Lions approach the end of another year of fantastic support to our community

The volunteers at Balsall Common Lions Club wish to thank everyone who helped at another successful Bonfire & Fireworks Event, including partners the Berkswell and Balsall Common Sports and Community Association.

They received many positive comments from people throughout the night and want to record their thanks to everyone who came along and the supporters for the evening – particularly Angela Jaynes FloristOakes Farm Shop and A1 Motor Store Balsall Common for selling advance tickets. A big Lions thank you to the event sponsors Jamieson Christie Alan Heath & Son Bathrooms, and Capellas, as well as our local schools for their hard work producing a fantastic mural. It’s a shame we always must burn it!

Thank you also to Carl Hemming, the MC, from Ginger Property and our friends Fast Aid who were there but thankfully they had nothing to do.

Finally, thanks to Berkswell Scouts and especially the ATC who with their youth, enthusiasm and energy were invaluable at the end of the evening clearing up after a very long day.

Next up will be the Christmas Light Switch-On on Friday 24 November,  . Santa arrives at 3.30pm & the switch-on will be at 4.00pm by the Mayor of Solihull Councillor Stuart Davis.

Then, of course it’s the legendary Santa sleigh tour in the village which this year starts on 14 December. Watch out for the Bugle which gives Santa’s itinerary, and keep your eyes on the Lions Facebook page as his specially-trained social media elves keep it updated with his progress.

All the Balsall Common Lions are volunteers, and their members fees cover any administration costs of the club. This means every penny raised goes to local causes except for donations to Lions International Appeals. Why not read their latest accounts which sets out publicly where the money raised has been distributed.

Just over £25000 was donated, an amazing achievement.


Peppercorn Wholefoods at The Jubilee

Peppercorn Wholefoods have been trading at The Jubilee community space in Balsall Common for 10 years, unbeknownst to the majority of locals.

Peppercorn Wholefoods team Susan and Nicola (aka Sue and Nicky) pictured here at Kenilworth Market

The business – which specialises in dried fruit, nuts, seeds, cereals, herbs and spices – is run by Nicky and Sue from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm most Fridays:

“We’re here every Friday, except for the third one every month and we obviously like to support the centre having been trading here for a decade,” explains Peppercorn’s Sue Marsh:

“We found the Jubilee through a Greenfest event we did at St Peter’s Church. The vicar there recommended we take a look at the Jubilee Centre.  That was going back 10 years. We booked our slot and we’ve been here ever since.”

When they are not trading at The Jubilee, Peppercorn Wholefoods can be found at Southam Market on Tuesdays and Kenilworth Market every Thursday.

Nicky and Sue are willing to arrange deliveries for Balsall Common residents on request.

Peppercorn Wholefoods at The Jubilee

Days: Fridays (except for the third Friday of every month)
Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address: The Jubilee (to the rear of HSBC Bank), Station Road, Balsall Common
T: 02476 231932
M: 07908 115232

Jubilee Hire

The recently refurbished Jubilee community space is available for hire to members of the community.

To discover more visit The Jubilee Facebook page
or visit their dedicated Jubilee page at HallsHire.Com

Changing of the Guard at The Railway Inn

The Railway Inn drew a large daytime crowd on Sunday 29 October, many of whom celebrated into the evening at an event which marked Roger and Heather Parker’s decision to take a back seat in the business, as well as Roger’s birthday.

Railway Inn handover commemorative cake
Epic commemorative cake for the birthday/handover

The Birthday and Handover party saw new Railway Inn front-man Harry Parker host his Dad’s birthday with a full day’s celebration that featured live music from the youthful Soul Matters, playing front-of-house in the day, followed by duo Drew and Jez indoors in the evening:

“It was amazing, it couldn’t have gone anymore to plan and the turnout was way more than we imagined,” said a delighted Harry Parker.

