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There will be an evening of fun, laughter and head scratching on 11th March 2016 where we will be fund raising to pay for the festivities to be held on the 12th June 2016 to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

The quiz will start promptly at 8.00pm, doors open 7.30pm, and will be held in the village hall. Tickets will be on sale after Christmas and be priced at £12.50. This will include a hot supper - please make us aware of vegetarians. The bar will have a selection of wine, beer and some soft drinks. The big day on 12th June will start at 3pm in the Valentine Paddock, which yet again Richard and Rosemary have kindly offered to us. Details of the afternoon and early evening entertainment will be posted around the village after Christmas.

As there will be no Horticultural Show in 2016 we thought that a Coleshill Great Bake-Off Competition would be a marvellous idea. The theme for this is of course a “Birthday Cake” decorated fit for a Queen. All ages to enter - it would be great if we had one entry per family, then you can eat your lovely cake during the evening when istening to music and enjoying a picnic.

Keep 11/3/16 and the 12/6/16 free in your diary, we look forward to having fun on both occasions. On behalf of us all on the organising committee have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
David Smith


Thursday 14th April

W.I. talk

Saturday 16th April

Village Clean Up

Monday 18th April

Parish Council meeting

Monday 2nd May

Tennis Club Fun Day

Sunday 8th May

Renewal of Baptism Service

Monday 9th May

Start of Christian Aid week

Thursday 12th May

Village Hall AGM

Saturday 14th May

Village Clean Up

Saturday 14th May

School May Fayre

Sunday 15th May

Christian Aid Walk

Sunday 15th May

Tennis Club Championships

Monday 16th May

Parish Council meeting and AGM

Tuesday 17th May

Christian Aid soup lunch

Thursday 19th May

Christian Aid soup lunch

Thursday 19th May

History Group meeting

Sunday 5th June

Cricket Club Drinks party

Sunday 5th June

Village Open Tennis Tournament

Wednesday 8th June

Orchard House Garden Open Day

Friday 10th June

Village Clean for the Queen

Thursday 11th June

W.I. talk

Sunday 12th June

Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

Friday 18th June

Newsletter deadline

Monday 20th June

Parish Council meeting (at Cricket club)

Thursday 23rd June

EU Referendum

Friday 1st July

School fundraising concert

Sunday 10th July

All Saints’ Pet Service

Monday 18th July

Parish Council meeting (Cricket Club)

Thursday 21st July

History Group meeting

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

The run of glorious weather that we have been lucky enough to experience over the last couple of years continued this year and set us up for another hugely enjoyable festival which again brought the whole village together on 11th July.

Proceedings kicked off at lunchtime at the Red Lion, with the Aldbury Morris Men, complete with their highly entertaining hobby horse and insistence on full audience participation.

That set things up perfectly for the main festival which opened at two o’clock. Highlights of the afternoon were the excellent performance from the Amersham Community Brass band, childrens’ entertainer John Joliffe with his Cheeky Monkey Show which kept the children enthralled for an hour, and, of course, the display of country dancing from the boys and girls at Coleshill Infant School without which the festival wouldn’t be complete.

With the good weather continuing through the day, the tea tent, run by Linda Catley and her hard working team, did a good trade, with the teas, soft drinks and delicious home baked cakes contributing £300 to help cover the costs for the day and evening. This together with the quiz night held in early May allows the whole day to be free of charge for the Coleshill community.

The cup winners at the village show are shown separately in this newsletter but, needless to say, the standard of entries across all categories was as high as ever. Thanks to everyone for their contributions and especially to Heather Auton and Susan Smith for their hard work organising the show, and to all the ladies who created the stunning festival of flowers in the church celebrating the 100th anniversary of the WI.

This year we were keen to extend the fun of the afternoon into the evening festivities at the Red Lion, and the combination of our DIY disco and local band, Blemish Of Gravity, did just that. With a mix of rock classics and contemporary music, all ages were on their feet dancing until closing time, fuelled by Paul’s BBQ food and the odd beer or glass of wine. And, with perfect timing, just as all the equipment had been cleared from the Red Lion car park at 11pm, the rain started!

Very many thanks go to Serena Hodgson for again taking on the daunting task of organising the Festival, and doing it with such good grace, patience and determination.

Next year, due to the nationwide Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, there won’t be a Village Festival as such, but look out for details of Coleshill’s village arrangements on the weekend of 11th/12th June 2016.
Andrew Aylett

Festival Photos by Penny Ware and Andrew Aylett

2-Christian Aid Walk 2015 022Blessed with a beautiful day, on Sunday 10th May, 17 walkers and 2 dogs set off from the

Red Lion car park across the fields over the A355 and then on to Hodgemoor Woods, where we were treated to refreshments at the half way point and, suitably re-energised, we then continued through the woods and back to Coleshill. I think everyone enjoyed this most relaxing walk, making new friends and catching up with old ones. The countryside looked stunning, lambs gambolled in the fields and the bluebells provided the perfect blue carpet in the woods. Raising money for a worthwhile charity while enjoying a community activity is very satisfying and I look forward to another ramble next year.


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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

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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


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

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

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.

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.

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!


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.

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.

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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