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Welcome 6 Old Friends, Mountains and Gadgets 8 Save Energy with Window and Door Repairs 12 Garden Design: The Immovable Focal Point 16 What’s On Locally 22 Interiors: Designing a Small Bathroom 30 Community News 34 Universal Credit Full Service 40 Recipe: Coconut Seafood Curry 44 Health Screenings – What’s Available? 46 Local Groups & Activities for Children 48 Motoring: 10 Electric Vehicle Myths Busted 50 Horoscopes 54 Community Groups 56 Useful Numbers 60 Advertising and Contact Details 61 Index of Advertisers 62

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The month of July marks the 13th birthday of ‘Your Call’ magazines! I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the local businesses and readers who have supported us over the last 13 years. Our goal has always been to provide you with high quality community magazines, to support local businesses, and provide a place where groups, clubs and societies can also have a voice, to promote their activities and events to the local community.

Congratulations to our competition winners from the last edition: Cash Prize Wordsearch Competition Nicola Earp Half a Sixpence Competition Graham Walker Styvechale Open Gardens Competition Jo Forsythe, Emma Morzetti, Mary Lord Coventry Rugby Club Competition David Last CV Car Valeting Competition Sonia Bettles

With the weather finally feeling like summer, it’s time to get all those home and garden jobs completed before the holiday season arrives,so please pick up the phone and continue to support your local businesses. With lots of sales and special offers in this edition, it’s easy to keep your business local and save money at the same time. There are plenty of local events to look forward to for all the family to enjoy this summer, just have a look at our ‘What’s on Locally’ section! If you know of anything happening in the next couple of months near to where you live; a country fair, a village fete, a local play, etc, please email the details to Donna, our community co-ordinator, at, and we will do our best to include this free of charge. Please give us as much notice as possible, and don’t forget, if you don’t tell us about it, we can’t share it!

The next competition winners will be chosen at random from all correct entries received. The name of all competition winners will be printed in the next edition of the magazine. The editor’s decision is final. The winners will be notified by 01.08.18.

So, that’s it until next time, have a great couple of months, stay safe in the sun, and enjoy the beginning of summer!

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Old Friends, Mountains and Gadgets By Bob Garlick We moved house recently, well it was actually eleven years ago but it seems like only yesterday. We had been in the previous house for over forty years. The houses were new builds in the late sixties and our neighbours moved in at around the same time and being of a similar age, their children were also the same age as our children and attended the local school. After a few years we all knew each other and one Christmas we were invited to one house ‘to finish off the Christmas drinks.’ In those days drinks were only at Christmas, for the rest of the year it was tea and coffee.

angle. The first thing I noticed was that I always ascended the stairs at the last house two at a time, at this house I am more comfortable taking them step by step. We found the dog leg to be an attractive feature and I have wondered at times what the purpose of the semi landing was. It is what you make of it, I guess, and use the space to place a little table, ornaments, large flower jugs and a big mirror.

Over the next few years the annual neighbourly get together grew into a regular thing and as we progressed, and I suppose got a bit better off, the group grew until there were probably about eight or nine households involved and the ‘neighbours for drinks’ days were spread over the year. Buffets became the norm and the amount of drinks available and consumed, I might add, increased greatly. The conversation was varied and a great time was always had by all.

More recently the dog has adopted this space to take his prizes, anything he has stolen or somewhere to park a toy. I am, however, seeing this space as a ’rest’ area, a place to stop and get your breath back ready for the final ascent to the top.

Nowadays, some of us have moved and some, sadly, have passed away, and we are down to three couples, alcohol consumption down to a couple of sherries, four bottles of beer and two shandies. The conversation is as lively as ever, topics may have changed a bit, the main topic these days being, “What medication are you on?” Still as enjoyable as ever though and no hangovers. The stairs at this house have a run of twelve steps, then a little square and three more steps at a right


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The most amazing thing about this house is that although it was built in the mid 1930’s it has a kind of wireless toilet seat, maybe it’s very early Amazon (even though we have changed it a few times). I only have to sit on it and I guarantee that within a couple of minutes I will hear Margaret shout, “Bob...Bob…Bob... BOB, where are you?” And despite me answering, “…in the bathroom”, she will shout, “Bob… BOB, what are you doing?” I half expect the neighbours to shout back, in pantomime style through the wall, “He’s in the bathroom!” Or something similar! © Bob Garlick 2018 To advertise call Lynne on 024 7646 8078 or 07724 050678


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Window & Door Repairs If you’re thinking of making some improvements to your windows and doors, or replacing them completely, you must call down to see Andrew at A&D Glazing, based in Coundon, Coventry. Repairing windows is the core business at A&D Glazing, which often saves the customer a lot of money, rather than having to buy complete new window units. Andrew has a team of experienced fitters to help complete orders, and they also supply and fit new windows, doors and frames. Andrew told us, “It really is worth replacing existing glass with ‘A’ rated energy efficient glass, which is up to 30% warmer than normal double glazing, and can save a lot of money on heating bills. Just replacing the glass with ‘A’ rated energy efficient glass, which is Argon gas filled and includes a thermal space bar, is much cheaper than having to replace the whole unit.”

Coventry and Warwickshire since 2009, and he has found the magazines to be a great source of new customers, who consequently become returning customers. Many customers find the service Andrew provides is exceptional, and regularly recommend A&D Glazing to friends and family around the area. A&D Glazing’s shop and showroom can be found at 122 Forfield Road, Coundon, Coventry, CV6 1FS. They are open Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm, closed on Saturday and Sunday. You can contact Andrew of A&D Glazing on 024 7659 9797.

The shop offers a wide range of products for window and door repairs, a range of good quality sealants, and a variety of general DIY hardware items. Customers can also view a wide range of new window frames and doors, and the shop is open to the trade as well as the public. Customers are able to browse brochures, with the knowledge that Andrew and his team are on hand to offer advice, whilst they look at the wide range of door handles, letter plates, and door locks to customise their purchase. Andrew told us, “Many new customers from around Coventry and Warwickshire have visited us in the shop and showroom, following the last article in Your Call Magazine. It’s great to be able to give specialist advice, and provide demonstrations of various products for sale in our showroom area. Customer feedback shows that we really are passionate about what we do!” Although Andrew is local to Coundon in Coventry, he has been advertising in Your Call magazine across

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The Immovable Focal Point By Nicki Jackson Garden designers constantly talk about focal points. One of the key tools in a designer’s toolbox, they bring so much to a garden; little vistas of beauty, destination points, full stops, bags of personality, I can go on! Often potential places for focal points are one of the first things that a designer thinks about when considering a new garden design and for the majority of clients it is the house that forms the basis upon which to make those decisions. The originating point of a garden axis (or axes, plural) is usually the house – the lines of sight from the viewing points of the house, i.e. windows and doorways to the furthest point of a garden’s boundary. Some or all of those axes can then underpin the layout of the garden design with focal points being carefully and strategically placed at some point along the way. Of course, the most obvious and immovable focal point of them all lies at what is known as the double axis or reverse axis point – if you were to walk along all the garden axes and look back along them what would you see? It is the house, of course, and one of the tricks of good garden design is to make the view back to the house as equally pleasing or beautiful as the view at the other end of the axes. We can employ the same techniques with our home as we can with our other focal points, so our top 3 tips for making the most of your house as a focal point within your garden are: Leading lines draw the viewer’s eyes all the way along them to a destination point. Pathways are an obvious leading line usually to a doorway, but they can also be created with hedge lines, mowing lines and borders. The pathway edged by a beautiful border serves as a stunning leading line to the doorway in our main image. Frames on the other hand focus the viewer’s eyes on a particular feature of your home, a doorway or window,

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for instance, and they can be easily and simply created by strategically placed trees, climbing plants and containers, amongst others. The climbing rose in this image serves as both ‘frame’ to the doorway and colour pop to attract the attention of the viewer. Colour – as previously mentioned, a pop of colour can act as a magnet to a particular feature. Used as part of a ‘frame’ like in the roses example, or as part of the feature itself – a bright orange painted window frame for instance, and the viewer’s eyes can’t help but be drawn to them. The choice of colour becomes all important though and less is more is often a good mantra to work with if you’re going for contrast rather than complementary colours. Other techniques such as lighting and scale can also help to turn windows, rooflines and doorways into instant wow factor views from different axes points of your garden and if we’re lucky enough to have them, architectural features can create stunning focal points too. By mixing and matching these techniques we make the house and garden feel like a whole; we fuse the relationship between the house and the garden making them feel as if they belong together and the experience of both is enhanced by the existence and view of the other. © Nicki Jackson, Blue Daisy Gardens 2018

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Fly Me to the Moon, Mack the Knife, New York, New York, My Way, That’s Life, Under My Skin, Lady is a Tramp, My Kind of Town, All the Way and Luck Be a Lady, delight spellbound audiences. Backed by the fantastic sound of big band swing, Triffitt is frankly the best thing since Sinatra himself. For your chance to win one of two pairs of tickets, simply answer the following question: Can you name one of Frank Sinatra’s most famous hits? Please send your answer to the above question before 5th July 2018, along with your full name, address and telephone number by post to: 4 Fein Bank, Coventry, CV4 9XQ, or simply complete the competition entry form on our website: Box Office No: 024 7655 3055 Website:

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What’s On Locally Saturday 2nd – Saturday 9th June Steptoe & Son Albert Steptoe, a "dirty old man", is an elderly rag-and-bone man, set in his grimy and grasping ways. By contrast, his son, Harold is filled with social aspirations, not to say pretensions. Two lives knitted together as tight as a thrice darned sock. Bound together by birth, business and bad luck, Albert and Harold Steptoe wake up every morning to the same old, same old, sickening sight of each other. Do they even notice the world turning as they cling on? Adapted from the legendary scripts of Galton and Simpson, Steptoe and Son charts the surprising dance of father and son. Tickets: £10 / £9. Performances at The Priory Theatre, Rosemary Hill, Kenilworth. To book tickets please call the Box Office on 0333 666 3366 or visit Saturday 9th June Auction for Household & Collectibles at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Held every second Saturday of the month in the Red Barn. Up to 500 lots to include Antiques, Collectables, Furniture, Jewellery, etc. Viewing from 9am, auction commences at 10am. Payment by cash/card. Hoar Park Farm Shopping & Leisure Village, B4114, Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. For more information and to check the auction is on call 024 7639 5551 or visit Saturday 9th June Kenilworth Lions Grand Show This has become the highlight in the calendar of Summer events in Kenilworth. This year it's being held on Saturday 9th June in the historic setting of Abbey Fields. The event is an opportunity for the Lions to thank the town for the support given throughout the year. It is well

