Coleshill WI June meeting

At our June meeting Warwick Hospital cardiologist Dr Roger Beadle, of Spa Healthcare, gave an interesting presentation on Heart Health. He described some of the main diseases affecting the heart valves and muscles and symptoms including arrhythmia, palpitations and swollen ankles and also explained how conditions like diabetes and thyroid problems affect the heart and how to identify potential risk factors.

Dr Beadle emphasised that prevention is key to keeping heart disease at bay, strongly recommending his patients to give up smoking, take regular aerobic exercise and do several sessions of resistance training, stretching, flexibility and balance control each week. He stressed the importance of keeping a healthy weight, trying to get a good night’s sleep and eating five portions of fruit or vegetables a day.

Although the body needs some fat within the diet to keep the cell walls strong, he recommended that everyone should limit their intake of meat and dairy products because the cholesterol these lay down in the a rtery walls can lead to heart disease and strokes.

Our President Elaine Partridge read out the report from our representative at the WI Annual Meeting in Bournemouth which passed the two national resolutions. The first called on the Government and local authorities to improve rural bus services which have woefully declined over the last few years, preventing many people in isolated areas getting easy access to medical facilities, workplaces, shopping areas and entertainment. The National Federation asked for an increase in subsidies and partnership arrangements with bus companies and community transport operators to provide adequate services. The second resolution ‘Don’t Fear the Smear’, emphasised the importance of smear testing in catching cervical cancer early and saving lives of women of all ages.

In the competition for a book review of under 150 words, Jane Mills was first with her lively account of the award-winning children’s novel “Ways to Live Forever” by Sally Nicholls who wrote it in 2008 aged only 23. This charts the life of 11 year old Sam McQueen who has terminal leukaemia and shares the story of his life, his family and his illness, in diary form. He knows he’s going to die and that he has at most a year to live but he makes light of it and the diary is often unexpectedly humorous and offbeat.

Christine Jones was second with her review of the comic 1920s cult novel “Miss Mapp” by EF Benson. This tells the story of the scheming, rivalries and twitching net curtains of genteel small-town life in Tilling based on Benson’s own experience of living in Rye. Miss Mapp observes her neighbours comings and goings with her opera glasses from the bow window of her delightful period house and when she meets her dashing neighbour Major Flint, she is intrigued and hopeful that she might still be in with a chance of matrimony.

During social time we played standing bingo amid great hilarity: instead of filling in a card with a cross, everyone stood up until one of the numbers on their bingo card was called at which point they sat down. Last woman standing was the winner and the proud recipient of a small bar of chocolate.

At our next meeting on Tuesday July 9th, we shall be making colourful suncatchers as part of a demonstration from Beadelicious Beads. The competition is for a vase of herbs and/or edible flowers.

Coleshill WI bead-making                        Coleshill WI bead unicorn bracelet

  1. Making bead jewellery with Beadelicious Beads – this will be the activity at the July Coleshill WI meeting
  2. A unicorn bead bracelet – a typical bracelet threaded during the jewellery-making session.

Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Coleshill Town Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors are always welcome and we have a lively and varied programme of talks, activities, quizzes and social events as well as regular get-togethers to play traditional games, enjoy Scrabble afternoons and pub lunches  – please come along and give it a try.

For more details ring Jane on 01675-430157 or Elaine on 01675-462621.

HS2 Community and Environment Fund awards £75k to Coleshill Hub

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Good News Story! Coleshill Town Council is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund, and has been awarded £75,000 to move the Coleshill Community HUB to a downstairs position in the Town Hall, and develop its facilities and services.

The HS2 Community and Environment Fund supports local communities that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of the brand new high speed railways which is being built between London and the West Midlands. The Fund is administered by community charity, Groundwork UK.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make the HUB accessible to everyone, and the monies are allocated to refurbish, renovate and redecorate three rooms and move this excellent community facility onto the ground floor, with its own entrance on Sumner Road.

