Saturday 2nd September was the last sunny day of the summer holidays and perfect weather for the Coleshill Town Mayor’s big charity event “Battle on the Croft”. The Mayor, Councillor Tony Battle had spent a lot of time creating this community event to raise monies for his mayoral charity; The Woodlands Specialist School, in Packington Lane, Coleshill
There was a lot on offer and many generous contributors including stalls run by The Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes, Peak Properties, Coleshill Cubs & Scouts, Buzzard Valley Vineyard, Coleshill Art Group and the Face painting & Festive glitter girls! Dan Greens chainsaw woodcarving was very popular and he secured two commissions at the event. Love Coleshill set up their cart at the lychgate at the entrance to St. Peter’s Walk to welcome everyone attending.
Food & Drink stalls including Carlicious cocktail bar & Ice cream Trike, the Griffin horse box bar who offered a pint of Battle brew!, The Hog Roast, Little Red Coffee Cart, Wood Fired Pizza, the Candyfloss & Doughnut man, and last but by no means least Cllr. Claire Breeze was the delicious Samosa lady!
A giant bouncy slide and bouncy castle supplied by A Bounce Above the Rest, and a fancy dress competition run by the Deputy Town Clerk, Zoe Hillcox, with excellent hamper prizes donated by the beautiful Angie at Coleshill Sweet Things Sweetshop, gave the youngsters great enjoyment.
The main “Tug of War” event was most entertaining and successfully won with the determined muscle of Woodlands Staff members who put in extra power and determination. Well Done J
The Coleshill Parish Church also supported the event by opening its doors to all, and opening the church tower, which is well worth the long climb up for the amazing views of the surrounding landscape. Many thanks to Nick the Vic, all his team, and particularly his amazing stallholders.
A vintage display of classic cars and bikes courtesy of Jan Prowse of Coleshill Self Storage, plus an appearance of the “Lightening McQueen” special, which is shortly off on a charity run to “Barcelona & Back” for the Make a Wish Charity and Kevin Stubbs with his Ex-Mayor of Coventry’s 1996 Jaguar XJ. The star of the show was the delightful appearance of Tony Harrington’s 1916 Steam Traction Engine Peddler.
The afternoon’s entertainment was fantastic, with the opening set provided by our very own Coleshill Town Band, followed by solo singers of various genre’s including Dan Peet fresh from the BBC1 hit show “Pitch Battle” were Dan was one of the members of Crescendo which got to the finals. The fabulous solo singers Sarah Fullwood, Charlotte Young, Simon Davies, a teacher at the Woodlands School & Emily Robinson all did great sets, and the programme was held together by none other than our very own Peter (King) Fowler on the decks, as compare, and playing music between the sets for everyone to sing along too. Many thanks must also go to our “technical support guy” Alex who volunteered his help.
The Mayor was delighted to receive several dignitaries from surrounding areas to support his event and they were made to feel very welcome and included by all. The guests were the Mayor of North Warwickshire Borough Council, Cllr. Terry Waters & his wife, The Deputy Mayor of Alcester Town Council Cllr. Andrew Foster & his wife & family, Mayor of Stratford Town Council Cllr. Victoria Alcock & her husband and family, Mayor of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Cllr. Stuart Davies and his consort and Mayor of Warwick Town Council Cllr, Stephen Cross & his wife.
Others people to thank include John Plumb for the loan of the hay bales for people to sit on, Martin Bromage for his muscles putting up marquees and staging, everyone on the organising committee, sponsors Adrian McLean at Armac, Wayne at Speedy NEC, Lee at RS Connect, Darren at Red Material Ltd, Andy Connell at Pirtek Birmingham, Safeway Scaffolding, Richard Lynas at SUEZ recycling & recovery UK Ltd, Coleshill Bellringers and SITA. Wilson Investments for the use of the Chantry House car park, The Old Salts Rugby Club for the use of their staging for our entertainers and the Coleshill Fire Station boys for coming to join us and for allowing the children on to the fire engine. Thanks must also go to the Mayor’s lovely wife Jayne Battle and her colleague Mike Davies who volunteer for Midlands Emergency Responders and were therefore forced into staffing the First Aid tent in case people got too excited with all that was on offer!!
To date the monies raised for this event are nearly £3000 for the Mayors Charity “Woodlands School” in Coleshill. Any further fund-raising monies collected during Cllr. Battle’s mayoral year will be added to this, and his final sum will be shared in late April/early May 2018.
The general feel of the whole event was super, with the sunshine, blue skies, music, plenty of food and drink, stalls to browse, something for the kids, hay bales to sit on and all set within our local community. This is what makes Coleshill special, local people doing events for the local community to raise funds for local children. Thank you to ALL who helped and ALL who attended, your involement makes it all worthwhile.
Battle on the Croft Committee – September 2017