Grant Scheme 2018/19

Coleshill Town Council is delighted to announce that the Grant Scheme for 2018-2019 is officially accepting applications. Please find below a copy of our guidelines and an electronic version of our application form.

The Town Council have £10,000 allocated to the scheme which will benefit local voluntary organisations. The scheme is in it’s 4th year now and groups have until Thursday 30th August at midday to apply.

Cheques will be presented on Friday 5th October 2018.

Grants 18-19 Guidelines

Grants Application Form 2018-19 – online version

Press Release – Town Council Statement on Cemetery Memorials

Town Council Statement on Cemetery Memorials


Following social media posts regarding Coleshill Cemetery. Coleshill Town Council wish to make the following statement:


“The Town Council owns and manages Coleshill Cemetery, off Maxstoke Lane. The Council, as with other Burial Authorities, has a Cemetery Policy which contains nationally recognised rules and regulations relating to the maintenance and operation of the cemetery. The Council adopts a policy for the maintenance of the cemetery in order to protect it as a tranquil and reverent place for friends and loved ones to visit their relatives.


“The Town Council’s Cemetery Policy can be found located on the noticeboard in the Cemetery. New owners of plots at the Cemetery are also provided with a copy of the policy.


“In relation to the issue that has been raised, the relevant parts of Town Council policy are, ‘No glass article or any article of pottery shall be placed on a grave.  Wind chimes and windmills will not be permitted in the cemetery.’


“The Town Council operates a lawned cemetery and therefore has to ensure the area is able to be mowed. Flowers are, of course, well and truly allowed and particularly welcomed. However, wind chimes and windmills have been viewed as detracting from the reverent feel of the area.


“The above restrictions have been in place for a number of years.  Visitors to the Town Cemetery often comment positively on the general appearance of the cemetery and the fact that it is beautiful, reverential and respectful.  Comparisons are made with other cemeteries where colourful memorials are seen as making the overall appearance less appropriate in the eyes of most visitors.


“Recently, a family has been advised by a member of the Council staff that its windmill and scarecrow would probably have to be withdrawn, to be collected from the cemetery office. The three very beautiful and well-maintained flower bowls and one vase were not of issue whatsoever and the Council welcomes these as floral tributes in our cemetery.


“On hearing that the family has been made to feel upset as a result of this, the Council will now take the time to listen and reflect on the views expressed about the windmill and scarecrow, not only in relation to this particular grave but in the context of the wider Cemetery. The Council has therefore decided to leave these memorial items in place until a next opportunity to discuss it in early July and will be liaising with the family. The Council welcomes the views of those who use of our cemetery and we look forward to having a discussion about how we operate the cemetery in a way which continues to be respectful to all of those who have sadly passed away.”

Coleshill WI June Meeting

At our June meeting our speaker Chris Edwards of the RSPB gave a fascinating talk on the Middleton Lakes Nature Reserve in the Tame Valley, south of Tamworth, and the extraordinary variety of birds and wildlife now thriving there. He showed a video of how the site, previously old sand and gravel workings, had been developed since it was opened as a reserve in May 2011. It was landscaped, creating different habitats and nesting areas for numerous animal and bird species, including bitterns whose numbers at the site have risen from around a dozen to over 150. The reserve is also home to hares, otters, grass snakes avocets, godwits, stilts, screech owls, Pacific golden plovers, reed warblers, cuckoos and herons. On one day last year 104 different types of birds were spotted.

The site is popular with families and school groups, enjoying the chance to run wild in the Play Meadow and enjoy pond-dipping, bird-watching, picnics and rambles.

