Coleshill members ran the WI tombola stall in the Town Hall at the turning on of the Christmas lights ceremony. At our December meeting the following week we enjoyed a visit from ‘Father Christmas’ in mufti, Pat Saunders from Stretton-on-Dunsmore near Coventry, who for nearly 40 years has taken the role, entertaining hundreds of children each Christmas. After his much-loved loved wife died several years ago, Pat began giving talks on life as Father Christmas, ‘The View from the Other Side of the Beard’, with the proceeds going to Myton Hospice where his wife was cared for during her final illness. Pat originally hoped to be an actor but was told he was “too big for the scenery” so instead he took on the mantle of Father Christmas in a splendid costume his wife made for him. He has proved a great hit with youngsters, even giving them advice, telling them that Father Christmas won’t deliver presents if they don’t tidy their bedrooms.
Members enjoyed festive snacks and mulled wine then played a riotous game of indoor curling, The meeting finished with carol singing, accompanied by Mavis Gordon on the piano.
Several members attended the Group Carol Service at Curdworth Church, shared with the Wishaw and Curdworth WIs. Former President Christine Jones read the third lesson from Matthew. New President Elaine Partridge delivered a comic parody, “The Puppies’ Night Before Christmas” which began:
“’Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
The puppies were squeaking
An old rubber mouse
The wreath which had cheerfully
Been hung on the door
Was scattered in pieces
All over the floor…”
Everyone enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine at the get-together in the church hall afterwards.
At the next meeting on January 10th at the Town Hall, the talk will be on old-fashioned entertainments including music hall and conjuring. Visitors welcome as always.
The Town Hall offices are open as follows:
Thursday December 22 – 9am to 1pm (normal)
Friday December 23 – 9am to 1pm (normal)
Monday December 26 – CLOSED
Tuesday December 27 – CLOSED
Wednesday December 28 – 9am to 1pm (normal)
Thursday December 29 – 9am to 1pm (normal)
Friday December 30 – 9am to 1pm (normal)
Monday January 2 – CLOSED
Tuesday January 3 – 9am to 1pm (normal) and onwards
The Cemetery will be open 8am – 4pm all days including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Don’t miss Coleshill Town Council’s annual Christmas Fair tomorrow at 1pm-5pm, discover stalls with tombola’s, raffles, lucky dips, games and refreshments galore. Always a great afternoon for the family and raises much needed funds for many of our local community groups and charities.
Come and visit Santa’s Grotto in the Old Court Room and have a peek in our Hudson Room to see what crafts your children can create led by the Guides and Brownies.
The fair will be accompanied by music from local bands and choirs before the countdown to Coleshill’s light switch on by our Town Mayor, Councillor Sue Wallace at 4:15pm.
The Coleshill Town Guide is out of date and there only a few copies left. The Council had attempted to have the same printer as last time to do a revised print but they were unable to find enough advertising to achieve this on a “free to Council” basis. The Council has been trying to find an alternative guide printer.
A printer has been found and Local Authority Publishing Limited are selling print pages currently with a view to publishing a guide in the New Year (over 70% sold to date).
If the company’s sales representative (Laura) approaches you if you are in business in the town, should have an authority letter to show, written and personally signed by the Town Clerk. If they refer to Local Authority Publishing Limited, they are officially authorised to sell space in the guide.
We hope that it will be in publication in the New Year and will be available in web page format as well.
Look out for our Ground Staff out and about around Coleshill now the van has received it’s mini-makeover; our telephone number and website address are clearly visible on the van to assist residents to contact us with any queries they may have.
Remembrance Sunday has always been a special day for our nation and indeed for the town of Coleshill, a day in which the community joins together to remember those who died in World War One and all conflicts since. As Mayor of Coleshill it was an honour to lead the parade through the streets of Coleshill and to see many residents young and old gathering to show their support.
Remembrance Sunday 2016 was particularly significant as it took place during the centenary commemoration of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st-November 18th 1916, the largest battle of the First World War on the Western front. Twenty-four men from in and around Coleshill died during this battle and were remembered during the wreath laying and the roll of honour by all present, including relatives of some of the fallen still living in Coleshill and the surrounding areas today.
It takes a great many people to organise the remembrance parade and church service and my sincere thanks go out to everyone involved: to Roy Charlesworth and all at the Coleshill branch of the Royal British Legion for organising the parade and poppies which lined the streets and adorned each shop window; to Coleshill Parish Church, the Reverend Nick Parker for delivering a poignant and thought-provoking service and the wider church ensemble and congregation for being gracious hosts; to Coleshill Town Band for leading the parade with dignity; to my Sergeant At Arms, Simon Toon, for his assistance in organising the parade and his knowledge of ceremonial protocols; to the uniformed organisations, their standard-bearers and leaders, 1st Coleshill Brownies, 5th Coleshill Brownies, Water Orton Scouts, Coleshill Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, Shard End Sea Cadets, 2504 Sqn Air Training Corps and the Girl’s and Boy’s Brigades; to the Marshals who kindly volunteered to help with the road closures, standing guard to ensure the safe passage of the parade; to the MER for providing the lead and rear cars and first aid assistance; to Coleshill Primary School for allowing the parade to muster and disband from the school grounds; to Town Clerk, Colin Greatorex, and all officers and staff of Coleshill Town Council who ably assisted with the organisation of the event, and finally thanks to the people of Coleshill for always supporting the parade.
Cllr Mrs. Sue Wallace
Date for your diary! This years Christmas Fair is on SATURDAY 3RD DEC.
Come and join us for raffles, tombola’s, quizzes & prizes galore!
Always a lovely community afternoon raising much needed funds for many of our local charities and community groups.
DRAGON’S DEN BACKED MUM2MUM MARKET LAUNCHES IN COLESHILL – 26 June 2-4pm
Mum2mum market nearly new sales provide an opportunity for parents to make money selling on their outgrown baby clothes and equipment to other families.
With over 20 stalls the market offers a huge choice of pre-loved baby and children’s items at a fraction of the high street price, where buyers can make serious savings. Goods for sale range from large items such as designer prams, large toys and cots to toys, books, baby equipment and clothes from newborn to age six.
Click on the event on facebook for sale previews: https://www.facebook.com/events/1726187787653960/
Admission is £2 on the door, kids are free, and admission for the last half hour of the sale is free. Refreshments will be available on the day and exclusive discounts are on offer from baby/children’s photographer Images by SJ Baldock.
For more information about Mum2mum Market and for details of how to book a stall, please visit www.mum2mummarket.co.uk