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24 Oct

Coventry and Warwickshire area news plus all the weather, traffic and sport on Friday October 24...

Coventry brothel owner told to ‘find another profession’ after avoiding jail sentence 

24 Oct

Romanian woman ran sex parlour in Upper Stoke with two other women...

Competitive motor racing to be staged on Coventry Ring Road next year 

24 Oct

Coventry Motofest 2015 will feature Formula 3 and British Touring car time trials due to change in law...

Council in service cuts warning 

23 Oct

Coventry city council warns of "unprecedented" cuts to services as it attempts to tackle a predicted £65m budget shortfall by 2018.

Police hunting black Merc after car crashed into Coundon bookies and sped off 

23 Oct

Police seek driver after smash in Barkers Butts Lane, Coventry, earlier this month...

Finham hair salon holding a ‘Pink Friday’ for charity 

23 Oct

Bellulus inviting customers to support fun event for Breast Cancer Care...

Kebabs dished up by Woodlands Academy pupils 

23 Oct

Year 7 pupils serve healthy varieties during first cookery practical...

Woodlands Academy’s basketball team enjoys dream debut 

23 Oct

Team beat President Kennedy 27-0 in Coventry Schools' Tournament...

CCTV: Can you help track down men suspected of attempted robbery at Coventry student flats 

23 Oct

Police want to speak to four men in connection with the incident at Callice Court in Far Gosford Street...

Look: Old Warwick University pictures revealed as 50th anniversary approaches 

23 Oct

In the run up to the Coventry establishment's half-century celebrations, education reporter Lucy Lynch looks back at its construction...

Thief steals police number plates from car parked in Foleshill 

23 Oct

Vehicle belonging to West Midlands Police was unmarked when it was targeted by an unsuspecting criminal...

Coventry training firm Pearson Education to close by Christmas – 100 jobs under threat 

23 Oct

Bosses of Middlemarch Business Park firm brand the decision to shut as 'regrettable...

Coventry’s Pearson Education to close by Christmas 

23 Oct

Around 150 jobs under threat as qualification and training organisation closes city base...

‘The people that worked so hard for this city would be turning in their graves if they could see what is going on’ 

23 Oct

New homes building and taking away sports facilities  - Coventry Telegraph letters for October 23...

Coventry dad fighting Islamic State in Iraq 

23 Oct

Anxious wife and young daughter beg Hillfiellds trader Waleed Sulaiman to come home safe...

Hillfields dad travels to Iraq to join fight against Islamic State terrorists 

23 Oct

Anxious wife and young daughter beg Coventry trader Waleed Sulaiman to come home safe...

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Red Button: Toon fans call for ‘Bigi In, Pard Out’ 

21 Oct

Newcastle United fans still love Cov Kid Gael Bigirimana even if the boss doesn't...

Kev’s Column: A Silicone Bay 

17 Oct

Every week Kevin publishes his very own “Kev’s Column” on-line.

‘School libraries play a huge part in pupils’ education’ 

17 Oct

One library consultant told Vicky Wayman of a new school that forgot to include a library space in their plans...

Red Button: Yoza hoping Ricoh Arena hoodoo will curse Wasps too 

17 Oct

Brickie who buried Leicester City kit under main stand is delighted Wasps are moving to stadium...

Boost For The Bay’s Job Seekers & Pensioners 

16 Oct

Kevin Foster has welcomed new figures showing that 821 fewer people are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Torquay and Paignton since 2010, a 35% drop and plans for an above inflation rise in the State Pension.

Bob Ainsworth MP: Wasps deal good for Coventry but questions remain over Sky Blues’ future 

13 Oct

Writing for the Telegraph, Bob Ainsworth MP explains while the council will be pleased to off-load the Ricoh Arena to Wasps, they won't be celebrating just yet...

Only better schools will solve the problem of the education lottery 

12 Oct

Study suggests allocating places on the basis of your postcode means wealthier families have greater access to higher-achieving schools...

Benefit sanctions make it harder for Coventry people to find work: new report finds 

12 Oct

MEDIA RELEASE – 13/10/2014 For immediate release For more information please contact Daksha Piparia 02476 252019 or Janet Gurney on 02476 253174 Benefit sanctions make it harder for Coventry people to find work: new report finds Benefit sanctions ...

Kev’s Column: Has our Town Centre Got the Appetite for Success? 

10 Oct

Every week Kevin publishes his very own “Kev’s Column” online.

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Thursday 23 October 

23 Oct

Spent the morning at Ladywalk, didn’t really see much but it was a pleasant morning.

A Kenilworth firm has pledged to raise a minimum of £600 for leading cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support over the next 12 months 

23 Oct

Goodfoot Training has chosen Macmillan as its charity partner for the next 12 months and hopes to raise essential funds from staff and customer fundraising.

Quiet in the Tame valley. 

23 Oct

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 After the strong winds of the previous day it was good to get out and about.

