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News and Events

We like to keep everyone up to date with our latest news and events.  Read our latest press releases and take a look at what we have been up to!

Below you will find opportunities for volunteering through the Volunteer North Warks Web site, news from our members and some updates to events in Coleshill in the coming months.

Love Coleshill Elects New Committee

The current committee were elected at the AGM in January this year. They run local businesses and give their time voluntarily to Love Coleshill as they all believe in supporting the local community to help Coleshill maintain its unique character and to keep thriving.

Chris Leeson is Chair. (Pictured in the middle above).  She literally loves Coleshill! Both sides of her family have been running businesses in Coleshill for over five generations and she is truly committed to seeing Coleshill prosper. She has been the town’s acupuncturist for over twenty three years and has been contributing to Love Coleshill since it began.

Alison Core is the newly appointed Secretary. (Pictured on the left above) This post has not been filled for some time and Alison has brought much needed enthusiasm and passion to get things moving in this role. She is a newer member of the Consortium as she has recently left full time teaching to set up Relax Kids opportunities locally.

Rosalie Whitehead remains the stalwart Treasurer. She has been in this role since the beginning and has devoted many hours to the continuation and success of Love Coleshill. She has her own interior design company on the High Street.


Coleshill Drama Group Enters the 21st Century!

Coleshill Drama Group Enters the 21st Century!


Coleshill Drama Group now offers ticket sales online at for it latest production ‘Quartet’ by Ronald Harwood.

Although Coleshill Drama Group has been running for over 80 years, catching up with the 21st Century has often seemed a step too far for the small group of people who volunteer their time to the running and performing of plays. An inordinate amount of time is needed to maintain the performances, membership and day to day running of the group, so much so that moving with the times has tended to be at the bottom of the list.

But not anymore! With an almighty push the group has grabbed the bull by the horns (or the computer by the keyboard) and now offers ticket sales online. The group hopes this will encourage more people to buy tickets and come along to the performances, especially younger people who are much more at ease with online sales.

The next performance is ‘Quartet’ by Ronald Harwood, now also a major motion picture, this play follows the lives of Reggie, Cecily and Wilf, three retired opera singers, whose sunset days are disrupted by Reggie’s ex-wife turning up and being the Diva she always was, refusing to sing at Verdi’s Birthday Gala. Full of cheeky comedy and poignant thoughts on life and ageing this will have you laughing and sighing in equal measure.

Performances of Quartet are on November 23rd, 24th and 25th. Doors open at 7pm, curtain up at 7:30. Tickets are £8 full price and £6 concession and can be bought online at as well as our usual outlets; Gascoigne’s of Coleshill, Coleshill Library and Hurley Post Office.

Leader Funding and Grants now available for businesses and community groups!

LEADER Grant Funding Open Call


The programme is aimed at boosting the rural economy across North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth area which was launched in 2015, has successfully awarded local businesses over £200,000  in grants.


Some of the successful applications which have been approved for funding in the area are beneficiaries such as Shustoke Village Hall Committee Ltd, Spotty Dog Communications and C J Springthorpe.  Shustoke Village Hall received a grant to transform the village hall into two usable rooms to use as an indoor tea room and space for the community to use.  Another successful beneficiary Spotty Dog Communications grant funded the creation of a studio production room through partitioning of offices; and fitting it out with new media production equipment.  And lastly, C J Springthorpe, a family run business markets and sells logs at framers markets but wanted to expand into kindling.  The grant will be used for the purchase of an auto split kindling machine that will enable the process of the wood easier to make kindling. 


The Local Action Group (LAG), consisting of local public, private and voluntary sector representatives, have the job of assessing the applications and decide whether the projects will contribute to the overall aim of the programme. Chair of the LAG, Sharon Earp, who runs her own award winning rural tourism business said, “We are delighted that local rural businesses are continuing to benefit from these funds. This is making an important difference to the rural economy, creating new jobs, encouraging visitors to the area and having a positive impact on local people”.


The LEADER Programme is aimed at funding projects which will have a positive impact on the local economy and improve services for local people. The money will be allocated to businesses, groups or organisations that can contribute to the creation of jobs or the growth of businesses in rural areas.


Another call for projects opens 3rd July to 21st August 2017. This call is for projects from farmers looking at increasing productivity, micro and small businesses including farm diversification, rural tourism businesses, rural services, cultural and heritage activities and foresters.   Anyone who would like to know more about the programme or who would like an Expression of Interest form can contact The LEADER Programme Team based at North Warwickshire Borough Council on 01827 719271/318 or via email at

The Local Action Group are looking for projects that can show the added value they will bring to the rural economy of the LEADER area, with those able to show job creation likely to have the highest priority.


Applicants can be:


  1. New or existing micro or small businesses
  2. Rural community organisations
  3. Charities
  4. Public or private entities working in partnership working with small and micro businesses and rural community groups
  5. Parish and Town Councils (in exceptional circumstances, where for example the project outcomes are enhanced by their inclusion, or the Council can show that the project and the funding required is in addition to their statutory requirement to provide rural services).


Minimum Grant - £2,500; Maximum Grant - £25000


  1. Grant limits are up to 40% of the eligible project costs for commercial activities where the intention is to generate a profit or surplus
  2. Up to 80% for non profit making projects that have a benefit in terms of value added to the wider rural community and income offsets costs, but no profit; or
  3. Up to 100% for projects that have a benefit in terms of value added to the wider rural community where there is no income.


The types of projects could include:


  1. Projects that develop towns and villages in rural areas and their rural services
  2. The creation, improvement or expansion of small-scale village infrastructure, including amenity buildings and village access
  3. Developing village infrastructure and access to key services, which may include tourism projects that increase services for the local community and contribute to village renewal
  4. Setting up, improving or expanding essential services (for example transport) for the local community.


Costs could be for:


  1. Constructing, purchasing (including leasing) and/or improving buildings
  2. Buying or hire purchase of new and second hand equipment and machinery


The following costs are also eligible, if they form part of a larger project being funded:


  1. Architect, engineer or consultant fees related to the project (as long as these don’t add up to more than 15% of the project’s total eligible costs)
  2. Buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software (but not an off-the-shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  3. Patents, licences, copyrights or trademarks
  4. Landscaping, when it is ‘making good’ as part of a larger construction project
  5. Development of marketing materials (including web-sites), but not their production or distribution

The funding will not cover revenue costs for staffing or pay for general repairs and maintenance


Coleshill's Great Get Together Saturday 17th June

Coleshill Town Council is taking part in national events supported by the Department for Communities and Local Governments. 

Join us on Saturday 17th June between 12 - 4pm on the Croft.

You are invited to apply to abseil down the church!  Minimum donation is £40. 

Places are limited so please email: to book your place
or call 01675 463362

New Chairperson for
Love Coleshill

Following the recent Annual General Meeting the Love Coleshill Committee have elected a new Chairperson Penny Johnson of Penny Johnson Flowers.  Penny has worked alongside Mark Clark of Commbus for the last few years as Vice Chair and now that Mark has stood down from the role of Chairperson to make room for new Committee members Penny has stepped up.  Her new Vice Chair is Neil Thomas owner of Mr Pinks Professional Dry Cleaning.  The role of Secretary and Treasurer is held as in previous years by Rosalie Whitehead.


Love Coleshill is a Consortium of local businesses who pay £10 per month to help to promote themselves, events and the town through their web site, social media and their new APP.  Having celebrated 5 years in January, and with nearly 70 members, the Love Coleshill Consortium is proof that local businesses do want to promote the town and encourage local loyalty.


We would like to congratulate Penny, Neil and Rosalie and to thank Mark Clark for his dedication to the Love Coleshill cause of promoting local loyalty.  Penny Johnson said “I am pleased to be instrumental in helping Love Coleshill move forward and build even stronger relationships within the community.  With the support of the local schools and businesses and the members of our Consortium we shall continue to make a difference and ensure that Coleshill remains a vibrant place to shop, eat, stay and conduct business.”