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supported with stalls from local charities, local organisations and our valued Corporate sponsors; a wide and varied choice for all ages. Admission is free, and there will be lots of stalls run by local organisations raising much needed funds for their own local charitable causes. There will be food and drink providers along with entertainment from the music stage, interspersed with a number of arena events. There will also be several sideshow games to take part in along with a small fair. The afternoon kicks off at 12.30pm, with the official opening at 1pm, and includes games, live music and live entertainment throughout the afternoon. It is a great time for all, come and see for yourself! Saturday 9th June Regency, Revolution, and Romance Summer Concert at St John the Baptist’s Church, Brinklow at 7pm in aid of Church Restoration Fund performed by Immanuel’s Ground, Warwick’s West Gallery Quire. Immanuel’s Ground is a costumed group of singers and instrumentalists who “help to recreate the life and times of the old rural church quires and bands as they sang and played in church and in their weekday activities”. Their repertoire includes both sacred and secular music from 18th and 19th centuries together with regional history and quotations, which help to recreate a lively picture of village and town life of that period. Tickets £6 each. Light refreshments. For more information call 01788 832225 or 01788 832028. Sunday 10th June Styvechale Open Gardens Enjoy the imaginatively planted herbaceous borders, spectacular roses, water features, fruit and vegetable patches, cottage garden

plants and shady areas - something for everyone and plenty of ideas to take home. Amongst the gardens open will be the winner of the Daily Mail National Garden Competition 2017. Also, two of the gardens open jointly by appointment to organised groups such as U3A, WIs and garden clubs. As usual, many gardens will be offering homemade refreshments, plants will be for sale and there will be chances to win prizes on the raffle and tombola. Open 11am – 5pm, tickets will be available on the day from the West Orchard United Reformed Church, The Chesils, Coventry, CV3 6FP, adults £4, children free. Proceeds to NGS charities and Myton Hospice. Sunday 10th June Two Castles Run The annual Two Castles 10km run will take place on Sunday 10th June starting at Warwick Castle at 9am and finishing in the grounds of Kenilworth Castle. We expect 4,000 runners ranging from the serious club runners to the not so serious recreational runners, many of whom will have obtained sponsorship to raise funds for their chosen charitable cause, something which the organisers The Rotary Club of Kenilworth encourages. There could also be a few pushchairs as well as we like to encourage anyone to join in this unique run! In respect of the run, the organisers decided to allocate the places via a ballot to give everyone who wanted to run an equal chance so the registration for the ballot was spread over 2 weeks. All those successful in the ballot have registered as have some who initially were on the waitlist so those who still want to take part should put themselves on the waitlist now. For more information visit

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th June Half a Sixpence Three Spires Guildhall presents the all-out classic family musical “Half A Sixpence”. Based on H. G. Wells’ novel “Kipps – The Story of a Simple Soul”, this endearing musical is a firm favourite on stage and silver screen. The story revolves around cheeky chap, Arthur Kipps, whose life changes when he inherits money. Kipps tries to become part of the upper set, loses all his old friends and seemingly forgets his childhood sweetheart Anne, who carries the other half of his sixpence until Kipps realises he doesn’t belong in this new world and that money can’t buy happiness! Featuring well-loved songs like “If the rain’s got to fall”, “Flash bang wallop, what a picture!” and the title song, this show will be a colourful, toe-tapping event for all the family! At The Albany Theatre, Coventry. Get your tickets from the Box Office on 024 7699 8964 or visit Saturday 16th June Stretton On Dunsmore Village Fete A traditional Village Fete based around the picturesque village green. A full afternoon’s entertainment, Bilton Silver Band, fun dog show, dancers and egg throwing competition. A variety of craft stalls, children’s games, 'hook a duck in the brook', bouncy castle, face painting, BBQ, pork roast, tea, coffee and lovely homemade cakes in the village hall. Free admission, a lovely family afternoon, raising funds for our village hall. Come along from 2.30pm. Saturday 16th June Open Day at The Weaver’s House, Coventry In Spon Street, one of the most historic streets in Coventry, The Weaver’s House has been restored to show how it would have looked in 1540. Experience how John Croke, a Coventry narrow-loom weaver and his family would have lived and worked. You can also see a full-size replica of the loom he would have used. Explore the working medieval garden showing the plants that would have been grown for food, flavouring, medicine and household use. The house is very close to the

city centre and therefore other local places of interest. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are served on open days. Please note the solar room containing the loom is accessed by ladder. Open 11am – 4pm. Free entry. The Weaver’s House, 121, Upper Spon Street, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3BQ. For more information visit Saturday 16th June – Saturday 7th July Positive Images Festival The 24th Positive Images Festival will be launched in Smithford Way on Saturday 16th June. Besides visiting craft and food stalls, you will be entertained to delightful dances celebrating the diversity of our city. We also invite you to our pre-festival events, The Multicultural Big Lunch, Coventry Pride Events, the formal opening of Coventry Peace Orchard and Styvechale Open Gardens. The Festival also has two Fairs - the Craft and Food Fair on 16th June and the Community Information Fair on Friday 22nd June - both in the City Centre. This year celebrations continue right up to September. This People’s Festival has something for everyone so come and join us at as many events as you can! If you are looking for volunteering experience, please email Programme booklets are available in libraries now. For more information, please visit our website

performing a selection of songs from Les Misérables, The Phantom of The Opera, plus many more from the classical crossover genre. Featuring a live band, this truly is a night of music that everyone will enjoy. At The Albany Theatre, Coventry. To book tickets or for more information please visit or call the Box Office on 024 7699 8964. Saturday 23rd June Jumble Sale The 3rd Coventry Scout Group are having a Jumble Sale at Bromleigh Drive, Coventry, CV2 5LX. Doors open at 2pm. Admission 30p. For more information on the jumble sale or how to donate goods contact Angela on 07968 336412. All monies raised go to the group funds to help purchase equipment, hold camps for the children and pay the running costs to keep the HQ open for children to enjoy scouting and guiding. Saturday 23rd June Hill Close Gardens ‘Midsummer Jazz in the Gardens’ Come along to Hill Close Gardens for Midsummer Jazz with the Roy Forbes Quintet from 6pm-9pm. Tickets: Adults £13.50. Under 16s and Over 65s £11. Book early to avoid disappointment. Hill Close Gardens, Bread and Meat Close, Warwick, CV34 6HF. For more information call 01926 493339 or visit

Sunday 17th June Summer Craft Fair at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Held every third Sunday of the month in the Red Barn from 10am to 4pm. Tables £10, to book email For more information call 024 7639 4433 or visit Hoar Park Shopping & Leisure Village, B4114, Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU.

Saturday 23rd June Bargains of Yesteryear at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Antique Fair held on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am to 4pm in the Red Barn. Small admission fee. For more information call 01827 895899 after 6pm to check the fair is on or visit B4114 Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU.

Friday 22nd June Karl Loxley - A Musical Spectacular Stars of ‘The Voice’, Karl Loxley and Lucy O'Byrne, in concert for the first time! Celebrates songs from the classical musicals. Join international vocalist Karl Loxley and Lucy O'Byrne, star of Les Misérables and The Sound of Music, in a wonderful evening

Sunday 24th June Binley Woods Open Gardens A day not to be missed! The whole village gets involved and we have around 20 gardens open, live music, teas, beer and wine garden, plants, classic cars, military vehicles and a classic bus to transport people around the village. Open from 12 until 6pm it costs just £4 with all proceeds going

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COMMUNITY EVENTS to Coventry’s Myton Hospice. It happens every other year so come along and have a wonderful day in this lovely, friendly village. Saturday 30th June Myton Summer Fair Coventry Myton Hospice is holding their Summer Fayre on Saturday 30th June from 11am until 2.30pm at Coventry Myton Hospice, CV2 2HJ. There will be a wide range of stalls, which include gifts and toiletries, tombolas, cakes, hot food and refreshments. Our very own Myton choir will be singing as well. Entry is free and there will be free parking too. Please come and support us! For more information call 01926 492518 or visit Saturday 30th June Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre Open Day The Centre will be open from 11am to 4pm for visitors to see some of our breeding stock (some of which will take part in a dog show on the day), meet some of their volunteer holders and our staff, view puppies, and take part in blindfold challenges. There will also be a hog roast, café selling homemade produce including cream teas, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plus tombolas and raffle. Entry £1 per person, with under 12’s free, and we will have a free park and ride on the day. All funds raised on the day will support our mission to help blind and partially sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. Banbury Road, Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire, CV33 9QJ. Tuesday 3rd July Hill Close Gardens ‘The Railway Children’ Come along to Hill Close Gardens from 5pm to 9.30pm for an outdoor performance of ‘The Railway Children’ by Heartbreak Productions Drama. Tickets: Adults £14, Concessions £11. Hill Close Gardens, Bread and Meat Close, Warwick, CV34 6HF. For more information call 01926 493339 or visit Saturday 7th July The Firebird Singers Summer Concert The Firebird Singers present their Summer Concert, a Double Feature

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of James Bond Themes and Classic Movie Music, at The Albany Theatre, Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JQ, on Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13 or £9 Concessions available from The Albany Theatre Box Office on 024 7699 8964 or The concert is being held in support of The Huntington's Disease Association. The Firebird Singers - Singing For Pleasure, Raising Money For Charity. Wednesday 11th – Saturday 21st July Tiptoe through the Tombstones Mortimer Crayle, a crusty old lawyer, and his secretary Zoe have gathered the last remaining Tomb family members (an offbeat bunch) at Monument House, to inform them about their inheritance. But Crayle has designs on the inheritance which demand the death of all the Tombs. As fog descends on the gloomy mansion, in the cobwebby corridors things are seldom what they seem. With poison in every decanter and mysterious disappearances into secret passageways, host and guests alike join the increasing number of bodies in the cellar. A glorious spoof, a worthy sequel to A Tomb with a View. Tickets: £10 / £9. Performances at The Priory Theatre, Rosemary Hill, Kenilworth. To book tickets please call the Box Office on 0333 666 3366 or visit Saturday 14 July Gala Day The 3rd Coventry Scout Group are holding a Gala Day at Bromleigh Drive, Coventy, CV2 5LX. Come along to this family event from 2pm to 5pm including Tombolas, Lucky Dips, Bouncy Castle, Book Stall, Face Painting, Bric-a-brac and much, much more. Plus entertainment in the Arena, Refreshments and Licensed Bar. Admission by donation in the bucket. Dogs not allowed (only Guide Dogs). Saturday 14th July Auction for Household & Collectibles at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Held every second Saturday of the month in the Red Barn. Up to 500 lots to include Antiques, Collectables, Furniture, Jewellery, etc. Viewing from 9am, auction commences at

