Help out your community in 2017

Here at Balsallcom.com, we asked clubs and groups in the local area to tell us about their experiences in 2016 and their goals for 2017. Here is what they told us, and how you can help them in 2017.
If you’d like to be added to this article, please email the details to Claire.

The Bugle

The Balsall Common and Berkswell Bugle has grown in paging in each of its eight years and 2016 saw it hit 88 pages. It started on 24.

The paging of the magazine is based solely on the amount of advertising – we work on a 50/50 ratio with editorial space – and there has been a steady increase in advertisers.

In the main this has been achieved without having to resort to cold calling – in fact the rise in advertising in the past couple of years has been down to advertisers coming to us.

Editorially, with the help of our many contributors throughout the villages and beyond, we have been able to cover in depth all the main issues which affect our communities as well as report on life of our residents in general.

In 2017 we will be looking to expand our contributor database and thus our coverage of all that goes on in the area. And we will also building the successful Balsallbugle website.

We do have a magazine problem, of course – 88 pages is well above the maximum target we set ourselves and is a heavy commodity for  Balsall Common Lions to deliver. So, we will be trying to improve the magazine within that 88-page max, and at the same time attempting to keep our regular advertisers happy.

It’s an obstacle with which many would be glad to wrestle, and The Bugle is no exception.

The Lily Mae Foundation

2016

It has been another very busy year for The Lily Mae Foundation. The demands for our support and services from bereaved parents and families has increased yet again.

Amy Jackson, Co-Founder of the Charity, has been employed 2.5 days a week since January to help address these demands and grow The Foundation for the benefit of all bereaved parents and families living locally.

The Foundation has:
* Provided 250 Memory Boxes to local hospitals
* Agreed to supply Memory Boxes to a further three hospitals in the West Midlands.
* Developed and provided Memory Boxes for early baby gestation loss.

* Organised three counselling days with Cruse Bereavement Care, involving 30 bereaved parents.
* Continued to hold our informal monthly support meetings at The White Horse. Currently 15 families attend regularly.
* Organised a Wave of Light Service and our annual Little Shining Lights Service to remember babies born too early, too poorly or sleeping. A total of 178 local families attended these two services.
* Continued to offer support via face to face meetings, phone calls and social media contact.
* Raised a tremendous £145,000 in the year through our Golf Day and Dinner Dance, the Balsall Common Festival Fun Run and through the very many kind donations and fundraising events of our fantastic supporters and volunteers.
* Made a successful application to the UPS International Foundation for a vehicle to be used to transport bereaved parents and families to hospital and to counselling appointments, Memory Boxes to hospitals, equipment to fundraising events and Trustees and staff to meetings and training events.

2017

Due to the ever increasing workload, the Trustees, who are all volunteers, have recently determined  that The Foundation should employ an additional person on a full-time basis in 2017 to help the Charity to continue grow, develop and respond to the varying needs of bereaved parents and families.
Plans are currently in place for:
* Launch of our new website in January.
* Our annual Golf Day and Dinner Dance, to be held at The Belfry again on Friday 21st April.
* A Wedding Party themed Summer Ball, to be held on Saturday 24th June at the National Motorcycle Museum.
* The fourth Balsall Common Fun Run, to be held on Sunday 17th September.
We look forward to working with and to helping all those groups and individuals who are planning to organise a fundraising event for us during the year.

How you can help: The Lily Mae Foundation needs volunteers to deliver letter and leaflets locally, to marshal at the Fun Run and to help us put together our Memory Boxes.

We are in need of a volunteer with Marketing and PR skills who can help us achieve effective sponsorship deals for our Golf Day and Fun Run fundraising events.

We are also always hopeful that residents in Balsall Common will attend the events that we organise each year and share details of these events on Social Media.

Contact:
* http://www.lilymaefoundation.org/
* Telephone: 01676 535716
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLilyMaeFoundation
* Twitter: @LilyMae_UK
* Instagram: lilymae070210

Balsall Common Festival

The 2016 Balsall Common Festival was a fantastic success with such a variety of activities and events to enable the village to come together and enjoy themselves.  There were local businesses and charities having the opportunity to ‘showcase their wares’, local musicians with a stage to perform on, and lots of other activities, food and drinks to keep all ages occupied.  Nine hours to do different things to normal! The ticket sales were up by 25% this year on last – what an amazing event.  All of the many stalls around the ground were booked up long before the big day and the Festival Committee had a substantial waiting list. Generous support by a large number of local businesses ensured that not only did the festival have adequate funds to go ahead, but also generated a surplus of £8000 for local clubs, groups, charities and other good causes.

