Pedal power helping to beat prostate cancer

Balsall Common resident Richard Murray is riding from London to Amsterdam in support of the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

He’s part of a team from business coaching company Elephants Child. Their Managing Director Martin Brown, lost his father-in-law to the disease.

In total the team has raised £7000 with four weeks to go. The 145-mile trip is backed by the English Football League and the League Managers Association with high-profile former players and managers such as Les Ferdinand, Terry Butcher and Simon Grayson taking part.

Balsall Common Lions Club are just one of many local organisations, residents and businesses to support the team. They have a long history of supporting prostate cancer awareness events. They are organising a prostate cancer screening session in Balsall Common this weekend, their 3rd such event. The screening takes place at St Peters Church Hall from 10am to 1pm.

Balsall Common Lions Club Committee Service Chairman, Lion Steve Meakin with Richard Murray

Richard Murray explained: “This is a cause dear to my heart as my grandfather and uncle both lost their own battles with cancer. Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from this condition. I’m looking forward to getting into the saddle and raising money in support of this tremendous charity. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.

“I’m also desperate to raise awareness and encourage men to get themselves checked. We’re notoriously bad at visiting doctors and looking after our health. Anyone that has concerns and can’t make Saturday’s screening should book an appointment with their GP,” he added.

The trip begins on 9 June and will see around 500 riders making the two-day journey aiming to raise a total of £500,000 for the charity.

To donate please visit Richard’s Just Giving page.

For more information on the event visit Prostate Cancer UK’s website.

Weekend Wind Down Walk – 12 May 2017

The Balsall Common and Berkswell Marie Curie Fundraising Group are holding a charity walk this Friday 12 May. The walk begins and ends at the Bear in Berskwell with a choice of start times between 6pm and 7pm. Their volunteers will guide you along the course.

The event will take you through the Berkswell countryside giving you an opportunity to relax ready for the weekend, enjoy the beautiful scenery and good company.  The approximately 2.5mile walk is suitable for all the family with no difficult inclines. Sturdy footwear is recommended with all welcome, even bring the dog along!

The aim is to provide a relaxing way to raise money and awareness for Marie Curie with any donations funding the West Midlands hospice and West Midlands nursing services.
Why not wear something yellow and turn the Berkswell countryside yellow for Marie Curie?

For more information about the walk please contact John Thomas on 07703 394521 or email the organisers.
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Racing to the national final

Year 4 pupils at Balsall Common Primary School had a successful day at the schools F1 challenge this week.  Three teams of four took part at Princethorpe School, competing against other local primary schools.

As part of the challenge pupils have to design and build a replica F1 car which is powered by a gas cyclinder along a 100-foot track. The teams also had to source sponsorship for the car, including a very successful Dragons Den pitch at a recent SolihullHour and Best of Solihull event.  They also worked incredibly hard on a presentation for the judges.  The teams are once again supported by Ian Dunning from JLR who gives up his time to share industy insight.

Pupils have been very successful in reaching out to local business for support. Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy, Solihull College and University Centre, Borroclub, PM Group and Standley & Co Solicitors all attended to support the teams. Other businesses – Wow Signal Communications, TSC Cars, Midshire Business Systems, Sainsburys, Lavender Hall Autos, Ginger Property, Signarama, Sutherpark Groundwork, FLR Flooring, Hogarths Hotel and Solihull Council – have all supported the teams and their participation in the competition.

The teams had a great day, winning best verbal presentation and achieving 2nd place overall were Sonic Speed. This means they will take part in the national final at the Ricoh Arena. Lightning Sparks were also successful and winning the fastest car prize.


Karl Loxley’s Legion fundraiser

Balsall Common’s famous tenor Karl Loxley has announced plans to raise money for the Berkswell & District Royal British Legion with a special show at the venue in April.

The singer shot to fame when starring the BBC Voice UK show, since which time he has starred in a variety of shows whilst recording and publishing various works.

Members of the community are invited to purchase tickets whilst stocks last, all for a wonderful cause.

An Evening with Karl Loxley

Saturday 22nd April 2017

See Karl Loxley plus special guests:

Venue: The Berkswell & District Royal British Legion
Address: 316 Station Road, Balsall Common CV7 7EF
Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017
Tel: 01676 533462
Mobile: 07894 574530
Doors: 7pm
Showtime: 7:30pm

Tickets: on sale at the venue and also via Angela Jaynes Florist, Station Road, Balsall Common.

All proceeds go to the Berkswell & District Royal British Legion

Situations Vacant: Dog Walker required

Balsall Common pet care Company Mogz & Dogz are on the lookout for a dog lover to join their team.

The team at Mogz & Dogz are passionate about offering professional, loving, pet care services for customers who would prefer to be spending more time with their loved ones at home.

Mogz & Dogz is run by former Police officers Mark and Susan Young, who say their ideal candidate will be flexible in their approach to work, excellent with dogs and willing to work as part of a team of genuine animal lovers.

The ideal candidate will be someone that lives locally, has a natural affinity with dogs and is available to work on a daily basis between the hours of 9am and 3pm. This is the perfect role for anyone who loves dogs, fresh air and a daily dose of freedom. The main recruitment restriction to be aware of is that the business is only able to interview applicants aged 25 or above due to the terms and conditions of their business insurance.

Benefits include: 28 days annual holiday; a Company pension; mobile phone and a company van.

Anyone that’s interested in the position is invited to email their credentials to:

mark @ <== handy hint: interested parties should remove the gaps in the email address before sending 🙂

About Mogz & Dogz

Mogz & Dogz is Balsall Common based and run by husband and wife team Mark and Susan Young, both of whom previously served in the Police Force.

Mark served as a Police dog handler where he earned two Police commendations and national acclaim for his work.

Susan’s career proved equally praise-worthy, with a Police commendation of her own for her quality of work.

After leaving their Police days behind them, the obvious choice for animal lovers Mark and Susan was always likely to involve their passion and that’s how Mogz & Dogz was born.

For anyone with any queries before applying for the role contact Mark or Susan about their current work opportunities, call them on either of the following numbers today:

0800 066 5876 or 07791 247 665.

Mogz & Dogz Services

  • Doggy Day Care
  • Cat Boarding
  • Dog Walking
  • Dog Training
  • For information about any of these pet care services call Mogz & Dogz on 0800 066 5876 or 07791 247 665.