10am. Payment by cash/card. Hoar Park Farm Shopping & Leisure Village, B4114, Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. For more information and to check the auction is on call 024 7639 5551 or visit Saturday 14th July Baginton Party in the Park Held on the Millennium Field in Baginton. As well as a fully licensed bar and Pig Roast, there will also be a great selection of live music, fireworks and the traditional Proms Finale. Tickets are on sale from The Oak and Baginton Village Stores and are priced at £10 per ticket on the night or £6 per ticket if purchased before 30th June. There will also be on-site car parking for anybody wanting to take advantage of it priced at £3 per vehicle. People are most welcome to bring their own picnics and benches although we will still have the provision of a licensed bar selling a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as the pig roast, burgers, pizzas and hot drinks etc. Gates open at 4pm, party starts at 5pm. Sunday 15th July Summer Craft Fair at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Held every third Sunday of the month in the Red Barn from 10am to 4pm. Tables £10, to book email For more information call 024 7639 4433 or visit Hoar Park Shopping & Leisure Village, B4114, Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. Sunday 22nd July Tudor Games Day at The Weaver’s House, Coventry In Spon Street, one of the most historic streets in Coventry, The Weaver’s House has been restored to show how it would have looked in 1540. Experience how John Croke, a Coventry narrow-loom weaver and his family would have lived and worked. You can also see a full-size replica of the loom he would have used. Explore the working medieval garden showing the plants that would have been grown for food, flavouring, medicine and household use. The house is very close to the city centre and therefore other local places of interest. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are served on open days. Please note the solar room

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COMMUNITY EVENTS containing the loom is accessed by ladder. Open 11am – 4pm. Free entry. The Weaver’s House, 121, Upper Spon Street, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3BQ. For more information visit Wednesday 25th July London to Paris Tour de France Special Cycle Challenge for Myton Hospice This incredible cycle connects two of the world’s most chic capital cities! You will make your way through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France, passing historical landmarks and famous battlefields until you reach Paris – which is undoubtedly one of the most magical places on earth. The sense of achievement you will experience will be one you treasure forever and you will be doing the challenge for a great cause. Take on this challenge for Myton and receive a Myton Hospice cycle jersey, bespoke welcome pack, unlimited support from our Challenge Event Coordinator and fundraising hints and tips to help smash your fundraising target. If you have any questions, please email or call 01926 838891. Saturday 28th July Bargains of Yesteryear at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Antique Fair held on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am to 4pm in the Red Barn. Small admission fee. For more information call 01827 895899 after 6pm to check the fair is on or visit B4114 Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. Sunday 5th August Summer Fete and Classic Car Show Town Thorns Care Centre will hold its Summer Fete and Classic Car Show on Sunday 5th August from 11.30am to 3.30pm in their grounds on Brinklow Road, Easenhall, CV23 0JE. There will be hot pork batches, a licensed bar, various craft stalls, entertainment on site and a vast array of classic cars for all to enjoy. Entrance costs £3 per car and all money raised will go to Ben Town Thorns Care Centre.

Saturday 11th August Hill Close Gardens ‘At the Going Down of the Sun’ Come along to Hill Close Gardens from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for First World War anthology of songs by folk group, ‘Romany Pie’. Tickets: £11 including refreshments. Hill Close Gardens, Bread and Meat Close, Warwick, CV34 6HF. For more information call 01926 493339 or visit Saturday 11th August The Mudnificent 7 for Myton Hospice This year the Myton Hospices have teamed up with the guys behind this exciting concept for mud runs. The Mudnificent 7 is the UK's Obstacle Course Racing summer festival, not only will you get to experience an obstacle course designed by 7 different race organisations, including Reaper Events and The Suffering Race, but you'll also get to visit the UK's biggest OCR expo at the same time. At each kilometre mark you will be challenged by an exciting obstacle designed to showcase the very best of what that race has to offer, this is your opportunity to experience 7 different runs all in one! To be held at Heart Park, Heart of England Conference & Events Centre, Meriden Road, Fillongley, CV7 8DX. We are offering free places for this event when supporters pledge to raise £80 sponsorship. We have a limited number of free places for our supporters so secure your place now by registering at event/the-mudnificent-7/. If you have any questions, please email or call 01926 838891.

Regular Events Farmers' Market in Broadgate Monthly Farmers’ Market in Broadgate, on every third Friday of the month. Stalls will be open between 9am and 3pm and market traders will be selling goods and produce farmed within 50 miles of your local region, offering the freshest, tastiest produce available. A vast range of products are on offer from the farmers, including honey, mustard, marmalade, jams, organic meat, sausages and a variety of flavoured rustic farmhouse breads, baguettes and croissants, cheese, pickles, fruit juices and hearty homemade soups, along with fresh organic fruit and seasonal vegetables, and locally produced wines and beers. By buying local, consumers can help support the local economy, as well as reducing their carbon footprint and benefiting from fresh seasonal produce. Warwickshire Poultry Market A weekly poultry, general auction and market, also including car boots and stall holders, held every Friday at the Sky Blue Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, CV8 3FL. This weekly event has become more of a social event every week for everyone within a 50 mile radius. Come along to buy or sell, and have a natter or catch up with old friends over a cuppa and a bacon batch. The event is all indoors, which means we can run all year round in all weathers. It’s a great day out for the family, young and old alike, with a bus service that stops at the entrance to the Sports Connexion. Entrance 50p for adults, 25p for children aged 10-15, under 10s are free. You can find us on facebook at Warwickshire Poultry Market and Fairs or Warwickshire Cage Bird Sale. For more details please call 024 7630 5511.

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2016 saw Ocean Colour Scene playing huge sell-out shows across the country to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their classic ‘Moseley Shoals’ album – including two sold-out, massive hometown shows at Moseley Park in Birmingham; two huge sold out shows in Millennium Square in Leeds, and a massive sell-out Christmas show at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow.

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Designing A Small Bathroom

By Katherine Sorrell

Even a tiny bathroom can function brilliantly and look gorgeous. Our top ten tricks of the trade will help make the most of your space. The perfect bathroom – whether it’s a shared family affair or an ensuite shower and WC – is a great blend of comfort, good looks and functional efficiency, all achievable even in a small space.

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1 Choose subtle colours A pale, neutral colour palette opens up a small bathroom, giving it a clean, sophisticated, contemporary feel. If you want colour, watery blues and greens help the room feel light and airy. To avoid a clinical feel, add texture – think timber shelving, wicker baskets, waffle towels and linen blinds, for example. 2 Fit excellent storage Reduce clutter by minimising what you keep in your bathroom and then find clever spaces to store it. Slimline cupboards are ideal for cleaning products and toiletries and take less floor space. False walls conceal pipework and can have inset cupboards or niches; otherwise, look for anywhere that storage could be added, from above the door to below the basin, even behind the bath panel or a rack inside the shower. 3 Make the most of natural light Enhance the space by getting the most light possible through the windows – keep sills clear and don’t cover any of the glass with window treatments. Bounce light around the room using mirrors and glossy tiles. 4 Select fittings wisely Bathroom fittings designed for small bathrooms don’t compromise on looks or function, including short-projection WCs, shower-baths, thin-but-tall towel rails and ultra-slim basins. For awkward spaces, consider corner showers, basins and WCs. Wall or mixer taps create room on a small basin, and if space is tight add a wall-mounted soap dispenser. 5 Raise it off the floor A bathroom can appear more spacious by the installation of wall-mounted pieces. With a modern and sophisticated look, they also show off the floor space beneath, making the room appear bigger. 6 Lighting is vital Your lighting scheme should meet all requirements, from putting on make-up to reading in the bath.

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Choose recessed spotlights, or neat directional lights mounted on a slender track. Fit LED strips beneath wall units as a hidden light source, with a baffle board in front to avoid glare, and include an illuminated mirror. Note that fittings will need to be IP-rated for safety (check with your electrician). 7 Two-in-one is best Multifunction is the solution. Choose towel radiators, storage seats, mirrored cabinets and basins with cupboards beneath, for example. 8 Consider underfloor heating If you are renovating, installing underfloor heating is relatively easy and inexpensive, and saves the floor space taken up by a radiator. 9 Employ visual tricks Large-format tiles (wall or floor) can work better in compact bathrooms than smaller tiles, and with fewer grout lines, large tiles look sleek and are easier to maintain. 10 Assess your window options Curtains in a bathroom contrast the hard surfaces elsewhere but avoid anything too flouncy in a small room. Floaty sheers in simple gathers work well, such as a flat panel of muslin threaded onto a pole or wire across the bottom half of the window. Alternatively, try a neat Roman or roller blind, waterproof louvre shutters or simple frosted glass. To advertise call Lynne on 024 7646 8078 or 07724 050678


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From Around Our Area Glow in the Moonlight for Myton! To celebrate The Myton Hospice’s 10th year of Glow in the Moonlight they are going to bring the party spirit to Warwick and will be celebrating at a brand new venue – Warwick Racecourse! On Saturday 15th September hundreds of supporters will pull on their pyjamas and join them for this year’s party special! They’re offering you the chance to take on either a 5 mile or 8 mile route in your best pyjamas or onesie! Both routes will take you around Warwick and Leamington Spa before returning to the racecourse. An outdoor stage will play host to a live music performance, there will be a Disco Dome where you can

get in the party spirit and Matt Print will return to get everyone ready for their chosen route with a Zumba warm-up before setting off at 8pm! Registration fee for the event is £20 for adults and £10 for children and includes a Glow in the Moonlight t-shirt, glow sticks and UV face and body paint. You will be able to collect this glow pack of goodies either at a pre-check-in event or on the night. Everyone who finishes the route will also be given a bespoke Glow in the Moonlight medal! For a limited time, until 1st July, they are offering an early bird discount on adult entry! Pay just £15 to join their 10th birthday celebrations! You will be sent a welcome pack in the post which contains everything you need to know about the event as well as some fundraising ideas!

