Massive House Planned for Canley Gardens

A planning application (ref. FUL/2018/3439) has been made to demolish 23 Innis Road and replace it with a large, 5 bedroom house of 3 storeys. The building would be 50% larger than the existing property and would be taller and very close to the properties on either side. As well as dominating the street scene the design is very unsympathetic with neighbouring properties, with a largely glass facade. Neighbours are very unhappy at the proposals and contacted ECHO with their concerns. The plans appear to breach the Canley Gardens Control Plan, which seeks to limit development to retain the unique character of the area. Public consultation on this application ends 4 February.

Another Coffee Shop?

A planning application (ref. FUL/2018/0138) has been made to turn the former NatWest bank in Earlsdon Street into a coffee shop with seating for 60-80 people on the ground floor which would be open Monday to Sunday 9am to 11pm. The plans show a kitchen and details are given for fume extraction etc. but there is no indication of who would be operating the business or how many people would be employed. The toilets would be on the first floor, which raises access issues, along with a two bedroom flat. Public consultation on the plans ends 4 February.

ECHO Prize Competitions

The deadline is looming for submitting entries for the prize competitions in our December / January issue. There is a £25 prize for the winning entry in each of the following:

• Anagrams
• Crossword
• Quiz of the Year
• Wordsearch

You have until 12 noon on Friday 4th January to submit your entries via email or on paper to the ECHO Box in Earlsdon Library.

Christmas Star Shines Once More

In a short ceremony this morning, attended by a small but hardy group in freezing conditions, the refurbished Christmas Star at Hearsall Baptist Church was switched on re-dedicated in memory of all those people who have contributed to its design, maintenance and operation over more than half a century.

The star has come to be a welcome symbol of the Christmas season, not only for the people of the Church but also to the wider community in Chapelfields, Earlsdon and beyond.

Avoid Unnecessary Illness This Year – Get Your Flu Jab!

The winter is here and it has brought its usual nasty viruses along too!

Flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses. Airborne droplets produced by coughing and sneezing predominantly spreads these viruses.

The infectious period normally begins 1 day before symptoms develop and for up to 7 days after the individual has become unwell. Therefore, simply avoiding people who look ill will not give sufficient defence against this virus.

Flu vaccines are an effective way of reducing your risk of contracting influenza.

Why is it important to get vaccinated?

– To protect you and your family from flu this winter
– To minimise sick time needed from work
– To promote health and wellbeing
– To lower the risk of debilitating illness over Christmas
– To reduce the possibility of needing to access healthcare/hospital

Flu is a risk to all individuals, it is important to protect our health and well-being and reduce the risk of passing on nasty viruses to the vulnerable individuals around us

Some people may be eligible for a free flu vaccine at their local NHS facility or pharmacy. For those who don’t qualify, there are private clinics that will accommodate your needs and offer the flu vaccine for a reasonable cost.

Will it make me ill?

The injectable quadrivalent vaccine is inactivated and is therefore not infectious. Mild side effects include fever and muscle aches in the first 24 hours. These usually ease very quickly.

Do I have to have it every year?

It is recommended that you receive the vaccine every year to ensure that your immunity levels are sufficient to protect you.

I’ve never had the flu so I don’t need the vaccine.

Your body may be healthy enough the get rid of any flu viruses quickly without causing too much illness. This does not means that you are not at risk of infecting others around you, especially young children and the elderly, whose immune systems are less resilient.

Usually, flu season appears at its worst from November to February. However, last year, flu cases were still being reported in May. It is never too late to safeguard yourself, your family, friends and colleagues from avoidable viruses like flu.

Gemma Hicks
Specialist Nurse

Travel Klinix
77c Moor St

024 7601 6519

Lloyds Bank email Address Error in ECHO

We have realised that there was an error in the address for Matthew Harris in the November issue.

We printed

It should have been – i.e. there are 2 full stops in his name.

Our apologies to anyone who has had an email returned as undeliverable.

‘THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS’ at the Criterion Theatre

Written by Alan Bennet (adapted from the novel by Kenneth Grahame) and directed by Bill Butler.

Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th December 2018. There will be a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday 8th December

“Believe me, my young friend, there is absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In them or out of them, it doesn’t matter. Whether you get away or you don’t, whether you arrive at your destination or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy.”

The Director, Bill Butler, says,
“Ever since Kenneth Grahame’s novel was published in 1908, the story has delighted generations of readers. Alan Bennett’s witty and funny adaptation brings to life on stage the great characters from this classic story. We are delighted to be performing this fantastic version featuring Ratty, Mole, Badger and, of course, Toad, together with their riverbank friends and the scary inhabitants of the Wild Wood. There will be songs, chases, fights – and bad driving – as well as the delights of home and messing about in boats. We have cast the main characters without regard to gender and this will, we hope, make the play far more accessible to all audiences – as well as showcasing some excellent actors! I hope you will come along and see it.”

Press Comment:
“Alan Bennett’s stage adaptation of The Wind in the Willows has become a classic in its own right. If Kenneth Grahame’s riverside characters were affectionate portraits of his friends, the enduring appeal of the stage version is that they seem to provide a composite of Bennett. There is Mole, the benign, quiet provincial peering at life through thick spectacles. Then Ratty, the urbane, Oxbridge-educated vole of letters, Badger, a gruff member of the establishment who doesn’t like to be disturbed, and Toad, who might be seen as Bennett’s wicked side.” Alfred Hickling. The Guardian.

‘The Wind I the Willows’ plays at the Criterion Theatre in Berkeley Road South from Saturday 1st December to Saturday 8th December and starts at 7.30pm, there will also be a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday 8th December 2018

Tickets are available to buy online or by contacting the Box Office in person every Wednesday from 8.00pm to 9.00pm and each play night from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. Our website provides more information: Tickets are selling fast and are expected to be sold out before opening night.

Farewell to World War Two Veteran Frank

A fitting tribute from the Coventry Telegraph to Frank Knee, a WW2 veteran and one of their own long serving employees who was a long time resident of the ECHO area, in Mount Street and then Canley Road.

Any Coventry RFC fans above a certain age would know of his son Paul and nephew Russ who played for the club in the 1970s and 80s, Paul becoming Captain of the club.

Frank Knee Obituary

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.