Public meeting could help acquire £2.5m community funding

Representatives from Berkswell Parish Council and the Berkswell Society are urging members of the community from Berkswell and Balsall Common to attend the final public meeting relating to the local Neighborhood Plan.

Feedback from the meeting could help acquire much-needed funding, as much as £2.5m, which could be used to provide vital infrastructure capable of serving a community that’s set to continue growing thanks to new housing developments which are expected to hit the area.

Residents and local business owners are invited to spare 15 minutes of their time at the final drop-in session in the Jordan Room at St John’s Church in Berkswell anytime between 9:30 am and 12 noon:

Jubilee Community Centre set for Open Day

Following a management restructuring process at the beginning of the year, refurbishment work on the Jubilee community centre is now complete and details of an Open Event on Saturday 7th October have now been announced.

The new team of Trustees have been busy developing a long-term plan for the centre and now residents have been invited to attend the centre from 1.30 to 4.00pm to see what the new team has been doing.

The Jubilee will be officially ‘re-launched’ at 2.00pm by the Chairs of the two Parish Councils – Councillor Mark Tattum and Councillor Andrew Burrows.

The Jubilee Centre has also been selected as one of the nominated charities for October at Waitrose Kenilworth. The Trustees hope that members of the community will tell family and friends to put their green tokens in the Jubilee box!!

The Jubilee is a designated community space and as part of a renewed effort to provide a secure future for these purposes now enjoys sponsorship from local businesses for the first time.  Local sponsors include: Ginger Property – The Estate Agent and Property Consultancy; Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy and Tuscany Pizza.

Jubilee Open Event – Saturday 7th October 2017

Venue: The Jubilee, Station Road (behind HSBC Bank), Balsall Common
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Official Opening: 2:00pm

Balsall Common pub all set for Beer Festival

Balsall Common’s White Horse will be hosting ‘Beers in Balsall’ – their end-of-Summer beer Festival, from 5pm on Friday 29 September until 10.30pm on Sunday 1 October.

White Horse General Manager Luke Hawkins

The team at the Kenilworth Road pub and restaurant is looking forward to serving 12 carefully selected local ales including the award-winning Churchend Brewery Goats Milk – Champion Beer of Britain 2017.

Visitors can also expect guest ales supplied by Black Country Ales, Warwickshire Brewery, Silhill Brewery, Old Pie Factory and The Slaughterhouse Brewery.

The White Horse General Manager Luke Hawkins said:

“Our September gin event was well supported and we’re hoping ‘Beers in Balsall’ will go down well too. We’ll be rolling out more themed evenings and weekends throughout the Autumn and Winter – and our new menu will be launched in the coming weeks, so we’re keeping busy!”

Beers in Balsall Event Details

Venue: The White Horse, Kenilworth Road (A452), Balsall Common CV7 7DT.
Dates: Starts 5pm Friday 29th September, then runs all the way through to 10:30pm Sunday 1st October 2017.

Terms and conditions: No tickets required. Over 18s only. All ales subject to availability. All the guest ales brought in specially for the Festival will be available at £3 per pint.

Festival set for a dose of Ginger magic

Ginger Property the local Estate Agent is among the list of 2017 Balsall Common Festival sponsors and Company boss Carl Hemming will be MCing from the Main Stage in the evening for a 6th successive year.

Ginger’s Carl Hemming preparing for the 2017 Balsall Common Festival

Carl is no stranger to community causes and is a long-serving member of the Festival Committee.  Thanks to his regular commitments as a compere, he is well-known as the face and voice of various community events, that also happens to include the Balsall Common Lions bonfire and fireworks night. On top of that Carl can also be heard as a broadcaster, presenting shows for Balsall Radio.

In a former life, Carl was also Chairman of local dramatics group Centre Stage, for a period of three years.

This year Carl wanted to sprinkle some Ginger magic on Festival proceedings, with a Company stand next to the Festival’s Main Stage:

“We’re so proud to be sponsoring the Festival'” says Carl:

“We are hoping to see lots of members of the community at our Ginger hub next to the Main Stage, where we have lots of festive fun goings-on planned. Come and join us for a natter, in a strictly no-pressure Festival-friendly environment.”

Ginger will be accompanied on their stall by another Festival sponsor, the Award Winning Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy.