Neil Thomas the new Vice Chair who is based on the High Street added “I am delighted to offer my time and enthusiasm for the local community and the high street.” 


Secretary and Treasurer Rosalie Whitehead of One-Off Interiors said “We are always happy to welcome new members and the benefits of joining our Consortium are extensive.  Not only do members have the opportunity to feature in our app for free but they can also be part of the app based loyalty card where people collect Love Coleshill ‘hearts’ which can be traded for Love Coleshill Vouchers.  Every 30 hearts earned is worth a £5 voucher – with double hearts earned on Saturday afternoons.”


Membership costs just £10 per month and full details and application forms can be found on the consortium page of the web site.  Other benefits include a free listing in the Coleshill Post worth £10 and the chance to network at regular meetings.   Join Love Coleshill and become part of a high profile organisation that collaborates with the community, local organisations, councils and committees to raise the profile of Coleshill and to encourage local loyalty.


Love Coleshill invites you to make the most of their new APP based E-Loyalty card scheme to earn 'hearts' that will lead to Love Coleshill Reward Vouchers.


Pictured is one lucky local Angela Calenti with her beautiful daughter Liliana Edwards.  Angela earned the first £5 Love Coleshill Voucher as a reward for using the App based loyalty card by collecting 30 ‘hearts’.  


To claim your £5 Love Coleshill Voucher you need to collect 30 reward ‘hearts’.  All you have to do is download the Love Coleshill App (if you don't already have it of course!) by searching Love Coleshill in your APP store and hit the Loyalty Card Button, then enter your details to register for the App E-Loyalty Card.  You can start shopping straight away with participating consortium members, just show your e-loyalty card, scan the code you are shown and the hearts will automatically add up.  Vouchers can be spent with all of the consortium members – full list on the Love Coleshill web site.  As an extra incentive there are DOUBLE HEARTS every a Saturday afternoon. 


Rosalie Whitehead, Treasurer of Love Coleshill said she was pleased that the first voucher was earned so quickly and hopes that the scheme will attract lots of new businesses to join the Consortium.  She would like to thank everyone for supporting the scheme.  The next ‘APP competition’ winner is being drawn on Wednesday 25th January and they will receive 7 prizes from Love Coleshill Consortium Members worth approximately £150.  The competition is free to enter and there are lots more prizes to be won, just download the app from your app store to enter.  Love Coleshill’s aim is to promote the town and their members and encourage local loyalty.

Pictured left to right Penny Johnson (Vice Chairperson of Love Coleshill), Mark Clark (Chairperson), Angela Calenti and Liliana Edwards with their Love Coleshill Voucher earned as part of the new APP based loyalty card scheme. Simon Toon of ST-IT who designed the app for Love Coleshill is on the right.

Love Coleshill French Market Gets the Thumbs Up!

Evie and Sam Whitehead who helped to set up the Love Coleshill Cart give the market the Thumbs Up!

The annual Love Coleshill French market was held on Sunday 11th September and for the fourth year running the weather was perfect for a stroll around the stalls offering French delicacies, street food and gifts and accessories.  High Street shops were open giving the traders an opportunity to show the hundreds of visitors what they had to offer. 


Sweet Things sweet shop in Chamberlain Walk enjoyed a brisk trade.  Angie Carlton, who runs Sweet Things commented that most of the customers were not regulars – which proves that the marketing for the French Market is reaching new areas and new people.  Many enjoyed visiting the Parish Church too.  There were stalls outside and teas were available as well as the sought-after Church Tower visits and an opportunity to ring the bells. 


Rosalie Whitehead, Secretary and Treasurer for Love Coleshill set up the Love Coleshill Cart with Marie Stephenson and were helped by Rosalie’s two grandchildren Evie and Sam (pictured) who gave it the thumbs up!  They were practising their French ready to buy a croissant and they also bought lots of games and jigsaws at the Church stalls.


Love Coleshill members who ‘womaned’ the stand during the day (Rosalie Whitehead of One-Off Interiors, Sharon Davey of Heads of Coleshill Hair Salon and Marie Stephenson who organises the market) encouraged people to sign up to the mailing list to receive a monthly email and to download the Love Coleshill App.  The App is free to download and everyone who downloaded it is automatically entered into the “APP Competition” and could win a hamper of 7 prizes donated by Love Coleshill Consortium Members.  They received lots of complimentary comments from visitors who came from Birmingham, Rugby, Sutton Coldfield and Chelmsley Wood. 


The French Traders, headed by Dominique the expert crepe-maker were pleased to be back in Coleshill and remarked that many people explained they had come to the town just to visit the market and enjoy the day.  The range of goods on offer included freshly baked bread, tarts and pastries from Remy the baker.  Baguettes were selling out faster than they could be baked!  New stalls included ‘Johnnie Onions’ and hot sandwiches as well as the old favourites such as paella and ‘Poêlée Provencale’ (a mixture of ratatouille, potatoes, garlic, peppers, onions and olives).


Eiffel Towers, children’s games, basket ware, bags and belts and colourful woollens and bracelets tempted the visitors who came from Coleshill and around – including Birmingham, Rugby, Sutton Coldfield and Chelmsley Wood.  Many comments referred to the nutella crepes and baguettes and cheese.  Picnics were a central feature of the day as people bought cheese, saucisson, olives, hot food and sandwiches – and of course fresh bread to enjoy the beautiful September day.


The Phillips family certainly enjoyed it – especially Keziah who is pictured with the balloons – she and her family Kaedyn, Kamrin and mom Cheryl voted for crepes, freshly baked bread (perfect with lots of butter) and the Church Bells as the highlights of their day.

Keziah Phillips

Ooh la la!  The French market returns to Coleshill for the 4th year on Sunday 11th September, bringing you the best from across the channel.  Traders will be open for business from 10am to 4pm on the croft, adjacent to the Parish Church.  Once the market is over they pack up and head back to the port for a few days at home before returning for another few days in England selling their wares.


The usual array of goodies will be on offer with something for everyone including bread, tarts and pastries from Remy the baker who tows his oven behind him to bring you the freshest French delicacies. Cold meats and cheeses, olives and mustard and dried fruits, crepes, biscuits and nougat, bags, belts and purses as well as art prints and giftware will all be beautifully displayed in the French tradition for you to peruse.  There will be the chance to buy real strings of French garlic and onions and some gorgeous honey.  Street food is always popular including garlic prawns and vegetable bakes from Frank and delicious Tartiflette too.


The High Street will be buzzing with visitors who can take the chance to visit the wide selection of shops selling gifts, clothing, sweets and books, electrical goods, beauty treatments and therapies, flowers and cards as well as sample a tea or coffee in the cafés.


Coleshill High Street has an unusually high number of independent traders and that was the original reason for the formation of Love Coleshill nearly 5 years ago, when Morrison’s declared their intention to build a new supermarket at the back of the high street.  Love Coleshill’s aim is to promote their members and the town to ensure it remains a vibrant place to shop, eat, visit and conduct business.  Many of the high street traders are members of Love Coleshill and pay to support the campaign, but there are also lots of other local businesses who are also members who support the cause too. 


The postcard which is used in the advert and leaflet which depicts the market and the Coleshill Parish Church was designed by Gilles one of the traders who sells music and DVDs.  As usual the parish church will be open after morning service offering refreshments (including homemade cakes) and visits to the tower with a chance to ring the church bells  and enjoy tremendous views from the top of the tower.


Membership of Love Coleshill is only £10 per month and there are lots of benefits including a free listing in the Coleshill Post, a free advert on the Consortium Page of the Web Site a fantastic Loyalty card Scheme, and subsidised membership of business networking group B46 to name a few.  There are also regular meetings held which offer free networking opportunities to members too.  One of the most popular benefits is a free listing on the APP which is going from strength to strength and is being developed further to help promote the members and their offers in different ways.  If you haven’t already downloaded the app just search Love Coleshill in your App store – it’s free and you could win a bundle of 7 prizes in the free Competition.  Details are on the Love Coleshill Web Site App page.


