Rupert’s Super Model Cathedrals are Simply Divine

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Rupert with one of his stunning models

Rupert Cordeux is fascinated by cathedrals – so fascinated that he builds them himself.

His are smaller versions of the real things, but perfect in every detail.

A dining table at his Stoke Park home is covered with miniatures of some of the most famous English cathedrals: Lincoln, Ely, Gloucester, Canterbury, and many more, each one perfect down to the last gargoyle and flying buttress.

He creates DIY kits of the models which cost up to about £30 and are snapped up by collectors at home and abroad. His biggest market is in eastern Europe, but he was amazed to discover that even London’s Victoria & Albert Museum has a set of his kits.

The attention to detail in his models, all hand-crafted, is astonishing. He visits the cathedrals, paces them out, and takes painstaking measurements using a system he developed. He takes dozens of photos and uses Google Street-view and drone footage to help.

The end results are models which, he reckons, are 95 to 100 per cent accurate. He says: “Other model designers use software to turn photos into artwork but all mine are hand-drawn – that’s almost unique in the world.” His latest model, Lincoln, is his 15th and he says: “When I have done all the English cathedrals I’ll stop”.

There’s more information about Rupert’s models and kits on his website. Go to: rupertcordeux.wixsite.com/modelcathedrals

This story was published in the June edition of Avenews, the newsletter of the Stoke Park Residents’ Group. Our thanks to the editor, Charles Barker, for permission to reprint it here.

Coventry to host International Children’s Games in 2022

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The City Council has accepted an invitation for Coventry to host the 2022 International Children’s Games (ICG). The games planned for this summer in Kecskemét, Hungary have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

The week-long event will take place in Coventry from 17-22 August 2022.

Coventry previously hosted the Games in 2005. Around 1,250 athletes and swimmers took part in five major sporting events, attracting visitors from 33 countries, 53 cities and four continents.

Coventry participants have now been participating in the event for more than 20 years and in the 2022 Games, there will be eight sports for competitors aged between 12-15.

Sports will include basketball, swimming, tennis, table tennis, athletics, six-a-side football, three-on-three basketball and climbing.

As a special addition a 3km Fun Run will also be held. The run will be open to all ages and abilities to increase participation in sport and engagement with the event across the city.

The formal invitation to the city to host the games cane from Torsten Rasch, the President of the International ICG Committee.  Approval is also being sought to support the cost of hosting the games, up to a maximum of £1 million, funded from corporate reserves with the expectation of reducing the total cost to the Council through sponsorship and fundraising.

Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Events, Coventry City Council, said:

“The International Children’s Games will follow directly from the Commonwealth Games and be a brilliant opportunity to cement the city’s reputation as a host of major international sporting competitions.

“If we are to host this fantastic event, it will attract 100 participating cities from around the world and is expected to bring around 2,000 people to Coventry. 

“As well as the benefits to the economy, the event will provide a sporting legacy, which ultimately is excellent news for everyone in Coventry.”

The International Children’s Games will be a part of the sporting legacy from Coventry’s year as European City of Sport in 2019.  The city will continue to welcome events and projects such as this to further build on the legacy and continue to provide great sporting events and facilities for Coventry and its visitors.

The International Children’s Games was first held in 1968, starting out as an athletics competition in Celje, Slovenia and some years later evolved into the annual event and recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

More information about International Children’s Games can be found on their website.

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Coventry University Degree Show

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As a result of the Coronavirus epidemic, the normal Coventry University Degree Show has this year moved online.

In its new accessible format it is possible to look at the degree level presentations from twenty Arts courses, including digital media,  fine art, photography, architecture, interior architecture and design and automotive and transport.

Every student’s project is now featured on a website and Course Catalogues have been produced for each of the courses taught.  In addition the students are available for an online chat about their work via a link. The courses can be found through the course or through themes (called rooms), such as Body, lens and story. It is also possible to search for an individual student.

You can find the Degree Show online at https://covdegreeshow.coventry.ac.uk/

Cathy Hunt – Celebrating Coventry’s First Women Councillors

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Serving their City: a celebration of Coventry’s first women councillors

Monday 22nd June 2020 at 7.30 p.m.

Online Meeting using Zoom

Book online via Eventbrite 

The Coventry Society is pleased to welcome back the well known Coventry historian, Dr Cathy Hunt. Cathy will be talking about Coventry’s early women councillors.

Cathy is well known in Coventry and has written several books about women in the city, including “A History of Women’s Lives in Coventry” and “A Woman of the People: Alice Arnold of Coventry 1881 – 1955.”

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This online meeting is free and open to the public with tickets via Eventbrite. Non members are invited to make a small voluntary donation via our website

We look forward to seeing you there.

Repair works begin on historic city gates and walls

The City Council has issued a press release letting us know that work has begun to help restore and repair some of the remains of Coventry’s historic city walls and gates within its city centre.

The city wall dates back to the 1300s and was originally around two and a half metres thick, nearly 4 metres high and had 12 towers. It was reported to be one of the most impressive city walls in the country at the time.

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Part of the City Wall at Upper Well Street

The original wall was contained within what is now Coventry’s Ring Road, but was partially demolished on the order of King Charles II in 1662. Now, two gates remain and various sections of the wall still stand across the city centre.

Work to help repair and preserve the gates and walls will take place on the remaining sections of the city walls in Lady Herbert’s Garden, Upper Well Street and the footpath that runs from Gosford Street and Grove Street, as well as the two remaining Swanswell and Cook Street gates.

Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “Coventry is such a historic city, it’s wonderful to be able to work on preserving and maintaining our heritage.

“The work will involve removing weeds, cleaning and applying a capping to the walls to help prevent water damage. Any mortar which is damaged between the stones will also be repaired, which is called re-pointing.

“The walls would have originally had some sort of stone capping when it was first built, so the work will definitely help to preserve and protect the wall going forward. I’m really looking forward to seeing the difference this work makes!”

The work is being undertaken by Haystoun Construction, who began the project on Monday 11 May. It will take approximately seven to eight weeks, with workers using social distancing to ensure work can be carried out safely.

Funding for the project has been secured from Historic England in partnership with Coventry City Council as part of the Heritage Action Zone project.

Once the project is complete, ownership of the city gates will be transferred to the Historic Coventry Trust, which will be converting both gates to self-contained units for special occasion stays for local people and visitors.