£22,000 raised and 89 donations made

Balsall Common Lions Club third annual celebration evening highlighted once again the amazing work they do in Balsall Common and further afield.

Over 85% of the money raised by the Lions Club is spent locally, the rest goes to national and international good causes. Members subscription fees pay for all administrative costs.

The 40 local Lions Club members are part of Lions International which has a total of 1.4 million members worldwide, operating in 206 countries. Together they work to combat hunger, sight loss and childhood cancer around the world, as well as organising disaster relief funds wherever they are needed.

Closer to home, many local clubs, societies, venues and organisations benefit from the Lions’ hard work.  The annual bonfire in partnership with the Sports Association and sponsored by local businesses is a huge success. Elves from eight local organisations helped Santa’s sleigh visit Balsall Common, Berkswell, Fen End and Burton Green this  year, raising £7000.

One of the highlights of the evening was the nomination of Lion Derrick Thompkins to the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Derrick is just the 6th member of Balsall Common Lions to receive the honour in the 44 years the club has been running. His name will go up on the wall in Lions International HQ in Chicago. One of the key things Derrick does for the Club is to set off the fireworks each year on Bonfire night. Over 3000 people attended the 2017 event and over the last 30 years it has raised more than £150,000. Derrick’s fireworks expertise has really helped to boost this figure.

Lion President Steve Meakin with Derrick Thompkins and Andy Pemberton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheques totalling £12,500 were given out at the presentation evening.  The beneficiaries were Balsall and Berkswell Hornets Football Club, Balsall Common Scouts, Berkswell and Balsall Common Rugby Club, Berkswell Cricket Club, Burton Green Residents’ Association, Berkswell Scouts, The Jubilee Centre, Fast Aid, ATC, Heart of England School hardship fund, Meriden School and Talking Newspapers. This year’s travel bursary was awarded to Amy Shadbolt of the 2nd Balsall Common Scouts to go towards her attendance at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA.

The Little Ray of Sunshine dementia cafe based in Kenilworth received £1200 raised through a 100 Club Draw with an additional £500 donated to the Cameron Grant Memorial Fund. This year’s 100 Club beneficiary will be the Friendship Project for Children.

Cathy Edwards Little Ray of Sunshine Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A series of Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to local groups and organisations who help the Lions achieve as much as they do.  They went to: Unity Automotive, the Heart of England Coop, C P Barbers, The Bugle, The Village Hall, Balsall Parish Council, Alan Heath & Sons, Jamieson Christie, Angela Jaynes Florist, Oakes Farm Shop and the A1 Motorshop.  Carl Hemming of Ginger Property also received a certificate for his support of the annual bonfire and Santa’s sleigh. He also nominated the Cameron Grant Memorial Fund as his chosen charity to receive a donation instead of a fee for his work.

Lion Ray with Evan Grant from the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion President Steve Meakin said: “Once again our annual presentation night is a fantastic chance to reflect on the club’s hard work through the year, to thank all of those people who have supported us and made it possible for us to raise so much money for other local clubs and societies. Our 40 members, and many more friends, work very hard to achieve what we do. We’re always looking for more people to join us, either as a full member or for specific events. If you’d like to find out more about joining us please get in touch. Call Mark Whitfield on 07795 184745, email whitfieldfamily@btinternet.com or send us a message on Facebook www.facebook.com/BalsallCommonLionsClub. Here’s to a fantastic 2018.”

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.