Do you love to sing?

If you have a love of singing and have ever thought about joining a choir, now is a great time to get started.

Pop Chorus Solihull classes are back in Balsall Common this week! There are spaces for adults at the classes which run on a Wednesday night from 8-9.30pm at the British Legion on Station Road (near the station, by the car dealership). There is no need to read music, have previous experience or audition to join Pop Chorus.

There are also have spaces for kids age 6-15 at the NEW Balsall Common Pop Chorus Juniors choirs.

If you’d like to find out more please get in touch with the organiser, Anya, on 07970338382 or email

There’s also more information on their website If you would like to take part in performances there is an annual concert as well as other opportunities to sing in public. Recently the group were invited to London to sing for the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House.

Pop Chorus

Pop Chorus Solihull are one of the sponsors of the Balsall’s Got the Voice competition which is part of this year’s weekend long Balsall Common Festival. The group will also be performing at the Festival, so if you’re keen to see them in action come along on Saturday 19 September.

Last few tickets remain for musical charity night

A night of musical miscellany is aiming to hit the right note on Saturday 5 September at St Peters Hall.

Presented by Simply Purple and friends, the evening is in aid of the Lily Mae Foundation and the Little Ray of Sunshine cafe.

Tickets are £12.50 and include a hot supper. The event starts at 7:30pm

There are only a few tickets left so if you’d like to go please contact or call 01676 534407 asap.

simply purple

Support Solihull Age UK this Autumn

Solihull Age UK have a number of great fundraising events this Autumn.

First off, a couple of afternoon tea events will host guest speakers to inform and entertain.

The first event will welcome Bill Farnsworth to the new Marco’s Italian restaurant at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport on Friday September 25 from 2:30 – 4pm. Bill has an interesting story to tell about how he gained an appetite for catering, which saw him working at The Savoy, London. The talk also includes the history of The Savoy and its various characters, as well as facts about its neighbour, The Savoy Theatre.

Secondly, Peter Hawthorne will be doing a talk about The Dickin Medal at Hogarths, Four Ashes Road, Solihull on 14 November from 1pm – 3pm. The Dickin medal is the highest award given to animals for bravery in war and Peter will be telling some inspiring stories.

Both Events are priced at £15 each with tickets available only in advance by calling 0121 704 3361 or by emailing

If you fancy testing your general knowledge, why not go along to their quiz event on Wednesday 23 September at Wetherspoons, The Assembly Rooms, Poplar Rd, Solihull. Arrive at 7:30pm for a 8pm start. Entry fee is £5 per person with teams of 6 people maximum. Call 0121 704 3361 to book your place. No mobile phones!

Age Uk Quiz Poster

All proceeds for the events go to support the valuable work of Solihull AgeUK. All money raised in Solihull, stays in Solihull. For more information, visit their website.

Majestic Driveways and Landscaping Ltd

Balsall Common resident and former Heart of England School pupil Guy Finch joined forces with Ed Standen, familiar to many Balsall Common residents for his excellent work with First Pave Ltd, to launch Majestic Driveways and Landscaping Ltd.

The pair and their team are already impressing customers in Balsall Common and looking forward to meeting the crowds with a stand the Balsall Common Festival at The Lant on Saturday 19th September.

Expert installations:

Block paving
Artifical grass
All aspects of hard and soft landscaping.

The Majestic team consults on design requirements from initial product selection, design and layout, with daily consultation as required through to project completion.

Majestic Driveways and Landscaping Ltd

221 Widney Road
Bentley Heath
B93 9BW

Tel: 07794 420905 (Ed)/07786 960591 (Guy)

Meet Ed and Guy at their stand at the Balsall Common Festival on Saturday 19th September 2015.

Summer Beach Party at the Railway Inn

BBQ and live music-fest at The Railway Inn

It’s Beach Party time this Saturday (15th August 2015) as everything goes outside for the Railway Inn’s annual live music and Party-fest.

The Railway Inn’s summer parties next to Berkswell railway station are a popular feature in the village calendar, with this year’s event enjoying the now traditional outdoor stage and tented bar-space front-of-house to compliment the usual weekend scenes.