The AGM for the Balsall Common Festival Committee will be held at the Berkswell Royal British Legion on Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 7.30pm. This is open to all in the community. If you are interested in getting involved with creating Festival 2017, please get in touch or come along to the AGM when the committee will be formed for 2017. The Festival will not happen without the volunteers to do it, and the old saying, ‘many hands make light work’ certainly will apply. Email BCFSecretary@outlook.com to find out more about helping out in 2017.

Balsall Common Lions Club

2016 was another incredible year for Balsall Common Lions Club. Thanks to everyone who supported us during the year, particularly all those of you who came out to see Santa and his sleigh recently.  2017 will be another busy year for us.

On Monday 23rd January, we will be holding our Annual Presentation Evening at the British Legion Club in Station Road where we will be thanking those organisations that have helped us over the year. Why not come along and see what we do? Tickets and places are free but you do need to reserve a place so please contact Lion Ross Collins on 07813 937921.

By popular demand, Vivo will be with us again on 25th March, and on 20th May, we will be holding another Prostate screening session here in the village. A date to remember.

Talking about 2017, I am very proud to be able to report that Lions Clubs International will be celebrating it’s centenary- 100 years of Lions humanitarian service- and we will be preparing for our second century of service.

The Jubilee Centre

Balsall Common Residents are being asked to rally around a new Management Committee to develop a roadmap for the future of this local community centre after the cessation of the Charity that was formed to fund and manage it.

Read our article about the Jubilee Centre or email balsallsbigidea@gmail.com for information.

With thanks to Louise Nash helping to edit and upload this.

You don’t have to go far to keep your New Year Resolutions

If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit or take more exercise you don’t have to leave Balsall Common to keep it.  Here’s just a few ideas of local clubs and organisations that can help.

We’re happy to add to this article so please email Claire if you have other fitness ideas we can share.

Balsall Common Run Club

Catering for adult runners of all standards from total beginners to Ultra runners, the club meets on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm and Saturday mornings at 9am.  The venue is the Lant Sports and Community Centre – Meeting House Lane
There is no requirement for you to be able to run a specific pace or distance before you join, everyone is welcome.
The membership year runs from 1 January so anyone joining now will get the benefit of the full 12 months. Paul Yeoman runs the main group whilst Jill Fedeski runs a beginners/rusty runners group designed for people just starting to run or coming back to running after a break. Anyone who wants more information can email Jill. secretary@balsallcommonrunclub.co.uk
Find out more on their website or Facebook

 

EMBRACE

Embrace, run by local resident and former Heart of England student Emily Mulholland, is a great way to feel & look your best, with fun, creative & effective workouts at the Heart of England Dance studio. Starting back Tuesday 3rd January
Class Timetable:

Monday

7:00pm ABS-olute fitness
7:15pm Cardio dance

Tuesday
6:00pm Devoted2Pilates
7:15pm Bootcamp

Wednesday
7:15pm POUND
8:00pm Devoted2pilates

Thursday
6:00pm ABS-olute fitness
6:15pm Cardio dance
7:00pm POUND

Find out more and book in on Facebook.

Jaime’s BodyMind Yoga

Jaime’s Body Mind Yoga in Balsall Common is an Ashtanga/ Hatha mix of yoga with the emphasis on flowing sequences. Traditionally Ashtanga is an athletically demanding style of yoga whereas hatha has more accessible postures. This combination means that there is something for everyone in the classes. All sessions take place at St Peters Church Hall and advance booking is required.

Monday evening 7.30-9 pm
Tuesday 9.15-10.45 am
Thursday 9.15-10.45 am
Friday 9.15-10.45 am

Thursday’s 11-12 am
Yoga for over 55’s or anyone recovering from injury.

Yoga for teenagers.
Tuesday evenings 7.15 – 8.45. 14-18 years. Help ease exam stress!!

Tweens class Kids age 8-12. Fridays 4-5.

Jaime also runs a monthly yin yoga workshop which is a restorative style of yoga which targets  joint health. Next sessions are Sunday 22 January 4.30-7,  Sunday 19 February and and Sunday 12 March.

There are also yoga and craft workshops for children aged 4-12 during school holidays and regular family sessions.

Find out more on the website or on Facebook.

