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

Balsall Common Comedy Club Christmas Special

Award Winning comedian Harvey Hawkins has announced details of his Christmas Special comedy night on Friday 08 December at the Berkswell & District Royal British Legion, as part of his increasingly reputable Balsall Common Comedy Club project. Following the success of September’s event which many regulars described as the best one to date, tickets are sure to sell out fast.

Balsall Common Comedy Club Christmas Special

Tickets are £10, although there is an early-bird discount available during the first week’s sales, which will bring the tickets down to £8. The discount code if you’re quick is: “EARLYBIRD8”

Venue: The Berkswell & District Royal British Legion, Station Road, Balsall Common CV7 7EF
Date: Friday 08 December 2017
Time: 8:00pm
Tickets: £10 from Angela Jaynes Florist on Station Road, or online via:

Discover more about Balsall Common’s Harvey Hawkins

Balsall Common Comedy Club Facebook page

New dance classes for youngsters in Balsall Common

Balsall Common’s Kirsty Cannon is set to launch new dance classes for 4 to 12-year-olds at The Jubilee community space on Friday 27 October 2017.

Kirsty credits her personal love of dance, at least in part, to the interest in fitness that she developed when she was younger:

Kirsty Cannon

“I got the fitness bug through a friend, but then one day I saw a dance class through the window and I thought I’d like to give it a try.  Now dance is my passion and that’s what I really want to do now.”

Kirsty is still into her fitness training and sports as well and is currently also training to be a trampoline instructor, despite a nasty accident when she was younger:

“I fell off the trampoline when I was 8 years old and broke my arm.”


Dance Classes at The Jubilee Community Space

Kirsty admits to being surprised at finding a home for her classes at The Jubilee building behind the HSBC Bank on Station Road:

“I had been searching the village for some time and I really wanted the right surroundings.  I wanted somewhere I felt comfortable and the vibe you get from a place is really important.   If I don’t feel right then I won’t be able to give my best, so the venue selection was really important.  I saw something on Facebook about The Jubilee.  I didn’t even realise you could rent out the room, I thought it was just for coffee mornings or something.  I thought I’ll go and check it out but I wasn’t really expecting to end up using the venue.  But it is fab!  I fell in love with it straight away and I’m really happy to be doing my classes there.”

Kirsty is also pleased with demand for her sessions in the relatively short time since booking The Jubilee for her classes:

“I’m amazed how many bookings I have already had in such a short space of time, thanks to the Balsall Common Facebook page and the help from parents that I attend fitness training with.  They have really helped get the word out by tagging and sharing with other parents online and talking to other parents.”

Kirsty sees her new dance classes as a stepping stone to the future:

“My goal is to run a dance school of my own where I teach children aged 4 to 12 focusing on technique trying to teach from a young age.  It’s not just about dance though.  When I was younger I was not a confident child, at all, so it’s also about expressing emotions and getting it all out.  If I’ve had a bad day I can find dance gives me a way of getting it all out.  I also think there is a need for children to develop social skills so I want my group to be friendly and supportive to really help with that.”

Dance Class information

Venue: The Jubilee community space to the rear of HSBC bank Station Road Balsall Common CV7 7FE
First session: 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm Friday 27 October 2017
Cost: £5 per session
Bookings: contact Kirsty to book in advance (preferred although she does say she can probably accept walk-ins on the day of the first session)
Phone: 07718 126323
You can also search for Kirsty Cannon on Facebook and message her with queries there.

The Jubilee Community Space for Hire

The Jubilee Community space has been refurbished under new management and is available for hire by local community groups.

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

 Celebrating the Business Women of Balsall Common

Balsall Common’s businesswomen will be incredibly well represented this Thursday 19 October as Nailcote Hall hosts the Ladies First Business Awards.

We’ve got a strong showing from our local business community with a number of residents in the running for an award on the evening:

Emily Mulholland, a successful Fitness Instructor makes the shortlist in two categories – Career From Home Award and the New Business Award. Career Mums’ Sally Dhillon and Nishi Mehta are also in the running for two categories – Business Woman of the Year and the Achieves in Business section.

Jess Lloyd-Riley joins the Career Mums on the shortlist for the Achieves in Business category, Judy Ledger of Baby Lifeline, Carly Southern for her work with Coventry Open Christmas and Amy Jackson co-founder of the Lily Mae Foundation are finalists in the Achieves for Charity award and Emma Carter and Angela Jones are hoping for success in the Excellence in Science & Technology and Career from Home categories respectively.

Jill Bowman who runs a training company and is also a funeral celebrant is a finalist in the Inspirational Women category.

The awards are organised by the Ladies First Network – a membership organisation for both women running their own businesses and for women working within a business across Coventry and Warwickshire.  Both Tracey and Julie who run the network are Balsall Common residents. 

It’s fantastic to see Balsall Common residents so strongly represented – good luck to all the finalists.  We’ll let you know how they get on, look out for tweets on the night from @balsallcom or an update on here following the award ceremony.


Not sure too many of the nominees will make the 7.15am start for the October Balsall Breakfast Club on Friday morning. For anyone that does want to come along, the Club is open to all local businesses and businesses serving the area.  You can find out more and sign up for the meeting via their website.

Macmillan Coffee morning is a huge success

Are you ready?! The recent Macmillan Coffee morning held in Balsall Common  raised a staggering ……

            ??? £3,217.90  ???

Organiser Amy Fox said: “To all the businesses and people that donated prizes and essentials, baked cakes, sold raffle tickets, attended the event and helped advertise the event I cannot thank you enough. A simple coffee morning has raised so much money and awareness for a charity very close to me.

“There are some amazing businesses that have helped with this total. Prova PR, epyx Ltd and Accenture New Zealand all kindly held coffee mornings to help with my total. Ian Coles has spent all summer fundraising and presented me with £500 towards the total! 

“As you all know my coffee morning was in memory of a close family friend, Geoff Wain. I hope we’ve made him proud ?

“Same time and place next year, see you there! ?”