Lions approach the end of another year of fantastic support to our community

The volunteers at Balsall Common Lions Club wish to thank everyone who helped at another successful Bonfire & Fireworks Event, including partners the Berkswell and Balsall Common Sports and Community Association.

They received many positive comments from people throughout the night and want to record their thanks to everyone who came along and the supporters for the evening – particularly Angela Jaynes FloristOakes Farm Shop and A1 Motor Store Balsall Common for selling advance tickets. A big Lions thank you to the event sponsors Jamieson Christie Alan Heath & Son Bathrooms, and Capellas, as well as our local schools for their hard work producing a fantastic mural. It’s a shame we always must burn it!

Thank you also to Carl Hemming, the MC, from Ginger Property and our friends Fast Aid who were there but thankfully they had nothing to do.

Finally, thanks to Berkswell Scouts and especially the ATC who with their youth, enthusiasm and energy were invaluable at the end of the evening clearing up after a very long day.

Next up will be the Christmas Light Switch-On on Friday 24 November,  . Santa arrives at 3.30pm & the switch-on will be at 4.00pm by the Mayor of Solihull Councillor Stuart Davis.

Then, of course it’s the legendary Santa sleigh tour in the village which this year starts on 14 December. Watch out for the Bugle which gives Santa’s itinerary, and keep your eyes on the Lions Facebook page as his specially-trained social media elves keep it updated with his progress.

All the Balsall Common Lions are volunteers, and their members fees cover any administration costs of the club. This means every penny raised goes to local causes except for donations to Lions International Appeals. Why not read their latest accounts which sets out publicly where the money raised has been distributed.

Just over £25000 was donated, an amazing achievement.

 

 Celebrating the Business Women of Balsall Common

Balsall Common’s businesswomen will be incredibly well represented this Thursday 19 October as Nailcote Hall hosts the Ladies First Business Awards.

We’ve got a strong showing from our local business community with a number of residents in the running for an award on the evening:

Emily Mulholland, a successful Fitness Instructor makes the shortlist in two categories – Career From Home Award and the New Business Award. Career Mums’ Sally Dhillon and Nishi Mehta are also in the running for two categories – Business Woman of the Year and the Achieves in Business section.

Jess Lloyd-Riley joins the Career Mums on the shortlist for the Achieves in Business category, Judy Ledger of Baby Lifeline, Carly Southern for her work with Coventry Open Christmas and Amy Jackson co-founder of the Lily Mae Foundation are finalists in the Achieves for Charity award and Emma Carter and Angela Jones are hoping for success in the Excellence in Science & Technology and Career from Home categories respectively.

Jill Bowman who runs a training company and is also a funeral celebrant is a finalist in the Inspirational Women category.

The awards are organised by the Ladies First Network – a membership organisation for both women running their own businesses and for women working within a business across Coventry and Warwickshire.  Both Tracey and Julie who run the network are Balsall Common residents. 

It’s fantastic to see Balsall Common residents so strongly represented – good luck to all the finalists.  We’ll let you know how they get on, look out for tweets on the night from @balsallcom or an update on here following the award ceremony.

 

Not sure too many of the nominees will make the 7.15am start for the October Balsall Breakfast Club on Friday morning. For anyone that does want to come along, the Club is open to all local businesses and businesses serving the area.  You can find out more and sign up for the meeting via their website.

Macmillan Coffee morning is a huge success

Are you ready?! The recent Macmillan Coffee morning held in Balsall Common  raised a staggering ……

            ??? £3,217.90  ???

Organiser Amy Fox said: “To all the businesses and people that donated prizes and essentials, baked cakes, sold raffle tickets, attended the event and helped advertise the event I cannot thank you enough. A simple coffee morning has raised so much money and awareness for a charity very close to me.

“There are some amazing businesses that have helped with this total. Prova PR, epyx Ltd and Accenture New Zealand all kindly held coffee mornings to help with my total. Ian Coles has spent all summer fundraising and presented me with £500 towards the total! 

“As you all know my coffee morning was in memory of a close family friend, Geoff Wain. I hope we’ve made him proud ?

“Same time and place next year, see you there! ?”

Jumble Sale – 14 October

The Heart of England WI are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 14 October at St Peter’s Hall, Holly Lane, Balsall Common CV7 7EA.  Doors open at 2pm.

If you have any jumble, it can be delivered from 10.30am onwards.

Sorry NO pillows, duvets, cushions, furniture or LARGE bric-a-brac.

For more information ring 01676 533675 or 01676 534824.

Footballers wanted

Our local club the Hornets are looking for some under12s to join their team (boys currently in Year 7 moving into Year 8 in September).

There will be trials shortly and the team are asking anyone who is keen to be involved to get in touch to find out more.

Please see contact details in the poster.

 

The Hornets have Junior teams for many age groups and a Saturday morning club for those not yet old enough for teams. There are full details on their website.