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Helen F
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61 of 66  Mon 26th Feb 2018 5:04pm  
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Hear, hear to everything above. I recently engaged in a government consultation on digital media and culture. I tried to convey to them about the importance of making culture both accessible and set up to allow the public to fully participate in how it is used. In Rob’s site you see the effect of enthusiastic volunteers with access to our culture. It’s no accident that the site regularly gets referenced at archaeology web sites. It’s the single best source of, and hub for online information about old Coventry and pretty darn good at what’s going on today too. Wave Good sites need constant new content. Something that governments and museums find hard to do unless a lot of money is available. They are scared of letting the public contribute because the public are unpredictable and sometimes write stuff they shouldn’t or is just wrong. Moderating is a very tough job and it’s easier to just present stuff, than let the public react to it and have to edit or remove something unsuitable. Three cheers for Rob and the moderators! While the big multinationals shy away from the need to curb the way the public use their platforms, they have recognised the gold mine of user content. The public make Facebook etc interesting. They provide the vast majority of content that keeps people coming back. People come back because there is something new to read. They comment because there will be someone who will read it. The whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. Well done to everyone. Thumbs up
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Roger T
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62 of 66  Mon 26th Feb 2018 10:18pm  
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What a great run of February comments. I`ve only been here a dog watch compared with many of you old hands. I visit at least once a day, often more, and learn something new on every visit and it does keep me in touch with reality - what I mean is, the past is not just my dream - there are sufficient of you telling me it happened - ergo it did happen. I left Coventry in June 1975 and emigrated to Scotland, but I have always had a base in Coventry and old friends keep me up to date, but they haven`t got the information new friends on this site provide. It`s truly a wonderful cornucopia of "goodies" Cheers
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3Spires
Leicestershire
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63 of 66  Fri 13th Apr 2018 8:45pm  
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Hi Rob I registered with the forum earlier today and hope you will excuse my using this short post to introduce myself and to test my account settings etc. Although born in Bedworth (and living in Leicestershire since 1981) I served my engineering apprenticeship and technical education in Coventry - so consider myself very much a Coventrian (becoming a Freeman of the City in January 2008). It is a brilliant forum and I hope to be an active contributor - thank you. Thumbs up
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Rob Orland
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64 of 66  Sat 14th Apr 2018 10:02am  
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Thank you so much 3Spires, you're very kind. We all look forward to seeing more contributions from you very soon - welcome to the HCF family! Cheers
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Maya
York
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65 of 66  Tue 24th Apr 2018 10:00pm  
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After retiring I got very interested in family history, this involved census records, parish records etc. I then wanted to find out more about the places that my ancestors lived, worked and had their families. This was how I came across your brilliant site. If only other towns/cities had such a wonderful resource. I grew up in Coventry, left over 40 years ago but still image it to be the same as when I left in 1973. I love looking at photos posted both before I was born and after I left. I was born in Styvechale, went to Stivichall Infant and Junior School (previously called Green Lane school) and then on to Lyng Hall comprehensive. After teacher training I taught at Annie Osborne Junior in Woodend. My church was West Orchard congregational where I went to brownies and guides and eventually married there. I have enjoyed reading many of the threads but can someone answer me this. I grew up in the district of Styvechale (it was such a hard word to learn to spell when I was young) but understood that my school Stivichall was spelt differently because it was in Coat of Arms Bridge Road and that was how the Stivichall family spelt their name. Is the old spelling of the district no longer used? I have read many threads, seen maps and even a road sign all using 'Stivichall' for the district. Thanks again for a wonderful forum which I am sure I will use a lot. I may even be able to help with a questions as well.

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Rob Orland
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66 of 66  Wed 25th Apr 2018 5:17pm  
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You're very kind Maya, thank you for such a lovely introduction. The forum part of the site is only as good as its members' contributions, which is why so many people from far and wide think so highly of it. I wish I knew the answer to your Stivichall / Styvechale conundrum - it's an ongoing mystery for our city that I'd love to hear a definitive answer to! Moderator note: This post, together with the previous post, has been copied into this thread where the topic has previously been discussed. Current responses to the above have been moved into that thread Thumbs up
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