Coleshill Summer of Sport

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COME ON KIDS, JOIN IN THE COLESHILL SUMMER OF SPORT 2018, you can even make your parents sweat on the Family Fun Days on the last Saturdays of May, June and July.  Last year we had mums and dads playing “bubble football” and their children pushing them over, instead of tackling them, but the Sports Leaders were very good at turning the odd blind eye!! It was hilarious!

So, come on and sign up for the Saturday Sports Clubs on the Memorial Park, every week until the school holidays start, from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm, for extreme frisbee, rounders, football, tennis, games, archery etc and IT’S FREE.

Yes, FREE, Coleshill Town Council have secured monies from Sport England to help get residents and families fit and active. Its summer time, the weather is improving, so come along and join in and get some fresh air and exercise. The Sports Leaders are great fun, fully trained, keen and enthusiastic.

In the school holidays we are also running a Summer Holiday Club, which will be held at the Community Centre, off Station Road/Temple Way, and on the adjoining field next to the Centre. Run by Elite Sports UK offering multi-sports, games, arts, crafts, table tennis and lots more. Sign up online for half a day or a full day and get a friend to go as well and have some fun!

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For mums and toddlers (18 months to 4 years) we have also enlisted Alison from Relax Kids to run some “Little Stars” sessions in the Old Court Room at Coleshill Town Hall, every Tuesday morning (until the school holidays begin) from 9.30 am to 11.00 am, to promote movement, flexibility, self-esteem and help with strength, sleeping issues and even toddler tantrums! Again – it’s FREE, contact Alison on 07736835177 and come and make new friends, share a cuppa and let the little ones have some fun and age-appropriate exercise. It’s a win – win for all.

This is a great facility for all age groups for local toddlers, children, parents and families to enjoy, FREE, LOCAL AND FUN. We want to build on the summer programme that we launched last year and make this even more successful, so that its easier to gain funding for next year to make this facility more exciting and even bigger. BUT, we can only do this if YOU the families of Coleshill, so SIGN UP, JOIN UP, COME ALONG and ATTEND. I’ll repeat myself, at the risk of being rude, DO IT PLEASE, IT’S FREE and available to all, there’s only you stopping you from joining in, so don’t, just get out in the sun and have some fun.

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Coleshill WI May Meeting


At our May meeting we discussed this year’s National Federation of WIs’ Resolution, “Mental Health Matters”. Our delegate Alison Wilks who will be voting on our behalf at the annual meeting at Cardiff in June outlined the moves to establish parity between mental and physical health and to make it as acceptable to talk about mental illness as about physical. She described the wide range of mental conditions which currently affect around 1 in 6 of the population, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, schizophrenia, compulsive behaviour, bi-polar syndrome and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One central element of the resolution is to lobby government for better support for mental illness and our members agreed whole-heartedly, several describing how family members had suffered from psychological disorders which had often taken months or years to treat successfully. Our members voted unanimously for the resolution.

The committee members organised a variety of (Ahem!) ‘intellectual’ party games and pub activities as our Social Time entertainment, including swinging skittles, bagatelle, shove ha’penny, dice games, sucking peas up with a straw,carefully guiding a silver ball down a pair of rods into a numbered container and flicking cards into a wastepaper basket from a distance. The record score for this was 37 out of 52. After the serious discussions over the national resolution, members enjoyed letting their hair down, with everyone on the move and having a laugh.

Three members entered our monthly competition for a Poem for May Day and each recited her verses while the audience were asked to vote for their favourite. All three were so good and in such varied styles that it proved impossible to separate them so they were awarded joint first prize.


May Day – by Beverley Fathers.


With days becoming longer, the setting sun delays

The arrival of our nightfall, All hail the month of May

With warmer days enjoyed by all who venture out

And merging of the seasons, for Spring is all about.
Hear excited calls of children as thy gather all around

Their brightly coloured ribbons laid out upon the ground.

A whistle sounds and right on cue around the pole they dance and play,

With joyous, noisy merriment to greet the First of May


Poem for May Day – by Sally Smith


May Day is here

Flowers and buds bursting through in the Garden

Let’s dance to celebrate the month of May.

Set up the Maypole

Bright ribbons flowing free,

Dance and weave through the ribbons,

Celebrate the month of May.

Hooray Hooray!

Crown the Queen of the May,

Coronet of flowers adorn her head,

May Day, time to celebrate new beginnings.


May Day – by Darrilyn Downes


May Day is a special day,

When children love to sing and play.

They dance around the Maypole bright,

Their little faces filled with delight.

The daffodils are out in bloom,

Their bright colours fill any room.

This May Day comes but once a year

And is greeted with a happy cheer.


Members were encouraged to vote on prospective speakers for next year and to contribute ideas for thought-provoking talks, entertainments and demonstrations.

This year is the Centenary of the Warwickshire WI Federation this year and one of the events planned for this is a day-trip to Lincoln, organised by Johnson’s Coaches, on July 30th for any WI member in the county. Coaches for this area’s members will be going from Coleshill School which is offering free parking.

