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Welcome to the latest edition of Your Shout, the Coventry New Deal for Communities (NDC) magazine for residents living in Wood End, Henley Green, Manor Farm and Deedmore (WEHM). Firstly, you may have noticed that it has been a while since our last edition. With NDC coming to an end and the start of the Spirit Quarterly magazine, it makes sense to reduce the number of editions to avoid duplication whilst preparing for the end of the programme. Sadly the next edition you receive in 2011 will be the last Your Shout ever but fear not as it will be a special souvenir edition to mark the end of the ten-year programme. So if you would like to submit any articles you think should be part of this, please get in touch.

Diana – Your Shout editor gets the beauty treatment at Henley College

In this edition you can read all about what’s been happening in the WEHM neighbourhood – check out my visit to Henley College Hair and Beauty salon on page xx, the first Show Home for the Spirit Quarters housing redevelopment on page xx and don’t forget to use your coupon for Moat House Cafe. There’s also a special pullout in this edition about Your Guide, a new community website which has information about this neighbourhood plus a free 2011 calendar!

Please do get in touch if you have any news you think local people need to know about – remember it’s your issues which go in Your Shout. You can contact me at the NDC office on 024 7662 2964 or just pop in to the Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre on Winston Avenue. Diana p.s If you’re on Facebook then why not join the I _ Your Shout group! Just do a search for Your Shout and you should find us.

Residents Focus Group Over the last few years we have been active members in contributing to and influencing how Your Shout has developed and we will be sad to see it go.

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With NDC going, and Moat House Community Trust remaining, we will still try and help local people keep up-to-date with news as we think it is important people share news, Members of the Comms Focus Group puzzles, recipes and jokes! In this edition you can read about the community laptop which is available for hire in Henley Green, gazebos available for community events as well as the usual puzzles, recipes and resident association updates.

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As Diana said, the next edition in February will be the last edition, so please do contact any one of us if you would like something to go in the final edition. Whether it’s writing your own article or a special poem, we encourage you to get involved one last time in your community magazine! Remember its Your Shout!



Local residents welcomed the Leader of the Council HOUSING developers and government funders to unveil the first show homes in the Spirit Quarters housing redevelopment recently.

g On Saturday 6th November youn battled people from across the city it out at the first ever StreetGames ! Festival to take place in Coventry

neighbourhood at The event took place in the NDC hood Centre our Moat House Leisure and Neighb d between 12 age ple peo where hundreds of young and activities, rts spo of ge ran a and 19 took part in ts and six-a-side including street dance, multi-spor football. al Advisor for young Terry Angus, Connexions Person fantastic opportunity a was is “Th people at NDC, said: ticipate in for young people in Coventry to par a fun, relaxed and sports they may not have tried in supportive environment.”

y NDC, Coventry The event was organised by Coventr et Games, a Sports Trust, Connexions and Stre which develops sport groundbreaking national charity and makes sport s with disadvantaged communitie less of their social ard reg accessible to young people circumstances. Regional Manager Kerry McDonald, West Midlands people deserve the for StreetGames said: “All young

As part of the celebrations guests listened to speeches before cutting the ribbon to the first show home located on Petitor Crescent. and that’s the opportunity to participate in sport out – that’s why d sen this like message that events events like this are so important.

partners, we want “Working in collaboration with our sport as fun and see young people across the UK to more physically ome bec to accessible and for them s.” live day -toactive in their day about If you would like to find out more us at Ang ry Ter how this event went visit Centre. ure Leis se Connexions in Moat Hou

KIERAN MAKES CONNEXIONS Wood End resident Kieran Armour has joined NDC’s Connexions team as part of an employment scheme for young people. Kieran, aged 19, works 15 hours a week at Connexions alongside Terry Angus and Linda Stevenson-Smith as part of the placement which started in June 2010.


“Since I’ve been working for Connexions I’ve had the chance to do lots of different things like organising and promoting events, providing support to other young people and working for my own local community.

