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Pilot murdered wife in Knightcote saucepan attack 

23 May

Andrew McIntosh is found guilty of battering his estranged wife to death at their former home.

Matt Symons: Harlequins sign Wasps lock for 2018-19 season 

23 May

Premiership side Harlequins agree a deal to sign Wasps forward Matt Symons ahead of next season...

Coventry’s parking scheme to continue despite criticism 

23 May

The restricted parking is enforceable and signage will be reviewed, the council says.

UB40’s Ali Campbell: ‘We’re still cool’ 

23 May

Forty years into his career, Ali Campbell and his band prepare to play the BBC's Biggest Weekend.

Danny Cipriani listed as full-back in England training squad for Barbarians squad 

22 May

Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani is listed as a full-back in England's training squad for Sunday's match against the Barbarians.

Jack Willis: Wasps flanker sidelined for up to 12 months with knee injury 

22 May

Wasps flanker Jack Willis could be sidelined for up to 12 months after suffering a serious knee injury against Saracens.

Abhimanyu Chohan: Concern for missing Coventry schoolboy 

21 May

The 15-year-old is "not in any trouble, we just need to know he is safe," say police.

Coventry City: Club to wear one-off kit for League Two play-off final 

21 May

Coventry City will wear a one-off shirt for the League Two play-off final after running out of this season's home kit.

One-Day Cup: Jeetan Patel stars as Bears beat Yorkshire at Headingley 

20 May

Warwickshire skipper Jeetan Patel takes four wickets as the Bears beat Yorkshire in the One-Day Cup at Headingley.

Cyclists who died in war remembered in Meriden 

20 May

Lycra-clad cyclists gather each year at the memorial to remember those who gave their lives in the world wars.

Andrew Pozzi & Aries Merritt beaten in Great CityGames 

18 May

Poland's Damian Czykier took victory in the Great CityGames 110m hurdles as favourites Aries Merritt and Andrew Pozzi both make mistakes.

In pictures: Great Midwifery Cake Off 

18 May

A midwife from Warwick Hospital has been announced as the winner of the Great Midwifery Cake Off for 2018...

Premiership: Saracens v Wasps 

18 May

Team news as Saracens host Wasps in Saturday's Premiership semi-final fixture at Allianz Park (12:30 BST).

Sister’s tribute to Coventry hit-and-run death father 

18 May

Chelsea Platt-May described brother Reece as her "protector" and "friend".

Royal wedding 2018: Meet the other nearly-weds 

18 May

The BBC meets couples across the UK sharing their big day with Harry and Meghan.

Fresh allegation against Scots Sikh held in India 

17 May

Jagtar Singh Johal, from Dumbarton, had been held without charge since last November.

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Feminist book fortnight: two weeks in June 

24 Apr

Bookshops around the country will be highlighting the diversity of feminist books.

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 ...

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Civic Day 2018: Celebrating Coventry’s Postwar Architecture 

23 May

Civic Day 2018: Celebrating Coventry's Postwar Architecture and Planning This year the Coventry Society will be celebrating UK Civic Day on Saturday 16th June at the Priory Centre near Holy Trinity church and St.

Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind & Partially Sighted for 23rd May 2018 

23 May

23rd May 2018 In this week’s show: Leo reads the final piece about music composed in concentration and prison camps during the war; Michelle Manville talks to the Monday Club about Blind Veterans; Sue reads an article about Nicholas Parsons and ...

Really Old Photos. 

22 May

When Kev and I were 'courting' we took our first holiday together walking in the Lake District.

Coventry parkrun celebrates the 70th Birthday of the NHS – NHS70 

21 May

The NHS is celebrating 70 years this year.

Hotter bodies fight infections and tumours better – researchers show how 

21 May

The hotter our body temperature, the more our bodies speed up a key defence system that fights against tumours, wounds or infections, new research by a multidisciplinary team of mathematicians and biologists from the Universities of Warwick and ...

Friends House 

20 May

The Society of Friends or Quakers run a cafe over the road fro Euston Station in London.

The answer is yes – now what’s the question? 

20 May

I went to a seminar last week about storytelling, and I learned about Shep.

Here comes the Summer 

18 May

Well it’s eventually arrived in Blighty! With it comes the festivals and the joy of live music in the great wide open… We hope to bring the Voodoo to one or three of these occasions and we will let you know as soon as we’ve confirmed.