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Ecstatic Audience Comments at Spires Concert “Superb”, “Wow!”, “Wonderful”, “The best £10 I’ve spent in a long time” were the ecstatic comments of audience members after the Spires concert on 7th April. This was a special concert in which Coventry’s Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and Germany’s Lufthansa Konzertchor joined to create their own act of peace and reconciliation, performing Brahms’ German Requiem in Coventry’s iconic Cathedral. Against the background of John

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Piper’s beautiful window and looking out over the ruins of another Cathedral, this was a moment to join our two countries in the centenary of the last year of World War I. A week later Spires Chorus travelled to Frankfurt to sing Brahms’ Requiem once more with the Lufthansa Orchestra and Chorus – to a full house. The silence at the end of the Frankfurt concert followed by a standing ovation completed a breath-taking week that musicians and audiences will remember, not only for the beautiful music but, for brief moments in time, as their personal contributions to reconciliation.

The Myton Hospice’s Upcoming Events! The Myton Hospice’s annual Summer Fayre at Coventry Myton Hospice takes place on Saturday 30th June! The fayre will have something for everyone from face painting and cake stalls to raffles

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Myton’s Summer Fete will be taking place at Warwick Myton Hospice on Sunday 15th July. Craft stalls, tombolas, an auction, live music, dance performances, birds of prey and more will feature – and here’s hoping the sunshine will put in an appearance too! Visit mytonhospice. org/summerfete to find out more.

The ever-popular Cycle Challenge is returning for another year on Sunday 5th August with two routes designed to suit cyclists of all abilities. Pick your distance and join #TeamMyton while cycling through the picturesque villages of Warwickshire and the Cotswolds.

Are you looking for a challenge this summer? Could you walk, run, cycle or swim either 100km or 100 miles for Myton’s 100 Days of Summer Virtual Race? Whether you go the distance on gym equipment, in the water or the great outdoors, you will have 100 days from 21st June to complete your distance and raise at least £100 for The Myton Hospices! And everyone who completes the Virtual Race will

50KM ROUTE (£30) This achievable route has been planned for all levels, there will be a few moderate inclines to offer you a challenge and gain a real sense of achievement! 100KM ROUTE (£40) For more experienced cyclists this route offers a bigger challenge in distance and some steeper inclines, including the option to take part in the return of the timed hill climb to be crowned King or Queen of the Mytons. Whichever route you choose, if you pledge to raise £100 in sponsorship you will receive a bespoke Myton jersey free! Sign up at mytonhospice. org/cyclechallenge.


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Myton’s first ever abseil is just the ticket for adrenaline junkies who want to see Coventry from new heights! They are giving you an exclusive chance to scale Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 13th October; all while raising money for The Myton Hospices. Visit abseil to find out more and sign up!

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An appeal is being made to people in the Coventry and Warwickshire area, who have some time to spare, to consider taking on a voluntary role at a lifesaving local charity.

There really is something for everyone, so why not sign up today and do something amazing for your local charity! Take a look at their website and visit events for a full list of everything

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) receives no government funding and relies on public support to keep their vital service flying. As well as financial donations, the charity needs the

help of volunteer workers to keep operating. Each rescue mission it undertakes costs approximately £1,700. Coventry and Warwickshire is in urgent need of new community representatives to raise awareness and income for the charity in their local area. The person needs to be a team player with good IT skills. The responsibilities of the role include organising fundraising events, taking part in street collections, recruiting volunteers and liaising with supporters. WNAA Volunteering Engagement Officer, Kate Sawyer says, “This is a fantastic opportunity for a well organised person to use their skills and experience in a very worthwhile role. It is also a chance to boost you CV, work with a great group of people, take on new responsibilities and enjoy new experiences with a leading regional charity. If you are interested, please phone 0300 3045 999 or email”


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Universal Credit Full Service Not Just a Welfare Benefit for the Unemployed Several years ago, Universal Credit was hailed as ‘the biggest welfare reform in 60 years’. Since that statement Universal Credit Full Service (UCFS) roll out has been beset with problems and been blamed for rising homelessness, rising debts, making the poor poorer, the sick sicker and the unemployed less likely to find work. Though UC has been operating in Coventry and Warwickshire, in its limited ‘live service’ form, for a couple of years, it has only been rolled out in its more comprehensive ‘full service’ form very recently. UCFS is actually being rolled out in Coventry from July 11th 2018. If you don’t know much about it, now is the time to get up to speed. If you are of working age it might affect you. Key Features - in time, Income Based JSA, Income Based ESA, Income Support, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits and Housing Benefit will all be replaced with UCFS. UCFS applies to those in low wage work, to those who are too sick to work, and to those not working because they are caring for young children or the disabled – as well as to those who are unemployed (it does not apply to pensioners and some others in specific circumstances) - payments of UC (barring exceptional circumstances)

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are made one month in arrears to one member of each ‘benefit family’ - the application and benefit management process is fully digital/online

Key Messages - before you make a claim for UCFS, check your entitlement and the application process, either through contact with the DWP or by talking to local independent advice services

- the date the claim starts is when the application form has been submitted online - not when the preliminary proof of ID process starts; and

- if possible, if you know you might have to make a claim for UCFS, build up some savings to cover you for the initial waiting period for your first payment

- there is a wait of 5 weeks for the first ‘on-time payment’ built into the system.

- if you can’t build up savings, access available support on money management and budgeting advice, and ask about short term benefit advances

Key Problems Research into UCFS roll out around the country has identified that people have had lots of problems claiming UCFS. These include: - problems with providing the evidence DWP-JCP want about their circumstances - problems with managing money and avoiding debts during the initial wait for a first payment - problems with applying and managing UC when all/most contacts with the DWP are online or digital - problems with getting accurate payments when claimants’ wages vary week to week - problems repaying benefit advances and managing deductions from benefits; and - problems not understanding that UCFS does not include Council Tax.

- if you don’t have one, get help to set up an email address and a bank account – this will help you with your application; and - be sure to make a separate application to the local council for Council Tax – Council Tax is not included as part of UCFS. Further Information Not everyone is entitled to claim UCFS and the July date for Coventry residents will only apply to new claims and those whose circumstances change significantly to begin with. If you want to know more about claiming Universal Credit, or how UC may affect your family, visit or for more information; or go to your local Citizens Advice office. Our thanks to Coventry CAB for submitting this article to us. For more information, contact your local CAB or visit

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Coconut Seafood Curry Full of flavour, this speedy curry is great for a summer supper. Replace the asparagus tips with green beans or sugar snap peas, if liked. Serve with boiled noodles or steamed Thai jasmine rice. Serves 4 Ready in 50 minutes

Ingredients 1tbsp vegetable oil 8 shallots, peeled and halved 2-3 tbsp Thai green curry paste (see Tip) 225g new potatoes, scrubbed and halved 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced 400ml can reduced fat coconut milk 150ml vegetable stock 2tbsp light soy sauce 450g cod fillet, skinned and cut into chunks 175g fine asparagus tips Juice from 1 lime 200g cooked tiger prawns, thawed if frozen 2tbsp freshly chopped coriander Salt and freshly ground black pepper Chopped red chilli and fresh coriander leaves, to garnish 44 |

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1 Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan over a medium heat and fry the shallots for 5 minutes until golden. Stir in the Thai green curry paste and cook for 1 minute. 2 Add the potatoes, carrot, coconut milk, stock and soy sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are almost tender. 3 Add the chunks of cod and asparagus tips to the pan. Cover and simmer gently for a further 6-8 minutes until the fish is just cooked and beginning to flake. 4 Gently stir in the lime juice, tiger prawns and chopped coriander. Simmer for 5 minutes until the prawns are piping hot, then season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve in warmed bowls garnished with chopped chilli and coriander leaves.

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Health Screenings What’s Available? Screening programmes are designed to identify health problems at an early stage, and the NHS offer many free screening programmes, beginning before we’re born.

Pregnancy and post-natal screenings If you’re pregnant, you will usually be offered a blood test for hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis before you’re 10 weeks pregnant. Early treatment reduces the risk of passing infection to your baby. You’ll also be offered screening for thalassaemia and sometimes sickle cell disease before 10 weeks, as it’s important to establish whether you’re a carrier. Screenings for your unborn baby: • 8-14 weeks: a ‘dating scan’. This ultrasound checks your baby’s development and will confirm your due date and if you’re expecting more than one baby. • 10-14 weeks: screening for Down's syndrome, Patau's syndrome and Edwards' syndrome. This combines a blood test with an ultrasound scan and can be done alongside your dating scan. • 18-21 weeks: The ‘mid-pregnancy anomaly scan’, an ultrasound to check for physical abnormalities. Soon after birth, babies are given a physical examination and a blood spot ’heel prick’ test for several inherited diseases including cystic fibrosis, plus a hearing test before 3 months of age. Screening for teens and adults Diabetics aged 12 and over: the annual diabetic eye test checks for early signs of damage to blood vessels in the retina. Women aged 25-64: Cervical screening (a ‘smear test’) detects changes that can be an early sign of cancer. Women aged 25-49 are screened every three years; women aged 50-64, every five years. Over 40s: You may be invited for a general health check every five years. Women aged 50-70: Breast screening via a mammogram can detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer.

