Christmas hampers appeal

Payne Associates is working with Age UK to collect food and drink to provide Christmas hampers for vulnerable and lonely people.  If you would like to make a donation, pop into the Earlsdon office at 221 Albany Road and they will pass it on to Age UK for distribution.  All donations must be received by 8 December and must have a use by date no earlier than February 2017.

The following non-perishable items are welcome:



Tea bags/coffee

Christmas pudding/biscuits/cake

Tinned meat/fish/vegetables/fruit/soup

Pasta and pasta sauces



Instant mash potato

Milk (UHT or powdered)

Fruit juice (carton)/squash


Shower gel/aftershave/perfume



Unwanted/unused Christmas or birthday gifts

Festive decorated basket/box

Christmas card/festive message


If you have any questions or would like to speak to Payne Associates about making a donation, please call 024 7667 7000 and they will be happy to help.

Earlsdon Morris Earlsdon Tour

earlsdon-morrisEarlsdon Morris start their annual tour of Earlsdon at the Old Clarence at 11am on Saturday 29 October, after which the traditional dancers will perform at a further nine pubs.

Lean Body Vision celebrated

small-business-saturday-uk-2016-headerSmall Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year.

Lean Body Vision, run by Hannah Johnson, was chosen as one of the featured 100 small businesses across the UK on the build-up to Small Business Saturday on 3rd December 2016 and received national media attention including a mention in The Guardian!

Lean Body Vision offers personal training from their studio in Earlsdon. They offer help with weight loss, fitness, nutrition and injury rehabilitation. The Earlsdon Running Club is also based at the studio.

Hannah said “I was delighted and very proud to find out that my business had been selected as one of the Small Biz 100. The message is simple: support your local small business. Not just on 3rd December but throughout the year. We are so lucky in Earlsdon to have small businesses that pull together to support each other. It’s a real community feeling.”

Lean Body Vision

List of Small Biz 100 businesses

Cancelled: The Tin at St. Mary Magdalen Church

The Tin’s music showcase at St. Mary Magdalen Church (part of the How Great Festival) that was to have taken place tomorrow, 7 October, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The showcase will instead take place at the Tin Music and Arts, Canal Basin, on 24 January 2017, when Nicky Ager, Suzy-Indygo, Jake Melles and Calton Kelly will perform.

There are more details on the Tin’s website.

Coventry Lord Mayor’s British Military Fitness Fundraising Challenge

Coventry’s Lord Mayor is hoping to boost his chosen charities by linking up with an outdoor fitness programme based on military training with the aim to get Coventry active.

British Military Fitness is the leading outdoor fitness company teaching fitness classes at over 140 parks across the UK to all members of the public and all fitness levels

British Military Fitness Coventry is running fitness sessions at the Coventry War Memorial Park meeting at the Park and ride car park and the Lord Mayor is asking people to take the opportunity to take part, get fit and raise money for his charity appeal by getting sponsored to attend as many sessions as they wish.

Throughout the week beginning Monday 26 September people taking part in British Military Fitness can simply turn up at the park and join in as many sessions as they wish for free. Sessions run on the following days and times:
Monday: 6.30pm, Tuesday 6pm & 7.15pm, Wednesday: 6.30pm, Thursday: 7pm, and Saturday 9am.

British Military Fitness run 3 main fitness ability groups to suit individual’s fitness levels and at Coventry we have recently started an additional low impact ability group. The Low impact group training is aimed at those who struggle with high impact activity or who want to start a more gentle exercise programme, incorporating gentle exercises with walking in-between. These sessions are also great for people who struggle with mobility or are recovering from injury. Participants when they arrive at the park will be advised by the British military fitness instructors on the most suitable fitness group to take part in to suit their needs based on their current fitness level. Please feel free to contact Coventry park manager Matt Turnell if you have any queries by email to: Just turn up and join in!
Also see the website:

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Lindsley Harvard, said that he is going to give it a try and is hoping that participants can also help raise sponsorship for his charities. He said: “We’re really hoping people come along, have some fun, do some exercise and raise money for charity while they’re doing it. It would be fantastic if people were able to donate whatever they can towards the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal. I will be attending the session on 28 September and hope to see you there.”

The Lord Mayor’s chosen charities are Cancer Research (through Warwick Medical School) at the University of Warwick


Alzheimer’s Society

Sponsorship forms are available for download from Coventry City Council’s website at: