Christmas Charity Card Shop

The Midland Charities Association Christmas Card Shop returns to  Balsall Common Library for 8 weeks commencing Monday 29th October 2018.

The Card Shop opening hours shall mirror the Library opening hours throughout.

Balsall Common Library Opening Hours

10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Monday & Thursday
10:00 am  – 5:00 pm: Tuesday
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Friday                                        ;
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Saturday

The Library is Closed All Day on Sundays and Wednesdays.

 

The 2010 Christmas Card Shop!

There will be cards on sale from 16 different charities and the last day for Christmas Card shopping at the Library will be Saturday 15th December 2018.

If you would like to help in the shop please contact Janice Whittlesey on 01676 534407.

2018 Balsall Common Beer Festival

The Balsall Common Lions Club has teamed up with Balsall and Berkswell Hornets Football Club to stage their 2nd Balsall Beerfest together at the football club’s Lavender Hall Lane ground on Saturday 30th June 2018.

Balsall Beerfest – 30 June 2018

Balsall Beerfest aims to bring the community together around the aims of promoting local breweries and raising money for local causes, with an event that offers beer, food, music and laughter.

There will be 7 hours in which to try 14 beers to try from 7 local breweries, all based within 20 miles of Balsall Common, alongside lager, wine (including the now obligatory Prosecco) and soft drinks.

Musical entertainment will feature the 2015 Balsall’s Got the Voice winner Ellis Gallagher, as well as a DJ and disco.

The event runs from 4:00pm until 11:00 pm and tickets are available at £5 each from Michael’s Drinks World and Oakes Farm Shop in Balsall Common.

Beerfest Event Sponsors

The organisers wish to thank more than a dozen local businesses that clubbed together to sponsor barrels of beer for this year’s event (there are last minute sponsorships available if anyone wishes to enquire via Mark Whitfield by calling 07795 184745 or emailing whitfieldfamily@btinternet.com):

Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy

Adlington Turkeys Limited

Aspect Financial Consultants

Avion Technical Services Ltd

Balsall Common Dental Practice

Balsall Common Dental Practice has also published a Festival article:

5 Great Reasons to attend Balsall Common Beer Festival

BalsallCom.Com

Yes, that’s us!  Couldn’t resist slapping our name on a barrel.  Would have been rude not to…

Bengal Brasserie

CP’s Barbers

Direct Carpets and Flooring

Eastwood Hay Guest House

GR Dawson Garden Services

Lavender Hall Fisheries

Michael’s Drinks World

Retail Transport Services Ltd

The White Horse

Beerfest Event Information

Date: Saturday 30th June 2018
Venue: The Triangle, Lavender Hall Lane, Balsall Common
Timings: 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm
Ticket Outlets: £5 each from Michael’s Drinks World and Oakes Farm Shop
Online tickets: £5 + booking fee via Avion TSL ticketing
Website: balsallbeerfest.com

Quiz night for Hayley’s wheels

Two local residents, Lynne and Scott Meacham are organising a quiz night on Saturday 19 May in aid of Lynne’s sister Hayley.

Hayley has progressive MS and gradually every day tasks are becoming more difficult for her.  To help her to maintain her independence, Lynne and Scott are raising money towards buying a specialist Batec wheelchair with detachabe motor for Hayley.  As Lynne explains, they want to give Hayley “a little freedom of choice and certainly freedom of movement back into her life.”

They have already had fantastic support and are well on their way to their target.  To help them to reach it, they have organised a quiz night at St Peter’s Church Hall and here are all the details if you’d like to go along.

Quiz Night In support of Hayley’s new wheels!!

The Detail

Venue: St Peters Church Hall – Holly Lane, Balsall Common

Date and Time: Saturday 19th May 2018 – 1900 – 2230 hrs

Team Size: 6 to 8 people approximately

Come on, how much? £10 per ticket.

Hang on, hang on – that includes:

  • Entry to the quiz
  • Games on the night
  • Curry (including veggie option), chips and rice
  • 5 x Raffle tickets (draw on the night)
  • Trophy for the winning team
  • That feeling of knowing you have made a donation to a really great cause

For more information contact: Lynne – 07855 805869 or Scott – 07855 492039

If you can’t make the event but would like to make a donation there is a justgiving page. 

 

£22,000 raised and 89 donations made

Balsall Common Lions Club third annual celebration evening highlighted once again the amazing work they do in Balsall Common and further afield.

Over 85% of the money raised by the Lions Club is spent locally, the rest goes to national and international good causes. Members subscription fees pay for all administrative costs.

