wilcox retires 

26 Nov

POPULAR defender Natalie Wilcox has described playing for Coventry City Ladies as an honour after hanging up her boots this week.

New iniative set for launch in Coventry 

26 Nov

ALL rugby clubs in Coventry and Warwickshire are being invited to consult on plans to introduce a major rugby development programme.

Barrie Mitchell hits top form in Worcester 

26 Nov

VETERAN rider Barrie Mitchell was in brilliant form for Coventry-based M.

Australian Woodward joins Bees for Elite League campaign 

26 Nov

COVENTRY are delighted to welcome Australian international Cameron Woodward as the first new signing for their 2015 Elite League line-up.

Promising Pinley Side-Stepped By Street. 

24 Nov

Broadstreet 3rds welcomed close neighbours Pinley RFC 2nds to the Ivor Preece Field Rugby Ground for the first clash between the two this season.

Street Fighters Overcome Otley Opening Onslaught. 

24 Nov

For the first ever meeting between the clubs, Broadstreet RFC welcomed Otley RFC to the Ivor Preece Field Rugby Ground for Round Twelve of the National League Two North campaign.

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Business news »

De Vere completes sale of its Village Urban Resorts hotels 

26 Nov

HOTEL group De Vere has sold the Village Urban Resorts as part of a long-term plan which has so far generated more than £1bn.

Coventry business leaders frustrated as Gateway decision delayed until the New Year 

25 Nov

THE Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership has expressed its frustration over a further delay to a decision over the future of an employment site in the area.

MTC playing central role in cutting edge wings project 

25 Nov

THE Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry is to play a key role in a £30m research programme which could revolutionise aircraft wing design and manufacture.

Sanderson to invest in ecommerce solutions after results boost 

25 Nov

SOFTWARE and IT services group Sanderson has reported significant progress with revenue up by nearly £3m.

Former Birmingham Post editor joins Barques PR 

25 Nov

Alun Thorne, who also edited the Coventry Telegraph, will focus on new business development in new role with Jewellery Quarter PR firm...

Ignore the election and focus on the economy, Chancellor told 

21 Nov

BUSINESS leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire have urged Chancellor George Osborne to put the economy before the election in his Autumn Statement next week.

Property investment crucial to C&W’s economic future, industry event hears 

19 Nov

ATTRACTING investment into the property market is crucial for Coventry & Warwickshires future prosperity, a 150-strong audience at an industry event has heard.

Peugeot Citroen to cut 90 jobs at Coventry HQ 

18 Nov

French car making giant Peugeot Citroen is to cut 90 jobs at its Coventry headquarters.

Swift action after shipping disaster sees Slimstock land logistics naward 

17 Nov

The Coventry-based firm helped IM Parts, the official distributor of Subaru, Isuzu and Daihatsu products within the UK, carry on its operations in the face of a potentially disastrous situation following the ship’s sinking in 2013...

Nasmyth spreads its wings at Chinese air show 

13 Nov

COVENTRY-based aerospace group, Nasmyth is targeting overseas growth by exhibiting at the China Air Show.

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Charlotte’s story SD 

13 Nov

Charlotte's story SD Charlotte joined the Young Firefighter's Association in Coventry with no confidence.

CCTV: Toilet cubicle offender 

5 Nov

CCTV: Toilet cubicle offender Officers have released CCTV footage of a man we would like to speak to after a woman was assaulted in the female toilets at a Coventry leisure centre.

Battering ram cam captures unique footage of police raids 

23 Oct

Battering ram cam captures unique footage of police raids Ever wondered what it's like to be on a police raid? This unique footage captured on a state-of-the-art camera shows officers on the frontline of Operation Trivium in Coventry this...

CCTV APPEAL – Coventry theft – Check your fob has done its job. 

24 Sep

CCTV APPEAL - Coventry theft - Check your fob has done its job.

Appeal for information after assault on train – Coventry 

11 Sep

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information and witnesses following an incident which took place on board a train travelling between Birmingham and Coventry.

Appeal for information after assault on train – Coventry 

11 Sep

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information and witnesses following an incident which took place on board a train travelling between Birmingham and Coventry.

