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Your Local Community Newspaper: The only source for local news & community information Issue 38 January Edition 2017 Published in Coleshill, North Warks The Coleshill Post @ColeshillPost



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Coleshill Town re-write history books Coleshill travelled to Eastern Counties League outfit Gorleston in confident mood following three straight wins but the home team were the form side, undefeated in 18 league games.

The first 45 minutes flew by as two evenly matched sides went toe to toe in a very entertaining game. Coleshill broke quickly from a Gorleston corner Reece Leek finding Rob Evans whose shot was well saved by the impressive home keeper Taurean Molloy. The home side had better possession but Coleshill looked really dangerous on the break with the pace of Leek and Jordan Nadat. McKay sent a low free kick along the 6 yard line which only needed a touch then Garrod's cross was even closer as that went along the goal line but again there was no-one about to convert the chance. Molloy saved from Tom Weale just before Coleshill took the lead on 36 minutes. The hard working Jordan Nadat held the ball up well

but there looked no danger until Dean Rathbone took a punt and found the net from 25 yards. Molloy saved from Nadat, Rathbone's goalbound shot was deflected for a corner and defender Oldham miss-kicked a clearance which came off the post as the Colemen finished the half on top. Coleshill continued where they left off with Molloy out quickly at the feet of Reece Leek and then saved from Jordan Nadat despite being surrounded by three defenders. Town were now so dominant that the home side were reduced to shots from distance with keeper Paul Hathaway having a quiet afternoon. Taylor shot wide from just inside the half way mark then Garrod shot wide when well set up by Cockrill but on 61 minutes Coleshill doubled their lead. Tom Weale sent Reece Leek down the right wing and his pinpoint cross was tapped home by Jordan Nadat. Paul Hathaway saved at the feet of Ingram and then Molloy saved yet again from Nadat. Another

Reece Leek run and cross found Dean Rathbone who saw his effort come back off the bar, the rebound came to Gio Dainty whose cross went right across the goal before Rob Evans shot over the bar from 25 yards. Time was running out and Gorleston were trying desperately to get something from the game but were getting no change from a solid defensive display. In injury time the home side forced a corner and had eleven men in Coleshill's half. The corner was cleared quickly to Jordan Nadat who rolled the ball into an empty net from fully 40 yards. A near perfect display to nullify a team that were riding a crest of a wave in their own league. Previous manager Paul Casey broke all sorts of records in his four years at Coleshill but new boss Simon Lyons has broke one already, last 16 of the FA Vase for the very first time when we face East Sussex side Crowborough away from home on 28th January. Book your place on the coach now!


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HS2 Phase 2b, Community Funds and Other News

In this article Water Orton Borough Councillor Dave Reilly explains the local impact of the announcement of HS2 Phase 2b and looks at HS2s plans for local community funds. By David Reilly The Phase 2b line, or Eastern Leg as it is now being called, will start at a set of points at Curdworth where it will split from the Phase 1 line.

It will run alongside the M42 through Bodymoor Heath, Kingsbury Water Park, along the Tamworth side of Kingsbury and straight through the motorway services at Junction 10 of the M42 at Tamworth, from where it will continue onwards to Leeds. Current plans are that it will open in 2033 and will cut over an hour off the current train journey time to Leeds reducing it from 1hour 58 minutes to 49 minutes. Quite reasonably one might ask why Leeds or indeed Manchester for Phase 1. The answer is that HS2 amongst other things is about opening up the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ economy that is so much a feature of our country’s North / South divide in terms of wealth and economic prosperity. Plans are afoot to connect the HS2 track at Leeds to the existing East Coast Mainline and this will take high speed trains onward to Newcastle. In the same fashion the HS2 Phase 1 to Manchester will from a points junction at Crewe continue up to Scotland on the existing mainline network. As with Phase 1 HS2 Phase 2b will be built under the authority of an Act of Parliament. This means that like Phase 1 it will override all existing legislation such as the Green Belt and planning laws. There will be another petitioning period where anyone can petition both the House of Commons and the House of Lords as the Bill passed through both Houses on its way to receiving Royal Assent and becoming Statute at the end of 2019. If you would like help to petition against the proposals then please contact me and I will gladly explain the process and help you along the way. Both North Warwickshire Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council will be petitioning in support of local interests. So what of the local detail? Well, none of it is good news I’m afraid. The line will follow the M42 as it passes through Kingsbury Water Park where plans have been amended to ensure it will run on a single continuous viaduct to ensure that it has less of an impact on the wa-

tercourse, additionally, the track will be lowered by 4 meters to make it less visible. Warwickshire County Council is actively seeking the best mitigation and local offsetting for this disturbance. The Phase 2b announcement confirms the construction of the Curdworth points junction between Faraday Avenue and Dunton Hall motorway island, which with 8 HS2 rail tracks running side by side will be the widest section of HS2 track anywhere in the country. The announcement also confirms that we will be facing 16 years of HS2 construction across our communities as the Kingsbury Road HS2 Railhead will now have an operational life up to and including 2033. This will mean that the A4097, A446 and Dunton Hall Junction 9 of the M42 will continue to be key road transport routes for all HS2 construction traffic. Is it really a case of no positive news? Mostly yes I’m afraid. The crumbs of positive news are that last month HS2 publicly announced that Warwickshire will get a share of £15 million, along with Staffordshire and Buckinghamshire, as part of the HS2 Community and Environment Fund and the Business and Local Economy Fund. Community groups will be able to bid for grants which are expected to be rolled out when construction starts in 2017. We must ensure that our local communities are ready to make our case and bid for as much as we can get from this pot. If you have any ideas or suggestions then please let me know and I will work with the local HS2 Action Groups and Parish Councils to write and champion our bids. Currently there are no rules about what can be bid for so get your thinking caps on. The Coleshill Neighbourhood plan sets out an excellent proposal for additional visual mitigation woodland tree planting along the route of the line as it runs along the line of the A446, and Water Orton HS2 Action Group are considering options to enhance visual mitigation and secure land in perpetuity for community benefit. In addition, I am pleased to report that local parishes are scoping options to develop a joint bid to enhance local cycle routes and footpaths that could connect our towns and villages directly to Kingsbury Water Park. On this theme when I met with HS2 in October they committed to considering whether a footpath and cycle route could be

constructed along side the route of the Phase 2b line to connect Kingsbury Water Park to the new National Forest that is now being planted at Junction 11 of the M42 near Measham. In other HS2 news an interesting proposal is being considered by Birmingham Airport to expand the planned HS2 Interchange Station that will be built next to Melbicks into a shared HS2 / Airport terminal. This would mean that travellers into the terminal building could, security restrictions permitting, have a seamless single ticket journey from a local train station, for example Coleshill Parkway, all the way to some exotic destination across the world; I quite look forward to asking for a return to JFK New York at Coleshill ticket office! Clearly the advantage for the Airport would be that it would free up more space on the current airport site for a far larger apron - the area where airplanes are parked for boarding, unloading and refuelling. That said, in local terms especially across Curdworth, Water Orton and Lea Marston the prospect of more aircraft movements in the sky above us is not a welcome prospect. A last snippet of news is that plans to make the single lane section of the A446 between Marsh Lane and Watton Lane, Water Orton into dual carriageway are back in discussion. While it's very early days an organisation called Midlands Connect is scoping options for local road and rail improvements during the coming five to ten years that will enhance access to the local motorway network and HS2 stations. So, in closing this article please excuse me while I will make a repeat request for you to read and engage with the consultation process on the Borough Councils ‘North Warwickshire Local Plan’. As you will expect HS2 plans feature in the document which can be found on the Borough Council website in the ‘Planning’ section on the home page. The Local Plan is an important document for your community as it sets out which areas in the borough will be allocated for sustainable housing, commercial development and infrastructure improvements between 2016 and 2031. Public consultation on these proposals runs until Friday 31st March 2017, after which, once adopted by the borough council, the Plan will become the core planning resource against which the Borough Council will make all development decisions for the next decade. So, if you have a view then now is most definitely the time to have your say. If you need any help finding the plan or understanding it then please email me and I will offer any help that you want to ensure your views are heard. If you would like help or advice then please contact me at and I will do my best to help.


BETWEEN 12th & 14th December 2016 a factually incorrect and uncorroberated article was posted on the Coleshill Post website.

The rising cost to the Borough Council of providing replacement bins, free of charge, to North Warwickshire residents has prompted the Council to introduce a £35 charge.

