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Home & Garden What’s On Locally Home & Garden Community News Home & Garden Food & Drink Health & Beauty Business & Finance Motoring & Travel Family & Pets Community Groups





Welcome 6 Old Friends, Mountains and Gadgets 8 Save Energy with Window & Door Repairs 14 Garden Design: The Immovable Focal Point 20 What’s On Locally 26 Community News 34 Interiors: Designing a Small Bathroom 38 Universal Credit Full Service 44 Summer Tech for Outdoor Living 46 Recipe: Coconut Seafood Curry 52 Health Screenings – What’s Available? 54 Motoring: 10 Electric Vehicle Myths Busted 60 Pets Corner: Heat Stroke in Dogs 64 When Did Comedy Lose the Right? 66 Community Groups 68 Horoscopes 74 Index of Advertisers 76 Useful Numbers 77 Advertising and Contact Details 78

p54 Competitions & Puzzles Cash Prize Wordsearch Competition 10 Frankly Sinatra Competition 22 A Bunch of Amateurs Competition 32 Ocean Colour Scene Competition 48 Breath of Spring Competition 53 Crossword 56 Coventry Rugby Club Competition 58 CV Car Valeting Competition 61 Spot the Difference 62 Doctor Dolittle Competition 63 Perfect Pets Competition 65

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Competition Winners

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 Steptoe and Son Competition Anne Balder Styvechale Open Gardens Competition Jo Forsythe, Emma Morzetti, Mary Lord A Midsummer Night’s Dream Competition Mrs P J Mortimer Coventry Rugby Club Competition David Last CV Car Valeting Competition Sonia Bettles Perfect Pets Competition Simone Watson The Little Mermaid Ballet Competition Helen Elias

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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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

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well 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! 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 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

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COMMUNITY EVENTS 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 - Sunday 1st July Warwickshire Open Studios Since it started in 2002, Warwickshire Open Studios has grown into the county's largest and friendliest free visual arts event. With over 270 artists taking part across 138 venues throughout Coventry and Warwickshire, the 2018 summer event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Whether you're looking for creative inspiration or a unique piece of art to buy, there's no shortage of quality or diversity – including paintings, photography, ceramics, glassware, jewellery, printmaking, textiles, installations, woodturning and metalwork. Everyone is welcome! 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 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. Monday 18th June Friends of Spencer Park AGM The Friends of Spencer Park will be holding their AGM on Monday 18th June at 7.30pm. Venue to be confirmed. For more information please email or visit or 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 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.

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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 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. Sunday 24th June The Great Get Together for Jo Cox Come and meet your friends and neighbours in Spencer Park from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday 24th June. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fun. Try tennis and bowls for free, equipment provided. Games for children. Hot and cold drinks, ice cream and cakes on sale. Jo’s killing was designed to divide us and promote hatred. Our friends and family can think of no better response than an anniversary that brings us closer together and celebrates all that we have in common. For more information please email or visit FriendsofSpencerPark. 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 June / July 2018 | Your Call

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COMMUNITY EVENTS 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. Saturday 30th June – Sunday 8th July 43rd Allesley Festival ‘Nursery Rhymes and Fairytales’ We look forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s Festival. We have the ‘Allesley Flower Arrangers’ presenting an evening of floral demonstrations by Lorena Dyer on Monday 2nd July at 7.30pm in Allesley Village Hall. We have our much-loved garden walks on Sunday 1st July, between 2pm and 5pm. Children are welcome and are free of charge. The Garden Walks also coincide with the Allesley Festival Art Exhibition on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st June in All Saints Allesley Church Hall, Rectory Lane. ‘Ladies Night’ is at Jaguar Social Club, Fenton Road, Allesley on Thursday 5th July at 7pm. This year our procession will start at 12.30pm from the Jaguar Social Club. If you would like to enter a float visit and arrive at 11.30am, for judging at noon. This year, we welcome St Mary’s and Hinckley Marching Band, to make this a fabulous spectacle. For details of all our many more events over the 10 days, please visit or Facebook at #allesleyfestival. Please come and join us at this great community event. Tuesday 3rd July Hill Close Gardens ‘The Railway Children’ Come along to Hill Close Gardens

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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 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 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. Saturday 21st July Great British Tennis Weekend Come along to Spencer Park from 10am to 4pm and try tennis for free, equipment provided. Come and join our community tennis club, sign up online at spencerpark. Refreshments will be available in the pavilion. Come and find out what plans we have for Spencer Park. For more information please email or visit FriendsofSpencerPark. Sunday 22nd July Tudor Games Day at The Weaver’s House, Coventry In Spon Street, one of the most

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COMMUNITY EVENTS 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

Sunday 29th July Bands in the Park Come along to Spencer Park from 2pm to 3.30pm to listen to Bandicoots Blues Connection. Refreshments will be available in the pavilion. For more information please email or visit or

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 Co-ordinator and fundraising hints and tips to help smash your fundraising target. If you have any questions please email or call 01926 838891.

