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Village Festival Quiz

In the last 2 years, we have successfully raised money to fund the activities of the Village Festival from a Quiz Night. So we’re doing the same again this year – on Friday 1st May.

It’s a fun evening with opportunities to test more than your ability to recall quiz trivia. And, of course, we will have the usual hot supper and cash bar to add to the sociability of the event.

You can get together with friends and neighbours on a table of eight, or just come on your own, or as a couple, and we’ll put you with other people to make up a team.

Tickets are now on sale at £12.50 per person, which includes your meal. They can be bought from Brenda at The Red Lion (727020), or from me – and we’ve sold quite a few already!

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Heather Auton


Diary Dates

Friday 20th March

School fundraising concert

Sunday 22nd March

Last day to donate a remembrance lily

Friday 27th March

School Easter Service

Sunday 29th March

British Summer Time begins

Sunday 29th March

Palm Sunday

Friday 3rd April

Good Friday

Sunday 5th April

Easter Sunday

Thursday 9th April

Deadline for Council nomination papers

Thursday 9th April

W.I. talk

Monday 20th April

Parish Council meeting

Friday 1st May

Village Festival Quiz

Saturday 2nd May

Cricket League matches begin

Monday 4th May

Tennis Club Fun Day

Thursday 7th May

Election Day

Monday 11th May

Start of Christian Aid week

Thursday 14th May

Village Hall AGM

Saturday 16th May

School May Fayre

Sunday 17th May

Renewal of Baptism service

Sunday 17th May

Tennis Club Championships

Monday 18th May

Parish Council meeting and AGM

Thursday 21st May

History Group meeting

Friday 29th May

Newsletter deadline

Sunday 7th June

Cricket Club Drinks party

Sunday 7th June

Village Open Tennis Tournament

Thursday 11th June

W.I. talk

Sunday 14th June

All Saints’ Pet Service

Saturday 11th July

Village Festival

Sunday 12th July

All Saints’ Open Air Service

Sunday 12th July

Tennis Junior Open Tournament

Thursday 16th July

History Group meeting

If you have diary dates for inclusion in future editions of the newletter, please let the Editor know.


Village Bus

From 24 February the timetable for the no.73 Red Rover bus through the village has changed yet again. Transport for Bucks do this from time to time in order to keep us all on our toes and to demonstrate in due course that no one uses the service and it can therefore be safely abolished. So please use it if you can!

For the record, the Monday-Friday service towards Amersham now leaves the Red Lion at 0914, 1141, 1341 and 1726, arriving at the station at 0937, 1154, 1354 and 1737 respectively. On Saturday, departures are at 1028, 1228, 1428 and 1628 (all arriving at the station 13 minutes later).

In the reverse direction, weekday buses leave for Coleshill (via Penn Street and Winchmore Hill) at 1115, 1315 and 1650. Departures are from outside Carrols. On Saturdays, buses leave Amersham for here at 1015, 1215, 1415, 1615 and 1715.
Dick Ware
Bus user


Maundy Money for Dumpy Swerling

Dumpy Swerling had the honour of receiving Maundy Money from the hand of the Queen in Christchurch Cathedral on Maundy Thursday this year. Her nomination came from the Bishop of Oxford in recognition of over 50 years of devoted community service.

This article describles the origins of Maundy Money

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Photographs by John Jefford

The word Maundy is derived from the Latin mandatum (command) and lies behind the name Maundy Thursday (the day before Good Friday in the Christian calendar). John 13:34 tells of Christ at the Last Supper giving his disciples a new commandment, that they should love one another. This command has been symbolized since at least the 13th century (the first record is of King John – who, given this, was clearly not a wholly Bad King) by the sovereign displaying humility to a selection of the poor of his kingdom. The ceremony initially took the form of washing the feet of the chosen poor (after courtiers had washed them several times first) and then distributing alms as money, food and clothing. James II was the last monarch to wash feet and the food and clothing elements have also subsequently fallen by the wayside.

Today, the Queen gives two purses of money to the same number of men and women as her current age (so 87 of each this year). They are chosen for services to their church or local community. A white purse contains the Maundy Money itself – sterling silver coins in denominations of 1p, 2p 3p and 4p, in a total amount summing to the Queen's current age -- while a second, red, purse contains the monetary equivalent of the previously distributed food and clothing. This sum has been deemed to be worth £5.50 for some years now.

Although most monarchs in the 18th and 19th centuries delegated the annual task to court officials, Elizabeth II has been absent on only four occasions since she came to the throne.
Dick Ware


Fibre Broadband Arrives!

BT are now accepting orders for Fibre Broadband from customers served by Amersham Cabinet no.3, the cabinet that serves Coleshill. The service can be ordered from BT Internet and also from a number of other Internet Service Providers. You can see a list of service providers at the following link: http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/at-home/buy-it-now.aspx

Note that not everyone in the parish will necessarily be able to receive the fibre service because of line length limitations. You can check availability using this link: https://www.btwholesale.com/includes/adsl/main.html. (The fibre service is labelled "WBC FTTC" in the list of services.)

Happy Surfing!