“I am also looking forward to the French Market on 11th September” said Chairman Mark Clark “I like to make a day of it and have a picnic on the croft after buying lunch at the market.”


France at Home French Market Manager Muriel Charles commented: “We are always happy to come to Coleshill where we are so warmly received and we hope to continue coming to Coleshill with our Annual markets”. 

W I News

Coleshill WI July meeting


At Coleshill WI’s July meeting, Geoff Grewcock from the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary gave an enthralling talk on the work of the centre and introduced members to three of his best-loved residents, Whisky a barn owl, Gizmo a spectacular eagle owl with orange eyes and Bella, a great grey owl. All three sat calmly as Geoff and his two assistants Laura and Phil carried them round the room, perched on padded gauntlets, being gently stroked.

Geoff worked as a security guard for many years but had to retire after a work injury. Then, in 2001 appalled at the plight of a slightly injured swan which had to be put down because there was nowhere for it to recuperate for a week, used his savings to transform his garden into a haven for wildlife. Since then it has cared for almost 15,000 birds and animals including a black mamba, which have arrived from all over the county. Among his current lineup are14 owls, 9 foxes, one of which, Roxy the Foxy, is over 15 years old, plus ducks, lizards, spiders, a 10-year-old roe deer, snakes and geese. He described how he is often called in to deal with large poisonous spiders that have arrived in fruit boxes from abroad.

The Wildlife Sanctuary at 78 Oaston Road, Nuneaton - -   is open to visitors between 12 and 3pm most days and is free to visit

We thanked everyone who helped on our refreshments stall at the highly successful Coleshill Carnival and said a special thankyou to all our members who gave the delicious home-made cakes and scones to be sold there. The stall raised over £250 for our funds and every morsel had disappeared by the end of the afternoon.  


We heard the report on the National Federation Annual Meeting at Brighton where two resolutions were debated. The first was to urge the government and NHS to provide facilities to allow the regular carers of dementia sufferers to stay with them when they go into to hospital. The second one called on supermarkets to reduce food waste, though passing surplus food to charities to help address the issue of food poverty in the UK. Both resolutions were passed.

We welcomed a new member, Sally Smith, and two visitors who were keen to learn more about the WI. Among our members with July birthdays, we sent special wishes to the popular Peggy Winfield who has just celebrated her 100th birthday. Elaine Partridge won the competition for a small posy with her quirky arrangement of bay leaves and purple blooms. Joy Hancock was second and Christine Jones third.


During Social Time, we enjoyed a light-hearted quiz, matching well-known streets, including Sunset Boulevard, Bourbon Street, Bull Street and Unter den Linden with the cities where they are found. The winning team of well-travelled members scored an impressive 15 out of 20. There is no August meeting and on September 13th,our speaker Sue Leedell will give a demonstration of cake decorating. The competition is for the longest runner bean grown by a member. Visitors welcome as always.

Heads of Coleshill Celebrate 14 Years on the High Street!

Sharon Davey, owner of Heads of Coleshill is thrilled to celebrate the 14th Year of the salon.  “My biggest boast I guess is that I have fantastic staff who have all been with me for many years and we feel very lucky to have such loyal and lovely customers.  We would like to thank them for their continued custom.  We also welcome new or returning customers and we are always happy to help with advice and suggestions on styles and colours.”

Heads are family hairdressers – ladies, children, special occasions and men are welcome too for up to the minute styling and traditional barber shop hairdressing, as well as a superb wet shave!

As official stockists of GHD Hair Straighteners and with great loyalty card schemes, Heads are open every day except Sunday and have a late night on Thursday.  Full details are on their web site or call 01675 466040 to book your appointment!   Why not follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with regular offers such as money off products, discounted services and competitions to win vouchers and products? 

Christmas late night opening Thursday 3rd December

 Love Coleshill Late Night Opening a Great Success!


On Thursday 3rd December Love Coleshill organised their annual late night opening and this year they surpassed themselves!

The giant snow globe photo booth was a great success and at only £1 for a photo was deemed a bargain too by those that took advantage of the service.  The giant inflatable toboggan was also very popular at only £1 for 2 goes!  Children enjoyed a visit to Santa (thanks to the Round Table!), but unfortunately the reindeer was unable to visit because he was poorly.  We hope he gets better in time for Christmas to help Santa and Rudolph deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve!

High Street shops were open and offering Christmas cheer – many were giving away treats and nibbles, to shoppers and had some great Christmas gift ideas too. Jenny Wren Gallery enjoyed a steady stream of visitors who were offered wine, mince pies and chocolates and in Sweet Things sweetie shop one happy family were wearing their Christmas jumpers and preparing to see Santa and enjoy a family photo in the snow globe – Tyler, Adam, Evie and Amy with Ang from Sweet Things.  Sharon from Nice Thoughts had some fantastic ‘Coleshill’ Christmas cards for mums, dads and the family. Chalk and Linen on the Crossroads was so beautifully decked out and their fabulous Fairy Grotto plays home to ‘Fairy Fridays (Friday at 5pm for Fairy Story, Fairy Cake and Hot Chocolate £2.50)! The Christmas Market in the Old Market Hall was well attended too and had lots to offer including Gifts, Art and Jewellery.

The community came together to ensure that as well as all that Love Coleshill had provided there were even more activities going on in the town at the same time. The Parish Church opened the Tower for Night Views, the Library had over 150 visitors who enjoyed crafts and activities for children, story telling and poetry reading and also played host to the Young Poet Laureate.

Love Coleshill would like to say thank you to everyone that helped to make it a success including the team from Commbus, Heads, Love Coleshill Consortium volunteers, the Round Table and the Coleshill Town Band but especially to Rosalie Whitehead of One-Off Interiors who is the Love Coleshill Treasurer and who orchestrated the whole. She took time out of her busy schedule designing interiors for local businesses and homes and spent hours almost singlehandedly planning, organising and ensuring that this event would be a night to remember! Thank you Rosalie!


Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news and events or join our mailing list – just email!  Why not download the Love Coleshill App?  You will receive information and will automatically be entered into our competition to win a hamper of goodies from our consortium members. 

Love Coleshill Has a new APP!

The Love Coleshill App has Arrived!

Love Coleshill is pleased to announce the launch of their new app to promote its members and their offers as well as local events.


The app works as a business directory with links to Love Coleshill members and includes a searchable database - by business category, business name offers available, buying suggestions (Gifts, Health and Wellbeing, Hair and Beauty, Clothing and Jewellery, Cafés, Electrical, Home & Garden, local business services such as insurance, accountants  etc.), together with location maps and contact details.  If you would like to be featured in the App it’s easy – join the Love Coleshill consortium!  Download an application form from the Consortium page of the web site today!  Membership costs just £10 per month including free inclusion in the app.


Simon Toon of ST-IT Limited, a local Coleshill software company that is producing the App said "This is an ideal opportunity for local businesses to embrace the huge swing towards mobile technology and promote themselves.  More and more people are using mobile devices to obtain information and to shop.  This App will give residents and visitors important information about how to get the most from our town with a swipe of their phone. "

Follow Love Coleshill on Facebook and Twitter for updates and Download the app today! 

Summer Market 20th June and Bike Event!

Discover Coleshill and Love Coleshill’s joint project to increase footfall to the High Street and promote local loyalty continued with the Summer Market on Saturday 20th June from 10am to 4pm at the Visitor Centre, Old Market Hall, Church Hill Coleshill B46 3AD.


Although the weather was not on our side - we still gave out bottles of water to thirsty market-goers and signed up some more locals to our mailing list!  If you would like to join our mailing list and receive one email per month with news, offers and events please email:

Step into Spring! - Our SPRING Market...

