Cycling: Clinton claims remarkable 2nd place at West Midlands Champs

Balsall Common’s Matt Clinton beat off a number of professional cyclists to claim a remarkable 2nd place after an 8-month road racing hiatus to an end at the West Midlands Road Race Championships in Bridgnorth.


The Mike Vaughan Cycles found himself lining up for 5 laps of the 17 mile circuit with several professional riders topping the start-sheet.  The 86 mile contest was more than double the length of any races Matt had done this year in his first foray away from time-trial racing for some time.

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Cricket: Berkswell win lose and draw in a mixed bag of a week

Trevor Jordan reports on an interesting week for Berkswell Cricket Club, which began with a valuable fighting draw on Saturday after being outplayed for much of the game by an impressive Barnt Green outfit in the Birmingham Premier Division. This was followed by an emphatic victory in the Coventry Cup against Bablake Old Boys, then defeat at the hands of Leamington in the National Knockout Cup on Wednesday:


Birmingham Premier League

Berkswell 107/6 v Barnt Green 189/8


On a cold and dank day at Meeting House Lane, a fine seventh wicket stand of 68 by Chris Cheslin (20 not out) and Jonathan Coleman (38 not out) ensured Berkswell maintained their unbeaten record in the Premier League.

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Streetdance to light up Balsall Common Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

A talented all-girl streetdance team from Animated Dance Academy is lining up to perform at the Balsall Common Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday 5th June.  The academy, which trains girls aged from 6 years to 20 at the Heart of England School’s Dance Studio, has a talented team who have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, The Clothes Show Live and at the UDO Streetdance event.

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Queen’s Jubilee organisers in Balsall Common hunt for help

The Balsall Common Lions are entering the final throes of preparations for their big Queen’s Jubilee celebrations at the Lant on Meeting House Lane. If the weather allows, the family friendly event which takes place on Tuesday 5th June could be the biggest community event Balsall Common has ever witnessed.


Due to the constant expansion of the event there’s still a number of roles for which help is needed in the final days leading up to the event, painting signs and banners, then on the day with set up and take down and onwards into the morning after. Other tasks include the transport of equipment and tables, help running stalls, marshalling and collection tin-rattling. The Lions are hoping to recruit sufficient volunteers from the community to make light work for everybody involved on the day.
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The only way is up for Yaz and her Balsall Common musical

Centre Stage Drama Group brings an exciting new musical to the stage, written by the group’s talented young writer, actress and Director Yazmin Zahran.  ‘Yaz’ drew inspiration for her creation from Glee, Mama Mia and High School Musical to create a stunningly professional production which runs at the Heart of England School for two nights on the 25th and 26th May.


Yaz’s musical ” Gimme Gimme Gimme… An Idea”, tells the story of High School drama students seeking inspiration for their end of year show, whilst trying to cope with their everyday teenage trials and tribulations.  The show draws inspiration from a mixture of  shows including Glee, Mama Mia and High School Musical, showcasing an energetic, talented and youthful cast, supported by the group’s experienced performers.
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