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 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 29th July The Challenge Event The Friends of The War Memorial Park, working with The Challenge, a Birmingham based charity for 15-17 year olds, will put on an event based round the adult Outdoor Fitness Trail in the War Memorial Park from 11am to 4pm. Further details on 024 7667 5158.

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

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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 Country Markets - Allesley Village Hall, Allesley Every Wednesday 10am - 11.30am, with plenty of fresh produce, refreshments, crafts and a warm welcome. Visit our website: 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.

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Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Which real life Hollywood star played Jefferson Steele in the film version of A Bunch of Amateurs? a) Clint Eastwood b) Burt Reynolds c) Sylvester Stallone Please send your answer to the above question before 5th July 2018, along with your name, address and telephone number by post to: 4 Fein Bank, Coventry, CV4 9XQ, or simply complete the competition entry form on our website: A Bunch of Amateurs runs at the Priory Theatre, Kenilworth from 5th – 15th September. Tickets are available online at or through the TicketSource Booking Line: 0333 666 3366 (Mon-Fri 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm).

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Community News From Around Our Area 43rd Allesley Festival 30th June - 8th July 2018, ‘Nursery Rhymes and Fairytales’ The countdown to Allesley Festival 2018 has begun! Last year’s Festival was hugely successful, raising over £7,000 for charities. Our thanks go to everyone involved for all their hard work and support. Our ‘Musicals’ theme in the 2017 procession was fantastic. The worthy winning float was entered by Burton Close and friends portraying the musical ‘Bugsy Malone’. Well done to all concerned and we eagerly await all the float entries

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for this year’s procession. This year’s Festival promises to be just as fun filled, with an array of events to bring all of the community together. A lovely addition to our programme this year is the ‘Allesley Flower Arrangers’ presenting an evening of floral demonstrations by Lorena Dyer. This ticket only event (tickets are £4 and include light refreshments) shall take place on Monday 2nd July at 7.30pm in Allesley Village Hall. Back again this year is our much-loved garden walks, which will take place on Sunday 1st July, between 2pm and 5pm. Children are welcome and are free of charge. Tickets can be bought on the day at Allesley Village Hall, Birmingham Road where tea and cakes shall also be served. The Garden Walks also

coincide with the Allesley Festival Art Exhibition being held on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st June in All Saints Allesley Church Hall, Rectory Lane, with paintings and crafts by local people and members of Art Societies. Our ever popular ‘Ladies Night’ shall return again this year. This will be held at Jaguar Social Club, Fenton Road, Allesley on Thursday 5th July at 7pm. We have a fantastic range of new stalls, beauty treatments and our resident fashion show provided by ‘Glitzy Bits’. Tickets are available in advance and on the door for £3. Please see our website for further details. This year, with the theme ‘Nursery Rhymes and Fairytales’ our procession will start at 12.30pm from the Jaguar Social Club, Fenton Lane, Allesley. If you would like to enter a float (walking floats are more than welcome), look at the website and arrive at 11.30am, for judging at noon. This year, we welcome St Mary’s and Hinckley Marching Band to make this a fabulous spectacle.

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For details of all our many more events over the 10 days, please visit our website www.allesleyfestival. and our Facebook page #allesleyfestival. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s Festival - it is always wonderful to see new faces at the events! Please come and join us at this great community event.

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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!

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!

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“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

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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 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.

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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 and games. Visit to find out more. 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. 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 get a medal. Visit to sign up! The everpopular 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. 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!

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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 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 to find out more and sign up! Their next big challenge event is a trek along the Great Wall of China! This once in a lifetime opportunity will take people over watch towers and mountains, and through historic battlement stations that are well off the tourist trail. Register your interest in the trek at china or contact Rebecca Richards to find out more at 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 that’s happening over the coming months.

Use Your Spare Time to Help Save Lives in Coventry! An appeal is being made to people in the Coventry area, who have some time to spare, to consider taking on a voluntary role at a lifesaving local charity. 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 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”

We want to hear your local good news stories! We always love to include local good news stories, and the more the better! The deadline for entry in our August / September edition is 5th July, please email your good news stories to or speak to our family friendly team on 024 7646 8078. Don’t delay, pass on your local good news today! Please mention ‘Your Call’ when responding to adverts

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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.