During 2016, there was a reported rise of 40% in the numbers of replacement bins supplied. Up until September, a total of 2,208 bins were delivered to properties - two thirds of these were replacements for damaged bins and a third replaced ones reported missing. A further £31,000 was spent in 2015/16 to supply bins to developers for new properties, not all of which was recouped. Added to this, the bins are delivered by the Street Cleaning crews and their increased work load has meant less time on litter clearance in the Borough. At it's December meeting the Council agreed on a £35 charge for a replacement bin, which includes storage and delivery costs. Any repairs will be done at no charge and food waste caddies and paper and card inserts will still be replaced for free. If the bin is damaged by the Borough Council or is under two years old, it will also be replaced at no cost to the resident. Councillor Les Smith, Chair of the Community and Environment Board said: “Other authorities such as Warwick and Stratford have already introduced charges and evidence shows that requests for replacement bins drop considerably. If we see a 50% drop in requests, this could save us over £75,000 a year from the hard pressed Refuse and Recycling budget. We will also be working harder to ensure that developers take responsibility for supplying bins to new properties.“ He added: “ We urge our residents to look after their bins too. Please don’t use them to store heavy items or put soil, hot ash or chemicals in them, which are guaranteed to damage the bins. Another tip is to label your bin clearly with your property number or name so that you and our Streetscape Teams can easily identify it. “ For more information, go to the website

The article in question claimed to link Craig Tracey MP with a political activist who had posted some very disturbing images online of a Labour Party councillor. As the editor of this newspaper I can state that these claims are untrue and

Mr Tracey is in no way involved with the individual in question. The Coleshill Post fully retracts the article. On behalf of myself and The Coleshill Post I issue a sincere and whole hearted apology to Mr Tracey and apologise for any problems caused by the brief publication of the article. The post was promptly taken down when highlighted and our digital publishing policy has been completely overhauled to help ensure that mistakes such as this are avoided in the future.

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Vandals target Brians hardwork News Ln Local Local artist Brian Nicholson has designed and built an installation in his front garden over the past ten years’ to celebrate Christmas.

Eagle eyed residents spot flytipping and shop owner is fined over £1,000

It’s just to amuse the family, neighbours and passers-by. The materials he uses are junk from his garage – stuff most people throw into a skip – glued and screwed together, painted and garlanded with fairy lights. Christmas 2016 brought this 12-foot-tall giraffe with reindeer antlers and a perplexed Santa wondering how he was going to get the bridle on what some christened a girafdeer. Brian’s main concern was that the willowy creation might blow over but thanks to a few strategically placed guy ropes, the girafdeer easily withstood Storm Barbara. Sadly it did not withstand the vandal who left his footprints on the frosted lawn on the evening of 2nd January.

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ough Council, Mr Khunti maintained that he had paid ‘ £1,000’ to someone called ‘ Adam’ who he had found in the ‘Yellow Pages.’ He also admitted he had not checked for a waste carrier’s licence and neither had he any receipts for the work carried out. Steve Maxey, Assistant Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Council said: “ We have done many similar prosecutions this year and hope that through our work, the message is starting to get through. Everyone must check that people offering to get rid of your household rubbish have a legitimate ‘waste carrier’s licence’ which is issued through the Environment Agency. That rubbish is your responsibility – known as a ‘duty of care’ – so if the rubbish is found flytipped, it’s you who will end up footing the bill. “ Mr Maxey added: “ We have agreed to increase our surveillance on fly-tipping with extra CCTV cameras and staff time to investigate cases. As this prosecution shows, your chances of being held responsible are increasing. “ To report flytipping, ring the Borough Council on 01827 715341 or report it at


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As we enter 2017, I took a look back at the last 3 ‘New Year Columns’ I’d written for the Coleshill Post and all of them had a very similar theme. They all mentioned wanting to see progress in the following 12 months on improvements to the Memorial Park. In 2016 I wrote ‘I’m really looking forward to 2016 as a year that progress is made on a number of local issues but as Chair of the Town Councils Memorial Park Working Group, I can think of no other local project that is as exciting as the plans

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delighted 2016 will be the year that we deliver it.’

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mote our facilities, to install free public Wi-Fi, to

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are made, where families enjoy picnics, where

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we no longer have to talk about the plans for the

further. I’ll be pushing for fund-

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town really think about the fu-

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ture, we’ll miss an opportunity

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to make Coleshill an even better

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place to live for our children and

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grandchildren. Let’s not let time

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A Government announcement to build 14 new garden villages across the country has led to calls from Labour Councillors in North Warwickshire for the local Borough Council to seriously consider the option to build their own ‘garden village’. Announcing the policy, Conserative Minister Gavin Barwell MP said “Garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need.” Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said; “It’s not often I issue a statement backing a Conservative Government policy but on this occasion the Conservative Minister is right. North Warwickshire has to build a minimum of 9070 new homes over the next 15 years. The Conservative Government’s policy means we have no choice in this matter. “The Borough Council can however set out the land it wants homes built on. The options are very simple. You can build new homes in existing

towns and villages or you can build a new village. “The first option comes with no guarantee of new infrastructure, places pressure on existing infrastructure and public services and just as importantly, it does not generate the same economic benefits to a local area as building a new village. “A new village would come with new infrastructure, new services and would provide a huge boost to the local economy. “I again call on the Conservative Borough Council to listen to the views of local people. Hundreds of locals marched the build route in Dordon and Polesworth today to express their opposition to the plan. The Council should withdraw their damaging plan to build thousands of homes in Atherstone, Dordon, Polesworth and Ansley and instead go back to the drawing board to explore a new garden town or village.” The Conservatives we're asked for a comment but declined.


Colin Bryan, son of founder at Drayton Manor Park receives OBE

The determination demonstrated by Mr Bryan, not only for his involvement in the tourist attraction his parents founded in post-war Britain, but also as a philanthropist, is indicative of his passion and the drive he has for the park, employees and the people it serves. Colin comments: “My parents opened the park in 1950 and I have been working there since I was a young boy, when my first job was helping them clear the rubble with my miniature wheelbarrow. I have worked in nearly every department over the years and qualified as a Chef to really understand what makes the park and catering companies what they are today. It is in my blood so I feel very honoured to receive this OBE. I still love watching our guests have fun, enjoying themselves, knowing I have played a part in that.” Back in 1949, Mr and Mrs George and Vera Bryan OBE purchased a derelict property together with 80 acres of land near Tamworth, Staffordshire. Not long

after, they set about transforming the site, which had once been the home of Sir Robert Peel, into a leisure park that would be affordable, reachable and open to all. Today, in its 66th year, Drayton Manor is one of the top five theme parks in the UK. Over the years, Colin has been an inspiration to those around him for his support with numerous local charities and community initiatives, including his involvement with the park’s main charity, of which he is a Patron, KidsOut. KidsOut is a national charity providing fun and happiness for young people living in difficult and challenging circumstances. Here he continues the work his father began in 1989 with Rotary. It holds a special place for him being able to provide an annual fun day out for over 5,000 disadvantaged, disabled and special needs children. Other charities include the RNLI, for which his late mother was hugely involved, as well as the Midlands Air Ambulance, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), St Giles Hospice, National Autistic Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Tamworth Round Table and Tamworth Rotary to name a few. Colin concluded: “This park truly is a family affair. It began with my parent’s passion to create somewhere magical for people to visit after the war. It is our whole family’s life works and I couldn’t be more proud.”

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After more than 52 years of commitment and dedication to the leisure industry, Mr Colin Bryan, Chief Executive at Drayton Manor Park and son of the original founders, has received an OBE. This is in recognition of his charity work and his ongoing contribution to tourism.


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Have your say! Dear editor, I can tell David Reilly EXACTLY what HS2 will mean for us. YEARS of disruption,noise and dust ,while it is being built, especially if HS2 Ltd close Gilson Road, as they say they will and don't build an extra road for construction traffic around the back of Gypsy Lane , as promised. Gridlock and chaos!! And for what ? An empty train thundering past every 5 minutes because the cost of a ticket will be prohibitive for most people. And HOW will this help commuters? They will have to travel to Bickenhill to get on it to Birmingham , no use to people in WaterOrton, Coventry, Tamworth, Nuneaton etc. All this for the unimaginable cost of £100 BILLION, (all other hi speed projects have ended up costing 5 times the original estimate) To put that in perspective ,that is over £12 for every person on

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the planet! HS1 has only achieved half predicted passenger figures . In fact , passenger numbers haven't risen since 1995 , the rail service has just deteriorated. Money needs to be spent on that NOW ,not on a train that MAY be running in 2025. Suggesting that there will be thousands of jobs and that house prices may rise does not represent value for money The Public Accounts Committee has questioned this many times. We all know that the M6 Toll is a waste of space...hasn't helped congestion on the M6 at all.Unfortunately ,HS2 will be exactly the same. A massive White Elephant that the government hasn't the guts to cancel Councillor Reilly has been suckered into the party line , I just wish I could be around in 20 years to say "I told you so "

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Warwickshire the group assists local businesses and tourism organisations, helping them thrive and grow by drawing more visitors to the area. Members, who pay an annual fee of £60 to have their details on the NWT website and in an acclaimed tourism guide, include shops, restaurants, attractions and accommodation suppliers. During 2017 NWT, led by a team of unpaid volunteers drawn from the membership, is moving up a gear. The aim is to build on past successes and draw even more visitors to north Warwickshire. NWT plans to help members continue to raise their profiles and increase revenues, benefiting both individual organisations and the area as a whole. However this can only be achieved if North Warwickshire Tourism increases its membership levels. More members will enable the group to boost promotional activities. It will also make it easier for potential visitors to find what they need on the NWT website or in the visitor guide, as they become more comprehensive. Membership is open to all individuals or organisations working in north Warwickshire’s tourism industry and the application form can be found at NWT is also currently recruiting for its first paid role – a part time, home based Administrator/ Marketeer, who will support the drive to recruit new members and promote the north of Warwickshire. A role description is available from


WI Wi Curdworth The end of October saw several of our members and guests, along with hundreds of other WI members from all over Warwickshire, at Wroxall Abbey for a special lunch with the very entertaining and charming guest speaker Michael Portillo.

