Seasonal Issue December 2021 / January 2022

The combined December and January edition of ECHO is now on sale. This bumper 40-page issue includes 3 cash prize competitions, other seasonal items and the usual range of news reports, features and events.

Once more we owe a huge thank you for keeping us going during a difficult couple of years to:

– our advertisers

– our 23 sales outlets, all of which are now selling ECHO again after interruption during the pandemic

– all the individuals and organisations that contribute material

– our printers Buy-My-Print

– and, most of all, to you, our loyal readers and followers.

We will now take a rest from the printed version of ECHO for a month, but we will maintain our Facebook, Twitter and website feeds. In the meantime, the ECHO team would like to send seasonal good wishes to the whole community of Earlsdon, Chapelfields, Hearsall and Spon End.

 

Updated Planning Application – 34 Belvedere Road

The planning application for the premises at 34 Belvedere Road (ref: FUL/2021/0974), which was previously ruled invalid, has been resubmitted and validated. The proposal remains to convert from use as a care home to 4 self-contained flats. There is a very short period for public consultation, which ends 30 August.

Because we search the planning portal by submission date, and the application is still listed by its original date, 30 March, we had not picked this up for the September issue of ECHO but in any case by the time that issue is on sale later this week it will be too late for people to respond.

Fortunately Cllr Gittins picked up on it and warned us, too late for the printed issue but in time for us to post it online.

For more details see: http://planning.coventry.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=815691




ECHO FOUNDER’S LIFE CELEBRATED

Around 80 people gathered at the Village Hotel yesterday afternoon for the long-delayed celebration of the life of ECHO founder, Graham Partridge. Graham died in January 2020, aged 68.

As a succession of speakers testified, Graham’s contribution to the community went way beyond creating ECHO, important though that was.

Among the initiatives he was responsible for, or was involved in, were the New Diggers, Drop in the Ocean wholefood co-operative, Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind, the original Earlsdon Village Festival in 1978 and Coventry City Farm, whilst his other interests included rock music, tennis, running, drumming, and dance. That was all in his spare time, but he also worked for Coventry City Libraries in a wide variety of roles across the city over four decades.

There was inevitable sadness at such an occasion but also an outpouring of positive emotions at our good fortune at having known a person of such integrity, enthusiasm and energy.


Graham Partridge Event

We have had an excellent response to the invitation to the commemorative event for ECHO founder Graham Partridge, which is scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Thursday 29 July 2021 starting at 2pm. It will be held in the Inspiration Suite in the Village Hotel, Dolomite Avenue, Coventry CV4 9GZ. There will be light refreshments provided later in the afternoon.

The invitation is extended to the whole community including, but not limited to, ECHO readers, sellers, advertisers and contributors,

As the catering numbers need to be confirmed to the venue a week before the event, it would be helpful if anyone intending to be there who has yet to respond could let us know by Thursday 22 July. This does not mean that acceptances later than that will not be valid but it could mean a slight shortage at the buffet!


If you intend to come, please email: newsdesk@echonews.org.uk or text / phone 07879 456309, 07866 859497 or 024 7671 5116.

Please also assume that this invitation includes partners and friends, colleagues in your business or organisation, and anyone else who knew Graham, and pass it on where appropriate.

Thank you.

Graham Partridge

This a reminder of the commemorative event for ECHO founder Graham Partridge, which is scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Thursday 29 July 2021 starting at 2pm. It will be held in the Inspiration Suite in the Village Hotel, Dolomite Avenue, Coventry CV4 9GZ. There will be light refreshments provided later in the afternoon.

Restrictions on such events are expected to be lifted totally from 19 July, and with the invitation being extended to the whole community including, but not limited to, ECHO readers, sellers, advertisers and contributors, it is important for decisions about catering and room capacity to have an accurate idea of numbers. If you intend to come, please email: newsdesk@echonews.org.uk or text / phone 07879 456309, 07866 859497 or 024 7671 5116.

Please also assume that this invitation includes partners and friends, colleagues in your business or organisation, and anyone else who knew Graham, and pass it on where appropriate.