Blues Brothers entertain at school Winter Fayre

Matt Corrall and Carl Stokes - Blues Brothers for the Day
Matt Corrall and Carl Stokes – Blues Brothers for the Day

John Shepherd Select and Select Letting boys Carl Stokes and Matt Corrall were the centre of attention in Balsall Common when they became the Blues Brother for the day with help from their friends at Carstins.


Matt Corrall explains:


“We knew they had the car so we asked if we could rent it.”


“You can’t rent it. But we can give it to you.” they replied. “So that was it, us with this car with the sound system attached to it. We bet everyone loved us around the village that day, but it was a lot of fun.”

Carstins supplied the car whilst Matt and Carl took to the streets with their Police Car, before visiting Balsall Comon Primary School to entertain the kids.




The Balsall Common Olympian Summer Gala Saturday 23rd June


With the prospect of another jubilee party some decades away, it’s back to business as usual in the village: it’s time for Balsall Common’s Annual Summer Gala!

It takes place at Balsall Common Primary School on Saturday 23rd June from 1.30pm until 4.30pm. , and promises to be a fun afternoon out for everyone in the village with the bonus of raising money in support of the education of local children.

This exciting event is organised by the school’s Parent Teacher Association; a registered charity.  This year’s theme is  – what else? – The Olympics. The gala will as always feature many attractions and stalls. There will also be refreshments –  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, cakes, candyfloss and popcorn – all offered at reasonable prices.

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Balsall Common Primary School Appeal

It's Chriiiiiissssstmaaaaassss ... in a couple of months.

It’s hard to believe that Balsall Common primary school is 98 years young isn’t it? We’ve been contacted by the parent-teachers association (a registered charity) to appeal to local businesses and individuals who would like to take out an advert in this years Christmas Brochure. The brochure is delivered to 3500 homes locally and we can best describe it as “look local on steroids”.

The adverts cost between £20 and £60 and the money raised will go towards improving the lives of the next generation of BC’ers… but don’t delay as the deadline is 21st October for early November delivery.

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Balsall Common Primary School head in serious accident

Parents of children at BCPS recieve regular emails about the school. We felt that this one was of interest to everyone in the community:

“I am sorry to inform you that Mr Burgess was involved in a serious accident on his motorbike on Saturday 16th April. He sustained a serious back injury and multiple fractures of his ribs and was air lifted to Walsgrave Hospital. Due to his back injury it is likely that he will be immobilised there for several weeks.

As it is clear that he will not be returning to work in the immediate future, I have discussed options with Mrs Davies over the weekend and we have agreed that she will assume the role of Acting Head Teacher with immediate effect. This will allow the school to continue running as normal in her highly capable and experienced pair of hands together with support from the other leadership team members. This situation will be reviewed once Mr Burgess’s recovery becomes clearer. I hope this will reassure you, as parents, that there should be little visible difference in the day-to-day running of the school, the teaching of our children and the school’s many other activities.

I am also sure that you will join with me in wishing Mr Burgess a very speedy recovery and our thoughts are also with his family at this difficult time.

Yours sincerely

Gary Sawyer

Chair of Governors
Balsall Common Primary School”