Ikea - A large mirror, a pale, neutral colour palette and raising fittings off the floor promote a feeling of spaciousness in this compact bathroom by Ikea ( Pure - Maximising light helps create the impression of a larger room. Another good idea is to round the corners of fittings in tight spaces. Viride offset bath by Cleargreen Baths, £409, The Pure Bathroom Collection from Smiths Briten: 0845 634 4321;

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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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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Summer Tech For Outdoor Living By Gary Marshall

It’s amazing to think that we were still getting snow back in March: just weeks later and it’s June, which even the UK usually manages to get through without any blizzards. Who knows, we might even get a long hot summer this time – and if we do, technology is happy to help. If you’re planning to party outside this summer, it’s worth getting some long-lasting gadgets such as the UE Boom 2 portable speaker. It’s loud but not too loud, portable but not too small, and it’s waterproof because it’s sold in Britain. At around £93 it’s pricier than many but is solid, sounds great and is well made – plus the battery lasts for 15 hours of tunes from a single charge. It’s a really great speaker for outdoor entertaining.

there are Bluetoothenabled meat thermometers that send readings to your smartphone so you don’t even need to lift the lid. Weber’s excellent iGrill 3 (£89.99) is one of the best around, but there are more affordable options too. There’s a new entry in the outdoor lighting market: Philips, which has brought its Hue smart lighting system to gardens too. We love Hue for its ability to create all kinds of light “recipes” and effects and to do so from a phone or tablet, and you can now mix 16 million different colours outdoors too. The catch, inevitably, is cost: the wall-mountable Lily spotlight is about £260 and the pedestal lamp around £125. It might be worth waiting for rivals to follow Philips’ lead: Hue-style indoor bulbs are widely available for a lot less than Philips chargers and we’d expect the same to happen with outdoor lighting too. Don’t try and cut corners with normal Hue bulbs in standard lamp fittings unless those fittings are large and properly waterproof. They might not work anyway: your home’s exterior walls may block the connection between the lights and the Hue hub, which

has to be connected to your internet router. Sadly, living in the UK means even a warm day doesn’t stay too warm for long, and many of us turn to outdoor heating. Don’t buy a heater that heats the air; it’s a waste of money, because most of the energy goes on heating the air nobody’s actually in. Gas heaters are the least efficient: consider a modern infra-red (not near-infra-red) electric heater, which heats the surfaces it’s pointed at (including people), or a halogen one if you don’t want to spend a few hundred pounds. A good tabletop or freestanding halogen heater doesn’t cost too much to buy or run – about 9p per kilowatt hour, with heaters starting at around £39 – but make sure your seating area is sheltered as a stiff breeze can undo the work of any outdoor heater.

If you’re barbecuing, technology can help. The superb Looftlighter (around £45 on eBay or £55 in the shops) can ensure charcoal lights instead of smokes, and a BBQ thermometer can make sure food is properly cooked. We love the Thermapen instant read thermometer (around £50) but for an even more high-tech option

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Two Tickets to see ‘Ocean Colour Scene’ At Wolverhampton Race Course

On Friday 31st August (includes day at races) Ocean Colour Scene are back this Summer performing at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Friday 31st August after the racing. Why don’t you pop along for a day at the races before dancing into the evening with the fabulous Ocean Colour Scene in concert for an action-packed day out! A gig not to be missed… In their 23-year existence, Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern – and a run of nine successive Top 20 hit singles commencing with 1996’s The Riverboat Song. They supported Oasis at their massive Knebworth shows that same year, and two years later helmed the biggest arena tour of any UK band to date. Their achievements have been nothing short of phenomenal.

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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.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets simply name one of Ocean Colour Scene’s top 5 albums. 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: Friday 31st August 2018 at Wolverhampton Racecourse. Ticket price: £29.00. Box Office Tel: 0844 249 1000. Gates open at 4.00pm, last race at 8.30pm (tbc), on stage from 9.00pm (approx).

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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 52 |

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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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The film version of ‘Breath Of Spring’ called ‘Make Mine Mink’ starred which actor as the Brigadier?

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A. Kenneth Williams B. Terry Thomas C. David Niven Please send your answer to the above question before 5th July 2018, along with your name, address and telephone number by post to: 4 Fein Bank, Coventry, CV4 9XQ, or simply complete the competition entry form on our website: Tickets are between £9.50 (concessions) and £10.00. Booking is through the Box Office on 01926 856548 or 0333 666 3366 (Ticket source) or online via the theatre's website at

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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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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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Little Swanswell nursery is based in Cornerstone Family Centre, Howard Street. Our ethos is for children to learn through play in a safe and nurturing environment. Our staff are DBS checked. We have a range of qualified experienced caring staff. We accept childcare vouchers for working families, Care to Learn, Student Finance England, Coventry City College Student Finance.

