Primary school children make anti-smoking packaging – BBC News

Earlsdon Primary School children have drawn anti-smoking packaging ahead of the country’s plain packaging rollout in 2017.

Source: Primary school children make anti-smoking packaging – BBC News

Coventry City deal to play at Butts Park Arena moves step closer

Coventry Rugby Limited has announced it has secured the head lease for the eight-acre city centre site

Source: Coventry City deal to play at Butts Park Arena moves step closer

Man arrested over demolition derby in Coventry residential street

A total of five vehicles were damaged in the collision in Albany Road, Earlsdon, last night

Source: Man arrested over demolition derby in Coventry residential street

Earlsdon Residents’ Community Farm Success

farm-photo-nov-2016Five Acre Community Farm is celebrating 5 years of producing organic, seasonal veg grown on Coventry’s doorstep at Ryton Gardens. The project founded in 2011 by Transition Coventry has grown from strength to strength with the help of Earlsdon residents Jo Rathbone and Rachel Ward who form part of the committee. Jo says “Earlsdon has, from the outset of our project, bought into the ethos of the farm. A large number of our members live in Earlsdon and contribute to the farm in a number of different ways from buying our delicious veg to being a part of the steering committee or taking a work-share.”

The farm, which is certified organic by the Soil Association employs a full time grower to manage the growing programme which has seen the farm produce vegetables as varied as mooli and pak choi along with traditional staples such as carrots, onions and potatoes. In total the farm boasts producing over 60 different types of vegetables through the seasons and adds new varieties each year. Recently, an additional polytunnel has ensured plentiful salad crops throughout last winter and the early arrival of veg such as spinach, carrots and cucumbers.

Operating on a not-for-profit basis means Five Acres can plough back any surplus income in to producing top quality organic vegetables which are carefully grown and great value for money. This year the farm has hosted open days for the national Community Supported Agriculture Network, and regularly advises new community farm projects on how to start up and be financially sustainable. Gareth Davis, the farm manager says “We are enormously proud of our achievements. To be celebrating 5 years of success at the farm is a reflection of the dedication and hard work of all those on the ground. We are looking forward to the next 5 years and planning how to take our project even further forward.”

Five Acres would like to celebrate their 5th anniversary by offering Earlsdon residents an opportunity to taste our success with a special offer; 5 weeks for the price of 4. For more information about the farm or to take advantage of this special offer please ring Esther on 02476 441613 or email quoting ECHO-VEG-5FOR4.

Albany Theatre Trust

A message from David Meredith, Chair, Albany Theatre Trust to supporters:

I am thrilled to report that the threat to the Albany Theatre’s future has been lifted thanks to a pledge of critically important support from Coventry City Council for our exciting development plans.

As you probably know, our long-term future has been in doubt because of a threat to demolish the back of the theatre. The only way to save the theatre was to secure additional space on the ground floor of the former college building to provide essential facilities and expand the range of activities we can offer. Councillors will be asked to approve our development plans at a meeting of Cabinet on 3 January 2017.

I have been involved with the Albany Theatre for six years, and whilst no deal has yet been signed with the site owners I am confident that the Trust is on the brink of securing the future of this well-loved theatre for generations to come.

You can read more on our website here

A Golden performance at the Criterion

400Is making a deal with the devil such a bad decision? Taking the risk of exchanging your unborn child for a favour that will save your life?

The Criterion’s December performance of “Rumpelstiltskin” saw the premiere amateur performance of the musical adaptation of the famous Grimm’s Tale commissioned by the egg, Theatre Royal Bath in 2014.

This cast of four treated the audience to an exciting and thoroughly entertaining performance that had the audience laughing.

A simple and loving father, the Miller has the opportunity to meet with the King of the land and in the attempt to secure his daughter a job in the Royal Palace, he over exaggerates his daughter’s abilities with the use of metaphor that is unfortunately misinterpreted, leading the King to believe Emily possesses the ability to spin straw into gold.

This leaves Emily in the predicament of either finding a way to make gold out of straw or losing her life. In the depths of despair she is visited by a mysterious and magical being, Rumpelstiltskin, who repeatedly saves Emily’s life but at a high price.

Emily is forced to promise her future offspring to Rumpelstiltskin and when she later marries the King and gives birth to a daughter, Emily along with the King and her father must enter into a challenge to keep her child, by guessing the cryptic Rumpelstiltskin’s name.

This performance of Rumpelstiltskin could at first be mistakenly dismissed as a family performance only but it was surprisingly enjoyable for every age. It touches on the power of family relationships through the trio’s struggle to keep the child and is not short of humour with especially amusing audience interaction.

The acting is of high quality with Sean Glock performing a starring transformative role of an over-indulged King whose falling in love changes his personality and pompous beliefs.

Nicole Cortese charms the audience with her character’s idealistic attitude for a better society and notably in several scenes delivers an impressive amount of names in attempt to try to solve the mystery of Rumpelstiltskin’s identity.

The depiction of Rumpelstiltskin – played here by a woman (Lucy Hayton) – is a modern and interesting twist on the normal characterisation of the role and not to leave out the Miller (Ed Young) whose clumsy haphazard ways had the audience laughing throughout the production.

A brilliant polished performance with exciting sets and props a great winter show to end the year.

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.