The long-awaited show home unveiling signalled a positive future for the area, despite the current economic climate and housing market uncertainty. Vicky Scott, Chair of Deedmore Resident Association said: “The unveiling of the first show home will mark this special occasion, a moment we have all been waiting for! It’s great to be able to step into real houses following the years of hard work between residents and agencies operating in this area.” Lynn Wassell, Project Director for the redevelopment, said: “This is a significant milestone in the first phase of the development which will deliver 154 mixed tenure homes, as well as offering confidence and optimism to the local community for the future. Despite the doom and gloom in these tough economic times, three new Spirit Quarter properties have already been snapped up by eager home buyers.”

Nikki Rylatt from Keepmoat L:R Vicky Scott, Cllr John Mutton and Homes inside the show home

nine properties will be available at affordable rent from Whitefriars Housing whilst the remainder are being offered for sale. Over the next 15 years, 3,328 new homes will be built physically transforming the neighbourhood and supporting the existing community infrastructure of new schools, the Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre and Moat House Park as well as building on the economic and social regeneration outcomes achieved through the New Deal For Communities programme. Councillor John Mutton said: “We know there is not a great deal of money and that funds are being cut, and residents must have been feeling like the scheme was never going to happen, but now we can look forward to new homes being built which are going to transform the area.”

The first 154 homes being built near Petitor Crescent are a mix of two and three storey properties. Thirty-

To see the show home yourself visit the sales office on Petitor Crescent during opening hours: Monday 10:00 – 17:00 Thursday 10:00 – 17:00 Friday 10:00 – 17:00 Saturday 10:00 – 17:00 Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

“It’s been great as it has helped me get better at skills like communication, team work and self-confidence. These are all skills young people need to have before they enter the world of work.” Kieran is currently involved in a programme run by JHP Employability, which helps young people and adults find employment. While Kieran will shortly be completing his placement at Connexions, he will shortly be jetting off to India to undertake a 10 week placement run through charity Raleigh International. Kieran raised £1500 for the placement in India, and he will be working in Kerala, in South West India, working with children, helping to build schools and supporting communities.

k and the For more information about his wor at the an schemes he’s attended, visit Kier ure Centre. Leis Connexions office at Moat House





Moat House Community Trust has launched a new Neighbourhood Network to help bring local services and organisations together to encourage joint working. The purpose of the network is to encourage representatives and workers from local organisations to work together on tackling the same issues around health, crime, employment and environment. Over 50 people attended the first Neighbourhood Network event on November 10th at Moat House Leisure Centre. Guests were encouraged to get to know each other and think of new ways of working together to deliver better services for the local community and this is particularly in light of Government budget cuts and the need to maintain good services for residents in our community.

Adrian Coles, NDC Succession Manager, emphasised the significance of the event: “The aim of the network is to build and strengthen relationships and encourage greater sharing of information and less overlap between services delivered by local agencies.” A number of important local organisations attended, including Pertemps People Development Group, Connexions, Grace Academy, Moat House Children’s Centre, Whitefriars and many others.

INTERNET BENEFITS NDC residents helped test out new ways of using the internet to benefit their community at the first Local By Social event in the West Midlands. Coventry Local by Social took place in November where residents, service providers and councils put their heads together to think of new ways to encourage computer access and usage in neighbourhoods. Practical tools like internet forums, blogs, podcasts, videos, photos and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were tested out in the NDC area to give local people a taste of how they could use the internet for their personal and community needs. Lucy Watt from organisers FutureGov said: “Local by Social is building on a growing recognition that internet access can create huge benefit for people. “It allows services to be made widely available at lower costs, whilst there are huge potential gains for the individual like lower shopping bills, education benefits

or employment benefits as more and more jobs are now advertised online.” The first day was hosted by Coventry City Council at the Council House whilst the second day was hosted by Coventry NDC at Moat House Leisure Centre. More than 90 people attended over the two days. Afzal Hussain, NDC Director said: “Coventry was the first city to host this event regionally so we are pleased that we managed to secure this important event for the community. “During the event NDC residents worked with delegates to share their experience of setting up their own blog or email account and discuss the wider issue of computer and internet access.” Martin Smith, Resident Chair of WEHM said: “This was a great opportunity for practitioners and local residents to work with IT experts to develop new ways of using social media which we then tested out in the NDC area and other neighbourhoods in the city.”


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For more information about the en Neighbourhood Network and wh ase ple the next event will take place bster contact Adrian Coles or Louis We on st at Moat House Community Tru 02476 622964.



