Coventry news and blogs Sunday 17 December 2017
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The phone number you should always ignore – or risk losing money 

16 Dec

Most people will know someone called Sarah...

Warning for drivers as car crashes into chinese takeaway after skidding on ice 

16 Dec

Conditions on the road have been treacherous...

Coventry City v Cheltenham Town 

16 Dec

Live coverage of Saturday's League Two game between Coventry City and Cheltenham Town.

Hart in Hampshire ‘best place to live in UK’ 

16 Dec

The Hampshire district came top in a study that looked at factors including life expectancy.

Could this West Midlands property be the CHEAPEST in the UK? 

16 Dec

With three good sized bedrooms and a garden, this maisonette up for sale is a steal...

Christmas Jumper Day: Look who’s rocking the novelty knitwear 

15 Dec

Staff and schools across the region have been taking part - including us...

Six ways Coventry is the best place to live if you’re a Star Wars fan 

15 Dec

We celebrate May 4th with a guide to what ties the city to George Lucas' universe...

Bid to find Coventry man last seen at hospital 

15 Dec

Have you seen Llewelyn Venter...

European Champions Cup: Wasps v La Rochelle 

15 Dec

Team news as Wasps host La Rochelle in Sunday's European Champions Cup fixture at the Ricoh Arena (13:00 GMT).

How to tell a real homeless person from a professional beggar 

15 Dec

They are said to see begging for cash as a lucrative way of making money...

Biggest collection in the galaxy? 

15 Dec

Star Wars superfan Craig Spivey boasts one of the biggest collections of memorabilia in the UK.

Dionne Clark murder trial: Prosecution completes evidence in its case 

15 Dec

Defence barristers will begin their cases next week...

UK to be battered by stormy weather as hopes of white Christmas fade 

15 Dec

Forecasters say the UK could be hit by fresh rounds of heavy rain, thunder and strong wind...

Designated drivers in Coventry are being offered FREE soft drinks at these pubs 

15 Dec

Happy days for DES...

Warwickshire Police must improve how it treats people with “fairness and respect”, says inspection 

15 Dec

A 'requires improvement' rating was handed out to the county force...

Police reveal reason that arrests for cannabis possession more than halved 

15 Dec

The total number has dropped sharply in just five years...

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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...

Ich bein ein Hamburger 

10 Jul

Perhaps the most enduring and delightfully amusing myths generated by the cold war, is the continued belief that a President of the United States stood before a crowd in West Berlin and described himself as a jam-filled doughnut...

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Features »

A Pre-Christmas Dinner 

16 Dec

On Sunday, we braved the snow to travel up to Leicester and see our in-laws.

Coventry’s Hales Street and the Burges redevelopment 

15 Dec

Coventry's Hales Street and the Burges Redevelopment by Paul Maddocks There was a recent enquiry about what was happening around the Hales Street area.

UK’s favourite Christmas spirit revealed with online searches 

15 Dec

BRANDY is the UK’s favourite Christmas spirit, according to research into our festive online searches from the University of Warwick.

3D printing helps carve out Christmas treat 

15 Dec

A Coventry firm has turned to 3D engineering experts from WMG, at the University of Warwick, to help create a new range of unique biscuit treats Mug Huggers that sit on the side of a mug.

Santa’s workshop could be on snowy moon 

15 Dec

Santa’s winter workshop might be in space, as University of Warwick researchers are exploring whether snowy moons over a billion kilometres away from Earth are potentially habitable.

The not so sweet side of Christmas 

15 Dec

A new video by the University of Warwick highlights a bitter side to our sugar consumption at Christmas.

Rockin Roots at The Gatehouse 

15 Dec

Tomorrow evening is the last Rockin Roots and Blues night of the year and to celebrate a year that’s been packed with all those ingredients for Voodoo Kings, we’re putting on a party at the Gatehouse Tavern Coventry.