The details of this bid include the appointment of a part-time Hub Co-ordinator post, on a two-year fixed contract, and the setting up of an HS2 Information Point. This will offer everyone up to date details and information on the impact and effects of the HS2 works in and around the Coleshill area.

The many community services that the Hub currently offers will continue, and will be expanded to deliver new and exciting opportunities for greater community inclusion, new groups and activities, support with both mental and physical health and wellbeing, reducing isolation and loneliness, and projects designed to build unity, togetherness and strong community relationships and cohesion.

The Town Council and the HUB are very keen to listen to the needs of their residents, visitors to the town, and local workers to offer services that improve and support people’s lives and enhance their environment and experiences.

Please come along and see the new HUB, once its refurbished and moved, have a look around, see what we offer, give us your suggestions and ideas, maybe even join the team and volunteer. The volunteering opportunity is a great experience, especially within our friendly and enthusiastic team, and it allows people to give, engage and support to the Community we all share.

For more information please call 01675 463326 or email;

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Town Council elects a new Mayor of Coleshill

Mayor Adam Richardson close upColeshill Town Council held its Annual Council Meeting on 22 May. Some people describe the annual event as the “Mayor Making” as the civic chain and the responsibility to speak for the Town Council passed from Cllr. Tony Battle, who had performed the role for two years. The new mayor is Cllr. Adam Richardson.

Adam was first elected in 2015 and then re-elected on 2nd May this year, actually being “first past the post” of all candidates in North Coleshill. On this he says “Although I was elected as a Labour Party candidate, I think the town Council needs to operate in a non-Party political way. I will look forward to working with all those elected in May as we have a good mix of members, both new and experienced”.

Cllr. Richardson is 36 years of age but has lived in Coleshill since the age of five. His most recent work is running JVP Media in freelance media production, specialising in video editing. He has strong connections with the town as his great grandfather worked at Taylor’s Bakery in the High Street, opening and locking up and making pastries. His grandmother used to work for Lord Dugdale.

Since October 2018, Jak’s Tea Rooms has been in operation where Adam is one of the volunteers running the tea and cake sessions on the last Sunday of every month, for the community. Cllr. Richardson came up with the idea of an awards presentation for the town’s volunteers and this became the Coleshill Star Awards, run in 2016 and 2018.

Mayor Adam RichardsonThe 2019/20 Mayor of Coleshill has plenty of ideas for the year. He adds “It will be an exciting but busy year for the Council as we plan out the cemetery extension, the movement of the Community Hub downstairs and the internal improvements in that building and also at the Community Centre.”

Adam has a theme for the year of “Renewal”. He adds that “for me it’s about how we’ve come into this new season with both returning & brand new councillors. It is our first year of another 4 year cycle, best described as continuing in a new way, with the good work the previous Council did as well as the new efforts this Council will do”.

Charity causes are the Coventry & Warks. Air Ambulance Service as a regional cause and the Coleshill & Water Orton Memory Cafe as a local one. Fund raising events are likely to repeat the Ale Tasting this September and the Coleshill Local Arts Week (CLAW) in March 2020, since Cllr. Richardson was involved in the previous year’s events as Deputy Mayor. He hopes to include a Charity Band concert led by the Coleshill Town Band and a Musical Night during the year of office. Adam describes himself on Twitter as “little bit of a singer, little bit of a writer, little bit of a Town Councillor”, so it may well be an entertaining year!!

Colin Greatorex

Town Clerk

Christine Jones, 91, honoured as National Country Markets Movement celebrate its 100th Anniversary


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The WI have an update to the story on Christine Jones, 91 from Coleshill, who has been honoured at the National Country Markets AGM as the longest standing marketeer at the meeting and possibly in England and Wales. The pictures above show Christine cutting the National celebration cake with fellow-veteran marketeers Mike Rogers, 89 and Molly Ranger, 92, amid an array of county cakes baked by members of the different County Markets. The third picture shows Christine standing as the only market producer at the AGM to have served 50 years, many of them as Coleshill’s Market Manager and Treasurer. The fourth picture is of diet and exercise guru Rosemary Conley giving a lively speech on how to lose those bingo wings and her appearance in a microscopic pink skating dress in Dancing on Ice.


