Friday 31 December 2010

Googled by Ken Auletta and Here Comes Eveverybody by Clay Shirky

This is far the best book I have read about Google and it's founders. Amazon lists the book as 25 Feb 2010, so it's quite new. Ken Auletta talks at length about the ideas - he comes across as humble and genuine.

Have you read it? Tell me what you think. I don't see Google as a company that chases the $100 billion. Or how Google is in the news for all the wrong reasons i.e. China, News aggregation, rows with Apple. I see it as two guys who had a project to download the whole internet twelve years ago and filled up a house with computers in the process. They were $25 million down  before they had a clue how to make the first cent.

Auletta weaves interesting fact with the thoughts and behaviours of Sergey Brin and Larry Page. There was a freaky moment while reading the book where I thought that any web page is just an advertisement for something else - well is it? Go read it and find out for yourself.

I first heard of Clay Shirky from WWGD do? by Jarvis with the idea that people can organise themselves while using the internet to get off the internet (see Meetup and the witches). This book is a harder read, but is worth it, even to understand how Wikipedia was a failure at first (Publish then Filter solved that).

Key ideas like the Birthday ParadoxPower Law and the Long Tail now have meaning - ask the Mermaids from Coney Island, see Flickr.

Shirky claims we now have the tools to change the world - is he right? Read this book and find out. As history states, the medieval scribes were none too happy about the printing press. Shirky has many videos at - see one on groups here.

I am not a fan of Facebook, but group organisation was in action when an X-factor winner's song failed to reach number one in the music charts.

Thursday 30 December 2010

Eyesite Eyecare Centre in Warwick Road

Eyesite Eyecare Centres‎
26 Warwick Road CV8 1HE
01926 853322‎
Suresh Munyal BSc(Hons) MSc MCOptom
Twitter @eyesite_eyecare & Facebook
Monday: Closed
Tues to Saturday:  9:00-5.30
Sunday: Closed

From the owner:  Eyesite Eyecare Centres are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of vision; by providing a full range of eyecare services and eyewear including eye examinations, spectacles, contact lenses and sunglasses. We believe that our high quality eyecare translates into high quality eyewear. Therefore, our patients are treated and cared for exactly the same way we would our closest relatives.

Our current range of spectacles and sunglasses includes frames by Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Mui Mui, Bulgari, Fendi, Versace, Vogue, Flexon, CK, Silhouette, Shanghai Tang, Ted Baker, Ben Sherman, Pepe Jeans, Hackett, Stepper, Nike, Converse, Ray Ban, K&L and many more! Visit us in store to witness our extensive range and book an appointment today!

Eyesite's Comment for wiK:  We really appreciate you listing us on your website which we have already stated is a great resource. Keep up the good work! We will be directing people your way when it comes to information, which is definitely needed as not many people know about Kenilworth.

Tuesday 28 December 2010

Phoenix Wado Ryu Karate in Blackthorn Road

Awards Ceremony on 14 Dec 2010
Phoenix Wado Ryu
Thorns Infant School
Blackthorn Road CV8 2DS
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Juniors 7.00-8.10pm
Seniors 8.15-9.30pm
Find out more read the FAQs
Email contact

On 14th December, Phoenix Wado Ryu held an awards ceremony to celebrate students achievements in 2010. Three  members were awarded new senior black belt grades. Fred Bailey achieved his 3rd Dan Black Belt, Dave Cleaver his 2nd Dan Black Belt and Craig Lange his 2nd Dan Black Belt.  Fred also achieved Senior Instructor status on the presentation of his 3rd Dan.

All three have spent the last year perfecting their martial art skills, specifically undergoing intensive training during the last six months, to improve and perfect their techniques, fitness, power, flexibility, accuracy and stamina. All this hard work culminated a 4 ½ hour examination on Saturday 11th December. This was no small achievement for the individuals concerned and also for the Club. Peter Rixon, one of their Senior Instructors said, 'They have all shown outstanding determination and pushed themselves beyond their normal limits – they all passed with flying colours and truly deserve their new grade'. 

