We are a group who seek to promote international friendship and understanding.

We meet together regularly for social events and fundraising and take part in exchange visits with similar groups from our twin cities and partner towns abroad.

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Firstly, the concert at which the two choirs sang raised nearly £400 for  Saint Andrews Church on Sunday November. We had a record audience who enjoyed the evening.It is a relaxed affair celebrating the season of Goodwill and Peace to all men, regardless of creed, colour, status or anything of a material kind. A real CAIF event, in fact, celebrating Friendship.

Mary won a raffle prize too and was really chuffed. Pat's cake made £100 for her homeless appeal. A donation was made to this, of nearly £3, from the takings by Bernice and The Reverend Greg. 

Thank you to all the people behind the scenes, most particularly David and Bernice Griffiths, who did most of the organising, with help from Church members and thanks to their lovely Vicar Greg for allowing us to celebrate Christmas in the beautiful St Andrew's Church .We are glad to help the Church.

Secondly, the CAIF Christmas lunch is nearly upon us.  We  are at The RACE HORSE in Warwick  next THURSDAY 17 December at12pm.

Congratulations to PAT TRICKETT, aided by JOANNA KUNDA, for a most enjoyable concert last night which was held at the Polish Community Centre (courtesy of Father Ramaud and the Polish community).

It was very well attended and included our guests of honour, the Lord Mayor, Michael Hammon and the Lady Mayoress. A diverse programme consisted of the two choirs : The Nightingales and Sensa Nomen, with their respective Musical Directors, Pat Trickett and Joanna Kunda; a talented young pianist Kallif Garlicka; Jacqui Smith as Betsy Harmony singing 30's and 40's vintage songs especially for Remembrance Day and the beautiful voice of Kris Sierninski singing 'O Sole Mio.'

WELL DONE TO ALL including all of those unseen helpers.

See PHOTOS of the evening in our GALLERY

We are pleased to report that our friends from Meschede enjoyed their week with us. A full programme saw them visiting our very own award winning Transport Museum; the Cathedral; St Mary's Guildhall and Council Chambers; the Black Country Museum; Oxford and Stratford upon Avon. Some of them even fitted in visits to London and Birmingham! 

Our Lord Mayor, Michael Hammon, gave them a very warm reception and a buffet was provided, coupled with a photo opportunity in Meschede Way. This was a very enjoyable meeting with words of mutual friendship and understanding exchanged.

Our final evening, together, took place in the Polish Club with both food and entertainment from the 2 choirs:- Sensa Nome and the Nightingales. Our thanks go to our Polish friends for their friendly and generous welcome.

See our Gallery for photos from the week.



The three day event for 6 members of CAIF included a stay in the Mercure Hotel, just a stone's throw away from the famous George Square and a comfortable walk from the Botanic Gardens and the People's Palace Museum.

The Coventry Group met the Kielers on Wednesday, by which time they had discovered the best places to eat and had an interesting start to their week.

Our first full day saw us all visiting Stirling Castle, which was renovated in 2011. This was an amazing experience, more awe inspiring than Edinburgh Castle! It was followed by a beautiful journey, off the beaten track, to Loch Lomond, where some of us paddled in the warm water.

The Whisky Distillery tour was a fascinating, if somewhat noisy experience. After a final day sightseeing, we said our goodbyes to our friends from Kiel.

Unfortunately, one of our members, John Moore had a nasty fall and ended up in hospital for a partial hip replacement! His wife, Diana, remained behind with him when we returned to Coventry. He is recovering well in hospital  and making good progress. Good wishes from his friends here and in Vannes and Meschede have been passed on. We hope for his and Diana's return to Coventry in the near future.

Report by Pat Trickett

At this year's AGM , which took place on May 21 2015, we were privileged to hear a talk on the rôle of British Nurses in WW1 across Europe, particularly Serbia. Our speaker, Zvezdana Popovic has researched extensively on the topic after finding that little has been published about these unsung heroines. A senior librarian at Kensington and Chelsea Library and a History teacher by profession, she had her interest piqued as a child when she saw the names of British Nurses in a Museum in Serbia. This was a fascinating insight into the lives of thousands of women volunteers on the frontline. More can be learnt at this website.


 Zvezdana has spoken in schools, libraries and churches in London. See  photographs of an exhibition she held in St Sava's, the Serbian Orthodox Church, London in our Gallery.