WELCOME FROM WASPS INSIDE THIS ISSUE - Kare Adenegan Peace Poem - Friargate Coventry

WELCOME FROM WASPS INSIDE THIS ISSUE - Kare Adenegan Peace Poem - Friargate Coventry

                              INSIDE THIS ISSUE
• New Friargate faces           • Kare Adenegan          • Boost your digital creativity
• Interview: Coombe Abbey       • Peace Poem             • Coventry Sphinx

                        friargatecoventry.co.uk   @FriargateCov
WELCOME FROM WASPS INSIDE THIS ISSUE - Kare Adenegan Peace Poem - Friargate Coventry
The faces of Wasps Netball stars Jade Clark and Commonwealth Games gold
medal winning teammate Natalie Haythornthwaite have been unveiled on the
famous Friargate hoarding.
Wasps CEO Nick Eastwood joined             the hoarding ‘Why do you love
Jade and fellow Wasps players Sam          Coventry?’ Jade and Natalie
May and Tamsin Moala to reveal the         declared: “Coventry is a passionate
giant smiling images prior to them         sporting city; Wasps Netball is one of
being fitted to the hoarding.              the UK’s top performing teams.”
Jade is England’s all-time appearance      Daniel responds with: “No matter
record-holder and has re-signed for        your colour, race, ethnicity or religion,
Wasps for the 2019 Vitality Netball        Coventry makes you feel at home.”
Superleague campaign.                      Stephen Reynolds of Friargate
England international Natalie joined       said: “Wasps has made a huge
Wasps ahead of their inaugural             contribution to the city of Coventry
Vitality Netball Superleague               since moving here in 2014, so it is
campaign, winning back-to-back             great to see Jade and Natalie on the
league titles. Her elite play has led to   hoarding alongside local celebrity,         local politics.”
her joining NSW Swifts in Australia for    Daniel, in recognition of their             Nick Eastwood, CEO of Wasps Group,
next season.                               shared love of the city. They have          said: “Since Wasps Netball was
17 year-old ‘A’ Level student,             each made a contribution to the             born in the city the club has gone
entrepreneur and ambassador Daniel         community and are all inspirational         from strength to strength on and
Ayodeji, who grew up in Coventry,          individuals who serve as role models.       off the court. Players such as Jade
also unveiled his photo which has          The netballers inspire others to            and Natalie have inspired so many
been added to the distinctive green        pursue sporting ambitions, while            women and girls to get involved in
and white panels.                          Daniel encourages young people to           the sport, whether it is supporting,
In answer to the question on               engage with education, business and         playing or volunteering.
                                                                                       It’s great that they will now welcome
                                                                                       thousands of people into Coventry
                                                                                       every day at Friargate, including
                                                                                       those who will be visiting the city as
                                                                                       part of this year’s European City of
                                                                                       Sport activities.”
                                                                                       Daniel added: “I’m really proud to see
                                                                                       my face on the hoarding as I love
                                                                                       Coventry and everyone is welcome
                                                                                       here. One of my volunteering roles
                                                                                       is with the city’s Positive Youth
                                                                                       Foundation, an organisation which
                                                                                       works hard to help young people
                                                                                       fulfil their potential.”
                                                                                       What do you love about Coventry?
                                                                                       Tell us by tweeting us at @
                                                                                       friargatecov using #YourCov.