Also on the same day, awards were presented to the Club’s  three junior Star Students for 2010. Kieran Jayaram, Joe Derrick and Eloise Downes were awarded a certificate and gift in recognition for their excellent effort, attitude or improvement throughout the year. 

wiK original text: To round off 2010, the Phoenix Wado Ryu held their traditional Ten Pin Bowling for the Juniors along with a seniors social event. On 14 December, there was an awards ceremony where  Dave Cleaver, Craig Lange and Fred Bailey were awarded black belts from Senior Instructors Clive Lange and Peter Rixon while Kieran Jayaram, Joe Derrick and Eloise Downes achieved recognition as the Junior Star Students for their excellent effort, attitude or improvement throughout the year. Read the KWN article for more information.

Mike Vaughan Cycles in the High Street

Mike Vaughan Cycles
3 High Sreet CV8 1LY
01926 853944 ‎
Twitter @MikeVaughanCyc
Facebook MikeVaughanCyc

Monday 27 December 2010

Save the Youth Service Petition reaches 465 online signatures

If you have not signed yet, then the race is on to get to 5,000 signatures by 31 January 2011 (from all sources, 1,267 at time of writing) to force a debate, when councillors meet in the chamber to discuss the plans on February 15, 2011. SIGN NOW see The Signatures Grow (Two Charts), first wiKarticle and the KWN with John Whitehouse

Thursday 23 December 2010

LG Mobile Found in Abbey Fields - is it yours?

This LG Mobile KS360 was found at 10.30am on Thursday 23 Dec 2010 at Abbey Fields, Kenilworth, Malhouse Lane side near in the lake. Our guess, it was dropped there after sledging that morning. The phone is working fine. It has been reported to Warwickshire Police, but is still with us (as Kenilworth Police Station closed). To claim the phone, email  THIS ITEM HAS BEEN RETURNED - Great News

Monday 20 December 2010

All about QR Codes - what are they and why do we need them?

While watching X factor final the other night, I saw this advert, paused the screen and thought, here we go - the world is about to change. Not because of Waitrose, but because of the little black and white square on the bottom of te screen. I heard about this technology last year (BBC 27 July 2009) where these BoKodes are only 3mm in diameter .

Let me explain what a QR Code is all about. They are like normal barcodes but can hold a lot more information - hence QR for Quick Response. If you have a smartphone, then scan the QR Code using the camera, connect to the web to see the webpage, reviews and price of the code you scanned. So who will use it? Everyone. Why? Because it's easy and you can price comparison shop or get extra information at a very fast pace. Are Google going to use it? Oh Yeah! This is where it get's interesting. Remember when Streetview came to Kenilworth? March 2010 - same time all the wiK photos were indexed to Picasa, well soon all the stores will have a QR Code on their door.

Google have Google Maps - We're a Favorite Place (see the video), yes I know that's the American spelling, but in this digital world even Google have to start somewhere - they have 100,000 businesses in 5,000 towns already  with no decision for the UK as yet. So what about the UK?  See for yourself, there are too many uses to mention. In Magazines, on TV, at school, on billboards, in shops, on packaging. For now see this idea that is catching on the great new way of shopping Does My Bum Look Big In This? It's a mCommerce Trend.

Warwickshire Library have 186 eBooks - here's how to get them

Step One - Go to the eBook page and login with your Library ticket number and online password (don't have one, join the Library)

Step Two - Have a look around, there are 186 titles and on a first browse, I can see Michael McIntyre, Stephen Fry and Susan Boyle

Step Three - I guess, as they are eBooks, they are always in stock and never loaned out by someone else (how great is that). 

Step Four - Click to Add One to your basket, let's try the Michael's out on loan and and will not be back until about 24 Jan 2011. I guess it is some copyright law. Yes, it's called an eBook license see FAQs 

Step Five - In my view, it should clearly say on the Welcome Page that if a book is on loan you cannot have it - virtual eBook or not. Well, at least you have read this post and know that now. Of the six titles I clicked on, four were already on loan. My tip - download the free kindle for pc and see what you download as a free sample and secondly use Project Gutenberg which has been around since 1971 and has all the non copyright titles (33,000 titles). For example, if you want the complete works of William Shakespeare be my guest.

High-speed Rail - Preferred Route revealed today 20 December

Overview HS2 route Kenilworth
Read the Kenilworth Weekly News article (20 Dec 5.35pm), see the plan on the left in full from the DFT 04000 (25mb file) and see the DFT Route 04023 map.