COMMUNITY MOAT HOUSE COMMUNITY DAY SUCCESS Over 800 people turned up in force to the annual Moat House Community Day to take part in family fun activities and enjoy a range of entertainment at the £11m centre. The event, held at Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre on Winston Avenue every October, was hosted by Coventry Sports Trust and Coventry NDC to mark the one year anniversary of former NDC Chairman Roger Tipton who passed away last year.

You may have seen them walking around in their purple tops or maybe they have even knocked on your front door - these are the Community Involvement Officers who work for Coventry NDC! ‘Outreach’ is a big part of the work of Community Involvement Officers, and this involves staff going out into the community doorsteps and talking directly with local residents.

A whole host of activities took place throughout the day like African jewellery making, Community Bingo, Bouncy Castle, Charity Stalls, Cheerleading, Circus Skills, Face Painting and Gym challenges and tasters.

As well as knocking on doors and acting as a visible presence in the community the team – Florence Mudhai and Treece McEleney - also catch up with local residents at community venues. They both do their best to talk to different people in order to establish relationships between residents and NDC Officers.

There were also a number of competitions and prize draws throughout the day including the first ever Moat House Cup Tournament where local football teams battled for the trophy!

The Community Involvement Officers also deal with a huge range of issues in their community work, from burglaries to sightings of foxes in the area! Martin Smith, Resident Chair for the NDC Board said: “The event was a resounding success with many local families turning up to enjoy the entertainment. We have a diverse community in the NDC area and events like these are a great way of bringing everyone together.” The Moat House Community Day is an annual event in the NDC area, for information on how to get involved in next year’s event please contact Richard Marrs, Centre Manager on 024 7684 1720.

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REACHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY NDC’s longest standing Community Involvement Officer, Florence Mudhai, spoke about her work: “When we go door knocking, we will get asked a variety of questions at the doorstep and we answer them where we can or sometimes refer residents to specialist agencies for advice.” Community Involvement Officers also support community groups in the area by attending their meetings and helping them with issues to do with their groups, or to help to organise events. Florence continued: “All talks are strictly confidential, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that we are here to help solve your problems. Likewise, if you don’t have a problem, but just fancy a chat, then we are happy to do that too!”

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don’t own Henley Green residents who to hire a able be a computer will now just £1 a day! from community-shared laptop by the NDC through The community laptop was funded is now available for the Community Resource Fund and rge of £1 per day or local people for the small hire cha laptop has been £5 for a week rent. For security, the n recorded on a bee marked with Smart Water and has ipment. website that tracks computer equ

vide a £10 To hire, all you will need to do is pro of of pro and ID of deposit and provide proof re is The a. are residence in the Henley Green ept acc to rs also a short form to fill out by hire damage or responsibility for the laptop and any loss.

For further details please contact either Alan Tyrrell, John Marriott or Martin Smith at Henley Green Community Centre on 02476 618770.

S T N E V E R U O Y R O TENTS F 4 ts Association now holds Henley Green Residen d out to zebos that can be loane former NDC orange ga od End, unity events in the Wo local people for comm rm areas. Fa re Road and Manor Henley Green, Deedmo y be a de of the area there ma For organisations outsi small charge.

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Sixteen local residents from the Wood end and Bell Green area, represented Coventry recently when they took part in the famous London Festival.

Carol Speed, Neighbourhood Development Officer for North East said: “It was a long day leaving Coventry at 11am to make it down to London then not returning until the early hours of Monday but well worth it! We would like to thank everyone who took part in what was a great community experience.”

The lucky group were invited by the City Council to join Imagineer Productions in the colourful parade along the River Thames on September 12th after successfully creating their own costume for the Godiva Festival earlier in the year. In total, over 80 people travelled by coach and mini bus with a large van carrying all of the costumes and instruments for the Coventry section of the Festival. Watched by thousands of spectators, Coventry followed the theme of ‘Our Disappearing World’ with giant fishes, zebras, a giant arctic owl and magnificent proud Lion, plus many more. Val King a local Street Champion and Bell Green resident said: “It was a perfect day all round! I could not sleep thinking of all the excitement of the day’s events turning over in my mind. I will remember this day for evermore.” The night was finished off with a spectacular fireworks display which lit up the night skies over London.