What did you think of our amazing Christmas Events?

'Well done to all concerned for bringing Christmas to Coleshill last night. It was lovely to see the town alive with so many people, especially young families. Maureen and Barry Gascoigne'

Love Coleshill ‘s Fantastic Christmas Events!


Christmas came early to Coleshill at the Christmas market and Late Night Opening organised by Love Coleshill!  Many hundreds of people including lots of young families enjoyed a fantastic array of exciting and unusual events including the ice rink, Santa and the reindeer as well as face painting and a mini beast road show!


The Christmas Market in the Old Market Hall offered lots of local products and gifts and on the late night opening the town was buzzing with the influx of people to see Santa, the reindeer and of course go ice skating!


The fabulous Red Coffee Company sold warming drinks to those who came out into the cold to go skating and visit the high street shops.  Many shops decorated their windows in the panto theme and shopkeepers dressed up to the delight of the shoppers.


The Open top bus was once again on the high street with members of the Coleshill Town Band playing a selection of favourite Christmas Carols and songs and traders gave away tasty treats and drinks such as mulled wine, mince pies and chocolates to the late night shoppers.


This is the fourth year running that Love Coleshill has organised events but it is definitely the best one thanks to the ingenuity of the team including Penny Johnson and Clare Macleod who were supported by Mark Clark and the team from Commbus and lots of other volunteers including members of the Love Coleshill Consortium.

Love Coleshill Cart

The Love Coleshill Cart which is used to

promote local businesses and events

This gives everyone the opportunity to learn more about Love Coleshill and it’s members and to sign up for their Loyalty Card. 

Loyalty cards are free and holders can benefit for a huge range of offers and discounts.

Love Coleshill Bags for Life will also be on sale.

 The Visitor Centre is open on Wednesday, Thursday,  Friday & Saturday from 10am - 2pm

 There are pop up stall space for local businesses - please call in to the Visitor Centre for details

French Market

The Fabulous French Market Returns to Coleshill


The French Market Traders returned to Coleshill on Sunday 14th September to a warm welcome from locals and lots of visitors from further afield such as Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield.

Selling a huge variety of products including freshly baked pastries and bread, cheeses, cold meats, crepes, biscuits, belts, bags, olives and Turkish delight, carpets, clothing, not to mention hot food such as traditional ‘garlic prawns’ and choucroute.  The stalls were beautifully presented and decorated with the usual French flair.  Chairman of the consortium of ‘France at Home’ Traders Dominique said: ‘We have had a great day and we are looking forward to coming back next year.’


The setting on the croft at the back of the high street next to the church was perfect and the weather held.  The Parish Church opened its doors after morning service and sold refreshments, encouraged people to visit the church tower and have a go at ringing the bells!  There were also a variety of stalls such as second hand books, bric-a-brac and DIY. 


Many of the shops and cafes in the town were open for business and were encouraged by the influx of visitors – one member of the public stated ‘the high street is busier today than on a Saturday!’  Another ‘The garlic prawns are the best I’ve ever tasted’ There was a great atmosphere in the town and lots of the high street traders entered into the spirit of the day by hanging French bunting and flags, red, white and blue balloons and the bookshop had a selection of French themed books in the window! 


A spokesperson for Love Coleshill Marie Stephenson who organises the market every year said ‘We love to bring people to the town for our events and this is certainly hugely popular.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day such a success.’

Love Coleshill will be booking another date for the French Market Traders to return to the town in 2015 so if you would like to know when why not keep up to date by visiting the calendar on their web site.  The calendar also lists lots of events local to Coleshill such as the ‘The last night of the Proms’ from Coleshill Town Band on 20th September, a fashion show from Glitzy Bits Boutique, Bargains from Yesteryear, a tabletop sale and ‘Songs from the Shows’ in aid of Mary Ann Evans Hospice.


Why not sign up to their mailing list?  Email:  The Love Coleshill cart and volunteers were greeting visitors at the entrance to St Peter’s walk by the Lichgate on the High Street and selling their ‘Bags for Life’ as well as promoting their members.  Consortium members pay £10 per month to help the cause and promote themselves through the web site, the dedicated notice board at Morrison’s, regular e-shots to the database of nearly 900 people and on Facebook.  They also have a free listing in the Coleshill Post every month and the opportunity to reach more people through the Loyalty Card and Gift Vouchers schemes.


Treasurer Rosalie Whitehead of One-Off Interiors said: ‘We would love for all local businesses to join and support our cause to help us to promote the town and encourage local loyalty.’  


Staffs at the newly opened Visitor Centre in the Old Market Hall were thrilled with the turn out and had already counted 350 visitors by 2pm!  The pop up fruit and vegetable stall sold out of produce!  The French twinning Committee also had a great day and invite anyone who is interested in joining to contact them – visit


Love Coleshill would like to say a special MERCI BEAUCOUP to all who supported the event and especially to the traders who travel over to England every week to sell their wares!


Defibrillator News


Located at Coleshill Police Office

is back up and running and ready if required

These defibrillators are designed to be used by anyone - they guide you through the process and you do not have to know how to use one to use it to help.  For more details follow the link to the British Heart Foundation web site

In the Pink!

Mr Pinks Professional Dry Cleaners Wins Football Shop Window Competition!

Pictured Left to Right: Alan Becket, Lynn Blundell, Paul Pink (representing Mr Pink’s Professional Dry Cleaners on behalf of  owner Neil Thomas), Penny Johnson and Sue Wallace

Love Coleshill sponsored a shop window competition in response to a call from Coleshill Town Football Club who asked if the high street shops would decorate their windows to promote the football match between Coleshill Town FC and South Shields in the Semi Final Home 1st Leg, of the Buildbase FA Vase.  South Shields has a population of 75,000 and they have an ex-professional playing for them, but Coleshill gave them a run for their money by initially taking the lead, although they were sadly defeated 2-1 at the end.  The ‘Colemen’ did a fantastic job and were cheered on by hundreds of locals.  Lots of the high street shops took part in the competition and it was difficult to choose the winner.  Mr Pink’s Professional Dry Cleaners won thanks to their efforts (pictured) which featured a football strip hanging from a washing line, a goal post with Good Luck CTFC, balloons, bunting and a football.    They won 4 VIP tickets to a match and a Love Coleshill Voucher which were kindly presented by the Mayor Sue Wallace.


Spokesperson for Mr Pinks: Paul Pink, (representing Neil Thomas the owner) said "we were really pleased to win as we had put so much thought and effort into the display."


Love Coleshill is a Consortium of local businesses who pay £10 per month to help to promote themselves, events and the town through their web site, social media and their new APP.  Having celebrated 5 years in January, and with nearly 70 members, the Love Coleshill Consortium is proof that local businesses do want to promote the town and encourage local loyalty.   Membership costs just £10 per month there are lots of benefits.   
The winning shop window from Mr Pink’s Professional Dry Cleaners featuring a washing line with the red, white and blue kit.  Lots more photos on the right.

WI Meeting News

At Coleshill WI’s October meeting, our speaker Hugh Sharp gave a revealing talk on Lord Byron’s racy life and poems. He described his upbringing at Newstead Abbey near Nottingham and his controversial views, including his support, voiced in his maiden speech in the House of Lords, for the Nottinghamshire Luddites who smashed the mechanical weaving frames that were destroying their jobs. Byron, a contemporary of Shelley and Keats, studied at Trinity College, Cambridge where he kept a bear in his room to tease the authorities who banned the keeping of pet dogs – but did not mention bears in the rules. Byron was devoted to his Newfoundland dog Boatswain and when the dog contracted rabies, nursed him faithfully, without any fear of being bitten and catching it himself, then erected an extravagant tomb to him including a moving epitaph which ends “To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise;

I never knew but one – and here he lies.”

