Coleshill WI May Meeting

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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.

Visitors welcome as always – just turn up and join us.IMG_1588

CASPER UPDATE

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.
megan@coleshilltowncouncil.gov.uk

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 fundraising@fatherhudsons.org.uk.

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.

Pop-up Christmas Cinema at Coleshill Town Hall

Bear Paw Productions will be bringing back some cinema magic in the lead up to Christmas 2016. Throughout December we will be screening some of the most loved Christmas film at Coleshill Town Hall.
The Town Hall will be transformed into an amazing venue based on the theme of each film. Every evening will bring a little piece of Christmas magic and we would love you to be a part of it.

Events are being held each evening on the following dates:
Friday 2nd December – The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (raising money for Make-A-Wish UK)
Friday 9th December – Elf (raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital)
Friday 16th December – Love Actually (Raising money for British Heart Foundation)
Friday 23rd December – The Polar Express (Raising money for Air Ambulance)

Doors open at 6.30pm with the film starting around 7pm.

For the last 2 screenings Coleshill Town Band will be playing traditional Christmas carols and you take your seats to add a little more magic to your night.

Food & drink will be available to purchase on the night, including mulled wine, beer, hot chocolate, red & white wine, Bailey’s, popcorn, sweets, mince pies, gingerbread biscuits etc.

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (PG)

Our first screening follows the magical story of Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe’. Be prepared to wonder through our very own wardrobe full of fur coats into a winter woodland scene. Inside you’ll be able to dress up as some of the characters at our very special photobooth, grab a delicious hot chocolate and a bag of homemade popcorn, then find your seats among the snow.

Elf (PG)

The brilliant comedy ‘Elf’ staring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel will be shown on our big screen this December. Don’t be a cotton headed ninny muggins and miss out on tickets for this one. Just like Buddy we can’t help but make amazing amounts of decorations for Chirstmas. So Coleshill Town Hall will be covered in paper snowflakes, giant sweets and Christmas trees.

Love Actually (15)

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without watching the stories of eight very different couples in the lead up to Christmas Day. ‘Love Actually’ is the must see romantic comedy of the season. Coleshill Town Band will be playing some traditional carols as you collect your tickets, purchase some snacks and find your seats in the snow. It’s going to be a festive night for couples, friends and family.

The Polar Express (U)

Finally our festive season will end with a magical journey to the North Pole on ‘The Polar Express’. So get your pyjamas and onesies at the ready as we discover the sound of the Christmas bells and remember to never stop believing!

Link to our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/bearpawproductionsuk/

Link to the website where you can order tickets:

https://bearpawproductions.wordpress.com/