     Huge congratulations to Jade, Natalie and their fellow England team mates for picking up two
     awards at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show in recognition of their Commonwealth
     Games success. They were crowned Team of the Year for the historic triumph and were also
     awarded Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year for Helen Housby’s score in the final second to
     give England a 52-51 victory over favourites Australia.
WELCOME FROM WASPS INSIDE THIS ISSUE - Kare Adenegan Peace Poem - Friargate Coventry
Richard, you have recently been               that are fitting for the surroundings
appointed as the Managing Director            but will allow us to drive up
at Coombe Abbey Park Ltd, but                 revenue across the business. The
you are not new to Coventry                   management team and I now need to
and Warwickshire?                             find new and creative ways to do this.
Certainly not! Way back in 1996 I was         Why do you say it is legendary?
appointed as the deputy manager
                                              Unique is an over-used word, but
at the Ettington Chase in South
                                              it fits perfectly for Coombe. There
Warwickshire and later became
                                              simply is nowhere like it. For starters
general manager at Dunchurch
                                              it has a fascinating history. It was
Park near Rugby, taking it from a
                                              originally founded as an Abbey in
GEC Marconi training centre to a
                                              the 12th century. The Abbey was
commercial hotel and conference
                                              surrendered to King Henry VIII during
venue. I then worked for Corus Hotels
                                              the dissolution of the monasteries,
in Solihull before joining Warwick
                                              and the future Queen Elizabeth I          Yours is a new role,
Conferences at the University of
                                              even lived here as a child.               why was it created?
Warwick where I rose to become the
Head of Conference Centres. I had 12          Its parklands were designed by            These are very exciting times for
years there before deciding to move           Capability Brown, and the park is         Coombe Abbey and we see great
to Coombe Abbey.                              open to the public. So many people        potential not only for the hotel but
                                              I meet have fond memories of              also for the wider park. The site is
Why did you choose Coombe?
                                              coming here as a child to explore the     owned by Coventry City Council and
Coombe is not only a top-rated hotel,         countryside setting, and it has a place   we have developed some ambitious
it has almost legendary status in the         in the collective heart of Coventry       plans. There is a new pub and café in
region and is at a very interesting           and Warwickshire.                         the grounds and we are progressing
time in its life. It is a hotel which draws                                             plans to create a Go Ape tree-top
                                              Coombe is a Grade I listed building,
custom – both business and leisure –                                                    adventure course. We want to drive
                                              and we combine candlelit corridors,
from across the country and beyond,                                                     the hotel forward and – working in
                                              medieval entertainment, and
while the country park has a very                                                       partnership with the city council – see
                                              119 individually designed luxury
loyal customer base and has been a                                                      the park helping to create a greater
                                              bedrooms, partnered with first class
favourite destination for local people                                                  income stream that will ultimately
                                              guest service and excellent food.
for generations.                                                                        benefit local residents.
                                              The hotel, not surprisingly with the
The hotel has always been very                history and magnificent setting,
successful and runs at a very high            is a leading wedding venue and
occupancy, so there is a need to              conference centre.
develop other commercial activities
WELCOME FROM WASPS INSIDE THIS ISSUE - Kare Adenegan Peace Poem - Friargate Coventry
                               Libraries across the city                    “We all know that libraries are great
                                                                            places to go for free computer and
                               are encouraging adults                       internet access, and this is really
                               and children to explore                      important, but we also want to
                                                                            encourage people of all ages to
                               their digital creativity by                  experiment using digital outlets to
                               offering free courses in                     express themselves.
                               subjects ranging from                        “The sessions we’re delivering
                                                                            through public libraries also allow
                               computer coding to                           people to learn and practice digital
                               robotics!                                    skills together so there’s also a
                               James Cotton, Coventry Libraries             social aspect to them. People can
                               ICT coordinator, explained: “Digital         bounce ideas off each other and
                               Creativity is all about enabling             make new friends.”
                               people to use digital platforms to
                               bring their ideas to life.