Village Hall WiFi

WHOOPEE !!!!!!! we have Wi-Fi.

Are we the first Village Hall in Buckinghamshire to offer free Wi-Fi to our hirers for tuition, presentations and meetings? Send a message to Ann on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book the Hall or go to hall.coleshill.org.


Boxing Day Golf

For one day only, the roads of Coleshill become the 'Gleneagles of the South'. And with golf balls flying, no window pane in the village is safe! This year's tournament was captured by Penny Ware with her camera.


Grove Mill Restoration

Following a recent detailed study of the windmill, Mr Mayank Patel has engaged the services of leading millwrights to repair and restore the cap and sails. In September the sails were taken down by crane, the wooden cap lifted off and a temporary roof placed on the windmill.

A small number of History Group members were invited to view the restoration in progress and were interested to hear from the millwright, Paul Kemp (one of only 6 or 7 left in the country), about the difficulties of lifting off the sails and the cap and the meticulous repair that is being done (overseen by the Historic Buildings Officer of CDC) to put the mill in good stead for another 30 years or more. The windmill had been without sails for many years until Mr and Mrs Dawson put them back (without canvas) in the mid 80s. Whilst all the winding gear is intact, there is no longer any machinery inside the tower, so a return to milling is not an option (though nationally there has been a revival of flour production from working mills in recent years).

The mill was built to a Kentish design (see Herne Mill, Kent, for comparison) – not at all typical of Buckinghamshire. It was only working actively from the 1860s until about 1920. The cap might originally have been made of pitch pine but is being repaired with Douglas fir, which is lighter than oak. The cap weighed around 6 tons at the time of its recent removal by crane.

There are photos of Grove Mill in the Historic Photographs section of the website and Luke Borwick, one of the consulting millwrights, has directed us to the Mills Archive Trust which has several more.
Penny Ware


New Christmas Lights

From Christingle to Twelfth Night the churchyard lights have been a long standing feature of the festive season, their erection and destruction in the hands of The Master of Lights. The Master had warned that their reliability and luminosity, not his, was failing. The Jubilee party was their final outing. In deference to the past Master the new, collective, Master foreswore colour. The spectrum of 'white' was one feature of the choice to be made by the new regime - bright white or cream. Visibility from Bottrell's Lane was a further criterion - a pandering to outlying villagers of rank.

Collective forces contrived a new Aufklärung for Christingle 2012. The past Master appraised: "You have passed muster" but none of it could have been done without Lamps & Tubes.


Sub-Station Update

As part of the work to enhance the views of the common, work is continuing on the electricity sub-station at the northern end of Windmill Hill. The trees surrounding the sub-station have been removed and will be replaced by natural hedging when the soil has lost its toxicity caused by the tree roots. In the meantime 'hurdles' have been woven on site to screen the unsightly sub-station.

The screening work was carried out by Mike of Micksticks Wattle Fencing.


Pictures from Before and After the Work





The New Magpie Club

The New Magpie Club Toddler Group & Coffee Bar

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Every Friday 9 – 11am
Coleshill Village Hall

All are welcome to come for a chat and a coffee, with or without toddlers!! Why not pop in on your way back from the school run or if you just fancy taking a break from your jobs. For more information contact: Kariann Mortimer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Susi O’Boyle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Toy donations gratefully received .


Pictures From the First Meeting - 19th October



Best Kept Village Competition

Coleshill wins 'Highly Commended' Grade

The Buckinghamshire Association of Local Coubcils (BALC) have awarded Coleshill the Highly Commended grade in the Morris Cup in this year's Best Kept Village competition.

The judges state of Coleshill, "It is obvious that the community takes pride in this village. The overall appearance is very good".

Well Done all villagers who helped us achieve the certificate of merit which is displayed below:.


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Walk4Life is a free website that promotes health and fitness through walking. The site allows you to find walking routes nearby and to share your own routes with others. You can also monitor your progress by recording the distance you walk and your average speed.

To visit Walk4Life, click on this link


Reporting Potholes and Blocked Rights of Way

Bucks County Council now have a web page where you can report problems with roads and rights of way (footpaths). The web page has a map that you can zoom to specifiy the precise location of a problem, and a simple form that allows you to describe the problem.

Please use the page to report potholes in roads, blocked footpaths, etc. You can find the page at this link


Stitch and Bitch Club

If you're looking for something to do on these winter evenings, you might like to join the 'Stitch and Bitch' ladies who meet on Monday evenings at the Harte and Magpies Pub.  Primarily they are Knitters and are happy to help teach or, between them, try to solve knitting problems.  If you are not a knitter but would just like to join some 'crafty' ladies, you could take some cross-stitch or embroidery or other portable craft to tackle while enjoying a drink and chatting to like minded ladies.  Why not extend the evening by having a meal first?  Anyone welcome.

Churchyard Gravestones

A new section of the website has been published that describes the gravestones and memorials in All Saints' churchyard, together with a location plan showing the position of each grave. To visit the section, click on this link.


Common Cows

Five Dexter cows arrived today (Tuesday 20th September) to graze the common for the next few weeks. A rota of villagers will regularly check the cows and the state of the electric fence.