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The audience will learn a few songs before the show and participate during the 70 minute show (there is no interval). Aimed at young families, Doctor Dolittle is a musical show based on the classic tale of a man who makes friends with the animals - even the weird and wacky ones! Some talented young people from The Young Actors Studio Theatre School will participate in this performance.

What unusual quality does Doctor Dolittle have? a) Able to talk to animals b) Able to talk to machines c) Able to talk to robots

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Heat Stroke In Dogs Heat stroke is a serious risk for dogs in the summer because they can’t lose heat through their skin as we do. Even on a warm day, if they can’t seek out shade or water to cool down, they can suffer irreparable organ damage, which is often fatal. So how do you prevent heat stroke, what are the symptoms, and what can you do to help? Is your dog suffering from heat stroke? Signs and symptoms include: • Rapid breathing • Heavy panting • Lethargy • Agitation or disorientation • Drooling • Vomiting and/or diarrhoea • Fitting/seizures Preventing a disaster Being aware that your dog is very susceptible to heat stroke

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is a major factor in preventing it. You should make sure that: • They aren’t locked inside the car on a warm day. • Your dog has ready access to shade, and plenty of cool drinking water. • You don’t over-exercise them or take them out during the hottest part of the day. What to do if you suspect your dog has heat stroke You need to cool your dog down, but without making them too cold once the panting has stopped. Seek help from a vet as a matter of urgency, even if you’re not sure whether they’re in danger. Organ failure can occur over a longer period of time, and fast action can save their life even if you think everything is fine.

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When Did Comedy Lose its Right to Make the Powerful Feel Uncomfortable? By Tom Beasley The rules of a comedic 'roast' are very simple. Nothing is off limits, as long as it's funny. A roast is built on brutality and on the person at the centre of it all being enough of a good sport to understand the game that is being played. Unfortunately, the phrase “good sport” is not one that anyone would connect with Donald Trump and his administration. And so, in April, a minor controversy spiralled into a week of news headlines following the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The dinner is a rather cosy, annual event for the group of journalists who cover US politics and is usually attended by the sitting president, who takes a routine's worth of comedy flack from whichever comedian has been invited. Barack Obama was always willing to have a laugh at his own expense, but Donald Trump did not attend either this year or last year – the first president since 1980 not to be involved. It doesn't take much more than a passing familiarity with Mr Trump and his hyperactive brain-fart of a Twitter feed to know that it's his thin skin that's to blame. This year, though, stand-up Michelle Wolf received excoriating criticism for her monologue – most notably barbs aimed at press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Dozens of top comedians, including Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel, came to her defence, but many journalists were not on board with her pointed remarks. Suddenly, the White House Correspondents' Association is talking about reforming the dinner, which will presumably involve turning the whole thing into one of those nauseating Trump rallies where people chant “build the wall” over and over again like they're getting a bit too enthusiastic about a game of Jenga.

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As a journalist who used to be a not-very-good comedian, this baffles and worries me. Comedy and journalism are both about standing up to those in power and, most importantly, speaking the truth to them. It's no accident that some of the most caustic, incisive political analysis written on these shores comes from the pens of stand-up comics like Frankie Boyle and Mark Steel. Political journalism and political commentary go hand in hand to challenge authority. If they're making the powerful people uncomfortable, then good – that's literally the point. But that's not to say that Wolf's material was particularly near the knuckle. The line drawing all of the attention is a fairly innocuous reference to smoky eye shadow. There are more outwardly insulting things said about Theresa May on just about every comedy panel show out there. And yet, Wolf has few people in the world of the commentariat fighting her corner on this. It's alarming to see journalists defending Trump's right not to take a joke, considering he's not exactly shy of ridiculing disabled people or women in ways that even a 1970s working men's club comic might have thought were a bit much. Comedy should be about punching up, but it seems modern America prefers to punch down at the most vulnerable in Trump's society. It's not really a surprise to learn that Donald Trump and his White House buddies have skin thinner than a soggy bit of tissue. However, it was shocking and saddening to see how quickly the world of journalism closed ranks in favour of the president, rather than in favour of the freedom to criticise one of the most misguided political regimes in recent American history. When even the press doesn't believe in freedom of speech, there's something seriously wrong. No amount of smoky eye shadow can hide that. ©2018 Tom Beasley Tom Beasley is a freelance film journalist living just outside London and originally from Coventry. He can be reached at To advertise call Lynne on 024 7646 8078 or 07724 050678