The farm lying in the path of the new rail route (video from the BBC) showing Middleton House Farm near The Belfry Golf Club and the Route published today (DFT Map 04027)

HS2 route at Burton Green
HS2 route at Kenilworth near Crackley

Sunday 19 December 2010

Beef Menus Now Available - Wine List, Dessert and Beef on Sunday

Beef Website
Beef have announced their menus are ready to view at Beef  Kenilworth or direct here at  Beef Menu and Wine ListDessert Menu and  Beef on Sunday You can register for a Newsletter here
Note to readers: The Two Beef pages at wiKenilworth have been viewed 708 times so far.

Coventry Police Advice - Ooh Dear, There Goes My Car!

It's not this cold in Kenilworth is it?
I have always been impressed with the Inspector Orencas blog from South Coventry Police. This time it was the @Coventry_Police Twitter account that gave me the news. Did you know there have been 87 vehicles stolen across the West Midlands between November 15 and December 10? The thefts were attributed to leaving their car unattended and unlocked to warm up in the morning. Simple solution - Do Not leave your car with engine running or you will risk losing it. Officers say the peak day for these crimes is on Monday mornings between 7 and 8 am, suggesting that most offences happen when victims are preparing to travel to work or to do the school run. Insp Orencas also has a Tweet on the Beat section to his blog - very forward thinking.

Snow Ploughs into Kenilworth

This was spotted a few minutes ago. If you have any photos of Kenilworth in the Snow you want to share - email them to Maybe some unusual images or the largest Snowman in Kenilworth...

Saturday 18 December 2010

Message from Kenilworth Lions - Carols at Castle Cancelled

Twitter from @kenilworthlions reads: 
Bad News!!! Carols at Kenilworth Castle now also cancelled! Roads in Kenilworth too hazardous. What a shame! Thank you for your support! :)

Wilko is coming to Station Road - what do you think?

Wilkinsons Website Front Page
NEWS STORE OPENING on or around Tuesday 19 April 2011

So, it appears that Wilkinsons have put in two planning applications (App One and App Two) to occupy the old Budgens Store in Station Road. So what does this mean for Kenilworth? 
Budgens closed it's doors in March 2005, the building has stood empty ever since. So how will this affect the neighbouring businesses? We have Buyrite opposite, Robert Dyas in the old Woolworths building, WH Smith and  The Handyman Centre all within a two minute walk. 
For me, it comes down to seeing if Wilko sell anything that existing Kenilworth Businesses do not already sell. Of course, getting the right product at the right price is always a consideration in these hard times. wiK is a digital first, so comments are always welcome - and being open and honest about it, wiK has many many readers now and NOT enough writers. So, new media like social media is a conversation, so let's have one. If you were the owner of Buyrite (or the others) - would you be pleased or worried that Wilko are setting up shop?


Karen Heap said...
I am the owner of The Little Clothes Horse children's store in Warwick Road. I think there are positives and negatives to Wilkinsons coming to Kenilworth. Another empty unit being filled in the town has got to be a good thing hasn't it? 

Kenilworth should be very proud of the number of empty retail units it has in town, as compared to other neighbouring shopping destinations we have very few. We are a bustling town with a variety of shops that offer a wide range of products. There have been several new businesses open in town since we opened in October last year and I think that is fantastic! 

Wilkinsons may offer some duplicated products to what some retailers may already sell, my own store in fact, but I think that the quality products that I sell and the good customer service that we provide will be enough to convince people to continue shopping with us. Small independent retailers often offer a personal shopping service and products different to main retailers and that is what makes then successful. Customers appreciate the quality service and are often very supportive of independent retailers.

Live Traffic Information - Stay in Touch with those on the road

Live Webcam from Traffic England
Travel is all over the news today - if you have friends or family making a journey, then keep them up to date with Live Traffic Information.

Traffic England (Highways Agency) offer Motorway Signs, Webcams and Much More delivered to your laptop or home pc. Once the site is loaded it works, but I guess it's in demand on a day like today, so be patient.

Thursday 16 December 2010

Abbey Cinema takes a festive break


Learn Social Media at Kenilworth Library Today 5.30pm

If you want to create great content for the web, then come along to the Kenilworth Library at 5.30 to 7.00pm today. In the meantime, here is The Digital Story of the Nativity. For the event see Social Media Post

Kenilworth School Newsletter 16 December 2010

Gemma Jones Winning Photo
Read the full Newsletter As we come to the end of a very successful and productive term, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year. Please note that the new term begins for pupils on 5 th January 2011. The previous day will be a staff training day and on this occasion, we are having a collaborative event, involving teachers from other schools.

