Happy New Year from ECHO

As we come to the end of a very challenging but also a very successful year for ECHO it’s time to take stock.

We have celebrated our 40th anniversary but in a sense are about to enter our 6th decade, having been published in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s and, very soon, the 20s.

Our sales remain good, in contrast to many parts of the print media which are losing out to on-line competitors.

As always we are grateful for the combined support of our advertisers, sellers, contributors (both those who are members of the ECHO team and those who are outside the group but provide the good quality copy or information that makes it possible for us to provide 32 pages or more every month) and, most importantly, our readers, without whom there is no point in any of it.

We look forward to continuing to serve the area and community we all love in 2020 and beyond.

The next issue will be out around Friday 31 January. In the meantime the ECHO team wishes you all a very Happy New Year.

Coventry Rail Station Improvements

New phase of work to begin in New Year

The next phase of work on plans to improve Coventry’s railway station will start in the new year. The work to build the new station entrance and multi storey car park will mean that the bus stops and short stay drop off car park will be relocated.

Train timetables will not be affected by the works, which will take place outside of the station itself.

From Sunday 5 January, the existing bus interchange will be fenced off and buses will instead use the stops at the front of the station, next to the main doors.

The following week, Sunday 12 January the current short-stay car park and car park 2 next to the short stay car park will close. Drivers will instead use the area where the bus stops will have moved from. This area will also include a marked bay for taxis picking up and dropping off disabled users and a bay for emergency vehicles.
As part of the works, the bus gate on Park Road will be temporarily disabled, enabling all vehicles to through, which will help to ease congestion and the flow of traffic around the station.

A planning application has been resubmitted for a proposed new two-way road linking Westminster Road to the A4053 Ring Road. The Western Link Road. You can view the planning application online.

The scheme is being led by Coventry City Council, working in partnership with Network Rail, Avanti West Coast and other rail operators, Transport for West Midlands and Friargate JV Project Ltd and other stakeholders. It is being funded with grants from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal, the Department for Transport and West Midlands Combined Authority. In all the investment is in excess of £80 million.

For more information, contact stationmasterplan@coventry.gov.uk or go to www.coventry.gov.

The Snow Queen – A Snow Ball Bouncing Theatre of Fun

Are you looking for a fun way to start the festive season for all of the family? Then look no further. The Snow Queen is a glittering, adventure filled spectacular.

The Snow Queen goes to the frost fair to buy a family. She isn’t successful so sends her trolls to trick a boy (Kai) into looking into a shard of an enchanted mirror, which turns his heart to ice. The Snow Queen bribes Kai to stay with her at her palace with the promise of no cleaning, unlimited cake and being able to stay up as late as he wants. Gurda (Kai’s sister) travels through the four seasons to the palace to save her brother, meeting water nymphs, the summer and autumn queens, a yeti and Jack Frost along the way.

The performance starts with a brilliant light show, which is even better if you sit in the first few rows at the front. There is lots of audience participation to keep the kids entertained. At one point the actors actually leave the stage and run out into the audience bouncing snowballs off the children.

The most memorable characters of the show were the forgetful Yeti played by Lyon Devereux and the sock stealing trolls played by children from the Street Mix dance academy.

The show runs from 13th to 28 December 2019 at The Albany theatre, Earlsdon. Go to the website for more details:

Albany Theatre

Cat Missing from her home in Whoberley Avenue

2-year-old tortoiseshell cat, answering (sometimes), to the name ‘Phyllis’.

She rarely stays out for long and does not wander far, hence the concern.

She has three black paws and one ginger paw and ginger stripe down the middle of her face.

Please check your sheds, garages and outhouses.

If you spot her please call or text 07866-859497 or 07952-242952 or email ECHO. #FindPhyllis

Volunteers Sought for Coventry Open Christmas

Voluntary organisation Coventry Open Christmas, run by the Grub ‘n’ Gab Club, provides shelter and food to the homeless and lonely over the Christmas period at Queens Road Baptist Church.

A volunteers’ information meeting is to be held at the church at 7pm on Tuesday 15 October, while further details and an application form can be found at Coventry Open Christmas.

NHS Plans – what people said is important in Coventry:

Find out the results of the work Healthwatch Coventry did to ask local people what the local NHS should focus on. They ran two surveys and discussion groups in April- May this year.

People called for more timely and consistent communication; joint decision making, professionals that listen; and faster support when needed.

Cost; computer literacy, trust and access were seen as barriers to people accessing NHS services more by computer; internet; phone etc

Read the report to find out more about what people said would help:

Link

Coventry Spires U3A Open Day

Our apologies to Coventry Spires U3A – due to an error in the compilation of the September issue of ECHO, the information which appeared was from last year.

The correct information for this year’s Open Day is as follows:-

Coventry Spires U3A will be having an Open Day on Thursday 19 September at 2pm at St Barbara’s Church Hall, Rochester Road. If you are retired and looking for something worthwhile to fill your time, come and see their wide range of activities.

They have a meeting once a month with a speaker, and more than 20 sub-groups covering subjects ranging from educational to recreational, so there’s something for everyone.

At the Open Day you will find details of what they have to offer, plus you can have a go at table tennis!

Any queries, phone Rene on 024 7667 5158.

Rob Bills

Since the September issue of ECHO was printed, we have been shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death of Rob Bills, owner of CV Nutrition in Albany Road. The business is featured, and Rob is quoted, on page 7 of this issue.

Rob died in a road traffic accident on Saturday 24 August on Grayswood Avenue.

A crowd funding site has been set up to support his family:

justgiving.com/crowdfunding/robert-bills