 Mr Sharp detailed his masterpieces Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and his powerful influence on the Romantic movement. Among Byron’s many lovers were Lady Caroline Lamb, who described him as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ and – allegedly – his half-sister Augusta Leigh. His “disregard for money” which led to long years in Italy and Greece and relationships, with men as well as women, soured his marriage to Annabella Milbanke, although their daughter Ada, later Countess of Lovelace, became a successful mathematician and early pioneer of the machines from which computers developed. Despite his popularity as a poet, Byron was considered such a scandalous figure in his lifetime that he was not allowed to be buried in Westminster Abbey – and a plaque was only erected to him there in 1969.

 The speaker judged the competition for a hand-made bookmark and placed Brenda Sheard first, for her decorative silk strip of blue tatting. Second was Elaine Partridge’s beribboned poppy design with Muriel Townshend third for her hand-painted bookmark decorated with foxgloves.

During social time we passed round 20 “feelies”, cloth bags each containing a small item which members had to guess by feeling, including a teabag, a doorstop and a curtain-hook. We welcomed a number of visitors to the WI, which has recently attracted several new members, thanks to its friendliness and variety of activities on offer.

The comedian Don McLean entertained the audience at the Group Meeting at Curdworth Village Hall with an hour of non-stop patter, jokes and songs. He also mentioned his years of loyal service to the Catholic Church which led to him being invested as a Papal Knight by the Pope in 2012.

The new committee will be elected at annual meeting on November 8th at 7.30pm at the Town Hall and members will hear reports on the year’s activities. Keen flower arranger Elaine Partridge will be showing members how to create their own floral displays from a variety of different blooms. The competition is for three home-made mince pies.

Visitors welcome as always.

Coleshill Library Birthday

Love Coleshill and Tame Valley Wetlands Partnership

Mr Mark Clark from Commbus (pictured left) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable Love Coleshill to become a Partner with the Tame Valley Wetlands.  In his capacity as Chairman of Love Coleshill Mark commented: “We think it is important for local groups and associations to work together to help the region.  We are pleased to be accepted as a partner of this important Partnership and to collaborate with them to deliver and achieve their vision.   In essence, this means that Love Coleshill will help to engage local communities with the landscape and its rich heritage by promoting and supporting the work of the project whose vision is to create a wetland landscape, rich in wildlife and accessible to all.”  The Tame Valley Wetlands is a landscape partnership scheme, led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and funded by the National Lottery through Heritage Lottery Fund.  The Scheme area encompasses the River Tame, its floodplain and several important tributaries, plus the surrounding landscape and canal network, including the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal and covers 104 km² between Birmingham and Tamworth, in North Warwickshire and south-east Staffordshire.


Love Coleshill will use the opportunities for collaboration, promotion and marketing of the scheme to its members and to the general public using their web site, social media, events and email marketing as well as through their members business outlets.  Love Coleshill has nearly 90 members now and is making a difference to the prosperity of the town by promoting the services of its members and the events that they organise to locals and to people further afield.  They want to preserve the town and make it a destination people to visit, shop, eat and conduct business in the town.


Tim Haselden, Tame Valley Wetlands Scheme Manager (pictured right) attended the recent Love Coleshill Meeting where the signing took place.  Tim said:  We are delighted that Love Coleshill has become a member of the Partnership.  The Partnership is going from strength to strength and we are demonstrating how the private, public and voluntary sectors can all work together with the local community to improve the environment for people and wildlife.”

Love Coleshill's 3rd French Market 13th September

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Love Coleshill French Market!


The French Market Returns for the third year so why not do some French Shopping without a passport!  Make a day of it and enjoy a French breakfast, lunch and dinner!


You could try a traditional French pastry from Remy the baker who tows his oven with him and grab a coffee from Little Red Coffee Cart to go with it!  For lunch - some tasty French cheeses and baguette, paté or ‘Tartiflette' a cheese and potatoes dish.  For dinner why not cuisses de canard – tinned duck, ready to cook - just add potatoes and veg for a delicious, authentic French evening meal or why not ask Frank for a tin of Cassoulet with Duck and white beans in a delicious sauce – just serve with baguette and salad!


There are lots of other stalls to choose from offering a wide selection of goods such as soaps, carpets and rugs, music and DVD’s biscuits and cakes, bags and purses, cured meats, mustards and sauces, Turkish delight, jumpers and belts and more!


The traders from 'France at Home' are - like Love Coleshill - a consortium and they travel to England from France every week.  Their Chairperson Donimique looks forward to coming to Coleshill as they always receive a warm welcome.


Brought to you by Love Coleshill, there will also be Holistic therapies and treatments at the Town Hall from Perfect Harmony Therapy who will also be serving refreshments, stalls in the Old Market hall and of course the Church Tower will be open for teas and tours.  Not forgetting the High Street Shops which will be open.  Come along and say Bonjour on Sunday 13th September.


 B46 Networking Wed 8.7.15

Love Coleshill Consortium members are being invited to expand their local business contacts by joining B46 Breakfast on Wednesday 8.7.15

at the Coleshill Hotel from 7.30am till 9.00am. 
B46 networking have offered the guest rate of only £7.50 to Love Coleshill Members for the July meeting!  

Guest speaker this month is Ian Jones of Spencer Shaw Solicitors who will present the hot topic ‘Employment Law and HR’. Ian will highlight the importance of understanding employment law along with your obligations as an employer and the serious penalties for getting it wrong!

This is a great opportunity to network with local businesses.  Many people have forged new working relationships through attending.

Love Coleshill Member are entitled to £20 off the membership costs - and there are lots of other benefits - for the list please click here

If you are not a member of Love Coleshill and you wish to attend as my guest please email:  or call 07985 724842.  Be sure to bring your business cards/leaflets!  

B46/Love Coleshill Joint Event

  • The function room at the Grimstock Hotel
    The function room at the Grimstock Hotel
  • Penny Sheward (left) of PS Consulting Group with Rachael Delich from the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub
    Penny Sheward (left) of PS Consulting Group with Rachael Delich from the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub
  • Love Coleshill and B46 Members
    Love Coleshill and B46 Members
  • Jerry Holcroft from Data Productions with Rachael Delich from the Hub
    Jerry Holcroft from Data Productions with Rachael Delich from the Hub
The function room at the Grimstock Hotel
The function room at the Grimstock Hotel

Love Coleshill Hosts B46 Networking Event

The Grimstock Hotel was home to a B46 Networking event hosted by Love Coleshill on the evening of Thursday 21st May.  Over 30 Love Coleshill and B46 members attended the event which focussed on the services of the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub.  Rachael Delich, Account Manager for the Coventry and Warks Hub explained the objective of the Hub – to help businesses find their way through the plethora of business support and to help with funding for capital grant projects, finance, training and services available.  Her presentation was well received and she spoke individually to several people after the event to discuss ways in which she could help them.

Marie Stephenson who co-organsied the event with Penny Sheward of PS Consulting Group spoke on behalf of Love Coleshill  ‘As a member of both Love Coleshill and B46 who have similar aims, I wanted to help promote local loyalty and give local businesses a chance to network together.  As one of the many benefits of membership of Love Coleshill including our new App, we now offer a subsidy towards their B46 membership if they wish to join and take advantage of all the fantastic events and opportunities that B46 provide.  Their next event is at the Norton Pub on Wednesday 10th June at 7.15 am and then on Wednesday 8th July at 7am at the Coleshill Hotel.’  

If you would like to attend please call 01675 434583 or email  The event costs £7.50 to B46 Members and £15 to non members and includes breakfast

Solar Eclipse & Easter Holiday Fun with Natural World Experiences


On 20th March will see a partial eclipse of the sun which will be visible from the UK.  At 8.25am the moon will touch the edge of the sun and by 9.31am approx. 90% of the sun surface will be covered by the moon.  The Partial Eclipse will finish at 10.41am when the moon will leave the edge of the sun.  More information on the partial eclipse can be found at:

Don’t forget that if you look at the sun directly you are likely to damage your eyes, so make sure you get a pair of the proper glasses for observing Solar Eclipses.