On a more serious note our AGM, held in early November and with Lynne Stubbings officiating, enabled us to vote in a new Committee and to reinstate Laura Heeley as our President for a second year. Having served 5 years on Committee Ann Howgate, Sheena Brechin, Barbara Langford and Sandra Bayliss were obliged to stand down but were the recipients of beautiful bouquets and grateful thanks for all their considerable efforts done on our behalf. These formalities were then followed by a cheese and

wine supper. Our December meeting was the Christmas Party when all members bring a selection of delicious party foods; it’s a constant surprise that we always seem to get the balance right between the savouries and the sweets. We were then entertained with a General Knowledge Christmas Bingo game and the hilarious Pop-Up Panto “Cinderella”, which was helped along considerably by very bad acting, poor props and much enthusiastic audience participation. Our entry into the Curdworth Christmas Tree Festival, entitled “Votes For Women”, looked very pretty in the Suffragette colours of emerald green, amethyst and pearl thanks to the skills of Helen Smith and Eileen Edwards. The charity “Operation Christmas Child” was once again very generously supported and 110 boxes were kindly delivered by Kate Burwell and Liz Tranter to the local sorting depot. This month our

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Caribbean Cranachan By Jeanette James (Upper Crust)

One of my favourite, cranachan is a classic Scots pudding, but this one has a Caribbean twist as it's rum instead of whisky You will need 25g of porridge oats 1 small ripe banana 1/2 pint double cream 3tbsp white rum 6 tbsp clear honey, plus extra to drizzle 200g of raspberries First toast your oats in a dry frying pan, but careful don't burn them! Transfer to a plate to cool and then peel and slice the banana. Whip the cream to soft peaks and then gently fold in the rum, honey, oats, raspberries and banana but keep back a few raspberries for decoration. Spoon your Cranachan into 8 dessert dishes pop on the top the reserved raspberries and oats and drizzle with honey. Enjoy !!!!!!

Rambling and Luncheon Group stayed very close to home by walking round the periphery of the village before heading off for a very enjoyable lunch at “The Beehive Inn”. The next social event will be the annual Group “Carols by Candlelight” Service at St. Nicholas Church, Curdworth, bringing together the three W.I.’s from Coleshill, Wishaw and Curdworth, and giving us the opportunity to “catch up” with each other over mulled wine and mince pies. On reflection, we do seem to do a lot of eating and drinking when we get together but, hey….. who’s complaining? If you feel that we might be the W.I. for you then please come along and join us on the first Thursday in the month (not January….we are out at our annual dinner!) at 7.30pm or ring 01675-470079 for more information. On behalf of all the members of Curdworth W.I. we wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.

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January Sale

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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. Full details are on 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.

£5 Exquisite Bengal & Indian Cuisine 102 High Street Coleshill Birmingham B46 3BL Tel:

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The bearer of this voucher is entitled to five pounds off the total bill, when spending fifty pounds and over at Rajrani Restaurant, Coleshill. Please present the voucher when ordering. • Only one voucher can be redeemed against each bill and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer • This voucher cannot be redeemed for cash • Dining in only. Offer excludes Take Aways and Deliveries

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By Sally Jones

Coleshill members ran the WI tombola stall in the Town Hall at the turning on of the Christmas lights ceremony. At our December meeting the following week we enjoyed a visit from ‘Father Christmas’ in mufti, Pat Saunders from Stretton-on-Dunsmore near Coventry, who for nearly 40 years has taken the role, entertaining hundreds of children each Christmas. After his much-loved loved wife died several years ago, Pat began giving talks on life as Father Christmas, ‘The View from the Other Side of the Beard’, with the proceeds going to Myton Hospice where his wife was cared for during her final illness. Pat originally hoped to be an actor but was told he was “too big for the scenery” so instead he took on the mantle of Father Christmas in a splendid costume his wife made for him. He has proved a great hit with youngsters, even giving them advice, telling them that Father Christmas won’t deliver presents if they don’t tidy their bedrooms. Members enjoyed festive snacks

and mulled wine then played a riotous game of indoor curling, The meeting finished with carol singing, accompanied by Mavis Gordon on the piano. Several members attended the Group Carol Service at Curdworth Church, shared with the Wishaw and Curdworth WIs. Former President Christine Jones read the third lesson from Matthew. New President Elaine Partridge delivered a comic parody, “The Puppies’ Night Before Christmas” which began: “'Twas the night before Christmas And all through the house The puppies were squeaking An old rubber mouse The wreath which had cheerfully Been hung on the door Was scattered in pieces All over the floor...” Everyone enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine at the get-together in the church hall afterwards. At the next meeting on January 10th at the Town Hall, the talk will be on old-fashioned entertainments including music hall and conjuring. Visitors welcome as always.

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First court prosecution of 2017 as ‘puppy farm’ owner is fined over £900

Coco Breed: Greyhound

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A Bodymoor Heath man, Mr Tufal Ahmed, has been fined £944.88 for illegally selling on puppies without a Pet Shop licence.

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Coco is a typical gentle greyhound, very laid back and very affectionate with everyone she meets. Like most greyhounds she would like a quieter home with no children and other dogs as she likes all the attention to herself. One good walk/run a day would suit her, she loves lots of fuss and cuddles. *must be a home with no other pets

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The alarm was first raised with the Borough Council’s Environmental Health team by a Borough Councillor and later by the County Council’s Trading Standards department, which had received a complaint. A couple had contacted Mr Ahmed about buying an English bull dog puppy, which he had advertised as fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, Kennel Club registered and vet checked. On arrival, the pup appeared to be caged alone, without its parents and with no other dogs present. After paying £1,275.00 by bank transfer, the couple expected to receive the official Kennel Club papers, which never arrived. Mr Ahmed also told the couple that the dog had not been vaccinated and their vet revealed that not only did the pup have a hernia but she had also been operated on previously. When interviewed under caution at the Bor-

ough Council, Mr Ahmed revealed that he had re-homed and sold between 15 and 20 puppies in 2016, and, in some cases, had been paid for doing so. He did not have a Pet Shop licence, admitted that some of the dogs were poorly and unvaccinated and also kept no records of where the dogs had come from or who they had been sold to. Assistant Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Council, Steve Maxey said: “This was a successful prosecution which highlights the importance of having the correct licence, approved by the Borough Council – whether you own a pet shop or are breeding dogs. It also proves that anyone hoping to buy a puppy should check out the credentials of the people selling the dogs to check that they are not running an illegal puppy farm. “ The court took into account Mr Ahmed’s early guilty plea and reduced his fine by a third. Mr Ahmed was also not disqualified from selling dogs as he has now applied for the correct licence and is working with the Borough Council.

Everything decent now hangs in a thread By Todd Symonds

Personal views and opinions

If I were ethnically Jewish, West Indian, Indian or even originally from the delightful tory Clark's Bongo Bongo land and were now a long settled tax paying, socially contributing resident of this politically despicable country, I would now be concerned about my own, but more so my defenceless children's safety.