A recent Jobs Fair saw nearly 60 local residents turn up in their search for employment. The North East Autumn Job Fair held on Wednesday 27th October at Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre was aimed at providing job-seekers with an opportunity to access employment support and to access the latest jobs. The event brought together a wide range of partners like Jobcentre Plus, Coventry City Council, Coventry Voluntary Action, Working Links, The Workshop, Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau, Wood End Advice and Information Centre and others. There was also attendance from RSL, a local employer. Event co-ordinator, Wahidul Islam, Economic Development and Engagement Assistant said: “The event was a real success.

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Supporting local unemployed residents access a wide range of local services is really important in light of the current economic situation.” “Everyone who attended was given a free opportunity to get advice around employment, training opportunities and advice on starting a business. There was also information on sexual health issues with Clinic-in-a-Box, wider health issues with Coventry Health Trainers, as well as guidance on money management.” The job fair is the third employment event hosted by NDC this year and a fourth event is due to be held in Spring 2011. For details please contact Wahidul Islam on 024 7662 2964.

bster and Wahidul Islam Earlier this year Louis We nomic placements as NDC Eco started their six-month se The . nts ista ement Ass Development and Engag Wahidul gust but both Louis and Au in ed ish fin s placement ity Trust un by Moat House Comm have since been taken on t year. and NDC until March nex tions and try NDC Head of Opera Wayne Brewster, Coven initial the ing the success of Performance said: “Follow offer to e abl be really pleased to two placements, we’re duate. gra ng you a to ity opportun another great placement now vided Louis, Wahidul and “These schemes have pro ich wh e enc eri g and work exp Noel with valuable trainin in ent ym plo em t nen g perma will help them with gainin the final g tin por sup in et ass a key the future. Noel will be ry.” ive del NDC of se pha ployment Placement are Future Jobs Fund and Em ts schemes which suppor both government funded rk by wo o int ng in Coventry back unemployed people livi s nth mo six for ng ce and traini providing work experien . with a host organisation placement finding out more about If you are interested in the it vis ase or training ple opportunities, vacancies ll Be e, uar Sq ey Ril y Avenue, Workshop on Roseberr . 928 Green or call 02476 703




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TO BOOK RING HEADSTART ACADEMY AT HENLEY COLLEGE COVENTRY: 024 7662 6445 Every September hundreds of students sign up to do hair and beauty courses at Henley College, including local NDC residents. However, not many people know that as part of student training, the College runs its own hair and beauty therapy services which are open to the public during term time. The beauty salon (Therapeutix) and hair salon (Headstart) both offer a range of hair and beauty treatments using high quality products at low budget prices. As a result the College provides students with a real learning experience in a real business environment.

nails very well, I opted to have a french manicure and pedicure at Therapeutix, said Diana. “Booking was quick and easy and the facilities were very professional. My beauty therapist made me feel comfortable straight away and the pedicure was actually very relaxing! As she was a trainee, the treatment took longer than it usually would but the results were well worth it! “This was my first time at Therapeutix but I’ll definitely be using it again. I think it’s great to have facilities like these in the local area.”

To put the students to the test, Your Shout editor Diana was invited for a nail makeover at Therapeutix recently! “I had a special event on the weekend and wanted to look my very best, so as someone who doesn’t take care of her

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HEALTH Wood End Dental Surgery Opening Wide Based in the Wood End Health Centre on Deedmore Road, the Wood End Dental Surgery is open and ready to serve you! Whether it’s a check-up you need or urgent dental treatment the surgery doors are open. And now, thanks to longer opening hours, local residents can get even greater access to dental treatments they need. Jim Chirayath, Dental Practitioner at Wood End Dental Surgery, is keen to see new faces and always strives to make it as comfortable as possible for users. He recognises that the main barrier for people going to their local dentist is nervousness, which can be based on childhood experiences. However, he says that these feelings are unfounded: “Dentistry has changed a lot over the years” he says. Dental surgeries now accommodate people better than ever before, and getting people comfortable is the main priority. As well as providing general dental treatment and techniques to reduce customer anxiety, the Wood End Dental Surgery offers additional services, such as restorative dentistry. Teeth that are damaged or lost through decay, trauma or other reasons, can be restored, and the surgery offers fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures and implants. In addition, it may be possible to receive a domiciliary service, for people who have reasons which prevent them from visiting the surgery, such as disability. To enquire about this service, you will need to contact the Dental Surgery Reception. Smoking has hugely negative effects on dental hygiene, and there is increasing scientific evidence suggesting that smoking dramatically increases the chances of

gum disease, and that gum disease can have negative consequences for the rest of the body, including the heart and body circulation. The Wood End Health Centre does, however, offer a smoking cessation service. As well as offering smoking cessation groups, this service offers advice and a full range of smoking cessation products.

