Coleshill WI October meeting

IMG_1691 IMG_1690At our October meeting , we thoroughly enjoyed a thought-provoking session of sitting yoga run by local practitioner Lisa Colclough from Nether Whitacre. Although only a handful of us had tried yoga before, Lisa soon dispelled our fears of having to tie our legs in knots behind our heads and demonstrated a series of gentle exercises, including breathing control, balancing and suppleness techniques. Several of the stretches helped to extend our muscles and loosened our spines and the session proved a great success with members of all ages and different fitness levels.

Our President Elaine Partridge, an expert flower arranger, won the competition for an arrangement of autumn leaves with her atmospheric creation in tones of russet, copper and gold which included a cute (model) baby hedgehog. Gill Tyers was second with her delicate arrangement of green and yellow foliage and seed heads.

Next year’s programme is now decided and includes an interesting variety of talks and activities which we particularly hope will attract more new members. Among these is Steve Allen’s musical trip through the 1800s, the chance to learn beadwork, including making a suncatcher plus ‘The Story of a Restoration’ with Coleshill Civic Society. The New Year kicks off with an exciting ‘Antiques Roadshow’ talk on January 8th from auctioneer Steven Bruce who will also be appraising antiques brought in by our members and judging the best for the monthly competition.

We are holding our Annual Meeting on November 13th when we elect next year’s committee who then vote to decide our new President, Secretary and Treasurer. We are encouraging as many members as possible to consider standing for the committee, particularly relative newcomers to the WI, to add fresh ideas and perspectives. The competition is for a winter soup recipe. Our meetings  are held at Coleshill Town Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm and visitors are always very welcome.


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.

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

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.


Coleshill Town FC

Coleshill Town FC is playing South Shields FC at home (at Pack Meadow, Packington Lane, Coleshill, B46 3JE) in the FA Vase Semi-Final 1st Leg on Saturday, 11th March – Kick Off at 3pm.
This is already guaranteed to be the biggest crowd for Coleshill Town FC in its history.  The ground capacity is 2,000.  Only 300 tickets are being offered to South Shields.  The club therefore needs to sell the other 1,700 to maximise the benefit of home advantage in the first leg.
Ticketing Arrangements
Entry will be ticket only.  Full price is £8 and concessions are £6.  Tickets are available from the Green Man, Books Revisited, the George & Dragon or the Pack Meadow ground itself.
Parking Arrangements
Following consultation between the Police, WCC Highways, Coleshill Town Football Club and North Warwickshire Borough Council, it has been agreed that the following parking arrangements and restrictions will be in force for the FA Vase fixture scheduled for Saturday 11th March, 2017 at 3pm.
* All visitors and supporters should park in the event parking facilities provided at the ground and at Coleshill High School. The official car parks will be signposted and Event Marshals will be on hand to give directions.
* Parking along Packington Lane should be avoided where possible. Parking will only be allowed along one side of the road and drivers should not park within any coned area or in any way which would restrict access or obstruct the highway. Event Marshals and the Police will be in attendance to help drivers and to deal with parking contraventions.
* Other road users are advised to avoid Packington Lane and the area around the ground between 2pm and 6pm on the day of the match.