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.

Last few tickets remain for musical charity night

A night of musical miscellany is aiming to hit the right note on Saturday 5 September at St Peters Hall.

Presented by Simply Purple and friends, the evening is in aid of the Lily Mae Foundation and the Little Ray of Sunshine cafe.

Tickets are £12.50 and include a hot supper. The event starts at 7:30pm

There are only a few tickets left so if you’d like to go please contact janwhittlesey@yahoo.co.uk or call 01676 534407 asap.

simply purple

Support Solihull Age UK this Autumn

Solihull Age UK have a number of great fundraising events this Autumn.

First off, a couple of afternoon tea events will host guest speakers to inform and entertain.

The first event will welcome Bill Farnsworth to the new Marco’s Italian restaurant at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport on Friday September 25 from 2:30 – 4pm. Bill has an interesting story to tell about how he gained an appetite for catering, which saw him working at The Savoy, London. The talk also includes the history of The Savoy and its various characters, as well as facts about its neighbour, The Savoy Theatre.

Secondly, Peter Hawthorne will be doing a talk about The Dickin Medal at Hogarths, Four Ashes Road, Solihull on 14 November from 1pm – 3pm. The Dickin medal is the highest award given to animals for bravery in war and Peter will be telling some inspiring stories.

Both Events are priced at £15 each with tickets available only in advance by calling 0121 704 3361 or by emailing events@ageuksolihull.org.uk

If you fancy testing your general knowledge, why not go along to their quiz event on Wednesday 23 September at Wetherspoons, The Assembly Rooms, Poplar Rd, Solihull. Arrive at 7:30pm for a 8pm start. Entry fee is £5 per person with teams of 6 people maximum. Call 0121 704 3361 to book your place. No mobile phones!

Age Uk Quiz Poster

All proceeds for the events go to support the valuable work of Solihull AgeUK. All money raised in Solihull, stays in Solihull. For more information, visit their website.

Fabulous Forties Fundraiser

On Saturday 13 June there will be a 1940s night at the British Legion. From 7.30 till late you can dance the night away and it’s all in a good cause. The night will raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
In addition to the evening event, everyone is welcome to come and sample 1940s music, tea and cakes on sale at the British Legion during the afternoon.
1940s night poster
There will also be a team of beauty therapists available that afternoon to provide 1940s hair styling and make-up for a reasonable donation. An ideal opportunity for ladies attending the evening event to look the part.

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Michael Jackson Tribute night at the White Horse

You just can’t Beat It!


Following his success last time, Anthony Edwards is The Man in the Mirror again for a Michael Jackson Tribute night at the White Horse, Balsall Common on Thursday 26 March, from 7.30pm.
Anthony Edwards is Michael Jackson
Anthony Edwards is Michael Jackson
Organised by Sally Morris of Positive Fitness, the £10 ticket price goes to Arthritis Research UK. This is a cause close to Sally’s heart, as her husband suffered with it for 15 years, prior to his death seven years ago.Sally and their children organize an annual ball in his name. The Michael Jackson night follows on from a very successful ball last October.


Call 07778 124034 or email sally@positivefitness.co.uk for more information.  Tickets are available from Sally, Malc at the White Horse or Angela Jaynes Florist.


The White Horse will be serving bar snacks and light bites on the night.
So come on all you Pretty Young Things, get down to the White Horse, its for a good cause, and it’ll be a Thriller!