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:



On Wednesday 11 May at 7.30pm, the Albany Club will be hosting the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz, supporting local charity Pass the Smile for Ben, which raises funds for research into rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of soft tissue cancer, and for supportive care.

The fee will be £10 for a team of up to 4 people, payable on the night. To register your interest, or for more information, please email: president@albanyclub.co.uk before 4 May and then go along to enjoy a fun evening.

As well as the quiz, there will be other activities, including a bottle raffle, for which contributions would be welcomed.

You can find more information about the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz at: https://worldsbiggestquiz.pubaid.com/

Councillor’s Black Horse Heritage Proposal

Cllr Bally Singh has setup the following petition to try and preserve the legacy of the Black Horse pub for the future. It accepts that demolition is preferable to a driving charge, but aims to restore some of the former pub building for an alternative use at another location.

Please sign here if you support –


“We the undersigned petition the Council to recognise that whilst we support the Council’s clean air proposals to avoid a government imposed £12.50 driving charge in the city; we also want to preserve the legacy of the former Black Horse pub (currently apartments planned for demolition), so ask that the Council consider restoring the main heritage of the building for an alternative use linked to our city’s arts and culture offering.”

Cllr Singh suggest that alternative uses to preserve the legacy of the Black Horse pub could be:
– A mock pub art exhibition in the style of the 2021 Turner Prize winning Array collective, shown at Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery. The re-imagined Black Horse pub would address social and political issues that have impacted Coventry throughout its magnificent history
– A digital and physical record of the Black Horse pub displayed in the Local Collections exhibits at the future Coventry ‘IKEA building’ museum, including oral, pictorial, sound, and physical pieces.
– A restored working pub set during the historically important Watchmaking era of the city.

The restored pub could be situated in an alternative location such as the Canal Basin, and would function as a popular leisure attraction serving real local ale and beers as well as traditional pub food including fish and chips!