Match funding June 1 Another opportunity to help the Charterhouse Trust achieve its early objectives presents itself with more match funding from the Heart of England Community Foun‐ dation on June 1. Please make a note of the date and have a look at the website: https://localgiving.com/charity/charterhousecoventry
A watchful eye is being kept on one of Coventry’s most historic public houses, the Black Horse at Spon End, after its owners Punch Taverns, had it de‐listed. The company appears to have considered that listing in the autumn of last year might prejudice the sale of the building, At the recent annual general meeting the Chairman referred to our persistence one of an ever diminishing number of paying off as we see positive moves Victorian ale houses to survive. forward on Copsewood Grange, Yet, based on further evidence that the pub lounge wasn’t original but merely 80 31 Allesley Old Road and the formation of or so years old, the de‐listing was a trust to secure the future of Charterhouse. allowed. Locally it is seen as a very poor decision by The committee was thanked for its work over the year, especially two members the Department for Culture Media and equally poor advice by English Heritage. who had to retire for personal and While in the past customers have posted business reasons—John Marshall and Picture by Colin Walker glowing reports of the Black Horse, Stephen Williamson. declaring it “a fantastic pub, and smashing After the formal business Adam bar staff and high quality Bass”, not so long ago the pub was in danger of losing its music Mottershead led a discussion on the future of the Society. It focused on the licence after upsetting neighbours with its boozy karaoke sessions. growth of the Society's membership and Apparently the licensee has now been asked to leave by May 5 and the building has our level of involvement in new been purchased by a local businessman. campaigns across the city. It was agreed that the Society should aim to double it's current membership over the coming year and take a more proactive role amongst Coventry's On a cold and windy day at the end of April a group of 50 members of the Civic Society communities. Ideas raised during the from St. Ives near Cambridge spent the day with us in Coventry. Four Society members took them on a tour of the Black Swan Terrace and then via Spon meeting included: establishing stronger relationships with Coventry's schools and Street to look at the city centre, with talks about the planning history of the city. universities and continuing to invite After breaking for lunch the Society took them via the Priory Undercroft, on a tour through Millenium Square, Lady Herbert's Garden, the Canal Basin and then on to speakers on specific historic and heritage topics as well as planning and Electric Wharf. The tour culminated in a visit to Sutton Stop. Theme of the tour was ‘Hidden Coventry’, so we purposely steered away from focussing architecture. The AGM was followed a week later by a on the Cathedral and Coventry Transport Museum. Not surprisingly though some meeting of the committee members chose to make for these attractions during the lunch break . where discussions on the growth of the The visitors were appreciative of the tour and offered a return trip later in the year. Special thanks to David Tittle for organising the tour and making all the arrangements. Coventry Society continued. Plans are now in place for the development of a new website as well as to develop our Next meeting: links with other groups in the City and civic societies around the UK.
Monday, May 14 Special opening of
the 12th century Parish Church and Village Museum Meet at the public car park (on the right before the village centre) at 7pm prompt.
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As Coventry University’s new Engineering and Computing building nears an opening date, it completes an impressive line of buildings that stretch from Gosford Street to Gulson Road. The new building with its zig‐zag leaning elevations on the Gulson Road Hospital site, contrasts with the familiar towers of the University Library and the William Morris Building. Over the years the university has out‐ grown the old college building of the 1960s and recent developments have seen the building of a new student block and now this new Engineering and Computing Building . To make this happen, first the University had to build a multiple level car park in Gosford Street leaving the old car park opposite the Ellen Terry Building (the old Odeon Cinema) to be built on it. As part
of the plan the 1960's engineering machines will be moved into its new building was taken down to make extra workshop. Amazingly this includes a full size working Harrier Jump Jet, a simulator space. Then it was possible to build the 'Hub', a building that caters for the and a wind tunnel. student’s social and leisure needs. This We understand that all the other Gulson opened for the start of this students year. Road Hospital buildings acquired by the The new Engineering and Computing University will then be demolished, to be building is due for completion in July and replaced by a car park. According to the during the summer break, all the heavy schedule this work should be finished by the time students are back for the Autumn term. The section of the old city wall that runs down Gulson Road will be repaired using traditional lime mortar. Trees and landscaping will green up a pleasant walk through the campus from Gulson Road to Gosford Street. Look out for another green feature when the engineering block is completed. It will have a roof top grass membrane. Paul Maddocks
Civic Voice has asked us to join a sector wide campaign in a meaningful way. Think Charterhouse or Drapers’ Hall. requesting the Government to reverse its proposed decision to Civic Voice said: “Sensitive alteration is often needed to secure remove ‘VAT relief on alterations to listed buildings’. a viable long‐term use for many listed buildings. We fear that Up to now approved alterations to listed buildings have been withdrawing VAT relief will be off‐putting and many projects exempt from VAT. That has meant ‘altered listed buildings may not go ahead.” have not had to pay VAT on their work at 20%. A building is The consultation closes on May 18 and we are urged to write to our MPs and use the E‐petition: altered when its fabric, such as walls, roof, internal surfaces, floors, stairs, windows, doors, plumbing and wiring is changed http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32056
For many years Coventry Society has The other ‘village’ is across Sky Blue Way been pushing for more small independent into Ball Hill. Named the 'Two Town traders in the city, to provide variety, Village', its an Arcade running off choice and a personal service that the big Walsgrave Road and has an exhibition of companies often fail to achieve. Coventry's legends of music including the While small traders are being squeezed Coventry 'Two Town' label of bands that out of the town centre not so far away were famous for their Black and White musician against racism. Also in the are two new ‘villages’ that have been created. The first is "Fargo Village" in Far village are other shops and food outlets. Gosford Street, where over the past few One of the latest to open is 'Made in years timber framed buildings and Coventry Shop' selling goods made of shops have started trading from some locally, created or grown in the city. redundant buildings have been given a of the wonderful Tudor timber framed new life. The former 'Hand and Heart' Over 30 crafts and artists display and sell pub is now a Vintage Clothing Shop with buildings. One of them is 'Wicced' an their work, so anyone with a talent to flats above and is waiting to have a alternative gift and fashion shop that was knit, saw, draw, paint, make or grow restaurant or food outlet move into the opened by Pauline Black a singer from the things get in touch with Julia Gandy on other half of the downstairs area. A group famous 'Selector' hit group. 07896741604. Paul Maddocks Coventry Society will visit Wolston on Saturday, June 23. Meet at 2.30pm on the village Green opposite the Baptist Chapel. Tea and cake provided in the church at the end of the tour. The bus is number 86 to RUGBY.
London Road Cemetery tours led by the Friends take place on: Sunday May 20 ( 2pm), Wednesday July 4 (6.30pm) & Wednesday August 22 (6.30 pm) Tidy up Days in the cemetery on: Sunday May 6 (10am), Sunday June 10 (10am) & Sunday August 19 (10am)