Friends of Memorial Park – Press Release

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The Memorial Park had a “Friends of” organisation when the major investment happened in 2016, involving the new play items, trim trail equipment, new paths and tennis courts.

In the strange times in which we live at present, there are a lot more people in the park who are walking, running or exercising and spending more of their time there. The Memorial Park is really benefitting from these additional visits in the summer months now people are encouraged outdoors. Unfortunately, it is also suffering a good deal more from littering, particularly from those from outside the town who are bringing takeaway containers, drink and also “happy gas” cannister. Residents have commented on this problem and some are sufficiently annoyed by this that they want to reform the Friends of Memorial Park.

The Town Council would want to support this and has the experience of the previous Friends set up to draw on, so setting up the aims and objectives would be fairly easy. Therefore, the Council is launching an appeal for residents to volunteer to get involved. The central aim would be “to improve the green space and facilities of the Memorial Park”.

The objectives that were agreed in 2016 would still be appropriate or could be quickly adapted, if felt necessary. These were:

v Involving local people in improving our community.

v Promoting the health and well-being of the residents of the area.

v Promoting the heritage and historical knowledge of the park.

v To carry out and promote both environmental improvement and practical conservation, to educate, encourage and support the local population in environmental practice by working with statutory and non statutory agencies.

v Promoting sport, community recreation and play facilities.

v To raise funds and receive contributions where appropriate to finance the work.

v To publicise and promote work.

v Work with similar groups and exchange information and advice with them.

If necessary, the Council would help with the procedural side, with things like a bank account, insurance arrangements, training courses and event coordination. Cllr. Dave Reilly is a County, Borough and Town councillor and may be able to help with a starter fund for a Friends group.

Membership of the Friends of Memorial Park would be open to anyone who is interested in helping the group to achieve its aims. Initially, to have a recognised committee would need three people initially and to hold an interest meeting. Given the current guidelines, that would probably be in the park itself.

Anyone interested in joining the group should contact the Town Council at the Town Hall at info@coleshilltowncouncil.gov.uk or 01675 463326 or the Community Hub on 01675 238309.

HOME-BAKED HEAVEN AS COLESHILL COUNTRY MARKET REOPENS FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER LOCKDOWN

Coleshill Country Market is to reopen again for the first time after lockdown this Friday morning, July 3rd. This will be a shorter than usual market from 9am until 11am at the Parish Room, 132 High Street, Coleshill, with full social distancing and hygiene measures in place. Many of the usual home-baked treats and crafts will be available as our dedicated cooks get back in the swing of baking and preserving. Among the regular favourites on offer will be cheese scones still warm from the oven, cakes and quiches, home-grown fruits and vegetables plus award-winning marmalade, jams, pickles and preserves.

“It will be wonderful to have the Market up and running again and catch up with some of our regular customers,” said Market Manager Janet Reilly, “We’re hoping for a really good turnout as it’s been a difficult time during lockdown and home-produced treats help to cheer everyone up. We’re hoping anyone who can will come to browse, buy or find out more about us. We also take advance orders for some of our produce including baked goods, children’s clothes and crafts.”
Anyone interested in placing an order should ring Deanna on 01675-463239 or Janet on 01675-462122

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Event Postponement: Archaeology webinar about exciting discoveries from our Birmingham Curzon Street site rescheduled to 1pm – 2pm, Wed 3 June

Unfortunately, we have to postpone tomorrow’s planned webinar. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and hope that you are still able to join us next week.

The Archaeology of HS2 – Uncovering the Curzon Street roundhouse, will now be broadcast live from 1pm – 2pm on Wednesday 3 June.  All tickets will still be valid for the session on 3 June so if you have already registered, you do not need to do so again.

Hosted by HS2’s Historic Environment team, this webinar will focus on the unearthing of what is thought to be the world’s oldest railway roundhouse at our Birmingham Curzon Street construction site earlier this year. The webinar will feature previously unseen photographs, footage and imagery captured during archaeological excavations earlier this year. You will be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat option.

Tickets are still available for the event. Register your interest in attending this online event.

We will be publishing video recordings of each webinar online, so if you are not able to listen live you can still learn about our archaeological work through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel.

For more information about this event or any of our forthcoming events please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

Calling All Town Centre Businesses

We would like to hear from you if your business is located within a North Warwickshire Market Town of either; Coleshill, Atherstone or Polesworth.

In light of the Covid -19 pandemic, and as talk of easing lockdown restrictions dominate the headlines, thoughts are naturally turning to the slow process of recovery.

Whilst we are mindful that the likely impact on the Borough will be significant, North Warwickshire Borough Council would like to check in with town centre partnerships, organisations and businesses to try and understand what the recovery period may look like, what challenges you will face, how you’re planning for this transition period and what support will be required.