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LocalGov »

Secondary School spend on agency staff 2013 – 2014 

26 Nov

Response by Coventry City Council to Callam Finlay on 26 November 2014 .

Consultation launched over school transport for children with disabilities 

26 Nov

COVENTRY City Council is urging people to have their say over proposals to change the city’s approach to helping children get to school.

Adoption application Fees. 

26 Nov

Request sent to Coventry City Council by Julie Haines.

General Information 

26 Nov

Response by Coventry City Council to Karen Worwood on 26 November 2014 .

Christmas lights switch on 

26 Nov

Join us in Broadgate as we gear up to Christmas with our annual Christmas Lights Switch On event in partnership with Free Radio.

Deep pothole, 25th November 

25 Nov

This is a deep pothole, in the middle of the road at the junction.

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Arts & Culture »

The Enduring Privacy of Pink Floyd – Pete Clemons 

24 Nov

The latest article by Pete Clemons for the Coventry Telegraph features Pink Floyd .

Brigandage – Gung Ho Records – 1986 / John Peel session – 1983 

23 Nov

Pretty Funny Thing / One Touch / Ripped And Torn (DOWNLOAD) Horsey Horsey / I Need Something Part 1 + Part 2 / Angel Of Vengeance (DOWNLOAD) Brigandage were a band that I enjoyed listening to from the earlier 1980’s until the mid 1980’s.

Lady and the Tram 

12 Nov

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Tuesday 11th November, 2014  The Secret Theatre Company’s  new production of the Tennessee Williams classic is startling in its approach.

King – The Rise and Fall of this Coventry Band 

10 Nov

Pete Clemons no has his articles published automatically on line as well as in the physical version of Coventry Telegraph .

Crass / Poison Girls – Manchester Mayflower – 17/10/80 

5 Nov

Uploaded this November 5th is an exclusive Kill Your Pet Puppy post helped along perhaps not by a cast of thousands, but certainly by the following kindly folk.

HALLOWEEN by P W Barnabas / PART1 album re-issue on All The Madmen records 

31 Oct

Firstly I would like to thank P W Barnabas for allowing me to place the Halloween story onto the Kill Your Pet Puppy site exclusively.

In the same boat 

16 Oct

THREE MEN IN A BOAT Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 15 th October, 2014   The Original Theatre Company – who brought us the superlative Birdsong – return with their rip-roaring adaptation of Jerome K Jerome’s classic comic novel, a book ...

Black-and-White Minstrels 

9 Oct

THREE MINUTE HEROES – The 2 Tone Musical Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 8 th October, 2014 It’s 1979 in Coventry and an amiable group of young people put together a band to play ska.

October in Coventry 

9 Oct

APRIL IN PARIS Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wednesday 8 th October, 2014   I have mentioned before my preference for John Godber’s earlier works: plays like Teechers and Bouncers , which combine theatrical brio with pertinent social commentary – ...

Hobo Workshop – Concert that Led to 7 Day Protest 

7 Oct

In this issue, for the Coventry Telegraph , Pete Clemons tackles an issue that I was involved in organising Hobo Magazine and and co-organiser of the Hobo Workshop gigs , originally based at the Holyhead Youth Centre in Coventry c September 1974.

Vote for the Coventry Godiva Festival 

6 Oct

The Coventry Godiva Festival is in the running for three awards at the prestigious Festival Awards and needs your vote.

ABBA REUNION SHOW COVENTRY – Albany Theatre on Saturday 25th October 2014 

3 Oct

This post is not related to Pete Clemon's Coventry music articles but information sent to me by promoter Maria Phillipou of Music Entertainment PR Agency , M P Promotions , andmight be of interest to some of you.


3 Oct

THE LAST ADVENTURES Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 2 nd October, 2014   Forced Entertainment’s new show makes for another unusual night at the theatre.

Vince Martin and the Vampires 

23 Sep

Back again - Pete Clemons with memories from Vince Martin of the Vampires , Coventry 1950's / early 60's for the Coventry Telegraph.

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