Santa Claus is coming to Balsall Common

Santa Claus (via Balsall Common Lions Club) is coming to Balsall Common.

From Wednesday 14 December, you can see him in many of the roads around the village and further afield, for his annual charity collection. The sleigh journey raises lots of money for charities and good causes, many of them local.

You can see daily updates about where Santa will be on Facebook.

lions santa

Here are the full details of Santa’s route:

Wednesday 14 December

Balsall Street from Saracens Head to Needlers End Lane
Fen End – Oakley Estate
Old Waste Lane
Saracen Drive
Waste Lane (Catchems Corner to Hodgetts Lane)
Wellfield Close
Windmill Lane

Thursday 15 December

Ashley Way
Burleigh Close
Chapel Drive
Dengate Drive
Dunchurch Close
Finch Croft
Glebe Way
Gorton Croft
Greenfield Avenue
Hathaway Close
Hawkswood
Hawthorn Drive
Kenilworth Road North
Michael Blanning Place
Needlers End Lane (to Greenfield Avenue)
Priors Close
Shortfield Close
Station Road (to Needlers End Lane)
Turnpike Close
Whitehead Grove
Wooton Green Lane (part)

Friday 16 December

Burton Green
Coleby Close
Copt Oak Close
Cromwell Lane to Westwood Heath Road
Hob Lane
Hodgetts Lane (from Village Hall)
Red Lane
Rough Knowles Close
Westwood Heath Road
Whitefield Close

Saturday 17 December

Barretts Lane
Beverley Close
Brickyard Close
Dockers Close
Elm Grove
Green Lane
Kelsey Lane (from Windmill Lane)
Meeting House Lane
Oxhayes Close
Ruston Close
Station Road (to Station)
Sunnyside Close
Sunnyside Lane

Monday 19 December

Birch Grove
Bouchier Close
Church Lane
Coventry Road
Duggins Lane
Eborne Croft
Floyd Grove
Grovefield Crescent
Huddesford Drive
Huggins Close
Lant Close
Lavender Hall Lane
Meadow Close
Meadow Rise
Meriden Road
Penruddock Drive
Pound Close
Riddings Hill
Watson Way
Wilmot Close
Cromwell Lane (Westwood Heath Road to Station)

Tuesday 20 December

Alder Lane
Arden Close
Blythe Avenue
Cedar Wood Drive
Clive Road
Elmwood Close
Elysian Gardens
Gipsy Close
Gypsy Lane
Kelsey Court
Kelsey Lane (to Meeting House Lane)
Kenilworth Road South
Kerley Close
Laurels Crescent
Leveson Crescent
Malvern Road
Runnymede Drive
Sedgemere Grove
Welsh Road

Thursday 22 December

Balsall Street (Station Road to Needlers End Lane)
Burberry Grove
Coplow Close
Ferndale Road
Grange Road
Greenbank Road
Kenilworth Close
Needlers End Lane
Shenstone Drive
Speedwell Drive
Station Road (Needlers End Lane to Balsall St)
Temple Avenue
Tudor Close
Whitewash Close
Winsford Close

Friday 23 December

Asbury Road
Ashfurlong Close
Balsall Street East
Bracebridge Close
Bradley Croft
Chattaway Drive
Childs Oak Close
Dale Meadow Close
Drybrooks Close
Finford Croft
Foxes Way
Kemps Green Road
Newhouse Croft
Sear Hills Close
Stoneton Crescent
Tidmarsh Close
Welby Gate
Wilton Road

Merry Christmas from Balsall Common Lions Club. Find them on Facebook for all the latest updates.

Christmas at Oakes Farm Shop

Oakes Farm Shop is gearing up for Christmas. This Saturday they are hosting a turkey tasting session with Adlington Ltd.

Everyone is welcome to come along to ‘try before you buy’ between 10.30am and 2pm on Saturday 28 November. The producers themselves will also be on hand to offer cooking tips and answer any questions that you may have.

Adlington Ltd are just one of three local businesses supplying meat to Oakes Farm customers this Christmas. So if you’d like to support them find out more on Oakes Farm Christmas webpage.

Christmas orders are now being taken for collection on 22, 23 or 24 December.

Oakes Farm Shop are also producing a range of Christmas hampers for the first time this year.

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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

A treasure trove of Christmas craft delights

Looking for something a bit different for Christmas gifts? Want to support local artists and crafts people? Head to A Gate Farm Christmas, this Sunday in Fen End.

Now in it’s fifth year, A Gate Farm Christmas was started in 2010 to support the wealth of brilliant artists and crafts people in the Midlands.

It is a friendly, family event and everyone is welcome to enjoy the day and get in to the Christmas spirit.

Visitors can enjoy browsing, shopping and eating cake at this unique seasonal gathering. Open from 11am – 3pm on Sunday 29 November.

For more information visit their Facebook page

Gate Farm Christmas 2015

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!