The Easter Holidays will soon be with us and we have our regular Tuesday activities at The National Herb Centre.  You can choose to do Den Building, Pond Dipping and Bug Hunts as well as visit our Minibeast Roadshow.  Here you can overcome your fear of tarantulas and snakes, as well as see some of our more unusual minibeasts such as our new Pygmy Chameleon.

The dates are Tuesday 31st March and 7th April. If you want to book for all the activities for the full day, then not only will you get a discount, but also a 10% voucher for use at the Herb Centre, valid for the whole day.  Group bookings will also qualify for a discount.  Unfortunately discounts will not be available on the day.


Below are copies of our flyers which we would appreciate you passing on to your friends (for some reason the back of the flyer is showing first, so please scroll down to see the front!).

To book online please go to our website at:

The Coleshill School Eco Project

ECO Community Garden - Help Required

The Coleshill School are creating an ECO community garden  - please click here for further information

The garden is starting to take shape but the Technology department would greatly appreciate donations to get the garden started, they need:

Scrap Paint
Old Garden Tools
Garden Furniture

If you can help in any way please contact Miss Bell, tel: 01675 462435 or e-mail:  

Glitzy Bits Fashion Show

Glitzy Bits Boutique celebrated their first birthday in style on 2nd October at the Cameo suite with a swish fashion show attended by over 70 people.


Their intention was to showcase the autumn/winter fashion trends, and models Janey, Doreen, Rosemarie, Carol, Mandy, Jen and Linda did an excellent job!  As well as modelling up to the minute fashions they provided a peek of autumn chic accessorised with the latest handbags, clutch bags, jewellery, belts and of course shoes and boots.


It was like Paris Fashion week – in Coleshill!  The catwalk down the centre of the room was lit by sparkling chandeliers and the models showed off their palazzo pants and trumpet sleeve tops, lycra trousers and batwing jumpers, diamanté tunics, georgette crossover tops and gypsy tops to upbeat music and the flash of the photographer’s camera.  Leopard print and dogtooth check dresses and the fantastic selection of wraps, capes, gilets and ponchos in a huge variety of styles, colours and fabrics including fur and faux fur trim not forgetting the all important accessories to set off the outfit to perfection.


Everyone who attended was offered 10% off purchases on the night and if you missed it there is a voucher in this edition of the Coleshill Post offering you the chance to earn 10% off in the boutique.


One of their most popular lines is by Pink Flame and Chrissy, designer for Pink Flame drove all the way from London to attend the show.  She was thrilled with the evening and the chance to meet people who love to wear her outfits.


Rosemarie Day of Wellbeing Holistic Therapy on the High street, as well as being a model for the evening catered to the models needs by giving them a Jane Airdale Make up make over.  Rosemarie offers a complementary makeover and your personalised plan using this range of products which are free from chemicals and leave the skin flawless, beautiful and healthy looking.


Ryan Evans, co-owner of Glitzy bits compered the event and soon got into the spirit of the evening encouraging the models to strut their stuff!  Glitzy bits stock a fabulous selection of fashions, accessories and footwear from designer inspired labels such as Melissa J, Pink Flame, Anne Smith and Lunar Shoes.  One really unusual accessory which is on sale in Glitzy Bits is the unique Body Bangle designed and made by Janey Marshall – the ultimate accessory hand crafted in a range of sizes – it can be worn as a belt or a necklace or bracelet to accessorise your outfit.


Co-owner Billy Sumner said ‘We had a fantastic evening and we offered a £50 voucher in our prize draw which was won by Megan Mills’.  We’d like to say a big Thank You to everyone who supported us and we look forward to seeing you all soon.  Don’t forget from 1st November we are open late till 8pm every Thursday till Christmas for a really special shopping experience!


Make a difference with
Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire

Volunteering to help others can change a person’s life. YOURS! Volunteering is NOT dull. It brings the chance to meet people, gain new skills, and above all help others.

You name it, organisations need it. Help save canals and historic houses, do painting and decorating, get involved in theatrical work, the list is endless. Some need help with children and some need volunteers to run offices.

Everyone has a skill that can be used to benefit the lives of others in your community. Just a couple of hours a week can make all the difference. What are you waiting for?

Get in touch today!  Call 01827 717073 or visit

Safe Places Scheme

What are Safe Places?

Warwickshire County Council launched the Safe Places Scheme following a consultation with people with learning disabilities. 50% of those people who took part in the consultation said that they had been a victim of hate crime. Safe Places are community places (e.g. a shop, community centre) where you can go to get help if you feel unsafe or at risk when you are out and about.

Your local safe places are :
Penny Johnson Flowers, 106 High street and
Sweet Things in Chamberlain Walk
If you can offer to join the scheme or if you require more details please contact 

Learning Disability Partnership Board Email:


01926 742414


Saltisford office park
CV34 4UL

March 2014 - The Castle Bromwich Echo

Love Coleshill News!

ON Saturday 8th February Love Coleshill opened the doors of the Town hall for the first of 4 seasonal markets planned for 2014.  There was a vast array of stands and lots to see as local traders plied their wares.  Rosemarie Day, owner of Well Being Salon who organised the market, said “We were grateful for funding from Operation Footfall to be able to put on this market to help small businesses.  I was thrilled with the turnout and variety of stands and happy to see how many Love Coleshill members helped – I valued their support.  We are already looking forward to the Summer Market on 7th June and if you would like a stand please call me on 07775 066200.”


Love Coleshill has more plans for the coming year such as and Easter Shop Window Competition, a Business Roadshow and Business Growth and Networking Events, not forgetting the hugely successful French Market which returns on 14th September.  Funding has also been applied for to hold some events to commemorate World War 1 and a run a Healthy Heart Day.  Love Coleshill is also working with Coleshill Leisure Centre to help promote a Charity Fun Run this summer. 


Newly re-elected Chairperson Mark Clark of Commbus Ltd said: “We have great plans for the future of Love Coleshill and we are pleased to see our Consortium membership growing year on year.  We have achieved so much in the last two years and our aim is to help the town to prosper.   We want to make sure that everyone who is holding an event in Coleshill that will attract people to our town works together and we have a page dedicated to the calendar on our web site:”.


Buy a Bag For Life 

Available in

Heads of Coleshill, Penny Johnson Flowers, Carters Electrical, Perfect Harmony and Jenny Wren Gallery - £3.50 each or 2 for £5.50

Love Coleshill Quiz

Coleshill Art Space Project - Everyone Respects (CASPER)

The Coleshill Art Space Project - Everyone Relates (CASPER) seeks to recognise some aspects of Coleshill’s place on the map with an artist’s representation of the town with a statue, sculpture, mural or some other art piece.  The location is known: a prominent location in the High Street, opposite the Town Hall.

There is a project group looking at delivering this project.  It is led by the Town Council but supported by representatives from the Coleshill Post, Love Coleshill, the Coleshill Civic Society and the Parish Church.  However, this is a project belonging to the town so residents, schools, voluntary organisations, media and business are all going to be encouraged to put forward ideas.  That’s how “Everyone Relates” to the design as it will depict the town in most people’s eyes.

Pledges of any value are needed, before 6 November to allow the project to continue.

Please visit to find more and pledge support: www.spacehive/casper

Bee Keeper Saves the Day at Coleshill Country Market

Bee-keeper Janet saves the day at Coleshill Country Market

A large swarm of wild honey bees that arrived in the garden outside the Parish Room in the High Street as Coleshill Country Market was about to open have been safely re-housed. Keen bee-keeper Janet Reilly averted a potentially painful emergency, dashing home to get her bee-keeping outfit and gently coaxed the quiet, cooperative bees including their queen, who were swarming in a nearby bush, into a traditional basket called a skep and covered them with a cloth.

