Reopening of Coleshill Country Market

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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:


January WI meeting

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The pictures show:

  1. Speaker Dave Moylan producing streams of paper from his mouth in the conjuring display from his “How’s Yer Father” performance of old-style entertainments.
  2. Jane Hewitt presenting the 2016 monthly competitions cup to Coleshill WI President Elaine Partridge.



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.


North Warwickshire Area Forum South

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

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Coleshill WI December meeting



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.

Christmas Opening Hours

The Town Hall offices are open as follows:

Thursday December 22 – 9am to 1pm (normal)

Friday December 23 – 9am to 1pm (normal)


Monday December 26 – CLOSED

Tuesday December 27 – CLOSED

Wednesday December 28 – 9am to 1pm (normal)

Thursday December 29 – 9am to 1pm (normal)

Friday December 30 – 9am to 1pm (normal)


Monday January 2 – CLOSED

Tuesday January 3 – 9am to 1pm (normal) and onwards


The Cemetery will be open 8am – 4pm all days including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


Miss it, miss out!!

Don’t miss Coleshill Town Council’s annual Christmas Fair tomorrow at 1pm-5pm, discover stalls with tombola’s, raffles, lucky dips, games and refreshments galore. Always a great afternoon for the family and raises much needed funds for many of our local community groups and charities.

Come and visit Santa’s Grotto in the Old Court Room and have a peek in our Hudson Room to see what crafts your children can create led by the Guides and Brownies.

The fair will be accompanied by music from local bands and choirs before the countdown to Coleshill’s light switch on by our Town Mayor, Councillor Sue Wallace at 4:15pm.



Coleshill Town Guide

The Coleshill Town Guide is out of date and there only a few copies left.  The Council had attempted to have the same printer as last time to do a revised print but they were unable to find enough advertising to achieve this on a “free to Council” basis.  The Council has been trying to find an alternative guide printer.

A printer has been found and Local Authority Publishing Limited are selling print pages currently with a view to publishing a guide in the New Year (over 70% sold to date).

If the company’s sales representative (Laura) approaches you if you are in business in the town, should have an authority letter to show, written and personally signed by the Town Clerk.  If they refer to Local Authority Publishing Limited, they are officially authorised to sell space in the guide.

We hope that it will be in publication in the New Year and will be available in web page format as well.

Vacant Allotment Plots

Are you soon due to retire / semi-retire and would like a new project?  Love gardening but find your garden too small to grow produce? Want to save money in the supermarkets and avoid pesticides by growing your own?


There are now a small number of vacancies at the Stonebridge Allotment site and 2 plots available at the Gilson Road Allotment site.

Plots cost just £20 per year for Coleshill Residents (£30 for non-residents) they must be continuously maintained or they will be withdrawn and reissued.

Renting an allotment can be incredible hard work and needs commitment to maintain, however the rewards are also great. Coleshill Town Council run an annual competition for our Allotment Holders and have a good relationship with them. We are members of the National Allotment Society

For any more information, contact Kate Shtrezi, Records Assistant on 01675 463326 or via