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Archive of Past Events and Happenings at the Charterhouse

Bonfire Celebrations November 1st 2014


The coventry Charterhouse Association together with the Charterhouse Residents Association celebrated bonfire night at the Charterhouse. Students from Alice Stevens School, who are doing such great work in clearing weeds and overgrowth were invited along as honoured guests.

WW1 & WW2 Exhibition by Whitley Academy Students

The Charterhouse were proud to host a marvellous exhibition by the Academy students. The extent and quality of the work was a tribute to their effort.

McMillan Coffee Morning 20th September 2014
The Charterhouse hosted a coffee morning in aid of the McMillan nurses. This proved to be very succssful and was enjoyed by all the visitors.

Heritage Weekend 13th/14th September 2014

In common with many sites across Coventry and the rest of the country, The Charterhouse opened its doors to the public for Heritage weekend. St Anne's Church held a Community Fayre on the 'Archery field' and this added to the experience. The whole weekend proved to be very successful, with very good feedback from our visitors.

Civic Day 21st June

Civic Day aims to promote awareness of the Cities treasures and heritage. The Civic Society concentrated upon the river Sherbourne, a hidden resource. The Charterhouse hosted the event with talks, presentations, displays and childrenÂ’s activities paralleling a Pilgrim walk and a river clearance

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Open Day June 14th

The Charterhouse was open to the public again on June 14th. A steady flow of people came and enjoyed their visit together with a tour of the building and its treasures. The children were able to participate in a treasurte hunt. Tea coffee and cakes, including God Cakes, were available to refresh body and soul.


Residents Clearing Day April 12th 2014

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The clearing of the paths and river banks was very successful. An Unexpectedly large number of volunteers arrived and put their backs into the work. A lot of rubbish was removed. Many thanks to all who helped, and enjoyed the beer and sandwiches that followed

The Big Cleanup of the Interior

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On February 22nd volunteers swarmed all over the building and cleaned it from top to bottom. Very many thanks to all who helped.

The Association AGM

On 14th October the Association held its first Annual General Meeting. The Association 'Came of Age', after just about 9 months.

It was noted that things had gone very well and successfully since its inauguration.

For information, the following appointments were made at the meeting:-

Chairman: Jon Plumley

Vice Chairman: Paul Maddocks

Treasurer and Secretary: Mandy George

Committee Members: Chris Morris, Jill Cooper, Wayne Allen, Mary Allen, Caroline Hobday, John Haslam and Dennis Cooper.

Heritage Weekend 2013

logo 14th and 15th September the Charterhouse hit the Headlines

Over 1,000 visitors came along. They were able to enjoy the attractions of the site. Blue Coat School; the Little Vintage Cake Co; Roger Crees, a local artist; and All Saints Church put on displays and helped to make the weekend such an enormous success

For more go to:  The Coventry Telegraph (Opens in a new page.)

McMillan Cancer Research

On Saturday 24th October the Charterhouse was the venue for a McMillan coffee morning.

This proved to be a very successful fund raiser for the local organisers, and fun for all involved

The Challenge Network Tidy Up

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On Sunday 8th September young people from the local community, members of Challenge Network, worked on the frontage of the Charterhouse to help spruce it up.

Many thanks are due for their efforts: they did a very good job. They are returning during Heritage Weekend, 14th and 15th September to continue. Their targets then will be the Apple Store in the far corner of the gardens and the riverside

Wall ivy and bramble clearance


A number of people gave up a few hours on Sunday 18th September to undertake some much needed clearing of ivy from the old walls and brambles from the ground. The support of those that came along is very much appreciated.

The Meeting held on the 25th July. After an extensive appraisal of what is and what is not possible The results of the research were presented by David Mahony. The Trust members were also present and described the process that will follow. This entails providing outline proposals to bodies that may provide finance. This will be followed by firm plans at a later date after approval of the outlines by the finance bodies. During the whole process there will be consultation. Ian Harrabin the Chairman of the Trust provided us with a view of how the possibilities outlined in the report may translate into their vision of the future, and what this may entail.

The Belgrade Theatre Unplugged

The Belgrade Theatre held one of their 'Unplugged' sessions at the Charterhouse on Saturday 15th June.

It was an opportunity to hear tasters of their upcoming Autumn session of produced work. This included their Coventry Blitz play 'One night in November.'

Read more at: Belgrade Event Notice (Opens in a new page.)

Clearing the Grounds

Members of the local Charterhouse Residents Group helping the Trust to clear some of the bramble and weeds cluttering the Priory grounds.


Some of the ivy causing deterioration of the old walls was also cleared.

Local schoolchildren make mosaics and paint

Pupils from the local primary schools came to the Priory and painted friezes inspired by the wall paintings. They also produced a series of mosaics.

The workshops were a joint project by Coventry-based artist Lesley Whelan and city-born archaeologist Iain Soden.


See more at: The Coventry Telegraph (Opens in a new page.)

Bishop of Coventry visits the Charterhouse

The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr. Christopher Cocksworth led a monastic style service of evening prayer in the Priory buildings. Similar services would have been held by the monks of the original Priory, although not since the Dissolution in 1539.


See more at: The Coventry Telegraph (Opens in a new page.)