Community gets ready for 5th Annual Fun Run

The Balsall Common Fun Run returns for its 5th Edition on Sunday 23rd September 2018, coordinated as always by The Lily Mae Foundation with the usual support from The Heart of England School’s staff, students and Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA).

The community Fun Run – which starts and finishes at The Heart of England School – will include plenty to keep the runners and spectators fed and entertained.

The event has an all-inclusive remit and aims to attract Walkers, Joggers, Runners and Racers of all ages, abilities and anyone with novel ideas for ways of taking part:

“We welcome entrants who wish to run, or walk with pushchairs, or run with their dogs and we’re happy to accommodate all sorts of applications,” explains Fun Run Organiser and Lily Mae Foundation Trustee Geoff Heaps:

“Fancy dress is welcome and this year we already have a penguin taking part.”

Geoff was also keen to express The Lily Mae Foundation’s gratitude for  support received from the community and sponsors:

“We’re grateful to the Heart of England School for allowing us to use the School field.   It’s a great place to watch all the action and take in the atmosphere.   The PTA has also been a great help in organising a range of food and drink stalls, including activities for children to get the Day and the Fun Run off to the best of starts.  We’re also grateful to our many sponsors without whom we couldn’t stage this event.”

Sunday Fun Run Day – 23rd September 2018

The Fun Run action gets underway from 11.00am with Mini Runs of 350 metres for children in nursery and reception classes, followed by runs grouped together for those in Years 1&2, 3&4 and 5&6.

The Main Runs all start at 12:00 noon and includes the following categories; Adult 10K; Adult 5k; Junior 5k; Family 5k.

The all-important Smile Station, vital to flagging runners!

There is also a chance to enter teams comprising 4 people, for which all team members must enter and compete over the same distance.

Enter the 2018 Balsall Common Fun Run

For full event information including terms, conditions and how to enter, please visit:


Balsall Common Fun Run Partners and Sponsors

University of Warwick

Aquarius Interiors Ltd
JP Conference and Events
NDS Tooling Solutions

AJ’s Classic Cakes
Brickmakers Arms
Harper Fields
Heart of England School
Kingsman Estate Agents
Brothers Decor Painting and Decorating
Mondeléz International
New Balance
Sheldon Colour Printers

Balsall Common Fun Run Aims



Apprenticeship Notice: Trainee Dental Nurse

By Craig Burgess, Thursday 23rd August 2018

It’s GCSE Results Day and Balsall Common Dental Practice in the village centre has announced they are recruiting for a new Trainee Dental Nurse.

The Private Dental Practice has a friendly, welcoming team and fine reputation, which is easily verified by viewing their extensive library of online reviews, which can be found on Facebook, Google and other online platforms.

Principal Dental Surgeon Dr Ashley Davenport explained what his team are seeking from potential candidates:

“We are looking for an enthusiastic individual that wants to work locally and earn while they learn, whilst gaining on-the-job experience.

The candidate would work towards a Level 3 NVQ qualification and once qualified, be registered with the General Dental Council.”

To Apply or Request Information

Dr Ashley Davenport and Dr Catherine Myatt

Address: 201 Station Road, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7FD.


Telephone: 01676 529000



Balsall Common Dental Practice is keen for any readers to share the details of this Apprenticeship with anyone that may be interested.



HS2 Contact and Help

Helpdesk for general enquiries about HS2:

HS2 Freephone Community Helpline

Freephone community helpline is available 24/7:

Freephone: 08081 434 434.


HS2 Small Claims Scheme

To claim damages for small claims related to HS2 activities:

08081 434 434.



Cricket: Berkswell’s race for Summer silverware gains pace

A remarkable weekend for Berkswell Cricket Club as Summer transitioned from June to July could be followed by another in quick succession as Berkswell’s senior 1st team prepare for the Birmingham League’s T20 Finals Day.

On Friday 29th June Berkswell’s Under 16 boys won the Coventry and District’s Fred Gardner Trophy with a 6 run victory over Bablake Old Boys.