Coleshill Country Market has a double cause for celebration

Coleshill Country Market has a double cause for celebration. It has just received a Communities Grant of £1000 from Warwickshire County Council in recognition of its role in bringing the local community together and providing a friendly welcoming atmosphere as well as high-quality home-made produce.  The money is being spent on a brand-new gazebo, smart new aprons, signage, table runners bearing the market logo and further publicity to let more people know about it and to appeal for new producers to meet growing demand.

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Market producers showing their new aprons 1

Market apron line

Market producers showing their new aprons 2

This month, it also celebrates its 50th birthday with a grand anniversary party featuring  home-baked cake and a glass of fizz or a cuppa, during the Market on Friday, April 26th at 10.30am in the Parish Room, 132, High Street, Coleshill –  everyone welcome.
“We’re very proud that we’re still going after 50 years thanks to our loyal producers and customers,” said Market Manager Janet Reilly, a gardening expert who together with Martin Cross supplies many of the plants and flowers for the Market each week. “We’re now one of the longest-running attractions in Coleshill. The market is very friendly and a great meeting place. Lots of people come in to have a chat and meet their friends while they browse and make their purchases. We recently started offering a ‘special of the day’ which has proved extremely popular – free samples of different home-baked treats. One week it might be mouth-watering chocolate roulade, another week coconut tartlets or cheese scones still warm from the oven, a speciality of one of our accomplished cooks Sue Lappin.

We have some lovely stuff – from jams, eggs, honey, cakes, cookies and savouries to plants, hand-made jewellery, greetings cards, crafts, knitting and woodwork. We’re also taking orders for seasonal treats like Easter cookies, chocolate nests, cheesecakes and mouth-watering Simnel Cake with its gooey marzipan filling and 11 marzipan eggs around the top. These represent the 11 ‘good’ Apostles – Judas doesn’t get one! We are also selling unique hand-made cards and gifts.

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Christine Jones serving loyal customer Nerissa Boardman

We love welcoming new producers and of course customers from all over the area, so we hope the celebrations will help spread the word and encourage more people to come along to browse, buy or find out more about us and, if they  enjoy cooking, gardening or crafts, to consider becoming one of our producers or helpers themselves. It’s friendly, fun and we’ll help newcomers choose what to produce and how to package it. Everyone is paid for what they sell at the end of each month after we have taken a small fee to cover the cost of running the Market. We take orders for all our produce including children’s clothes and crafts.”

Janet and fellow-producer Sue Lappin have helped boost sales and attract still more customers recently, by delivetring produce to customers in the shops and offices in the High Street where the scent of freshly baked lemon drizzle cakes, quiches and sausage rolls has proved irresistible.

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Christine Jones with her new season’s marmalade

Coleshill Market’s only remaining founder member, Christine Jones, 91, is renowned for her marmalades and cakes and still produces trays of baked goods and preserves every week. She enjoys serving at the Market each Friday and has hardly missed a week in 50 years.

“We started in April 1969 as Coleshill WI Market,” she recalled. “At our first market we had 20 different producers and in those pre-decimal days took £29-12 shillings, a lot of money then. We’ve kept mementoes and press cuttings showing many of the Market highlights over that time, including the day we opened all those years ago – and we’ll have this on display during our celebrations, so older Coleshillians will probably recognise some familiar faces from 50 years ago.”

Christine is also taking part in the centenary of the national Country Market Movement at Staffordshire Showground on April 30th, when she and one of the country’s youngest producers will be cutting a celebration cake together for the cameras, representing the wide range of ages attracted by  marketing.

Anyone interested in visiting Coleshill Country Market, ordering produce or becoming a producer should pop in any Friday morning, or ring Christine on 01675-462012, Deanna on 01675-463239 or Sally on 07860-346878.

Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting is not a meeting of the Council but a meeting for all parishioners of Coleshill.  It is merely hosted by the Town Council.  This gives residents the opportunity, by law, to discuss all town affairs and pass resolutions about them.