Rob Beckett brings brand new tour to Birmingham and Coventry

Rob Beckett brings brand new tour to Birmingham and Coventry

Rob Beckett, one of the country’s finest comedians, is back on UK tour in 2024!  He’ll be out on the road, and heading to Birmingham and Coventry en route!

Star of the consistently chart-topping podcast Parenting Hell, Sky’s Rob And Romesh Vs and Celebs Go Dating, Rob will bring his brand new show to Birmingham Hippodrome on March 29th 2025 and Warwick Arts Centre on November 22nd.

Rob said: ‘This is gonna be a big old tour. It’ll be tough being away from the family for a while. Don’t get me wrong I love my children/podcast content providers but I do also enjoy a lie in and a hotel buffet breakfast.  So I’m sure I’ll cope. I expect to put on about three stone from takeaways and drinking after the shows.”

Rob Beckett burst onto the comedy circuit 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. He’s a Sunday Times Bestselling author and hosts his very own BBC Radio 2 Show. As well as Sky’s Rob And Romesh Vs, which he does with fellow comedian and best mate Romesh Ranganathan, the pair have also co-hosted The Royal Variety Performance – the first time two comedians had hosted the event together in over 30 years – and The BAFTA TV Awards 2023. Rob’s very own Sky show Rob Beckett’s Smart TV will air from February.

Rob can also be heard alongside his other comedy pal, Josh Widdicombe hosting their highly successful podcast Parenting Hell, interviewing fellow parents on their successes (or most likely failures) at parenting.  With over 250 million downloads, guests have included: George Foreman, Katherine Ryan, Jonathan Ross, Jack Dee and many more. In 2023, the podcast hit the road on the Parenting Hell Live arena tour, playing to sold out arenas up and down the nation. The pair even co-wrote the Sunday Times Bestselling book Parenting Hell, a first-hand account of the challenges and chaos of their parenting journeys.

This wasn’t the first Sunday Times Bestselling book for Rob. 2021 saw him pen A Class Act, which is his autobiographical account of being working class in the middle-class world of television and comedy. At work he’s the Cockney geezer, but to his mates down the pub in south-east London, he’s the theatrical one – a media luvvy. Even his wife and kids are posher than him!

This year also sees Rob host his brand new Sky panel show Rob Beckett’s Smart TV, a hilarious celebration of the shows we love. Each week big-name actors, comics, presenters and personalities join Rob, Alison Hammond and Josh Widdicombe to battle it out in a series of chaotic, trivia-infused rounds to discover who knows the most about TV.

Rob’s relatable and honest approach to comedy has also seen him host Children in Need and Comic Relief. Other TV shows include multiple appearances on BBC One’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, The Graham Norton Show, All Round Mrs Browns, Michael McIntyres Big Show, QI, Sky One’s A League of Their Own, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and Cats Does CountdownThe Jonathan Ross Show, ITV Two’s Celebrity Juice, and Dave’s Taskmaster, and Hypothetical.

New boutique hotel opens its doors in Coventry

New boutique hotel opens its doors in Coventry

Hotel Indigo, Coventry

Hotel Indigo Coventry has opened its doors after the completion of a multi-million-pound project which took just 19 months to complete. 

The stunning, boutique new-build property reflects the unique ethos of Hotel Indigo, part of the IHG Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio, by creating an immersive hospitality experience that draws on the history, rhythm, and pulse of Coventry’s vibrant city, for both leisure and business guests.

The hotel features ‘Cogs Restaurant & Bar’ which celebrates the amazing growers’ and producers in Warwickshire and the British Isles. The kitchen is open and fully integrated, allowing the Chefs to be a part of the diner’s experience. The Bar, with 100 seats, is both stylish and captivating, creating the perfect atmosphere for pre- and post-dinner drinks. The hotel also boasts a Fitness Suite, a Wine Wall, and an intimate Meeting Room for up to 12 people.

Hotel Indigo, Coventry

Just as no two neighbourhoods are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are alike. Each is designed to uniquely reflect the local culture, character, and history of the surrounding area. Comprising of 101 stylish bedrooms, the rooms are designed around three themes reflecting the vibrance and style of Coventry’s historic neighbourhood – The Spinning Wheel, Motor City and Re-imagining & Regeneration. All rooms are equipped with Hypnos beds with Egyptian cotton linen, spa-inspired bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machines in the Suites and Premium rooms, high speed Wi-Fi and a variety of channels on a 40” flat screen TV.

The hotel is situated next to Coventry Railway Station, a short walk from the city’s cultural attractions including Coventry Cathedral, Coventry Transport Museum, and the Herbert Art Gallery, offering the perfect location for visitors to discover all that Coventry has to offer. The hotel is part of a wider Friargate regeneration project that is set to transform this area of the city into a bustling hub of activity.