4-7 year olds              9-13 year olds                             4-11 year olds
Code and Go storytimes     Code Club                                  Lego Labs
Central Library,           To book onto a session call the            To book onto a session call the
Smithford Way CV1 1FY      relevant library:                          relevant library:
024 7683 2314              Allesley Park Library, Allesley Park       Central Library, Smithford Way
Sunday 31st March 2-3pm    Neighbourhood Centre, Whitaker             CV1 1FY, 024 7683 2314
Sunday 28th April 2-3pm    Road CV5 9JE, 024 7678 5813                Sunday 17th March
Sunday 26th May 2-3pm      Mondays 4.30pm-5.30pm                      1.30pm – 2.30pm
Sunday 30th June 2-3pm
                           Foleshill Library, Broad Street            Stoke Library, Kingsway
8-17 year olds             CV6 5BG, 024 7678 6977                     CV2 4EA, 024 7678 6990
Coder Dojos                Tuesdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm                   Saturday 2nd March
                                                                      1.30pm – 2.30pm
Central Library            Jubilee Crescent Library, Jubilee
Smithford Way CV1 1FY      Crescent Community Centre, Jubilee         Tile Hill Library, Jardine Crescent
024 7683 2314              Crescent CV6 3EX                           CV4 9PL, 024 7678 6785
Saturday 2nd March         Tuesdays 4pm-5pm                           Saturday 9th March
9.30am – 11.30am                                                      1.30pm – 2.30pm
                           Tile Hill Library, Jardine Crescent
Saturday 16th March        CV4 9PL, 024 7678 6785
9.30am – 11.30am           Tuesdays 5.30pm – 6.30pm
                           Cheylesmore Library, Cheylesmore
                           Community Centre, Poiters Road
                           CV3 5JX, 024 7678 6966
                           Thursdays 5pm – 6pm
WELCOME FROM WASPS INSIDE THIS ISSUE - Kare Adenegan Peace Poem - Friargate Coventry
Did you see a giant illuminated poem near Friargate?              created to celebrate Human Rights.
Well that was called the Peace Poem and it spent the day
                                                                  Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director for Coventry City of
touring Coventry to open a discussion with people on
                                                                  Culture Trust, said the city was perfectly placed to be at the
what they perceive as human rights and where they fit
                                                                  centre of this important conversation.
into modern society.
                                                                  She said: “The Declaration of Human Rights was
The 14ft travelling poem was the initial event of
                                                                  momentous for citizens and nations around the world. It
#HumansOfCov – the first campaign run by The City of
                                                                  gave us freedoms never imagined and opportunities which
Culture Trust since the city won the title UK City of Culture
                                                                  previously were only for the few.
2021. It launched on December 10th – the 70th anniversary
of the UN Declaration of Human Rights - and will both             “Throughout its history, Coventry has always pioneered
highlight the everyday heroes in Coventry’s communities           activism, fighting for workers’ rights, promoting equality,
and the grassroots activism of the city, as well as opening a     tackling racism, making the case for arts in education,
conversation about human rights and what they mean for a          welcoming new communities, finding solutions for poverty
modern and diverse city in the 21st Century.                      and health inequalities.
The poem, Paper Peace by artist Robert Montgomery, reads          “Coventry has always been a city of migrants and
                                                                  #HumansOfCov will help us talk to our citizens to
       “A hundred years and the dream                             understand who they are, what they hold most dear and the
       never ends. All our tomorrows are                          challenges and barriers that they face in their everyday lives.
       fragile. The peace builders are                            “We want to throw a spotlight on the everyday stories of our
       heroes of kindness. Peace is a dream                       people and communities, to show their heroic actions and
       of a shared human soul that we                             pioneering spirit.
       build every day with forgiveness and                       “We will ask the questions: Why Coventry? Why are you
       kindness and hope.”                                        living here? Working here? Studying here? Bringing up
As well as developing a programme of its own in the city          families here? Why are you escaping to Coventry?
this year, Coventry City of Culture Trust has also become a       “We are known as a sanctuary, a place of welcome, a
commissioning partner with a group of theatres in London          safe home and a city that promotes peace. This is a great
on a project called Fly The Flag, where a new flag has been       opportunity to explore our place in this global conversation.”

                                          TO KARE!
                                           Big congratulations to Coventry para-athlete Kare Adenegan, who was
                                           crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
                                           The 17 year-old picked up her award at the Radio 1 Teen Awards at the SSE
                                           Arena, Wembley.
                                           This year Kare became T34 100 metres WPA European champion, winning her
                                           first gold medal in a senior competition, and taking silver in the T34 800m.
                                           She also set a new T34 100m world record at the London Anniversary games, by
                                           becoming the first female T34 athlete to complete the race in under 17 seconds.
                                           Friargate is a past sponsor of Kare, and we are very proud of her success!
WELCOME FROM WASPS INSIDE THIS ISSUE - Kare Adenegan Peace Poem - Friargate Coventry
We have renewed our sponsorship of Coventry Sphinx             Our financial support will help the club’s 22 junior teams with
Football Club for the third year running. As ‘Golden Ticket’   the purchase of new goals, goal netting and respect barriers
sponsors, the Friargate brand continues to be seen on          for the side of the pitches. The new equipment will enhance
the pitch side advertising boards at the club’s ground         the teams’ playing experience and help the junior managers
off Siddeley Avenue. We also feature in the match day          ensure that their games meet with the requirements of the
programmes and on the club’s website.                          FA and local leagues.

  We’re proud to be
  part of the team.