Also, were I a person of left leaning or liberal views who measured ones quality of life not in terms of wealth and power but in happiness, friendships and a general social cohesion, then I too would be feeling uncomfortably concerned. Ooops. A quick check reveals my affiliation with most of the afore mentioned qualities, and I assure you fellow men, that being a cockney ex brummie now living in rural Wales where, I might add, almost everything is funded by the EU but they unanimously and inexplicably voted for out, that my accent could as easily set me apart here as will my avowed intention to have a large bone put through my nose on my not too distant hundredth birthday. So.Everything decent now hangs by a thread and the lying, shitty slime balls in the press and parliament have got what they thought they wanted and my burning fury at them and the twits who voted for them means that for once I will be incapable of my usual gentle, measured discourse so will instead talk about nice Christmassy topics.Like other peoples dogs. Our very good friends gormless great slobbering turd factory of a labrador that we stupidly have poked through our front door at 5am on a tuesday sort of dog. In order that our recently moved nearby said friends can bugger off back to brum for thirty six money making hours in their private investment

bank. Or infant school perhaps.This animal, completely untrained like it's delightful owners, has, after only six visits with two more to go,brought out such levels of violent hatred in me that I should really return to discussing Donald bloody Trump before my heart gives out.It sits with it's great panting mouth six inches from your face whatever one does. Especially at meal times.It follows one about everywhere, barging in the car or truck knocking everyone flying until one realises the answer is to simply lock it in the vehicle and go away for the 36 hours. The exception to the follow about rule crops up should the unfortunate carer happen to stop the vehicle with the dog in it within several hundred metres of water.Or preferably from the dogs point of view, mud.It then, as soon as the door is open a millimetre, knocks door and anyone holding the door out of it's way and into water/mud it goes at full speed. Can you imagine the love pouring between us as the filthy zombie bounces back for it's lift home?I've heard, god forbid, there are even open cess pools in the area. Last weekend, to end on a lighter, gentler topic, we went en masse to Edgebaston cricket ground where our lovely son in law, together with forty or so other barely civilised thugs beat the daylights out of each other for charity. They were all novices, intensely trained for six months, many rugby players, some special forces with representatives from both Isis,Al Quaeda and a local convent to add a bit of colour. What a night! Two rings going at once, straight punching seemingly absent from proceedings, massive effort from all and thankfully nothing but pride really hurt. Our boy did grand but we're already proud of him enough without his comprehensive demolition of a much taller opponent. Our daughter, the epitome of cool, got quite carried away despite her initial efforts at haughty indifference, and we finished the night with brilliant fish and chips at Water Orton. Birmingham. Great, innit bab! tod



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Warwickshire tourism industry set for £10-15million boost News Ln Local With so many world-renowned attractions across the county, including Warwick Castle, the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Rugby World Hall of Fame, the tourist sector is a major component of the county economy. Overseas visitors spent more than £100million in Warwickshire in 2015. And that sum is expected to significantly increase next year as visitors from around the world, notably the United States of America and Europe, take advantage of sterling's post-Brexit devaluation. The full implications of Brexit on the national and local economy will take years to unfold with next year likely to be tough as uncertainty over the future, causes businesses to hold fire on planning and investment. But there will be a very positive impact on tourism in the short and medium-terms, says Warwickshire County Council's Economy & Skills Group Manager Dave Ayton-Hill. "The significant and sustained devaluation of sterling, particularly against the dollar and euro, will encourage more overseas visitors to

Warwickshire's economy is set for a major boost next year with an additional £10-15million expected to be pumped into the county's tourist industry from increased visitor numbers. come to the UK next year," he said. "And with

revenue next year is likely, simply on increased

so many fantastic attractions in Warwickshire,

spending power. That is good news for War-

we can expect to welcome our share.

wickshire's tourist industry which is tradition-

"Indications from the US are that a lot of peo-

ally strong and globally renowned.

ple who have long been thinking of a trip-of-a-

"The challenge, not just for Warwickshire but

lifetime to the UK will now take this opportuni-

for the UK as a whole, is for Britain to be seen

ty while their money will go that much further.

as not turning its back on Europe in light of the

That is good news for Warwickshire because,

Brexit vote.

whereas European visitors tend to come over

"But that view will be marginal. Warwick-

for a weekend or few days, because of the dis-

shire's hospitality towards tourists has always

tance involved tourists from US come for two

been very warm and welcoming and that will

or three weeks so spend that much more. We

continue to be the case."

expect an extra £2.5million spend from visitors from the US and £5.3million from Europe.” "When you factor in tourists from other parts of the world,a £10-15million uplift in tourist

With sterling certain to continue to struggle, the UK tourist industry is likely to also benefit from more people holidaying within the country rather than going abroad.

Warwickshire’s tourism industry received another boost this summer when the county was named by renowned travel guide Lonely Planet as the most recommended place to visit in the UK. It is a massive coup for the region as some members of the guide's vast global audience are sure to head to Warwickshire as a direct result of reading about it. Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council and board member of the Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Warwickshire is a world-class visitor destination with our stunning countryside, historic buildings and vibrant cultural scene attracting record numbers of visitors from around the globe. Tourism is a huge driver of the county's economy supporting more than 18,000 jobs. The County Council is committed to the continued sustainable development of tourism and the cultural offer to support economic growth.” Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the council’s Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “Tourism makes an enormous contribution to our economy and we will continue to support the industry to ensure it thrives and that growth in the sector benefits the whole county.”



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Beef and Lamb only a mile from field to fork Our Beef and Lamb comes locally from Mill Farm, Maxstoke where we rear pedigree Hereford Cattle. The herd can be seen grazing on the river meadows below Coleshill during the summer. Hereford Cattle are renowned for the eating quality of their meat. We also run a flock of sheep which graze on traditional pastures in Maxstoke. Wherever possible pork and poultry is sourced locally.

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Step up to Walk for Parkinson’s in the West Midlands in 2017 People across the West Midlands looking for a New Year’s resolution are being invited to join Parkinson’s UK in theirs.

Walk for Parkinson’s launches on the 11 January and the charity has resolved to make it their biggest series yet. They want to recruit as many walkers as possible for the events in the West Midlands at Stafford (14 May) and Packwood House in Warwickshire (10 September). Each walk offers a range of distances and terrains, so there is something to suit everyone from those looking for a leisurely stroll to keen walkers who prefer a bigger challenge. Dave Clark, Sky Sports presenter and keen supporter of Parkinson’s UK is the Champion of Walking for Parkinson’s UK, as since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s himself in 2011 at the age of 44, Dave has found that walking is a fantastic way to keep fit. Dave explains: “In 2016, my resolution was to complete my own 200-mile coast to coast walk for Parkinson’s UK. It was tough but the feeling when I crossed the finish line

was fantastic. “This year, our resolution is to make it the biggest series yet for Walk for Parkinson’s. So if you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that’s achievable and rewarding, sign up to Walk for Parkinson’s in the West Midlands and join us in our resolution, because with every step we take and every pound that we raise, we get closer to a cure.” It is the third year for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. Last year the charity had more than 3,800 people sign up to walk and between them they raised a fantastic £344,000. In the West Midlands over 150 walkers took part and raised nearly £15,000. All money raised by Walk for Parkinson’s will be used to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, as well as providing support and information for the 127,000 people affected by Parkinson’s across the UK. For the first time this year, some of the events will also offer a running route at the same time as the walk. To find out more and to find a walk near you, see



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IT company lights up Children’s Hospital for Christmas News Ln Local

A local IT Company was invited by Birmingham Children’s Hospital to decorate their operating theatre for the festive season. ACUTEC raised over £500 for the hospital in the summer through fundraising activities and were delighted to be invited back by the hospital to spread some festive cheer

for the children. The theatre that the team decorated will be the only one in operation over Christmas, with only the most critical patients being admitted. ACUTEC’s Managing Director, Chris Roche said: ‘The children in the operating theatre this Christmas will be the ones in desperate need of some festive cheer so it’s brilliant that we are able to make this scary

time a little brighter for them.’ The Microsoft Gold Partner and Security Specialist, based in the Midlands, donated £250 worth of decorations and spent a morning with Ryan from the hospital’s fundraising team putting up stars and snowflakes as well as bedecking the corridor with fairy lights. The hospital has adopted a star theme for their decorations this year

to coordinate with their Star Appeal which ACUTEC donated to in the summer. The Star Appeal is raising money to build a centre for children with rare diseases. The centre will provide co-ordinated care, treatment and support for children battling with rare and undiagnosed illnesses. Amy Staniszewski, Marketing Executive at ACUTEC commented: ‘We have been on a tour of the hos-

pital previously and the amount of thought put in is just incredible, being able to contribute to making the children’s time in hospital easier is so important.’ The ACUTEC team wishes the patients, their families and the staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital a very merry Christmas.




