Balsall Common gets ready for Christmas

This Friday Balsall Common Parish Council and Balsall Common Lions Club will be bringing Santa to the village to switch on our Christmas lights with Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson. A choir from Balsall Common Primary School will be singing.  The fun starts at 3.30 outside Barclays Bank, with the light switch-on at 4pm.

Lions ready for Christmas

Don’t forget to check out the new edition of the Bugle with details of all Santa’s routes around the village in the run up to Christmas.

Our local Marie Curie Fundraising Group will be doing their Christmas collection between 9am and 3pm on Saturday.  Look out for them by the Co-op, One Stop and Tesco.

marie curie christmas

Coming soon

Balsall Common Lions Club still have a few tickets for their Briefcase Blues Brothers Xmas Special on Saturday 10 December at the Heart of England School. Tickets £15.00 (includes Hot Supper).

Balsall Common Comedy Club – Comedy Christmas Cracker at the British Legion

Get your friends and family together and start your Christmas celebrations with a night of great value entertainment on your doorstep!  Friday 16 December

Tickets are available at Angela Jaynes Florist or online.

Balsall Common Bonfire and Fireworks 2016

Balsall Common Bonfire event poster

This year’s charity Balsall Common bonfire and fireworks display takes place on Saturday 5th November.  It has been organised by Balsall Common Lions Club and the Berkswell & Balsall Common Sports Community Association and will be held on the Lant Playing Field, Meeting House Lane.

Thanks go to Jamieson Christie, Alan Heath and Sons, Capellas and Signarama for their support to make it possible.

 

Tickets are on sale now from Angela Jaynes Florist, Oakes Farm Shop, A1 Motor Store and also Lavender Hall Fisheries.  The Lions Club are very grateful to all those local businesses for supporting this year’s event.

 

Family tickets are £15 in advance for two adults and up to three children, of £6 per adult and £3 per child. Tickets on the gate are £7 per adult and £3 per child (NOTE – no family tickets available on the gate).

 

Gates open 6pm
Guy competition 6.30pm
Bonfire Lighting 7pm
Firework Display 7.30pm

 

No sparklers or private fireworks allowed.

 

Parking is very limited, please walk if possible.

Balsall Common Bonfire poster

Charity Festive Walk

Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club’s 23rd annual Festive Walk takes place on Monday 28 December and will benefit charities including Balsall Common based Lily Mae Foundation.

The walks start and finish at the Baddesley Clinton National Trust site, which has free car parking. Walkers can start from 10am and finish by 4pm. There’s a choice of three, five, and nine mile circular routes, a great way to get some fresh air and exercise after Christmas meals!

The walk is free to enter but all donations will go to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, the Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service, and the Lily Mae Foundation with 30% retained for other local good causes.

Further details and registration forms are available on the Knowle and Dorridge Lions website

Knowle and Dorridge lions festive walk

Balsall Common Lions Club – At the Heart of the Community

This year’s fireworks display, organised by Balsall Common Lions Club, was fantastic, even by their own high standards. Set to music, with 15 minutes of continuous oohs, ahs, and bangs, the event was enjoyed by around 3000 people.

The event is not just a good night out, but also raises lots of money for charity as part of the Lions Club’s year round fundraising and service work both in the village and further afield.

Lions Bonfire 2015

Lions at Christmas

The next event for your calendar is
Friday 27 November
, when the village Christmas lights will be switched on, join in from 3.30pm outside Barclays Bank. On 12 December the
ever popular Santa’s sleigh
begins his tour of Balsall Common, Berkswell, and parts of Burton Green.

Lions Santa

An awful lot of hard work goes into organising and managing these activities. There are 35 dedicated members of the Balsall Common Lions Club who give up their time to help out. If you’d like to volunteer to help with Santa’s sleigh or any of their other activities please contact Lion Ross Collins on 07813 937921.

Lions Activities

As well as fireworks and Christmas events, the Lions run twice monthly bingo sessions in the Village Hall, offering older people a chance to get out and socialise. Local Lions regularly help out at the SIFA Fireside project serving lunch to homeless people. They also organise and host a range of social evenings, again to raise funds for local causes and bigger campaigns. Last year Balsall Common Lions Club members completed over 4000 hours of service between them, helping many people in the process.

Where the money goes

The Lions welcome applications for help with projects, events, and issues locally. They regularly give money to local organisations and groups for equipment, trips, and also fund First Aid Training for pupils at local schools. Donations have been made to Berkswell Scouts, Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Scanner Appeal, Fisher House (a home away from home for military patients and their families at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham) and many more.

Join in

If you’re interested in finding out more or joining the Lions Club talk to Membership Secretary Ross Collins. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the British Legion, Station Road, Balsall Common. Or attend their special presentation meeting on 26 January where they will be thanking others that have supported them in their work in 2015. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to join the Lions and serve your local community. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organisation. Becoming a Lions club member gives you the opportunity to volunteer locally, or internationally, make new friends and professional connections, lead projects that make your community a better place to live AND have fun doing it!

Charity Christmas Card Shop

The 2010 Christmas Card Shop!
The 2010 Christmas Card Shop!

The Midland Charities Association Christmas card shop has returned to Balsall Common library for another year. Their annual 7 week run is already well underway and will remain ope until Saturday 12th December 2015.

The shop operates during library opening hours as follows:

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

The library is closed on Wednesdays & Sundays.

There will be cards from 16 different charities.

If you would like to help in the shop, please contact:

Judith Woodcock 01676 533428
Janice Whittlesey 01676 534407
Pam Brown 01676 532580