Benefits Debt Housing Advice – P3 Bus Visiting the Town Hall

On Monday 24th April P3 will be bringing their mobile bus to the Town Hall.
Monday 24th April 10.00 – 12.00
They will be advertising the great service they offer here, at the Coleshill Hub every Monday morning and will be giving drop-in Advice and Guidance on all kinds of matters related to benefits, debt, housing, fuel bills, water rates and much much more.  Please come along and have a chat with them if you have any concerns as they can always refer to other agencies in the event that they can not help you directly. They offer a friendly and very professional service.
Warwickshire floating support. Support in the community for adults who need help and advice with their housing situation.

If you can’t make it on Monday 24th, please contact them directly or come up to see them at the Hub on any Monday 10.00 – 12.00.

Caring volunteers launch Bereavement Group in Coleshill

Big-hearted Coleshill volunteers  have launched a monthly bereavement group to help anyone who is finding it hard to cope with the loss of a loved one. The group known as Snowdrops is an extension of the counselling service offered by the Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton and meets on the second Thursday of the month at Coleshill United Church at 2, Coventry Road, Coleshill from 2 – 3.30pm. It is already proving a lifeline to people struggling with the trauma of bereavement, meeting in a cosy room at the rear of the church with tea, coffee and biscuits provided,
 “The death of a loved one can feel like the most painful event ever to happen to you.” explained one of the volunteers. “It can be very difficult to deal with and to express the feelings you go through, and we hope to provide a comfortable environment where people can express those feelings and talk about their loved one.
For Caroline Munday, the group has been invaluable in helping her to come to terms with her own loss, thanks to its welcoming atmosphere and the kindness she has experienced there.
“Snowdrops is a warm, friendly, trusting group,” she said. “To be part of it and to be able to talk about bereavement and your loved one, openly over a cup of tea, is wonderful. Everyone has lost someone and to share experiences and feelings helps. It also reassures you that you’re not going mad and that what you’re going through is ‘normal’ especially during the blackest days.
The volunteers are warm, friendly, genuine people. So if you need to let it out, please don’t hesitate, don’t be alone. Come to Snowdrops and you’ll find the understanding and support you need. It’s good to talk. It really helped me, letting my innermost thoughts out, believe me.”
Snowdrops meets on the second Thursday of the month at Coleshill United Church,
2, Coventry Road, Coleshill B46 3NU from 2 – 3.30pm and is open to anyone who would like comfort and support following a bereavement. There is a nominal £1 charge for the refreshments.
For more information, phone Snowdrops on:01675-464939
Caring volunteers launch Bereavement Group in Coleshill

Tame Valley Wetlands Community Gathering

We would like to invite your organisation to the Tame Valley Wetlands Community Gathering, on Saturday 25th March, at the Link in Water Orton.

The Tame Valley Wetlands area covers the River Tame and its floodplain, as well as the surrounding communities including Castle Vale, Coleshill, Kingsbury and Tamworth.

This event is an opportunity for local groups with an interest in access to the countryside, heritage or the environment, to network and share best practice.
Meet similar groups, share tips and ideas, and be inspired!
The Community Gathering will last from 10am to 3pm. It is free to attend and lunch will be provided. There will be a choice of exciting workshops, talks and networking sessions covering volunteer recruitment, funding opportunities, wildlife first aid, using citizen science in wildlife surveys, engaging local communities in local heritage, the benefits of the environment for people and more (a full programme will be available at time of booking). It will also be your chance to find out about the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership and get involved: you will have a chance to suggest ideas and influence the future of the partnership & the valley!

If you would like to spread the word about your work, you’ll also have the opportunity to display leaflets and posters at our marketplace for all to see.
We will officially open bookings on 24th of February, but in the meantime, please save the date!

Feel free to share with others who might like to attend.
All the best,

Coleshill WI February meeting

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Two schoolgirls, both called Hannah, making their presentations.

At our February meeting, we welcomed several visitors and two new members. Coleshill School assistant head and history teacher Catherine Larkin introduced girls from the school, two of them named Hannah, who gave presentations on several famous women including black activist and writer Maya Angelou and the South African anti-Apartheid campaigner Ruth First. After the presentations, they led a discussion with members who were invited to choose their own favourite high-profile women. These included the Queen, novelist George Eliot, Nurse Edith Cavell and Lady Godiva.

Our members then tried to identify pictures of famous women on the wall, among them Venus Williams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Merkel, Elizabeth Fry, Marie Curie, Anne Frank, Barbara Castle and Nobel Peace prizewinner Malala Yousafsai.

We enjoyed refreshments including a delicious spicy fruitcake made by Elaine Partridge to celebrate her birthday. Marjorie Power who is recovering in a nursing home from hip surgery after a painful fall wrote to thank everyone for their cards and good wishes.

As it was Valentine’s Day, our competition was for a Valentine to a famous woman, which Mal Downes won with her joky effort addressed to Teresa May:

“The touch of your hand was so thrilling

I wonder if you would be willing

To migrate to my Tower,

My Republican bower

For delights that could be so fulfilling.

 All my love,

Donald? xx

PS Don’t tell Melania!

 The Warwickshire Federation of WIs asked us to donate unwanted jewellery, watches, clocks and stamps to raise funds for the Associated Countrywomen of the World of which the WI is a member. The Treasurer announced that all but one of our members had paid their £39 annual WI subscription.

Our dozen Christmas Child shoeboxes were among thousands from the UK sent out by lorry to deprived children in Romania.

Our next meeting is on March 14th at 7.30 in the Town Hall when we will learn to make a needle-felted bird. The competition will be for a bowl of bulbs grown by a member. At the following meeting, on April 11th, our speaker will talk on the Tame Valley Wetland Project and the competition will be for a home-decorated Easter bonnet. Visitors welcome as always.