Fun Run road closure and bus service information

Balsall Common’s first ever Fun Run takes place this Saturday. Coordinated by the Lily Mae Foundation, it will be a fantastic day for the village. 500 runners, aged 11 to 82 will be taking part, the majority of them are Balsall Common residents. 45 marshals (mostly local people) are supporting the event too.


Inevitably with an event like this there will be some disruption. Road closures are necessary to keep runners safe. Details of the road closures are on the map below, in the latest issue of the Bugle, in the Festival programme and have been delivered to all affected households.


If there is an emergency on the day or you need advice before hand please contact Geoff Heaps of the Lily Mae Foundation on 07960 199184 or


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Local charity celebrates new home to offer extra support

Local charity, The Lily Mae Foundation, are celebrating new office space which will allow them to offer even more support to parents and families affected by stillbirth and neonatal death.


Having carried out amazing work from their own home for the last four and a half years, founders  of the charity, Amy and Ryan Jackson felt it was time to reclaim their dining room and bedrooms and expand into a bigger space. Now they can continue to provide memory boxes to four local hospitals and have a venue for meetings and support sessions with bereaved parents and relatives.

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Sprout-tastic achievement reaches much further than Brussels!

Balsall Common fund raiser Stuart Kettell made headlines locally and nationally with his latest fundraising challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support. But his successful attempt to push a Brussels sprout up Mount Snowdon with his nose has achieved worldwide fame!

His efforts reached Australia’s Melbourne Age newspaper!


Melbourne Age Oddspot
Melbourne Age Oddspot



To support Stuart’s fundraising efforts visit:

Thanks to Dave from Balsall Common Lions Club for sending this in!

Sweet Memories open for business


Sweets from Sweet Memories
Sweets from Sweet Memories

We may be a bit behind the times but we’ve only just realised Sweet Memories is re-open for business behind Westwood Hair and Beauty.

As before, it sells all your traditional sweet shop favourites from chocolate limes and liquorice toffees, to ABC letters and strawberry sherbets. They also sell a wide range of ice creams and coffees and slushies. There is a small seating area outside. So if you are looking for a treat for yourself or the kids, are out and about in the village in need of caffeine or sugar, why not head in and see what they have to offer.

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