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Written by Sue Jones   
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 16:08

Since the Finham Parish Council has had to cancel its original plans for celebrating VE75 Day for this coming weekend, an alternative schedule has been suggested that allows everyone to take part without leaving home and observe the corona virus rules.

This Friday 8th May is the day 75 years ago that witnessed the formal acceptance of unconditional surrender of all German forces in Europe by the United Kingdom and its Allies.

To mark this historical event, this Friday 8th May at:-

  • 11.00 am : Two minutes silence will be observed – to remember all the men and women of the armed services as well as civilians who made such sacrifices for us all so that we could live in a free democracy today. It is a time to reflect or remember in your own way, in the front garden, on your doorstep or at the window, standing or sitting.
  • 3.00 pm : It was at 3.00 pm on 8th May 1945, 75 years ago that Winston Churchill delivered his famous victory speech which will be broadcast again as part of BBC One’s commemoration programmes.
  • 4.00 pm : Tea & scones (or alternatives) on the frontages of our houses.
  • 6.00 pm : Dinner and raise your glass to your neighbours and possibly to those you knew who served at the time and to deserving historical figures who played such an important part in the Victory in Europe.
  • 9.00 pm Her Majesty The Queen will broadcast a message to the nation on BBC One, at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave his radio address in 1945.

This will be followed by a national sing-along of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. We are all encouraged to open our doors and join in with this national moment of celebration.

(During the day, the main TV channels will be broadcasting a number of programmes which might be of interest.)

Paul Davies
Finham Parish Council

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 16:23
Bob Fryer - cortege PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sue Jones   
Sunday, 26 April 2020 13:32

A huge thank you to all who were able to attend Bob’s cortege on Wednesday which was the best any of us could do as none were allowed to be at his funeral due to coronavirus restrictions.

The lines of residents stretched from The Graylands, onto St.Martins Road and up the A45 as far as The Burnt Post as well as some applauding at the entrance to Canley Crematorium.

I know Angela, Anthony and Emma were stunned by the numbers and reaction to the cortege. One pallbearer stated that in over 20 years he had never witnessed anything like it.

A fitting send off for a man who will be sorely missed.


Thank you again


Paul Davies

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 April 2020 13:39
Funeral of Bob Fryer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sue Jones   
Saturday, 18 April 2020 12:17

Bob Fryer

Most of you will know by now of the sad passing of Bob Fryer, a man I have referred to as Mr Finham in recognition of all the dedicated work he did for Finham over many, many years.

As a result of the corona virus it is not possible to have more than five people at his funeral, which is scheduled for 3.00pm at Canley Crematorium on Wednesday 22nd April.

The cortege will be leaving The Graylands in Finham at 2.30pm and proceeding along the A45 to the crematorium.

For those of you who know Bob and like me have a huge respect for him not to mention debt, it would be good if as many of you as possible could line the route and applaud the passing of a man who has done so much for us, yet most of us don’t know it.

We are all aware of the present restrictions but everyone is allowed out for exercise once per day and this could include lining the route where we can observe the rules by keeping 6 feet (2 metres) apart.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there to offer our final goodbyes to a truly worthy servant of Finham.



Paul Davies


Finham Parish Council


Jane Chatterton PSLCC

Clerk & RFO Finham Parish Council

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 April 2020 12:27
Bob Fryer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sue Jones   
Monday, 06 April 2020 14:42

FRA President, Bob Fryer

It is with great sadness that we have to advise that Robert Fryer (Bob) passed away on 30th March.

He was a true gentleman and had a wealth of knowledge of the local area. He worked tirelessly for the community, being President of the Residents Association for over 25 years and oversaw the formation of the Finham Parish Council, being a Councillor since its inception. It is very doubtful if the standard of life in Finham would have been as good without his considerable efforts.

To all, Bob was Mr Finham. When he attended meetings, wherever they were, in Coventry across Warwickshire, everyone knew him. Occasionally, meetings were delayed starts due to his arrival. That is how well known he was and how well he was respected by everyone who came into contact with him.

Not only will he be sorely missed by all those who knew him but most of all by Angela and his family who adored him.


Jane Chatterton PSLCC

Clerk & RFO Finham Parish Council

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2020 14:46
Community Buddy Group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sue Jones   
Friday, 20 March 2020 21:38

Styvechale and Finham Empower Community buddy group (Covid-19)

We are a trusted network of volunteers covering the Stivichall, Finham and Wainbody areas. We are here to help those in need during the Coronavirus crisis, whilst keeping ourselves and others safe.

Our aim is to build a more connected community by acting with positivity and humanity, rather than panic, fear and distrust.

We have over 100 volunteers, all happy to help elderly and/or vulnerable residents with any practical assistance such as errands etc.

At the moment we are focusing on helping the elderly and/or vulnerable in our community, especially those who perhaps live alone and need help.

We can also be a friendly voice at the end of the telephone, for people feeling socially isolated and in need of a chat (although we are not trained counsellors).

Our organisation is endorsed by St. Martin’s Church, St James’s Church, Councillor Mattie Heaven, Parish Councillor Angela Fryer, Neighbourhood Watch and Finham Library, amongst others.

We have the necessary protocols in place such as a Code of Conduct, ID checks, Transaction Records for shopping deliveries, and a GDPR policy (drawn up by a lawyer who is part of our volunteer team).

Your support would be much appreciated in terms of endorsing us and passing this info on to people who may benefit. Even if practical assistance isn’t required, just the reassurance that our community is supporting each other may help reduce feelings of anxiety and social isolation.

Our FB group is: Styvechale and Finham Empower Community buddy group (covid-19).

You are most welcome to join the above group, which now has over 500 members since being created on Saturday. Our intention is to reassure and assist where possible, and absolutely not to increase fear or raise anxiety levels. Any inappropriate or unhelpful posts (scaremongering etc) are swiftly removed.

Kind regards,

Lisa and Jane


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07834 336444


Jane Lisle-Holmes

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07725 403386

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