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Over 55s: In some areas, bowel scope screening to detect bowel cancer is offered. 60 to 74-year olds: Every two years, you’ll be sent a home testing kit called the faecal occult blood (FOB) test. This detects blood in your stool, which indicates further testing is required. Men at age 65: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening can detect dangerous swelling in the aorta. Men over 65 can self-refer. Screening Could Save Your Life Although NHS screenings are offered to everyone eligible, it’s your choice whether to have them. Screenings and their results can cause anxiety and give rise to difficult decisions, especially where pregnancy screenings are concerned. There may be a small risk of false negatives and positives, and more tests may be required. However, remember that an hour or less spent at a screening could save your life (or that of a loved one). Diagnosing and treating conditions swiftly is the best way to reduce their impact and prevent them from becoming more severe. More Information While private health companies advertise additional screenings, some aren’t recommended by the UK National Screening Committee, as it isn’t clear that their benefits outweigh the harm they may cause. For more information, see the NSC’s leaflet on private screening: leaflet-thinking-of-having-a-private-screening-test/ private-screening-important-facts. To find out more about screenings and their pros and cons, you can read this NHS-recommended leaflet from Sense about Science, entitled Making Sense of Screening, available here:

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Local Groups For Children

Binley Woods Community Youth Club We meet every Thursday evening 7pm-9pm during term time at Binley Woods Youth Centre, Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry, CV3 2QU. We have a range of activities and trips out for secondary school age young people. Alongside our youth leader and workers, we rely on volunteers to help out. For more details contact Shân on 07799 668800 or email or contact Wayne on 07540 619651 or email Bubbenhall F.C. Training Sessions Takes place every Sunday, 10am – 11am at Bubbenhall Village Hall playing field, CV8 3BW. The sessions are open to boys & girls from 6 years and up, also to children in football clubs as this is only training sessions. Your first two sessions are free of charge then £2 per session. For more information please contact Wayne Goddard on 07803 325472 or e-mail Bubbenhall Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Rainbows meets every Thursday, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, for girls aged 5-7 years, for more information contact Margaret Robinson on 024 7630 5931. Brownies meets every Tuesday, 5.30pm-7pm, for girls aged 7-10 years, for more information contact Beverley Suffell on 01788 811643. Guides meets every Friday, 7pm - 9pm, for girls aged 10-14 years, for more information contact Bev Whiting on 024 7630 2798. All meetings are at Bubbenhall Village Hall. Football Coaching For children aged 5-11 years we meet on Millennium Field each Saturday from 9.45am to 11am. For more information contact Justin Watt on 07810 000999. Little Stars Big play for little people. Babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their carers meet alternate Thursdays from 1.30pm - 3.30pm in St Margaret’s Church Rooms, Wolston. We are on Facebook or contact Mhairi on 07760 321679 or 024 7654 5868. Meredith Road Baptist Church - Children and Youth Activities We offer many weekly and fortnightly activities for children and youth including Girls Brigade, JAM club, Bulletproof youth group and more. We also have a large junior church which meets on a Sunday morning 10.50am to 12pm, with different groups for different school years. For more information visit or call 024 7645 3976. Mother and Toddler Group We meet every Thursday from 9.30am to 11.30am at Bubbenhall Village Hall. For more information contact Lori Slark on 024 7630 5355. Oaks and Acorns Stay and play at Meredith Road Baptist Church, Meredith Road, Stoke, Coventry, CV2 5JH every Tuesday afternoon in term time, 1pm to 2.30pm. £1 per family including child-minders. Trikes and cars room, soft play room, baby room and activity room with role play and dressing up and crafts. Coffee/tea, juice, biscuits and fresh fruit provided. Parents/grandparents/child-minders and carers are all welcome. For more information visit or call 024 7645 3976. Preschool Childcare at Provost Williams Primary School Are you looking for high quality childcare for 2-4 year olds? If so,

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come and see what we can offer at Provost Williams Primary School in Ryton-On-Dunsmore. At our friendly village school we can offer up to 30 hours of free childcare for eligible children from the age of two through our provision in The Ark childcare facility and the school’s Nursery Class. We can also offer wraparound care for children who attend the Nursery class in our before and after school club. For more information call 024 7630 2166 or email Rhyme Time at Wolston Library Every Wednesday (term time only) 2.30pm - 3pm. Songs and rhymes for 0-4 year olds and their parents/carers. Risen Christ 3 T’s (Toddler, Tea and Toast) Our 3 T’s meet every Tuesday 9.15am – 11.15am (term time). Join us at the Church of the Risen Christ, Wyken Croft. Make and meet new friends and let your toddlers do the same. There is a small charge of £1 per session per parent/carer and child, plus 50p for any additional children. For more information call 024 7661 2316 or e-mail St Mary's Butterfly Toddler Group This group meets on Tuesdays in term time from 1.30pm-3pm at St Mary’s, Hall Lane, Walsgrave. £1 per child. Tiddlywinks For mums and babies under 3 years old, we meet every Tuesday at 9.15am to 11.15am at Wolston Village Hall. There is a £5 annual registration fee and the cost is £1.00 for the first child and 50p for every subsequent child per session. For more information call Lesley Blay on 024 7654 4531. Wolston Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers Beavers meet every Tuesday 6pm-7pm, open to boys and girls aged 6-8 years. For more information contact Matt on 024 7654 1279. Cubs meet every Wednesday 6.45pm-8.15pm, open to boys and girls aged 8-10½ years. For more information contact Jake on 07879 484815. Scouts meet every Thursday 7pm-9pm, open to boys and girls aged 10½-14 years. For more information contact Pete on 07523 288138. Explorers meet every Friday 7.30pm-9.30pm, open to boys and girls aged 14-18 years. For more information contact Fay on 07919 387971. All meetings held at the Scout Hut in Dyers Lane, Wolston, CV8 3HE. For general enquiries please contact Kevan on 024 7654 2837. Wolston Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Rainbows meets every Monday, 6pm-7pm, for girls aged 5-7 years. For more information contact Beverley Suffell at Brownies meets every Monday, 6pm-7.30pm, for girls aged 7-10 years. For more information contact Jenny Simpson at Guides meets every Monday, 7.30pm-9pm, for girls aged 10 -14 years. For more information contact Kate Reynolds at Brownies and Guides meet at the Scout Hut in Dyers Lane, Wolston, CV8 3HE and the Rainbows in Wolston Church Rooms. For more information about guiding contact District Commissioner, Stephanie Mason at Wolston Youth Project The youth club meets every Monday and Wednesday during term time at Wolston Leisure and Community Centre. For more information please contact either the Leisure Centre office on 024 7654 1212 or Tim Harvey-Smith on 024 7654 5019 or email These listings are free to local non-profit making groups, clubs and societies. To place your listing, please email your details to: The deadline for entries in our community pages for the August / September edition is 5th July 2018. To advertise call Lynne on 024 7646 8078 or 07724 050678

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10 Electric Vehicle Myths Busted Confusion surrounds the running and operation of an electric car. Here, we try to clear that up.

1. You can’t boil the kettle while charging an electric car A National Grid report warned that home networks might struggle to cope with high-capacity car charging. However, EV owners with a low-capacity home network wouldn’t have a high-capacity charger, so there’s little chance of the network being overloaded.

2. EVs are more expensive than petrol and diesel cars Generally, the base price of an EV will be slightly more expensive, but manufacturers compensate by offering a generous specification so that with the government’s £4,500 zero-emission vehicle grant taken into account, they’re a pretty good deal, plus have low running costs. What’s more, as EV technology becomes more prevalent, costs will reduce – the new Nissan Leaf starts at £1,500 less than the old one. 3. They’re more likely to catch fire in a crash Concerns about crash safety are largely driven by a couple of

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7. The batteries don’t last very long Batteries do have a finite life, but most manufacturers offer battery leasing for a monthly fee and will replace it for free when needed. Others offer replacement warranties, with five-to eight-year cover the norm. high-profile Tesla Model S fires in 2013. The EV maker upgraded its underbody battery pack protection in 2014 but also noted that the odds of fires in its cars were “five times lower than those of an average gasoline car”. 4. You can’t drive them in car washes or when it’s raining Water and electricity don’t mix, so manufacturers carefully seal all of the electrified components to make sure there aren’t any problems using car washes, or driving or charging in the rain. 5. You can’t go very far Most electric vehicles now have a range in excess of 150 miles, with 200 miles becoming the norm – and the average journey is less than nine miles. 6. There’s nowhere to charge them Long trips require a bit more planning, but charge point locator Zap Map indicates there are almost 15,000 connectors at more than 5,000 locations in the UK, with more added all the time. Plus, rapid chargers can provide 80% of charge in about 30 minutes.

8. EVs are less environmentally friendly across their life cycle The energy required to build an electric car can make it less environmentally friendly to produce than a traditionally fuelled car. However, a Norwegian study quoted by the BBC estimates an EV is about 10% better over its life cycle, and that will continue to improve. 9. Battery disposal poses a huge environmental issue It does, but the EV boom has encouraged lateral thinking to improve recycling rates, with companies taking used EV batteries for use elsewhere, such as home energy storage. 10. They’re boring to drive Modern electric cars can be genuinely fun to drive, particularly thanks to the high-torque motors, which make acceleration brisk. Tesla takes this to extremes with its Model S, which reaches 60mph in less than three seconds – comparable to the new McLaren Senna supercar, with its petrolpowered twin-turbo V8. By James Baggott, Author, Car Dealer Magazine

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Valet! An Executive Car Do you have a valeting problem that you would like answered? Steve Mills of C.V. Car Valeting offers a question and answer session within Your Call Magazine. To be in with the chance of winning a FREE executive car valet, send your car valeting question along with your full name, address and phone number by post to: Your Call Car Valeting Competition, 4 Fein Bank, Coventry, CV4 9XQ, or complete the competition entry form on our website at: The closing date is 5th July 2018. The winner of the last competition is Sonia Bettles who wrote in with the following question: “I have pale coloured upholstery and have water tide marks on the seats (as well as dog hairs!) I’ve tried 1001 and such like, the marks appear to disappear but return when the fabric dries. Any ideas on how to get rid of these marks would be gladly appreciated please.” Steve’s Reply: “The best way would be to have it wet shampooed a few times, and to extract the marks out slowly. The marks will have soaked deep into the upholstery, so this way you are removing the marks layer by layer.”


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Your Horoscopes For June and July 2018 by Astrologer Christine Chalklin

June: This month starts with a brilliant aspect between love planet Venus and Jupiter, the planet of luck and abundance. The mystical planet, Neptune, is also involved, offering the opportunity to use visualisation and intuition for all creative projects. Relationships are positively favoured this month, ushering in a sense of the dramatic as Venus moves into Leo on the 14th. Mars remains in quirky Aquarius all month, but be aware that Mars is entering a long retrograde phase on the 27th, this could seriously slow things down, so do try to get any important projects that must be finished off the ground before then. The potent Gemini new moon on the 13th stirs up some motivating energy; communicative Mercury is also in Gemini offering excellent opportunities for brilliant new ideas. A challenge between home and career is possible with the Capricorn full moon on the 28th. July: Action-packed Mars is retrograde in Aquarius all month, expect things not to move at the pace that you would like, be patient and use this time for revisiting anything that might need adjusting. The new moon in Cancer on the 13th brings opportunities for new beginnings and breakthroughs. Sensitive Cancer is the sign of the family and of the past, important adjustments in the home can be viewed in a different light and tackled successfully. Venus, the goddess of love and relationships, is in playful Leo until the 10th and Mercury remains in Leo all month. Leo energy is passionate, creative and fun loving and offers some excellent opportunities for romantic encounters and all kinds of joyous relationships. The full moon is in Aquarius on the 27th.