The Wood End Dental Surgery will accept NHS patients. teeth tips for healthy For guidance and , you should consult and dental hygiene, but there are a few your local dentist remember: tips you should get checkups times you should h as diet, • The number of (s ber of factors uc tyle), and depends on a num es lif d an neral health family history, ge vise you ad n ca your dentist y to get at ults, you should tr ths • However, for ad every 6 to 12 mon least one check-up , the 12 years or below) • For children (age ups should be higher kfrequency of chec art to see a or more should st 2 e ag n re ild Ch • dentist oducts • Avoid sugary pr – in the least twice a day night • Try to brush at be re you go to d at morning and befo oride which contains flu • Use toothpaste

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Did you know that thieves often commit burglaries when properties are empty, while a third of break-ins occur through an open back window. Here are a few simple safety tips this winter to ensure your property and belongings remain secure: • Ensure your doors and windows are secured (even in another room it is best not to leave your front or back door open)

It’s that time of the year. The clocks have gone back. The days are getting shorter and you need to keep your heating running for longer. Winter has arrived!

• Don’t leave valuables on display from the outside

You may remember that in the summer edition of Your Shout we gave you important tips on being more burglar alert. Now that winter has arrived, there are a few things you can follow to ensure your personal safety and home security.

• Install timer switches and set them to come on when it gets dark

One way of making your home more secure is by investing in a timer switch.

• Use security lights, if possible (both inside and outside your home)

Sergeant Phil Rafferty explained why: “If an intruder spots an unlit property, it becomes a potential target. Burglars prefer the cover of darkness, so we are encouraging residents not to make it easy for them!

• Mark your property with your postcode, when possible, and consider using Smart Water ( • Keep your curtains closed at night

“People always think it won’t happen to them but the sad fact is most burglaries can be prevented by ensuring homes are well lit and all entry ways are locked and secure. We are encouraging all NDC residents to think about the security of their property and to use a timer switch if they are away from home.”


If you need more information on how to make your home safer this winter, call your local Policing Team on 0345 1135000 (extension 79616208)




The Environmental Neighbourhood Agreement details the priorities for the neighbourhood, which were identified by the community, alongside a list of commitments from both residents and agencies. Afzal Hussain, NDC Director, said: “The Neighbourhood Agreements will act as an important contract between residents and service providers. It ensures that there is a real commitment from all parties involved.” Some of the key environmental issues that were addressed in the agreement were dog fouling, road and footpath maintenance, emptying of public litter bins, household refuse collections, litter and shortage of play areas in the area.

At the end of last year the first neighbourhood agreement focusing on crime and community safety was launched. These are signed contracts that outline commitments from residents and agencies and ensure that the WEHM area continues to be a priority once the NDC finishes. This year, NDCs second neighbourhood agreement was launched.

FOUL PLAY You walk around the neighbourhood and try to avoid stepping on it but sometimes you just can’t avoid it! One of the big talking points in the NDC area is the danger of dog fouling. Not only does it ruin our environment, dog fouling also spreads germs and diseases which can sometimes lead to very serious consequences. One Your Shout reader spotted an article in a national newspaper highlighting just this. In the article a 5-yearold child suffered a serious eye infection after falling onto dog dirt at a local park and accidently rubbing it in her eye. The article acts as an important reminder - if you’re a dog owner please remember to clean up after your pet! Dog owners who are caught not ‘picking up’ face a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50. Non-payment of this notice could result in prosecution where magistrates can fine up to £1000. It is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog’s actions or not having a ‘poop scoop’ or similar device.


