Coeliac UK Coventry Group Newsletter March 2019




Next Meeting: AGM on Saturday 9th March 2019 - 2.00 pm at

Hearsall Baptist Church Centre

Queensland Avenue, Chapelfields, Coventry CV5 8FE


At this meeting we look forward to a visit from Sarah Sleet, Former CEO of Coeliac UK. Several of the Committee heard Sarah speak in Birmingham last year, so we hope you will find her talk as interesting as we did.

Our final event for 2018 was the meal at Henley College, attended by around thirty of our members. We were well looked after and served by the students from Reception to Table Service.  The meal, prepared, cooked and presented by the students, under supervision, was very good. Thank you to those who attended, and for all the really good comments you gave.  They were much appreciated by the students, tutors and your committee. 

Events Planned for this Year

Saturday 9th November:  Speakers still to be booked.

Saturday 9th February: Beetle Drive (Hearsall Baptist Church Centre)

Saturday 11th May: Afternoon Tea Taster Buffet (Golden Cross)

Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th May: Coeliac Awareness Week. We have permission from UHCW to use the HUB area on those two days from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. The HUB is situated in the entrance hall of the hospital.  We will not be allowed to have a table, just the small L shaped shelf of that area. Without our display board there will be nothing to advertise who we are, so we are looking at purchasing sashes if we can get them or Coeliac UK T Shirts. We will be looking for volunteers to help man the area we have.  There will be an opportunity at the AGM to put yourself forward for as little or as much time as you can offer.

Saturday 22nd June : Skittles & BBQ (Bromleigh Drive Scout HQ Coventry). PLEASE



Thursday 28th November: Christmas Meal (Playwrights, Coventry)

All of these events are now in the diary and booking info for each event will go out to you all           nearer the time.

If you have any suggestions of speakers or activities we could try, please let us know.


AGM Election of Committee

The existing committee members are all willing to stand again.  They are as follows:

Tracy Griffiths                        Group Organiser

Cynthia Baker                         Group Organiser / Secretary

Bob Munnoch                          Treasurer

Barbara Hughes                       Group Meetings Booking of Speakers / Demo’s.

Pat Allum & Sylvia Redgrave  Raffle Tickets

Monika Jhanji                          Envelope Distribution

Christine Hayley                      Coeliac UK Online Events

Rhian Garner                           Minutes Secretary

All these roles are equally important.


We work well together as a team and always discuss and come to a consensus on all we try to do for you, the Group Membership.  Please let Tracy or Cynthia know if you would like to put your name forward for committee.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 9th March.  Please feel free to bring someone with      you, if it’s your first meeting, do introduce yourself to one of the Committee.

Don’t forget to let us know of any email address change, if you don’t you could miss out.


Raffle and Refreshments

We will be holding our usual raffle £1 per strip.  Do you have something suitable towards the prizes? Wonderful if you have.

Anyone good at baking cakes?  Could you bring something for us all to share with a cup of tea/coffee? We need a good supply to enable everyone to have a choice.

If what you provide is wheat or dairy & gluten free, it would be really helpful if you could label it so.      Your donation is very much appreciated.

We make a charge of £1 for 1 cake and a drink, other cakes can be purchased once everyone has been served. Cheap at half the price and all gluten free.  Please only take ONE cake, to give everyone a chance to choose.

All this helps to fund the group i.e. Renting our meeting venue, paying for stationery, and occasionally sending a donation to Coeliac UK, who give us so much valuable and helpful information.

Group Organisers

Mrs Tracy Griffiths and Mrs Cynthia Baker     Email:                     

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Coeliac UK – Coventry Branch

Account Summary – Year Ended 31st December 2018


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Closing Balances


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Local Group Information

Organiser: ✖ Tracy Griffiths (not in the list)

Secretary: ✖ Cynthia Baker (not in the list)

Treasurer: ✖ Bob Munnoch (not in the list)