2016 Balsall Common Festival

The 2016 Balsall Common Festival started life as a Queen’s Jubilee celebration in June 2016.

The event has evolved and grown into a popular annual entertainments event that attracted large numbers in 2015: more than 5000 visitors on Party Saturday in 2015 and close to 1000 runners across all age categories on Fun Run Sunday.

2016 Balsall Common Festival

Party Saturday – 24 September 2016 – The Lant

Fun Run Sunday – 25 September 2016 – Heart of England School

Party Saturday

Comprising Fete, entertainments and Party in the Park.


  • Fete (70+stalls)
  • Party in the Park
  • Simon Burt Stage featuring live music all day
  • Avion TSL Music Tent
  • Kidz Zone
  • Unity Arena
  • Community Dog Show (organised by Mogz & Dogz)
  • Country Market


Local group fundraising for Marie Curie

The new Balsall Common and Berkswell Marie Curie Fundraising Group has now raised over £1400 with more donations still to come.

The group had a really successful day at the Balsall Common Festival, running activities on a stall, selling copies of Getting Personal by Bill Fine, and meeting the Mayor of Solihull.

mayor marie curie

Chair of the group John Thomas said: “We were delighted to see so many friends and supporters at the festival, and are grateful for all the donations, offers of time and support for our group. All the money raised will be spent locally helping Marie Curie to care for terminally ill people. They do a great job and we’re proud to support them.”

By coincidence on the next festival stall was Rachel Lilley, a member of the Balsall Common Running Club, who is aiming to raise £1000 for Marie Curie this year.

Along with her partner, Paul Yeoman, she ran her first marathon in Paris earlier this year, and is about to take part in the New York marathon too. A nurse, working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, she has worked hard to fit in her training around night shifts. She supports Marie Curie after they cared for her nan in their hospice in Solihull, and because of her admiration for the work of Marie Curie nurses. It also ties in with Paul’s fundraising efforts for Cancer Research in honour of his late mum.

Rachel Lilley

Rachel is well on her way to reaching her target, if you’d like to help her she has a Just Giving page, she and the local Marie Curie group would be very grateful.

If you’d like to join the group or offer your time – it could be as little as two hours collecting donations in the village a couple of times a year, or more if you’d like it to be – please contact Guy Hawes. You can also find the group on Facebook.

Festival stars Crescendo take to the theatre

Crescendo at the 2015 Balsall Common Festival featuring Anya Small and Ian Page.
Crescendo at the 2015 Balsall Common Festival featuring Anya Small and Ian Page.

For those lucky enough to catch Crescendo performing on the Main Stage at the Balsall Common Festival in September, they will know what a supremely talented vocal group this is.

Crescendo is a vocal harmony group conceived and managed by Anya Small, the leader of Balsall Common’s Pop Chorus adult and junior groups. The group also includes former Heart of England School pupil Ian Page.

Established in 2014, their debut production was at Solihull’s Dove House Theatre and the group is already winning rave reviews wherever they go. The group perform a broad array of music together, predominantly but not exclusively from the muscial theatre canon. Crescendo put on a great show and left Balsall Common Festival-goers with goosebumps with their wide repertoire of powerful harmonies.

Crescendo’s next production will be at the Palace Theatre in Redditch on Friday 23rd October:

Crescendo at Redditch Theatre

Local estate agent is one of the best

Simon Burt The Estate Agent and his team have been name Best Estate Agent in the Midlands in the 2015 allAgents Awards, after just two years in business.

The award came thanks to great customer service, good local knowledge, and professionalism, captured in reviews such as this one:

Simon has the grit, determination and energy that leaves other local agents in the shadows. He is highly accessible even out of office hours and is rigorous in following up potential buyers post viewing (which we all know can be highly frustrating as show home ready viewings require a lot of effort).
Simon made regular contact with us to review our selling status and was extremely pragmatic in delivering his advice on current market conditions and buyers behaviours.

The local estate agency has gone from strength to strength in its relatively short life time and has now won a total of six awards, in no small part thanks to Simon’s long history of successfully selling properties in and around this area. But it’s not all business for Simon, Maddy and the team. They were an integral part of the success of this year’s Balsall Common Festival and Fun Run thanks to their generous sponsorship.

burtmobile at balsall common festival

They also ran a very popular guess the number of balloons in the Burtmobile competition on the day, the lucky winners, Ruby Brown and Jason Goldberg each won a £100 voucher for the Orange Tree restaurant.

As part of his strong ties and commitment to the local community, Simon Burt the Estate Agent also supports the Balsall Hornets football and Berkswell Cricket Club.

Ready Steady Gymnastics comes to Balsall Common

Providing a service that is unique in its own way that focuses on Gymnastics for ages 1-5, whilst implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage, Ready Steady Gymnastics is now available in Balsall Common and also ready for action at September’s Balsall Common Festival.

Ready Steady Gymnastics is the brainchild of Head Coach and Director Sophie Gregory. Balsall Common Family and Toddler sessions take place at The Methodist Church on Station Road, Fridays from 1.30-2.15pm.

Ready Steady Gymnastics

Pickford Green Lane

Web: readysteadygymnastics.co.uk
Tel: 0741 5774 884
E-mail: sophie@readysteadygymnastics.co.uk