By signing the agreement, all partners involved signalled their intent to address environmental issues in the area and to ensure that environmental conditions in the area do not decline. To read the Environmental Agreement in full, you can contact the NDC Office or come along to NDC’s Tea and Talk session held every Tuesday at Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre (2pm – 3.30pm). It is also available at community venues. Alternatively, you can download the agreement from the Your Guide website (

DUMP YOUR DOGGY DIRT It is a public offence to allow your dog to foul public land without ‘picking up’ – this includes roads, footpaths, open playing fields, woodland, sports fields and parks. Please remember to clean up after your dog by: • Using simple plastic bags or ‘poop scoops’ for the dog mess • Using dog waste bins for dog waste • Keeping control of your dog and not letting them wander off alone If you witness someone allowing their dog to foul and failing to clean up afterwards, please make a note of the dog owner and the time and date of the offence. You should then pass on these details to Coventry Direct on 0500 834 333 (open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday & 9am to 1pm Saturday).

S K R O W PARK E U N I T N O C Following work earlier this year, local residents are now looking forward to seeing the final phase of improvement works at Moat House Park get underway. Phase 1 was completed in March (Your Shout issue 34, page 35). These improvements included the resurfacing and reconstruction of the major footpaths within the park. Most of the footpaths were completely reconstructed and laid with black top tarmac to give them durability. Phase 2 will further enhance the park with new security measures and entrance features within the park, as well as new planting and soft landscaping. The winning tender was won by HFN Landscapes, and some of the features that will be installed will include the addition of boulders and concrete bollards to entrances around the park. Graham Randle Chair of NDCs Environmental Management Group said: “We want to stop the park being a rat run for nuisance motorbikes, and allow all people, young and old, to enjoy it. “The north and south vehicle entrances will be painted and repaired when necessary, but it’s the more informal entrances to the east and west where the new features will really make a difference.”

Work to the site started in October and is due to end in December, so look out for your new and improved park coming soon! If you would like more information about the improvements to Moat House Park please contact Ellie House at the NDC Office – 02476 622964

STAY SAFE If you happen to be out and about in the park while the work is underway then stay safe with these tips: • Stay away from vehicles and machinery operating in the park • Talk to your children about safety in the park • Always use the marked alternative routes if the footpath is not available • Look out for ruts and dips in the grass or path • If you see any anti-social behaviour make sure you report it to It’s Your Call on 024 7683 1300


RESIDENTS RAY’S column Hi everyone, it’s Ray again, As some of you know, I’m the Chair of WERAG (Wood End Residents Action Group). It’s the end of another year and I’m pleased to announce that WERAG goes from strength to strength; thanks to the committee and all our volunteers, we have done our best to keep local residents informed regarding key issues in our area while at the same time, organising more events and trips than ever before. The two biggest trips were during the half-term holidays – in spring term we sent three coaches to Dudley Zoo and in October we sent four coaches to Gulliver’s Land. We also did local trips during the summer holidays. WERAG would like to thank all the families that came on the trips for their support, and all the children were really cool and made for great days out. We also had a St George’s Day celebration on the chippie fields and WERAG joined with St. Patrick’s Church to put on a fun day/ church fete in St Patrick’s School grounds. We are also holding a Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ on the 22nd December, 6pm – 8pm, at the Wood End Community Centre, we hope as many of the residents as possible will support us and make it an even bigger success than it was last year. I would also like to let you know that our Annual General Meeting will be on the 11th January 2011 where our committee and officers are elected and we welcome any new people who would like to join our committee or be a volunteer to help us carry on the good work and keep our group going forward. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year on behalf of all WERAG members! It’s all good, Ray





Knock, knock. Who’s there? Wanda Witch. Wanda Witch who? Wanda Witch you a Merry Christmas


recipes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Oven: 220ºC, 425ºF, Gas Mark 7 • Shortcrust pastry, made with 6oz (150g) plain flour, 75g (30oz) fat, and 2 table-spoons cold water

How do cats greet each other at Christmas? “I wish you a furry merry Christmas and a Happy mew year”

• 9 tablespoons golden syrup • 30oz (75g) fresh white breadcrumbs • Freshly grated rind of 1 lemon

What did Santa Claus’s wife say during a thunderstorm? “Come and look at the rain, dear.”

Line a 20cm (8inch) flan ring or pie plate with the pastry. Warm the syrup in a pan, and pour onto the breadcrumbs and lemon rind.

