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Christmas is Coming at Coleshill Country Market

Christmas is Coming – and Coleshill Country Market, which next year celebrates its 50th anniversary, is inviting everyone to come in, place their Christmas orders and browse the range of goodies on display. The Market is are open each Friday morning from 8 until 11.30am at the Parish Room, 132 High Street, Coleshill. We now offer a range of sugar-free fruit cakes, plus flour-free and gluten-free treats, like chocolate roulades, meringues and cakes. The seasonal produce includes home-made Christmas cakes, with or without icing, holly wreaths, stained glass, Christmas tree decorations, mince pies, quiches, sausage rolls, speciality pickled onions, chutney, cards and hand-crafted jewellery plus the normal range of baked goods, free range eggs, preserves and local honey.

Our gifts for babies and children, include an exquisite crocheted pram cover made by Jean Thomas who also created a gorgeous shawl for the new-born Prince George. New producer Sue Lappin is an expert cook and needlewoman who has knitted colourful hat and glove sets for children and has even fulfilled an order for a set of leg-warmers for a chilly gentleman. She has also designed and knitted scarves which slot snugly round the neck.
Our cosy pullovers and cardigans for men and women are proving popular and make great presents as do our unique hand-turned woodwork pieces and items of jewellery, including sparkly bracelets, some already in gift boxes, for around £5.
Not sure what to give at Christmas? Fill a hamper with treats of your choice from the Market. Local delivery available. Place your orders for our home-baked Christmas goodies, gifts and party food very soon. You can order in advance then collect on or before our last market of the year on Friday, December 21st.  The Market producers then take a well-earned Christmas break until the last Friday in January, 2019 and during that time they will be getting in the Seville oranges to make an entire year’s supply of orange marmalade.

“The Country Market’s a really friendly place,” said Christine Jones, the only remaining member of the group who founded the market back in 1969. “We enjoy getting together and making our customers welcome – from young mums with their babies to elderly people, often living alone. The same customers come back week after week as everything is high-quality and home produced. This week, for example we had wonderful large barn eggs and duck eggs, trays of colourful winter pansies plus a real variety of different specialist marmalades, chutneys, jellies and jams including strawberry, apricot and gooseberry Sue. Lappin’s cheese scones, made that morning, literally went like hot cakes. We’re delighted to be supplying a variety of cakes to the new monthly tea-party for Coleshill residents inaugurated by Councillor Adam Richardson, next year’s Town Mayor.

If you’re a keen cook or gardener and interested in becoming one of our producers you can join the market for just 5p. 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. At the first market we had, back in 1969, in pre-decimal days, we took £29 – 12 shillings and 11 pence from 20 producers – and I took just 18 shillings which was a lot of money then.”

Anyone interested should pop in any Friday morning, or ring Christine on 01675-462012, Deanna on 01675-463239 or Sally on 07860-346878.

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Green & Yellow Tours

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Money Management 26/09/18

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Green & Yellow Heritage Tours Fee – Paid Guides Required

Following a successful application to The Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant towards a Heritage Trail project (through its Sharing Heritage scheme), the CASPER Delivery Group is looking to recruit 4-5 Tour Guides.  The Guides will be paid a small fee for each tour taken. The tours are 1-2 miles in a circuit and will take 90 – 120 minutes.

It will allow Coleshill to benefit from tourism visitors keen to enjoy the town’s rich and diverse heritage with the help of the tour guides, following a series of markers.

CASPER stands for Coleshill Art Space Project Everyone Respects and the ‘Everyone Respects’ part refers to the fact that the Coleshill themes of stagecoaching, circus elephant, tea and 3 rivers (Blythe, Cole and Tame) are all referenced in some way by the Peter Walker statue that will form the starting point in High Street for each heritage tour.    