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Hyposis isn't the underground therapy it was 20 years ago... hypnosis is becoming cool! A lot of people assume that if they are hypnotised they are going to be made to act like a chicken or worse, totally embarrass themselves and be under someone's 'spell' doing and saying things beyond their control. That is OK for the stage but it is not the reality with regards to rapid transformational hypnotherapy. RTT is an amazing therapy. It can help with addictions, phobias, fears, anxiety, and stress and build your confidence to a new level. It can enable you to take back control of your life and empower you in so many ways. It is very effective for helping with pain management, IBS, weight loss, infertility, Curing nail biting, stuttering, fear of flying the list goes on...... Britain's Prince Harry used hypnotherapy to quit smoking. Pregnant Kate Middleton used Hypnotherapy to regain appetite following morning sickness. Supermodel Kate Moss used Hypnotherapy for pregnancy. Mel B is getting hypnosis for stage fright. Actress/model Eva Mendes had hypnotherapy to overcome her arachnophobia - an irrational fear of spiders. Not only can RTT help to cure all the above it can also be used to change your wealth mindset

to give you the changes in your life that you want and deserve in 2017. So if you want to improve your health, wealth and make positive changes in the coming year Now is the time to start. Since Matt Damon said to Jay Leno on TV seeing a hypnotherapist was “the greatest decision I ever made in my life”, it seems that it became the coolest thing to do in Hollywood. Stacks of sports stars, movie stars, politicians, and other famous people are turning to hypnotherapy for addictions, phobias, fears and weight loss. Why? Because, put simply, it works. Hypnotherapy can re-frame your thinking and alter your perceptions. Why try it? Because you are worth it and it is your time to SHINE! Hypnosis is increased relaxation and concentration. We take negative habits and replace them with positive habits. We all go into hypnosis everyday – when you drive your car, when you daydream, whilst listening to music, watching a film – when you’re on automatic pilot, its known as environmental hypnosis. If you need help with something or know someone who does then get in touch today don't leave it spaces are limited for our new year offer. Buy it as a gift for someone for Christmas or as a gift just for you.

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BY MATT HOLTOM There’s a real emphasis on weight management and health being linked in the media of late. More and more research is coming out indicating that many illnesses and diseases can be prevented halted or reversed through diet and lifestyle. But where to start?!

There is so many differing pieces of information available to us. What advice do we take? What method or regime is best? It is forgiving to understand why many people feel confused and helpless, often resorting to an extreme all or nothing approach. Which often makes the situation worse. I will tell you right from the start it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Here’s how to start making the greatest impact on your health, weight and general fitness. Firstly, know that your body doesn’t want to wreak havoc and destroy itself. It only wants to function however best it can. Give it too little energy to function and it will have con-

sequences, give it too much energy it will also have consequences. So, we first need to recognize your sweet spot for energy. This refer to calories and how many you consume. Weight loss or gain on a simplistic scale is energy in versus energy out. Food (k/cal) being energy. So along as you consume less energy (food) than you expend (daily function and exercise) you will always lose weight. Getting consistent with your food intake and energy output is the first point of call. No need to get over complicated which many people do from the start. For example: the average Male should consume 2500 k/cals per day. If a male was to consume 2100 k/cals per day he would create a saving on 2800 k/cals per week. Resulting in a small loss of weight that week. Notice the above hasn’t banned anything from your eating habits? But it does allow you to regulate your food consumption daily. You can work out your very own personalised Calorie requirement online using a BMR calculator. Your Basel Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the

About Matt Matt Holtom, born and raised locally has almost 10 years of experience, learning from world renowned coaches from UK, Canada & the USA, studying and working with people in the local area to reclaim their health, improving body composition and grow confidence. Deep understanding as well as qualifications in psychology, Nutrition, anatomy and lifestyle Matt aspires to help guide as many people as possible within his reach. Running 1:1 coaching services, Bootcamps and mini group training at FW Fitness.

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rate at which your metabolism is running at to function. Much more accurate than the popular BMI calculator which is flawed for a large majority of the population. Get consistent with your daily food intake, the great thing is you don’t need to obsess over calorie numbers every time. Next would be to increase your activity level. This doesn’t have to be a gym, it can simply be going for a walk, or jog, getting the bicycle out of the garage and going for a ride a few times per week. If you are new to exercise, then I recommend begin with something you enjoy; A dance class or a sport. Staying active requires energy. This will help create the correct energy balance for weight loss. Once again don’t over complicate things in the beginning. Specifics come later. My third recommendation is to only introduce one habit or change per week. Allowing you to perfect each step that week before adding another. Far too often people go from one lifestyle to a complete change in 24 hours. To many changes at once isn’t likely to succeed or be sustainable. Don’t panic, be patient and trust yourself, this builds confidence and positive outcomes. One habit could be to include vegetables with each meal, or attending a fitness class 2/3 times per week, how about making sure you get 6 – 8 hours sleep, or getting consistent with your food consumption. Consistency refers to what is sustainable to you not others. If you can’t sustain it, then it won’t be consistent. The three words to remember and in this order; Consistency, apply, progress.

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Introducing Lowe Sawyer Financial Planning Ltd Welcome to the first of our regular articles, where we hope to provide insight into the financial world.

In recent times we’ve witnessed the Brexit decision, the election of Donald Trump and the biggest changes to pension legislation for a generation. In this constantly changing environment, we’ve found an increasing demand for a source of ongoing trusted advice with regards to financial planning, delivered through ourselves as wealth managers. Wealth management is a relatively new profession, so it’s not surprising that most people are vague about what wealth managers actually do. Wealth management addresses a wide range of issues. A wealth manager can help you with such issues as: investing a lump sum, deciding how much you need to save in order to retire comfortably, estate planning and saving in-

heritance tax, dividing up pension entitlements on a divorce or separation, getting the right types and amounts of life and health insurance, planning to pay school or university fees, and providing a general financial health check. These are crucial issues for most people and their families, and it’s very important for a wealth manager to have a thorough understanding of clients’ aims and challenges. It’s generally best to look at the whole of an individual’s financial affairs across the board, not just the issue that is of most immediate concern. It can sometimes be hard to deal with one particular issue in isolation because most areas of financial planning are interconnected. Initially the wealth manager and client must get to know each other well enough to decide whether to take the relationship further and the best way for it to work. The chemistry

will need to be right - as a potential client, you should be asking yourself: do I trust this person and can I work with them? And it’s important to settle the practicalities: does this adviser and the firm have the right expertise and can they provide what I am looking for? The wealth manager’s job is to find out what the client wants to achieve with their money, both now and in the future. That means gaining a thorough understanding of their views about such issues as borrowing, investing, spending now and in the future, retirement and estate planning. Most people do not think about their future very much – at least not in a very organised way and not from a financial perspective. Most clients want their adviser to keep an eye on their investments and other financial arrangements; reviewing your arrangements regularly is a key fundamental of active wealth management. The review process is

intended to act as a catch up with what has changed – either in your own circumstances or in the financial world generally - but this might not turn out to be the case where there have been some very substantial changes in circumstances like a marriage, divorce or a substantial inheritance. It is possible to carry out your own wealth management if you have the knowledge, time, patience and self-discipline. But there are good reasons why you probably won’t want to – even if you have all these characteristics. You may also find it hard to make these big decisions alone. To receive a complimentary guide covering Wealth Management, Retirement Planning or Inheritance Tax Planning, contact Russell Lowe of Lowe Sawyer Financial Planning Ltd on 01564 432150 or email Russell.lowe@sjpp.



UK house prices to increase by 3% in 2017 RICS annual housing market forecast • Transactions set to stabilise in line with recent trend but fall short of full year 2016 outturn • Supply shortfall to continue pushing prices higher with prices to increase by 3% • Rents likely to increase by 2-3% across the UK in 2017 House prices in the UK will see an average increase of 3% over the course of next year as the number of transactions stabilises, according to the RICS housing forecast for 2017. Following on from the 2016 forecast, the supply pipeline or lack of it is at the forefront of the analysis and dominates the residential market. While there is an improvement, the legacy of building on an insufficient scale has left the average inventory on estate agents books close to a historic low*. Looking forward, transaction activity will stabilise and is likely to come in between 1.15 and

crease of 3%. East Anglia is likely to continue its trend during 2016 and alongside the North West and West Midlands is likely to record gains higher than the national average. Meanwhile, prices in Central London look set to stabilise after recent declines, with support provided by the weaker exchange rate encouraging foreign buyers. Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist, commented: “Although recent announcements by the government on housing are very welcome, the on-

ending.” Jeremy Blackburn, RICS Head of Policy, commented:

delivering. The UK needs a co-ordinated strategy for building across tenures, using all of the delivery and technology mechanisms at our

going shortfall of stock across much of the sales

“The Housing White Paper will be a defin-

and lettings markets is set to continue to un-

ing moment in January, to see if more radical

“Before the EU Referendum, David Cameron


derpin prices and rents. As a result, the afford-

thinking in Whitehall is a reality. The proposed

said that if he could have found the button in

1.2 million, a little below the 1.25 million likely

ability challenge will remain very much to the

ban on lettings agents fees, and the unintended

No10 to increase house building he would have

to be recorded for the whole of 2016. The pre-

fore for many. Meanwhile the lack of existing

consequences of such a blunt policy, will also be

pushed it repeatedly. In truth there are multiple

diction for 2017 reflects the trend over recent

inventory in the market is impacting the abil-

a strong feature of the year ahead.

buttons and following on from housing being


ity of households to move and will contribute

“Whilst the system based on large, private

put at the top of the list of Theresa May’s pri-

House prices are predicted to rise across the

toward transaction activity over the whole of

housing developers and homes for owner oc-

ority list in 2017, current Government need to

whole of the UK in 2017 with an average in-

2017 being a little lower that in the year just

cupation has increased house building, it’s not

demonstrate a plan of action.”



