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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 Florist, Oakes Farm Shop and A1 Motor Store Balsall Common for selling advance tickets. A big Lions thank you to the event sponsors Jamieson ChristieAlan 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.
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 have been trading at The Jubilee community space in Balsall Common for 10 years, unbeknownst to the majority of locals.
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
The recently refurbished Jubilee community space is available for hire to members of the community.
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.
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.
“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.”
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!”