March 21-April 20

June: Mars, your ruling planet, is in eccentric Aquarius all this month offering you the perfect opportunity to sweep out the old and create space for the arrival of exciting new energy. Romance and friendship look lively as Venus moves into passionate Leo on the 14th, take advantage and make sure that socialising is your top priority. July: Mars, your ruler and the planet of action and motivation is somewhat thwarted by the retrograde phase. Use this month wisely to review how you use your energy where friendships and groups are concerned. With Mercury in confident Leo your creative skills will be at their best.


April 21-May 21

June: Unpredictable Uranus, newly arrived in your sign and in challenging aspect to Mars is demanding that you continue with the changes that now need to be made. Take positive action to expand your ambitions and be sure to take advantage to meet new people who can in turn influence your work progress. July: Your home and family are positively highlighted, you’ll also be amazed at how you relate to intuitive and creative new ways of

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thinking. The new moon in sensitive Cancer on the 13th brings a new project into focus and help may arrive from unexpected quarters.


May 22-June 21

June: It’s your birthday month and it starts well with the Sun in close alignment with Mercury, your ruler. It’s time to be absolutely clear about what you want, what’s best for you and not for others. Make the most of partnerships and relationships, particularly around the new moon on the 13th. July: This month brings a different kind of energy to the forefront as the way you communicate comes into focus. With Venus and Mercury both in fun loving Leo you’ll be ready to examine creative new ways of increasing your earning potential. Now is the perfect time to reach out and be bold.


June 22-July 22

June: Venus the love planet is in brilliant aspect to mystical Neptune, offering the perfect opportunity for a new romantic encounter or the chance to vamp up an existing one. After the 14th your finances come into focus and you should be in the right frame of mind to make some important decisions.

July: This is your birthday month and new and exciting opportunities are strongly highlighted. Jupiter returns to direct motion on the 11th illuminating love and romance! The new moon in your sign on the 13th marks a turning point and you’ll feel a strong drive to improve your life on many levels.


July 23-August 23

June: Keep an open mind if you have any set plans around the time of the Gemini new moon on the 13th. The social sector of your chart is in the spotlight offering new friends and exciting new experiences. Venus moves into your sign on the 14th, maximise your potential and put your powers of judgement to the test. July: Venus and Mercury are favourable in your sign, ensuring that there is plenty of scope for renewed success. Uranus makes a challenging aspect to Mercury indicating that you may have to rethink a career move. The Cancer new moon on the 13th may offer an opportunity to work behind the scenes.


August 24-September 22

June: Abundant Jupiter is strong in your communication sector at the moment and urges you to take a

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different viewpoint on things have been bothering you lately. This could be the most important month of the year for new developments and radical change. The new moon on the 13th suggests a rapidly-changing work picture. July: This month brings renewed vigour as expansive Jupiter goes back into direct motion after the 11th. Projects that have been on hold can be reviewed and there is opportunity to advance in a positive way. The Aquarian full moon on the 27th indicates that it may be time to put something firmly in the past.


September 23-October 23

June: The Sun and Mercury are highlighting the sector of your chart that loves faraway places, this is emphasised by the new moon on the 13th. Making travel plans will be fun this month, particularly those involving the one that you love. New friends appear as Venus moves into playful Leo after the 14th. July: Finances get a boost as mighty Jupiter moves direct on the 11th indicating positive new earning potential. The Sun illuminates the highest point of your chart, emphasising your goals and the importance of planning ahead and making long lasting changes.


October 24-November 22

June: The Sun, Mercury and the new moon all gather in your financial sector around the middle of the month. A review is overdue, and this is a good time to check your investments and resources. Jupiter in your sign indicates that a bold approach might pay off when it comes to making money.

July: Mars is in challenging aspect to Jupiter in your sign, emphasising the importance of staying focussed on the task at hand. Strong planetary emphasis on your career and goals offer excellent opportunities for new directions. The new moon in Cancer on the 13th enables you to broaden your horizons.


November 23-December 21

June: Close relationships are the focus of the month for freedom loving Sagittarians. You might be asking yourself if you are giving enough time to family and to your loved one. The new moon on the 13th has the potential for new beginnings but take care that you are not insensitive to those close to you. July: The spotlight shines on adventures and new directions; restless Sagittarians are ready for new challenges. The intuitive Cancer new moon on the 13th focusses on finances and resources and the full moon on the 27th indicates that things need to become much clearer where your ultimate goals are concerned.


December 22-January 20

June: Your working life is brought into the spotlight, it’s time to banish fears and allow yourself to consider what you really want before leaping into a new job or taking on a new position. Working with the inspirational Gemini new moon on the 13th opens up some exciting possibilities that you don’t to want to miss. July: The Sun illuminates the relationship area of your chart and you’ll feel like setting your sights very high and not at all afraid to go

after what you truly desire. Venus and Mercury in Leo bring finances to your attention as an important issue comes to the forefront around the new moon on the 13th.


January 21-February 18

June: Make the most of the love planet Venus in the sensitive sign of Cancer until the 13th. It’s perfect for a new romance or the revival of an established one. Motivational Mars in your sign favours getting out and about and doing your own thing, but as the retrograde phase begins, things will slow down to a more steady pace. July: Your work, lifestyle and health are all in the spotlight this month as the radiant Sun illuminates this area of your chart. With Mars retrograde in your sign all month your energy will be low, and you might need to keep a low profile and your demands simple. The new moon on the 13th brings a welcome boost.


February 19-March 20

June: Your home and family life are top priority this month and it looks as if things could get rather hectic! Important planetary movements in restless Gemini stir up the way you communicate your ideas and feelings. Take the opportunity to fulfil several different tasks simultaneously as you need to be prepared for inevitable change. July: The Sun, your ruler Neptune and abundant Jupiter form a wonderfully creative aspect pattern in your chart this month. An exciting new idea presents itself and there’s vibrant energy for a project to get off the ground. The Cancerian new moon on the 13th helps negotiations and big plans move forward more positively.

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Community Groups Age UK Coventry Age UK Coventry is looking for volunteers to support our services to older people including friendship volunteers to visit lonely and isolated older people at home offering companionship or to support friendship groups, and volunteers to assist with general administration, in our charity shop and information & advice services. Full training is provided and volunteer travel expenses reimbursed. For further information please call Volunteering on 024 7643 3980, email or take a look at our website Alzheimer’s Society Coventry Alzheimer’s Society provides a range of support services for people with dementia, their families and carers across Coventry. Dementia Navigators who provide information, guidance and support. Dementia Café, Singing for the Brain, Day Care, Peer Support Groups and CrISP (Carer Information and Support Programme). For more information contact the Coventry office on 024 7665 2602 or email Ansty Hill Walkers If you enjoy hill walking and rambling in beautiful areas of Britain, Sunday and mid-week walks, theatre trips, social evenings etc, why not join us? For more details contact D. Mayo on 024 7661 3116. Arty-Folks We run weekly therapeutic visual arts workshops for people suffering from mental ill health, stress, depression and anxiety. We meet every Wednesday 12.30pm-2.30pm at the Artspace Studios, 16 Lower Holyhead Road, Coventry CV1 3AU, off Spon Street. Arty-Folks is a community of like-minded people that get together in a friendly and supportive environment to learn new skills such as painting, drawing, ceramics, textile, printmaking, sculpture, etc. No referral, booking or formal diagnosis needed. New members and beginners warmly welcomed. Workshops are £2 which covers materials and refreshments. For more information contact 024 7641 4740 / 074 4364 3634 / or visit Facebook/Arty-Folks. Baginton Mill Allotments Allotments available from £15 per year. Grow your own Veg, Fruit and Flowers. Competitive supplies on site, friendly plot holders and committee. See us on Facebook at

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bagintonmillallotments. New gardeners or seasoned professionals welcome, and those in between. Interested? Call in to the Trading Shed any Saturday or Sunday morning between 10am and 11.30am at Baginton Mill Allotments, Mill Hill, Baginton. Barnardo’s Supported Lodgings We work in partnership with Warwickshire County Council to provide accommodation to young people leaving care, to support them from leaving care to living independently. Could you help? You can receive a paid allowance of approx. £140 per week to offer a young person aged 16 – 25 a spare room in your home. You will be fully involved in placing a young person and it will be your decision as to who is placed with you. You will be offered full support and training provided by Barnardo’s. For more information call 024 7637 2596 or email Bereavement Support Group If you are experiencing or have experienced a bereavement, drop in and see how we can support you. You will meet people who are there for you and where you will find a listening ear. Every Thursday from 5pm - 7pm in the Parish Rooms behind St Patrick's Church, Deedmore Road, CV2 2AA. There is plenty of parking space behind the church. For more information call 07508 918268. Binley Evergreens A community group of over 55s in the Binley and Willenhall area. We meet every Tuesday at the John White Community Centre, Grange Avenue, Binley, 12pm 2pm for bingo and socialising. We also have day trips, river trips, pub meals, etc. Come early and enjoy a cup of tea or a meal in our cafe. For more information contact Tom on 07817 176786. Binley Woods Village Hall Friendship Club Local retired people who meet for a chat and a cuppa every Thursday 2pm - 4pm. There is a quiz and bingo for the last hour. Outings and meals out are arranged regularly. Why not come along and give us a try? Lifts can be organised, please call 024 7654 4537. Binley Woods Women's Institute We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 8pm in Binley Woods Village Hall. Visitors are welcome. For details please ring Kath on 024 7654 2340 or Sherry on 024 7654 0203. We have interesting speakers as well as friendly social evenings. Brandon, Bretford and Wolston History Group We hold monthly meetings at the Brandon Club, with speakers on historical and social subjects from a wide range of professional and personal interests, some from local

residents. We plan trips to places and sites of historical interest. We aim to provide new opportunities for local people to celebrate and enjoy their local heritage and encourage pride in the areas in which we live. We welcome all, come along and meet new friends. For more information contact Graham Fewkes on 024 7654 3470. Bridge Lessons If you would like to know how to play bridge or wish to improve your game we have beginner and intermediate lessons starting in September at Coventry & North Warwickshire Sports Club, Binley Road, Coventry, CV3 1HB. For full details call Ann Ridgway on 024 7647 3893 or email Alf Cowdrey at Caludon Castle Community Library We are a community library, located within Caludon Castle School, Axholme Road, Coventry, CV2 5BD. Free adult and children events including Rhyme Time and Story Time, Computer and Homework Help Sessions, Book Club and Arts & Crafts. Ring us for our opening times on 024 7678 8300 or visit for more details. CAMEO (Come And Meet Each Other) at Meredith Road Baptist Church, Meredith Road, Stoke, Coventry, CV2 5JH. We meet every Wednesday afternoon at 1.30pm for tea and biscuits and a chance to meet people and have a chat. Once a month we go out for a meal at a local pub or restaurant. All are welcome to CAMEO and it is a great opportunity to get out of the house and make new friends. For more information visit or call 024 7645 3976. Contact the Elderly We bring isolated older people together for tea and friendship. The Coventry group needs more local volunteer hosts willing to invite a small group of elderly people and their volunteer drivers into their home once a year for Sunday Afternoon Tea. If you could provide a warm welcome to lonely older people once a year, please call for a chat about how your skills and interests could help isolated older people. Contact us on Freephone 0800 716 543. Coventry Breathe Easy We are a support group for all those affected by a lung condition, including friends, family and carers. We normally meet on the 2nd Friday of every month from 2pm - 4pm at Eadon Hall, Central Hall (Methodist Church), Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2HA. There is no meeting in June. On 13th July, Ian Jarrod, BLF Support for Lung Research. Meetings are free, but we ask for donations and support for our raffle. For more information contact Cynthia on 024