Berkswell Under 16s: Coventry and District Trophy Winners

The next day Berkswell’s senior 1st team moved top of the Birmingham and District League’s Premier Division, the pinnacle position in Club cricket across 5 counties.  This means Berkswell’s 1st and 2nd teams both currently top their respective divisions.

“Like the weather, our season has brightened up considerably in the Saturday 1st XI,” explains Club Chairman Matt Nightingale.

“After having had our first fixture abandoned, we lost the next 2 games to title-rivals Shrewsbury and West Bromwich Dartmouth and were close to the bottom of the table in early May.  To find ourselves top after 10 games shows how tight the league is this season and it shows we still have an excellent team.  Our league form now matches our T20 form where in addition to reaching this Sunday’s Birmingham League Finals Day, we’ve also made the Coventry Cup Final on Friday 13th July.”

Birmingham & District Premier League – Premier Division Table (30th June 2018).

Berkswell’s women walked away from the Midlands Super 8 Finals Day at Halesowen Cricket Club with the winner’s trophy on Sunday 1st July, a week after appearing in the last four of the English Cricket Board’s National T20 competition.

8-a-Side Midlands Finalists: [from left to right] Pershore v Berkswell.
Berkswell’s Women with their Midlands Super 8s Winner medals

“Our Women’s section has had an exceptional year in the T20 format of the game,” says Matt Nightingale.

“By winning the regional T20 final at our home ground, the Women then travelled the following weekend to Newport in South Wales for the national T20 Finals Day.  Unfortunately, they ran into a strong Finchley outfit in the Semi Final but can console themselves that they went further in a national competition than any previous Berkswell side.  We are enormously proud of the achievements of Sarah Ginn and her team.”

Birmingham and District League T20 Challenge Cup Finals
Four teams will contest the T20 Finals at Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club on Sunday 8th July 2018, in a knockout format consisting Semi-Finals and Final.

The first Semi-Final will feature Berkswell against Fordhouses from 10:00 am, followed by the second Semi-Final between Wolverhampton and Barnards Green.  The winners will contest the Final at 5:00 pm.

T20 Finals Day information

Date: Sunday 8th July 2018Venue: Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club
1st Semi Final: Berkswell v Fordhouses 10:30 am
2nd Semi Final: Wolverhampton v Barnards Green 1:30 pm
Final: 5:00 pm

Map link:

Birmingham and District Premier Division

Berkswell v Smethwick – Saturday 7th July 2018

Berkswell will play Smethwick at The Lant, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common on Saturday 7th July in an exciting 1st v 2nd (joint) clash which gets underway at noon:

“Our overseas professional Sadaf Hussain is due to join the club this weekend.” explains Matt Nightingale:

“Sadaf has a fantastic first-class record in his native Pakistan, having taken over 350 wickets at under 19 a piece, which is a great record for a lad of 28.  If he can hit form with the ball, he may provide the mid-season impetus to carry our league challenge over the line. ”

“He makes his debut against a very strong Smethwick outfit,  who currently sit in second place in the league, level on points with Shrewsbury, so fingers crossed we can get a good result and maintain our position at the top of the league.”

“England’s Football World Cup Quarter Final will also be on display in the clubhouse at 3:00 pm if you want to torture yourself with that.”

Follow Berkswell Cricket Club online

Berkswell Cricket Club Facebook page
Berkswell Cricket Club Juniors Facebook page
Berkswell Cricket Club Twitter
Berkswell Cricket Club Women’s Twitter
Berkswell Cricket Club Juniors


Intellistars offers pre-school learning the fun way for toddlers and a head-start for Primary School education, with classes in Balsall Common, Dorridge, Solihull and Cheswick Green.

  • Phonics and mathematics skills for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
  • Classes designed and delivered by an experienced Primary School teacher
  • Progressive learning
  • Fun and Practical

Intellistars Information

Mobile: 07724 072908

Note: There is a free taster session at Balsall Common Village Hall on Friday 27th July 10:30 am till 11:15 am.