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Community Groups 7th Coventry Girls' Brigade Company Girls aged 5 to 8 can join our N:vestigate group; 8 to 11 can join our N:gage group; and 11 to 14 years can join our N:counta group. There is even an N:spire group for 14 to 18 year olds with a young leader training programme. Badgework, Crafts, Games, new experiences and challenges with an ethos of learning and growing in independence and confidence in friendships whatever your age. We meet on Monday evenings at Holyhead Road United Reformed Church. Call Karen on 024 7667 2571 for more information. Age UK Computer & Craft Centre Do you feel that there must be more to life than watching TV or going shopping again? Have you some time on your hands and would like to do something new and interesting with it? Or is there a craft that you did in the past and would like to take up again? There are so many things you can get involved in at our Craft & Computer Centre for the over 50s in Earlsdon. Open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm. For more information contact Gilbert Richards Centre, Broadway, Coventry, CV5 6NT, 024 7667 2911. 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 Allesley Park Community Centre 199 Winsford Ave (next to bus terminal). Groups including Art, Digital Photography, Keep Fit and Thursday Club. Call Lynne on 024 7671 5150. User Groups including Puppy School, Meditation, Slimming World, Yoga, Dancing School. Call Lynne on 024 7671 5150. Allesley Park Walled Garden Group We need volunteers to work in the garden on Saturdays and help with educational activities in the garden.

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For more information contact Keith on 024 7640 2030. 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 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. 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. No referral, booking or formal diagnosis needed. New members and beginners warmly welcomed. Workshops are £2 which covers materials and refreshments. For more information call 024 7641 4740 or 07443 643634 or email: or visit Facebook/ Arty-Folks. 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 Christ The King Football Club U14s We are currently looking for new players to come and join our club. For more information please contact Paul on 07795 432923. 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. Freephone 0800 716 543. Coundon Care at Allesley Park We are a day centre for the elderly based at Allesley Park Community Centre. We are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11am - 3.30pm. We are able to pick you up from your home if you live within a 4-mile radius. We provide a hot two course lunch and then entertainment in the afternoon, but most of all we offer friendship and companionship to those on their own. Our charges are £22 per day and this includes all the above. Please contact Nina Lister for more details on 024 7671 5432 between 9am and 3.30pm. Coventry Art Guild Coventry Art Guild is an established group of artists. We hold workshops every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Unitarian Church Hall on Holyhead Road. We welcome artists of all abilities who will get the chance to practice and improve. Please contact Chairman, Dr. Jon Plumley on 024 7626 7919 or email: or find us on Facebook: The Coventry Art Guild. 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 7644 0316 or Janet on 024 7646 0081 or visit: Detail/Coventry Coventry Cambrian Society We are Coventry's Welsh Society, founded in 1972. The objects of the Society are "to promote interest in Welsh culture and music and to provide a society for all those interested in Wales and things Welsh". Our meetings, held once a month, are in English and are open to all. They consist of talks, musical evenings, social evenings, the St David's Dinner, the Welsh Chapel Carol Service and an annual outing to Wales. Many of our members are Welsh speaking. For more information and to see our current programme visit or call 024 7671 1397. 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

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COMMUNITY GROUPS 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 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 Nostalgics Group The Coventry Nostalgics Group would like to invite you to join them every Wednesday 10.30am - 12.30pm to sing- a-long or just listen at Avenue Bowling & Community Club, Gaviston Road, Coundon, Coventry, CV6 1GZ. Everyone welcome. Free car park. Admission £1.50, inclusive of raffle. For more information call Joyce on 024 7661 0121. 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 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 Osteoporosis Society website Coventry Photographic Society We are one of the oldest photographic societies in Britain being formed in 1883. We meet at 7.45pm on most Monday evenings at The Unitarian Church, 116 Holyhead Road, Coventry, CV1 3AE. We hold competitions, practical evenings, visiting lectures, print & projected images shows and field trips. We welcome visitors and new members of all abilities. For more information contact Roger Wagstaff on 01926 338600 or or visit Coventry Probus Club For retired professional and business men. We meet at St James Church Hall, Knoll Drive on the first Friday of every month at 10am for coffee and a presentation. New members welcome. We have music and walking/lunch groups plus other social events involving wives and partners. On 1st June, Toney Hadland, ‘The First 125 Years of Raleigh Bicycles’. On 6th July, Robin Kenward, REMAP: Engineering Challenges in Supporting People with Specific Problems’. On 3rd August, Yvonne Penn, Sailors' Society: Welfare of Sailors and their Families. For more information call Ray Starkey on 024 7669 3901 or visit Coventry Reading Service for the Blind and Partially Sighted Would you like to help? Our volunteers provide a free, confidential Reading Service