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COMMUNITY GROUPS 7644 0316 or Janet on 024 7646 0081 or visit: Coventry Coventry Cat Group We are a non-profit, non-destruct rescue organisation for cats and kittens in the Coventry area, run entirely by volunteers (registered charity number 1065043). If you are thinking of adopting one of our cats, or if you can offer a working home to a feral cat, please visit for more information, or call our helpline on 024 7626 8073. Coventry CHA Rambling Club We have planned walks organised and led by experienced leaders on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and sunset strolls in the summer. On Saturdays we use local public transport. On Thursdays we use cars and on Sundays we hire a private coach. We have walks to suit all abilities and pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming. Membership costs £10 per year. The coach fare varies between £6 and £8. We do not allow dogs on rambles. Visit for more details or contact the Secretary on 024 7646 5871 for an information pack. Coventry and District Sands Sands supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. We offer emotional support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families and friends. Our local group 'Coventry Sands' meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 8pm - 10pm at Walsgrave Baptist Church, Hinckley Road, Coventry, CV2 2EX. For more information please contact our befrienders on 07896 500237 or email Coventry Family History Society We meet on the second Monday of every month at the Old Coventrians Sports Ground, Tile Hill Lane at 7pm for 7.30pm. New members and visitors always welcome, members £2, visitors £3. The meeting on 11th June is TBC at time of printing. On 9th July, The Lost Railway Lapworth to Henley-in-Arden with Paul Baker. We have a large selection of books, maps and CDs for sale, also books may be borrowed from our large selection for research. Time is given after the talks to browse and enjoy tea & biscuits. For more information visit Coventry Figure Skating Club This friendly ice skating club meets every Saturday morning, 8.30am - 9.30am, at Planet Ice (SkyDome). Improve existing skating skills, learn new skills and build confidence, or just skate in a fun and friendly environment. Each club session includes coaching from qualified coaches based on ability. You have time to practice

and make new friends. The club provides a number of events throughout the year, from social activities to fancy dress skating. We run competitions each year, giving everyone the chance to experience the thrill of competing in a supportive environment. For more information visit Coventry Music Appreciation Group We are a long established, friendly group that meets on Thursday evenings in term time at Finham Park School, Green Lane, Coventry to listen to and discuss a variety of music – mainly but not exclusively classical. Speakers are drawn from both inside and outside the group. We also attend concerts in Birmingham and at the Warwick Arts Centre. For further information and details of our forthcoming programme contact Peter Langley on 024 7654 0211.

Osteoporosis Society website Coventry Ramblers – at the Heart of Walking Do you enjoy the countryside, keeping fit and meeting new people through walking? No need to book in advance on most of our walks. We include environmentally friendly Public Transport Walks on Tuesdays and Saturdays once a month, weekly classic Sunday Walks and monthly Saturday Challenging Walks with car share transport system from Whitefriars Street and Memorial Park. In the summer our Thursday evening shorter walks are popular. Non-members are welcome to join us for up to 3 walks without obligation. Please contact John on 07939 523149, email or visit

Coventry & North Warwickshire Sports Club We are a friendly club offering cricket, squash, tennis, netball and bridge at all levels. We also offer coaching delivered by accredited coaches and we have a gym and clubhouse. Complete beginners welcome. There are function rooms that can be used for private or public events with a range of catering offered for every occasion. For more information please contact us on 024 7645 1426 or visit

Coventry Reading Service for the Blind and Partially Sighted Would you like to help? Our volunteers provide a free, confidential Reading Service for blind and partially sighted people in all areas of Coventry. Reading can cover a wide range of material from letters to newspapers, magazines, short stories and many other things depending upon the individual needs of the listeners. The Reading Service is a well established organisation which has been running in the city for over 30 years. If you are interested in becoming a Reader please contact us on 024 7667 2972 for more information.

Coventry Older Voices (COV) COV is a campaigning organisation that represents the views, needs and aspirations of people over 50 in Coventry. It is non party-political, and is concerned with our welfare and wellbeing, and with the contribution we can make to our community. Issues with which we are particularly concerned include (but are not limited to): transport (especially public transport), housing, health, adult social care, social participation and communication. For further details please contact: The Secretary, c/o Age UK, Coventry, 7 Warwick Row, Coventry, CV1 1EX or see the website

Coventry Rotary Club The President and members of the club welcome new members to the world of Rotary where we live by the motto "Service above Self". Our fields of service are found within the local community and schools as well as in the international areas of deprivation. Men and women will find a background of business experience a useful qualification in fulfilling the aims of the Rotary movement. We meet every Monday at the Coventry North Warwickshire Cricket Ground, Binley Road, Coventry at 12.15pm for 12.45pm. For more details contact Past President John Hartley on 024 7650 2333 or email:

Coventry Osteoporosis Support Group Meetings are held in St John the Baptist Church Hall on the corner of Spon Street, Corporation Street and Fleet Street. All access is wheelchair friendly. All meetings are open to the general public and the entrance fee is £3 which will include some refreshments. The meetings take place 2pm – 3.30pm. On Thursday 28th June, Dr Veeda D’Mello with ‘Osteoporosis from the GP Perspective’. Further details are available from Lynne Adams, 024 7667 6683 or 07910 034653 or For more information visit the National

Coventry Sherbourne U3A We meet on the first Thursday of every month at 2pm at Wyken Community Centre, Westmorland Avenue, CV2 5BP. We are a non-political and nondenominational group for retired and semi-retired people. We have a speaker, followed by a tea break and a chance to make new friends. We also run various activity groups throughout the month such as crafts, scrabble, drawing, local history, reading group, walks. For further details please call Marion Hodgkins on 024 7663 8662 or email

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COMMUNITY GROUPS Coventry Stamp and Postcard Club We meet fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at Hearsall Baptist Church. Both new and experienced collectors welcome. More details from David Grimsey on 024 7641 1369. Coventry Vision Friendship Group For the visually impaired but all welcome at the Salvation Army Café, Upper Well Street, Coventry City Centre, every Friday 10.15am until 12pm. Diabetes UK Coventry Voluntary Group We are a support group for those who live with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and their families. Currently we meet bi-monthly at the Salvation Army in Coventry on the third Monday of the month. We are always looking for people and their families to come along and share their experiences and ideas. There is no joining fee; it is open to everyone. For any further information please email or call 07491 872092. Enterprise Club for Disabled People We offer social and leisure time activities for disabled people in the age range 18 to 90+. We provide opportunities for socialising and making friends including a weekly Handicraft Group, Day Centre, Social Evening, the ‘A’ Team, a group for young adults and a twice weekly Sports Group. Volunteers are needed to assist with all our weekly activities; drivers for our mini buses on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday evening, (once per month basis), catering/coffee bar and general helpers. For further information please contact Jill Simms, General Manager on 024 7645 1066 or email Free Home Library Service Enjoy reading or listening to audio books but find it difficult to get to your local library? Or can’t carry heavy books home? Then our Free Home Library Service might be for you. Working closely with Coventry City Libraries, Age UK Coventry’s team of friendly volunteers will visit you at home each month, bringing a fresh supply of books, audio books or CDs specially chosen for you. For further information please contact Home Library Service, 2 Park House, 1st Floor West Wing, Station Square, Coventry, CV1 2FL, call 024 7623 1999, email david.wright@ageukcoventry. or visit Friendship Group for Hard of Hearing Age UK Coventry has launched a Friendship Group specifically for those who have a hearing impairment. It meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Queens Road Baptist

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Church. For further information please call the Friendship Team on 024 7643 3977, email or take a look at our website Friends of The War Memorial Park During the summer months we meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm at The Visitors Centre, working in conjunction with the recent renovation project. Please call 024 7667 5158 for more details. G.B. (Girls’ Brigade) We are a uniformed Christian organisation which provides fun activities for girls aged 5–18 years in a safe, caring environment. 1st Coventry G.B. meets at Queens Road Baptist Church (entrance in Grosvenor Road, just off the Ring Road) from 6.15pm - 7.45pm each Friday during school term time. Come and check us out! For more information contact Jacquie on 024 7641 0102 or email Girls - Come and Join The Fun with Girlguiding Girls aged 5-7 can join Rainbows, Brownies are aged 7-10, whilst Guides is for girls aged 10-14. There is even a Senior Section for girls aged 14-25. The different groups meet on a weekly basis all over Coventry, normally during the school term time, so make enquiries now and let your daughter join in lots of adventures, challenges and most of all good fun with friendship. You can find out all about us by visiting the County website at: and if you fancy ‘having a go yourself’ leaders of units need to be 18 or over. Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre Meeting Room Hire Did you know the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre has meeting room hire available? The tranquil setting can accommodate up to 60, has ample free parking, presentation equipment, free wi-fi and meetings can be combined with tours of the Centre. Situated close to M40 junctions 13 and 14 it is easily accessible making it a perfect place to get people together. All income raised will help us continue to breed life-changing guide dogs of the future. For further information and room rates please contact Liz Hinckley on or 0345 143 0216. Heart of England Cooperative Concert Orchestra Rehearsals every Tuesday from 7.30pm - 9.30pm at the Central Hall in Coventry City Centre. We are a community orchestra playing a variety of light hearted, popular classics. New players warmly welcomed. For information about membership or concert tickets, please contact or visit