What do angry rodents send each other at Christmas time? Cross mouse cards! Did you hear about the pig who began hiding her food in November? She wanted to do her Christmas slopping early! What do fish sing at Christmas? Shark, the herald angels sing. Which dog gives you Christmas presents? Santa Paws What did Adam say on December 24th? It’s Christmas, Eve

RESIDENT’S RIDDLES What is round as a dishpan, deep as a tub, and still the oceans couldn’t fill it up?

A sieve

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?

Spoon the breadcrumb mixture into the pastry-lined tin and cook in a hot oven for about 20 minutes. Serve hot with custard sauce.


Cooking Time: 2 hours Oven: 170ºC (325ºF) Gas Mark 3 • 2lp (1kg) best end of neck of lamb • 8oz (225g) onions, peeled and sliced • 1lb (450g) carrots, scraped and chopped • 1 1/2 lp (3/4 kg) potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme • 900ml (11/2) boiling water • Chopped parsley Cut the neck of lamb into chops and season well, then put alternative layers of vegetables and meat in a large casserole dish, and finish with a layer of potato. Season well between the layers and sprinkle the herbs at the same time. Pour the water over the meat, cover and cook in a slow oven for about 2 hours. Just before serving, skim and sprinkle well with chopped parsley. Serve with buttered cabbage.




RESIDENTS Hi Your Shout readers!


My name is Jack Tolchard. I live in Deedmore and am 14 years old. I’m currently doing a Business Placement (work experience) at Coventry NDC for two weeks (10 days). It’s been four days so far and I have done loads of office work like answering the phones, helping the admin team in the office and going out to visit local companies and schools. The experience has shown me what it’s like to have a job and how it’s not as easy as you would think!

Certificate winners on the night

The Sowe Valley Project celebrated its first birthday in November, with 73 people gathering at Henley Green Community Centre to mark the special occasion. Attendees enjoyed presentations from several people involved with the project which aims to encourage local people to enjoy and enhance the Sowe valley. There were also awards for several Sowe Valley Volunteers including local resident Barry Bennett for ‘highest attendance rate’, and youth groups Eco-Way-2-Go, WRAP and Walsgrave Scouts for ‘putting up with the lousiest weather’. The evening reflected back on the project’s achievements which include sites improved, children’s activities delivered and the Sowe Valley Volunteers established. Work with the Junior Street Champions and Junior Task Group has also led to wildlife themed names for some of the new roads in the NDC area.


Do you want to increase your daily exercise without any hassle? Or just get out and meet some new people? Then join a free weekly walking group When? Every Wednesday, 4:30pm Where? Moathouse Leisure Centre, Deedmore Road, CV2 1EA Come along for drinks in the café afterwards!

Project Coordinator, Anna Squires said “This evening is our opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of the people who have funded, supported and participated in the project so far. The achievements of the project are thanks to all the people in this room and many others.” The Sowe Valley Project has received £211,512 of funding from Natural England’s Access to Nature Programme, funded by £25m from the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Space programme. The project has also received funding from the Environment Agency, BKW housing consortium and kind donations from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust members. It is also supported by Coventry City Council.

For more information contact the Healthy Walks team: Tel: 02476 833148 Website: beactivebehealthy Email; Address: Health & Physical Activity Team, 2nd Floor, West Orchard House, 28-34 Corporation Street, Coventry, CV1 1GF

Visit Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s website for more information, including the Sowe Valley Volunteer timetable: http://www.warwickshire-wildlife-trust. You can also join the project on Facebook, just search for ‘Sowe Valley Project’ and ‘like’ us!



Coming soon…

Local residents Alan Tyrrell and Martin Smith were shining examples at award ceremonies recently where they were honoured for their volunteering activities. Alan, Chair of Henley Green Resident’s Association, won an award for “Outstanding Commitment” at the Home and Communities Agency awards which were held at London’s famous Roundhouse venue. Hundreds of guests from the housing, regeneration and community sector commended Alan on his hard work in his local community over the years, in particular his work with Coventry NDC.

Meanwhile Martin Smith, Resident Chair of NDCs Partnership Board won the employee VoluntEAR of the Year award at Disney where he has been working for 13 years. The Disney VolunEAR awards encourage employees to contribute their personal time, expertise and effort, with an aim to make a positive impact in their community. In winning the award, Martin beat off stiff competition from other employees in Europe and the Middle East! Congratulations to both Martin and Alan!

