Balsall Common charity recruiting for Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

The Balsall Common Lions are finalising plans to put on a giant free party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday 5th June and are now looking for volunteers to help make it a success.


There is a wide range of roles which need filling to ensure the smooth operation of the event throughout the day from set up to take down and Lions President Marie-Louise Marsden is keen to hear from anyone who thinks they can help out, even if it’s only for a couple of hours carrying and lifting, serving refreshments, setting up tents, or marshalling cars in the afternoon. The Lions would also be happy to hear from anyone who thinks they’d enjoy a bit of tin shaking to help raise funds for local causes.


Although this event is free for visitors to attend, event organisers are hoping to raise funds, all proceeds will be directed back into local community projects.

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Cricket: Berkswell braced for top of table clash at Himley

Premier Division new boys Berkswell take an unchanged side to early league leaders Himley tomorrow (Saturday 12th May), meaning former Warwickshire skipper Ian Westwood is available for the testing Birmingham & District League encounter.


Berkswell captain Dominic Ostler said:


“It’s great news for us that we have both Ian Westwood and Tom Milnes available for the trip, this is a big game for us and a great challenge, where we’ll find out how good we are. We had a great win last week in adverse conditions, it got a bit tight but was a good team effort.”
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Cricket: newly promoted Berkswell throw down early marker with first Premier Division victory

Trevor Jordan reports on Berkswell’s first ever completed fixture in the Birmingham and District League’s Premier Division, a close-fought victory away at Kidderminster, which propelled them to an exciting and unexpectedly early 2nd positioned place:


Birmingham League – Premier Division

Kidderminster 95 (all out) v Berkswell 112 (all out)


After a washout the previous weekend, Berkswell finally experienced their first ever encounter in the Birmingham and District Premier Division on a damp, green Kidderminster Victoria wicket to came out on top in a dramatic and close fought encounter.

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Rugby: Berkswell overcome staggering odds to clinch promotion

Steve Wake reports on Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Club’s emphatic Midlands West 2 play-off victory against ‘Old Salts’ on Saturday 28th April 2012, which saw them earn passage to Midlands West Division One.  Berkswell’s season will have taken many by surprise, having kicked off on minus 15 points, thanks to a stiff penalty levied by league officials in consideration for a mass-brawl during a league encounter the previous season.


Berkswell’s achievement has been widely noted in the sporting press, with the play-off victory seen by many observers as the icing on the cake after an almost impossible achievement.


Old Saltleians – 3 Berkswell & Balsall – 27

Midlands West 2 (Play-off)


A determined Berkswell earned the right to celebrate their excellent 30th anniversary season in style with a winning performance in this play-off match to see who would earn passage into Midlands West Division 1.  Berkswell’s 15 point pre-season points deduction was not enough in the end to deny this determined squad from continuing their remarkable ascent through the divisions.


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Big plans for Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Balsall Common

Balsall Common Jubilee celebrations - Tuesday 5th June 2012
Local representatives of the Lions International charity are into the final throes of preparations for their FREE lion-sized Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Balsall Common at The Lant Sports and Community Ground on Meeting House Lane.  Visitors to the event on Tuesday 5th June 2012, can expect a family-friendly action packed event, with many child-friendly daytime activities, followed by a festival-style Party in the Park, headlined by Take That tribute band That’s Life, performing from the clubhouse balcony as the evening draws on.


The event which is billed by the organisers as: “Family-friendly, fab, fun and FREE” is sponsored by: Carstins; John Shepherd Estate Agency; The Bugle; Mogz and Dogz; Balsall Common Parish Council; The Leisure Traveller; Southfield’s Westacre Garden and Shed Centre; TK Driveways; Westwood Hair & Beauty; Warwick Auctions (Coventry); Westwood Financial Services; The Cricket Clinic; One Stop Balsall Common; Canines in Curlers; McNamara King & Co Solicitors; Barchester Balsall Common Care Home.


The list of attractions and scheduled running times for activities and entertainment is listed below.   The event gets underway at 2pm (gates open 1.30pm):


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