Ade Pavey’s Bonkers Wing Walk Challenge

Berkswell Parish resident Ade Pavey is preparing to take to the skies for a charity Wing-Walk on 30th May 2018, taking off from Cirencester’s RFC Rendcomb Airfield, with the aim of raising £3000, to be split between Myton Hospice and PAPYRUS:

Ade Pavey ponders his hair-raising future

“These are two amazing charities”, explains Ade “one to help sufferers and their families by easing the journey to end of life, the other to help prevent young people from committing suicide.”

The fundraising idea arose after Ade’s wife Stef shocked him with a gift that they had previously spoken about only in jest. At least, that’s how Ade claims to remember things:

“It all started as a Christmas present from my wife Stef who gifted me a Wing Walk experience after I’d I said I wanted to do something different. And this is certainly different!  Anyone who knows me will know how far I’m prepared to go to help others, but cruising 135mph at 500ft is certainly the biggest challenge I’ve ever undertaken.”

As Ade began coming to terms with the nerve-wracking experience he now faces, his thoughts turned to finding ways of using the experience to benefit others, so he set himself a fundraising target, along with a challenge to raise awareness for his chosen charities Myton Hospice and PAPYRUS:

“Myton Hospice is a charity which is very close to my heart as they cared for my mum in the last days of her life.  The hospice provides compassionate end of life care, centred around patient well-being and enabling more quality time with loved ones.”


Last year Myton Hospices supported more than 1,400 people and their families, in their three hospices, via patient and family support services, and in the community through Myton at Home.  Each year they have to raise £8.8 million to continue providing care.“

My other chosen charity is PAPYRUS, which is a community of people with the shared vision that many young suicides are preventable.”


Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK.  1,666 people under 35 took their own life in 2016.  

“The effect young suicide has on families and friends is devastating. PAPYRUS aim to create a society free of the stigma surrounding suicide, with the resources to support young people who may be struggling. PAPYRUS believes suicide need not be the inevitable outcome of feeling suicidal and that with the right level of awareness, help, support, and advice, young lives can be saved.”

“If we can just make more people aware of mental health issues and draw attention to the help that’s available through groups like PAPYRUS, then Stef and I will be happy that we’ve turned this bonkers challenge into something which helps others at the same time.”

Ade and Stef are inviting BalsallCom.Com readers to discover more about their chosen charities by visiting their websites at and

For any readers interested in making a donation to the wing-walk challenge, Ade’s fundraising page can be found at

Santa Claus is coming to Balsall Common

Santa Claus (via Balsall Common Lions Club) is coming to Balsall Common.

From Wednesday 14 December, you can see him in many of the roads around the village and further afield, for his annual charity collection. The sleigh journey raises lots of money for charities and good causes, many of them local.

You can see daily updates about where Santa will be on Facebook.

lions santa

Here are the full details of Santa’s route:

Wednesday 14 December

Balsall Street from Saracens Head to Needlers End Lane
Fen End – Oakley Estate
Old Waste Lane
Saracen Drive
Waste Lane (Catchems Corner to Hodgetts Lane)
Wellfield Close
Windmill Lane

Thursday 15 December

Ashley Way
Burleigh Close
Chapel Drive
Dengate Drive
Dunchurch Close
Finch Croft
Glebe Way
Gorton Croft
Greenfield Avenue
Hathaway Close
Hawthorn Drive
Kenilworth Road North
Michael Blanning Place
Needlers End Lane (to Greenfield Avenue)
Priors Close
Shortfield Close
Station Road (to Needlers End Lane)
Turnpike Close
Whitehead Grove
Wooton Green Lane (part)

Friday 16 December

Burton Green
Coleby Close
Copt Oak Close
Cromwell Lane to Westwood Heath Road
Hob Lane
Hodgetts Lane (from Village Hall)
Red Lane
Rough Knowles Close
Westwood Heath Road
Whitefield Close

Saturday 17 December

Barretts Lane
Beverley Close
Brickyard Close
Dockers Close
Elm Grove
Green Lane
Kelsey Lane (from Windmill Lane)
Meeting House Lane
Oxhayes Close
Ruston Close
Station Road (to Station)
Sunnyside Close
Sunnyside Lane

Monday 19 December

Birch Grove
Bouchier Close
Church Lane
Coventry Road
Duggins Lane
Eborne Croft
Floyd Grove
Grovefield Crescent
Huddesford Drive
Huggins Close
Lant Close
Lavender Hall Lane
Meadow Close
Meadow Rise
Meriden Road
Penruddock Drive
Pound Close
Riddings Hill
Watson Way
Wilmot Close
Cromwell Lane (Westwood Heath Road to Station)