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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 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". We help the local community and schools as well as 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 SEND Information Advice and Support Service We provide impartial and confidential information, advice and support for parents/carers, children and young people 0-25 years and their families around issues relating to their special educational need/ disability. Based at Limbrick Wood Centre, Thomas Naul Croft, Coventry, CV4 9QX. Tel: 024 7669 4307, iass. Twitter: @Coventry_IAS Facebook: @CoventrySENDIASS Coventry Spires U3A We meet on the third Thursday of every month at St Barbara's Church Hall, Earlsdon at 2.15pm. U3A is a national non-political and non-denominational organisation for retired and semi-retired people. Each month we have a speaker and you have the chance to see what other interest groups within the organisation are available, ranging from outdoor activities to languages and literature, walking groups to discussion groups and art. For further details contact 024 7640 7443 or email 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

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COMMUNITY GROUPS 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. Earlsdon Flower Club Do you have an interest in flower arranging and would like to learn more? This friendly club meets at 7pm every Thursday during term time at Hearsall Primary School, Kingston Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, CV5 6LJ. We currently have a few vacancies so if you would like to join us please call Chris Simmonds on 024 7667 4442 for more information. Earlsdon Women’s Institute Looking for friendship, laughter and new interests? All available at Earlsdon WI. Meetings mornings and/or evenings, to fit your schedule. Excellent speakers on a great variety of topics. Also book group, craft group, lunch group, walking group, outings and more! Please contact us for the current programme. Facebook: Earlsdon Women’s Institute (Official), email earlsdon. or call 024 7671 1185. 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

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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 Church. For further information please call the Friendship Team on 024 7643 3977, email or take a look at our website Friends of Spencer Park We are a group of local people who garden and put on events in Spencer Park. We hold a gardening session on the first Saturday of every month from 10 am to 12 noon, everyone is welcome to join us, please come along and help us keep the park looking good. If possible please can you bring tools and gloves. For more information please visit our website or email or find us on Facebook. 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. Gateway Ladies Club We meet twice monthly at 8pm on the first and third Thursday at Christ the King Centre, Westhill Road, Coundon. Our full social programme includes speakers on varying subjects, demonstrations and outings. We are a lively and active group of ladies and would welcome you as a member or visitor to any of our meetings. We are members of the National Association of Women's Clubs and are non-sectarian. For all enquiries please contact: 024 7633 3304.

visitors welcome. Please phone 01926 852114 for further details or visit our website for membership information and details of our current talks and activities. 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 History Group We meet at Vicroft Court, Coventry (opposite Argos) on Tuesdays, 1.20pm to 3.20pm. This is a well established friendly group covering many areas of history. If you think you would find it interesting come along any Tuesday and join us for tea and biscuits. For further details contact the tutor Michael Cahill on 01902 712766. 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 charitable trusts. For more information please contact 024 7661 1088, email or visit:

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

More Active Living For Health (MALFH) Can you spare 15 minutes a day to improve fitness, flexibility and wellbeing? Tone muscles whilst programming your body to burn fat for the next 24 hours. No basic fitness necessary, no special kit – lycra-free! All ages, shapes, sizes and senior citizens welcome. We meet upstairs in the Radford Community Centre, Jubilee Crescent at 9am, 10am & 11am on weekdays, just turn up. £2.50 per session / £15 per month unlimited sessions. Free taster sessions. Free parking. Free Yoga/ Circuit Training (subject to funding). For more information call 024 7659 0263, email or visit

Greyfriars Society Coventry Established in 1969, we are a group of lively minded people from Coventry and Warwickshire. We meet every Friday at 7.45pm at the Unitarian Church Hall on the Holyhead Road. New members and

Phoenix Players of Earlsdon We are a drama group based at Earlsdon Methodist Church Hall, Earlsdon Avenue South, Coventry. We are looking for new members of all ages, acting, backstage and front of house. We perform 2 or 3 plays a