This week, we had our Christmas concert, and it was good to see the talents of our pupils playing a range of instruments and singing so well. This was the first year in which we had a separate boys’ choir and one for girls and both vocal harmony groups demonstrated a high level of performance and confidence. It was an enjoyable evening which unfortunately was not as well attended as we would have hoped, largely due to illness. I would like to thank all of the students involved and express my appreciation to all of the music staff for their encouragement and support to the pupils.

Wednesday 15 December 2010

Cheery John whistles his way to top manager prize

John Cropper, who I had the pleasure of meeting today is the Peverel Retirement House Manager at Ashdene Gardens where he has beaten off competition from colleagues across the Midlands to be crowned House Manager of the Year 2010 by Residents in the region.

John said on winning the award: “Thank you to the Residents who voted for me. Their support and gratitude means the world! Their wellbeing has always been my number one priority.”

Save the Youth Service - See the Signatures Grow

The online petition was created on 2 December 2010 with seven online signatures. As I write this post (10.46pm 15 Dec), it has 288 online signatures and 780 hardcopy making a total of 1,068 . This chart shows the total signatures and how many have signed that day. We need 5,000 signatures by the 31 January 2011, to trigger a full council debate - see the chart below
SIGN HERE   See the charts and data

Tuesday 14 December 2010

Warwickshire councillors vote against high-speed link

BBC Local News A county council has voted to oppose the proposed HS2 high speed rail line. Warwickshire County Council took the decision as campaigners demonstrated outside Shire Hall in Warwick as the meeting took place. Some residents living by the proposed route, between London and Birmingham, have formed a campaign group.

Dogs Trust Urgently Need Blankets

Blankets urgently needed for four-legged Dogs Trust residents This story just in (from The Leamington Observer)

AN URGENT appeal has gone out for towels and blankets for the four-legged residents at Dogs Trust Kenilworth. Staff at the re-homing centre are in desperate need of clean bedding and towels to keep the dogs in their care warm and dry during the freezing and frosty conditions. The centre cares for around 180 unwanted and abandoned dogs at any one time and supplies of towels and blankets have become severely depleted following the recent snowy conditions. Sandra Wilson, Dogs Trust Kenilworth's rehoming centre manager, said: "The weather conditions have really hit us hard. We desperately needs more blankets and towels to help us keep the dogs warm and dry after their walks. If you are having a linen cupboard clear out please think of us." Anyone who would like to donate to Dogs Trust Kenilworth can call 01926 484398 or drop the towels and blankets off at the centre in Honiley Road, Kenilworth.

Monday 13 December 2010

Sign The Petition to Save the Warwickshire Youth Service

Please sign this petition to show your support for Kenilworth Youth Centre and the rest of the Warwickshire Youth Service. SIGN HERE
Why was the Youth Service in Warwickshire petition created?

We know how vulnerable young people can be. However, Warwickshire County Council is withdrawing the very service that is proven to work successfully alongside them. We consider that this proposal contradicts the leader of the Council, Councillor Alan Farnell’s claim to protect the most vulnerable and the front-line services that support them, and we are calling for its immediate withdrawal. See the previous wiK article Youth Service Cuts or Read The Coventry Times article

Kenilworth School Christmas Concert Tonight 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Monday 13th December 2010  Upper Hall, 7:30pm All welcome, £2 on the door. Refreshments available

Kenilworth Library - find out about the changes open session today

Warwickshire Direct - Kenilworth Library are having the first of two drop in sessions today (Monday 13 December) at 2.30pm to 4.30pm where anyone can find out more about the changes next month. Tea is served.

Sunday 12 December 2010

Christmas Art Exhibition in Kenilworth Library 9 to 22 December 2010

Free Christmas Art Exhibition in the Kenilworth Library Exhibition Room now open by Coventry and Warwickshire Society of Arts. The official opening is by Andrew Davies is Saturday 11 December at 11:30am The event is open 10am to 4pm Mon to Sat. For more information visit CWSA.

Raflle Prizes include The Queen and Castle Meal Vouchers, BOOTS Huge Goodie Bag, Christmas Cake (from Andrew Davies), Alfie Grimshaw Voucher plus many more - draw takes place 21 December from 11am by The Mayor Susan Howell.

Saturday 11 December 2010

Jeremy Wright MP's New Website

The Leamington Observer reports Jeremy Wright MP has a new website It is designed to help constituents to see exactly what he does.

