Highlights and Updates of CLAW

Thursday 14 March
  • David Rees exhibition of water colours starting at the Town Hall
  • Library has local writers and photographers featured.
  • Bear Paw Productions is a 6:00 opening for a 6:30 Start.
Looking forward to Sunday 7:30 pm: some questions have been raised about the style of music for Mr. Keith –  It is quintessentially British.  Think of a cross between the melodic stories of Squeeze and the wit of the Alex Horne Section.

Coleshill WI February Meeting

The winning bowls of bulbs in this month’s competition

At our February meeting we discussed our choice of resolution to be debated at the National Federation of WIs Annual Meeting at the Bournemouth International Centre on 4th-5th June. The six items included a call against the decline in local bus services, planting trees to improve the national landscape and  ‘Don’t fear the smear’, the need to make cervical smear tests less daunting to ensure that more women will have one. We handed in our votes for these resolutions and after a nationwide ballot, one or more will be chosen for debate at Bournemouth. We also discussed the Warwickshire WI County Federation meeting which is being held Monday, March 18th at the Dallas Burston Polo Club near Southam.

Warwickshire WI members will have the chance of a coach trip and day out in Winchester on July 29th. Last year’s visit to Lincoln proved an interesting and enjoyable day.

After the business of the meeting, we enjoyed a Games Evening including typically “intellectual” pursuits such as ‘Rabbits’, sitting in a circle with one member waggling both hands like rabbit ears while her neighbours either side waggled just the hand nearer the ‘rabbit’, until she suddenly pointed to someone else to become the rabbit instead. Anyone not waggling the correct ‘ears’ at once was eliminated amid great hilarity. We then played an entertaining drawing game with one member given a long strip of paper with the subject written at the top, for example ‘Giving a Dog a Bone’ . She then had to draw a picture representing the subject before folding over the paper and passing it onto the next person who had to write a description of what they thought the picture meant. The next woman then had to draw a picture to represent that description, before her neighbour in turn wrote a description of the new picture. By the time the paper had circulated a few more times, the latter pictures bore little resemblance to the original subject, like a pictorial Chinese Whispers


We have been invited to the Spring Group Meeting on March 21st hosted by Curdworth WI at their Village Hall when the speaker Lady Ann Foley will give a talk entitled ‘A Soldier’s Wife’.

Coleshill Country Market which was founded by our WI in April 1969 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Friday 26th of April at the Parish Room. Everyone is invited to tea, coffee and cake during the Market from 8 am to 11.30 am at the Parish Room, 132, High Street, Coleshill..


Our President Elaine Partridge won the competition for a bowl of home-grown bulbs with her trio of tall blue and white hyacinths. Christine Jones was second with her bowl of sweet-smelling pink spikes, with Jane Mills third.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 12th in the Town Hall, when our speaker Steve Allen will be taking a Musical Trip through the 1800s, The competition is for something your mother used to say. The competition for our April meeting is for a home-made Easter bunny and our speaker from Coleshill Civic Society will be telling ‘The Story of a Restoration’.

Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Town Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome as always.

CLAW 2019 Exhibitors

The CLAW 2019 week is off to a fine start!
There have been two exhibitors of knitted art.  The Knit and Natter Group has been at Town Hall showing some of the work it has produced since the women have been meeting.  The other exhibitor display is from the Coleshill Library which today is celebrating “Yarncraft” – learning knitting and crochet by book learning.  Tomorrow the library has Shakespeare Day and mystery sayings!
The full programme is here:
Hard copies are available in the Library and Town Hall.  Take the opportunity to see what is on across the town, including in the schools, the church, Old Market Hall and Parish Rooms.
At the Town Hall at the weekend, Bear Paw is putting on The Greatest Showman (donations for entry) on Friday 15th, the Saturday sees the Coleshill Town Band perform and the weekend send off is Mister Keith and his Orchestra on Sunday 17th (with licenced bar).  Tickets from Town Hall and the Library.  The Mayor and consort are at all of these weekends shows so would like to see you there.

Coleshill WI January 2019 Meeting


1. The silver bird which Steven Bruce brought to show us


2. Some of the curios he appraised during the Roadshow.

At our January meeting we enjoyed a version of the ever-popular ‘Antiques Roadshow’ when auctioneer Steven Bruce showed us examples of affordable items worth collecting, including  1950s Dinky Toys in their original boxes, sets of valuable Maundy coins in their leather bags, presented by the monarch and a silver bird worth £600.

He revealed that among the most collectable items are out-of-date banknotes, especially sets in consecutive order, pillboxes with their inscriptions and postcards still with the address, stamp and clear postmark. If an item is in good, unworn condition, he said, it can boost its value considerably. He also recommended checking in chests of drawers and down the backs of sofas in case old coins and notes have been mislaid there and might be worth far more than their face value. Mr Bruce stressed the importance of making a will and stipulating exactly how particular possessions should be distributed, to avoid potentially costly disputes among heirs.

After refreshments we had a Cryptic Quiz on the theme of Shakespeare Plays and heard about the WI County Federation Meeting which will be held at the Dallas Burston Polo Ground near Southam on March 18th, bringing the Warwickshire WI’s Centenary Year to a close in style. Among the speakers will be TV naturalist and conservationist Simon King, Vintage Singer Cathy Morris and the popular ‘Cake Lady’ Kath Ryan  from Hall Green – who has been baking treats for injured war heroes being treated in Birmingham for 10 years.


At our next meeting on Tuesday, 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 look out their planted bowls. Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Town Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome as always.