Coleshill Arts Weekend needs you!

The Mayor Cllr. Tony Battle and the Town Clerk, Colin Greatorex, (at Coleshill Town Council) are working on a major event in 2019.  We hope to launch something that could become an annual event.

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March 2019 will be a Coleshill Arts Weekend (film showing, talks, exhibitions, band concert, parlour show and support tourism events).  These will be mainly at the Coleshill Town Hall but also involving the CASPER sculpture site and other venues in the town. We are hoping that schools, uniformed organisations, arts groups and other entertainment venues (including Coleshill pubs and clubs) will want to get involved with events that weekend and in the week before, i.e. Monday 11 – Thursday 14 March, as well.

Please get in touch with the Town Clerk or the Mayor if you want to be a part of it in any way:

  • If you are involved in the arts world in some way you might want to add in some talks, exhibitions or tourism interest events?
  • If you are locally involved in other art performance and can showcase it, including schools and voluntary bodies?
  • If you run a venue, like a pub or club, that is planning some entertainment that week?
  • If you are a business owner and could be a backer in some way (covering the cost of publicity materials, postage or other costs)?
  • If you or someone you know has skills that could be volunteered (e.g. publicity, graphic design, venue preparation)?
  • If you are yourself or know of someone to act as a patron to the event? Or,
  • If you just want to be part of this weekend in some voluntary capacity?

We want to get in touch with as many interested parties as possible in the new year to plan out more detail.  If you are up for this, our office hours are 9-1 if you want to have a chat.

Coleshill WI December meeting.

At our December meeting, we enjoyed a concert by the local U3A ukulele group, several of them performing in public for the first time, boosted by our member Mal Downes, who has been playing for several years. Numbers ranged from ‘I believe in Angels’ to Guy Mitchell’s ‘Singin’ the Blues’ and well-loved carols such as ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful.’ The committee provided seasonal refreshments including wine, hot drinks, home-baked sausage rolls, mince pies and quiches.

In keeping with our high-falutin’ traditions. we then played an intellectual though rowdy game with a stuffed toy rabbit attached to string and dragged rapidly from end to end of the table between two teams, while one member of the gardener’s team attempted to bash the unfortunate animal with a frying pan. No rabbits were injured during the game, although one of our members received a glancing blow from the frying pan.

Janet Baker won the competition for the best Christmas party outfit with her spectacularly gaudy pullover covered in every festive image imaginable. Christine Jones was second with her brightly-coloured silk jacket.

The New Year kicks off with a version of the ever-popular ‘Antiques Roadshow’ at our meeting on January 8th at 7.30 when auctioneer Steven Bruce will also be appraising antiques brought in by our members and judging the best for the monthly competition. Members and any interested visitors are very welcome to attend and bring along their intriguing antique pieces to find out “What’s It Worth?”

On February 12th we are holding a Games Evening and the competition will be for a bowl of home-grown bulbs so members are reminded to plant up their bowls in good time.

In March Steve Allen will take a musical trip through the 1800s and the competition is for ‘Something Your Mother Used to Say’.

Our meetings are held at Coleshill Town Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm and visitors are always very welcome. For more information ring Jane Hewitt 01675-430157

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Coleshill WI November meeting

At our Annual Meeting we stood in memory of our much-loved former President Marjorie Power who died earlier this year aged 96. Afterwards our Committee was re-elected en bloc and we thanked all our officers for their hard work throughout the year, particularly our President Elaine Partridge, Secretary Jane Hewitt and Gill Tyers who has been our Treasurer for nearly 20 years. Elaine presented her with a colourful bouquet in recognition of her long service to the WI. Brenda Sheard received a gift token to thank her for preparing WI posters for display in the library and on the Institute noticeboard in the High Street, a job she has done for nearly 50 years. Jane Mills has organised our programme of activities and talks for several years and will hand over the role in a few months’ time, having already arranged a varied and exciting series of meetings for 2019. We particularly hope these will attract more new members.

During social time, members enjoyed creating hand-made Christmas and greetings cards using a variety of shiny and sparkling collage materials. Our next meeting on December 11th is the Christmas party with a festive spread provided by the committee. Afterwards we will be playing old-fashioned party games and singing carols. The competition is for ‘Your Christmas Outfit!’

Members from Wishaw and Curdworth WIs will be joining us for the Group Carol Service on Wednesday December 12th at Coleshill United Church at 7.30, with mince pies and mulled wine to follow.