Raring2go South Warwickshire - What to do with the kids

See the Raring2go Magazine for What to do and where to go with the kids. It's run by Kenilworth's Sara Carnduff who said, 'There are lots of great things to do in this area - fantastic days out, lots to do and see, as well as every kind of club and class you could want for your children and heaps of party ideas. Have a good look around the website at all the great things there are to do locally, across South Warwickshire and the surrounding areas. Don't miss the great local competitions as well and all the offers on the website for you as well as in the magazine! Have a look as well at the current magazine if you haven't already seen a copy.  If you didn't get one home from school, nursery or playgroup, just pop into any library in South Warwickshire and pick up a copy (do ask if you can't see them!) Raring2go Website

Kenilworth School Newsletter 10 December 2010

This week's Newsletter from Kenilworth School. We have had two recent events involving pupils from our school in partnership with Barr’s Hill School in Coventry. The first of these involved a cross curricular Humanities project with year 7 students from Kenilworth working with pupils from Barr’s Hill School. The aim of this project was for pupils from both of our schools to find out more abouttheir respective communities and places of geographical, historical and religious interest in their local community. The students from Barr’s Hill will come to Kenilworth with a similar focus next term. The second project involved ten Year 10 Business students who took part in a Regional Enterprise Activity Day. They were split into teams from other schools in the area with the objective of setting up a shop and attempting to make the most trading profit during a simulated trading year. In the afternoon, our students undertook a S.T.E.M. challenge which involved the construction of a model bridge which was then tested for strength by loading it with weights. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt some great lessons in teamwork, cooperation and meeting deadlines. They were great ambassadors for the school.

Friday 10 December 2010

Vote for the best Football Blogger in Town

The KWN ran this article today, but left out Tim Hill's blog address, so here it is:

Have a read and Vote if you want at:
Tim's blog is the 7th one down. As Tim said to wiK on Twitter, 'It's just nice to get mentioned.'

The Kenilworth Weekly News (in print) Friday 10 Dec 10

So what's in the newspaper this week? The KWN has 88 pages (excluding the property section). That gives seven pages of news. Let me explain, we have: the front page, page 3, 5, 7, 9, 24 and 25. That is not say Kenilworth and it's People are not mentioned anywhere else, but pages that have been printed specifically with Kenilworth in mind. How do we know? Easy, just look for the code of MHC3 on the top of the page near the page number.

How about some stories then? On the front page we have High Street lights turned on and the Police moving into the library. Page 3: Carrie Catterall (reporter from the KWN) having a desk in the library on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of each week (perhaps I should have one too?) This article gives two landline numbers for Carrie, but no mobile number or twitter address (I know Carrie's Twitter username, but will not publish it unless I am allowed see @wiKenilworth) - a shame as mobiles and texting are all the rage these days, especially for fast breaking stories. If you have a story email or tweet me.

A quick read of the rest of the pages  sees eight stories on page 3, another eight on page 5, five on page 7, five on page 9, six letters on page 24 and two nostalgia articles on page 25...36 in total. Yes I know, what does that mean? It means in a Kenilworth population of say 26,000 (?) (and all the people who come to work here too), we have one story for every 1,000 people - surely we can do better than that.  On a personal note, I am a massive fan of any local newspaper. But sadly, in this digital revolution, print newspapers are closing in their thousands - making happen is one of my main motivations in seeing that the people and small businesses in Kenilworth have a voice and a way of expressing their news and views. And as if my magic, the KWN website has finally published the digital version of the newspaper - at 3.00pm.

Thursday 9 December 2010

whatsin The Kenilworth Weekly News Friday 10th December 2010

Last week, The Kenilworth Weekly News (in print form) was on sale from 6.30am - at 3.10pm (9 hours later) the front page story appeared on it's website. So at 12.08pm today, the KWN are promising the following stories. I wonder what time they will be available in digital form?

Some of the week’s best stories
Police front desk to move to library, Apprentice contestant Laura on trusting her instincts, County prepares for debate - and protest - over high speed rail, Historic fire engine to be brought back to life, MPs’ expenses - what they claimed, High Street lights switch-on, Your pictures of the day frost reigned

In Sport
Balsall Common endurance athlete Doyle steps up world record pursuit, Kenilworth Runners well placed to retain top flight status and Mid-Warwickshire Primary Schools Cross Country picture special

whatsin The Coventry Times - Talisman Car Park Objections 8 Dec 2010

Is this the latest on plans for a new Car Park in Talisman Square?

