Good Neighbours Benefit Concert

The Chapelfields Community Choir is excited to announce their upcoming Benefit Concert supporting Good Neighbours Coventry on Friday 23 June at 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalen Church (‘the church with the blue roof’).  Guest performers include two other brilliant local choirs – the Coventry and Warwickshire Gospel Choir and the Forte Gospel Choir.

The Chapelfields Community Choir, a non-auditioned ensemble, define themselves as ‘an inclusive, fun, and engaging community that values the playful and relaxed pursuit of choral excellence.’  They continue to welcome anyone interested in joining them at their weekly Tuesday rehearsals from 7.30-9.15pm (including a break for a glass or two of wine part way through) at St Mary Magdalen Church.  Check out the website for more information.

The “Good Neighbours” scheme is an exciting new initiative developed by local churches (via Hope Coventry and Together for Change) in partnership with Age UK Coventry (AUKC) to improve health and wellbeing amongst older people.   Working collaboratively, faith organisations and AUKC are seeking to engage with isolated and lonely older people by developing existing social networks and using existing community resources to enable residents to help each other.

Mental Health and Faith Session

It is estimated that one in four people live with mental health issues. This means that within our churches and communities we have a significant number of people for whom this is a concern.   Come and find out more about this important issue.

Everyone is invited to attend a Mental Health and Faith Session from 10am – 1.00pm on Saturday 10 June at St Mary Magdalen Church (‘The Church with the Blue Roof’).

The Reverend Alison Hogger-Gadsby, Director of Keeping Health in Mind, was a mental health nurse and behavioural therapist before being ordained. She will discuss what it is to be mentally healthy/unwell, common issues, dementia, a theological perspective, what to do in a crisis and then hold a Q&A session. All are welcome!

More HiMOs

Planning applications have been submitted for two new houses in multiple occupation (HiMOs):

37 Winifred Avenue – change of use to two bed HiMO three self-contained studios (ref. FUL/2017/0857). Public consultation on this plan ends 15 May. View online application

39 Winifred Avenue – change of use to two bed HiMO and 3 self-contained studios (ref. FUL/2017/0858). Public consultation on this plan ends 16 May. View online application

NatWest leaving?

We understand that the NatWest bank in Earlsdon is closing, we believe in June.

A planning application has been submitted to remove the NatWest signage, ATM and nightsafe.

This will mean that the only bank in Earlsdon Street – indeed the ECHO area – will be Lloyds, following the previous departure of Barclays and then HSBC in January 2014, when there was an outcry.

Travellers have moved to Lake View Park in Coventry – Coventry Telegraph

Lake View Park is the latest in a series of traveller camps in Coventry ahead of the Kenilworth Horse Fair

Source: Travellers have moved to Lake View Park in Coventry – Coventry Telegraph

Update: Another Earlsdon HIMO?

The final deadline is 31 January for comments or objections to the change of use from an elderly residential care home into a house in multiple occupation for 21 students. This follows an earlier post on the ECHO Website

To date, over 340 people have signed a petition against the planning application for a change of use for the Beechwood Gardens care home in Rochester Road. Of the households directly affected, 93.4% could be contacted and, of these, an overwhelming 93.6% have already signed this petition, which is soon to be delivered to the city council.

Many local residents have raised their concerns on the grounds of inappropriate development in a residential area, over-development of the site with a significant increase in vehicle, traffic problems or noise, none of which are associated with the care home at present, while, of course, we as a society need elderly care homes.
Residents of this part of Earlsdon are looking for support from others who care about this change in the character of local neighbourhoods. Response may be via your local councillors:

or your MP:
or by commenting on planning application number FUL/2016/2994 for 71-73 Rochester Road:

Planning Portal

If you share these concerns we urge you to write without delay.