At our next meeting on June 12th at 7.30pm the speaker will be talking about the Middleton Lakes Nature Reserve and the competition is for a Posy from your Garden.

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Keeping Fit at 90!!

Keep Fit attendees including Dora Colloby (Front Row, 3rd from right) and instructor Dot James (Front Row, 2nd from right)

Keep Fit attendees including Dora Colloby (Front Row, 3rd from right) and instructor Dot James (Front Row, 2nd from right)

The Keep Fit group at Coleshill Town Hall appears to be producing the secret of eternal youth, as Dora Colloby celebrates her 90th Birthday today!

Keeping mobile and active has certainly helped Dora to reach this tremendous milestone; as has the company of good friends.

Dot James, the groups instructor, is proud of the group she runs which keeps good numbers. The majority of her members are 80+ and this lovely informal keep fit class goes from strength to strength. Members are encouraged to go at their own pace and exercises are modified for those with limited mobility. One of her attendees had very limited mobility when she began classes but is now able to walk herself to fetch a cup of tea at break time, these are the results that matter.

If you or someone you know would like to come along to this friendly group classes run on Wednesday Morning 10am-12noon in The Old Court Room.

New security measures for Memorial Park

Town Council to install new bollards to protect Memorial Park

Coleshill Town Council is to install two new retractable bollards in a bid to stop unwanted vechicles accessing the car park.

Using urgent business powers, Chairman of the Community and Environment Committee, Cllr Adam Farrell has authorised the spend after local Councillors and residents raised their fears that nearby incidents of travellers occupying land, might spread intoColeshill.

Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“The Town Council takes its responsibility to protect public land seriously. In 2016 we installed a number of measures to protect the grassed areas of the Memorial Park.

“We took action then and now we are taking action again, because Coleshill is not an easy target and will do all we can to protect our land from damage and vandalism.

“These new bollards will mean the Council can reduce the space available to enter the car park, preventing anything larger than a car entering the park.

“It is not sensible to use a gate to close the car park off. It means legitimate users of the park are penalised for something that hasn’t even happened. It also costs the council money in overtime as staff have to work beyond their normal hours to closethe gate late at night. We can’t close the gates all summer but we can raise the bollards as and when required, whilst still ensuring residents and sports groups can access the park as normal.

“All Town Councillors understand the concerns of residents and we hope this measure provides a sensible and practical way of providing long term additional protection for this fantastic facility.”

The work to install the bollards will take place in the next couple of weeks and the Town Council asks residents to be mindful of their existence when using the Memorial Park Car Park.



The Mayor’s competition has been judged with £50 now having been allocated to the winners. All of the contributions and ideas have been considered and the final decision is that the main theme for the statue will be around the theme of the Stagecoach and Highwayman. The working group is now evolving into a ‘delivery’ group!; with additions being, Megan Davies of Coleshill Town Council, Brian Nicholson who will be giving artistic assistance, and Chris Leeson of Love Coleshill.

We are keen for the presence of other expertise within the group, to ensure that we deliver a statue befitting of our town and community. Anyone with experience, such as in fundraising, art/sculpture and legal matters will be a great addition to the CASPER Delivery Group. Please message if you are interested.

Referendum on the Coleshill Neighbourhood Plan. Have your say!

Vote to help plan your Town

Coleshill’s Neighbourhood Plan is on the home stretch after clearing the last but one hurdle before becoming part of the town’s planning regime.

 Some of you responded to a questionnaire and other consultation exercises seeking your views on the future look of the town.  They were taken into account in preparing the draft Plan. The NP Steering Group spent a lot of time and care in compiling and editing the draft.

 But now North Warwickshire Borough Council has signed it off, and an independent planning inspector has examined and cleared it, which ensures that it can now become part of the town’s planning regime – if you want it to be.

 We want your help again by voting for the Plan on Thursday 4 May, when you vote for town and county councillors.

 In a separate vote – officially, the Neighbourhood Plan referendum – you will be asked: Do you want North Warwickshire Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Coleshill to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?

This is the first time that people have been able to vote in a local referendum and it will be conducted in accordance with exactly the same procedures used at local government elections.

 It’s an additional, mandatory filter for future planning applications considered by NWBC for the Town and Parish of Coleshill and – although subject to review – will remain in place until 2030.

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group chairman Bill Richards said: “The Neighbourhood Plan has been constructed from the feedback received from Coleshill residents it has already been though several local consultation procedures.

 “It complies with the North Warwickshire Local Plan – but looks at local planning issues in much more detail.

“You like living in Coleshill.  You want it to retain the characteristics of a Market Town in the Green Belt.  You want to achieve this by preserving architectural features in the town and by monitoring the type of development being considered.

 “Our Neighbourhood Plan will enable the Town Council to register their opinions more effectively on future planning applications – and will help protect our rural boundaries.

 “The Plan reflects your opinions about planning development in our parish.

 “It’s called ‘localism’ and, although it has to fit in with the regulations set out with regard to National and Local Planning, it promotes a more detailed and considered appraisal.

 “The Coleshill Steering Group strongly recommends that you vote to adopt the Plan.”

If you would like further information or to view Coleshill’s Neighbourhood Plan online please visit: