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!
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:
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The first phase of work on improvements to Coventry railway station – a new footbridge and improvements to the existing platform canopies – has begun. A second station building with shops, new multi-storey car park and a ticket office, as well as a bus interchange on the Central Six side, will follow soon.
Piling works are currently taking place on Warwick Road. The piling forms part of the foundations for the new station building and will allow the opening of the access tunnel under Warwick Road, connecting the new building to the bus interchange.
As part of the work, it will be necessary to close the steps on Warwick Road and the walkway from the station to the car park at Central Six. The closure will take place from Monday 5 August and pedestrians will need to walk down Warwick Road, past Eaton House – the tower block – and access the station past the new Council building.
From 5 August, 12 disabled car parking spaces will also be relocated from the station forecourt to the existing multi storey car park no.1, which can be accessed via Station Square.
Finally, the cycle shelter closest to the platform in the short stay car park area will be moved to a temporary location in front of the station while the work is carried out. There is also an undercover cycle hub located near to the British Transport Police.
National Express Coventry are conducting a consultation on possible bus route changes to be implemented in September. This would be the first major revision of services for 7 years. Routes affected, serving Earlsdon, Chapelfields, Spon End and Hearsall Common could include the numbers 5, 10, 11, 18, 19 and 23. However some of these changes may only affect parts of these routes around the city centre and where the route continues beyond the city centre. For more details, and to have your say before the plans are finalised in mid-July, go to the website:
Eaton Road will be subject to weekend closures (from Station Square to Warwick Road) for works by Western Power Distribution, from Friday night to Monday morning on the following dates:
• Friday 14 June at 20.00 until Monday 17 June at 06.00
• Friday 21 June at 20.00 until Monday 24 June at 06.00
• Friday 28 June at 20.00 until Monday 1 July at 06.00
The adjacent Warwick Road (southbound) will also have a nearside lane closure in place from the junction with Eaton Road to the Central Six island at the latter stages of these works in order to facilitate the works.
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