Clive Horlor: Balsall Common loses a community hero


We will be writing in more detail soon, but we have been asked to share the sad news of the recent loss of one of the most respected and popular figureheads in our community, Mr Clive Horlor, who passed away a week ago Sunday, after a short and sudden illness.


Clive, a 32 year long resident of the village and committed family-man, was the current President of Berkswell & Balsall Common Rugby Club, of six years standing and was well known to many villagers as a prominent local businessman, operating the Running Racket and Acorn Printing.

Berkswell Rugby Club secretary Lesley Fahy said: “Clive was a fantastic guy, he had been our Club President for 6 years, having taken over from Dr Mike Matthews who had served the club for 25 years.  He fitted in straight away.  He liked rugby, liked a drink and enjoyed a laugh.  There is so much he did for the club during the time he was president.  In my role as Secretary of the Club if I had a query or problem he was always there to sort it out.”


Clive was right at the heart of the club’s activities, not only in an administrative role, but also with his participation in social events and club tours, as emphasised by rugby club stalwart Elaine Brown,


“Clive was very committed to the club, very, very generous and helped out financially whenever he could.  He held the best President’s lunches in the history of the club and always gave a great speech.  He adored his family.  You knew where you stood with Clive too, he was straight down the line.  He will be missed by everybody at BBRFC, he loved the place.”


In keeping with the way Clive embraced life, the Club and its’ guests celebrated his life with a minute’s applause at the Club’s 30th Anniversary Ball at the club on Saturday.


Friends and well-wishers are advised that Clive’s funeral will take place at 2pm this Friday, 22nd June, at St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall, after which the celebration of his life moves to his much treasured Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Club at Honiley Road, Meer End, near Balsall Common. CV8 1NQ.


Editorial note:  Further reflections on the life of Clive and his contribution to his community will be published at BalsallCom.Com in the near future.