Death knell looms for Jubilee Centre

The Jubilee Centre was saved once before in 2010

A small group of residents interested in protecting the Jubilee Centre for community issued a call to arms and plea for help this week to protect its’ future.

After years of valiant work, the Charity that was formed to fund and manage the centre is unable to continue due to lack of funding.   The impact is that the community must step in and form a Management Committee of its’ own before the facility is lost forever.

The clock is ticking and time is running out.  Residents interested in finding out more about what’s needed to save the Jubilee Centre  are invited to attend a Public Meeting at the Centre on Tuesday 24th January at 8:00pm.

For information or to volunteer your services email: balsallsbigidea@gmail.com

If you have any suggestions for how the centre could be used,  please share them on our Balsall Common Facebook page and we’ll pass them on.

By Craig Burgess

Help out your community in 2017

Here at Balsallcom.com, we asked clubs and groups in the local area to tell us about their experiences in 2016 and their goals for 2017. Here is what they told us, and how you can help them in 2017.
If you’d like to be added to this article, please email the details to Claire.

The Bugle

The Balsall Common and Berkswell Bugle has grown in paging in each of its eight years and 2016 saw it hit 88 pages. It started on 24.

The paging of the magazine is based solely on the amount of advertising – we work on a 50/50 ratio with editorial space – and there has been a steady increase in advertisers.

In the main this has been achieved without having to resort to cold calling – in fact the rise in advertising in the past couple of years has been down to advertisers coming to us.

Editorially, with the help of our many contributors throughout the villages and beyond, we have been able to cover in depth all the main issues which affect our communities as well as report on life of our residents in general.

In 2017 we will be looking to expand our contributor database and thus our coverage of all that goes on in the area. And we will also building the successful Balsallbugle website.

We do have a magazine problem, of course – 88 pages is well above the maximum target we set ourselves and is a heavy commodity for  Balsall Common Lions to deliver. So, we will be trying to improve the magazine within that 88-page max, and at the same time attempting to keep our regular advertisers happy.

It’s an obstacle with which many would be glad to wrestle, and The Bugle is no exception.

The Lily Mae Foundation

2016

It has been another very busy year for The Lily Mae Foundation. The demands for our support and services from bereaved parents and families has increased yet again.

Amy Jackson, Co-Founder of the Charity, has been employed 2.5 days a week since January to help address these demands and grow The Foundation for the benefit of all bereaved parents and families living locally.

The Foundation has:
* Provided 250 Memory Boxes to local hospitals
* Agreed to supply Memory Boxes to a further three hospitals in the West Midlands.
* Developed and provided Memory Boxes for early baby gestation loss.

* Organised three counselling days with Cruse Bereavement Care, involving 30 bereaved parents.
* Continued to hold our informal monthly support meetings at The White Horse. Currently 15 families attend regularly.
* Organised a Wave of Light Service and our annual Little Shining Lights Service to remember babies born too early, too poorly or sleeping. A total of 178 local families attended these two services.
* Continued to offer support via face to face meetings, phone calls and social media contact.
* Raised a tremendous £145,000 in the year through our Golf Day and Dinner Dance, the Balsall Common Festival Fun Run and through the very many kind donations and fundraising events of our fantastic supporters and volunteers.
* Made a successful application to the UPS International Foundation for a vehicle to be used to transport bereaved parents and families to hospital and to counselling appointments, Memory Boxes to hospitals, equipment to fundraising events and Trustees and staff to meetings and training events.

2017

Due to the ever increasing workload, the Trustees, who are all volunteers, have recently determined  that The Foundation should employ an additional person on a full-time basis in 2017 to help the Charity to continue grow, develop and respond to the varying needs of bereaved parents and families.
Plans are currently in place for:
* Launch of our new website in January.
* Our annual Golf Day and Dinner Dance, to be held at The Belfry again on Friday 21st April.
* A Wedding Party themed Summer Ball, to be held on Saturday 24th June at the National Motorcycle Museum.
* The fourth Balsall Common Fun Run, to be held on Sunday 17th September.
We look forward to working with and to helping all those groups and individuals who are planning to organise a fundraising event for us during the year.