Soul Matters

“On the entertainments side of things, I really want to thank Soul Matters who played out front during the day, duo Drew and Jez who played from 5-7 pm and definitely Mark the DJ.  He did the party the night before and then did 2 pm until late on Sunday. He really put in some long hours over the weekend, fair play to him.”

Busy Party afternoon in progress at The Railway Inn

Then there was the impressive complimentary catering, complete with a very artistic cake for which Harry was also grateful:

“I want to thank everyone that was involved in the catering, my sister and her boyfriend Simon, plus his Mum who made our fantastic cake.”

Lastly, before talking about future plans for the venue, Harry wanted to thank the staff that had to cope with the huge turnout:

“I’d like to thank our amazing staff for all their hard work all day and all night, Nicole and Ashleigh in the daytime, then Jordan and Becky on the night.”

New Broom New Menu New Plans

The once popular lunchtime menu has been restored:

“The lunchtime menu is now in full swing, Mondays to Saturdays from noon to 3pm” says Harry.

“And looking ahead we’ll be aiming to provide more entertainment. We’re also thinking about putting together some new promotions for the live footie so keep an eye out for announcements on our Facebook page!”

Find and Follow The Railway Inn Online

To see announcements for future events and promotions find and follow The Railway Inn Facebook page.



Suspicious activity prompts warning to residents

A resident on Balsall Street East has reported consistent and repeated suspicious behaviour at their home by what appears to be the same man posing as a delivery driver over three consecutive days this week (Monday to Wednesday).

The unidentified man arrives from the roadside on foot

The man has been captured on CCTV visiting the same mailbox between the hours of 11:30am and 1:30pm on at least three occasions, before appearing to sift through the post, also leaving a spurious out-of-date leaflet from Lewisham Council on two of those visits.

Two copies of this irrelevant leaflet were posted on separate occasions

Subsequent to visits by this man, a further visit was made by an unidentified female, at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon (01 November).  It is thought this woman may be associated with the man, given that he left the premises having realised he’s been spotted from the kitchen window.

The incident has been reported to Police and residents are advised to secure their postboxes and mailing points where possible.

The man is thought to have a female accomplice, seen wearing a yellow ‘hi-vis’ jacket at 4pm on Wednesday 01 November.

Residents are reminded to remain vigilant as the frequency of suspicious and criminal activities in the area continues to occur at unprecedented rates.

Sunday Funday celebrations at The Railway Inn

The Railway Inn’s Harry Parker is inviting members of the community to celebrate a special occasion at the venue featuring live music and entertainment all day on Sunday 29 October 2017. The ‘Birthday and Handover Party’ is set to celebrate Harry taking control of operations at the pub as well as his Dad’s birthday.

With Roger and Heather Parker deciding to take a back seat in the business Harry is looking forward to celebrating his new challenge with a big party. The celebrations will also represent a nod to 50 years of the Parker family running local pubs:

“My Grandad used to run the ‘Brickies’ and so did my Dad,” says Harry.

“Then there’s my Grandma who used to run the Saracens Head and they’ve all run various pubs around the West Midlands.”

There’s plenty to enjoy at Sunday’s event:

“We’ve got a good day lined up” explains Harry.

“We’ve got the football showing early on, then the Party starts at 2 O’Clock. At 3 pm we’ve got Soul Matters who will be playing out the front. We’ve also got a really good duo playing from 5 until 7 pm. Then there’s Mark the DJ who will be filling the gaps and then he’ll take us through to the finish.”

Soul Matters features some fine young singers and musicians from the West Midlands and will be well worth a look.

The Roger Parker Birthday and Handover Party Details

Venue: The Railway Inn, Station Road, next to Berkswell Railway Station.

Event Schedule

12:00pm – Blues vs Villa live on the Big Screen
2:00pm – Party Starts
3:00pm – Soul Matters
5:00pm – Live duo: Drew ‘n’ Jez
7:00pm – Mark DJ playing until Close

There will be a complimentary buffet.

Photo Update

Soul Matters performing front of house at The Railway Inn
Busy Party afternoon in progress at The Railway Inn