On October 3rd, the Warwickshire Federation of WIs is organising a group walk at the Nature Reserve and this is already attracting a lot of interest 

Alison Wilks, the delegate for our group of WIs to the National Federation’s annual meeting at Cardiff gave a report on the proceedings. The national chairman Lynne Stubbings from Wishaw recalled the suffragettes of 100 years ago, the successful campaign to win the vote for women and the improved quality of life over the period for women in rural areas. A short film looked at the WI’s development over the century and its early campaigning work, initially to improve social housing. Delegates voted on this year’s resolution, “Mental Health Matters” on the need to urge the government to establish parity between mental and physical health and to provide greater funding and more services to treat those affected by mental illness. With an increase in the number of suicides and psychiatric services stretched perilously thin, this once-taboo subject is now seen as high priority and the resolution was carried almost unanimously with 98% in favour.

Nine of our members attended an afternoon tea-party at Packington Hall, hosted by Packington and Maxstoke WI, to celebrate the centenary of the WI in Warwickshire with a slap-up cream tea. Our Social Time entertainment was a flower-themed quiz,

Our speaker judged the competition for a Posy from your Garden, placing Gill Tyers the winner with Jane Hewitt second and Jane Mills and Maureen Lindsay joint-third were.

On October 13th we are staging a fund-raising coffee morning in the Town Hall for the Air Ambulance.

Our next meeting is in the Town Hall at 7.30pm on July 10th with a talk on “The Magic of Morocco.” The competition is for a colourful holiday photograph. Visitors welcome as always – just turn up and join us.

WI Posy2 June18

CASPER Press Update – May 2018

 Good News, So Far

To recap the project so far, CASPER stands for Coleshill Art Space Project Everyone Respects.  It has a Delivery Group made up of Mayor, Councillor Tony Battle, in the Chair and representatives from the Town Council, Parish Church, a local artist, the Civic Society, the Coleshill School, Love Coleshill and the Coleshill Post.

The Delivery Group has agreed to work with Peter Walker, who is the Artist in Residence at Lichfield Cathedral.  He specialises in sculpting in hard metal, such as bronze.

There is an agreed crowd funded amount that is for a corten steel and bronze sculpture of around 11 feet in total height.  It will be unique to Coleshill and capturing 2-3 key themes of the town’s history and heritage.  The Delivery Group has seen the sketched idea but are keeping it a secret.  The Borough Council has an agreement for it to be sited for a £1 rent per annum at the former coin-operated toilet site.  The plan is to remove the grill bars but retain the front wall, as it provides separation from the road.

There is going to be an unveiling on 22 September but the Delivery Group is to work with various organisations to turn the day into a CASPER Family Fun Day.  This will be a co-ordinated day of activity with a number of organisations all helping:

  • A Food Festival theme in the town, plus other entertainment (e.g. through an events agency).
  • Parish Church with bell tower visits, teas and cakes for sale.
  • Coleshill School students involved in the town or the Croft.
  • Coleshill Scouts – also involved in the town or the Croft.
  • Green & Yellow Heritage Trail walks (see below) during the day.
  • Catering businesses booked to support the food and drink.

Then the Appeal!

The statue itself is fully funded on a ‘collaborative’ arrangement.  In other words, by working with the sculptor, we are getting it for less than normal cost.  However, the Delivery Group and Peter Walker jointly filled out an application for further funding from the Arts Council that has been unsuccessful.

We now need to appeal to businesses, voluntary organisations and residents to help further.  The Delivery Group is making a fresh appeal for some additional business sponsorship or donations.  These are needed for:

Light show  As part of the sculpture promotion, we want to project a show of Coleshill’s heritage onto the wall of the parish church, on the side nearest to the Croft.  As the Arts Council bid application was unsuccessful, we need to fund it other ways if we want it as part of the 22 September events.

Carved wooden benches.  Dan Green, local wood carver has agreed to part-subsidise this but we need to finance the other part!

Entertainment.  For the Family Fun Day, we need to hire bouncy castles and other attractions or pay for agents who can provide them.

Under-lighting. This was also suggested for below the statue but that would need separate funding to be possible.

Heritage Tour Markers.  More of this below, but we need individual sponsors for 12 bronze, brass or wooden historic interest markers to be fixed around a trail.

If you are able to help on any of these, any donations can be taken via the Town Council offices now and do not suffer any crowd funder fees.  We are looking for small note donations from residents and something of a few hundred pounds from businesses.  Contact Colin or Megan at the offices or phone 01655 463326.