The 40 local Lions Club members are part of Lions International which has a total of 1.4 million members worldwide, operating in 206 countries. Together they work to combat hunger, sight loss and childhood cancer around the world, as well as organising disaster relief funds wherever they are needed.

Closer to home, many local clubs, societies, venues and organisations benefit from the Lions’ hard work.  The annual bonfire in partnership with the Sports Association and sponsored by local businesses is a huge success. Elves from eight local organisations helped Santa’s sleigh visit Balsall Common, Berkswell, Fen End and Burton Green this  year, raising £7000.

One of the highlights of the evening was the nomination of Lion Derrick Thompkins to the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Derrick is just the 6th member of Balsall Common Lions to receive the honour in the 44 years the club has been running. His name will go up on the wall in Lions International HQ in Chicago. One of the key things Derrick does for the Club is to set off the fireworks each year on Bonfire night. Over 3000 people attended the 2017 event and over the last 30 years it has raised more than £150,000. Derrick’s fireworks expertise has really helped to boost this figure.

Lion President Steve Meakin with Derrick Thompkins and Andy Pemberton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheques totalling £12,500 were given out at the presentation evening.  The beneficiaries were Balsall and Berkswell Hornets Football Club, Balsall Common Scouts, Berkswell and Balsall Common Rugby Club, Berkswell Cricket Club, Burton Green Residents’ Association, Berkswell Scouts, The Jubilee Centre, Fast Aid, ATC, Heart of England School hardship fund, Meriden School and Talking Newspapers. This year’s travel bursary was awarded to Amy Shadbolt of the 2nd Balsall Common Scouts to go towards her attendance at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA.

The Little Ray of Sunshine dementia cafe based in Kenilworth received £1200 raised through a 100 Club Draw with an additional £500 donated to the Cameron Grant Memorial Fund. This year’s 100 Club beneficiary will be the Friendship Project for Children.

Cathy Edwards Little Ray of Sunshine Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A series of Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to local groups and organisations who help the Lions achieve as much as they do.  They went to: Unity Automotive, the Heart of England Coop, C P Barbers, The Bugle, The Village Hall, Balsall Parish Council, Alan Heath & Sons, Jamieson Christie, Angela Jaynes Florist, Oakes Farm Shop and the A1 Motorshop.  Carl Hemming of Ginger Property also received a certificate for his support of the annual bonfire and Santa’s sleigh. He also nominated the Cameron Grant Memorial Fund as his chosen charity to receive a donation instead of a fee for his work.

Lion Ray with Evan Grant from the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion President Steve Meakin said: “Once again our annual presentation night is a fantastic chance to reflect on the club’s hard work through the year, to thank all of those people who have supported us and made it possible for us to raise so much money for other local clubs and societies. Our 40 members, and many more friends, work very hard to achieve what we do. We’re always looking for more people to join us, either as a full member or for specific events. If you’d like to find out more about joining us please get in touch. Call Mark Whitfield on 07795 184745, email whitfieldfamily@btinternet.com or send us a message on Facebook www.facebook.com/BalsallCommonLionsClub. Here’s to a fantastic 2018.”

Pedal power helping to beat prostate cancer

Balsall Common resident Richard Murray is riding from London to Amsterdam in support of the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

He’s part of a team from business coaching company Elephants Child. Their Managing Director Martin Brown, lost his father-in-law to the disease.

In total the team has raised £7000 with four weeks to go. The 145-mile trip is backed by the English Football League and the League Managers Association with high-profile former players and managers such as Les Ferdinand, Terry Butcher and Simon Grayson taking part.

Balsall Common Lions Club are just one of many local organisations, residents and businesses to support the team. They have a long history of supporting prostate cancer awareness events. They are organising a prostate cancer screening session in Balsall Common this weekend, their 3rd such event. The screening takes place at St Peters Church Hall from 10am to 1pm.

Balsall Common Lions Club Committee Service Chairman, Lion Steve Meakin with Richard Murray

Richard Murray explained: “This is a cause dear to my heart as my grandfather and uncle both lost their own battles with cancer. Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from this condition. I’m looking forward to getting into the saddle and raising money in support of this tremendous charity. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.

“I’m also desperate to raise awareness and encourage men to get themselves checked. We’re notoriously bad at visiting doctors and looking after our health. Anyone that has concerns and can’t make Saturday’s screening should book an appointment with their GP,” he added.

The trip begins on 9 June and will see around 500 riders making the two-day journey aiming to raise a total of £500,000 for the charity.

To donate please visit Richard’s Just Giving page.

For more information on the event visit Prostate Cancer UK’s website.