CLAW 2020 – The Show Goes On!

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Around 40 people crammed into the Coach Hotel to watch Simon (The Voice) Davies last night!  Antoin, the licencee, is keen on more live shows.

Everything in the CLAW programme is still on today: business as usual.

The Country Market is on at the Parish Room, the Woodlands School art display (Year 7 and above) is in Fifield Hall with the wool market on and Brian Nicholson’s exhibition of his works continues in the Hudson Room at Town Hall.

Tonight, there are 30 tickets left for A Night at the Musicals at the Cameo Suite.  There are also 30 seats left for tomorrow night at the not to be missed Kiriki Club show at Town Hall.  Bookings via Town Hall, the Community Hub and the Library for Kiriki Club.

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Today is the Busiest Day in the CLAW 2020 Programme


Simon Davies at the Coach Hotel

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Today is the busiest day in the CLAW 2020 programme. As well as the activity during the day in the schools and the Library, Art for Pleasure are meeting in the Mill Room at Community Centre, Brian Nicholson starts his exhibition in the Hudson Room of the Town Hall and there is a Fusion of Dance demo at the Old Courtroom, Town Hall.

Tonight, there is Simon (The Voice) Davies giving an acoustic set at the Coach Hotel and the Civic Society’s Coleshill Old and New talk at the Old Market Hall.

Something for everyone:

CLAW 2020 – Starting Monday 9th March!

It is the eve of CLAW 2020, starting Monday 9 March.
For those who do not see it, there has been good coverage of CLAW in the Coleshill Post Feb /March edition and, with the help of Sally Jones, the Press Release details have also gone to the Coleshill Echo (see attached pages of the March edition) and also the regional TV and radio, so listen out for details.
If you are in town, the Country Market is open today and is taking orders for Coleshill Pie – an Artisan special (both rabbit and chicken options but with historically available ingredients).  The full, family sized pies (see size in the picture) are £5 each and will be available for collection from the Country Market next Friday, 13 March.
Here again is the full programme of CLAW 2020 events:
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Coleshill Local Arts Week (CLAW) from 9-15 March

This link gives details of all the CLAW events:  

There has been an amendment to the CLAW 2020 program. Stagecoach Performing Group are no longer performing on 14th March.

Coleshill Local Arts Week (CLAW) is making a happy return to the town from 9-15th March, bigger and better than ever, with many more organisations taking part after its successful launch last year.

Coleshill Country Market, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and is one of only three still running in the county, looks back into local history for its signature dish, ‘Coleshill Artisan Pie’ made from the once-abundant ingredients that in bygone times helped the yeomen and peasants of the district feed their families. From the era of stagecoaches and highwaymen, when Daniel Defoe described Coleshill as a ‘handsome market town’ until well into the last century, the fields were teeming with rabbits and everyone grew root vegetables. Coleshill Town FC was even nicknamed “The Rabbits” because it served Rabbit Pie after matches.

Now the Market’s accomplished cooks have concocted a traditional recipe for the Festival, a typical hearty Artisan Pie featuring rabbit plus onions, turnips parsnips and other vegetables. A “heating ‘n’ eating” version of this (made with chicken rather than rabbit) can be ordered at the weekly Country Market on March 6th in the Parish Room between 8am and noon, to be collected at the following week’s Market on March 13th.

Planned and staged by Coleshill’s Mayor Councillor Adam Richardson, Town Council staff and the CLAW Interest Group, the Arts Week will feature a fascinating selection of art displays, talks, poetry, country dancing and live performances to suit every taste. These include an acoustic set from Simon (“The Voice”) Davies at the Coach Hotel on Thursday, March 12th, then “A Night at the Musicals”, by popular operatic group Coleshill On Stage on March 13th  at the Cameo Suite.  The Town Hall hosts a raw, energetic Kiriki Club concert through “Live & Local” on Saturday, March 14th, billed as an eclectic brew of vintage 1940’s/50’s jumpin’ R&B, speak-easy swing, fabulous rock ‘n’ roll, dance-floor fillers, pop classics, and exotic sounds from around the world.  Bear Paw film night returns on Sunday March 15th, showing the children’s favourite “Toy Story 4”.

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Acclaimed local artist Brian Nicholson is exhibiting his work at the Town Hall and several schools in the Coleshill Consortium are producing designs and artwork which will go on display during the Festival.

This year’s theme is “Film of the Book” and the Library is mounting daily “From Book to Film” displays, encouraging visitors to judge whether they prefer the famous film or the book from which it originated. The Library is also hosting a talk by well-known crime author Stephen Booth, revealing the secrets of writing gripping thrillers. The Poetry Group’s is staging a “Poetry Please!” evening there and children’s writer B. B. Taylor will present a family interactive story-telling session.

“We’d love to see everyone supporting these events, said Coleshill Town Clerk Colin Greatorex, the CLAW Administrator. “They’re largely staged by dedicated volunteers and entrance for many of the events is absolutely free. A good turnout will enable us to expand the Festival even more over the next few years.”

“It’s great to see so many creative people from this area coming together to produce such a rich variety of different experiences for everyone to enjoy,” added Mayor of Coleshill, Adam Richardson, this year’s CLAW Festival Chairman. “There really is something for everyone and the live performances promise a really special atmosphere. I can’t wait to try the Coleshill Artisan Pie myself!”

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  1. Coleshill Market stalwarts Janet Reilly and Sue Lappin who concocted the recipe for “Coleshill Artisan Pie” delivering some of their wares
  2. The one remaining founder-member of Coleshill Country Market, Christine Jones, serving at the Parish Room.
  3. The Poetry Reading Group in action at Coleshill Library.

Please get in touch if you would like more detail on any of this.

Best wishes,


Happy Return of CLAW (Coleshill Local Arts Week) 2020



Coleshill WI and its temporary suspension

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