Local residents have been working closely with NDC to share their stories about the last ten years in the neighbourhood to make their own short film. The documentary More Than Bricks and Mortar has been commissioned by NDC to mark the end of the ten-year regeneration programme and will look at some of the positive and negative changes in the area since 2001. As part of the filming process, a number of residents and workers were interviewed whilst local young people have been helping with the production and soundtrack for the video. Rose Tyrrell from Henley Green Residents Association said: “We want this video to tell the story of change in our neighbourhood through the voices, lives and experiences of local people. Our film director has done a great job of getting


some fantastic footage of the area and we can’t wait to see the end result!” Film Director, Barry Fitzgerald from Cre8ive Day, used to be a Wood End resident and has been involved in a number of types of film production and styles, from short films to animations to documentaries. “Having captured some beautiful images, like the morning ascent of the sun over Deedmore, the mists disappearing into the light in Wood End, the clouds racing across the park in Henley Green or even filming on high in Caradoc with the sun setting on the NDC area I have felt inspired but even that is nothing, compared to the amazing stories of the local residents as they talk of their passion for the area.” The video will be available to view through and soon – please contact Louis Webster at the NDC office for more information.




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NOTICE BOARD Resident Association meetings

WERAG – Tuesday 11th Ja nuary 6.30pm – 7.30pm (generally 2nd Tuesday of every month) Moat House Leisure & Neighbo urhood Centre Henley Green RA – Thursd ay 13th January 7pm – 8.30pm (generally 2nd Th ursday of every month) Henley Green Community Centre or Watcombe Resource Centre Manor Farm RA – Monday 17th January 11am – 12.30pm (generally 3rd Mo nday of every month) Henley Green Community Centre Deedmore RA – Thursday 20th January 1-3pm (generally 3rd Thursday of every month) Moat House Leisure & Neighbo urhood Centre

The last word…

One of the real benefits of my job is the opportunity to regularly meet local residents and find out first hand how our work is making a difference and what more we can do to better serve the needs of our community. On a recent outreach session, my colleague Flo and I discussed a variety of issues with Manor Farm residents including the newly completed play area.

NDC Director, Afzal Hussain

The play area was the result of local residents like Mandy, Josey, Lorna, Pat and others coming together to invest their time and energy to make things better. This is just one of many examples where residents have demonstrated passion, commitment and community spirit to improve their neighbourhoods. I am delighted that NDC has been able to support this type of community empowerment and action.  As you will have seen and read we are entering an extremely difficult period for the public sector and public services in

Contacts Communications: Diana Khanom/Arif Sheikh/Adrian Coles Community Involvement: Ruth Popejoy/Florence Mudhai/Adrian Coles/ Treece McEleney Environment: Ellie House Employment: Wayne Brewster/Wahidul Islam Youth: Emma Bates/Donna Heaney/Nicole Heaney Education: Adrian Coles

Henley Ward Your local councillors are Ed Ruane, Kevin Maton and Lynette Kelly Cllr Ed Ruane 07817 218137 Cllr Kevin Maton 024 7646 1835 Cllr Lynnette Kelly 024 7671 1682 If there is something you want to talk to us about or that you need us to help you with, please contact us

general. At NDC we are working hard to ensure that our neighbourhoods remain a key priority for investment and support. We were therefore delighted to host the Future of Regeneration conference and to welcome Sir Bob Kerslake to the area, where we were able to showcase how the vision of the local community was being realised and to set out what still needs to be done. Looking to the future, public services will need to change and I believe our approach - where residents and workers come together to find common solutions to local issues will increasingly become the norm. I am confident that our successor body Moat House Community Trust will adopt and develop these principles further to ensure that our community and neighbourhoods are ready to meet future challenges.

Health: Stinder Johl Crime: Stinder Johl Director: Afzal Hussain Performance & Commissioning: Wayne Brewster Development & Neighbourhood Services: Stinder Johl/Karen Buttle

Coventry New Deal for Communities Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre, Winston Avenue, Coventry CV2 1EA Tel: 02476 622 964 Fax: 02476 621 760 Email: Web:

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