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:

Reopening of Coleshill Country Market

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The pictures show: Coleshill WI Market in full swing and some of the goods on sale including baked food, plants and handmade jewellery

Coleshill Country Market is reopening on Friday February 3rd from 8am – noon, after its Christmas break. It is still at the Parish Room, 132 High Street, Coleshill B46 3BJ where our customers enjoy a chat over tea or coffee and cake.

New season’s marmalade will be on sale along with a variety of home-made baked goods: fruitcakes, savouries, shortbread, lemon drizzle cake, gingerbread, mince pies, sausage rolls, chutney, pickles, free range eggs, preserves plus hand-knitted and crocheted items, cards, stained glass pieces, gifts and hand-made jewellery.

Our thriving garden section includes bedding plants, shrubs and fruit plus vegetables and vegetable plants in season.

To order food and produce phone Christine Jones on 01675-462012 or Sally Jones on 07860-346878 to place your order and arrange delivery. Contact Christine Jones if you are interested in becoming a producer. We’d particularly like to recruit some more keen cooks. Please Follow and Like us on Facebook:


Father Hudson’s 113th Charity Ball

Join Father Hudson’s Care on 18th February 2017 at the National Conference Centre for their 113th Charity Ball.

The date is set, the band is booked and preparations are well underway to make Father Hudson’s 113th Annual Fundraising Ball better than ever. So make sure you save the date and book your tickets for an evening of celebration in aid of not one, but two good causes.

The Marmites

Local band The Marmites return to rock into the early hours following their great success at 2016’s event. Jimmy Spencer and his team of volunteers are back with the ever-popular tombola. And there will be the usual three-course dinner, dancing, raffle and games, ensuring a great evening is had by all. The Ball returns to the popular venue – the National Conference Centre, Birmingham.Get in touch today to reserve your tickets or book a table. Tickets cost £39.50, or £35.00 if you are 30 and under. You can also book a table for your entire party. We can offer tables of 8, 10, 12 or more. To book your tickets, call Ginny Cullen on 01675 434015 or email

2017’s Ball will raise funds for New Routes Fostering and Young at Heart.

New Routes provides fostering placements to children and young people in and around Birmingham who are unable to
live with their birth families. With the Ball’s help they want to provide more educational, health and personal development opportunities to the children and young people they help.

Young at Heart reaches out the hand of friendship to vulnerable and extremely isolated older people in North Staffordshire. Older people are supported to attend one of four regular friendship groups where they can make friends, take part in various activities, exercise, and get support and information. Without Young at Heart many wouldn’t see a friendly face from one week to the next.

With two projects to support we want to make the 113th Ball the best ever. We know we can do it with your help.

Come along to help raise funds for these two brilliant projects. You can also help by donating prizes for the raffle and tombola, to help boost the proceeds on the night. All prizes are gratefully received and can be delivered to St George’s House, Coleshill.

If you would like to support the ball, you can also make a donation on the Ball Committee’s JustGiving page or by sending a cheque payable to ‘Father Hudson’s Ball’ to Ginny Cullen, Father Hudson’s Care, St George’s House, Gerards Way, Coleshill B46 3FG.