How you can help: The Lily Mae Foundation needs volunteers to deliver letter and leaflets locally, to marshal at the Fun Run and to help us put together our Memory Boxes.

We are in need of a volunteer with Marketing and PR skills who can help us achieve effective sponsorship deals for our Golf Day and Fun Run fundraising events.

We are also always hopeful that residents in Balsall Common will attend the events that we organise each year and share details of these events on Social Media.

Contact:
* http://www.lilymaefoundation.org/
* Telephone: 01676 535716
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLilyMaeFoundation
* Twitter: @LilyMae_UK
* Instagram: lilymae070210

Balsall Common Festival

The 2016 Balsall Common Festival was a fantastic success with such a variety of activities and events to enable the village to come together and enjoy themselves.  There were local businesses and charities having the opportunity to ‘showcase their wares’, local musicians with a stage to perform on, and lots of other activities, food and drinks to keep all ages occupied.  Nine hours to do different things to normal! The ticket sales were up by 25% this year on last – what an amazing event.  All of the many stalls around the ground were booked up long before the big day and the Festival Committee had a substantial waiting list. Generous support by a large number of local businesses ensured that not only did the festival have adequate funds to go ahead, but also generated a surplus of £8000 for local clubs, groups, charities and other good causes.

The AGM for the Balsall Common Festival Committee will be held at the Berkswell Royal British Legion on Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 7.30pm. This is open to all in the community. If you are interested in getting involved with creating Festival 2017, please get in touch or come along to the AGM when the committee will be formed for 2017. The Festival will not happen without the volunteers to do it, and the old saying, ‘many hands make light work’ certainly will apply. Email BCFSecretary@outlook.com to find out more about helping out in 2017.

Balsall Common Lions Club

2016 was another incredible year for Balsall Common Lions Club. Thanks to everyone who supported us during the year, particularly all those of you who came out to see Santa and his sleigh recently.  2017 will be another busy year for us.

On Monday 23rd January, we will be holding our Annual Presentation Evening at the British Legion Club in Station Road where we will be thanking those organisations that have helped us over the year. Why not come along and see what we do? Tickets and places are free but you do need to reserve a place so please contact Lion Ross Collins on 07813 937921.

By popular demand, Vivo will be with us again on 25th March, and on 20th May, we will be holding another Prostate screening session here in the village. A date to remember.

Talking about 2017, I am very proud to be able to report that Lions Clubs International will be celebrating it’s centenary- 100 years of Lions humanitarian service- and we will be preparing for our second century of service.

The Jubilee Centre

Balsall Common Residents are being asked to rally around a new Management Committee to develop a roadmap for the future of this local community centre after the cessation of the Charity that was formed to fund and manage it.

Read our article about the Jubilee Centre or email balsallsbigidea@gmail.com for information.

With thanks to Louise Nash helping to edit and upload this.

You don’t have to go far to keep your New Year Resolutions

If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit or take more exercise you don’t have to leave Balsall Common to keep it.  Here’s just a few ideas of local clubs and organisations that can help.

We’re happy to add to this article so please email Claire if you have other fitness ideas we can share.

Balsall Common Run Club

Catering for adult runners of all standards from total beginners to Ultra runners, the club meets on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm and Saturday mornings at 9am.  The venue is the Lant Sports and Community Centre – Meeting House Lane
There is no requirement for you to be able to run a specific pace or distance before you join, everyone is welcome.
The membership year runs from 1 January so anyone joining now will get the benefit of the full 12 months. Paul Yeoman runs the main group whilst Jill Fedeski runs a beginners/rusty runners group designed for people just starting to run or coming back to running after a break. Anyone who wants more information can email Jill. secretary@balsallcommonrunclub.co.uk
Find out more on their website or Facebook

 

EMBRACE

Embrace, run by local resident and former Heart of England student Emily Mulholland, is a great way to feel & look your best, with fun, creative & effective workouts at the Heart of England Dance studio. Starting back Tuesday 3rd January
Class Timetable:

Monday

7:00pm ABS-olute fitness
7:15pm Cardio dance

Tuesday
6:00pm Devoted2Pilates
7:15pm Bootcamp

Wednesday
7:15pm POUND
8:00pm Devoted2pilates

Thursday
6:00pm ABS-olute fitness
6:15pm Cardio dance
7:00pm POUND

Find out more and book in on Facebook.