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Top 100 Most Inspiring Individual, Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, Most Innovative UK leader 2016:

29.12.2016 Larry Worrall trading as Absolute Scaffold of Unit 14, Jubilee Estate, Gorsey Lane, Coleshill, Birmingham B46 1JU is applying for a licence to use 2 extra scaffold wagons for scaffold erection/dismantle services as an operating centre for 6 goods vehicles. Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF, stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice. Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A guide to Making Representations is available from the Traffic Commissioner's Office.

You talked about the causes and impact Brexit at the last interview: can you elaborate further? I have seen examples of poor practice where countries are able to get away with protecting

their own positions rather than following the agreed rules. Because the UK to its membership seriously, we were penalised by the additional cost of legislation whilst some of our competitors did not have to comply.

What is the answer? Firstly, our apprenticeship and other education systems do not produce people who are well-rounded, are critical thinkers or take a stewardship approach to career objectives. Secondly, there are too many highly capable business leaders playing it safe where with a little more aspiration they could double in size or more. We do not invest in ourselves nor do we invest in our people. We are not out there breaking down barriers to international trade and driving the government’s strategy for economic growth. Our business groups remain unresponsive caught in the headlights of Brexit, austerity and economic volatility. Who is going to take the lead? Ministers criticise business leaders who put their own interests first and yet at the same time create a culture of self-aggrandizement within Westminster and Whitehall. Businesses either fall victim to game playing and lack of planning in government or take full control of their strategies and make brave decisions that will safeguard their future profitability and as a results the communities from which they draw their people. What would you ask politicians to do? I actually met with the Rt. Hon. David Jones MP, Minister of State for Exiting the European Union at a recent Chamber event and posed

Peak time for new start ups

January is the peak time for people ditching the nine to five and looking to start their own business in Coventry and Warwickshire – and 2017 is set to be no exception. The start-up support team at the Coventry and Warwickshire Cham-

ber of Commerce are anticipating a rush of calls in the New Year as people look to follow their dream of being their own boss. The Chamber offers a range of help from workshops to one-to-one mentoring and, according to Operations Manager Keely Hancox, the New Year offers individuals a chance to

reflect. She said: “At Christmas and New Year, people not only take the time to celebrate but they think about what they want to do long term and, for many, it means setting up their own business. “So January tends to be a busy time with people contacting us after

Christmas looking for help and support. “I would certainly advise that they do speak to us because getting the right advice from the outset can be a huge benefit to people as there are many aspects of starting a company that they don’t consider. “For some, just making the call into the Chamber and hearing that support is available can give them the confidence to take the next step. In some instances, it may work the other way. They may see that they are not quite ready because it’s important to understand that the rewards that come with starting a business also take lots of hard work and can mean unsociable hours, at times.” Over the past 12 months, the Chamber has supported more than 120 people in starting their own business – from a photography company to an independent café. Keely said there a several pointers to consider. She said: “The starting point is whether you are interested in or have certain expertise that would make a good business. If you know the subject, it’s a great place to start. “Then, you have to look at whether there is a gap in the market – is

anyone else doing it? If they are, how can you do it differently or better? “Also, you have to think about what you want from the business – is it a lifestyle choice or do you want to grow it, take on staff and become bigger than just you? “Finally, and this is key, what other expertise do you need? You might be brilliant at what you do but there is so much more to running a business than that. You have to consider everything from finance to marketing if you want to make it a success. “Those questions might be new to you but they are the questions that our team have asked and answered hundreds of times so we’d urge anyone thinking of starting a business to get in touch as soon as possible.” This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, forming part of the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Support Programme.  It is funded by Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the district & borough councils.  To find out more and book onto one of the Chamber’s start-up programmes contact the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce on 02476 654 321.


some questions to him. The UK’s net contribution to the EU was £8.5 billion in 2015. Following Brexit there will be no structural or social funds to address infrastructure or job creation so I suggested that these funds could be invested in bringing our manufacturing infrastructure up to the level we need it to be. At the moment 80% of our exports are services: this is not sustainable. We have to address our trade deficit, which in June, was £5.1 billion. To be a successful well-balanced economy we have to make things and sell them across the world. British manufacturers made more cars in 2015 than any year since 2005 when 1,595,697 vehicles were produced, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. 77.3% of total car production was for export. However, as the British car industry is foreign owned, and the importing and exporting of component parts confuses rather than clarifies what is actually home-made, I hope that the Minister of State for Exiting the European Union can make the

case to invest more in the infrastructure all our manufacturers need to outperform their competitors. I a world where other governments are actively investing in the industries, we are being prevented from further success. If Trump’s words come true, that the US is waiting to steal UK trade opportunities with the EU and around the globe, our manufacturing sector will never recover and the 600,000 industry jobs IPPR has suggested that we will lose by 2030, will happen unopposed. Tell me about other major strategic issues facing manufacturing? The EEF published a report towards the end of 2016 on the 4th Industrial revolution – sometimes called Industry 4.0. What this is really about is how manufacturers can use new technology to help their customers exceed the expectations of their customers. It is how technology helps manufacturers move beyond simply producing things to providing value added services to customers in collaboration with other manufacturers. According to

the EEF it is about how we align three things: machines and technologies collecting, sharing and acting on data between themselves; the capture of data on everything and real time analysis of that data by machines and systems; having a resilient network to link everything up. Manufacturers see the benefits as providing a quicker route to innovation and an enabler of greater ambition. It is just what we need to be able to regain the Midlands’ position as the premier region globally for manufacturing and remanufacturing. We need business leadership to secure the political support for infrastructure and incentives to underpin such a step change. At a time when Ministers are preoccupied with Brexit we do really need to create a compelling business plan that aligns with initiatives such as Smart Cities. This is an activity with which I am currently involved. Are there any good examples of support for manufacturing locally? I can give you two examples of what is avail-

ACUTEC Helps School to Make the Grade B

Local Business

A Midlands based IT Company was invited by the Ahead Partnership to get involved with their Women in Industry day at Swanshurst School in Billesley in Birmingham. Microsoft Gold Partner ACUTEC were delighted to participate in the event where women in business and industry gathered together to discuss their careers and experiences at the all girls’ school. Marketing Executive Amy Staniszewski, 24, spent the day with Years 8 and 9 pupils discussing her career progression and education. The school had arranged the day to give the pupils the opportunity to learn about possible career paths and options before choosing their GCSE subjects. Amy commented: ‘It’s been great to be a part of the Women in Industry day. The pupils’ concerns were like mine at that age so I really hope that I have been able to answer some of their questions and give them more

confidence when it comes to choosing their options.’ The Ahead Partnership is a non-profit organisation dedicated to connecting businesses and communities together to create social and economic change. The Women in Industry day was part of their Make the Grade programme in which young people are helped by professionals from businesses like ACUTEC to prepare them for the world of work. At the event, groups of pupils would rotate between tables having 15 minute sessions with the visitors to the school. The pupils would ask questions such as why they chose the career that they did, who inspires them and if they had always planned to have the career they have now. While the sessions were in place for Years 8 and 9, Sixth Form students also came along to ask for advice and guidance in the next stages of their education. Chris Roche, Managing Director of ACUTEC said: ‘I’m so glad that ACUTEC can get involved in a scheme like this. Being able to empower young people to see their full potential is a fantastic thing to be a part of.’

able just around the corner: the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) and the Apprenticeship scheme operated by BMW. The AMTC (located at Ansty Park, Coventry) has been designed to provide premium training for the next generation of engineers and technicians. Lloyds Bank is the largest private sector contributor to the centre and is contributing £5m over a five year period as part of its commitment to support the UK manufacturing industry and to help tackle the sector’s shortfall in skills. The bank’s contribution will support over 500 trainees. BMW Plant Hams Hall Apprenticeship programme combines the expertise of a world class engineering company with locally supplied teaching within the context of the BMW Group's reputation for technical excellence and quality. What you say to local business leaders in this area? This is going to take significant investment and our business groups need to be lobbying to ensure that we do not fall behind in this area. They provide components to the booming auto industry and we even have a robotics company that can help us with automation. We need them to join voices and to make demands that safeguard the UK manufacturing sector. I would like the opportunity to talk to some of our local businesses and share some of their successes. If you are interested please contact me.