The Balsall Common Festival runs for more than 8 hours at The Lant on Meeting House Lane and takes place on Saturday 23rd September. The gates open at 1 pm. See website for details:

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Get ready for the Balsall Common Festival


Balsall Common’s hugely popular end-of-Summer Festival is back for a 6th successive showing with over 8 hours of non-stop entertainment on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

This popular event – recently named by the Birmingham Mail as a Top 5 event for the region this weekend – has attracted over 5000 visitors over the previous two years.  This year’s visitors can expect a similar Fete and Party in the Park format, with over 70 stalls, plus live music all day.

Get Ready for the Balsall Common Festival


Balsall Common Festival Highlights

* Live music and entertainment all day from the Main Stage
* Over 70 stalls
* Arena events including Self Defence and Community Dog Show
* Children’s Rides Slides and Go Karts
* Street Food
* Tea Tent
* Sports Activities
* Aeromodellers Display
* Licensed Clubhouse bar

Fete & Party in the Park (Gates Open 1pm)

“Come and join us at the Fete for a fun-filled family afternoon from 1pm to 5:00pm,” says Festival Chairman Joy Fine:

“You will find a wide variety of stalls with something for all ages, with over 70 in total.  There will be rides, games, craft activities, entertainment, food and drink stalls, information about local clubs and local issues, not forgetting the dog show!”

“Come along and enjoy yourselves and why not stay on for the evening entertainment – our Party in the Park?”

Fete (Ends 5:o0pm)

Fete fans are advised to get arrive early to avoid disappointment.  The fete packs away at 5pm, paving the way for stallholders to dance into the dark at Party in the Park.

Party in the Park (Ends 9:30pm)

The live music and entertainment on the Main Stage gets underway as soon as the gates open at 1pm (see Line-Up details for information) and runs right through to 9:30pm.  Highlights on the Main Stage include Chasing Deer and headline band The 80s Experience, signed for the night as usual by event sponsors Nailcote Hall.

Festival Event Line-Up

As usual, there is plenty of variety on offer on the entertainment front with live music, displays, demonstrations and live music, with the Party in the Park signed-off by headliners the 80s Experience, signed for the event by Nailcote Hall:



1:35 Krav Maga
2:05 Community Dog Show – by Mogz and Dogz
2:50 Balsall Radio
3:20 Tae Kwondo
3:50 The Balsall Singers
4:30 Egg Catching



The Main Stage will be hosted through the day by Balsall Radio’s Mike Bentley before Ginger Property’s Carl Hemming returns to the stage for the 6th successive season to host the evening’s proceedings:

1:00 U3A Swing Division
1:30 Animated Dance
2:15 Positive Fitness
3:00 Night Project Theatre
3:20 Diva Fiva
3:40 Arty Page
4:00 Ceilidh Band
4:20 Adam Rubidge
5:15 Michael Bentley – Annie
5:45 Esther Turner
6:40 Chasing Deer
6:25 DJ Love
7:40 80’s Experience
8:25 DJLove
8:45 80’s Experience

All acts and timings are subject to change.  Refer to the Festival website for up to date information:

Get Tickets: Early Bird Deadline!

Save money on gate prices by purchasing Early Bird discount tickets.

Advanced discounted tickets are available online or via official outlets until 12 noon on Friday 22nd September 2017.

Official Sales Outlets

  • Angela Jaynes Florist
  • Balsall Common Pharmacy
  • Oakes Farm Shop


The Festival takes place at the usual venue in Balsall Common:

The Lant
Meeting House Lane
Balsall Common

Gates Open: 1pm
Fete Ends: 5pm
Party in the Park Ends 9:30pm

Online Tickets

For full ticket information visit the Festival website tickets page:


As always community events on this scale cannot happen without the support and generosity of the business community.  A full list of sponsors with information about them is listed on the Festival website:

The Festival Committee wished to extend their thanks to all their sponsors:

Major Sponsors
Crest Nicholson
Acorn Printing
Spire Parkway Hospital
Nailcote Hall
Harper Fields
Curium Solutions
Ginger Property
Payne Associates
Positive Fitness
Unity Automotive – Coventry

Other Sponsors
The Bugle
Krav Maga (Balsall Common Group)
Windmill Pet Supplies
Bengal Brasserie
Masala Club
Hemroe Joinery
Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy
Sally Anscombe (Music Teaching and Performance)
Angela Jaynes Florist
Balsall Fish and Chip Bar
Casa Bella
R&S Dairies
Taylors Butchers
J Deeley & Son
Pollard Memorials
County Dry Cleaners
La Delicia