How the Pope’s rhino drowned and was immortalised in art history 

15 Dec

The story of one of the most infamous gifts, and one of the most influential images in art history, has been brought back to life thanks to research at the University of Warwick that of the rhino, named Ganda, gifted to Pope Leo X that drowned in ...

More electronic materials opened up with new metal-organic framework 

15 Dec

More materials for electronic applications could be identified, thanks to the discovery of a new metal-organic framework (MOF) that displays electrical semiconduction with a record high photoresponsivity, by a global research collaboration involving ...


15 Dec

When was the last time we had snow before Christmas? A good few years ago I'm sure, and in the Midlands snowy days are very rare.

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Coventry City FC »

City Set Up Friday Night Battle For 4th 

16 Dec

City Set Up Friday Night Battle For 4th Vitalfootball:Coventry:16/12/2017 20:47:00 Sky Blues edge past Cheltenham to tee up festive clashes...

Stats: Coventry City v Cheltenham Town 

16 Dec

Stats: Coventry City v Cheltenham Town Vitalfootball:Coventry:16/12/2017 20:20:00 All the stats from Coventry City (2) vs (1) Cheltenham Town, Ricoh Arena, 16 December 2017, 15:00 Att: 6,457...

McNulty wins it for Coventry 

16 Dec

Marc McNulty fired Coventry back into the Sky Bet League Two play-off spots with the decisive goal in a 2-1 win over Cheltenham.

Coventry v Cheltenham preview 

15 Dec

Midfielder Jordan Shipley and striker Duckens Nazon are fighting for their Coventry places to face Cheltenham.

Can City Find Form For Cheltenham? 

14 Dec

Can City Find Form For Cheltenham? Vitalfootball:Coventry:14/12/2017 20:37:00 League Two action at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday afternoon...

LISTEN: EFL Matters podcast 

14 Dec

Listen to the EFL Matters podcast, as AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley and Keith Andrews join David Prutton to discuss all the latest talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.

The Jimmy Hill Way announce their Unhappy 10th Anniversary 

14 Dec

Dear Joy Its been 10 years since you and your wretched company, Sisu Capital, entered our lives.

Get Your Group On For Coventry City v Wycombe 

13 Dec

Get Your Group On For Coventry City v Wycombe Vitalfootball:Coventry:13/12/2017 20:49:00 Special offer for groups as Sky Blues host Chairboys...

DARN READABLE – 29 Minutes from Wembley: The Inside Story of Coventry City’s 1980/81 season 

13 Dec

Writer Steve Phelps dons an investigative hat once more in his new book chronicling the tale of one of City’s greatest ever teams.

Episode 166 – Sky Blue Book Club part two (w/Steve Phelps) 

13 Dec

Cov fan, author, and all round top fella Steve Phelps joined us this week to complete a Sky Blue book double feature.

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Sport »

Vice President’s Lunch – Rugby Welsh RFC at home 

21 Nov

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

Annual subs are now overdue 

10 Nov

Time to pay up your annual subscriptions for the 2017/2018 season.

Coventrians up next for the Guild 

7 Nov

An invitational XV will face Coventrians 2nd XV, in a match hosted by Copsewood RFC...

Playing and Relocation Meeting 

6 Nov

A chance to have a say on the future of the Club...

Trinity Guild are now a Wasps Community and Affliate club 

6 Nov

The Club are now part of the Club Cashback Scheme.

Don’t be a HEADCASE! 

2 Nov

Stop - check for concussion...

Exiled to Birmingham! 

31 Oct

League action returns this week...

Trinity Guild are now a Wasps Community and Affliate club 

10 Oct

The Club are now part of the Club Cashback Scheme.

Coventry 30 – 27 Bishop’s Stortford 

7 Oct

If Cov thought that the new boys in the league were going to be a pushover, they know differently now.

Cup action for the Guild! 

3 Oct

Walsall based, Bloxwich RFC visit this week.

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Business news »

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...

RICS to relocate team to Birmingham 

26 Apr

Property industry body decides against keeping Coventry staff in the city in favour of a new home in Birmingham...