 Customers kept a safe distance as they entered the market while Janet left the remaining stragglers to join their new colony and that evening returned to take them carefully to her own hives where they will boost her own depleted colony– and may eventually add to the stocks of delicious local honey on sale at the market. which are particularly popular with anyone suffering from allergies, asthma or eczema. “I was glad to be able to move the bees without anyone being stung,” said Janet, who is also a professional gardener, “and having my own hives, I had the clothing and equipment to do it safely.”  

Janet and fellow-gardener Martin Cross, sell  a wide range of herbs, bedding and vegetable plants at the market each week and give advice on how to grow them. The range includes lettuce, broad beans, cabbage, tomato plants, peas and sweet peas plus lobelias, fuchsias and a range of rockery plants.

Our delicious range of baked goods is always a big draw too - rich fruitcakes, savouries, quiches, shortbread, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate eclairs, yummy coconut nests, meringues, gingerbread, mince pies, sausage rolls, and preserves, free range eggs, cards and hand-knitted and crocheted items. Look out for Roger Barber’s new range: exquisitely-crafted wooden items: turned bowls, vases, pestles and mortars, eggcups and goblets plus a new line of hand-made glassware, pendants and hanging decorations from Sarah James of Bumblebee Glass.

Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and a chat over a cuppa and a cake. If you can’t get there on Friday mornings between 8am and noon or would like something special made, we can take orders with a couple of days’ notice and arrange delivery. Phone Christine Jones on 01675-462012 or Deanna Baker on 01675-463239 to place an order or if you’re interested in becoming a producer.

May W I Meeting

Coleshill WI May  meeting


At our May meeting, we welcomed Yvonne Trivett from Packington and Maxstoke WI, who will be our local delegate at the National WI AGM at Liverpool in June We voted in favour of both the resolutions to be debated there but gave her discretion to change her vote on our behalf if she thought there was a good reason for voting against. The two resolutions are on Alleviating Loneliness and the pollution of our oceans by ‘Micro-Plastic Soup’, which is created by micro-plastic fibres shed by synthetic clothing at every wash. The Federation is calling on Government and Industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem. Mrs Trivett will report back at our next meeting after the AGM to let us know the outcome of the vote.

Marie Stephenson of Love Coleshill gave a lively presentation on how the organisation works to promote local businesses, events and services. She gave out loyalty cards which can be stamped at participating shops and businesses to accrue £5 vouchers and she also presented eye-catching fabric shopping bags with the Love Coleshill logo to each member.

After refreshments Jane Mills set out a variety of different coloured papers, cards and decorative trims with which members experimented and made unique greetings cards.

Brenda Sheard won the competition for an unusual bracelet with her Norwegian silver piece. Second was Christine Jones with her chain from Holland bearing the names and tiny coats of arms of all the Dutch states, brought back for her by her uncle when he returned from fighting in Germany during World War II. Jane Hewitt was third with a striking silver link Indian bracelet decorated with elephants, swords and turquoises.

On August 8th at 7.30pm, we are holding a cheese and wine party at the Town Hall with a demonstration. This will be free for members and £4 for visitors

At our June meeting the speaker Sarah Hosking will talk on the history and design of Coventry Cathedral. The competition is for a sandwich with a vegetarian filling. Visitors welcome as always.

Football Shop Window Photos

Coleshill Star Awards

Charitable Effort Award

This is to celebrate the volunteers giving most benefit /exerting the most effort in support of their cause. This could be to recognise a significant amount of money raised for a charity, club, association or cause, assisting it to get public recognition, greater stature in the public eye or improved facilities or conditions by influencing other bodies. This might involve devoting a significant amount of time and effort to a cause not necessarily considered a charity (examples would be a social group such as the WI, a sports club like Coleshill Cricket Club, a service-providing organisation like Coleshill in Bloom or Church Bell-ringers or a belief or cause e.g. Coleshill Remembers or a church campaign group.


Carer Award

This is aimed to recognise those volunteers giving help to those in need or those involved in supporting those being cared for.  It may be that there is a significant devotion of personal time, resources or expense or perhaps a noticeable level of voluntary effort to achieve a particular benefit to those needing care, e.g. in leading or influencing a particular campaign or body that is a care provider (e.g. Mary Evans Hospice or Father Hudson’s).  The award is designed to be equally appropriate  to either a volunteer giving support on a “one to one” person in need of care basis (e.g. care for a relative or neighbour) or a volunteer in an organisation assisting a group of individuals in care provision or care improvement campaigns.


Leader Award

The award could be made to the volunteer person who is the best leader, coach, coordinator, guide or mentor of others.  It could be that this leadership is given “one to one” or to a group.  Leadership should be interpreted in its widest form (e.g. a head of a voluntary organisation like Scout/Guide leaders, a skills coach such as a football team manager, music or language teacher or a particularly motivational, committed or knowledge-sharing committee leader such as a chairman, secretary or treasurer /finance officers.  However, this should be in a voluntary capacity: paid /professional leaders or coaches should not be included in any consideration of awards. 


Uniformed Service Award

This award is designed to cover a volunteer most committed to their service with and for a uniformed organisation or group.  The term uniformed organisation should be interpreted in its widest form (e.g. Scouts / Guide movements, Royal British Legion, cadets, etc) and all ages, including ex-service personnel still involved in voluntary duties. 

Unlike the Leader Award, the Uniformed Service Award should attempt to recognise the dedication, loyalty and commitment to duty that is exhibited at any level in the organisation (i.e. perhaps the ‘unsung’ hero as well as the leader figure).

APP Competition Winner

We have a winner!  The lucky person has won 7 prizes worth nearly £200 donated by Love Coleshill Members - see our APP page for more details!

Congratulations to John Hoyle who has won a goody bag of 7 prizes worth nearly £200


Mark Clark (pictured right), Chairman of Love Coleshill – a local consortium of businesses who work together to promote themselves and the town, presented John with his hamper of goodies in front of the Deckerdence mobile bar and marquee which can be hired for events, weddings and parties.  John won the prizes after being chosen at random from the first 250 people to download the APP.  The draw takes place every 250 downloads.  Full details are on the Love Coleshill Website.  John’s goody bag contained: A love Coleshill Voucher for £20 to be spent with any member of the consortium, a voucher for a meal at the George and Dragon worth £25 from Alligator Drains, a voucher for £15 to spend in Penny Johnson Flowers, a Voucher for £37 worth of Reflexology from Perfect Harmony, a Hamper of French Wine, paté, mustard and pastries from Marie the Marketeer, a Voucher for a free boiler service from Climate Care UK and 5 stems of white roses plug in lights from Carters Electrical.


John said “It’s great that downloading the Love Coleshill App not only gives information about Love Coleshill businesses, their offers and local events but there is also the opportunity to win a hamper of prizes.  I am certainly looking forward to enjoying mine.   The Love Coleshill APP is extremely successful and is also very popular.  I understand that the 500 download mark is very close and once this is hit the next lucky winner will be drawn who will also receive a bundle of 7 prizes from Love Coleshill Consortium members.


Mark Clark remarked: “as Chairman I am honoured to present the prizes to John and am really pleased that the APP is going from strength to strength.  Thanks to Love Coleshill, the APP is providing a service to the community and it gives our consortium members the opportunity to showcase their products and services, reach new audiences and promote their offers and events.  It is easy to download – just search Love Coleshill in your APP store and what’s more it’s free!”


Membership of Love Coleshill is only £10 per month and there are lots of benefits including a free listing on the APP, a free listing in the Coleshill Post, a free advert on the Consortium Page of the Web Site a fantastic Loyalty card Scheme, and subsidised membership of business networking group B46 to name a few.  There are also regular meetings held which offer free networking opportunities to members too.


“I am also looking forward to the French Market on 11th September” added Mark “I like to make a day of it and have a picnic on the croft after buying lunch at the market.”