Kenilworth weekly News ran this last week  Objection to Town Car Park

whatsinKenilworth's post

whatsin The Coventry Times - Youth Service Cuts 8 Dec 2010

whatsinKenilworth will report local stories from other sources as they appear in the press. This week has seen the announcement there are possible Youth Centre Cuts.

Extract reads: CAMPAIGNERS outraged at plans to pull the plug on cash for Warwick- shire’s Youth Services have launched a hard-hitting petition, branding the cuts “preposterous.”

Becks Butchers in the High Street

Becks Butchers
16 High Street CV8 1LZ
01926 854163

Fieldgate Sub Post Office in the High Street

Fieldgate Sub Post Office
16A High Street CV8 1LZ
01926 850801

Post Office Website with local branch finder

Angels Hair and Beauty Clinic in the High Street

Angels Hair and Beauty Clinic
16 High Street CV8 1LZ
01926 777423 ‎

The Media Gallery in the High Street

The Media Gallery
16 High Sreet CV8 1LZ
Like Minds
01926 863000
John Watson Design
Gecko Photography 01926 851481

Wednesday 8 December 2010

Leek Wootton Parish Magazine

I found this by accident, but I am glad I did, so here it is

Leek Wootton Link is the Parish Magazine of All Saints' Church, Leek Wootton in Warwickshire. Published by the Church and distributed throughout the Civil Parish of Leek Wootton and Guy's Cliffe, it contains all the latest news, reports on and upcoming events for groups and organisations, large and small, within the Parish. Published 10 times a year, the Dec2010-Jan2011 is the Christmas and New Year double edition.

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Publisher Software from YUDU

Kenilworth Skaters 2011 Calendar now available to buy

All money raised will go towards the local Youth Community

To buy go to The Kenilworth Youth and Community Centre

Abbey End Car Park now on Google Places

01926 855205 or email

Abbey Cinema Showtimes for Saturday 11th December 2010

Nativity ( U) 3.00pm
As you may know Nativity was filmed in Kenilworth (Lower Ladyes Hill) and Bablake School, Coventry.
Inception (12A) 6.00pm
Entrance £1.00

See the Abbey Cinema Facebook Page

Radio Abbey - Online Radio Station for Kenilworth

Radio Abbey is a radio station created by the kids, for the kids which has it's studio at The Kenilworth Youth and Community Centre. The shows are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm - 9pm. It can be listened to from it's website (by clicking on the links). Radio Abbey is a mix of music genres for everyone. It is suitable for all ages with a wide range of music incorporating Rock, Pop, Indie, R&B, Drum and Bass and Dance. It is a project run by kids from Kenilworth in their spare time. Send us requests, shout outs or anything: email us now

Kenilworth Library Closes (for 27 days) as Police Desk Moves in

Warwickshire County Council announces some Changes to Police and council services - so what does it mean to the people of Kenilworth? From the 28th February 2011 next year Kenilworth Library could be a little crowded as the Police Station is closed to the public and Warwickshire Direct (Kenilworth Library) will then offer a police front desk.

Monday 6 December 2010

Comments and Share Buttons - Use Them

This site, like all new media is a conversation, so let's say something. At the base of every post is a comment button and next to it you can share the article by Email,  Blogger, Twitter, Facebook and Google's Buzz.

What is Section 224 of the Town and Country Planning Act?

This past week has seen residents in Burton Green receiving letters from Warwick DC saying take down the banners or else. I have also heard of New House Farm being unable to display pumpkin signs to the farm. So, what is this Section 224 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990? Here it is from wikipedia, but no detail, here is another page from where it all hinges on the Enforcement of control as to advertisements (I am no lawyer - please can someone explain it to me). In the meantime, banner advertsisments are all over Kenilworth - if you see some email them and we can all see if they are naughty or nice.

The Kenilworth Chamber of Trade

What's in Kenilworth? became whatsinKenilworth and then became wiK - shortened name, but the aim is just the same - to answer the question What is in Kenilworth?. 

So here goes for whatsin The Kenilworth Chamber of Trade - they have a website and a twitter page, they say (from their website) they have been established for 15 years and are the voice of business owners and retail traders in Kenilworth. Their aims are to: Promote all businesses within Kenilworth, Communicate local business opinion to decision making bodies and Provide networking opportunities for their members.

