Lord Mayor Joins Marathon Grandad for Charity Walk

Next Tuesday, 9 August, Lord Mayor Cllr Kevin Maton will join 72-year-old local man Tony Cunningham’s year-long sponsored walk to raise money for Warwick charity, Molly Ollys.

If you want to see Tony, Kevin and his wife and Lady Mayoress, Angela, tackle a few laps together on Tuesday they will be at the War Memorial Park at 9am to tackle some laps of the park, starting from the large pavilion near the tennis courts and bowling greens.

Tony, who underwent a quadruple heart bypass, is this year walking at least 10 miles a day every day to raise funds for the charity which emotionally supports children across the UK who have life-threatening illnesses.

Tony took on the challenge in memory of his wife of 47 years who lost her battle with lung cancer last year and so far, he’s walked more than 2,800 miles and raised over £5,000.

As well as supporting Tony’s fundraising, the Lord Mayor is asking people to donate to his own chosen charities – CRASAC (the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre), the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Molly Ollys was established following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer and marks its tenth anniversary this year.

The charity supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. It donates wishes, helps with emotional support and it donates therapeutic toys and books to children directly and through hospitals across the UK.

Rachel says “Tony is such a legend. When he vowed to walk 10 miles a day, every day of 2022, I was astounded as that is a huge challenge. But he often walks 13 or 14 miles a day, so he has clocked up way more miles than he first intended! We are extremely grateful for the funds he has raised and the awareness of the Charity that he has created and it is lovely that the Lord Mayor has shown his support by undertaking the challenge.”

To sponsor Tony, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anthony-cunningham5

To support the Lord Mayor’s chosen charities, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/donate

To find out all the ways you can donate to Molly Ollys, visit


An exhibition for ex-Earlsdonian Pat Shenstone’s “86 Steps” is opening this evening, Tuesday 26 July, from 6pm to 8pm at the LTB space above the Litten Tree on the corner of Warwick Row and the Bull Yard. All welcome.

The exhibition is on until Sunday 14 August, daily, 12 noon until 4pm.

Earlsdon School Shortlisted in National Competition to Win Playground Worth £5K

Children from Earlsdon Primary School have collected and transformed 7,000 plastic bottle tops into stunning art murals, as part of a nationwide recycling campaign to raise awareness about the dangerous impact of plastic waste on the environment.

Earlsdon Primary has been named among the top ten finalist schools in the Message in a Bottle Top art competition, for its incredible wall art named ‘Making Peace with Nature’, inspired by Christopher Lloyd’s book ‘It’s Up to Us’.

The artwork is designed to highlight how everyday actions affect the Earth and the little things can have a positive impact on the planet. Using different coloured bottle tops, pupils at Earlsdon Primary School have turned waste into an art mural which can be enjoyed in their sensory garden for years to come.

Earlsdon Primary School will now enter into an online exhibition alongside nine other finalists, where friends and family can support and comment on their favourite submissions before the winning school and two runners up are announced on 18th July 2022.

The winning school will receive a playground makeover worth £5,000 and the runners up will be presented with tablets worth over £100.

Teacher from Earlsdon Primary, Michelle Andrews said: “We were really excited to take part in the message in a bottle top competition. Our parents, children and local businesses were really supportive in collecting the bottle tops and all children helped to sort and create our mural’s design. The design has been used to enhance our sensory garden area, it’s bright, colourful and a real talking point around school. The children loved making it and it will remain a focus for reinforcing our message that everybody can do small things to help protect animals from plastic pollution.”

The Message in a Bottle Top campaign, led by sustainable composite decking brand Composite Prime® in collaboration with the National Schools Partnership, is now in its second year and has been built in line with the national curriculum, providing more than 1,300 teachers and approximately 173,460 pupils aged 5 to 12 years with learning resources across art, maths science and citizenship.

Overall, 1,239 schools from across the UK have taken part in Composite Prime’s Message in a Bottle Top campaign, which has seen almost 500,000 bottle tops recycled into beautiful art sculptures of endangered wildlife. Educational resources have been accessed by schools across the country almost 5,000 times and competition entries have increased by 93% in 2022.

Composite Prime® Director, Charles Taylor added: “We’re absolutely delighted with the level of interest in our Message in a Bottle campaign, which has grown exponentially in year two. The standard of entries has been incredible and it’s been so difficult to select a top ten.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to know that thousands of pupils across the country have engaged with the educational resources we’ve created to raise awareness about such a serious and consequential issue. We’ve absolutely loved reviewing all the stunning entries and every school that entered should be so proud of their hard work and dedication to the project. We’re very excited to award the winning school with their well deserved playground makeover later in the year. Good luck Earlsdon Primary School!”

Composite Prime® creates eco-friendly and socially responsible decking and cladding products, made using recycled plastic and FSC® certified oak wood flour. The company is dedicated to producing sustainable materials. Each square metre of composite decking contains the equivalent of more than 3,000 plastic bottle caps or 280 plastic bottles. In the seven years of operation the brand has saved the equivalent of 176 million plastic milk bottles from landfill and over 1.8 billion bottle top caps.

To find out more about Composite Prime’s Message in a Bottle Top recycling programme and see the full list of finalists and show support for your favourite, visit Composite Prime


There are a couple of errors in June’s ECHO, relating to Earlsdon Library. Firstly, it is stated that the next folk night (the Hush! event) costs £5 but the correct cost is £10 per ticket. and secondly the storytime session starts at 10.30am not 11am on Tuesdays.

Councillors’ Surgery Postponed

The June issue of ECHO lists the Earlsdon ward councillors’ surgery as taking place on Saturday 4th June, 11am -12noon.

Whilst the first Saturday in the month is the regular arrangement for this, because Earlsdon Library is closed for the Jubilee Bank Holiday from Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th June, the surgery will be held a week later, on Saturday 11th June.

Fate of the Black Horse Confirmed

Follow up to the story on page 11 of the June issue:

On Thursday 26 May, the council’s Planning Committee voted by a narrow 4-3 margin to approve the plan to demolish the former Black Horse pub in Spon End as part of the road widening scheme related to the Local Air Quality Action Plan.

Below, the Black Horse when it first went on the market back in 2012.


George Power is fundraising this month for a Neurodiverstiy project for his School, Earlsdon Primary with the ADHD Foundation.

His mum Simone told ECHO “He is currently on the waiting list for a Neurodevelopmental Assessment and we wanted to do something to raise awareness within the community and help him to learn, understand and teach others about what he is going through.”

George has set himself a target to run 26 miles in the month of May and is already three quarters of the way to his fundraising target.

George’s JustGiving page explains a little more: