HS2 Invitation – HS2 events at the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology

Good afternoon neighbour,


To mark the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology, we are holding a series of free online events so you can get involved and find out more about what treasures are being unearthed as we build the country’s new high speed railway. The Festival of Archaeology runs from 17 July to 1 August, shining a light on our past and how our ancestors lived.


Subjects we will be covering in our free online ‘webinars’ include:

  • The archaeology of the Chilterns
  • St James’ burial ground
  • Hillingdon’s hidden history
  • Doddershall
  • Coleshill built heritage
  • Curzon Street
  • Innovations in archaeology
  • Uncovering the landscapes of HS2


Find out more about the Festival of Archaeology and the events we are holding.


We will also be holding our fourth weekend of open days at our Field Museum at St Mary’s Church in Stoke Mandeville on Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25 July. Inside a specially constructed tent the size of a football pitch, archaeologists working on our behalf are currently excavating the remains of the former parish church of St. Mary the Virgin. This is a once in a generation opportunity to excavate the ruins of a medieval church and churchyard. Inside the museum you can ascend the viewing platform for a bird’s eye view of ongoing excavations, as well as displays, films and finds to explore the history of St. Mary’s Church and the amazing archaeological discoveries in the surrounding area. We’d love to welcome you onto site to explore this fascinating excavation, where you can learn about life and death in Stoke Mandeville over more than 800 years.


Tickets are available to book from 10am on Tuesday 13 July and booking will close at 5pm on Thursday 22 July. Visit our events page to view details and book your tickets. Detailed joining instructions including our Health and Safety statement will be sent to all registered attendees closer to the time.


If you have a question about HS2’s events at the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.


Where appropriate, please share this information with supply chain, colleagues and customers via your communications channels.


Thank you,



Best wishes,
Fiona Woolston

Engagement Manager



0777 659 2192| fwoolston@lm-jv.com

6th Floor, Cornerblock,Two Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DX

LM on behalf of HS2 – Temporary overnight lane closures near Stonebridge Island from Monday 26 July 2021

Good morning neighbour,

Please find attached a notification of works detailing temporary overnight lane closures near Stonebridge Island from Monday 26 July being carried out by LM (Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons) on behalf of HS2.

 Subject to obtaining the relevant consents, we will install temporary, phased overnight lane closures from 7pm to 12.30am between Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July, and on Monday 2 August, along varying sections of the A446, A452 and A45 near Stonebridge Island to undertake environmental surveys.

Also, earlier in the month, we informed you that we would install temporary, phased daytime lane closures from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day between Monday 12 July to Thursday 15 July, and Monday 19 July to Tuesday 20 July, along sections of the A446, A452 and A45 near Stonebridge Island. We will now extend this programme from Monday 12 July to Friday 16 July.

Please see the below link for full details.

 LM on behalf of HS2 – Notice of overnight lane closures near Stonebridge Island from 26 July

Please share this notification with your employees, tenants and/or customers as required via your various communications channels. If you receive questions or enquiries about our works, please encourage people to subscribe for news updates on HS2 works in Solihull at www.hs2insolihull.co.uk. Where possible, please use the following text to promote our communications channels:

Stay in touch

As HS2’s works increase in this area, HS2 and their contractors want to keep you updated on all planned activities to inform your future journeys. On HS2’s Commonplace portal, you can sign up for news updates in the Solihull area at www.hs2insolihull.co.uk; you can sign up under the heading ‘Subscribe to news updates for HS2 in Solihull’ on the homepage.

 You can also find information about HS2’s works in surrounding areas at:





 To get in touch with HS2, contact their HS2 Helpdesk team all day, every day of the year on:

08081 434 434


If you have any questions about our works promoted in the attached notification, please contact Fiona Woolston by email at fwoolston@lm-jv.com.

Many thanks,

Community Engagement Team

08081 434 434 | Community@lm-jv.com

6th Floor, Cornerblock,Two Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DX

Find out more about what we do and how we do it – www.lm-jv.com


Pathway Improvement in the Cemetery Extension

You may wonder why there are Public Path Diversion Order signs in the field alongside the Coleshill Cemetery?
The County Council refer to the path that runs down from the opening to the field and running across at a diagonal in the direction of Maxstoke as M67 Pathway.  The reasons for the diversions are centred around the fact that two acres of this field are to be the cemetery extension.  The path will be made more attractive as it is diverted in that:
  • Walkers can go around the perimeter of the graves area rather than having to walk through them
  • The paths will be two metres wide rather than a thin track
  • The paths will be in sturdy concrete rather than muddy soil and
  • There are to be benches and bins provided around the perimeter.
The notices ask for any representations or objections.  We hope the above explains the diversion and why it is beneficial to all visitors.
If there are any enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact The Town Clerk, Colin Greatorex, colin@coleshilltowncouncil.gov.uk

Local hub connects the Coleshill community

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The Coleshill Hub – a community space and place in Coleshill, North Warwickshire – continues to support and connect local people.