Hotel Indigo, Coventry

Michael Lyons, General Manager at Hotel Indigo Coventry said: “We are delighted to open Hotel Indigo Coventry which is the newest and most exciting hotel in the West Midlands.  Coventry has something for everyone, whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a lover of the arts, or someone who enjoys exploring nature. We love to deliver locally inspired and innovative restaurant and bar concepts and this hotel is a prime example of how Hotel Indigo draws on the local neighbourhood to inspire every aspect of the hotel. We look forward to welcoming guests to this beautiful new hotel where history meets contemporary elegance”.

Hotel Indigo is part of IHG Hotels and Resorts portfolio with 145 locations open worldwide and a quality global pipeline of 128 hotels. Hotel Indigo Coventry will be managed by Castlebridge Hospitality who already manage three UK Hotel Indigo hotels: Hotel Indigo Bath, Hotel Indigo Chester, and Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon. Guests will also have access to a best-in-class loyalty program, IHG One Rewards, which is centred around its guests – giving them richer benefits and more ways to earn than ever before, all powered by leading technology on its new mobile app.

Hotel Indigo Coventry is situated at Friargate, Coventry. For more information, please visit here

Read more about Cogs Restaurant here

Britain’s Got Talent’s BIG Sing to headline at charity gala concert in Rugby

Britain’s Got Talent’s BIG Sing to headline at charity gala concert in Rugby

BGT, Rugby Dunsmore Gala Concert

]Community choir The BIG Sing, which shot to fame on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, are set to headline at this year’s Gala Charity Concert, in Rugby.

The concert, organised by Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club and Friends of The Hospital of St Cross, returns on March 10th, for the first time since the pandemic brought the curtain down on their 2021 plans.

Proceeds from the night, which is being sponsored by F Geo Robinson Ltd of Coventry and McCarthy Stone, will go to support three local charities – The Friends of the Hospital of St Cross, Shine A Light and New Directions Rugby.

BGT, The BIG Sing, Rugby Dunsmore Rotary
Big Sing Directors Gemma & Howard Francis

The Friends of St Cross donates equipment and supports projects which improve the experience of patients attending the hospital. Visit here.

President of The Friends, Willy Goldschmidt, said: “We are most grateful for the support we have received from Rugby Dunsmore Rotary over the last 10 years.  Thanks to them and the community in Rugby we were able to spend £167,000 last year buying equipment which improved the experience of patients or brought NHS hospital services closer to the town.”

Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club’s Mike Folly said: “It is great to be back in partnership supporting The Friends of St Cross and our other charities by organising this evening.

BGT, The BIG Sing, Rugby Dunsmore Rotary

“We believe everyone has missed the excitement of these mass band and choir events and to be back raising the roof of this iconic venue at Rugby School will stir hearts and create a real feel-good factor for the people of Rugby. Just one of the things we like to do in Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club.”

Rugby-based The BIG Sing are joined by The Band of Central England – formerly the Jaguar Land Rover Band – for the fourth curtain-raiser – at which they’ll perform a range of pop, gospel, soul and inspirational songs.

The choir, which has members aged between three and 83, won four ‘yesses’ from the judges following their televised audition on at the Britain’s Got Talent quarter-finals last year. They have also performed alongside such names as Mica Paris, David Grant and Ellie Goulding and have toured with Leona Lewis.

BGT, The BIG Sing, Rugby Dunsmore Rotary

Big Sing manager Bernie Dawson explained: “Uniting communities with uplifting and motivating music, inspired by gospel music and teaching, The BIG Sing is more than a choir; we are a ‘family’. So many members have found the choir to help them through loneliness, depression, grief, illness and have given them two hours a week to find ‘them’ again. The choirs have been growing from strength to strength in number and ability, showing the members that together we CAN achieve greatness.

“The choir is working hard to show community singing at its best. The members are people from the local community who have a desire to sing. The BIG Sing gives them the opportunity to be taught by expert tutors, turning the choir into an amazing sound and giving them unique performance opportunities.”

Shine A Light, in Rugby, delivers valuable support services and a community for children and young people with cancer, up to the age of 24, and their families in Coventry and Warwickshire. Visit here.

BGT, The BIG Sing, Rugby Dunsmore Rotary

New Directions Rugby supports people with learning disabilities and their families and carers to lead a full and valued life and works in a real partnership with them. Visit here

Paul Tolley, CEO of New Directions, said: “As a local charity supporting over 100 vulnerable adults on a daily basis to live life to the full, it is fantastic to receive support and recognition from fundraising events such as this which help us to raise our profile, increase the number of people we support and reach a greater number of families.”

This year’s charity gala takes place at The Temple Speech Room, in Rugby, from 7.30pm. Bar and doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £16 and are available to purchase by visiting here. Any remaining tickets will be available for £18 on the door.

Rotary

Rotary is a worldwide association of local clubs, for men and women in business or the professions who: provide service to the community at local, national and international level; encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work for goodwill and peace in the world.

More about the sponsors

F Geo Robinson Ltd is a business trading in new and replacement roof windows in Coventry and the surrounding areas. They are partnered with VELUX and ROTO Frank roof. They chose to sponsor the concert in support of the NHS and as part of their celebrations of 100 years since the company was founded.