The Grand 

18 May

A layout using very old K and Co stash to make this page about The Grand Hotel in Scarborough.

University of Warwick delighted at Coventry’s European City of Sport win 

17 May

The University of Warwick is celebrating Coventry’s latest accolade - European City of Sport.

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Play-off special live from Wembley 

23 May

Scott Minto will be joined by Andy Hinchcliffe and Don Goodman for the Live Play-Off Preview from Wembley on Friday night at 7pm, live on Sky Sports Football.

Useful things to know for Coventry’s trip to Wembley 

22 May

The Sky Blue Trust would like to congratulate Mark Robin's and the boys in getting to the League 2 Play-Off Final.


22 May

SKY BLUE TRUST NOTICE OF ELECTION TO BOARD - 2018 In accordance with Rule 63 of the Trusts Constitution, three current Board members must resign.

Episode 187 – Friday Night Winner! 

21 May

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta win play-off semi-finals on Fridayyy.

Coventry to wear one-off shirt 

21 May

Coventry City will wear a one-off strip based on their 1987 FA Cup final kit for the League Two play-off final against Exeter on May 28.

Coventry book Wembley date with Exeter 

18 May

Max Biamou's double helped secure Coventry's passage to Wembley as they saw off Notts County 4-1 at Meadow Lane to reach the Sky Bet League Two play-off final.

Sky Live: Notts County v Coventry 

17 May

Notts County host Coventry in the second leg of the League Two play-off semi-final on Friday night, with the tie hanging in the balance.

Coventry’s factory of hope 

17 May

Amid the many challenges at Coventry City, the club’s academy has been a shining light.

Banned Davies out of play-off 

15 May

Coventry defender Tom Davies will miss Friday's play-off second leg with Notts County after being suspended for three games for violent conduct.

Back the Boys with the Warmest of Welcomes 

15 May

The Sky Blue Trust is pleased to support the CCFC Leamington Warwick supporters club in their initiative to give the team the warmest of welcomes before they kick off against Notts County at Meadow Lane in the League 2 play off semi -final...

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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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Tactile Textiles 

26 May

A weekend all about textile crafts.

Saxophone evening with May and Hill 

25 May

Enjoy the music as they bring you classics from the 'Great American Songbook' and beyond.

Car left for five months , on bricks with wheel missing and not taxed or mot’d, 23rd May 

23 May

Taking up a parking spot on a busy road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 24 Victory Road, Coventry Report on FixMyStreet...

Total Agency School spend 

23 May

Response by Coventry City Council to Siobhan on 23 May 2018 .

Looked after children 2017 

23 May

Response by Coventry City Council to Christina Savage on 23 May 2018 .

Spon Street subway spring clean volunteer call 

23 May

A clean up of Spon Street subway will take place next Tuesday 29 May with drinks and snacks provided for all who help out.

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets 

22 May

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets by Pete Clemons There wasn’t much chat from the stage.

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells 

17 May

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells by Pete Clemons One album that music lovers never seem to forget the release of was that of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.

White Noise – St Johns Church (Delia Derbyshire) 

10 May

White Noise – St Johns Church ( Delia Derbyshire) By Pete Clemons The people who designed and built those wonderful medieval churches centuries ago, along with the relatively more modern structures, could never have imagined that, years later, what...

Repeat Offender 

9 May

FLEABAG Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 9 th May, 2018   It’s a real treat to be able to see Maddie Rice reprise the hit one-woman show, three years since I first enjoyed it in Birmingham.

Hired and Fired-Up 

5 May

THE HIRED MAN The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Friday 4 th May, 2018   If Thomas Hardy upped sticks and moved north to Cumbria (or Cumberland, as it was known then) the chances are he would have come up with something very like Melvyn Bragg’s family ...

The Rolling Stones in Coventry 

2 May

The Rolling Stones in Coventry by Pete Clemons Rock and roll is for the young people.

Being Mark Rylance 2 

25 Apr

Being Mark Rylance 2 by Pete Clemons Artist Nicky Cure and musician annA rydeR, spelt as such to presumably distinguish herself from the interior designer and TV personality, are collectively known as Radar Birds.

Just My Cup of Chai 

25 Apr

THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHAI Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 24 th April, 2018   Marivaux’s 18 th Century French farce, The Game of Love and Chance , gets an update from Tara Arts and Nigel Planer of The Young Ones , no less.

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, ...

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