We have therefore created a survey for businesses that are located within the town centres, which will help in a co-ordinated approach and understanding more about the recovery process.  The survey, along with some other useful information, can be found here on our website – https://www.northwarks.gov.uk/info/20131/towns_and_villages/1530/town_centres_-_covid-19_recovery  The survey will only take you a few minutes to complete, but will provide us with some extremely valuable information going forward.  We would therefore encourage you to complete the form and provide us with as much information as possible.  However, we do appreciate that you may be in the early stages of this thought process and may not have the answers to the questions asked, so please keep us updated as and when you can by contacting the Community Development Team – communitydevelopment@northwarks.gov.uk

Also, starting in June we will be working with Warwickshire County Council to create short promotional videos encouraging people to ‘buy and eat local’.  We will be looking for businesses to send in a short video, which can be filmed on their mobile phone camera.  These clips will then be stitched together to create films for both the town and the county.  We hope that these films will help to give our towns some added exposure and will reach audiences at both a local and county-wide level.  We hope to send a short sample film to you in the coming weeks.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on the email address above.

 

Kind regards

Rachel

 

Rachel Stephens

Community Development Officer (Rural Regeneration)

 

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The Archaeology of HS2 – Uncovering the Curzon Street roundhouse

The Archaeology of HS2 – Uncovering the Curzon Street roundhouse, will be broadcast live from 1pm – 2pm on Thursday 28 May. 

Hosted by HS2’s Historic Environment team, this webinar will focus on the unearthing of what is thought to be the world’s oldest railway roundhouse at our Birmingham Curzon Street construction site earlier this year. The webinar will feature previously unseen photographs, footage and imagery captured during archaeological excavations earlier this year. You will be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat option.

Tickets for this event are now open. Register your interest in attending this online event here.

We will be publishing video recordings of each webinar online, so if you are not able to listen live you can still learn about our archaeological work through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel.

For more information about this event or any of our forthcoming events please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

Photos of Coleshill’s Spirit

Town Spirit

 

 

 

 

Hello all,

I do hope this message finds you in high spirits & healthy,

I do love seeing all your photos that you’re adding on to the page, showing Coleshill at its best & the heart of a wonderful community,

So now when you’re out & about I’m asking you to take photos of what you believe captures the Spirit of Coleshill during this time, or maybe even when you’re in your gardens having your family time, what for you has gotten you through this lockdown?

I want to hopefully get a photobook together after all this is over so I would ask if you’re going to take photos & indeed want them included that you do let me know that I have your permission for the photos to be used,

But let’s see your photos, maybe it’s of people clapping on a Thursday night, maybe it’s of you dancing in your street, or even holding up signs of thanks & the rainbows, perhaps it’s the Volunteers you wish to have immortalised or even if you do the VE Day Stay At Home party, whatever you decide is the Spirit of Coleshill,

I’d love to get them put together & printed off in a book for people to see for remembrance of how Coleshill as a wonderful community got through this extraordinary difficult time to capture for future record.

Thanks for reading.

 

Kind Regards,

Cllr Adam Richardson

 

Mayor of Coleshill’s message

Protect the NHSHello,

We have all come through another difficult week, there continues to be very difficult and sad news with the number of cases and deaths rising. It can affect anyone; thankfully our Prime Minister is said to be stable, I wish him a speedy recovery. It is important to look after your mental as well as physical health, there is local and national support, if you need help please ask.

Its Thursday and again tonight we’ll come together in our communities to applaud. I love the fact that so many are joining in with this display of national pride and support for all key workers, you make us all proud.

This weekend we would be celebrating Easter, a time when we’d usually go on holiday or spend it out and about with friends and family, a religious time for some and I’m sure a few Easter egg hunts. However, with the nice weather we need to continue with the social distancing and self-isolating. The more we stick to the rules the quicker this will be over.

Again, I’d like to point out a few key messages:

• Stay home, unless it is completely essential that you leave your home, for medications or shopping,

• Keep to social distancing & isolation guidelines

• DO NOT go out in groups from different households, you need to keep your loved ones safe & well,

I implore once again the youth of Coleshill to adhere to the rules and ask parents to make sure they follow the guidance of social distancing. If you have a garden make use of it to get some fresh air safely. I know usually as a Council we’d encourage you to go out, however right now we’d like you to stay in and play online, you’re all tech savvy, what a great excuse! There are some great apps are out there to meet up on, Zoom or Houseparty to name a few, lets see some funny photos on it to cheer us all up and make us laugh,

This week we had a message from HRH Queen Elizabeth II that we’ll get through this and we will meet again, echoing in respect what Dame Vera Lynn once said “Don’t know where, don’t know when.”

Once again as I draw this message to a close I’d like to extend a massive thank you to the NHS staff, Angels of Coleshill, Retail Staff, Postal staff and Council employed workers, these are true heroes keeping our country running and helping others who are vulnerable or in need. Without you people might be left isolated and alone without anything so thank you. Please take this time to look out for your neighbors and those in your community.

There has been a lot of people talking about a celebration when we are through this and in my last message I said one would be held when it is safe to do so. We are still exploring what is possible and we’ll use either the Croft and/or the Memorial Park, with emphasis on the shops that will reopen on the High Street so we can support our local businesses. Get in touch if you have any ideas.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
Please stay home, stay safe, protect the NHS, save lives and we’ll all meet again, let’s make sure we all can.

Adam Richardson, Mayor of Coleshill.