Two schoolgirls, both called Hannah, making their presentations.
At our February meeting, we welcomed several visitors and two new members. Coleshill School assistant head and history teacher Catherine Larkin introduced girls from the school, two of them named Hannah, who gave presentations on several famous women including black activist and writer Maya Angelou and the South African anti-Apartheid campaigner Ruth First. After the presentations, they led a discussion with members who were invited to choose their own favourite high-profile women. These included the Queen, novelist George Eliot, Nurse Edith Cavell and Lady Godiva.
Our members then tried to identify pictures of famous women on the wall, among them Venus Williams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Merkel, Elizabeth Fry, Marie Curie, Anne Frank, Barbara Castle and Nobel Peace prizewinner Malala Yousafsai.
We enjoyed refreshments including a delicious spicy fruitcake made by Elaine Partridge to celebrate her birthday. Marjorie Power who is recovering in a nursing home from hip surgery after a painful fall wrote to thank everyone for their cards and good wishes.
As it was Valentine’s Day, our competition was for a Valentine to a famous woman, which Mal Downes won with her joky effort addressed to Teresa May:
“The touch of your hand was so thrilling
I wonder if you would be willing
To migrate to my Tower,
My Republican bower
For delights that could be so fulfilling.
All my love,
PS Don’t tell Melania!
The Warwickshire Federation of WIs asked us to donate unwanted jewellery, watches, clocks and stamps to raise funds for the Associated Countrywomen of the World of which the WI is a member. The Treasurer announced that all but one of our members had paid their £39 annual WI subscription.
Our dozen Christmas Child shoeboxes were among thousands from the UK sent out by lorry to deprived children in Romania.
Our next meeting is on March 14th at 7.30 in the Town Hall when we will learn to make a needle-felted bird. The competition will be for a bowl of bulbs grown by a member. At the following meeting, on April 11th, our speaker will talk on the Tame Valley Wetland Project and the competition will be for a home-decorated Easter bonnet. Visitors welcome as always.
The pictures show: Coleshill WI Market in full swing and some of the goods on sale including baked food, plants and handmade jewellery
Coleshill Country Market is reopening on Friday February 3rd from 8am – noon, after its Christmas break. It is still at the Parish Room, 132 High Street, Coleshill B46 3BJ where our customers enjoy a chat over tea or coffee and cake.
New season’s marmalade will be on sale along with a variety of home-made baked goods: fruitcakes, savouries, shortbread, lemon drizzle cake, gingerbread, mince pies, sausage rolls, chutney, pickles, free range eggs, preserves plus hand-knitted and crocheted items, cards, stained glass pieces, gifts and hand-made jewellery.
Our thriving garden section includes bedding plants, shrubs and fruit plus vegetables and vegetable plants in season.
To order food and produce phone Christine Jones on 01675-462012 or Sally Jones on 07860-346878 to place your order and arrange delivery. Contact Christine Jones if you are interested in becoming a producer. We’d particularly like to recruit some more keen cooks. Please Follow and Like us on Facebook:
The pictures show:
Coleshill WI January meeting
At our January meeting, the speaker Dave Moylan gave a fascinating performance entitled “How’s yer father?” of old-fashioned entertainments including music hall, jokes, song-and -dance and conjuring as well as remembering many of the old greats such as Mike and Bernie Winters, Leslie Sarony, Al Read, Tommy Handley and Max Wall. His tap-dance in a pair of shoes with castanets attached brought the house down. With help from his glamorous assistant, member Mal Downes he cut up pieces of string, knotted them together and miraculously produced a long, unknotted length of string. He also swallowed handfuls of small scraps of paper then produced from his mouth yards of paper in a long, unbroken stream.
Muriel Townshend won the competition for a Christmas cracker joke:
Q: Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing
A: Because they drop their needles. (Boom-boom!)
In second place was Jane Mills with this rib-tickler:
Q: How do they vote at the North Pole?
A: Ice to the right, snows to the left.
Brenda Sheard was third with her joke:
Q: Why do the French eat snails?
A: Because they can’t bear fast food.
Jane Hewitt presented the cup for the most points won during the monthly competitions throughout 2016 to our President Elaine Partridge.
Each member chose which resolution to recommend for debate at the National AGM at Liverpool in June from a list that included: ways to alleviate loneliness among different age-groups, more awareness and action over Female Genital Mutilation, equal access to maternal mental health services for vulnerable women currently losing out in the postcode lottery of support services and action on keeping synthetic microplastic fibres from contaminating the oceans.
We welcomed two new members and are delighted that several previous visitors are considering joining. During social time, we played a game devised by Jane Mills, identifying the catchphrases of famous comics, including:
“Turned out nice again” (George Formby),
“Can you hear me, mother?” (Sandy Powell)
and “All in the best possible taste!” (Kenny Everett.)
Members are invited to a “Craft Dabble Day” at Mancetter Village Hall on March 4th from 10am – 3pm, where they will get the chance to try their hand at a range of different crafts and skills.
Wishaw WI will host the Spring Group Meeting at Coleshill Town Hall on Thursday, March 9th when the speaker will be Mrs Victor Bruce who bills herself as “Housewife in the Air.” The competition will be for two spring photographs from each of the three WIs taking part, Wishaw, Coleshill and Curdworth.
Our next meeting on February 14th will feature a Balloon Debate staged by girls from Coleshill School. The competition is for a Valentine verse for a famous woman. Visitors welcome as always.
Warwickshire County Council leads the Area Forums across the county and Coleshill is part of the “North Warks Area Forum South”. Its next meeting is in Coleshill.
It will be held on Thursday 16th February 2017 at 7pm, at Coleshill & District Social Club (Ivy Lodge, High St, Coleshill, Warwickshire B46 3BJ).
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire, Philip Seccombe, will also be in attendance at this meeting.
Please find the minutes of the previous meeting here
Coleshill members ran the WI tombola stall in the Town Hall at the turning on of the Christmas lights ceremony. At our December meeting the following week we enjoyed a visit from ‘Father Christmas’ in mufti, Pat Saunders from Stretton-on-Dunsmore near Coventry, who for nearly 40 years has taken the role, entertaining hundreds of children each Christmas. After his much-loved loved wife died several years ago, Pat began giving talks on life as Father Christmas, ‘The View from the Other Side of the Beard’, with the proceeds going to Myton Hospice where his wife was cared for during her final illness. Pat originally hoped to be an actor but was told he was “too big for the scenery” so instead he took on the mantle of Father Christmas in a splendid costume his wife made for him. He has proved a great hit with youngsters, even giving them advice, telling them that Father Christmas won’t deliver presents if they don’t tidy their bedrooms.
Members enjoyed festive snacks and mulled wine then played a riotous game of indoor curling, The meeting finished with carol singing, accompanied by Mavis Gordon on the piano.
Several members attended the Group Carol Service at Curdworth Church, shared with the Wishaw and Curdworth WIs. Former President Christine Jones read the third lesson from Matthew. New President Elaine Partridge delivered a comic parody, “The Puppies’ Night Before Christmas” which began:
“’Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
The puppies were squeaking
An old rubber mouse
The wreath which had cheerfully
Been hung on the door
Was scattered in pieces
All over the floor…”
Everyone enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine at the get-together in the church hall afterwards.
At the next meeting on January 10th at the Town Hall, the talk will be on old-fashioned entertainments including music hall and conjuring. Visitors welcome as always.