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COMMUNITY GROUPS year and make all our own scenery, props and costumes as well as acting. We meet each Thursday term time only from 8pm to 9.30pm. There is a monthly subscription charge to cover costs which includes a hot drink during the evening. If you are interested please contact Wendy Reader on 07977 799128 or Alan Levick on 07549 168791. Phoenix Stitchers We are a friendly, supportive group who love to stitch, develop our sewing skills and enjoy a chat and a cup of tea with like-minded people. We hold two meetings a month, Saturday afternoon and Monday morning, with speakers, group workshops and practical sewing sessions. Beginners and more experienced stitchers are very welcome to both sessions, or whichever suits you. Meetings are held at St Mary Magdalen's Church, Sir Thomas Whites Road, Coventry. First meeting free. Further information available from Val Tomlinson on 024 7771 8515 or RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning Pears Centre, Wheelwright Lane, Coventry, CV7 9RA is a school and children's home offering individually tailored education and care for young people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs who are blind or partially sighted from pre-school to age nineteen. Why not join our Fundraising Group as willing hands are always welcomed. For more information call 024 7636 9500 or email 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 Silver Lining Chorus Come and sing with a ladies 4-part Acappella Harmony Chorus! We have fun and make friends while we raise funds for local charities and join up with other choruses nationwide for training sessions and social activities. We rehearse at the Xcel Leisure Centre, Mitchell Avenue, Coventry, CV4 8DY every Wednesday, 7.15pm-9.30pm. Visit or contact for more information. SOBS Coventry - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Have you been affected by a suicide bereavement? We run a free support group on the first Tuesday of every month, 7.30pm - 9pm in the CV1 area. It’s run by survivors, for survivors so you are amongst people who understand and support each other. You won’t have to talk if you don’t want to, but we provide a safe, supportive space to listen, share, ask questions and to connect with others in a similar situation. For information and address details please contact Melanie on or 07902 084320 (pm only). St Christopher’s Keep Fit Class St Christopher’s Primary School, Allesley Old Road, Chapelfields, every Wednesday evening, 7.30pm - 9pm, women only, age range 40’s, 50’s plus. For details call Sylvia 024 7667 8096. All welcome. St George’s Café Held at Barker Butts Lane, Coundon, Coventry, CV6 1EA. Open Wednesdays 11.15am – 1.30pm (last orders 12.30pm). We offer lunch, company and a warm welcome, with hot or cold snacks and a hot ‘Dish of the Day’ all at reasonable prices. Come and enjoy! St George’s Church Coffee Lounge For Hire Available for individuals or groups for parties, exercise classes, community events etc. A medium sized room to hold 50 people, with side kitchen suitable for serving drinks and light refreshments, and an enclosed garden. Basic hire charge £50 per session, rates available for longer term bookings. Contact Chrys Livsey on 024 7659 1555 or email: 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 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

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7.45pm, at Woodside Methodist Church Hall, Woodside Avenue South, Coventry, CV3 6BE. For more details call Mike Barratt on 07791 117878. 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 Monday Craft Group We meet at St John’s Church Hall in Corporation Street, Coventry on Monday afternoons from 1pm - 2.45pm for cross-stitch and craft work. £2 entry fee includes a cuppa and a chat. New members warmly welcomed. Please call 024 7659 4756 for more details. The Temple of Angels We meet at Allesley Park Community Centre, 199 Winsford Avenue, Coventry, CV5 9NG. We hold demonstrations of mediumship every Tuesday, 7pm-9pm, a small charge applies. There are also regular ‘special’ mediumship nights and workshops throughout the year. For more information please visit or contact our leader, Spencer David, on 07877 665928. The Textile History Group We are a small, friendly group who meet on the fourth Tuesday evening of the month 7pm – 9pm at St Barbara's Church, Rochester Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, CV5 6AG. Monthly speaker/ workshop with a textile or history connection and refreshments. Membership is £35 a year or as a visitor £5 a meeting. For more details please contact 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 Three Spires Bowling Club Three Spires is a friendly, mixed Lawn Bowls Club in the heart of the Earlsdon

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COMMUNITY GROUPS Community, Coventry. Why not come along to try bowls for free and we will show you the basics to get you started. Only a nominal £10 membership fee is charged to new bowlers for their first full season. Our Clubhouse is open every evening during the bowling season, where you can have a drink with a friend or take part in our many social events. For more details please call George on 07999 801262 or email or visit 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 10am2pm 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

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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 Women Writers Research Group We are a group of women who research and write books about Coventry from 1900. To date we have published ten books. Our latest ‘Sent to Coventry’ was published in November 2016. We give talks to different groups. If you would like a talk or to buy the books, please call Elizabeth Draper on 024 7640 2030 or Val Marchi on 024 7640 7894. WorldSong Community Choir We rehearse every Wednesday in school term time at Earlsdon Methodist Church Hall, Earlsdon Avenue South, CV5 6NF, 7.30pm-9.30pm. We are a friendly choir singing harmony songs from around the world in original languages, under the lively musical directorship of Una May

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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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Index of Advertisers Accountancy Services Suretax Accounting 59 Aerial & Satellite Services Quality Digital 32 Appliance Sales & Repairs Future Appliances 13,17 Artificial Grass Faking It Grass 22 Audio Visual Frank Harvey 15 Bathrooms Alan Heath & Sons 39 Barry Rowell Plumbing 24 M.J.F Plumbing & Tiling 30 Neptune Plumbing & Heating Ltd 34 Bedrooms Fitrite Wardrobes of Leamington Ltd 31 JPL Designs Ltd 45 Lloyds Industries Limited 43 Bicycle Shop Jardine Cycles 63 Blinds & Awnings Curtain Call 40,41 Blood Tests Bloods At Home 55 Building Services Colm Doherty 10 Michael Kavanagh Roofing Services 9 Butchers Taylors Butchers 53 Carpentry & Joinery Colm Doherty 10 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Absorb Carpet Cleaning 30 Clean Pro 50 Servicemaster 36 Carpets & Flooring Curtain Call 18,19 Cavity Wall & Loft Insulation Rockwarm Insulation Ltd 80 Chiropody & Podiatry Foot Health Matters 55

