Upcoming Events

July 2024

Thursday 18/07

14:00 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Maxstoke Castle tbc

August 2024

Friday 02/08

09:00 – 11:00
Visit to Finham Sewage Works
Finham Sewage Works

Thursday 08/08

14:00 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Sherbourne Valley Project

Monday 19/08

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

September 2024

Sunday 15/09

All Day
HOD at Draper's Hall

Wednesday 18/09

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting

Monday 23/09

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

October 2024

Wednesday 09/10

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 14/10

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

Saturday 19/10

All Day
Heritage Conference

November 2024

Wednesday 06/11Friday 08/11

Feister gathering

Wednesday 13/11

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 18/11

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

December 2024

Wednesday 11/12

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 16/12

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

January 2025

Wednesday 08/01

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 20/01

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

February 2025

Wednesday 12/02

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 17/02

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

March 2025

Wednesday 12/03

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 17/03

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

April 2025

Wednesday 09/04

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc AGM

Monday 14/04

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

May 2025

Wednesday 14/05

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 19/05

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

June 2025

Wednesday 11/06

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 16/06

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

July 2025

Wednesday 09/07

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

WEHM

WEHM is an acronym for Wood End, Henley Green, Manor Farm and Deedmore. These four neighbourhoods were brought together under the £54 million New Deal for Communities (NDC) initiative between  2001 and 2011.

These neighbourhoods are characterised by being dominated by “no fines” houses built by Wimpey Ltd in the 1950s and 1960s for Coventry City Council. They are located in Henley ward in the North East of Coventry. “No fines” is a concrete made without the sand, being a mixture of crushed pebbles and cementitious liquid slurry. At the time this had better insulation properties than traditional building materials. The no fines building process allows for the quick construction of structures. Henley Green, Wood End and other ‘council estates’ were built to house an influx of workers who were mostly arriving in Coventry during a boom in the Car and other local industry. It is hard to believe now,  but at the time of its construction this was award winning, cutting edge design. Houses were built to “Parker Morris” standards are were a very attractive alternative to living in the inner city areas.  

The Council houses were all transferred to a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) called Whitefriars in 2001. Unfortunately a lot of the area, particulary in Wood End, was “hard to let” and became an area of social disadvantage, high unemployment and high crime levels. 

The NDC programme invested £54 million in the WEHM area between 2001 and 2011. The programme, including supplementary activity, created a new Leisure / Community centre, two new schools, environmental improvements, and the Moat House Business Centre. One of the major outcomes was a “masterplanning” exercise which produced new plans for the ongoing redevelopment of the whole area. These plans have been seriously affected by the economic recession, but are moving forward at a slower pace under the “Spirit Quarters” initiative which will see a £360m housing redevelopment scheme which, in the longer term, will see more than 3,300 new homes built in the neighbourhood.

The successor organisation to the NDC is the Moat House Community Trust. This is a community development trust that is committed to giving a voice to the local community in the redevelopment of the area. It also runs a number of community enterprises including Purple Patch Communications, a communications business; Moat House Cafe and the Moat House Business Centre.