Philip Larkin book – update

Further to the review in the November ECHO of Chris Arnot’s new book Larkin About In Coventry, the book is now on sale locally at Beer Gonzo, the Phone Shop and Earlsdon Cobblers as well as Earlsdon Street Post Office. It should be in Waterstone’s in the city centre shortly and is already on sale at the Herbert.

Also the December talk about the book has been moved from the back room of the Royal Oak on Wednesday 12 December to Earlsdon Library on Monday 3 December at 5.30 – more details to follow.

Two Plays from Phoenix Players

Debby Last and Jennie Watson in rehersal for Last Tango in Earlsdon by David Tristram. (Photo supplied)

Phoenix Players have been working very hard over the last few weeks set decorating, learning lines and rehearsing. Unfortunately two of their cast had to drop out due to injury, both taking ‘break a leg’ a little too literally. They wish John and Maria a speedy recovery and hope that they will be rejoining the company when they are fully recovered. This, of course, meant that the production was in jeopardy of not being able to go ahead but fortunately two new actors asked if they could join.

They were welcomed with open arms and have fitted in with the rest of the cast proving to be a very valuable addition. So welcome and thank you to Gerry and Vicky. They also welcome Vanessa who joined in the summer. Congratulations go to Sarah, one of their actresses, who gave birth to a lovely little boy in August. Such is her dedication that she came to rehearsal as usual and her lovely baby was born next day. He has already made his debut on the stage as she brings him to rehearsals. He is very much a hit with the cast and is such a good little boy, preferring to sleep through the proceedings. We hope that this is not indicative of how he feels about the plays.

As mentioned a couple of months ago, this time Phoenix Players are producing two short comedies. The first is Most Desirable Cottage by Anthony Booth. Set in the late 1950s it features a remote cottage near the sea which Julie and Bill have rented for two weeks intending to have a second honeymoon alone to celebrate their Ruby Wedding. All appears to be perfect until the milk starts to disappear and noises are heard from an empty room prompting Julie to believe that the place is haunted.

The second offering is Last Tango In Earlsdon by David Tristram. This is a hilarious look at a struggling amateur dramatic company who are on their last legs due in no small part to the fact that audience numbers are dropping combined with a huge rise in the rental of the hall where they perform. As the curtain rises we see the dwindling committee meeting to discuss their future convinced that the next production will also be their last. That is until the Chairman announces that he has written a play which he is convinced will be a sure fire winner. The others are a little perturbed by the content of the play but reluctantly agree to perform it for their swan song. It is extremely funny and will strike a chord for many of the audience.

Both plays will be performed at Earlsdon Methodist Church Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 15, 16 and 17 November commencing at 7.30pm each night. Tickets are priced at £6.50 each which will include a programme plus a drink and biscuits during the interval. There will be a raffle with all proceeds going to a charity as usual. This year in honour of the Centenary of World War 1 Phoenix Players are donating the takings to Troop Aid a charity that ensures all injured personnel who are admitted to hospital or sent home are given a ‘Grab Bag’ as often they have no personal effects or clothing and these bags help to give them some dignity and comfort. Each bag contains simple personal items and toiletries for both men and women. They cost around £30.00 each to make up.

To book tickets please ring Jennie on 02476 715189.

Petition Against Lloyds Closure

There has been a strong reaction from residents, businesses and political representatives to the proposed closure of the Earlsdon Street branch of Lloyds Bank, the last remaining bank in our area.

Businesses hosting the petition against this proposal are as follows:

• Albany Cycles
• Albany News & Wine
• Antiques of Earlsdon
• AP Harvey Wines
• Beer Gonzo
• Brightly’s dry cleaners
• Card’n’Things
• Down to Earth
• Emily’s
• Gabriel’s Fish & Chips
• Kate Hattersley Opticians
• Mobile phone shop
• Mooch
• Myrtles coffee shop
• One Stop Shop
• Perkins Florists
• Plan B
• Post Office
• Ristorante Da Vinci
• Royal Oak (TBC)
• Statham Florists
• Steve’s Butchers
• Taylor’s Butchers
• Tweeks Beauty
• Universal Discount Store
• Zafiri’s

Urgent Appeal to Trace Fatal Hit and Run Driver

West Midlands Police has issued an urgent appeal for information to trace a hit-and-run driver involved in a fatal collision in Chapelfields on the evening of Sunday 7 October.

Officers were called to Allesley Old Road following the collision at 7.50pm near the junction with Duke Street.

It’s understood a local man − believed to be in his 20s − was crossing the road when he was struck by a car − or possibly two cars − travelling at speed along Allesley Old Road out of the city.

The victim suffered very serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene; his family have been informed and are being supported by specialist police Family Liaison Officers.

The road was closed off to preserve evidence and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene. Detectives from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are keen to hear from any witnesses who were in the area at the time and either saw the collision or a car driving nearby with front-end damage.

Det Sgt Paul Hughes, said: “We’re still trying to understand exactly what’s happened but we understand at least one, possibly two cars, were driving at speed along the road before the impact. We’re still trying to establish the make of the car or cars involved but it’s clear that the offending vehicle would have suffered some front-end damage.
“I would urge any motorists with dash-cam footage who were driving near the area this evening to check their footage to see if they have caught a damaged car on camera; they could hold vital information and I would urge them to make contact.

“Similarly, if anyone living nearby has CCTV cameras that might have caught the cars immediately before or after the crash or anyone who’s witnessed anything that could help the investigation − I need these people to call me.”

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 999 or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Images or CCTV footage can be emailed to the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at FL_COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.