Heritage Trail (“Green and Yellow Tours”)

There is a separate application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Heritage Trail (“Green and Yellow Tours” with the colour combination based on the town crest and bus shelter colours).  The decision on this HLF application is expected in mid-June but we have to assume this might not be successful as well.  We are looking at ways the trails could be started without funds (e.g. brass pieces onto wooden posts or features that Tame Valley Wetlands might provide).  This would be as a last resort and perhaps the cheaper markers could be replaced over time with better quality designs as money was raised.

As described above, the High Street site location for the main sculpture will have two (or possibly three) of the town’s preferred themes.  The Delivery Group are keen on the idea of having guides in green and yellow attire, taking these Heritage Tourism Trail tours, with markers which depict other points of the town’s heritage.  Therefore, there could be a small stagecoach wheel, teacup, elephant, Roman centurion, highwayman mask, etc. all dotted around a 2-mile circuit of the town.  This is subject to landowners’ permissions.

Ideally a rota of 3-4 Green and Yellow Guides would be needed which might be in exchange for tips or a small fee.  We already have some people offering to be tour guides.  However, again, please get in touch with Colin or Megan as below if you know someone wanting to get involved as a tour guide on a voluntary or small fee basis.  The idea would be that the tour detail would be provided to the guides in a file form, so you don’t need to know it all.

Colin Greatorex /Megan Davies   01675 463326

Coleshill Town Mayor visits Woodlands School to present his fundraising cheque


It was with great delight that Councillor Tony Battle visited the Woodlands School on Friday 18th May to present his cheque for the mayoral funds he’d raised during his year as Mayor of Coleshill Town Council.

The exciting news is that Cllr. Battle has also been re-elected as Mayor of Coleshill for a second term and is presently deciding which charity, or charities to support for his 2018-2019 term.

The visit to Woodlands added to the pupil’s excitement as they were spending the day celebrating and learning about the Royal Wedding, which happened on Saturday 19th. Many of the pupils and staff were dressed in red, white and blue, there were union flags up in and around the school and the Mayor was asked to join in the Wedding Quiz by using an interactive iPad. Unfortunately, he didn’t win, as some pupils knowledge of the royal family was really excellent, and thus exceeded the Mayors!

During the assembly the Mayor presented the Deputy Head Claire Cookson with a cheque for £2300, which has been specifically ear marked for a new and bigger bubble tube for the school Sensory Room and also an interactive area too, to enhance the pupils experience and enjoyment in this special facility.

The Mayor was very touched to be presented with a super silver dish engraved with the school’s thanks for dedicating his fundraising work to the benefit of this exceptional school.


The visit also incorporated a tour of the school, which the children loved as it gave many of them chance to meet Cllr. Battle and tell him all about their royal celebrations. The deputy head was keen to show off the items being produced on the school’s ‘Lazer Blazer’ cutter which can cut and engrave on any base material and is currently being used to produce items to be sold at the monthly Community Café & Honesty Shop, held at the Town Hall.

The pupils now have their own pop-up shop at this monthly café and shop to sell the items they make with the Lazer Blazer and also some furniture items that they restore and upcycle.  This gives the pupils great experience not only in school learning these practical skills but in running their stall and interacting within the community and serving customers.  This opportunity is soon to be expanded to support some pupils working in the kitchen to help prepare drinks and light refreshments for visitors, thus all working together in partnership with the volunteers who offer their time to run the shop and café.

It is wonderful that the Town Council and Woodlands School are working together in this way and local Father Hudson’s residents are now planning to join in soon and also have their own pop up stall to sell some of the items they make at their Day Centre, like soap and  bath bombs thus raising awareness of their services and integrating their members into a more active role within the Coleshill Community.  It is wonderful to bring all different aspects and skills and groups within this wonderful community of ours together, to build strong bonds between all partners and work in collaboration with all residents and people thus creating unity, acceptance and support for all.