About half of the grassy area of the common has been fenced off for the cows. When they have muched their way through that, the fence will be moved to the remaining area for the cows' second helpings!



'Beating the Bounds' Walk

On 15th May, Christian Aid organised a traditional 'Beating the Bounds' walk around the historic boundary of Coleshill.

About 30 intrepid villagers and their friends set off from the Water Tower at 11.30am, of whom about 15 arrived back at the Water Tower nearly four hours later. The animation below from Google Earth shows the progress of their walk as recorded by a GPS receiver. The animation is speeded up 20 times so the circuit completes in about 10 minutes.

So whether or not you participated in the walk, please sit back and enjoy the action replay. It's almost as good as the real thing!

Beating the Bounds Photo Gallery


Rogation Day

Rogation Day was traditionally on 25th April or, if this was at Easter, the following Tuesday. There were in addition three minor rogation days on the three days leading up to Ascension Day (this year 2nd June). Rogation derives from the Latin "rogare: to ask" and the day itself was an opportunity to ask God and the Saints for blessing on the Parish and its lands.

The Church took the festival over from earlier pagan rites, used for similar purposes, and indeed pagan elements remained in medieval English Christianity. The processions and the associated "beating of the bounds" were an opportunity to whip (with switches of willow) devils and evil spirits out of the Parish. For this reason and also the frequent invocation of the Saints which formed an important part of the festival, Rogation processions were frowned upon during and after the Reformation, though they were still permitted for secular reasons (i.e. establishing and confirming boundaries).

To remind ourselves of the importance attached to the occasion 500 years ago, however, the following extract from Eamon Duffy's "The Stripping of the Altars" sets the scene:

Late medieval Rogationtide processions, with handbells, banners and the parish cross, were designed to drive out of the community the evil spirits who created divisions between neighbours and sickness in man and beast. They were also designed to bring good weather and blessing and fertility to the fields....The sense of unity on such occasions was very strong. Processions from neighbouring parishes which happened to converge might come to blows, in part because they believed that the rival procession was driving its demons over the boundary into their parish. Those who absented themselves from such processions...were seen as bad neighbours. George Herbert, writing in 1630, exactly captured this dimension: "Particularly [the country parson] loves procession, and maintains it, because there are contained therein 4 manifest advantages: first, a blessing of God for the fruits of the field; secondly, justice in the preservation of bounds; thirdly, charity and loving walking and neighbourly accompanying one another, with reconciling of differences at that time, if there be any; fourthly, mercy in releeving the poor by a >liberall distribution and largesse, which at that time is or ought to be used. Wherefore he exacts of all to bee present at the perambulation and those that withdraw and sever themselves from it he mislikes, and reproves as uncharitable and unneighbourly."

There we are then! What more encouragement do we need to join in this year's procession and beating of the bounds.


Chuchyard Tree Felling

On 3rd March, an old oak tree was felled in the churchyard. This was necessary because the tree had died and was becoming hazardous. The work was quite delicate because of the tree's proximity to the church, the road, and to overhead power lines. For this reason, the tree had to be felled in sections and the individual pieces carefully lowered to the ground. The work was expertly carried out by Jamie Dyer and his team.

The following photo gallery records the event. Photographs by kind permission of John Jefford.


Buses are Good for us!

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Clott's bus service in the 1930's - from Chesham to Beaconsfield and back, all day long

Unless we make a conscious decision to do so, we rarely think about public transport when planning our travel. The default is simply to get in the car and drive. Fortunately, most of us in Coleshill have enough money to own and run a car and are not in that sense dependent on a public transport system. But this is by no means true of everyone in our local area and, from personal observation, it is quite clear to me that a large number of people in Amersham and around (many of them elderly or infirm in some way) rely entirely on the bus service to go shopping, visit their friends or whatever. They do not have the money to run a car or the ability to walk very far and, without a bus, would find themselves confined indoors a lot more. The bus, in a strange but heartening way, provides their social life.

I say all this because, in today's economic environment, local authorities find themselves having to make large budgetary cuts and the subsidy provided to bus companies for local bus services – a number of which will not pass a profitability test but still perform an essential social function – will undoubtedly be looked at extremely carefully. Routes carrying few passengers, which would include the 73 through the Village, may well disappear.

My plea, therefore, is for us all to consider using the service we have before it suffers the same fate as the local shop and Post Office and is forced to close for lack of custom. It is all very well to bemoan the loss of something previously valued but nevertheless not supported in any practical sense. Once the decision is taken to close something, it is usually too late to resurrect it. The 73 passes through Coleshill three/four times a day and the timetable allows a good hour's shopping time in top Amersham before returning. You can also go on to Chesham, though the timetabling for the return journey becomes slightly more complicated in that case. And venturing further afield (the world's your oyster), the A30 will pick you up once an hour from Amersham Station and you'll be at Heathrow in 50 minutes.

I haven't even mentioned the environmental benefits but this is probably enough of the polemic! It would just be good if we could all think more about the bus as a possibility when we want to go somewhere. Obviously, it will not always be a realistic option but, where it is, let's choose it more than we do at the moment. We might regret it if we don't.

Dick Ware


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