Murder Most FarGo 28th November 

22 Oct

Join us On 28th November for an evening of suspense, drama, cocktails and music.

Foolscap – a poem 

22 Oct

Foolscap The blinded window, like a discarded page of empty, lined and yellowing foolscap, says nothing, but stares balefully back, while the silhouetted money plant is an elaborate blot of inky black and messy coinage, worth little, but for ...

Tuesday 21st October 

21 Oct

At a bit of a loose end today! I spent a pleasant morning around the reservoir.

New research unit using digital technology to fight cancer 

21 Oct

A new cancer research unit set up at the University of Warwick will use digital technology to try and find new treatments for the disease.

Just looking 

21 Oct

Monday 20th October 2014 Went out for a bit of Patch bashing in the morning.

20 Today 

21 Oct

I can't believe I have two girls in their 20's now (Neither can they I think).

Monday 20 October 

20 Oct

Last Friday saw me turn 58 plus probably more significantly unemployed/retired no sure which as yet.

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Episode 79 – The Nii Lamptey Show 

24 Oct

This week: Lamptey cross.

November Open Meeting – Guest Speaker Steven Pressley 

23 Oct

The next Sky Blue Trust Open meeting will be held at The Squirrel Pub, Greyfriars Lane, Coventry, CV1 2GY on Monday November 3rd starting at 7.30pm.

Play Up Sky Blues 

23 Oct

Play Up Sky Blues Vitalfootball:Coventry:23/10/2014 08:50:00 The wheels finally came off the wobbly Coventry City bandwagon in midweek when Oldham Athletic ran out 4-1 winners against the Sky Blues at Boundary Park, leaving Steven Pressley...

Stats: OIdham Athletic v Coventry City 

23 Oct

Stats: OIdham Athletic v Coventry City Vitalfootball:Coventry:23/10/2014 08:45:00 All the stats from OIdham Athletic (4) vs (1) Coventry City, Ricoh Arena, 21 October 2014, 19:45 Att: 3,224...

Business as Usual for CCFC on Thursday 

22 Oct

Business as Usual for CCFC on Thursday Vitalfootball:Coventry:22/10/2014 19:11:00 Tudgay nets in Under-21 match...

Going gets tougher for Pressley 

22 Oct

Coventry boss Steven Pressley warned his players to toughen up after their slump continued with a 4-1 defeat at Oldham.

Oldham Push Pressley To The Brink 

21 Oct

Oldham Push Pressley To The Brink Vitalfootball:Coventry:21/10/2014 22:01:00 City manager under huge pressure after damaging defeat...

Oldham add to Coventry’s woes 

21 Oct

Coventry's slide continued as they went down to a 4-1 defeat at in-form Oldham.

Going gets tougher for Pressley 

21 Oct

Coventry boss Steven Pressley warned his players to toughen up after their slump continued with a 4-1 defeat at Oldham.

Latics leave Sky Blues in freefall 

21 Oct

Coventry's slide continued as they went down to a 4-1 defeat at in-form Oldham.

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Snooker legend Steve Davis sent to Coventry 

23 Oct

HE MAY have produced moments of brilliance during a spell of complete dominance back in the 1980's but snooker legend Steve Davis has warned he may be slightly off the pace when he returns to the baize for the Champion of Champions event in...

Cal Crutchlow gutted after Australia crash 

22 Oct

-€˜ABSOLUTELY gutted' - the words of Cal Crutchlow after he crashed out of the Australian MotoGP on the final lap while he was set to finish second.

Pressley remains defiant despite another Sky Blues defeat 

22 Oct

STEVEN Pressley admits his Sky Blues side are lacking in confidence after suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening.

Sky Blues sign first Active Ambassador 

22 Oct

A COVENTRY kid, who put his -€˜life and soul' into a school project about the Sky Blues when he was a teenager, has become the first local business person to sign up to an initiative to help improve the club's playing squad.

Sphinx boss Hopkins takes positives away from Walsall Wood defeat 

22 Oct

LUKE Hopkins feels his Sphinx side were lacking any quality in the final third after narrowly losing 2-1 at Walsall Wood in the Midland League Premier Division.

Alex Brown signs for Bears in 2015 

22 Oct

BEARS have announced that Coventry kid Alex Brown has signed a new deal to play for the club in League One next year.

Storm keep National League title hopes alive 

22 Oct

STORM kept their title dream alive after putting in a brave performance as they slipped to a narrow 52-42 defeat against Cradley in the first leg of their National League Grand Final.

Ronnie O’Sullivan top seed for Champion of Champions showdown 

22 Oct

DEFENDING champion Ronnie Oamp;#039;Sullivan has been announced as the number one seed for the eagerly anticipated Champion of Champions event at the Ricoh Arena next month.

England Autumn International Tickets Available To Members Only. 

22 Oct

Tickets available to paid-up Broadstreet Members - with STRICT conditions.