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ABB has invested significantly in its manufacturing facility in Coleshill, UK, over the last 18 months. As part of its investment strategy, ABB has focused on production, including new CNC machinery, and further corrugation and moulding technology for its cable protection product ranges. The company has also invested in improvements in work flow and most importantly safety advancements across the entire facility. Wider infrastructure investment has also been made to the building itself, including improved IT and phone systems, injection moulding tooling storage racking, and assembly area improvements. Looking ahead, ABB will continue to invest in the Coleshill facility to further improve safety as part of an organisation-wide initiative. The additional investment will also be used to improve product quality, which will support the

ABB Coleshill facility as it looks to further consolidate its position as a leader in the manufacture and supply of conduit and cable protection systems for industrial and commercial applications. Gary Fitzpatrick, Manufacturing Unit Manager at ABB in Coleshill commented: “As the market changes and the demand for more robust and reliable cable protection products increases, we want to retain our position as market leader, providing customers with products that are manufactured to the highest quality standards. Our continuous investment in the development of our site, quality procedures and safety measures help us to deliver against these demands. “The investment at our Coleshill facility has brought with it many benefits to multiple areas, such as improvements to our customer experience, safety and manufacturing process efficiencies.”

Business46 Celebrates Christmas in Style at Deckerdence Business46 kicked off the festive season in style, with 140 local business people in the wonderful festive surroundings of Deckerdence on the 16th Dec. Deckerdence is a unique events location, with a stunning marquee, bar and cocktail lounge all focused around a vintage double decker bus. Penny Sheward from PS Consulting who

planned the evening and is one of the B46 organisers stated ‘Deckerdence is a beautiful, high quality and unique venue. The events team, including Clare, Mark and Liz created an amazing atmosphere and unforgettable experience for all who attended.’ The evening was the perfect opportunity for the B46 team to celebrate 3 years of events, which has brought 100’s of businesses togeth-

er to support and grow the local economy. The group also supports various sports clubs, charities, and schools. The next event breakfast event is 7.15am, Wed 11th Jan, 2017, and the topic is HS2 and the impact on the local area, with Jonathan Lord, the West Midlands HS2 representative. The team also have a series of monthly events already planned through to June 2017.

Price for non-members is £15 and £7.50 for members, which includes a breakfast roll and refreshments. Membership starts at just £150 for the year. Everyone is guaranteed a warm welcome and the group are always looking for venues and speakers, for more information or to book, please email or visit

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Horoscopes January 2016 By Louise ARIES March 21 to April 20

The gathering of planets see you more in the forefront you are no shrinking violet this month. Careers are prominent maybe a move or new project you have the ability to pick up new skills easily now. Maybe even go back to full or part time education. In the case of communications, agreements or understandings that seem to have stalled, solutions will be more forthcoming after the 8th, when the winged planet resumes forward motion. Things that have been put on hold since mid December should be resolved completely by the end of the month. The Fire Moon positively sets your emotional life on fire from the 5th right through to the 25th Positive month for Travel: go Aries go you are flying high.

TAURUS April 21 to May 21

On the surface, you and a partner may seem very different. But now Mars and Venus share zodiac space, you realise that at a deeper level you have the same hopes and dreams. January holds plenty of opportunities: you get a new life skill something to really believe in. The early month planetary concentration, in your house of higher learning, encourages enrolment in courses that increase your understanding in life. Or adopting a new philosophy and life perspective. At work, it’s good to trust your gut feeling but it’s the way you deal with facts and figures that can fast-track your ambitions. Lucky numbers this month are 5, 25, 35 and 42.

GEMINI May 22 to June 21

The start of 2017 can find you making a definitive cut with your past. This realization may have its roots in events occurring earlier in the year, or been activated via the last New Moon of December 29 attached to your ruling planet Mercury. Sometimes this involves facing a fear, erasing a taboo, but that's what progress is all about. Your personal planet Mercury moves into your relationships zone and helps you understand why people behave how they do. Cut with your past and move on. This is an important time for your finances trust your gut instinct. Commit to a course of action and stick to it. Single? New relationships, sudden attachments and lucky breaks are in the air. Best numbers this month are 1, 38, 26 and 19.



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SCORPIO October 24 to November 22

Instead of monitoring each stage of a relationship, simply enjoying it makes for a stronger love-bond. Searching for the right love? You first notice someone when your all-time favourite music is playing, probably on the radio. Don’t let family scepticism stop you chasing the job you really want. Computer technology is at the heart of our world in this age of communication, and its here that you can be picking up new skills, and taking fresh knowledge on board. Even if not physically as mobile, you may be letting your fingers do the walking from your keyboard. You may also be looking at updating software or even hardware when it comes to electronic equipment. Lady luck says numbers 3, 19, 43 and 27 are good for you.

SAGITTARIUS November 23 to December 21

Mercury rolls back into your sign for the next eight days and when you pick up a half-finished project, you take it all the way to success. Blow off steam on home projects or domestic applications. Someone who makes you feel secure about a shared future may not sound exciting yet will be. Luck begins via an in-depth talk with an older relative about family history. The New Moon of the 28th spotlights areas dealing with new information, short courses and travel, software and communication equipment. Powerful Pluto lurks in your money zone. It may provide the impetus and focus to change your financial fortunes. Lucky numbers for January are 6, 16, 28 and 49

CAPRICORN December 22 to January 20

Teaming up with colleagues or friends to try a new fitness project adds an element of competition that could help you stick with it. Realistic Venus helps you see that while no relationship is perfect, what you have is very good. Single? A friendly chat on a routine journey could lead to something special. The personal growth planet, Jupiter, a beacon of reward and opportunity, is moving through your domestic sector of home, family and property. The New Moon of the 28th is the time to deal with financial affairs, legacies and/or insurance. This months numbers for you are 34, 46, 21 and 7

People who have been difficult to contact will be in touch and plans linked to family life start to look good. Networking can get busy. It’s also likely you’re meeting new people through your social contacts and Internet communications enjoy. The sun reaches the powerful mid-point of its stay in your sign and a personal wish could be granted. You find rewards through community related work, professional growth and expanding your vocational potential. For some this will also involve a home change or relocation. For others it can mean modernizing your work approach so that it accommodates working more from your home base. When a jokey acquaintance looks so serious, you could be asked a romantic question. These numbers are lucky for you this month 20, 4, 13, and 27.

LEO July 23 to August 23

AQUARIUS January 21 to February 18

VIRGO August 24 to September 22

PISCES February 19 to March 20

CANCER June 22 to July 22


You can recall facts easily and are drawn to the correct answers in a multiple-choice test. The best cook in the family and the one good at getting publicity can make money together. You have learnt how people can change in an eye blink. Or perhaps you are finally seeing things as they truly are. The planet of personal growth and opportunity, Jupiter, now moves through your sign. Sometimes that will mean sacrificing something to move forward but it certainly breaks the logjam. The Full Moon of the 12th can be a vital timer here. Staying positive also involves finding positive associates. A newly single colleague attracts you, keep the alcohol under control. while luck visits 39, 24, 49 and 5

Basically it’s about work and getting your affairs, home, career or whatever you’re focused on – in order. Since the December 29 New Moon cycle began this has been the focus. It means you have to get serious, lay out a game plan, set yourself a schedule and stick to it. If something is not working, then it’s time for a different approach. Health may be a concern if you’ve been stretching your limits. There's a major plus for anything involving new and different interests, academic studies, travel associations and legal affairs. If you’re single, the moon adds a dash of adventure to your love life. In a settled relationship, it is easier to put feelings into words that deepen passion. Lucky numbers this month 32, 50. 17. 45

You are in a take-charge mood with a subtle way of getting people to do what you want without them feeling bossed around. Your mentor Mercury inspires a home makeover that creates living space. Overall January looks an inventive month, a time when you do best finding your own original solutions. So it’s a positive time to follow your intuition, and have faith in your unique ideas. Emotions heat up but a problem in the open can be solved. Work progress may mean extra travel. Lucky numbers this month 29, 4, 37 and 43

LIBRA September 23 to October 23 The cool, logical side of your personality takes over.

You’re so good with people and can get individuals with very different personalities to work productively together. ‘Big picture’ revelations can appear, when you’re not looking. January is a good month to keep a dream dairy, or at least to acknowledge important feelings, hunches and any seemingly psychic phenomena. A personal decision to try again with a friend you lost touch with can really make your day. The New Moon of the 28th is in your sign. And certainly those born on or by that date will have a clear focus for the future in what can be a landmark year. One partner likes to spend, the other to save . . . today you make a clever compromise. January numbers to select are 9, 24, 38 and 47

All you do in teams of two – whether work, a dance contest or a game show – attracts success. From the 3rd onward, Venus, the planet of beauty, style and aesthetics, also enters Pisces. It can be tempting you toward some indulgences here. It’s a time to re-appraise your sense of self-esteem. How attractive do you feel, what brings you the greatest pleasures? While Venus can provide an identity makeover, Mars is also stirring your passions. Beware of what you wish for, or have wished for, as this may well come to pass. The family could celebrate news about twins. A money moon will help you get serious about earning more. If you are single, love sometimes means saying sorry and moving on together. Your lucky January numbers are 2, 12, 45, 50.

