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


Bengal Brasserie goes football crazy

Hot on the heels of their sponsorship of the Balsall Common Festival, the team at the Bengal Brasserie have now added local youth football to their list of community sponsorships.

Their latest deal sees them put their name to the Balsall & Berkswell FC Under 15s Hornets squad:

About the Bengal Brasserie

The Bengal Brasserie restaurant has been serving customers in Balsall Common since the early 1990’s, with a friendly, welcoming team that’s enthusiastically supported a wide range of community projects throughout their history in the village.

Visitors to the restaurant can expect a wide choice of Indian and Bangladeshi dishes, including fish-dishes and even English options for those who struggle with spicy dishes.

They also provide a delivery service within a range of up to 5 miles.

Bengal Brasserie

349-351 Kenilworth Road
Balsall Common

T: 01676 533 883

Balsall Common Fun Run Road Closures

Road Closure Notice for the Balsall Common Fun Run on Sunday 17th September 2017. The following roads will be closed from 11:30am until 2:00pm:

Alder Lane
Asbury Road
Ashfurlong Close
Balsall Street
Balsall Street East
Bracebridge Close
Bradley Croft
Burberry Grove
Burley Close
Chattaway Drive
Childs Oak Close
Coplow Close
Dale Meadow Close
Drybrooks Close
Dunchurch Close
Fern Dale Road
Fernhill Lane
Finford Croft
Foxes Way
Frog Lane
Gipsy Close
Gipsy Lane
Grange Road
Greenbank Road
Hawkswood Drive
Holly Lane
Kemps Green Road
Kenilworth Close
Needlers End Lane
Newhouse Croft
Priors Close
Sear Hills Close
Shenstone Drive
Speedwell Drive
Station Road
Stoneton Crescent
Temple Avenue
Tidmarsh Close
Tudor Close
Welby Gate
Whitnash Close
Wilton Road
Winsford Close

The Fun Run is organised by The Lily Mae Foundation

Bengal Brasserie supports Balsall Common Festival again

Long-time supporters of the Balsall Common Festival at the Bengal Brasserie have got behind the event again as sponsors. The event depends heavily on finance and services from local businesses in order to happen each year:

“The Festival does a fantastic job bringing the community together, so we see it as a very important event in the local calendar.” says restaurant owner Gunu Miah.

The 2017 Balsall Common Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd September at The Lant on Meeting House Lane.  For event and ticketing information visit the Festival website:

About the Bengal Brasserie

The Bengal Brasserie has been serving Indian and Asian cuisine to customers in Balsall Common since the early 1990’s, starting out with their restaurant service, before adding local deliveries to their offering (up to a radius of 5 miles).

The team has always supported community events, projects, clubs and charities, examples of which include the Berkswell Scout House appeal and Katherine’s Wood project at Lavender Hall Park.

Bengal Brasserie
349-351 Kenilworth Road
Balsall Common

T: 01676 533 883

HPV Epidemic Spells Cancer Threat for Boys


In this article, two local healthcare firms explain the long-term health risks presented by human papillomavirus (HPV), particularly the cancer threat to boys who are currently excluded from the National Immunisation scheme.  They also suggest potential next steps:

‘Boys Should have Same HPV Vaccination Choices as Girls under NHS’ say Healthcare Experts

Balsall Common Dental Practice have teamed up with Daleswood Health (in Barston) to warn parents about the long-term cancer risks posed by the human papillomavirus (HPV) epidemic, especially to boys currently excluded from the national immunisation scheme.

Such is their concern, the two local businesses have teamed up not only to raise awareness, but also to offer free HPV vaccination consultations (at Daleswood Health) and free mouth cancer screenings (at Balsall Common Dental Practice).

HPV is widely known as the leading cause of cervical cancer in the UK, but is less well-known as one of the leading causes of mouth cancer.

Both private practices have joined a national campaign to persuade the Government to expand the vaccination scheme to include boys:

“If left unchecked 80% of people will catch the virus in their lifetime,” explains Dr Ashley Davenport, Principal Dental surgeon at Balsall Common Dental Practice:

Dr Ashley Davenport (Principal Surgeon at Balsall Common Dental Practice)

“The virus damages DNA and increases the lifetime risk of developing a range of cancers.  1 in 20 of all cancers in the UK are linked to HPV and it is proven to be one of the leading causes of mouth cancer, sufficient numbers that we think boys should enjoy the same choice as girls under the national immunisation scheme.”

“It is great that girls in the UK are given the choice to receive the HPV vaccine via the school vaccination program in year 9, but I also believe boys should be given the choice to receive the same cancer protection.

Unfortunately, the recent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation review concluded that extending the HPV vaccination program to boys would not represent a good use of NHS resources. My boys are now the right age for HPV vaccination and they have both decided they would like to receive it.”

HPV Facts in Brief

  • There is currently no cure for HPV – only preventative vaccines
  • The national immunisation scheme is only available to girls 80% of the population currently are routinely infected by HPVs during their lifetime
  • 5% of all cancer cases in the UK are linked to HPV
  • HPV is a proven leading cause for Mouth Cancer in the UK
  • 97% of dentists and 94% of GPs surveyed have backed calls to expand vaccinations to boys
  • The same percentages (97% of dentists and 94% of GPs) have said that if they had sons they would have them vaccinated against HPV

For an in-depth introduction to HPV and to find out how to claim a free HPV consultation, or free Mouth cancer screening, visit the feature below:

Balsall Common Dental Practice

The team at Balsall Common Dental Practice

Balsall Common Dental Practice provides private dentistry, starting with child-friendly preventative dentistry, all the way through to advanced dentistry.  Services include cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers that include tooth whitening, veneers, crowns, white fillings, clear braces, implants, bridges, dentures, root filling, hygienist services and more.

Discover more about HPV

Daleswood Health

Dr Oliver Denton, GP at Daleswood Health

Daleswood Health is a private general practice, offering a holistic approach to healthcare tailored to meet individual needs, incorporating access to a range of allied services.

Dr Alison Denton at Daleswood Health

Where to Find Daleswood Health
Barn House
Barston Lane
B92 0JJ

Claim your FREE HPV consultation at Daleswood Health