Tour of Coventry’s Postwar Architecture

For Civic Day 2019, on Saturday 22nd June, the Coventry Society organised a “Walk and Talk” around Coventry’s Postwar architecture. Society chairman, Paul Maddocks, led a party of about 25 people around some of the city’s hidden gems.

In parallel with the walk we have published a brochure about all the attractive postwar buildings in the city centre.


You can see and download the brochure from our website.

Coventry Gets a Floating Market!


FLOATING MARKET, Coventry Canal Basin, St. Nicholas Street, Coventry CV1 4LY
Admission free to the public!

Saturday 29th June to Sunday 30th June 2019 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We are pleased to learn that the Roving Canal Traders Association have announced that they are holding a floating market in Coventry Canal Basin on the 29th and 30th of June 2019. This will be held in conjunction with Canal & River Trust Open Days.


There will be lots of trading boats with interesting crafts on sale showing amazing talent and a range of fantastic unique items available to buy. A fun day out for all the family. 

More information here…. and here…

Walk and See – Coventry’s Post War Architecture


Join CovSoc for a Walk and Talk to commemorate Civic Day 2019. For this year’s Civic Day we are celebrating Coventry’s post war architecture. We meet at 12 noon on Saturday 22nd June 2019 at Lady Godiva’s statue in Broadgate. CovSoc Chairman, Paul Maddocks, will lead a free walking tour demonstrating the beauty of some of Coventry’s Festival of Britain architecture. All participants will receive a free map / leaflet showing all the postwar architecture in the city centre. Everyone is welcome: you don’t need to be a member.

Paul says “Some people think that post-war Coventry is all about dull grey concrete. Well join us on Saturday and see the  reality for yourself. Our intention is to open people’s eyes to see the quality of our city’s postwar architecture, which is becoming more and more fashionable.”

Civic Day is a national celebration of civic pride. It is co-ordinated by Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement. Each year on, or around mid-summer’s day, civic societies around the country undertake an activity to demonstrate civic pride, that “I care about where I live”.



Midsummer Festival of music at St. John the Baptist’s Church


There are some interesting performances coming up at St. John the Baptist Church, Fleet Street on Saturday 22nd June 2019.  Coventry Charity UMCM, Unlock the Music Concert Making, is organising a midsummer festival of music. The festival features:

Coventry’s World Music choir, Worldsong, presenting a concert at 4.15.


Antoine Mitchell with soprano Wendy Whyte in Part Two of the evening present a concert of French song at 7 p.m.

Starting at 10.00 a.m. there will be a series of short performances and concerts throughout the day, featuring all sorts of music to celebrate the Church’s patronal feast and 675th birthday.

Performances in the church will include: Adam Hibberd with piano interludes, a concert from Craig Holmes with his Coventry Sax, Clarinet and Flute Choirs, a recorder concert, Favaio Baroque Ensemble, Welsh choir Cor Cymraeg, Latin music specialist Guitarist Marcellus and the Coventry Plainchant Collective. In the cafe there will also be some music making during the day, including a first concert from George Allen, singer song writer.

There will be opportunities for exploration of the historic Church and people on hand to give some guidance on the special aspects of interest in its history.

There will also be exhibitions in the Church and hall, a visit from  Queen Isabella, the founder of the Church, and guided tours of this historic Church.

At 4.15pm, Worldsong performs in the Church.

WorldSong is a choir with a difference: stunning harmonies, uplifting songs, inspiring rhythms, music for the soul. They sing harmony songs from the world music repertoire, specialising in traditional songs from Eastern Europe, Africa, Britain, America and beyond. With harmonies drawn from centuries-old oral traditions; from gospel to work songs; from haunting chants to rousing celebration — there is something here for everyone!

In the evening UMCM will be holding a concert at 7.00 of “Eight Songs for the Summer” followed by a very special performance from guest and patron of UMCM, Antione Mitchell with soprano Wendy Whyte, performing French Song, including some of Antione’s compositions.

In 1996 Antoine founded the ensemble Oriflamme of which he is director. Over the years he has developed Oriflamme into one of the leading orchestral ensembles in the country giving a regular series of concerts in Warwick including annual performances for Amnesty International and the Mayor of Warwick.

