Going, going, gone!

Super slimmer and local resident Noreen Burgess has been disappearing before our eyes over the last year.  Determined to successfully lose weight and become a healthy role model for her children, Erin and Jake, pupils at Balsall Common Primary School, Noreen has gone from a size 24 to a size 12.  

She’s now lost five and a half stone (more than the combined weight of Erin and Jake) and has more energy than ever before. Many dieting attempts and even running the London Marathon didn’t work but following a friend’s suggestion this time last year, Noreen attended her first slimming world class.

Noreen before and after
Noreen before and after

Amazed by the simplicity of the eating plan and the lack of ‘banned’ foods Noreen lost a stone in the first month of being a member. 

She explains: “I was overweight as a child and don’t remember a period in my life when I wasn’t on a diet. Healthy food and exercise soon became buzz words for boring and punishing.”

“When our daughter Erin was born in 2005 I really felt quite heavy and uncomfortable. I wanted to be the mum who ran around the park with her kids, without having to worry about everyone staring at me. But four years later when Jake came along I was as heavy as ever.”

“Training for the marathon allowed me to eat what I wanted leading up to the run but I never lost any weight. My diet was so unhealthy that all the effort I was putting in with my training runs would be completely outdone by the high fat, high sugar processed food I was eating day in, day out.”

“In the first month of joining Slimming World I went on a theatre trip to London, celebrated my daughter’s communion, spent five days in a muddy Glastonbury field and still managed to lose over a stone.”

“The plan was working because it gave me the freedom to make healthier choices without feeling deprived.”

Noreen is now keen to share her success with others and has become a Slimming World consultant. She’ll be holding meetings every Monday from 15 June at the Jubliee Centre, behind Tesco’s on Station Road.  Anyone is welcome to turn up on a Monday evening, or for more information on Noreen’s group, contact her via Facebook or ring 07467 039767.

2015 Balsall’s Got the Voice season gets underway

Tom Wynne aka Wynneston [Image by permission Geraint Hewett]
Tom Wynne aka Wynneston [Image by permission Geraint Hewett]

The second edition of Balsall’s Got the Voice – Balsall Common’s search for musical talent – gets underway this Friday (12th June 2015) at the Berkswell & District Royal British Legion opposite Berkswell railway station.

This year’s competition introduces age categories for the first time, with a growing list of prizes that include a 12 month Management Deal for the overall winner, courtesy of Brum Beat Music Ltd, with recording studio time supplied separately by Coventry’s Shabby Road studios.

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Balsall Common’s search for a new star

Balsall's Got the Voice 2015Saturday 31st May 2015:

As if there wasn’t enough talent in the area already, Balsall Common Festival organisers are on the lookout for more with the launch of the 2015 edition of Balsall’s Got the Voice.

With the recent success of Karl Loxley (BBC Voice UK), Paris Georgia (with her recent No.2 in the iTunes download charts) and Berkswell Cricket Club’s The Neales (Britain’s Got Talent Finalists tomorrow), there really isn’t a better time for local talent to draw inspiration to enter a talent contest.

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