Coventry City Council’s planning committee has granted
permission for the two-phase, £82 million transformation
of Coventry Station to create a new gateway to the city
ahead of 2021 when Coventry celebrates being City of

Work to create a new footbridge and canopies is                the Department for Transport, Virgin Trains and the wider
underway and the pedestrian tunnel under Warwick Road          rail industry. It is funded by the Government’s Local Growth
is already complete. The second phase involves building        Fund through Coventry and Warwickshire LEP and West
a multi-storey car park for 633 vehicles, a new station        Midlands Combined Authority.
concourse with access to all platforms and Warwick Road,
and a new pedestrian route via an access tunnel under          Sign up for updates at:
Warwick Road to a new bus interchange.                         www.coventry.gov.uk/stationmasterplan

This work is being led by Coventry City Council and
supported by SLC Rail, working in partnership with
Transport for West Midlands, Friargate LLP, Network Rail,
Check our pick of things to do across Coventry this winter

MARCH                                                                APRIL
Daily until Saturday 16th March                                      Wednesday 3rd April, 10am
Follow That Hare: An Art and Nature Trail                            The UK Careers Fair in Coventry Britannia Hotel Coventry
Warwick Arts Centre, warwickartscentre.co.uk                         Fairfax Street, ukcareersfair.com

Daily until Sunday 12th May                                          Sunday 7th April, 9am
TAXI: The Story from A to B                                          Macmillan Colour Fun Run Hatton Country World Dark Lane,
Coventry Transport Museum, transport-museum.com                      Hatton, Warwick, regevent.co.uk

Daily until Sunday 2nd June                                          Thursday 11 April 2019 – Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm
Wildlife Photographer of the Year                                    SPA Theatre Juniors present The Addams Family,
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, theherbert.org                       Bridge House Theatre Myton Road Warwick CV34 6PP
Sunday 3rd March
Nick Sharratt’s Right Royal Drawalong                                Friday 12th April, 7.30pm
Warwick Arts Centre, warwickartscentre.co.uk                         Emily Atack - Talk Thirty to Me The Albany Theatre,
                                                                     Coventry, West Midlands CV1 3BH, albanytheatre.co.uk
Wednesday 6th March
Michael Clark’s to a simple, rock ’n’ roll . . . song.               Saturday 13th April, 10am
Warwick Arts Centre, warwickartscentre.co.uk                         Coventry Bubble Rush 2019 Heart of England Conference
                                                                     and Events Centre Meriden Rd, Fillongley, Coventry
Thursday 7th March                                                   eventbrite.co.uk
Spring in your organic garden
Ryton Organic Gardens, gardenorganic.org.uk/ryton                    Monday 15th April, 10.30am
                                                                     Get Crafty in the Wild Brandon Marsh Nature Centre
Friday 8th March                                                     Brandon Lane, Coventry
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana                                           warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on
Warwick Arts Centre, warwickartscentre.co.uk
                                                                     Monday 15th April 2019, 12.30pm
Saturday 9th March                                                   Minibeast Hunting Brandon Marsh Nature Centre Brandon
Robot Day                                                            Lane, Coventry
Coventry Transport Museum, transport-museum.com                      warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on
Thursday 14th March                                                  Tuesday 16th April, 10.30am
Fagin’s Twist                                                        Den Building Brandon Marsh Nature Centre
Warwick Arts Centre, warwickartscentre.co.uk                         Brandon Lane, Coventry
Friday 15th March
Ferocious Dog - Fake News and Propaganda                             Tuesday 16th April, 12.30pm
The Empire, coventryempire.co.uk                                     Pond Dipping Brandon Marsh Nature Centre Brandon Lane,
Thursday 21st March
Kidz to Adultz Middle
Ricoh Arena, ricoharena.com                                          Wednesday 17th April, 10.30am and 1.30pm
                                                                     Wilderness Wednesdays - Charcoal Making, Brandon Marsh
Thursday 21st March
                                                                     Nature Centre Brandon Lane, Coventry
The Ben Crosland Quintet plays the Ray Davies Songbook
The Albany Theatre, albanytheatre.co.uk
                                                                     Wednesday 17th – 20th April, 11am
Sunday 24 March
                                                                     The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show Warwick Arts Centre Gibbet
Coventry Festival of Running
                                                                     Hill Road, Coventry
5k fun run and Half Marathon
Coventry, enjoycoventry.com
                                                                     Thursday 18th April 2019, 10.30am
                                                                     Nature Tots - Teddy Bear Adventure Brandon Marsh Nature
                                                                     Centre Brandon Lane, Coventry


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