Historical Association: Coventry & Warwickshire Branch Are you very interested in history? We offer a wide variety of historical talks. We normally meet at the Methodist Church, Woodside Avenue South, Coventry CV3 6BE (close to the junction of Kenilworth Road and Kenpas Highway) at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information contact John Haslam on 024 7667 2589. Keep Fit (Age Concern) Wolston Leisure and Community Centre, Tuesdays 10.30am – 11.30am and Thursdays 11.15am - 12.15pm. Keep fit for the over 50’s. For more information contact us on 024 7654 1212. Ladies Guild We meet the first Thursday of the month at 7.45pm at Ryton Village Hall. New members are always welcome for ladies aged 16 years and above. Contact June Backholler for more information on 024 7630 2353. Line Dancing Takes place every Tuesday for Intermediate Class, 7.30pm - 9.15pm at Ryton Village Hall. We also have an Improvers Class at Ryton Village Hall every Thursday, 10am – 11.45am. Please contact Graham or Sharon on 024 7630 1770 for more information. Luncheon Club For the over 60’s at Wolston Leisure and Community Centre, every month on a Monday, 12.30pm – 3.30pm. Book early to avoid disappointment on 024 7654 1212. Mentor Link Children’s charity Mentor Link is recruiting Volunteer Mentors to support young people in schools. We are keen to hear from businesses and employees who would be interested in becoming a Mentor to support a young person to achieve their full potential and improve their engagement in learning. If you like a challenge and want to help make a difference to the lives of young people, then we would like to hear from you. No experience needed, seeking people with life experiences and enthusiasm who can give an hour a week. Please contact Head Office on 01299 822336 or email Mercia Therapy Centre Established in 1984, we provide treatments for people with long term conditions and short term injuries for adults. We also treat children with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. We offer physiotherapy, oxygen therapy, massage, osteomyology, acupuncture, foot health, yoga and counselling to name but a few! We are a small self-funding Charity and we receive no statutory funding, therefore we are funded purely by voluntary contributions and donations, our own fund raising activities and

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COMMUNITY GROUPS charitable trusts. For more information please contact 024 7661 1088, email or visit: PSU Coventry Volunteers Needed Are you looking for volunteer work that is challenging, engaging and rewarding? The PSU provides non-legal practical and emotional support to people attending Civil and Family court in Coventry, without legal representation. Volunteers invest their time, skills and energy to solve clients’ problems and accompany them through the court process. Are you interested? Call 0121 250 6354 or email Risen Christ Lunch Club Our lunch club meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and is for anyone over 60. If you are interested in coming along for a good home cooked meal, a chat, some good entertainment or just a good day out please call Janet on 024 7661 2316 or e-mail for more details. Roller Skating Club We run a general roller skating club at Wyken Community Centre, Coventry. General skating on Saturdays, 2pm-4.30pm and Tuesdays 6pm-9pm. Membership is £3 and the cost is £2 each session with £1 for skate hire. Open to all ages although children under 8 have to be accompanied by an adult. For more information please call the Community Centre on 024 7661 2025. Rotary Club of Coventry Jubilee Would you like to join a local group that makes a difference to communities locally and internationally? Coventry Jubilee does just that, supporting local charities such as Myton Hospice, Air Ambulance and Foodbank. Internationally we raise funds to improve the quality of life in Africa through education and helping provide clean water. We also support charities that respond to natural disasters worldwide, providing shelter and immediate essential needs. Our members share a common desire to give something back to Communities whilst enjoying a vibrant group environment. For more information visit or email Ryton on Dunsmore Evergreens Over 50’s Club Ryton Evergreens 50+ meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 1.45pm - 3.45pm at Ryton Village Hall, with the aim of providing entertainment in a friendly atmosphere for the over 50’s. Contact John Laudon on 024 7630 1269.

Ryton Village Community Minibus The minibus is available for use by anyone in the village. It has 17 seats including the driver and can be driven on an ordinary licence. It is fully covered with insurance and breakdown assistance. Drivers have to be between 25 years and 70 years with no more than 6 points on their licence. The cost is 65p per mile which includes fuel and everything. If you have any ideas, please contact Dougie on 024 7630 6895. Silver Surfers Over 50 and want to know how to use the internet and email? A volunteer is available to offer support in the use of the internet and email at Wolston Library, Warwick Road, Wolston, Coventry, CV8 3GX on Mondays 2.30pm – 5pm. Please book in advance by calling 0300 555 8171. For more information visit wolstonlibrary Small Scale Fiddlers We are a fun and friendly group sharing an interest in the art of recreating everyday items in a miniature scale. Suitable for all levels. We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Townsend Memorial Hall, Church Street, Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, Rugby, CV23 0BP. £4 session charge includes tea, coffee and biscuits – sometimes cake! For more information email Tina at or call Karen on 07563 733292. St Mary’s Age UK Friendship Group A group for the over 50's. We meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at St Mary's, Hall Lane, Walsgrave from 10am - 12noon. Cost £2.50 per meeting. Two course meal available afterwards at a cost of £4. Stretton on Dunsmore History Society The Society aims to promote and encourage interest in the local history of Stretton on Dunsmore and of history and archaeology in general. Meetings are normally held at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of each month in the village hall. Talks are free to members, visitors are welcome (£2 for adults and children are free); free refreshments are provided. The society now has its own web page or you can call 024 7654 2703 for more information. The Belles of Three Spires A Capella Close Harmony Ladies Chorus rehearse on Wednesdays, 7.15pm to 10pm at Warwick Road United Reformed Church, 10 Warwick Row, Coventry, CV1 1EX. See

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for details. Whether you love to be a diva singing the tune, or enjoy the tinkly top notes or bassy low notes, there is a part for you to sing! Singers with any level of experience are welcome, you will learn lots very quickly! The City of Coventry Male Voice Choir We invite new members, from beginners to experienced singers, to join us in our efforts to make this the finest male voice choir in the Midlands. We currently have 40+ members of all ages, so whatever your experience you can be sure of plenty of help to fit in. The choir specialises in four part singing, and we cover a wide spectrum of music. We meet on Wednesdays at 7.45pm, at Woodside Methodist Church Hall, Woodside Avenue South, Coventry, CV3 6BE. For more details call Mike Barratt on 07791 117878. The Coventry & North Warwickshire Prostate Cancer Support Group We welcome men and women affected by prostate cancer. We are a group of men who have all had prostate cancer. Alongside our wives and partners, we've come together to help men and their families going through what we have all experienced so you don't have to face it alone. We have regular meetings and a drop-in centre in Coventry precinct. For more details visit or telephone Peter on 024 7601 4207. The Heart of England Co-operative Ladies Choir We are a friendly group of about 35 and new members are always welcome. Our subscription is £5 per month and rehearsals are held every Monday from 1.15pm - 3pm at the Friends Meeting House in Hill Street, Coventry City Centre. If you would like to join us, just call in or contact our musical director Valerie Hocking on 024 7654 3572. For details of our current programme email The Weavers' Workshop Drop in sessions every Monday (except Bank Holidays) and Thursday, 10am 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and try out simple weaving techniques, no experience necessary. We charge £3 for the morning and provide tea, coffee and biscuits. We meet at The Weaver's House, 121 Upper Spon Street, Coventry, CV1 3BQ. We also run workshops, an outreach programme and undertake larger one-off community projects. For more information call Peggy Finch on 07976 503055 or email or or visit

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COMMUNITY GROUPS Warwick Road Church Centre 10 Warwick Row, Coventry, CV1 1EX. Join us for different activities in Coventry City Centre. ‘Open Doors’ Cafe, welcoming and cosy, open 10am-2pm Tuesday to Friday. Poetry Café first Thursday of the month, to share favourite poems or just listen. ‘Soul Space’ Relaxation Sessions Tuesday lunchtimes, 1pm-2pm, twice a month, £2 including drink & biscuits. Film Afternoons including film, ice cream, tea and cake on first Wednesday each month. All welcome. Arrive 1.45pm for 2pm start. Chat about the film over tea and cake. Contact Annie 024 7622 0299 or email or visit Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Fundraising Volunteers Needed Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers to place and monitor boxes of wildlife pin badges at sites such as shops, garden centres and pubs in their local area to raise much needed funds to protect wildlife and wild places across the county. To find out more please contact the Trust on 024 7630 2912 or email Watercolour Painting Classes for every level at St Margaret’s Church Rooms, Wolston on Fridays from 10am – 12pm. For more

information please contact the tutor on 01455 634876. Wolston Garden Club We have 8 meetings per year in Wolston Village Hall at 7.30pm (unless stated differently), doors open from 7pm. Guests are welcome at £4 per meeting, membership for the year is £15. Tea/ coffee and biscuits are served. We are organising a coach trip to the garden at Waterperry on Saturday 28th July, the cost is £17 per person and all are welcome. To book any trips or for any other information about Garden Club, please call Valerie Griffin on 024 7654 5469. Our 2018 programme is available on the Wolston Village website. Wolston Knitting and Craft Circle We meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 10am 12pm at Wolston Baptist Church. Come and learn to knit (needles and spare wool available), or come and show off your skills with any needlecraft. Beginners and experienced knitters/crocheters all welcome. Knit for yourself, for others or for charity, just join in with the new craze! Refreshments and biscuits available – knit, natter, nosh! For more information please contact Angela Dove on 024 7654 3859.

Wurzel Bush Folk Club The club meets every Tuesday at 8.30pm at The Bulls Head, Coventry Road, Brinklow, CV23 0NE. Admission is free but a Ladies Chamber Pot will be passed around and people are asked to make a contribution to club funds. We are a not for profit folk club staffed by unpaid volunteers. Floor artists are most welcome. Residents Dave Sampson & Eric Preece. For more information contact Dave Sampson on 01788 832021 or visit The community listings are free to local non-profit making groups, clubs and societies. To place your listing please email your details to: The deadline for entries in our community pages for the August / September edition is 5th July 2018. All information correct to the best of our knowledge at time of printing. Checking accurate dates and times with the relevant event holder is advisable. You can also find more community listings by visiting the community page on our website:

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Your Call Magazine, Coventry East & Villages, June/July 2018  

Community magazines for the residents of East Coventry and the surrounding villages.

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