Lily Mae Foundation – Fun Run Sunday report

Fun Run Sunday was enjoyed by just over 600 runners, the majority have a CV7 postcode. The runners were watched by some 300 people at the start and finish line at Heart of England School and by an estimated 750 people around the Fun Run route.

The Lily Mae Foundation would like to thank all the runners who took part, the local businesses who provided sponsorship support, the Marshals who ensured a safe environment for the runners and spectators on the route, FastAid for their medical support, the 2nd Balsall Scouts for staffing one of the water stations, the staff, students and PTA at Heart of England School for their support in planning and organising the Run and for their help on the day and our team of volunteers who delivered road closure letters to homes on the Run route and helped on the day. You all made the Run the best and most successful yet, thank you once more.

Whilst the day was enjoyed by some 1600 residents of Balsall Common and was helped and supported by just over 100 more, it was a great pity that there were 11 incidents, that have been reported to the Police, of local motorists and motorcyclists (we have your registration numbers and photo evidence) who chose to ignore the road closure signs and the marshals, and drove at speed through the Fun Run route, endangering the safety of the runners, spectators, scouts and marshals alike. The abuse shouted by these motorists at the volunteer marshals, in the presence of children in their cars and those children and adults who were spectating and running was vile and hateful.

Here’s to next year’s Run and to a massive reduction in the abusive and dangerous incidents detailed above

Geoff Heaps
Trustee of The Lily Mae Foundation and Fun Run Organiser
Fun Run Barn Dance

Balsall Common Festival announce Saturday timetable

Balsall Common Festival’s Fete & Party in the Park is set to rock and roll once again this Saturday (24 September) with timetable as follows:

Saturday 24 September 2016

The Simon Burt Stage

Jarzino appear in association with Nailcote Hall

Carl Hemming returns for his 5th successive year as event MC for the Main Stage:

12:30 – 12:55 – Love Disco

13:00 – 13:15 – Pop Chorus Solihull

13:25 – 14:15 – Balsall Finds the Voice Semi Finals

14:20 – 14:40 – DMS (Heart of England Music Academy)

14:45 – 15:10 – Block Fit with Chico and Positive Fitness

15:15 – 15:35 – Crescendo

15:40 – 16:15 – Balsall Finds the Voice Finals

16:20 – 16:30 – Balsall Finds the Voice Presentations with The Mayor followed by the Balsall Business Club Awards

16:35  – 16:55 – Love Disco

16:55 – 17:00 – Balsall Finds the Voice Winner’s Performance

17:05 – 17:15 – Ellis Gallagher

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Ellis Gallagher won Balsall’s Got the Voice in 2015

17:20 – 17:35 – Stuart Yeadon

17:45 – 18:05 – Paris Georgia

18:15 – 18:30 – Sam Ostler

18:40 – 19:10 – Riscas

19:20 – 19:40 – Esther Turner

19:45 – 21:00 – Jarzino in Association with Nailcote Hall

Note: All acts and timings have been confirmed but are also subject to change.



Avion Music Tent

Balsall Common Festival’s Technical Services Partners at Avion TSL sponsor the music tent devoted to acoustic performances, with line-up as follows:

Look out for Crescendo in the Avion Music Tent
Look out for Crescendo in the Avion Music Tent

13:15 – 13:35 – Giocoso Saxophone Quartet

13:45 – 14:05 – Crescendo

14:10 – 14:30 – Ellis Gallagher

14:35 – 14:55 – Giocoso Saxophone Quartet

15:05 – 15:35 – Paris Georgia

15:35 – 15:55 – Stuart Yeadon

16:10 – 16:30 – William Watson

16:40 – 16:50 – Esther Turner

17:00 – 17:20 – Just the Four of Us

Note: All acts and timings confirmed but subject to change.


Unity Automotive Arena

The Main Arena is sponsored by the car dealership opposite Berkswell railway station:

13:00 – 13:15 – Music

13:15 – 13:45 – Community Dog Show (Part 1)

13:55 – 14:20 – Animated Dance

14:35 – 14:55 – The Night Project Theatre

15:10 – 15:40 – Krav Maga Central – street self defence

15:50 – 16:15 – Community Dog Show (Part 2)

16:30 – 16:45 – Egg Throwing

Notice: All acts and timings confirmed but subject to change.



Roaming theatrical entertainment operates throughout the day courtesy of Fabularium, sponsored by The Bugle magazine.


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Business owners go digital for live Q&A

Wednesday 20 July 2016


Local business owners Carl Hemming and Sandy Ameer-Beg have teamed up for a live-broadcast using the new Facebook Live facility at 8pm this evening.

The Property Forum aimed at answering property and mortgage questions is the first in a series to be broadcast from ginger’s Balsall Common HQ, where questions will be taken simultaneously via Twitter.

The live broadcast is the brainchild of ginger’s Carl Hemming, the Balsall Common Estate Agent and Property Consultant. He was keen to find a way to answer people’s question regarding buying and selling property in a dynamic and convenient way:

“It’s at 8pm, which for most people gives them time to settle down and get comfortable at the end of a busy day and be able to ask questions from the comfort of their own sofa. At ginger we’re huge advocates of using technology to make life easier for our customers and the obvious next step for us was to extend on that to help a wider audience.”

National award-winning Mortgage Consultant and Balsall Common resident Sandy Ameer-Beg will be Carl’s first special guest and will be on hand to cast an expert eye over any associated mortgage and finance related queries.

How to join the Property Forum

To join this evening’s session you can either go to ginger’s Facebook page to view proceedings there, or you can follow the session’s questions and updates by following #gingerhour on Twitter.

Date: Wednesday 20th July
Time: 8pm until 9pm

Join Ginger Hour on Facebook

Join #gingerhour on Twitter
Just type #gingerhour into the search box on Tiwtter to see all #gingerhour tweets from 8pm until 9pm.

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Bengal Brasserie team gets behind Balsall Common Festival

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Members of the Bengal Brasserie team at the Balsall Common Fete and Party in the Park

The Bengal Brasserie’s long history of supporting local community causes continues unabated following the recent announcement they will be supporting the Balsall Common Festival again in 2016 as an official Supporter:

“We are delighted to welcome the Bengal Brasserie team back on board for another year”, said Festival Chair Joy Fine”

“Mr Miah and his team always offer us a friendly welcome when members of our team pop-in and we’re delighted to continue what is now a long-standing partnership.”

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