Christine Jones, 91, honoured as National Country Markets Movement celebrate its 100th Anniversary

 

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The WI have an update to the story on Christine Jones, 91 from Coleshill, who has been honoured at the National Country Markets AGM as the longest standing marketeer at the meeting and possibly in England and Wales. The pictures above show Christine cutting the National celebration cake with fellow-veteran marketeers Mike Rogers, 89 and Molly Ranger, 92, amid an array of county cakes baked by members of the different County Markets. The third picture shows Christine standing as the only market producer at the AGM to have served 50 years, many of them as Coleshill’s Market Manager and Treasurer. The fourth picture is of diet and exercise guru Rosemary Conley giving a lively speech on how to lose those bingo wings and her appearance in a microscopic pink skating dress in Dancing on Ice.

 

Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting is not a meeting of the Council but a meeting for all parishioners of Coleshill.  It is merely hosted by the Town Council.  This gives residents the opportunity, by law, to discuss all town affairs and pass resolutions about them.

Coleshill WI March meeting

At our March meeting our speaker Steve Allen took us on an entertaining “Musical Trip through the 1800s”. He described the major industries and different methods of transport that developed during that era, from weaving, mining and slate quarrying to canals and steam engines and illustrated his talk with atmospheric photographs. Members enjoyed an impromptu sing-song of numbers like ‘Fairlie’s Little Wonder’, ‘Dirty Old Town’, ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ and sea shanties such as ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor.’, accompanied by Steve on his guitar. After refreshments, we played a hilarious game trying to translate phrases in Brummie and Black Country dialect into ‘proper’ English. Examples included:

‘Wim tekkin the whammel up tha cut’ (I’m taking the dog for a walk by the canal.)

‘He cud ate two taerters mower than a tunky pig.’ (He could eat two potatoes more than a greedy pig.)

‘We cor goo up tha bonk’ (We can’t go up the bank/ hill.)

Brenda Whyler won the competition for something your mother used to say with  ‘Put wood in t’hole – you weren’t born in a barn!’ (Translated as ‘Shut the door to stop the draught’.)

Second was Margot Hawkins with her mother’s sage advice ‘Make sure you have clean knickers on when you go out in case you’re run over by a bus’. Our President Elaine Partridge was third with her mum’s quirky injunction: ‘Don’t come running to me, if you fall over and break your leg!’.

Our former President Christine Jones, the only remaining founder member of  Coleshill Country Market reminded us about the 50th anniversary party for the Market which was founded by our WI in April 1969. Everyone is invited to tea, coffee and cake during the celebrations at 10.30am on Friday 26th April at the Market in the Parish Room, 132, High Street, Coleshill..

The competition for our next meeting on Tuesday April 9th is for a home-made Easter bunny and our speaker from Coleshill Civic Society will be telling ‘The Story of a Restoration’.

Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Town Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome as always.

CLAW Newsflash

The family of David Rees, watercolour artist of Coleshill, have set up a collection of his works in the Hudson Room of the Town Hall.  These items are on display Thursday to Sunday.

The Library has local writers and photographers featured today but will have CLAW items for Friday and Saturday as well.

For the Mister Keith & his Orchestra Parlour Show at 7 p.m. on Sunday 17th, the tickets are still at the pre-night price of £8.  Mister Keith is not doing tea tasting in the interval: it is Gin Tasting now!  This is as well as a licenced bar from 7 p.m.

 

Highlights and Updates of CLAW

Thursday 14 March
  • David Rees exhibition of water colours starting at the Town Hall
  • Library has local writers and photographers featured.
  • Bear Paw Productions is a 6:00 opening for a 6:30 Start.
Looking forward to Sunday 7:30 pm: some questions have been raised about the style of music for Mr. Keith –  It is quintessentially British.  Think of a cross between the melodic stories of Squeeze and the wit of the Alex Horne Section.