In line with the government’s Build Back Better campaign, the Hub is encouraging the local community to get back onto the high street and get involved in North Warwickshire-based events.

The Hub provides information about what is on in Coleshill, signposting its visitors to events and activities, helping to support local tourism, as well as giving answers to the all-important questions local people have about HS2.

“After such a challenging and isolating year for many, it’s great to be able to connect local people with their community again,” says Charlie Painter, Hub Co-ordinator.

“We remained open wherever possible throughout the pandemic and provided whatever support we possibly could, including socially distant garden visits, shopping, and phone calls, but it’s fantastic to be able to support the community properly again.

“For many visitors coming to The Hub, we are their first step towards getting them the help they need. We help them no matter what their challenge may be. The Hub has a wide network of local and national partners – we signpost local people to the right services.

The Coleshill Hub is now open again to visitors, Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm. Visitors need to wear face coverings and there is a limit to the number allowed in at any one time.

The Hub was recently involved in the Coleshill Local Arts Week – a week-long event held in the Old Market Hall in Coleshill. Local artist, Peter Scott, and STITCH (Sewing Together In The Coleshill Hub) showcased their work. There were also pop-up shops from Wicks of Water Orton, Jewellery from Dianne and a pre-loved art sale from Mary Ann Evans Hospice.

The week also featured a display from Wessex Archaeology, who provided fantastic displays and information about the HS2 archaeology site, the Romans in Coleshill and education about the Bronze Age.

Children from St Edwards Catholic Primary, The Coleshill School and Woodlands inclusive school displayed paintings, drawings and models of different areas of Coleshill.

“Seeing local events happening again, like the Coleshill Local Arts Week, is incredible. We feel honoured and incredibly lucky to be a part of that drive towards connecting people with their local community again,” says Helen Whittaker, Community and Partnership Manager at Coleshill Town Council.

“Our message to the local community is that we are all in this together. You are not alone. There is always someone who wants to help you. The Hub is just one example of that. So whatever you’re up against, pop in to The Hub and let’s see what we can do.”

For more information about The Coleshill Hub and how you can get involved in the services it provides, call 01675 462517 or visit https://www.coleshillhub.org.uk/.

Request for Artists and Other Contributors for Town Beautification Project

The Town Council may be able to attract some grant money towards some street art, like murals, displays, flags, bunting and temporary art or sculptured features.  We are seeking interest and support from local artists or companies that would want to contribute and provide some of these features.  Some of the features might be temporary but others more permanent. As far as the sculptured feature, it could be working in a range of materials.
We may even be able to attract funding for this year, as well so if you wish to register your interest, please contact
The Town Clerk, Colin Greatorex 01675 463 326, colin@coleshilltowncouncil.gov.uk
Here are a few examples:
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Coleshill Country Market is celebrating a happy return

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Pictures show: savouries and cakes for sale and L to R Janet Reilly, Coleshill Market Manager, and Sue Lappin, Market Treasurer


Coleshill Country Market is celebrating a happy return from late March [the first market is March 19th ] after months of closure due to lockdown. The first few markets will be slightly smaller than usual, running from 9.00am until noon each Friday, from the gazebo in the garden of the Parish Room at 132 High Street, Coleshill. On sale will be a mouth-watering selection of home-baked cakes and savouries plus eggs, home-grown plants, preserves and bird food.  Covid requirements will be in place, with producers and customers expected to wear a mask and keep a 2-metre distance from others.

“We’re all excited to get up and running again,” said Market Manager Janet Reilly. Our customers have really missed the high-quality produce and the warm welcome they get every Friday morning. Now seems like a great time to re-start, thanks to the highly-successful vaccine programme and there’s real optimism in the air. Before lockdown we were enjoying record sales with a wide variety of delicious home-cooked food, gifts, crafts and produce, and, we’re very much looking forward to seeing all our customers – our regulars and those new to the area.

We’re always delighted to have new producers too and if you enjoy cooking, gardening or crafts, please consider joining us. It’s friendly, fun and we’ll help you decide what to produce and how to package it. You can join the market for just 5p. Everyone is paid for what they sell at the end of each month after we’ve taken a small fee to cover the cost of running the Market. Anyone interested in finding out more about it should pop in any Friday morning or contact Janet at: janetmreilly@gmail.com, or phone 01675-462122.

Full Town Council Meeting – Zoom 31st March 2021

The meeting of Coleshill Town Council is to be held on Zoom, on WEDNESDAY, 31 MARCH 2021 commencing at 7.00 p.m., for the transaction of the following business.

Please click the link for The Agenda.

Attendance is by Zoom and the login details are below:

Zoom login details: 


Meeting ID:  826 7522 9130

Passcode:        303615 

Please make particular note of item 6 on the Agenda:  To receive a presentation from Mr. Joe Greenwell, High Sheriff of Warwickshire, on his High Sheriff Awards for 2020/21.  The High Sheriff will make online presentations of award certificates to those nominated.