St. Andrew’s Open House

St. Andrew’s House is holding a strawberry tea and open house event on Saturday 20 July from 2-4pm.

There is no entry fee.

Cream teas available by donation, and stalls.

Viewings of the home will also be given without appointment during that time, to anyone interested in a place at St Andrew’s.

Election Results

Local election results have now been declared for all wards in the ECHO area with Labour wins all round. Councillors Tucker (Earlsdon), Innes (Whoberley) and Akhtar (St. Michael’s) all retained their seats for Labour, whilst Dave Toulson gained the seat in Sherbourne from the sitting Conservative, Cllr Ryan Simpson.

Coventry City Council elections – 2 May 2024 – Coventry City Council

Church Sale Completed

The Trustees of the recently closed Hearsall Baptist Church have made the following announcement today:

“…the Trustees are now in a position to announce that the sale of the premises in Queensland Avenue was finalized on Tuesday 30 April and the keys for the premises have been officially handed to the new owners.

The new owners are Genesis International Christian Centre who worship under the name MARPE Assembly of All Nations, who currently meet in a rented building in the Rowleys Green area of the City.

Both groups have a strong feeling that this sale was directed by God, as although we had been looking to redevelop the site for many years, we had always come across obstacles preventing our progress and MARPE had experienced the same thing, wanting to purchase a permanent home for many years but always being unable to do so until now.

The purchasers are a Christian church who are very keen to maintain the history of the buildings. Rooms will still be named after prominent figures in Hearsall’s history, i.e. Sydney Peirson, etc. and they have pledged that the star will still appear every Christmas on the Hearsall tower. The 1928 building will be used for its original purpose, as a Sunday school and a children’s tuition venue, attracting so many children that they will need four classrooms. Meals will regularly be prepared for the poor and homeless, and the church are committed to engaging with the local community.”

Chapelfields Walking Tour

Historian and true crime writer Adam Wood has been invited by the team at Warwick’s Institute of Engagement to take part in their 2024 Resonate Festival of Arts and Culture.
The programme is a series of events and exhibitions across Coventry and Warwickshire, and promotes local community, history and culture.

As part of this, on 22 May he will be leading a virtual walking tour of Chapelfields, with a technical team following him around as he describes the history and stories of the area, then finish at St Mary Magdalen Community Hall for a live panel discussion in front of an audience.

It’s a free event – around 35 people within the hall itself, plus unlimited viewers watching from home. The walking tour part will be shown on the screen in the Community Centre.

Adam hopes this will be of interest to all, and those 35 seats in the hall will be nabbed quickly for what promises to be an interesting discussion!

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Bring Back Banks!

One by one over the last decade the major banks, and Coventry Building Society, have closed their Earlsdon branches.

The Earlsdon 2.0 group have launched a campaign to create a banking hub to compensate for the loss of these facilities.

For an audio report from BBC CWR go to:

Farewell to Hearsall

The members and congregation of Hearsall Baptist Church today said a sad farewell to the church’s home of 96 years in Queensland Avenue.

Today’s Easter Sunday service is the last before they vacate the church, opened in 1961, and larger 1928 edifice known as the ‘schoolrooms’. The church has been at the heart of the Chapelfields community going back to the 1860s when the first chapel and Sunday School was opened in Lord Street.

Some of the congregation will attend the new Sherbourne Community Church based at the former Holyhead Road URC, others will move to other Baptist churches in the city or to other places of worship.

ECHO sends its best wishes to all of those people, wherever their individual journeys take them, and remembers also those pioneers before them who built the church, both spiritually and in terms of much of its physical fabric, and made it a major part of Chapelfields community life.



The no. 51 bus routes (Stagecoach Monday-Saturday. and NX Sundays only) are being re-routed permanently away from Glendower Avenue. Heading towards Earlsdon, from the traffic lights on Allesley Old Road, they will travel along Brookside Avenue then into Wildcroft Road, up to the lights on Broad Lane.

They will then turn left along Broad Lane to rejoin the previous route at the Glendower Avenue Junction. Heading towards UHCW, the route will be the reverse of the above.

The new published routes’ timetables include all the relevant stops in Wildcroft Road which should give some certainty to passengers who have so far relied on semi-official ‘Hail/alight and ride’ along Glendower Avenue which has never been published and passengers say causes problems with some drivers.

There appear to be no timing implications and the existing timings through Earlsdon are unchanged.

Changes are effective from Saturday 6 April.

“The Haunting of Blaine Manor”

Coming to the Albany Theatre, 29-30 March

England, 1953. Renowned American psychic investigator Doctor Roy Earle, famous for discrediting hauntings and exposing fake mediums, is invited to attend a seance in Blaine Manor, said to be the most haunted building in England. However, Earle’s arrival awakens something horrific within the manor’s haunted walls. As a raging storm closes them off from the outside world, Earle and his companions find that what is waiting within the manor is not nearly as horrific as what has entered with him… In the spirit of M. R. James, England’s most accomplished ghost story writer (Casting the Runes, Whistle and I’ll Come To You My Lad, The Haunted Doll’s House) and with a nod to the classic black and white film classics of Columbia Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayor, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. O’Byrne’s award winning production is a love letter to both the Golden Age of Hollywood and England’s Hammer Horror era. As a ghost story it sits shoulder to shoulder alongside the classic ghost stories down the decades. The show has been thrilling audiences from coast to coast in truly magnificent theatres. Many of those audiences returning to see the show again with their friends, such is the power and intrigue of the narrative embedded deeply in the supernatural culture and heritage of these isles. ‘This is horror built from the ground up, including the sound effects. I wanted the sound design to be entirely original, along with the music. As a cast we spent a rainy afternoon in a Sheffield sound studio, there we all went quite mad creating the most horrific of soundscapes, it chills audiences to the bone. The sound production and music are by Justin Wetherill, digital visuals and trailers are by Darren McGinn. The firecracker cast feature Peter Slater as Dr. Roy Earle, Andrew Yates as Cairo, Jo Haydock as Vivian Rutledge, Jimmy Allen as Adolphus Scarabus, Ed Barry as Vincent De Lambré and Joe O’Byrne as Grady. And yes, for the film geeks I’ve had a good few nods to horror and noir classics down the years, that was part of the fun writing this, see if you can spot them.’

Joe O’Byrne

Godiva Festival Headliners Announced

Godiva Festival has announced that this year’s Main Stage will be headlined by The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft on Friday 5 July, pop phenomenon Paloma Faith on Saturday 6 July and the legendary Beverley Knight will close the festival on Sunday 7 July.

Other Main Stage acts so far include Sam Ryder, The Brand New Heavies, The Primitives, PBN and The Go! Team.

Tickets for the event in the War Memorial Park go on sale at 9am on Friday 1 March.

Full information is available on the Godiva Festival website.