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Kenilworth station to open at end of April 

20 Apr

Passengers have been waiting for many years for trains to return to the Warwickshire town.

County Championship: Ryan Sidebottom takes six as Bears take control against Northants 

20 Apr

Warwickshire's Ryan Sidebottom takes a career-best 6-35 before the Bears batsmen take control against Northants.

Police poster tells people giving money to the homeless helps them buy drugs 

20 Apr

A police poster in the West Midlands has been taken down after it told people not to give money to "people who beg".

Ashley Johnson: Wasps forward suspended by RFU after failing drugs test 

20 Apr

Wasps' South African forward Ashley Johnson has been suspended by the Rugby Football Union after failing a drugs test.

Coventry City v Stevenage 

20 Apr

Live coverage of Friday's League Two game between Coventry City and Stevenage.

British MotoGP success ‘a long time coming’ 

20 Apr

Former World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty says British success in MotoGP has been "a long time coming" as Cal Crutchlow leads the standings.

Oxford Dodo was shot in head, scans find 

20 Apr

The world-famous specimen is the world's best-preserved example of the extinct bird.

Coventry’s ‘ghost town’ revived in old TV footage 

19 Apr

Footage of everyday life in the city going back more than half a century is going on show.

Childhood dementia: Boy fronts Tube station poster campaign 

18 Apr

George has a rare form of childhood dementia called Batten Disease.

Alfie Dingley’s family apply for licence for medical cannabis 

18 Apr

Alfie Dingley's family want him use cannabis oil to treat his epilepsy, which is illegal in the UK.

‘Papers in boot’ police chief Marcus Beale sacked 

18 Apr

Marcus Beale was found guilty of gross misconduct after top secret documents were stolen from his car.

Thames Valley Police arrest 16 in drug raids 

18 Apr

More than 100 officers raided 11 homes in Banbury, Milton Keynes and Bedford.

Man arrested over Stratford-upon-Avon shooting 

17 Apr

A second man has denied an attempted murder charge in connection.

PFA League Two Team of the Year: Five Luton Town players named in 2017-18 side 

17 Apr

Five Luton Town players, including striker Danny Hylton, are named in the PFA's League Two Team of the Year for 2017-18.

County Championship: David Wiese hits century as Sussex draw with Warwickshire 

16 Apr

Sussex's South African David Wiese makes the first Championship century of 2018 to help his side draw with Warwickshire.

Men jailed for life over Greg Kelly ‘money row’ murder 

16 Apr

Greg Kelly died in hospital after being attacked by Robert Keavey and Phillip Picken in 2017.

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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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May the Fifth be with us 

20 Apr

The creation of the Voodoo’s second album will include new still images and video.

New research could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells 

20 Apr

Physicists at the University of Warwick have today, Thursday 19th April 2018, published new research in the Journal Science today 19 th April 2018 (via the Journal’s First Release pages) that could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells ...

Another Tyneham page 

20 Apr

The last time we went to Tyneham, we found a new wall in the old farmyard made up of old pieces of farm machinery and exploded ordnance.

Dodo’s violent death revealed 

20 Apr

The famous Oxford Dodo died after being shot in the back of the head, according to breakthrough research by Oxford University Museum of Natural History and WMG at the University of Warwick.

The flow of migrants increases 

19 Apr

Thursday19th April 2018 Having been held back by a cold, wet early April the arrival rate of Migrant birds is picking up.

Applications open for Midlands ICURe pilot programme to fund university researchers’ commercial ideas 

19 Apr

University researchers are being offered up to £35,000 to take their commercially-promising ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace, thanks to a new competition being delivered by the University of Warwick.

Warwick and Leicester researchers help map the route to a highly skilled digital future for museums 

19 Apr

Research from the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester, being launched today in Vancouver, will help to transform the ways UK museums use digital technologies to share their collections and engage new audiences with their work.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 18th April 2018 

18 Apr

18th April 2018 In this week’s show: Leo reads an article about Mastermind was created; Sue reads the final part about Windsor Castle, Cliff reads a light hearted piece about getting older and Dave meets songwriters Henry Priestman Les Glover.

New insights into disabled young people who ‘succeed but don’t proceed’ at school 

18 Apr

Social factors including low expectations and experiences of bullying are creating barriers to higher education for young people with disabilities in England, according to new research from the University of Warwick and the London School of Economics...

Take it In 

18 Apr

Another layout about our trip to Liverpool.