The New Year kicks off with a version of the ever-popular ‘Antiques Roadshow’ at our meeting on January 8th when auctioneer Steven Bruce also be appraising antiques brought in by our members and judging the best for the monthly competition. Members and any interested visitors are very welcome to attend and bring along their intriguing antique pieces to find out “What’s It Worth!”

On February 12th we are holding a Games Evening and the competition will be for a bowl of home-grown bulbs – so members are reminded to plant up their bowls in good time.

In March Steve Allen will take a musical trip through the 1800s and the competition is for ‘Something Your Mother Used to Say’.

Our meetings are held at Coleshill Town Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm and visitors are always very welcome. 

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Christmas is coming at Coleshill Country Market

Market lineup Town HallColeshill Country Market is gearing up for Christmas. Come in and place your orders for our home-baked Christmas treats and party food including rich fruit Christmas cakes with or without icing, holly wreaths, flour-free chocolate roulades, shortbread, mince pies, sausage rolls, local honey, jams, marmalades, chutneys, speciality pickled onions, stained glass Christmas tree decorations and other favourites. These include scones, iced chocolate and coffee cakes, Victoria sandwiches, gluten-free cakes, quiches, huge barn eggs, lemon drizzle cakes, winter pansies, cacti, exquisite clothes for babies and toddlers plus hand-turned woodwork – they all make great gifts.

Our hand-knitted tea cosies, cardigans, scarves, leg warmers, woollen hats with matching gloves and exquisite matinee jackets are proving popular, useful gifts as the weather turns colder. Stop your mobile phone getting a cracked screen with our hand-made phone covers – and if you’re looking for colourful stocking-fillers, choose from our range of unique purses, bags, pencil cases and striking jewellery plus cuddly owls and hedgehogs, all at very reasonable prices.

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We’re also taking orders for our newly-launched hampers with a selection of favourite Market goodies specially tailored to the lucky recipient – from quiches, cakes and preserves to plants or a warm hat and glove set. Delivery available in the local area. The hampers and Christmas produce can be ordered in advance then collected on or before our last market of the year on Friday, December 21st from 8 to 11.30 am at the Parish Room, 132 High Street, Coleshill B46 3BJ. Pop in to give us your Christmas orders and have a chat at the same time or ring Christine on 01675-462012, Deanna on 01675-463239 or Sally on 07860-346878.

We always welcome new producers so if you enjoy cooking, preserving, sewing, craftwork or producing home-grown fruit, vegetables, plants or eggs, we’d love to hear from you. Our weekly market has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and offers the chance to make new friends.

At our next Market on Friday November 9th, come and buy a beautiful hand-made stained glass poppy brooch – perfect for Armistice Centenary day on November 11th. Each brooch costs £5 of which £1 goes to the nationwide Poppy Appeal.

Warwickshire Country Markets are looking for a new Treasurer to do the books for the three markets in the county. If you have a knowledge of book-keeping and are interested or know of anyone who might be suitable, please contact one of the numbers above.

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Local WW1 diary author visits France

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn late October, Patrick Foster Smith, known locally for publishing In My Father’s Footsteps, the WW1 diaries of his father Harry, a lieutenant in the 216th (Nuneaton) Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers, travelled to Camblain-Châtelain (Nord-Pas-de Calais) a small town in France some 8 hours by car and ferry from Coleshill. Responding to an invitation from the town’s Comité Historique, Patrick, together with Brian and Paddy Nicholson, set up a bookstall in Camblain’s Salle des Fêtes, alongside displays that included a full-scale trench, first aid post, canteen, mortars, bombs and numerous showcases filled with items retrieved from the battlefields that surrounded the town a century ago.

The town’s weekend Commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice began on Saturday morning with the inauguration of the newly-sited war memorial. It was a colourful ceremony with two marching bands, a mass of standard bearers and army veterans watched by a large crowd. Local children read out the names of the 80 local men who had died in the conflict. Wreathes were laid at the foot of the monument, among them a poppy wreath brought by Patrick. (In France cornflowers are as much associated with the Armistice as are poppies). In conclusion Mayor Lelio Pedrini spoke of the pain and sacrifice endured in the battles of Artois and elsewhere.

Soon after, in the Salle de Fêtes, the exhibition was buzzing with activity. The British stand promoted much interest and many books changed hands, particularly Sur les Traces de Mon Père, the French version of the diaries kindly translated by Patrick’s friend Gérard Laporte.

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