During the lockdowns of 2020/2021 Coleshill Town Council was inundated with applications from residents requesting allotments in Coleshill. Coleshill is lucky enough to have a thriving allotment community boasting 100+ allotments over three sites all managed by the Town Council. The allotments were soon full, and an extensive waiting list was building up.
That’s when the Council decided to get in contact with Hayden Wright, Community Engagement Manager for Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV – the contractors engaged on the local sections of the HS2 works), to see if there was any help that they could provide in turning a section of the Stonebridge South allotment, that had been inactive for around 5 years, becoming very overgrown and unusable.
Hayden and BBV were willing to help and got in touch with Tom Law from LYNCH plant hire who jumped at the opportunity to get involved!
Site meetings were held with all the relevant stakeholders including Coleshill Town Councillors and arrangements were made for the work to go ahead; BBV Utilities team scanned the area for the potential of hidden utilities, and an ecologist assessed the area and would also be present on site for when works took place, just in case there were any ecological constraints.
On Friday 10 December LYNCH plant hire provided an excavator and plant operator to begin levelling and clearing the land to make the site into usable allotments for the council to then rent out in spring 2022.
Work on site took Nathan, Plant Operator, around four hours to complete and from the images, you can see how much difference this made! Well done to all involved!
If you are interested in having an allotment, please contact Coleshill Town Council on email@example.com for more information.
For this work to be completed, the council tapped into BBV’s ‘Community Investment’ scheme where all the resources, human and mechanical, are made available for community projects, free of charge. The diggers and lifting vehicles used would have been expensive if hired for the day by Coleshill Town Council but the people, fuel, insurance and all the equipment booked onto this job came free of any costs, thanks to the BBV scheme.
Coleshill have been awarded a ‘Welcome Back Fund’, amounting to a few thousand pounds. It is being managed through North Warwickshire Borough Council, in collaboration with the Town Council and Love Coleshill (with its free download loyalty App) . There are plans to put in three broad ideas:
Stay-a-While Saturdays – the first one will be on the 14th August and all will run from 10:30am to 3pm, centered around the Town Hall
Wander-Round-Wednesdays – the first one will be on the 18th August and will also run from 10:30am to 3pm (for consistency), centered on St Peter’s Walk
Beautification – this will involve cleaning, weeding, repainting, etc. as well as more planting, bunting and posters.
There will be marketing materials for local shops available soon and we are looking for any contacts /leads for the following:
Please contact the Town Council on 01675 463326 or firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to a member of the Love Coleshill committee.
Good afternoon neighbour,
To mark the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology, we are holding a series of free online events so you can get involved and find out more about what treasures are being unearthed as we build the country’s new high speed railway. The Festival of Archaeology runs from 17 July to 1 August, shining a light on our past and how our ancestors lived.
Subjects we will be covering in our free online ‘webinars’ include:
We will also be holding our fourth weekend of open days at our Field Museum at St Mary’s Church in Stoke Mandeville on Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25 July. Inside a specially constructed tent the size of a football pitch, archaeologists working on our behalf are currently excavating the remains of the former parish church of St. Mary the Virgin. This is a once in a generation opportunity to excavate the ruins of a medieval church and churchyard. Inside the museum you can ascend the viewing platform for a bird’s eye view of ongoing excavations, as well as displays, films and finds to explore the history of St. Mary’s Church and the amazing archaeological discoveries in the surrounding area. We’d love to welcome you onto site to explore this fascinating excavation, where you can learn about life and death in Stoke Mandeville over more than 800 years.
Tickets are available to book from 10am on Tuesday 13 July and booking will close at 5pm on Thursday 22 July. Visit our events page to view details and book your tickets. Detailed joining instructions including our Health and Safety statement will be sent to all registered attendees closer to the time.
Where appropriate, please share this information with supply chain, colleagues and customers via your communications channels.
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6th Floor, Cornerblock,Two Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DX
Good morning neighbour,
Please find attached a notification of works detailing temporary overnight lane closures near Stonebridge Island from Monday 26 July being carried out by LM (Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons) on behalf of HS2.
Subject to obtaining the relevant consents, we will install temporary, phased overnight lane closures from 7pm to 12.30am between Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July, and on Monday 2 August, along varying sections of the A446, A452 and A45 near Stonebridge Island to undertake environmental surveys.
Also, earlier in the month, we informed you that we would install temporary, phased daytime lane closures from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day between Monday 12 July to Thursday 15 July, and Monday 19 July to Tuesday 20 July, along sections of the A446, A452 and A45 near Stonebridge Island. We will now extend this programme from Monday 12 July to Friday 16 July.
Please see the below link for full details.
Please share this notification with your employees, tenants and/or customers as required via your various communications channels. If you receive questions or enquiries about our works, please encourage people to subscribe for news updates on HS2 works in Solihull at www.hs2insolihull.co.uk. Where possible, please use the following text to promote our communications channels:
Stay in touch
As HS2’s works increase in this area, HS2 and their contractors want to keep you updated on all planned activities to inform your future journeys. On HS2’s Commonplace portal, you can sign up for news updates in the Solihull area at www.hs2insolihull.co.uk; you can sign up under the heading ‘Subscribe to news updates for HS2 in Solihull’ on the homepage.
You can also find information about HS2’s works in surrounding areas at:
To get in touch with HS2, contact their HS2 Helpdesk team all day, every day of the year on:
08081 434 434
If you have any questions about our works promoted in the attached notification, please contact Fiona Woolston by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Engagement Team
08081 434 434 | Community@lm-jv.com
6th Floor, Cornerblock,Two Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DX
Find out more about what we do and how we do it – www.lm-jv.com
Coleshill Country Market is to reopen again for the first time after lockdown this Friday morning, July 3rd. This will be a shorter than usual market from 9am until 11am at the Parish Room, 132 High Street, Coleshill, with full social distancing and hygiene measures in place. Many of the usual home-baked treats and crafts will be available as our dedicated cooks get back in the swing of baking and preserving. Among the regular favourites on offer will be cheese scones still warm from the oven, cakes and quiches, home-grown fruits and vegetables plus award-winning marmalade, jams, pickles and preserves.
“It will be wonderful to have the Market up and running again and catch up with some of our regular customers,” said Market Manager Janet Reilly, “We’re hoping for a really good turnout as it’s been a difficult time during lockdown and home-produced treats help to cheer everyone up. We’re hoping anyone who can will come to browse, buy or find out more about us. We also take advance orders for some of our produce including baked goods, children’s clothes and crafts.”
Anyone interested in placing an order should ring Deanna on 01675-463239 or Janet on 01675-462122
The late night shop for Christmas 2019 Light Switch On will be on Thursday 28 November as organised by Love Coleshill. The Mayor, Cllr. Adam Richardson will be present to switch on the lights.
On Saturday 30 November, the Town Council will be organising the Christmas Fayre in the Town Hall from 1pm-4pm. If you wish to book a stall please contact Helen Whittaker on 01675 463326.
Coleshill Town Council is pleased to announce the opening of the Grants Award Scheme. This is an opportunity for local voluntary organisations to obtain funding of up to £2,000. Please see the links below for the full guidelines and application form. The closing date for 2019-2020 awards is Midnight, Monday 26th August 2019.