Quiz night for Hayley’s wheels

Two local residents, Lynne and Scott Meacham are organising a quiz night on Saturday 19 May in aid of Lynne’s sister Hayley.

Hayley has progressive MS and gradually every day tasks are becoming more difficult for her.  To help her to maintain her independence, Lynne and Scott are raising money towards buying a specialist Batec wheelchair with detachabe motor for Hayley.  As Lynne explains, they want to give Hayley “a little freedom of choice and certainly freedom of movement back into her life.”

They have already had fantastic support and are well on their way to their target.  To help them to reach it, they have organised a quiz night at St Peter’s Church Hall and here are all the details if you’d like to go along.

Quiz Night In support of Hayley’s new wheels!!

The Detail

Venue: St Peters Church Hall – Holly Lane, Balsall Common

Date and Time: Saturday 19th May 2018 – 1900 – 2230 hrs

Team Size: 6 to 8 people approximately

Come on, how much? £10 per ticket.

Hang on, hang on – that includes:

  • Entry to the quiz
  • Games on the night
  • Curry (including veggie option), chips and rice
  • 5 x Raffle tickets (draw on the night)
  • Trophy for the winning team
  • That feeling of knowing you have made a donation to a really great cause

For more information contact: Lynne – 07855 805869 or Scott – 07855 492039

If you can’t make the event but would like to make a donation there is a justgiving page. 

 

Local pupils racing for success

Three teams from Balsall Common Primary School are competing in the F1 Challenge competition at Princethorpe School today (26 April).

The teams have spent the past two months designing and racing their own F1 cars as part of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge.

12 Year 4 pupils split into three teams, The Deathly Hallows, 2 Fast 4 U and Magma, have worked hard to create the most aerodynamic cars possible.  As well as making the cars, the teams have secured sponsors, prepared presentations to deliver to the judges and will answer questions about their project. 

They have used the latest computer aided design technology and printers to make the cars. This is the fourth year in a row that the local primary school has taken part in the competition. They have been supported by a PM Group employee who has been incredibly helpful offering advice and guidance.  The teams also visited Solihull College and were shown their wind tunnel.

Today the teams will race their cars along a 20m track, powered by gas canisters, taking less than 1.5 seconds to cover the distance.  They will be competition against other local schools for a place in the regional finals. 

Howard Rose, Funding and Publicity Manager, said: “The teams have put in a huge amount of hard work to get to this point, and we’re all rooting for them tomorrow. Thanks very much to the teachers and JLR for their support, as well as all the local businesses who are sponsoring the teams:  Wow! Signal Communications, Solihull College, PM Group, Sutherpark Ltd, Ginger Homes, Property Lotto, Education Vehicle Alliance, Signarama, Daytona Tamworth, Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy, Midshire and fidelis. It really does make a difference and in previous years we’ve won awards for the sponsorship and marketing elements of the competition.”

A huge thanks to EVA, without them the teams wouldn’t have made it here after a problem with the minibus, but EVA solved it within the hour for us.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts and we’ll let you know how they get on.

www.facebook.com/balsall.common

www.twitter.com/balsallcom

£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.