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

Coleshill WI November meeting

The photo shows the results of our previous spring bulb planting.

At our Annual Meeting in November, the second to be held at the new time of 2pm rather than in the evening, we had a good turnout and were pleased to welcome several visitors interested in joining the WI, including one who signed up as a member. Several gave us useful tips on how we could appeal to a wider cross-section of women from a variety of ages and backgrounds as we try to expand our membership.

During social time we enjoyed planting bowls of bulbs for spring flowering, with a range of varieties including fragrant jonquils, daffodils and hyacinths. All the bulb fibre and bulbs were supplied by the WI and everyone went home with a bowl of planted bulbs, looking forward to seeing the first buds peeping out in March next year.

Our longest-standing member Joy Hancock, who joined Coleshill WI in 1956 and was on the Committee for over 20 years, won the competition for ‘A Memory from Coleshill WI’ with her lively account of the highlights of her time there. These included victory in the Meriden Road Safety Quiz, learning handbell ringing and a variety of crafts, numerous celebration meals and entertainments plus taking part in the County ‘Olympics’, in which four of our members won gold medals for indoor games like Scrabble and darts. Christine Jones was second with the array of silver cups and trophies awarded to our members at Coleshill WI’s produce and handicraft shows, for cookery, gardening and crafts. According to the early records, many of these shows attracted over 100 entries in the different classes.

Jane Mills was third, remembering her origami demonstration of how to make a perky penguin from folded card.

Anyone interested in joining or finding out more about the WI is very welcome to come along to any of our regular monthly meetings at 2pm on the second Tuesday of each month at Coleshill Town Hall and there are many different social events and activities to try as well as the camaraderie and interest of being part of a vibrant local group. Members have the chance to learn a variety of skills from handcrafts, local history and public speaking to different styles of cookery, singing and literary appreciation through courses at the WI’s own residential training centre, Denman College in Oxfordshire. We also 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.

For more details contact our President Elaine Partridge on 01675-462621 or Secretary Jane Hewitt 01675-430157

Christmas 2019

The late night shop for Christmas 2019 Light Switch On will be on Thursday 28 November as organised by Love Coleshill. The Mayor, Cllr. Adam Richardson will be present to switch on the lights.

Christmas santa

On Saturday 30 November, the Town Council will be organising the Christmas Fayre in the Town Hall from 1pm-4pm. If you wish to book a stall please contact Helen Whittaker on 01675 463326.img_3537