 McCarthy Stone have recently opened a superb Retirement Living PLUS development in attractive Bilton road, Rugby which includes 27 one bedroom and 35 two-bedroom retirement apartments for sale – exclusively for the over 70s, and all sharing communal facilities within a gated community.

Fighting for good in Solihull!

Fighting for good in Solihull!

Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege, Boxing

Amateur fighters from Solihull are preparing to battle out it in the name of good causes at a charity boxing evening organised by local Rotarians next month.

Young members of Solihull Amateur Boxing Club will compete for judges in eight bouts of four rounds at the annual event, on March 1st, at The National Conference Centre.

The evening, being organised for its 34th year by The Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege, is expected to raise several thousand pounds for national and local causes including Young Carers Solihull, Shelterbox, Aquabox, Rayner House Newspaper and Young Rotary Photographer of the Year.

Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege, Boxing

Phil Barham, Chairman, Boxing Committee and member of St Alphege, Solihull, Rotary Club for 14 years, said: “It’s great to see the event return. Last time we raised more than £5,000 so we’re hoping to do as well or even exceed that figure this year.

“This is a traditional fundraising event for the Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege and is always successful, raising more than £287,000 in total. It offers a great chance for

businesspeople to get together with friends and colleagues and have a good night out as well as enjoy the boxing. Some people have been coming for 34 years!”

Raffles will also take place on the night, including the chance to win a £750 cash prize.

Paul Archer, of Solihull Amateur Boxing Club, said: “The club has been supplying the boxing for the Rotary club boxing dinner shows for the last 14 years or more. These shows help sustain our community club which helps to keep young girls and boys off the streets, giving them a safe place to train and keep fit and healthy whilst instilling the hard work ethic. We would like to thank Solihull St Alphege Rotary Club for supporting us.”

Tickets to the black tie event, which include a meal, are available by contacting Rotarian David Newman at rcssta.boxing@gmail.com. Sponsorship and advertising in the souvenir programme is also available. Contact Rotarian David Caldicott for details at: david.caldicott@sky.com

Anyone interested in hearing more about The Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege, is invited to contact Norman Kaphan at norman@kaphan.co.uk or visit:

www.rotarystalphege.org.uk

£60k for 60th birthday on Coast to Coast challenge

£60k for 60th birthday on Coast to Coast challenge

Zambia, Feed The Hungry UK

A Coventry man is marking a milestone birthday year by walking coast to coast in support of a project to build classrooms in Zambia.

Canon Gavin Kibble MBE hopes to raise £60k for Feed The Hungry UK as he completes the 200-mile trek across England, in May.

The route, between St Bees Head in Lancashire and Robin Hood Bay in Yorkshire, traverses three national parks and is expected to take 13 days.

Feed The Hungry UK, Gavin Kibble, Coast to Coast Walk
Canon Gavin Kibble MBE

It will be a particularly significant challenge for Gavin who, two years ago, suffered a heart attack while shopping in his local supermarket.

He said: “The shopping had not been a particularly pleasant experience because I found myself stopping at the end of each aisle trying to catch my breath. I got home and my wife said are you OK? I said I probably just need to go to bed because I’m exhausted and she wanted to call 111. When they heard the symptoms they said I needed to get straight to the hospital. Within an hour I was on an ECG and it transpired I was having a heart attack which took me by surprise.”

Since his recovery he has been following a new diet and fitness regime as part of a Coventry University Research Study Group, which, he says, has left him ‘feeling about ten years younger.’

Gavin, who founded Coventry Foodbank 13 years ago, became Projects Director of Feed The Hungry when the two charities merged in 2021.

He said: “There’s something about turning sixty this month that is quite difficult to articulate. Last year my wife Vivienne and I decided that we would try and do 60 significant things around our 60th birthdays and the Coast to Coast walk has always been high on my ‘to-do’ list.”

Feed The Hungry UK, Gavin Kibble, Coast to Coast Walk
Children in Mazabuka

“In 2019 I visited a school in Mazabuka in Zambia, which caters for children orphaned by the impact of the AIDS pandemic. Feed The Hungry provides regular meals for these children but that’s not enough. They need an education and to do that we need classrooms. The charity has been supporting the school since 2016, helping to pay for teaching staff, equipment and food.

“They also require a functioning IT suite to provide IT lessons for their children. It’s a lot of money to ask for from the local community, so the money raised from my walk will contribute in part to supporting them to pay for building new classrooms as well as desks, chairs and computer equipment.”

Children in Mazabuka
Gavin is walking to help build new classrooms in Mazabuka.

“So I’ve set myself a challenge that this year I will try and raise £60,000 to help change the lives of these children by walking across England. Please partner with me on this amazing adventure by sponsoring each mile or each leg of this walk.”

Corporate sponsors have been promised plenty of exposure, including the addition of their company logo on a sponsorship plaque on the new building.

For more information or to get in touch about sponsoring a section of the walk, email gavin.kibble@feedthehungry.org.uk or call 01455 618 455.

For more information visit here