Local pupils racing for success

Three teams from Balsall Common Primary School are competing in the F1 Challenge competition at Princethorpe School today (26 April).

The teams have spent the past two months designing and racing their own F1 cars as part of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge.

12 Year 4 pupils split into three teams, The Deathly Hallows, 2 Fast 4 U and Magma, have worked hard to create the most aerodynamic cars possible.  As well as making the cars, the teams have secured sponsors, prepared presentations to deliver to the judges and will answer questions about their project. 

They have used the latest computer aided design technology and printers to make the cars. This is the fourth year in a row that the local primary school has taken part in the competition. They have been supported by a PM Group employee who has been incredibly helpful offering advice and guidance.  The teams also visited Solihull College and were shown their wind tunnel.

Today the teams will race their cars along a 20m track, powered by gas canisters, taking less than 1.5 seconds to cover the distance.  They will be competition against other local schools for a place in the regional finals. 

Howard Rose, Funding and Publicity Manager, said: “The teams have put in a huge amount of hard work to get to this point, and we’re all rooting for them tomorrow. Thanks very much to the teachers and JLR for their support, as well as all the local businesses who are sponsoring the teams:  Wow! Signal Communications, Solihull College, PM Group, Sutherpark Ltd, Ginger Homes, Property Lotto, Education Vehicle Alliance, Signarama, Daytona Tamworth, Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy, Midshire and fidelis. It really does make a difference and in previous years we’ve won awards for the sponsorship and marketing elements of the competition.”

A huge thanks to EVA, without them the teams wouldn’t have made it here after a problem with the minibus, but EVA solved it within the hour for us.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts and we’ll let you know how they get on.



Community Cinema comes to The Jubilee

The team at The Jubilee community space is piloting a community cinema idea which they hope will become a regular feature in the local calendar.

Their debut film for the project is Churchill starring Brian Cox.

Tickets are already on sale at Balsall Common Pharmacy, which is open an impressive 100 hours per week.

Date: 21st April 2018
Price: £6 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)
Time: 7 pm
Venue: The Jubilee, 225 Station Road (to the rear of Costa), Balsall Common, CV7 7FE

For movie info at IMDB visit: imdb.com/title/tt2674454/

Music: Friday Night House-quake at Balsall Radio

House music arrived on a weekly basis at Balsall Radio on Friday 16th March 2018 to considerable acclaim as the versatile Adam James launched his new live show.

Adam’s debut show  – which runs every Friday from 8 pm –  pulled in listeners from all over the West Midlands and wider-world with shout-outs to listeners from as far afield as Toronto and Holland.

The show aims to showcase various styles, including deep, soulful and funky house and become a regular port-of-call for house music listeners old and new:

“I want to create a community among our listeners,” explains Adam of his ambitions for the show.

“And for it to become a weekly event that people don’t want to miss.”

To join in with Adam’s Moving House Show and get your weekend off to a flying start email your shout-outs and dedications to adamjames@balsallradio.com

The Adam James Moving House Radio Show


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Inspirational Mikey Akers scoops Pride of Birmingham Award

Balsall Common teenager Mikey Akers earned the Pride of Birmingham’s Stephen Sutton Award in recognition of the inspiring work he does raising awareness for verbal dyspraxia, a little known neurological speech disorder, with which he was diagnosed when he was 2-years-old.

The neurological condition and the challenges it presents are wide-ranging. In Mikey’s case, this was a condition which left an otherwise intelligent boy feeling isolated at school due to the immense difficulty the condition caused learning to verbalise his thoughts.

The catalyst for Mikey becoming an inspiration to others dates back to the time he penned a poem, ‘I Am the Boy’, which underlined to his family how he really felt about his condition. It became the inspiration for Mikey’s Wish, a charitable project that raises awareness for the condition and funds for related causes:

I Am the Boy – by Mikey Akers

I am the boy who has so much to say
I am the boy who says it my way
Not always proper, not always right
With my brain I must put up a fight
The words don’t come easy, they hide away
When I find them some sounds go astray
It’s not ‘cos I’m stupid, it’s ‘cos I am me
I am the boy with Verbal Dyspraxia, you see
I have one desire, I have one wish
And that is that there was more awareness of this!


Learn more about Mikey’s story and his Stephen Sutton Inspiration Award at the Birmingham Mail:

Inspirational teenager Mikey Akers named Pride of Birmingham winner