Blues Brothers entertain at school Winter Fayre

Matt Corrall and Carl Stokes - Blues Brothers for the Day
Matt Corrall and Carl Stokes – Blues Brothers for the Day

John Shepherd Select and Select Letting boys Carl Stokes and Matt Corrall were the centre of attention in Balsall Common when they became the Blues Brother for the day with help from their friends at Carstins.


Matt Corrall explains:


“We knew they had the car so we asked if we could rent it.”


“You can’t rent it. But we can give it to you.” they replied. “So that was it, us with this car with the sound system attached to it. We bet everyone loved us around the village that day, but it was a lot of fun.”

Carstins supplied the car whilst Matt and Carl took to the streets with their Police Car, before visiting Balsall Comon Primary School to entertain the kids.




Santa’s Christmas tour begins today

The Balsall Common Lions begin their annual charity fundraising tour with Santa and his sleigh in the Burton Green area today. The Lions are hoping to see people of all ages come out and wave to Santa as they raise raise funds for charitable causes. Last year’s tally came out in the region of £6,000 which went towards many local, national and international causes.


Santas’ route this evening will be as follows:

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Berkswell cricketers celebrating Warwickshire honours


Berkswell Cricket Club is celebrating the success of six of its’ youngsters following their selection into Warwickshire’s 2013 Development of Excellence Squads for their respective age groups. The boys – Alfie Blundell, Awais Mohammed, Ahmed Mohammed, Abdul Khan, Charlie Hargreaves and Mitch Eley – follow in the footsteps of Berkswell’s 20 year old Tom Milnes who signed a three year deal with the senior squad at the end of the 2012 season to top off a phenomenal year for the Meeting House Lane Club.


The Meeting House Lane club attributes the boys success to much hard work by the lads thesmelves and valuable input from coaching consultancy Complete Cricket, who gave the boys access to professional cricketers such as Jim Troughton, Ian Westwood, Alan Richardson and Neil Carter, plus Berkswell’s very own Warwickshire batting legend Dominic Ostler. Berkswell’s Youth Cricket Chairman Richard Blundell picks up the story as follows:


“The announcement has come as a great reward for some very hard work and commitment during the Autumn with the Complete Cricket Academy, whose top Coaches have proven their worth developing cricketers to be successful at gaining representative cricket honours at all age groups.”

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Balsall Common endurance star hits ITV show

Balsall Common’s Paddy Doyle finds himself the focus of questions on ITV’s Inside Guinness World Records tomorrow evening (Tuesday 11th December 2012) as they explore his career as a record breaking endurance athlete. The former paratrooper holds 52 current Guinness World Records, the most by anyone in the UK. In tomorrow’s ITV programme he explains how his love affair with endurance feats turned him away from a life of trouble and near certain future living at her Majesty’s pleasure.


In between world record challenges and looking after his two daughters with his partner Deborah, Paddy gets involved in a vast array of physical activities including mountain trekking. He also offers personal training sessions in a specially constructed gym in his back garden.

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Mogz & Dogz

Mogz and Dogz is an ‘Investor in Balsall’, a supporter of community projects such as the 2012 Queen’s Jubilee Village Fete and Party in the Park. which owner Mark Young supported with funding, publicity and manpower.


Mogz & Dogz

Mogz & Dogz is your complete pet homecare and training company, catering for all types of pets.




Mark Young is a former Police officer of 24 years standing, including a long period working as a Police dog handler and trainer with a variety of dogs with different personalities in different situations. His work took him nationwide working with some of the finest dogs in the country and in 2010 he created Mogz & Dogz to continue serving, protecting and educating the public and their pets.




Home boarding: Going away? Remove the stress of uprooting your loved ones with our home boarding service and let us keep your pets loved, entertained and protected while you’re away in the familiar surroundings of their own home.


Dog walking: We’ll walk your friends and play with them for up to an hour a day, taking care to keep their entertainment and experiences fresh and new each day.


Dog training: everything from basic heel work to aggression issues. We don’t just train your pet, we show you how your behaviour influences that of your pets and how to manage them properly.


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