Positive Fitness

Run by the incredibly experienced Sally Morris at her studio on Balsall Street East, classes include the new Sosa workout,  fun low impact dance workout that is suitable for everyone.  There are a number of classes to suit every age and ability including young at heart for over 70s, dancefit high impact for every age and body blast /hiit for those wanting a high intense workout.
MONDAYS
9am PRIVATE TRAINING
10.15am Pilates 1
11.15am PRIVATE TRAINING
2pm PRIVATE HIRE
6.15pm Sosa Dance Fitness
7.05pm Pilates 2
8.05pm Pilates 2

TUESDAYS
9.15am Body Conditioning
10.05am Sosa Dance Fitness
11.00am Young at Heart
11.45am PRIVATE TRAINING
6.30pm BODY BLAST
7.20pm NEW CLASS DANCEFIT STARTS 10th January

WEDNESDAYS
9,15am Pilates 2
10.15am Pilates 2
11.15am Pilates 1
12.15pm Young at Heart
5.15pm Small Group Pilates
6.15pm Pilates 2
7.15pm Sosa Dance Fitness

THURSDAY
9.15am Body Conditioning
10.05am Zumba Gold
2pm Small Group Yoga
7pm BLT

FRIDAYS
9,15am Fab Abs
10.05am Pilates

SATURDAYS
9.30am HIIT
For more information visit the Positive Fitness website.

Happy New Year! Let us know if we can add to this article. Thanks

Santa Claus is coming to Balsall Common

Santa Claus (via Balsall Common Lions Club) is coming to Balsall Common.

From Wednesday 14 December, you can see him in many of the roads around the village and further afield, for his annual charity collection. The sleigh journey raises lots of money for charities and good causes, many of them local.

You can see daily updates about where Santa will be on Facebook.

lions santa

Here are the full details of Santa’s route:

Wednesday 14 December

Balsall Street from Saracens Head to Needlers End Lane
Fen End – Oakley Estate
Old Waste Lane
Saracen Drive
Waste Lane (Catchems Corner to Hodgetts Lane)
Wellfield Close
Windmill Lane

Thursday 15 December

Ashley Way
Burleigh Close
Chapel Drive
Dengate Drive
Dunchurch Close
Finch Croft
Glebe Way
Gorton Croft
Greenfield Avenue
Hathaway Close
Hawkswood
Hawthorn Drive
Kenilworth Road North
Michael Blanning Place
Needlers End Lane (to Greenfield Avenue)
Priors Close
Shortfield Close
Station Road (to Needlers End Lane)
Turnpike Close
Whitehead Grove
Wooton Green Lane (part)

Friday 16 December

Burton Green
Coleby Close
Copt Oak Close
Cromwell Lane to Westwood Heath Road
Hob Lane
Hodgetts Lane (from Village Hall)
Red Lane
Rough Knowles Close
Westwood Heath Road
Whitefield Close

Saturday 17 December

Barretts Lane
Beverley Close
Brickyard Close
Dockers Close
Elm Grove
Green Lane
Kelsey Lane (from Windmill Lane)
Meeting House Lane
Oxhayes Close
Ruston Close
Station Road (to Station)
Sunnyside Close
Sunnyside Lane

Monday 19 December

Birch Grove
Bouchier Close
Church Lane
Coventry Road
Duggins Lane
Eborne Croft
Floyd Grove
Grovefield Crescent
Huddesford Drive
Huggins Close
Lant Close
Lavender Hall Lane
Meadow Close
Meadow Rise
Meriden Road
Penruddock Drive
Pound Close
Riddings Hill
Watson Way
Wilmot Close
Cromwell Lane (Westwood Heath Road to Station)

Tuesday 20 December

Alder Lane
Arden Close
Blythe Avenue
Cedar Wood Drive
Clive Road
Elmwood Close
Elysian Gardens
Gipsy Close
Gypsy Lane
Kelsey Court
Kelsey Lane (to Meeting House Lane)
Kenilworth Road South
Kerley Close
Laurels Crescent
Leveson Crescent
Malvern Road
Runnymede Drive
Sedgemere Grove
Welsh Road

Thursday 22 December

Balsall Street (Station Road to Needlers End Lane)
Burberry Grove
Coplow Close
Ferndale Road
Grange Road
Greenbank Road
Kenilworth Close
Needlers End Lane
Shenstone Drive
Speedwell Drive
Station Road (Needlers End Lane to Balsall St)
Temple Avenue
Tudor Close
Whitewash Close
Winsford Close

Friday 23 December

Asbury Road
Ashfurlong Close
Balsall Street East
Bracebridge Close
Bradley Croft
Chattaway Drive
Childs Oak Close
Dale Meadow Close
Drybrooks Close
Finford Croft
Foxes Way
Kemps Green Road
Newhouse Croft
Sear Hills Close
Stoneton Crescent
Tidmarsh Close
Welby Gate
Wilton Road

Merry Christmas from Balsall Common Lions Club. Find them on Facebook for all the latest updates.

Balsall Common Primary School’s Inspiring Futures Day

Pupils from a Solihull school got the chance to find out whether they might be the engineers of the future when they took part in a special ‘skills day’ recently.

The day gave children the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a safe environment in small groups giving them a tremendous overall experience.

The event held at Solihull College, Woodlands Campus, and covered six areas:

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