Birmingham IT firm acquired by Arden Group 

20 Apr

Coventry group makes third acquisition in the space of 18 months as it aims to boost its roster of services...

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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 »

Lease Agreement and Service Level / Grant Agreement for Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 

16 Dec

Follow up sent to Coventry City Council by J.

Santa’s Grotto 

16 Dec

Santa's Grotto at Coombe Country Park.

Emergency Planning processes used at Coventry Council 

15 Dec

Response by Coventry City Council to James Davids on 15 December 2017 .

Trading Standards Investigations into Lettings Agents and Property Managers 

15 Dec

Response by Coventry City Council to Mark on 15 December 2017 .

Trading Standards Investigations into Lettings Agents and Property Managers 

15 Dec

Internal review request sent to Coventry City Council by Mark on 15 December 2017 .

Bethlehem Supper with Sarah Munro 

15 Dec

A concert of folk, jazz and easy-listening music with a supper of Mediterranean foods including flatbreads, hummus, olives, pomegranates, almonds, honey etc.

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Arts & Culture »

All Puns Blazing 

9 Dec

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY SISTERS B2, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Friday 8 th December, 2017   One Christmas tradition that doesn’t get me bah-humbugging all the way home, is the Belgrade Theatre’s annual alternative production to the (...

Rocking In Silence At Blackwell Grange 

5 Dec

One of our brand new local favourite wedding venues is the delightful Blackwell Grange in Shipston-On-Stour.

Magic and Mess make for success 

2 Dec

CINDERELLA Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Friday 1 st December, 2017   Writer, director and jovial genius Iain Lauchlan is back at the Belgrade for another triumphant year with a winning pantomime that blends traditional with new elements.

Dirty Stops Outs – Coventry Music,venues and Entertainments in the 1970’s 

21 Nov

Dirty Stops Outs - Coventry Music, venues and Entertainments in the 1970's- New Book Out by Ruth Cherrington.

Robin Trower Band 

21 Nov

Robin Trower Band by Pete Clemons The fact that so much has been mentioned recently of the music from that period, I have found myself listening to a lot of releases from 1967.

Show of Hands – Coventry Cathedral 

17 Nov

Show of Hands – Coventry Cathedral By Pete Clemons Concerts in cathedrals are usually extraordinary events.

Crokodile Tears 

12 Nov

Crokodile Tears by Pete Clemons I recently spent a delightful hour or two in the company of a couple of Coventry musicians who, it is fair to say, have both been at the bedrock of a large part of the local music scene for almost forty years.

The Cavern Club and the Belgrade Theatre 

7 Nov

The Cavern Club and the Belgrade Theatre by Pete Clemons Hands up.

Full of the Devil 

1 Nov

LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 1 st November, 2017   I am welcomed into the temporary, pop-up theatre by writer-performer Mark Lockyer.

YES – at 50 

31 Oct

Yes - at 50 By Pete Clemons Rock band ‘Yes’ have recently entered their 50th year in existence.

Stan Webb and Chicken Shack 

24 Oct

Stan Webb and Chicken Shack by Pete Clemons One of the most prized 7 inch singles I own is titled ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ by blues band Chicken Shack released on the Blue Horizon label during 1969.

No-Man – Returning Jesus 

18 Oct

No-Man – Returning Jesus By Pete Clemons No-Man are: Steven Wilson Tim Bowness No-Man – Returning Jesus I guess we could all make that great claim for a great band yet to be discovered.

Tim Bowness, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham – 30 September 

10 Oct

Tim Bowness, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham - 30 September by Pete Clemons It is not often I can say that I have attended a gig where not one song performed throughout the entire evening has been from a latest release.

Punk Is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night – Richard Cabut / No Future: Punk, Politics And British Youth Culture – Matthew Worley 

8 Oct

PUNK IS DEAD: MODERNITY KILLED EVERY NIGHT This original collection of insight, analysis and conversation charts the course of punk from its underground origins, when it was an un-formed and utterly alluring near-secret – back in the garage, when ...

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