The Church rector, Fr Dexter Bracey is really excited about the event.”As we celebrate the feast of our patron saint, we at St John’s are pleased to team up with our friends and community musicians Unlock the Music. St John’s has a long history of being part of the community, and is continuing to develop its musical life, particularly as we head towards 2021 and Coventry being the City of Culture. So to have community music making in Church is a real joy to us, and we look forward to a weekend of music and worship as we celebrate St John the Baptist’s day.”

“We hope you will join us for this exciting and packed community aimed day.”


Refreshments are available in the cafe up to 3.00 p.m. and full up to date information on times of events will be posted on the Church’s website.

Tickets will cost £8 for the evening concerts. Tickets will be available from the Church
directly and online ticket information on UMCM’s website.


CovSoc Member Receives MBE

Alan photo Palace

Long serving Coventry Society member, Alan Griffiths, was awarded the MBE (Medallist of the Order  of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this week. Alan received the award in recognition of his contribution to the community in Foleshill.

Alan is the leading light in the Broad Street Meeting Hall in Foleshill. For many years Alan ran Broad Street Windows and generously provided a local community meeting hall in the former Salvation Army building, which was next to his premises.

Alan (centre back) with volunteers at the Broad Street Meeting Hall

Since his retirement Alan has dedicated his life to creating a new, modern, purpose built community centre for local people to replace the old worn out premises. He secured a million pounds National Lottery Grant and work is currently well underway to build the new centre.

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Artists impression of the new Broad Street Meeting Hall

Last year the Broad Street Meeting Hall was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, which is regarded as the MBE for Voluntary Organisations. The award was presented to Alan and other members of the organisation by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands at an event held at St. Mary’s Hall in November 2018. 

Broad Street Meeting Hall being presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

In acknowledging the award Alan sent “..thanks to all concerned, Friends, relations, committee, hall users and associated connections of Broad Street Hall, Coventry Groups and Foleshill Groups that made this possible.”

The Coventry Society is proud to have Alan as a member!

Over Coventry citizens to receive awards this year include Professor John Latham, Vice Chancellor of Coventry University, Professor Duncan Lawson for services to mathematics, Rashid Bhyat, founder of the Positive Youth Foundation, Dr Abdullahi Shehu for services to Community Cohesion, Ghulam Mohammed Vohra, Vice Chairman, Coventry Muslim Forum, Marilyn Haddon for services to Charitable Fundraising and Mary Lambert, school governor at Broad Heath Primary School. Our congratulations to them all.

Meet Athelstan in Tamworth

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Our friends in the Tamworth Civic Society have issued an invitation to Coventry residents to attend their annual Tamworth Lecture.

Famous historian and writer Tom Holland will be talking about Athelstan and the  making of the United Kingdom of England. The talk will take place on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at 7.30 p.m. at St. Editha’s Church in Tamworth. Tickets are £12 from the society.

Micro:Cab – Beyond the Electric Car

Vianova being exhibited at the International Hydrogen Event at NEC, Birmingham

A Coventry firm, Microcab, is pioneering a new approach to zero emission vehicle engineering using hydrogen fuel cell technology. Microcab is a spin-out from the SWARM project at Coventry University. It aims to design and develop a vehicle for urban transport using low carbon, hydrogen fuel cell technology. The design concept is a vehicle with good environmental characteristics.

The firm is based in Parkside in Coventry. In their latest newsletter Microcab state:

“As Microcab moves into its commercialisation phase, we introduce the newest addition to the fleet, the Vianova. This ultra efficient lightweight city car showcases the latest vehicle design on the versatile H2EV platform, and features our “state of the art” fuel cell electric powertrain technology. The pre-production model is the culmination of the commercial partnership with Mahle Powertrain and ongong collaborative work with Coventry University on the SWARM project. The Vianova is entering the market as a peri-urban, zero emissions mobility solution in both car and van variant. It should be noted that, in some regions, the growing network of hydrogen refuelling stations has outstripped the supply of fuel cell vehicles, leading to under utilisation of the infrastructure. With the proposed new UK goal of net zero carbon by 2050, hydrogen will have an expanding role to play in sector coupling between renewable energy and mobility. ‘Low-carbon hydrogen moves from being a useful option to a key enabler’ (Committee Climate Change net zero report).”

Vianova being exhbited at C-ALPS, the Centre for Alternative Low Carbon Propulsion Systems, opened at Coventry University on 21 March 2019.

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