Coleshill WI and its temporary suspension

Local people enjoying activities at Coleshill Comminty Hub

At Coleshill WI’s January meeting, Helen Whitaker from the Town Council gave us a guided tour of the immaculately refurbished Coleshill Community Hub at the Town Hall. This provides information and advice for local people and supports those suffering from loneliness, depression, unemployment and poverty. The Hub, funded by compensation from HS2, is currently preparing to help anyone in the area affected by the disruption if the rail link goes ahead and now comprises several rooms and private areas where residents can hold meetings and receive advice and counselling.

Because of problems in finding WI members willing to take on the executive roles of Secretary and Treasurer, we had feared we might be unable to continue but at the meeting one member volunteered to become Treasurer and we hope to be able to identify a possible Secretary shortly. Ruth McCartney from Warwickshire Federation gave us an encouraging talk on possible ways ahead, emphasising the value of the WI to the town of Coleshill and the need to try to recruit more members aged between 40 and 60. Although we have decided to suspend Coleshill WI temporarily, we shall continue to meet informally for afternoon tea and to learn a range of different skills, on the second Tuesday of the month at 2pm from February 11th at the Sumner Road Meeting House, at the lower end of Sumner Road– everyone welcome. We hope to restart Coleshill WI, firing on all cylinders, in the near future. Our members will also continue to enjoy monthly lunches at different pubs in the area, Scrabble sessions each month and darts and other traditional games every Monday afternoon, all organised at members’ homes.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the WI, joining our (hopefully) revamped Institute or even taking on an organisational role will be very welcome. For more details please ring President Elaine Partridge Tel: 01675-462621

Fire Damage and Vandalism on Memorial Park – Update

Over the weekend of 7th – 8th September there was some fire damage on the Memorial park and the Rocker elephant was vandalised. The damage has now been rectified but at a cost in excess of £700 to the Town Council.

This was part of two weekends of vandalism at the park which saw the skate board ramp also being damaged and fires lit at the skate park and junior football pitch as well as damage to the Stonebridge Allotment site.

 If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact

Rocking Elephant spring snapped

Rocking Elephant spring snapped

Rocking elephant mended - side view

Rocking elephant mended – side view

Rocking Elephant mended - front view

Rocking Elephant mended – front view








Fire damage to grass caused by shopping trolleys set alight

Fire damage to grass caused by shopping trolleys set alight

Fire damage to Junior football pitch

Fire damage to Junior football pitch



Coleshill WI new afternoon meetings 2-4pm


Please note the change of time for Coleshill WI Meetings from 2pm-4pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (exc August) at Coleshill Town Hall (Old Court Room) new members always welcome to drop in.

A wide variety of speakers, craft activities, exercise, baking and more. Come and join your local WI at our next meeting or for more information contact Elaine on: 01675462621