Jaime’s BodyMind Yoga

Jaime’s Body Mind Yoga in Balsall Common is an Ashtanga/ Hatha mix of yoga with the emphasis on flowing sequences. Traditionally Ashtanga is an athletically demanding style of yoga whereas hatha has more accessible postures. This combination means that there is something for everyone in the classes. All sessions take place at St Peters Church Hall and advance booking is required.

Monday evening 7.30-9 pm
Tuesday 9.15-10.45 am
Thursday 9.15-10.45 am
Friday 9.15-10.45 am

Thursday’s 11-12 am
Yoga for over 55’s or anyone recovering from injury.

Yoga for teenagers.
Tuesday evenings 7.15 – 8.45. 14-18 years. Help ease exam stress!!

Tweens class Kids age 8-12. Fridays 4-5.

Jaime also runs a monthly yin yoga workshop which is a restorative style of yoga which targets  joint health. Next sessions are Sunday 22 January 4.30-7,  Sunday 19 February and and Sunday 12 March.

There are also yoga and craft workshops for children aged 4-12 during school holidays and regular family sessions.

Find out more on the website or on Facebook.

Positive Fitness

Run by the incredibly experienced Sally Morris at her studio on Balsall Street East, classes include the new Sosa workout,  fun low impact dance workout that is suitable for everyone.  There are a number of classes to suit every age and ability including young at heart for over 70s, dancefit high impact for every age and body blast /hiit for those wanting a high intense workout.
MONDAYS
9am PRIVATE TRAINING
10.15am Pilates 1
11.15am PRIVATE TRAINING
2pm PRIVATE HIRE
6.15pm Sosa Dance Fitness
7.05pm Pilates 2
8.05pm Pilates 2

TUESDAYS
9.15am Body Conditioning
10.05am Sosa Dance Fitness
11.00am Young at Heart
11.45am PRIVATE TRAINING
6.30pm BODY BLAST
7.20pm NEW CLASS DANCEFIT STARTS 10th January

WEDNESDAYS
9,15am Pilates 2
10.15am Pilates 2
11.15am Pilates 1
12.15pm Young at Heart
5.15pm Small Group Pilates
6.15pm Pilates 2
7.15pm Sosa Dance Fitness

THURSDAY
9.15am Body Conditioning
10.05am Zumba Gold
2pm Small Group Yoga
7pm BLT

FRIDAYS
9,15am Fab Abs
10.05am Pilates

SATURDAYS
9.30am HIIT
For more information visit the Positive Fitness website.

Happy New Year! Let us know if we can add to this article. Thanks

Shell drive for 24-hour alcohol license

Balsall Common Shell Garage
Shell’s ambitions for 24-hour alcohol license prompt Council meeting.

Balsall Parish Council has called an extraordinary meeting to discuss a number of local planning applications that include Shell’s application for a 24-hour alcohol retail license.

Shell alcohol retail license application

The extraordinary meeting of Balsall Parish Council will take place Thursday 5th January 2016 at the Village Hall, where a view will be taken on Shell’s license application.

Parish Council meeting information

Date: Thursday 5th January 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Village Hall (Main Hall), Station Road, Balsall Common.

The public and press are invited to attend and the Agenda includes a Public Forum before the Council moves to agree its’ representation with respect to the Shell Garage license application.

 

By Craig Burgess

Peter Pan Panto

Balsall Common’s talented Yasmin Zahran has reinterpreted the story of Peter Pan for amateur dramatics group Centre Stage and their popular annual pantomime at The Heart of England School in the New Year.

Get ready to follow the story of the Darling children as they find themselves flown to Neverland by their magical friend Peter Pan, where they face many adventures and unforgettable characters!

As always visitors can expect a show full of laughs, music, cheesy jokes and magic.

Tickets are already selling fast, so if you’re looking to fill your post-Christmas period with some affordable family-fun, this could be just what you’re looking for.

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