France at Home French Market will be once again visiting Coleshill and Muriel Charles the Market Manager commented: “We are always happy to come to Coleshill where we are so warmly received and we hope to continue coming to Coleshill with our Annual markets”.

All of our fabulous prizes

You can win some fabulous prizes offered by our members such as A Free Reflexology Session worth £37 offered by Perfect Harmony at the Town Hall

A free boiler service from Climate Care and

A free Yoga session for 5 people from Lisa at Sole 2 Soul Yoga at the Yoga Studio!

 Just download the app now for your chance to win - details on our APP page

Tamefest May 2015

Love Coleshill Members enjoy a great day at Tamefest

Many of Love Coleshill’s members spent the day on the Croft on Saturday 23rd May to the delight of local residents and visitors as the Tame Valley Wetlands Project Tamefest event launched in Coleshill.

There were 7 members of Love Coleshill Consortium, Becci Lee with her quirky Little Red Coffee cart, a favourite at all their events, Lisa Colclough Yoga Instructor at Sole2soulyoga with classes and demonstrations, Old Salts Rugby Club encouraging everyone to have a go at rugby, Paul from Natural World Experience with his amazing selection of minibeasts , Amber and her Sweetie cart and soft play, Church End brewery selling some seriously tasty beer, and Friends of Mary Ann Evans Hospice with a wonderful Tombola Stall. In the Visitor Centre Harry’s Records were selling vinyl records and upstairs lots of great stalls including cakes, art by local artist Peter Scott, Jewellery, cards etc.


Circular Walk

If you prefer to choose when you walk why not follow the Walk provided by our newest member the Rugby Club?  The Old Salts have provided us with map and instructions which you can download here

Hyde Park is Dangerous at Night

Coleshill Operatic Society Presents

Jekyll and Hyde

At Solihull Arts complex


In the words of one band member  it is the best musical score and has the best lead vocalists, cast and chorus he has known in 15 years of playing – high praise indeed!


The professional West End production only came to an end in the Autumn so they are one of the first amateur groups to perform this and they even have their theatrical set (from the West End).

For tickets call 0121 704 6962 or visit

Latest News from Love Coleshill Members

Coleshill Cricket Club awarded £45,390 of funding from Sport England

Coleshill Cricket Club is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £10 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.


Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.


Coleshill Cricket Club will receive £45,390 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at the Memorial Park Sports Centre. The improvements include refurbished changing and shower rooms, disabled toilet facilities, enhanced security measures and other general improvements. This investment will benefit a host of sports played at Memorial Park including both football and cricket.


Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £94 million into more than 1,800 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.


“It’s great to see Coleshill Cricket Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”


Club project lead Adam Harrison “This is another major achievement for the Cricket Club and for sport in Coleshill. The funds will make further improvements to the Memorial Park Sports Centre, which will provide new facilities for football, cricket and other sports. This is a new era for the Centre, for the community and for the Cricket Club, as we continue to celebrate our 160th season.”

Love Coleshill Members  Work Together on Joint Coleshill Project


Love Coleshill is proud of its aim to ‘promote local loyalty’ and three members – the Chestnut Tree Nursery, Coleshill Cricket Club and Coleshill Roofing are proof that the Love Coleshill aim is being met!


When Coleshill Cricket Club obtained funding from SITA Trust for improvement to the Memorial Park Centre, built in the 1960’s, they chose Coleshill Roofing to carry out the project on the roof.  The Cricket club is a Community Amateur Sports club which promotes athletic and social pursuits.  It runs three sides on Saturdays and the club also plays in Division 3 of the Lichfield and District Sunday League.  The club runs a thriving junior section, currently with three teams and welcomes players of all ages and abilities. To find out more please email or go to


Chestnut Tree Nursery were pleased that the funding was secured and are grateful to SITA because this has secured the long term future of the Memorial Park Centre for a variety of groups including their nursery.  Chestnut Tree’s goal is to provide outstanding early years education that is affordable to everyone and they offer a completely flexible service to suit families and their changing needs.   Recently awarded an ‘Excellent’ from Ofsted they offer sessions starting from as little as 2 hours care per week for children aged 2 – 4 years.  For more details visit their website or call 01675 462120.


Coleshill Roofing have built up an excellent reputation for high standards and quality of work and their aim is to ensure customer satisfaction.  Jane Harris from Coleshill Roofing said: ‘When we started the project we were really pleased to be working on a local job.  We all live in Coleshill and this project is a great showcase for our work.  Our first priority was to make sure everybody was safe, especially given that there was a children’s nursery on the premises.  It took about three weeks altogether for us to strip off the old roof, re-board and put a new high performance felt system on.’   Visit for details.


If you are a local business interested in joining the Love Coleshill Consortium why not take a closer look at the long list of benefits that the consortium members enjoy?  Membership costs just £10 per month and with the benefits expanding to include reduced price membership of local organisations and bodies, free advertising on the Morrisons notice board and lots more.  Marie Stephenson who is responsible for the Marketing budget said ‘I have been working to increase the benefits to members, especially those who are local business but do not have a high street presence.  There is no reason why all of the companies in Coleshill should not be members.  By promoting local loyalty - checking out local suppliers first we can all benefit. Visit and take a look at the consortium page for full details of membership and benefits or contact

Views from the Tower .....

What Tremendous Views!  Thank you to everyone who baked, donated and sold books and cakes and helped at the last 'tower open day' in May!  It was a great experience

Brownies say thank you!

We received a lovely thank you card from the Brownies if recognition of the prizes we supplied for their event!  Thanks Brownies!

February 2014 - The Coleshill Post

Love Coleshill Spring Market Fills the Town Hall


ON Saturday 8th February Love Coleshill opened the doors of the Town hall for the first of 4 seasonal markets planned for 2014.  There was a vast array of stands and lots to see as local traders plied their wares.  Rosemarie Day, owner of Well Being Salon, who organised the market said: We are grateful for funding from Operation Footfall to be able to put on this market to help small businesses.  I was thrilled with the turnout and variety of stands and happy to see how many Love Coleshill members helped – I valued their support.  We are already looking forward to the next one on 7th June and if you have ideas for the use of the council room during the market such as another fashion show, demonstrations etc. Please get in touch with me on 07775 066200.


Love Coleshill has more plans for the coming year and has applied for funding to hold some of these events including to commemorate World War 1, a Healthy Heart Day, and of course the hugely successful French market on 14th September.  Newly re-elected Chairperson Mark Clark of Commbus Ltd said: “We have great plans for the future of Love Coleshill and we are pleased to see our membership growing year on year.  We have achieved so much in the last two years and our aim is to help the town to prosper.   We want to make sure that everyone who is holding an event in Coleshill that will attract people to our town works together and we have a page dedicated to the calendar on our web site :  We would love more clubs, sports clubs and societies to become members of our consortium.  Membership costs only £10 per month and it is free for registered charities.  Every member gets an advert on the web site and a listing as well as an advert on the Morrison's notice board and not forgetting our newsletters huge mailing list, and Facebook where we have hundreds of followers.  We hope members of the consortium will organise events and we plan to support these – if everyone made an effort, with over 70 members we could see a new selection of events that appeals to lots of the general public.  We would love to hold sporting, cooking, cinema, fashion and beauty and business networking events.  We are working with local councils, the Hub, B46 Networking group and local MP Dan Byles.” 


Vice Chair Person Penny Johnson said “As membership continues to grow we are pleased that Marie Stephenson is now responsible once again for the marketing and we are dedicating half of the membership dues received every month to promoting our members and their events through our web site, email, social media and at local events.”

Love Coleshill is pleased to welcome new members who include:, Natural World Experience, Rooney Tax, Wild Cherry Events, MPM Insurance and 3 local charities: Mary Ann Evans Coleshill Support Group, Books Revisited and Coleshill and District Civic Society. 

To become a part of our growing Consortium, please visit the consortium page to find out what you are missing and to download your application form!