Community gets ready for 5th Annual Fun Run

The Balsall Common Fun Run returns for its 5th Edition on Sunday 23rd September 2018, coordinated as always by The Lily Mae Foundation with the usual support from The Heart of England School’s staff, students and Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA).

The community Fun Run – which starts and finishes at The Heart of England School – will include plenty to keep the runners and spectators fed and entertained.

The event has an all-inclusive remit and aims to attract Walkers, Joggers, Runners and Racers of all ages, abilities and anyone with novel ideas for ways of taking part:

“We welcome entrants who wish to run, or walk with pushchairs, or run with their dogs and we’re happy to accommodate all sorts of applications,” explains Fun Run Organiser and Lily Mae Foundation Trustee Geoff Heaps:

“Fancy dress is welcome and this year we already have a penguin taking part.”

Geoff was also keen to express The Lily Mae Foundation’s gratitude for  support received from the community and sponsors:

“We’re grateful to the Heart of England School for allowing us to use the School field.   It’s a great place to watch all the action and take in the atmosphere.   The PTA has also been a great help in organising a range of food and drink stalls, including activities for children to get the Day and the Fun Run off to the best of starts.  We’re also grateful to our many sponsors without whom we couldn’t stage this event.”

Sunday Fun Run Day – 23rd September 2018

The Fun Run action gets underway from 11.00am with Mini Runs of 350 metres for children in nursery and reception classes, followed by runs grouped together for those in Years 1&2, 3&4 and 5&6.

The Main Runs all start at 12:00 noon and includes the following categories; Adult 10K; Adult 5k; Junior 5k; Family 5k.

The all-important Smile Station, vital to flagging runners!

There is also a chance to enter teams comprising 4 people, for which all team members must enter and compete over the same distance.

Enter the 2018 Balsall Common Fun Run

For full event information including terms, conditions and how to enter, please visit:


Balsall Common Fun Run Partners and Sponsors

University of Warwick

Aquarius Interiors Ltd
JP Conference and Events
NDS Tooling Solutions

AJ’s Classic Cakes
Brickmakers Arms
Harper Fields
Heart of England School
Kingsman Estate Agents
Brothers Decor Painting and Decorating
Mondeléz International
New Balance
Sheldon Colour Printers

Balsall Common Fun Run Aims



Apprenticeship Notice: Trainee Dental Nurse

By Craig Burgess, Thursday 23rd August 2018

It’s GCSE Results Day and Balsall Common Dental Practice in the village centre has announced they are recruiting for a new Trainee Dental Nurse.

The Private Dental Practice has a friendly, welcoming team and fine reputation, which is easily verified by viewing their extensive library of online reviews, which can be found on Facebook, Google and other online platforms.

Principal Dental Surgeon Dr Ashley Davenport explained what his team are seeking from potential candidates:

“We are looking for an enthusiastic individual that wants to work locally and earn while they learn, whilst gaining on-the-job experience.

The candidate would work towards a Level 3 NVQ qualification and once qualified, be registered with the General Dental Council.”

To Apply or Request Information

Dr Ashley Davenport and Dr Catherine Myatt

Address: 201 Station Road, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7FD.


Telephone: 01676 529000



Balsall Common Dental Practice is keen for any readers to share the details of this Apprenticeship with anyone that may be interested.


Marie Curie 70th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner

Our local Marie Curie Fundraising Group are organising a celebration dinner for October.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Marie Curie charity. Marie Curie began in 1948, with a hospital at 2 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, Hampstead. The first Marie Curie Home for cancer patients opened in 1952, in an old National Trust property called the Hill of Tarvit in Cupar, Fife. The home set out to be somewhere cancer patients could get specialist care.

Today, they help more than 50,000 people a year through our home nursing service and hospices.

Marie Curie’s first donation came from Mrs Alice Macpherson in the late 1940s, who gave her £75 diamond engagement ring.

Locally, The Balsall Common and Berkswell Marie Curie Fundraising Group have raised over £11000 in the last 2 years. 

This year they are holding a celebration dinner in honour of Marie Curie’s 70th anniversary.  The dinner takes place on Saturday 13 October at the Berkswell Reading Room. Tickets are £30 and you can check availability by emailing

Local people wanted for mobility and transport survey

The Transport Systems Catapult is currently looking for participants in Balsall Common for a study that will explore the role mobility and transport play in people’s lives.

The study will help transport providers and innovators design services that better fit with people’s lifestyles.

To learn more about the study and to sign up, please visit To be eligible, you must be over 18 years old and live in Balsall Common.

Anyone who takes part in the study will receive a reward of between £50-£125 (in cash or vouchers), depending on level of involvement.


HS2 Contact and Help

Helpdesk for general enquiries about HS2:

HS2 Freephone Community Helpline

Freephone community helpline is available 24/7:

Freephone: 08081 434 434.


HS2 Small Claims Scheme

To claim damages for small claims related to HS2 activities:

08081 434 434.