Sounds great, so how many members do they have? Well, I took a walk from the clock tower Abbey End down Warwick Road, into Station Road, Talisman Square and then back to Warwick Road ending at St John's Church - I counted 163 walk in businesses alone - shops, pubs and the odd guest house. Then I searched The Chamber of Trade's website directory and came up with just 53 businesses - I thought there would be more members than that. wiK has 270 listings already. 

If you want to see for the Chamber of Trade list yourself, here it is  (if they are errors, please email the chamber of trade or

Sunday 5 December 2010

Saturday 4 December 2010

whatsinKenilworth now on Twitter

A lot has been written about the pros and cons of being on Twitter. All I know is whatsinKenilworth opened an account and will allow super fast posting while on the go, see @wiKenilworth

Public Wi-Fi – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Following on from whatsinKenilworth's Free Wifi news, we are delighted that Paul Barfoot from Techpoint in Warwick Road has the following advice for all of us.

Public Wi-Fi – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
We see them everywhere, people with their laptops sitting in coffee shops, restaurants, hotel lobbies, airports or Internet cafes glued to their screens, checking email or surfing the web. 
Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) has made it possible for people to roam around a room or even a house untethered from a cable while still connected to the Internet. As great as all this freedom is, there are however some downsides.

Friday 3 December 2010

Kenilworth School Newsletter 3 December 2010

As you are aware a number of our students will be embarking upon an exciting expedition to Ecuador in the summer. In preparation for their expedition, they took part in a world challenge training weekend in Buxton last Sunday and Monday. Our students very bravely camped outdoors in extremely cold conditions and cooked all of their food in the outdoors. The challengers learned a lot about working as a team, organising themselves in camp and the conditions they may face in Ecuador.

Thursday 2 December 2010

Free WiFi at Kenilworth Library

It's great news that Kenilworth Library has finally installed FREE WiFi. I tested the hub today and achieved an average speed of 0.85Mb/s which compares to 6.4Mb/s at home with BT.

There is a laminated user guide at the library with a simple login screen when connected to input a password provided. Remember, any smart phone or ipod touch can connect to a Wifi source. Free Wifi is also provided at The Almanc, Starbucks, Ardens, Costa, Pizzo and many other places I have not tried yet.

Social Media Surgery 16 December at Kenilworth Library

Thu 16 December 2010 5:30pm
at Kenilworth Library Smalley Place, Kenilworth

Are you involved with a voluntary, arts or community group in Warwickshire? Are you interested in finding more about how social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging, could help your organisation? If so, please come along to our free social media surgery and get one to one advice specifically tailored to your needs.

A social media surgery is a pretty informal gathering of people who want to learn how to use the web to communicate campaign or collaborate. They are deliberately relaxed. You will get to sit alongside someone who understands good ways to use the internet and they'll show you useful free tools. If you like what you see they can also help you set up your blog, or Facebook page or Twitter account. Most social media surgeries have an event every few weeks, so you can keep coming back for help. If you are from a community or voluntary group and want to learn how to use the social web, please come along.

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Christmas Advent Trail Competition 2010

Win an £80.00 Cash Prize by completing the

Local businesses are offering visitors to Kenilworth a wonderful opportunity to win a fabulous £80 cash prize. Simply pick up your Advent Trail Entry Form from any of the participating town centre shops: - Beading Crafty, the Crazy Kiln, Kenilworth Books, The Little Clothes Horse, Starbucks Kenilworth or Headquarters hair salon to find six of the Christmas images shown on the Christmas Advent Trail Entry Form and visit the websites of and to find the final two clues to the Trail.

Each of the 6 shops and 2 websites will display one of eight Christmas images. Just add the name of the business associated with the image on the entry form. Once you have found all 8 images, post your completed Form in the boxes provided at Beading Crafty, the Little Clothes Horse or the Crazy Kiln.

The competition is open to all visitors to Kenilworth Town Centre and the closing date for entries is 24th December 2010. The winner will be announced in January 2011. Nb. Staff or Family members associated with the participating shops are not eligible to enter.

An added bonus for shoppers: Are you looking for something special for Christmas, then visit the shops taking part in the Advent Trail shown on the bottom of the Entry Form and take advantage of their pre-Christmas Discount Vouchers. All vouchers are valid until 24th December 2010.

Loch Fyne in the High Street

Loch Fyne
6 High Street CV8 1LZ
01926 515450

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