Tuesday 20 December

Alder Lane
Arden Close
Blythe Avenue
Cedar Wood Drive
Clive Road
Elmwood Close
Elysian Gardens
Gipsy Close
Gypsy Lane
Kelsey Court
Kelsey Lane (to Meeting House Lane)
Kenilworth Road South
Kerley Close
Laurels Crescent
Leveson Crescent
Malvern Road
Runnymede Drive
Sedgemere Grove
Welsh Road

Thursday 22 December

Balsall Street (Station Road to Needlers End Lane)
Burberry Grove
Coplow Close
Ferndale Road
Grange Road
Greenbank Road
Kenilworth Close
Needlers End Lane
Shenstone Drive
Speedwell Drive
Station Road (Needlers End Lane to Balsall St)
Temple Avenue
Tudor Close
Whitewash Close
Winsford Close

Friday 23 December

Asbury Road
Ashfurlong Close
Balsall Street East
Bracebridge Close
Bradley Croft
Chattaway Drive
Childs Oak Close
Dale Meadow Close
Drybrooks Close
Finford Croft
Foxes Way
Kemps Green Road
Newhouse Croft
Sear Hills Close
Stoneton Crescent
Tidmarsh Close
Welby Gate
Wilton Road

Merry Christmas from Balsall Common Lions Club. Find them on Facebook for all the latest updates.

Balsall Common gets ready for Christmas

This Friday Balsall Common Parish Council and Balsall Common Lions Club will be bringing Santa to the village to switch on our Christmas lights with Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson. A choir from Balsall Common Primary School will be singing.  The fun starts at 3.30 outside Barclays Bank, with the light switch-on at 4pm.

Lions ready for Christmas

Don’t forget to check out the new edition of the Bugle with details of all Santa’s routes around the village in the run up to Christmas.

Our local Marie Curie Fundraising Group will be doing their Christmas collection between 9am and 3pm on Saturday.  Look out for them by the Co-op, One Stop and Tesco.

marie curie christmas

Coming soon

Balsall Common Lions Club still have a few tickets for their Briefcase Blues Brothers Xmas Special on Saturday 10 December at the Heart of England School. Tickets £15.00 (includes Hot Supper).

Balsall Common Comedy Club – Comedy Christmas Cracker at the British Legion

Get your friends and family together and start your Christmas celebrations with a night of great value entertainment on your doorstep!  Friday 16 December

Tickets are available at Angela Jaynes Florist or online.

Local runner supports local charity in London Marathon

Local resident Leon Fairbank is running the London Marathon this weekend for local charity The Lily Mae Foundation.

He choose the foundation because they provide incredible support, focus and provision for families when they need it the most. Leon said “friends and family have been affected by complications in childbirth and by supporting the Lily Mae foundation I have 100% confidence of the difference every £1 will make. I am hoping to raise as much money as possibly for the Lily Mae foundation.”

Leon has run a marathon before in Paris in 2011 but that was before becoming a father. This time round he’s found training has been difficult to fit in around two children especially as he’s also juggling a full time job and shift work. But he’s hoping for a dream time of 3 hours and 30 mins

If you would like to support Leon and the Lily Mae Foundation he has a just giving page:
Entries for this year’s Balsall Common Fun Run, organised by the Lily Mae Foundation as part of the Balsall Common Festival are now open.

Baldly going where no team has gone before

Local woman, Marie Jenks, joins bald team to take on the BBC ‘Eggheads’

On Thursday 17th March 2016 at 6pm, the BBC will air a unique episode of its hit TV series ‘Eggheads’ on BBC2. Aside from the usual nail-biting challenge of an amateur team taking on ‘possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain’, this very special episode will see a team of five completely bald women taking on the challengers in a bid to win the current cash prize.

The team, which includes local woman and former Heart of England pupil Marie Jenks, all suffer from Alopecia, an auto-immune condition which causes partial or total hair loss. They are taking to our screens to raise awareness of the condition, making a huge visual impact along the way. Even better, they have pledged to donate any winnings to National Charity Alopecia UK. Tune in to see if this unique team can beat the Eggheads!

Marie has been bald since 1999 and initially focussed on getting treatments and hiding her condition. With the help of Alopecia UK, she slowly grew in confidence, culminating in her appointment as lead of the Birmingham Support Group early last year. The only thing holding her back was her wig and so she made a decision to ditch it, ‘coming out’ on her 40th birthday. She is now proud to be bald and promoting awareness. She says “Now I feel good about it, but it has taken me a long time to get to a good place”.