At our August gathering, we organised a Pudding Evening and Social for members and visitors that proved hugely popular. Committee members provided more than a dozen mouth-watering home-made desserts, including chocolate roulade, traditional trifle, gooseberry fool, cream gateaux and red fruit cheesecake, plus a non-alcoholic fruit cocktail. We all enjoyed sampling them, everyone agreeing that the puds on offer more than met the WI’s high culinary standards and there were few left-overs. Talented musician Jake Foster, grandson of Town Hall caretaker Deanna Baker, entertained us wonderfully throughout the evening with a medley of piano pieces. Our visitors included Anne Bufton-McCoy who chairs the Warwickshire WI Federation and members of her the county executive. Mrs Bufton-McCoy told us about the forthcoming events and activities to celebrate the remainder of the Warwickshire Federation’s centenary. She also showed us the county’s new centenary cookbook ‘Kitchen Wisdom’ of over 100 favourite Warwickshire recipes.
We remembered our lively and popular former President Marjorie Power who died on June 20th , two weeks before her 96th birthday.
On October 3rd, the Warwickshire Federation of WIs is organising a group walk at the Middleton Lakes Nature Reserve, old sand and gravel workings, which since 2011 have been s landscaped, creating different habitats and nesting areas for numerous animal and bird species, including bitterns. The walk is already attracting a lot of interest.
We are staging a fund-raising coffee morning on October 13th from 10am in the Town Hall in aid of the Air Ambulance.
At our next meeting at 7.30pm on September 11th Jo Carter will be recounting ‘True Tales of a Tour Guide – what happens behind the scenes” and the competition is for an unusual paper-knife. Visitors welcome as always.
Following a successful application to The Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant towards a Heritage Trail project (through its Sharing Heritage scheme), the CASPER Delivery Group is looking to recruit 4-5 Tour Guides. The Guides will be paid a small fee for each tour taken. The tours are 1-2 miles in a circuit and will take 90 – 120 minutes.
It will allow Coleshill to benefit from tourism visitors keen to enjoy the town’s rich and diverse heritage with the help of the tour guides, following a series of markers.
CASPER stands for Coleshill Art Space Project Everyone Respects and the ‘Everyone Respects’ part refers to the fact that the Coleshill themes of stagecoaching, circus elephant, tea and 3 rivers (Blythe, Cole and Tame) are all referenced in some way by the Peter Walker statue that will form the starting point in High Street for each heritage tour.
Skills and Experience required
Anyone interested should contact Megan or Colin on 01675 463326 or call into the Town Hall between 9am -1pm, Monday to Friday to have an informal chat about the positions.
The Press Release below is great news for Coleshill:
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A t our July meeting our speaker travel writer Roger Butler gave a compelling illustrated talk on his travels in Morocco. Taking us on an imaginative journey through our nearest exotic country, he described the simple way of life of many rural Moroccans plus the exotic, lively markets and nightlife complete with snake charmers, acrobats and water-sellers in major cities like Marrakech and the capital Rabat. Many of us were surprised to hear how cold Morocco can be in the winter because of the snow-capped Atlas mountains in the north of the country. Here the farmers still grind corn by horse power and ancient techniques like winnowing, using the wind to separate the wheat from the chaff. Roger produced the hand-make rake which was one of his first travel souvenirs and epitomised to him the simple, timeless tools, still used in the primitive parts of Morocco. He judged the competition for a colourful holiday photograph which was won by Margot Hawkins and her vivid shot of cherry blossom in Japan. Second was Maureen Lindsay, with her picture of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway at Cairns in Queensland, Australia. Jane Mills was third with her atmospheric photo of Silver Howe, overlooking Grasmere in the Lake District.
We will be enjoying a Pudding Evening on August 14th when members will sample a variety of different home-cooked puddings. We are staging a fund-raising coffee morning on October 13th from 10am in the Town Hall for the Air Ambulance. Our next meeting is on September 11th when the talk will be ‘True Tales of a Tour Guide – what happens behind the scenes” and the competition is for an unusual paper-knife.
Visitors welcome as always – just turn up and join us.