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Author: Craig Burgess
Craig Burgess is one of the original founding members of BalsallCom.Com who lives in Balsall Common. Once a keen cricketer and active Committee member at Berkswell Cricket Club, Craig also committed 5 years service to delivering the Balsall Common Festival to the community, including two as Chairman (2014-15).
Craig is also the founder of Balsall Buzz - the Marketing Consultancy that also promotes the best of Balsall Common and surrounding areas.
The Railway Inn’s Harry Parker is inviting members of the community to celebrate a special occasion at the venue featuring live music and entertainment all day on Sunday 29 October 2017. The ‘Birthday and Handover Party’ is set to celebrate Harry taking control of operations at the pub as well as his Dad’s birthday.
With Roger and Heather Parker deciding to take a back seat in the business Harry is looking forward to celebrating his new challenge with a big party. The celebrations will also represent a nod to 50 years of the Parker family running local pubs:
“My Grandad used to run the ‘Brickies’ and so did my Dad,” says Harry.
“Then there’s my Grandma who used to run the Saracens Head and they’ve all run various pubs around the West Midlands.”
There’s plenty to enjoy at Sunday’s event:
“We’ve got a good day lined up” explains Harry.
“We’ve got the football showing early on, then the Party starts at 2 O’Clock. At 3 pm we’ve got Soul Matters who will be playing out the front. We’ve also got a really good duo playing from 5 until 7 pm. Then there’s Mark the DJ who will be filling the gaps and then he’ll take us through to the finish.”
Soul Matters features some fine young singers and musicians from the West Midlands and will be well worth a look.
The Roger Parker Birthday and Handover Party Details
Venue: The Railway Inn, Station Road, next to Berkswell Railway Station.
12:00pm – Blues vs Villa live on the Big Screen
2:00pm – Party Starts
3:00pm – Soul Matters
5:00pm – Live duo: Drew ‘n’ Jez
7:00pm – Mark DJ playing until Close
Award Winning comedian Harvey Hawkins has announced details of his Christmas Special comedy night on Friday 08 December at the Berkswell & District Royal British Legion, as part of his increasingly reputable Balsall Common Comedy Club project. Following the success of September’s event which many regulars described as the best one to date, tickets are sure to sell out fast.
Tickets are £10, although there is an early-bird discount available during the first week’s sales, which will bring the tickets down to £8. The discount code if you’re quick is: “EARLYBIRD8”
Venue: The Berkswell & District Royal British Legion, Station Road, Balsall Common CV7 7EF
Date: Friday 08 December 2017
Tickets: £10 from Angela Jaynes Florist on Station Road, or online via:
Balsall Common’s Kirsty Cannon is set to launch new dance classes for 4 to 12-year-olds at The Jubilee community space on Friday 27 October 2017.
Kirsty credits her personal love of dance, at least in part, to the interest in fitness that she developed when she was younger:
“I got the fitness bug through a friend, but then one day I saw a dance class through the window and I thought I’d like to give it a try. Now dance is my passion and that’s what I really want to do now.”
Kirsty is still into her fitness training and sports as well and is currently also training to be a trampoline instructor, despite a nasty accident when she was younger:
“I fell off the trampoline when I was 8 years old and broke my arm.”
Dance Classes at The Jubilee Community Space
Kirsty admits to being surprised at finding a home for her classes at The Jubilee building behind the HSBC Bank on Station Road:
“I had been searching the village for some time and I really wanted the right surroundings. I wanted somewhere I felt comfortable and the vibe you get from a place is really important. If I don’t feel right then I won’t be able to give my best, so the venue selection was really important. I saw something on Facebook about The Jubilee. I didn’t even realise you could rent out the room, I thought it was just for coffee mornings or something. I thought I’ll go and check it out but I wasn’t really expecting to end up using the venue. But it is fab! I fell in love with it straight away and I’m really happy to be doing my classes there.”
Kirsty is also pleased with demand for her sessions in the relatively short time since booking The Jubilee for her classes:
“I’m amazed how many bookings I have already had in such a short space of time, thanks to the Balsall Common Facebook page and the help from parents that I attend fitness training with. They have really helped get the word out by tagging and sharing with other parents online and talking to other parents.”
Kirsty sees her new dance classes as a stepping stone to the future:
“My goal is to run a dance school of my own where I teach children aged 4 to 12 focusing on technique trying to teach from a young age. It’s not just about dance though. When I was younger I was not a confident child, at all, so it’s also about expressing emotions and getting it all out. If I’ve had a bad day I can find dance gives me a way of getting it all out. I also think there is a need for children to develop social skills so I want my group to be friendly and supportive to really help with that.”
Dance Class information
Venue: The Jubilee community space to the rear of HSBC bank Station Road Balsall Common CV7 7FE
First session: 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm Friday 27 October 2017
Cost: £5 per session
Bookings: contact Kirsty to book in advance (preferred although she does say she can probably accept walk-ins on the day of the first session)
Phone: 07718 126323
You can also search for Kirsty Cannon on Facebook and message her with queries there.
The Jubilee Community Space for Hire
The Jubilee Community space has been refurbished under new management and is available for hire by local community groups.
Representatives from Berkswell Parish Council and the Berkswell Society are urging members of the community from Berkswell and Balsall Common to attend the final public meeting relating to the local Neighborhood Plan.
Feedback from the meeting could help acquire much-needed funding, as much as £2.5m, which could be used to provide vital infrastructure capable of serving a community that’s set to continue growing thanks to new housing developments which are expected to hit the area.
Residents and local business owners are invited to spare 15 minutes of their time at the final drop-in session in the Jordan Room at St John’s Church in Berkswell anytime between 9:30 am and 12 noon:
Following a management restructuring process at the beginning of the year, refurbishment work on the Jubilee community centre is now complete and details of an Open Event on Saturday 7th October have now been announced.
The new team of Trustees have been busy developing a long-term plan for the centre and now residents have been invited to attend the centre from 1.30 to 4.00pm to see what the new team has been doing.
The Jubilee will be officially ‘re-launched’ at 2.00pm by the Chairs of the two Parish Councils – Councillor Mark Tattum and Councillor Andrew Burrows.
The Jubilee Centre has also been selected as one of the nominated charities for October at Waitrose Kenilworth. The Trustees hope that members of the community will tell family and friends to put their green tokens in the Jubilee box!!
The Jubilee is a designated community space and as part of a renewed effort to provide a secure future for these purposes now enjoys sponsorship from local businesses for the first time. Local sponsors include: Ginger Property – The Estate Agent and Property Consultancy; Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy and Tuscany Pizza.
Jubilee Open Event – Saturday 7th October 2017
Venue: The Jubilee, Station Road (behind HSBC Bank), Balsall Common
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Official Opening: 2:00pm