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Sharon Doherty 56 Computer Services Broadband Man 59 Byte Support Ltd 57 Coventry Laptop Clinic 58 Curtains & Blinds Curtain Call 40,41 Dance Drama & Singing Theatre Train 64 West End Camp 67 Decorating Services Chris Kennedy Painting & Decorating 10 Silvera Decorators 12 Wallcraft 16 Driveway & Patio Cleaning Clean Pro 12 Driveways & Patios Drive Co Driveways Ltd 48 Ltd 79 Electrical Services AFB Electrical 42 Garage Repairs VSF Ltd 11 Garden Attraction Hill Close Gardens Trust Ltd 50 Garden Design Blue Daisy Garden Design Ltd 20 Graphic & Website Design Diamond Graphic & Website Design 58 Guttering & Fascia Cleaning Hemm-Wood Guttering & External Cleaning Services 17 Handyman Services Handyman 22 Health & Safety Consultants JCH Safety LTD 57 Holistic Therapies Health 'n' Harmony Andrea 55 Kitchens Colm Doherty 10 JPL Designs Ltd 45

Landscaping Services Drive Co Driveways Ltd 48 Mercia Landscapes 24 Legal Services Kundert Solicitors LLP 58 Locksmiths Clements Locksmiths 5 Eyden Locksmiths 33 Loft Ladders More Than Loft Ladders 16 Man & Van Services Man & Van Removals 32 Motor Services ART 61 CV Car Valeting 61 Mototech Auto Services Ltd 61 Nursery School Little Swanswell Day Nursery 62 Optical Services Susan Bowers Optometrists 3 Oven Cleaning Clean Pro 50 Pet Services Bannerbrook Pets 65 Heart of England Pet Cremation 53 Russell's Pet Store 63 Plastering Services R C Plastering Services 10 Plumbing & Heating Direct Plumb 37 JLN Plumbing & Heating Ltd 49 Leo Vann Plumbing 12 Neptune Plumbing & Heating Ltd 34 Shankster Plumbing & Heating 42 The Earlsdon Heating Company Ltd 47 Plumbing & Heating Merchants EH Fryer Ltd 23,51 Print, Promotions & Workwear Colorco 59 Property Maintenance Colm Doherty 10

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INDEX Religious Meetings Christadelphians 72 Roofing & Fascias Birmingham Roofing Ltd 25 C Stevens Roofing 42 Michael Kavanagh Roofing Services 9 N Bird & Son Ltd 2 Storage Facilities Man & Van Removals 32 Telephone Services Broadband Man 59

Therapy & Coaching Astrid Ennis Therapy 55 Tiling Services Conway Ceramics 13 John Healy Tiling 42 Tool Hire ACD Plant Ltd 35 Tree Services Arb-Aid 16 Beechwood Tree Services 12 Stump Removal Services 48

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Crossword Answers - Across: 7 Banana, 8 Shrewd, 9 Meet, 10 Flapping, 11 Journal, 13 Truly, 15 Often, 17 Closest, 20 Scholars, 21 Urge, 23 Laughs, 24 Eighty. Down: 1 Rare, 2 Banter, 3 Halfway, 4 Usual, 5 Proper, 6 Dwindles, 12 Official, 14 Clasped, 16 Enough, 18 Smudge, 19 False, 22 Gate. Spot the Difference Answers. 1 T-shirt, 2 Horn, 3 Eyebrow, 4 Head ball, 5 Nose, 6 Frog's tooth, 7 Nails, 8 Switch, 9 Crown, 10 Suit Colour. Disclaimer: Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of material in this publication, Your Call Publishing Ltd can accept no responsibility for the veracity of claims made by contributors in either editorial or advertising content, or take responsibility for the services provided by the advertiser. It is the responsibility of the advertiser to ensure their advert is correct and up to date at the time of publication. Your Call Publishing Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any alterations to details after publication date. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily the views of the editor. The use of this magazine for canvassing or direct marketing is strictly prohibited. © All text, images and design in this publication are subject to copyright. Any unauthorised duplication is strictly prohibited. All artwork is accepted on the strict condition that permission has been given for use in this publication.

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