Great Get-Together for Peace Saturday 17th June: Would you like to Abseil down the Church?

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This will be one of many such events being held up and down the country co-ordinated by the Jo Cox Foundation and The Big Lunch. The national events are also supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

One of the activities will be the rare opportunity to abseil down the Church Tower!

Abseiling down the church will be taking place from 10.00am – 4.00pm, (meeting at the Croft) for a minimum donation of £40 – perhaps you would like to pool together to see a work colleague, friend or family member brave the challenge. Places are limited and must be booked in advance by emailing Helen Whittaker Tel: 01675 463 326.

Coleshill’s event is co-ordinated by Coleshill Churches Together, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Foundation, Coleshill Town Council and local schools. The object of the day is simply to create a space in which to promote peace, celebrate diversity, foster friendships and build community.

Annual Meeting of Coleshill Town Council

On Wednesday 17th May, attendees to Annual Meeting of Coleshill Town Council had the pleasure of witnessing Cllr. Tony Battle elected Mayor of Coleshill for the forthcoming year.  Cllr. Battle was delighted to accept this illustrious title and he and his consort, wife Jane Battle, were honoured to be able to represent the town of Coleshill, within Warwickshire. Cllr. Battle’s chosen charity is The Woodlands School.  The privilege of Deputy Mayor was bestowed on Cllr Adam Farrell; he will support Cllr. Battle throughout the year as will the Sergeant at Arms, Simon Toon who was appointed onto the position for a third term.

Thanks were given to departing Mayor Cllr. Sue Wallace whose hugely successful year fourth year as Mayor saw her raise over £3’000 for her chosen charities, the Father Hudson’s Society and Parkinson’s UK and a retiring collection for the Parish Church Capital Campaign Fund. Cllr. Wallace gave thanks to council staff, fellow Councillors and her consort for the year, son, Ed Wallace for supporting her events.

Coleshill Town Council also took the opportunity to welcome onto the council Caroline Symonds who replaces Harry Taylor, in the vacancy for a councillor for Coleshill North.

Committee chairpersons selected were Cllr. Adam Farrell for Community and Environment, Cllr. Kirsteen Wootton for Resources and Amenities and Cllr. Adam Richardson for Planning Committee.Tony B

Outgoing Mayor’s Parting Gift

For her last official engagement as Mayor of Coleshill, Cllr Sue Wallace came to Father Hudson’s Care to present a generous cheque for £2,064. This was the proceeds of a year’s fundraising, and included ticket sales from the Band Concert, a fundraising dinner at the Rajrani Bengali and Indian Restaurant and the Christmas Fair.
Cllr Wallace paid tribute to the work of Father Hudson’s Care, both in Coleshill and beyond. William Coffin, Fundraising Manager, thanked her not only for the kind gift but for the awareness she has raised in the town during her mayoralty. Father Hudson’s Care has been active in Coleshill since 1902. Many Coleshill residents work or volunteer for the charity, and Father Hudson’s Care provides services to the community.

Coleshill Country Market – Report

Coleshill Country Market has confirmed that, after uncertainty over its venue since the sale of the Parish Room at 132 High Street, it will continue to trade there between 8 and noon each Friday morning, as it has since 1969. This spring it is selling a wide variety of new season’s bedding and vegetable plants plus assorted herbs, with expert producers Martin Cross and Janet Reilly on hand to give advice on all aspects of gardening. Last week Martin even braved an unexpected downpour, sitting under his umbrella with an impressive display of plants produced by him and Dawn Bagley, including lettuce, broad beans, cabbage, tomato plants, peas and sweet peas plus lobelias, fuchsias and a range of rockery plants.

A new producer, Roger Barber has brought a selection of exquisitely-crafted wooden items including turned bowls, vases, pestles and mortars, eggcups and goblets which are already proving popular as unique gifts. So too is a new line of hand-made glassware, pendants, hanging decorations and jewellery from Sarah James  of Bumblebee Glass.

Our home-made baked goods are always a big draw and include fruitcakes, savouries, quiches, shortbread, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate eclairs, meringues, gingerbread, mince pies and sausage rolls, as well as high-quality preserves: marmalades, chutney and pickles, free range eggs, cards and hand-knitted and crocheted items.

“Everyone loves the home-made goodies on offer,” said Market founder Christine Jones “ but I think what our customers particularly enjoy is the friendly atmosphere, the warm welcome from our regular producers Joan, Margaret, Janet and Martin and the chance of a chat over tea or coffee and cake. For people who can’t get there on Friday mornings or would like to have something special made, we can take orders with a couple of days’ notice. Phone me, Christine Jones on 01675-462012 or Deanna Baker on 01675-463239 to place your order and arrange delivery, or if you’re interested in becoming a producer.”


The pictures show:

  1. Gardening expert Martin Cross with some of his plants for sale at Coleshill Country Market.
  2. Selection of vegetable plants, herbs, flowers and bedding plants on sale at the Market
  3. Roger Barber’s selection of hand-crafted woodwork
  4. Hand-made jewellery and glass pieces at the Market.

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Coleshill WI May Meeting

At our May meeting, we welcomed Yvonne Trivett from Packington and Maxstoke WI, who will be our local delegate at the National WI AGM at Liverpool in June We voted in favour of both the resolutions to be debated there but gave her discretion to change her vote on our behalf if she thought there was a good reason for voting against. The two resolutions are on Alleviating Loneliness and the pollution of our oceans by ‘Micro-Plastic Soup’, which is created by micro-plastic fibres shed by synthetic clothing at every wash. The Federation is calling on Government and Industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem. Mrs Trivett will report back at our next meeting after the AGM to let us know the outcome of the vote.

Marie Stephenson of Love Coleshill gave a lively presentation on how the organisation works to promote local businesses, events and services. She gave out loyalty cards which can be stamped at participating shops and businesses to accrue £5 vouchers and she also presented eye-catching fabric shopping bags with the Love Coleshill logo to each member.

After refreshments Jane Mills set out a variety of different coloured papers, cards and decorative trims with which members experimented and made unique greetings cards.

Brenda Sheard won the competition for an unusual bracelet with her Norwegian silver piece. Second was Christine Jones with her chain from Holland bearing the names and tiny coats of arms of all the Dutch states, brought back for her by her uncle when he returned from fighting in Germany during World War II. Jane Hewitt was third with a striking silver link Indian bracelet decorated with elephants, swords and turquoises.

On August 8th at 7.30pm, we are holding a cheese and wine party at the Town Hall with a demonstration. This will be free for members and £4 for visitors

At our June meeting the speaker Sarah Hosking will talk on the history and design of Coventry Cathedral. The competition is for a sandwich with a vegetarian filling. Visitors welcome as always.

The pictures show Coleshill WI members making greetings cards using a variety of materials and some of the cards they made.

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