Bees lose out to Poole in Elite League Grand Final 

21 Oct

THE ELITE League dream is over for Bees who were made to settle for runners-up position after Poole successfully defended their Championship.

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Business news »

ATD targets train manufacturers after receiving RGF grant 

23 Oct

A DESIGN and manufacturing company in Coventry is diversifying, creating jobs and buying new premises after receiving a grant from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

Aerospace firm CFS set to take off after new funding support 

22 Oct

A COVENTRY aerospace company rescued from the brink of closure two years ago is focussing of growth after securing new funding.

Success of networking events at the castles 

22 Oct

David Myskow, vice chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s Mid-Warwickshire branch, writes...

Coventry & Warks LEP seeks European funding delegates 

20 Oct

THE Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for representatives to join a group which will be responsible for allocating £116m of European Funding.

Manufacturer Brose shares in £5.4m Government funding pot to tackle skills shortages 

20 Oct

AN award-winning Coventry manufacturer has been named as one of six UK automotive suppliers to receive a share of Government funding aimed at addressing skills shortages.

Coventry & Warks LEP boosts planning support with new appointment 

17 Oct

THE Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub has appointed a new planning consultant to help it improve its overall service to businesses in the area.

Coventry to get new food and drink quarter after £5.5m Cathedral Lanes deal 

16 Oct

SHEARER Property Group has paid around £5.5m for the Cathedral Lanes shopping centre in Coventrys Broadgate and plans to create a new food and drink quarter.

Engineering firm MarchantCain unveils performance car innovation 

15 Oct

A COVENTRY-based actuation systems specialist will demonstrate a new concept in performance car technology for the first time at a forthcoming engineering exhibition.

Poundland beefs up its executive team with NED appointments 

15 Oct

BLACK Country discount retailer Poundland Group has brought in two new non-executive directors (NEDs) including the group finance director of West Midlands pubco Mitchells & Butlers.

Bistro job delivered quickly by Deeley 

14 Oct

COVENTRY contractor Deeley Construction has completed a contract worth nearly £500,000 at an enterprise park in the city.

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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.

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 theft of passenger’s property from train – Coventry 

22 Aug

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a passenger’s luggage from a train at Coventry railway station.

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The Rainbow Inn Food and Craft Market 

26 Oct

Food and craft market for local businesses to sell their products.

Jumble sale 

25 Oct

Sale of second hand goods, clothes, shoes, bedding, curtains, toys, cd's books and bric-a-brac.

Oral Hormone Pregnancy Tests | Backbench Business | Commons debates 

23 Oct

I apologise for not being in my place for the Minister’s opening remarks.

Big Comfy Sessions Gig (Ed Prosek & Dan Wilde) 

23 Oct

Californian folk star Ed Prosek tours the UK and stops off at The Big Comfy Bookshop for the first ever Big Comfy Sessions gig.

Channel across road, 22nd October 

22 Oct

Road surface collapsed from man hole cover in a channel shape, very hard impact when driving towards town centre due to this, like a small kerb across the road, can only imagine the dangers it's causing to mine others cars.

Coventry children getting off to a good start 

22 Oct

CHILDREN are leaving reception classrooms across Coventry’s schools with improving levels of development, new figures have revealed.

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Arts & Culture »

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.

Swing to the Right 

18 Sep

PROPAGANDA SWING Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Wednesday 17 th September, 2014 Berlin, 1939 and American journalist Bill Constant (Richard Conlon) finds his radio broadcasts heavily vetted by nasty Nazi Heinrich Hinkel (Paul Lincoln) and the woman he ...

Comedy Shows in Coventry 

12 Sep

There seems to be loads of comedians around at the moment – and almost every week there is one or more stand up comedy shows in the Coventry and Leamington area.

Mallory Knox Playing Coventry 

12 Sep

You can see up and coming rock band  Mallory Knox on the first date of their Autumn 2014 UK tour – here in Coventry at the Kasbah.

Charity Gig in aid of Coventry MS Society 

11 Sep

Formed in Coventry The JPs are performing a one off gig for local Multiple Sclerosis charities at The Tin (Taylor John’s House) , Canal Basin, Coventry.

Leamington + Coventry Live Music Sept 11th to 14th 

10 Sep

Thu 11 Sep 2014 20:30 The Hannafords Tump Folk Club, The Humber, Coventry, CV3 1BA Fri 12 Sep 2014 20:00 Running For Cover Carey’s, Hertford Place, Coventry, CV1 3JZ Fri 12 Sep 2014 18:30 The Deserts @Kasbah, Coventry, CV1 5LY … Read more...

Recent interviews with Tony D about Kill Your Pet Puppy for Noisey (Vice) / Doomed To Extinction / Maximum Rock And Roll 

9 Sep

Tony D (Mick Mercer collection) I’m an intern at Noisey France (Vice magazine musical platform) and I wanted to write an article about Kill Your Pet Puppy.

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