Skills and Experience required

  • Able to work independently to deliver high quality tours of the town.
  • Focus on delivering customer service, while being professional, courteous and welcoming service to all tour groups making sure that they enjoy an experience.
  • Experience of presenting information in a confident manner and easy style to groups of people.
  • Flexible availability, to include weekends and Bank Holidays(although the regular dates will be planned ahead for the year).
  • Good general knowledge of the town’s history (N.B. guides will be provided with a script for each marker, though, so you are not expected to know it all).

Anyone interested should contact Megan or Colin on 01675 463326 or call into the Town Hall between 9am -1pm, Monday to Friday to have an informal chat about the positions.


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Press Release – HLF grant for Green & Yellow Heritage Tours

The Press Release below is great news for Coleshill:

CASPER Green & Yellow Heritage Tours – Approved Press Release


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The CASPER Delivery Group is delighted to be able to make this Heritage Lottery Fund Press Release on funding of the Coleshill “Green and Yellow” heritage trails.
Saturday 22 September will be a big Family Fun Day to unveil the CASPER statue and launch the “Green and Yellow” trails.
If you want to be involved in the day in any way or the Green & Yellow heritage trails, please get in touch.
Colin Greatorex

CASPER Project Administrator
Coleshill Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Coleshill  B46 3BG
01675 463326
(Normal office hours are 9-1, Monday to Friday)


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Coleshill WI July Meeting.

A t our July meeting our speaker travel writer Roger Butler gave a compelling illustrated talk on his travels in Morocco. Taking us on an imaginative journey through our nearest exotic country, he described the simple way of life of many rural Moroccans plus the exotic, lively markets and nightlife complete with snake charmers, acrobats and water-sellers in major cities like Marrakech and the capital Rabat. Many of us were surprised to hear how cold Morocco can be in the winter because of the snow-capped Atlas mountains in the north of the country. Here the farmers still grind corn by horse power and ancient techniques like winnowing, using the wind to separate the wheat from the chaff. Roger produced the hand-make rake which was one of his first travel souvenirs and epitomised to him the simple, timeless tools, still used in the primitive parts of Morocco. He judged the competition for a colourful holiday photograph which was won by Margot Hawkins and her vivid shot of cherry blossom in Japan. Second was Maureen Lindsay, with her picture of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway at Cairns in Queensland, Australia. Jane Mills was third with her atmospheric photo of Silver Howe, overlooking Grasmere in the Lake District.

We will be enjoying a Pudding Evening on August 14th when members will sample a variety of different home-cooked puddings. We are staging a fund-raising coffee morning on October 13th from 10am in the Town Hall for the Air Ambulance. Our next meeting is on September 11th when the talk will be ‘True Tales of a Tour Guide – what happens behind the scenes” and the competition is for an unusual paper-knife.

Visitors welcome as always – just turn up and join us.


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Fun in the Sun!

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Memorial Park Football Pitches

Please see the attached notice for information regarding the Memorial Park Playing Fields. If you have any further queries please contact our offices on 01675463326 or email:


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Coleshill Chess Club seeks new players!


Are you interested in playing chess?

Would you like to play league chess?

If the answer to either of these two questions is Yes, you could be part of Coleshill Chess Club. We have just completed our second season and we are looking for players to join us. We will have two teams in the Birmingham League and one team in the Cannock Chase League. We meet at the Coleshill Social Club every Wednesday evening commencing at 7:30 pm.

Please contact Des Green for further information.

0121 246 2295 (Home)

07736 066825 (Mobile)

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Grant Scheme 2018/19

Coleshill Town Council is delighted to announce that the Grant Scheme for 2018-2019 is officially accepting applications. Please find below a copy of our guidelines and an electronic version of our application form.

The Town Council have £10,000 allocated to the scheme which will benefit local voluntary organisations. The scheme is in it’s 4th year now and groups have until Thursday 30th August at midday to apply.

Cheques will be presented on Friday 5th October 2018.

Grants 18-19 Guidelines

Grants Application Form 2018-19 – online version