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Stats: Coventry City v Stevenage 

20 Apr

Stats: Coventry City v Stevenage Vitalfootball:Coventry:20/04/2018 21:39:00 All the stats from Coventry City (3) vs (1) Stevenage, Ricoh Arena, 20 April 2018, 15:00 Att: 8,859...

McNulty double lifts Coventry to sixth 

20 Apr

Coventry moved up a place to sixth in League Two thanks to a comfortable 3-1 win against 10-man Stevenage.

Sky Blue Trust CCFC Quiz Night 1st May (Part of Earlsdon Festival Fringe Festival) 

20 Apr

The Sky Blue Trust will be making a welcome return to the Earlsdon Festival on May 7th where we will have a stall outside of The Albany Club on Earlsdon Street.

Coventry v Stevenage preview 

19 Apr

Coventry boss Mark Robins has no new injury problems ahead of Friday night's encounter with Stevenage.

Stanley Storm It – Will City Play Them Next Year? 

18 Apr

Stanley Storm It - Will City Play Them Next Year? Vitalfootball:Coventry:18/04/2018 21:13:00 League Two's first issue decided...

Ex-Nuneaton Boss Plots City Downfall 

18 Apr

Ex-Nuneaton Boss Plots City Downfall Vitalfootball:Coventry:18/04/2018 21:09:00 Maamria in charge of Stevenage...

Winter break ‘agreed in principle’ 

18 Apr

The FA, Premier League and EFL are close to agreement over the introduction of a winter break, Sky Sports News understands.

Episode 182 – Blame it on the bobble 

17 Apr

The Niis are joined by Laurie to discuss how Cov managed to beat Crawley.

Can City Steal A March On Friday Night? 

15 Apr

Can City Steal A March On Friday Night? Vitalfootball:Coventry:15/04/2018 21:17:00 Sky Blues in action ahead of the rest...

Sky Blue Trust introducing Important changes to our Membership System 

15 Apr

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO OUR MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM THIS AFFECTS YOU! At last! The Sky Blue Trust is about to make its communications and membership systems state of the art.

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Plymouth 21 – 24 Coventry 

5 Apr

Bit of a slog, but another win.

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.

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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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Let’s Ride Guided Ride 

22 Apr

Fancy getting out on your bike more, but not sure where to start? A guided ride could be a great place to start...

Rubblish dumped on side of the pavement, 20th April 

20 Apr

5 bags of rubblish have been dumped on the specified location.

Youth views needed to help shape the city 

20 Apr

If you are aged between 11 and 18 we want to hear your thoughts about your city, whether that’s good or bad.

Black cab driver has licence withdrawn 

20 Apr

A hackney taxi driver has had his licence revoked with immediate effect for failing to properly secure a disabled passenger in his cab on two separate occasions.

Capita Contracts and risks 

20 Apr

Response by Coventry City Council to Mary Redman on 20 April 2018 .

Burnt out abandoned car, 20th April 

20 Apr

Fire in a car 19th April 2017.

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Arts & Culture »

Marquee Wedding From Home, Oxfordshire 

19 Apr

Marquee tents have been a common choice for wedding parties over the years.

Labour in Vain 

18 Apr

THIS HOUSE The REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 17 th April, 2018   This hit production from the National Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre/Headlong comes to this town and reminds this reviewer of its brilliance.

50 years of the Quo 

18 Apr

50 years of the Quo by Pete Clemons I must admit to having a soft spot for the Status Quo.

1968 – As I remember it – by Pete Clemons 

11 Apr

1968 – As I remember it by Pete Clemons.

Kast off Kinks – Belgrade Theatre 

5 Apr

Kast off Kinks – Belgrade Theatre by Pete Clemons Although they should have been, I never felt The Kinks were really given the same credit that bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who had.

Crooning Glory 

30 Mar

CROONERS The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 29 th March, 2018   As the curtain opens, a David Attenborough-type voiceover introduces us to that rare and endangered species, the crooner, inviting us to observe them in their natural habitat, ...

A chat with John Coles – A Coventry Music Photographer and More 

29 Mar

A chat with John Coles - A Coventry Music Photographer and More.

Steven Wilson – Warwick Arts Centre 

24 Mar

Steven Wilson – Warwick Arts Centre by Pete Clemons The last time Steven Wilson appeared live in Coventry was with his band Porcupine Tree.

The Bees’ Knees 

24 Mar

HONEY The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Friday 23 rd March, 2018   When you behold a patchwork quilt, you see it at first as a whole.

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, ...

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