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Ben who has had 50 bouts has only lost 4 and only 19 years old. Boxing for Fire-walker Olympic boxing club he has already amassed a fantastic pedigree over the past few years. He has become a Gb podium potential squad Member, won the CYps/Nabc title 2013, 2x Youth national champion, 1x Senior Elite champion, 1x Haringey Gold Medallist, Youth commonwealth Silver medalist, Golden gong Gold medalist & 5 x Midlands champion. His favourite boxer is Cuban 2 times Olympics Gold medal winner Mario KindelĂ n. Training under Fire Walker Coach John Clayton, Benjamin is looking to win everything in 2017 that's put before him. His aim is to improve as a boxer and gain more valuable experience as an international boxer. He is gearing up for the 2018 commonwealth games and Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Ben has all the looks of an exciting talented boxer.



I've decided to dedicate this edition to the names in boxing who I feel have contributed not just to the sport but also to those who look to them for guidance. A round up of who has excelled more than normal and got noticed, for me more than others. Walsall boxer Martin Gethin dreamed of becoming a World Champion and when things looked like they was miles away from him, he surprised everyone when he, as the underdog, stepped into the ring against John Wayne Hubbert at Wembley Area and stopped him by TKO. Getting, who accepted the challenge within two weeks of the Fight Night traveled to London with nothing and came back the IBF International Super Lightweight Champion. He added this to his already collection of British, vacant IBF International Lightweight and English belts. Gethin for me gave a smashing fight and made his fight worth watching over and over again.

undercard in Manchester, Khalid took the title from defending champion Panamanian Luis Conception. After weighting in overweight twice it looked like Conception took this badly and from the first bell, looked like he was out of his comfort zone. Yafi never let up on him and for me, he won every round of the fight.


3, CLUB OF THE YEAR- EASTSIDE The high volume of activity from them has shown whatever porridge they are cooking for breakfast; it's doing a great job. Sam Eggington, Craig Cunningham, Don Broaddhurst, Ryan Kelly, are just a few names from there who are bringing Boxing in Birmingham to new heights with the big TV promotions. Already extending the gym by opening the upstairs, this will only provide a larger training ground to help build even the amateur club who also is taking titles from all decisions and weight classes. Mixing the amateurs with the pros is working for Eastside and making it a very impressive positive club that will grow this year to massive heights even more.

4, KING OF THE RING- KHALID YAFI Khalid Yafi has taken this post for becoming the Newley crowned WBA Super Flyweight Champion of the World. Boxing on the Joshua v Molina

This section I have to give to 2 boxers: Craig Cunningham & Sean Davis. It's a joint win because the outcomes was not just thrilling, but also fantastic to watch. Eastside Southpaw's Middleweight icon Craig Cunningham had a busy year in 2016 with fights against both Ryan Aston & Jason Welborn. Craig showed massive heart in both fights and his fight against Aston was the more brutal and noticed for the tuff Rocky type out come look it had. When Cunningham was matched against former Olympian and unbeaten pro Anthony Agogo nobody really gave Cunningham a chance. Sat at ringside from the bell starting round 1, Cunningham was like a Formula 1 driver slipping and moving

to gain pole position. He moved fast and in round and he showed Agogo just how hard he can punch. A few rounds later Agogo had enough and motioned to the referee he was finished giving Cunningham the WBC International Middleweight Title. Craig now looks set to fight Tommy Langford after Tommy beat Sam Sheedy for the British Title last November. Hockley's Unbeaten Super Bantamweight fighter Sean Davis is one of the most exciting fighters I have seen in a while and my second choice. Sean boxed amateur for St Francis, but as a pro he has now had 11 fights. Boxing on the Eggington v Gavin undercard Davis originally was meant to fight Gamal Yafai, but Gamal pulled out. Lucky Paul Economides from Wales came in to save the day. With 20 wins 6 losses. He fought Davis tooth and nail. However Davis gave the performance of his life so far. Davis pulled out every hammer and tool from his arsenal and never let up going toe to toe every round with Economides. It was a battle every round but Davis showed he wanted it more each time the bell rang. For me his fight was one of 2016 fights of the year all round, not just for The Midlands. Because of his fantastic win and style of boxing, he fights Josh Kennedy at Londons York Hall soon for the English Title. Kennedy has only had 8 fights but is a hard puncher with a longer arm range that Davis. This will be a hard fight for Sean and all he needs to do is work his power punching range. If you want a good scrap to get your new year going then this fight don't miss it.

BOXERS TO LOOK OUT FOR 2017 Ryan Kelly & Jordan Lynch

already has 7 wins: two by stoppage with the rest on points. Another lad dedicated to high-level training and with a good amateur back ground. 3 fights last year with 4 in 2015, I'm hoping this year will see Ryan maybe heading for a Midlands or English shot in his Middleweight division. Let's see. Jordan Lynch has only had 1 professional fight, it was in October just and he beat Grzegorz Semik on Top promotions show held at the Aston Villa Football Club. Jordan is dedicated to training and getting things done correctly. He as a background with the white collar trade so moving the game up, he is showing good thinking and good positive training. Defo’ going to be watching him this year.

COMMITMENT TO A NEW WAVE OF BOXING- WBC Women's Boxing Club, can be seen as a bias choice because of my involvement. However winning two awards in two years by BOX-NATION & The Birmingham Sports Awards with 27 World Boxing Champions offering support by video links and most recently been supported by the Birmingham's Mail newspaper, the purpose behind the club is to offer females everything in boxing their male counterparts enjoy. Cardio, power stations, weight, bags, pads and abs workouts are bringing females of all ages, backgrounds and work groups together to not only communicate but also close down any negative barriers between women of different faiths and religions and provide positive friendships instead. The only club of its kind in the Midlands, WBC is paving the way forward in all female boxing & Fitness. Full details can be obtained on www.

Ryan Kelly is a solid great lad and one that has already shown he is game as a badger. Birmingham based Ryan


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Old Salts Combined under 14s/13s Old salts combined under 13s/14s got their official fixture list off to a tremendous start with three wins out if three against Warley RFC, Coalville RFC and Redditch RFC. Great teamwork saw the team run in a total of 35 tries in the three gam. The lads travelled over to Warley. They came away with a well earned 55-20 victory. The team put together a very well worked performance as a team. Each and every player helped earn the victory. Excellent support play saw the team run in 11 tries. In addition the Salts pack were faultless. Their efforts perhaps helps to define the meaning of teamwork. Rarely did they lose out to their opponents pack who were perhaps 25% heavier. The Salts pack we just too strong and organised for their opponents. The lads followed this victory up with their first home game of the season against Coalville RFC. Once again the pack out-scrummed their opponents. Sloppy handling however meant the Salts’ pack had to put overtime

in, to regain possession through the scrum. The team ran in 13 tries to record a 65-0 victory, which again was testament to good all round support and working for each other. Salts team managed to finish the game with their first ever clean sheet. The fact that no tries were scored against them, was again a credit to the whole team. Solid defence against Warley RFC was followed by a clean sheet against Coalville RFC. The team ran in a further 11 tries when they visited Redditch RFC. Superb wing and support play saw the team earn a well deserved victory despite some spirited play by their opponents in the second half. The coaches could not be happier by the progress the team are making. The parents too played their part with tremendous support and words of encouragement. The lads need to build on the platform created by the victories but need to keep their feet firmly on the ground as the hard work starts now and harder fixtures lie on the horizon!!! Well done lads.



Local Football

7th January FA Vase

Gorleston 0 v 3 Coleshill Town Jordan Nadat 2, Dean Rathbone.

2nd January

Coventry United 1 v 3 Coleshill Town

28th January 2017

Crowborough Athletic (East Sussex)

FA Vase Last 16

Coach travel available. Contact club website for full details

Jordan Nadat, Corey Currithers, Mykel Beckley,

27th December

Coleshill Town 4 v 1 Boldmere St Michaels Mykel Beckley, Curvin Ellis, Dean Rathbone, Tom Weale.

20th December

Coleshill Town 5 v 1 St Andrews Mykel Beckley 2, Rob Evans, Dean Rathbone, Tom Weale.

17th December

Coleshill Town 0 v 2 Loughborough University

Saturday 14th January

Away to Rocester Tuesday 17th January

Home to Tividale 19.45 Saturday 21st January

Away to Shepshed Dynamo Saturday 28th January

FA Vase Away Crowborough Athletic Saturday 4th February

Away to Tividale Tuesday 7th February

Home to Quorn 19.45 Saturday 11th February

Away to Brocton ALL WELCOME

Coleshill Town Football Club Pack Meadow, Packington Lane, Coleshill, Birmingham B46 3JJ

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