Plea to keep elderly resident and dog united

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National Charity The Cinnamon Trust is currently seeking volunteer dog walkers to help an elderly Balsall Common resident hang onto their beloved dog. The charity helps care for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets. Their aims include keeping owners and pets together for as long as possible with the help of a national network of volunteers.

If you know any budding volunteer dog walkers that can ease the burden and help keep owner and pet together, please make contact with Sally Collins direct at the Cinnamon Trust on 01736 758707 or email .

To find out more about wider volunteering opportunities visit the Charity’s website at or drop them an email:

Dental team take war on sugar into the community


The health conscious team at Balsall Common Dental Practice have gone all Jamie Oliver on us by taking their war on sugar into the community. Their schools engagement programme forms part of this effort and includes sessions such as their recent ‘Meet the Parents’ session at Meriden Primary School in September.


“These sessions are a great opportunity to educate parents about the risks of not only tooth decay, but also diabetes, heart disease and obesity” explains Clinical Manager Rebecca Swalwell.


“We have been visiting Meriden Primary School for a number of years now and were delighted when Kaylee and I were invited to return to the school again this year to meet some of the new parents.”


“Everyone was shocked at how much sugar is hidden in food and drinks marketed as a healthy alternatives.
Within the practice we have always had the philosophy that prevention is better than cure. Educating parents and children is key to helping the next generation. Our approach has dramatically reduced the amount of decay we see in our regular patients!”

Sugar Swaps

Kaylee with her Sugar Swaps game.
Kaylee with her Sugar Swaps game.

Kaylee introduces Sugar Swaps, the educational game designed to raise awareness about the incredible amount of sugar found lurking in every day food and drinks. One of the team’s favourite examples is the 9 cubes of sugar lurking in some bottles of flavoured water, more than a can of coke!


To learn more about preventative care for children at Balsall Common Dental Practice visit their dedicated web page:


Children’s Dentistry




Spooky community fancy-dress Halloween bonfire and fireworks display

The Sports Association’s Spooky Halloween bonfire returns for another showing this Thursday evening (31st October) at the Lant, best known as home to the local cricket and tennis club on Meeting House Lane. The family-friendly fancy dress spectacular brings more spook-tacular fireworks from the returning professional pyrotechnicians at Halo FX, alongside a range of great attractions to keep the entire family happy, including the popular licensed bar facilities. As with previous years the entire community is invited to join the party.


Lant bonfire and fireworks - 2011. Fireworks and image courtesy of Halo FX.
Lant bonfire and fireworks – 2011. Fireworks and image courtesy of Halo FX.


Attractions at this year’s spook-fest include:


  • Prize fancy-dress
  • Bonfire
  • Fireworks set to music courtesy of Halo FX
  • Pig-roast
  • Hot spuds, hot spicy spooky soup and other refreshments
  • Ossie’s bar
  • Kids bar
  • Spooky Halloween games and prizes
  • Children’s rides


    Advanced tickets:

  • £15 family (2 adults, 2 children)
  • £7 adult

    On the gate

  • £7 adult
  • £3 child



  • Balsall Common Pharmacy
  • Two Ten Hairdressers
  • Oakes Farm Shop

    Note: there will be no family tickets on the gate on the night so advanced purchases offer great way to save some money. Last year’s event won rave reviews from attendees.


    2011 event [image by Halo FX]
    2011 event [image by Halo FX]




  • 6:00pm Gates open
  • 6:30pm Fancy dress judging
  • 7:00pm Light the bonfire
  • 7:30pm Fireworks display

    Bengal Brasserie gets behind Balsall Common fete


    Balsall Common fete planners received a fine boost yesterday as the Bengal Brasserie joined forces as event sponsors for what is expected to be big crowd puller on Saturday 28th September 2013. The restaurant on Kenilworth Road in Balsall Common already has a fine reputation for supporting local causes as well as contemporary Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine and friendly staff.

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    Swains to play midsummer bash in Meriden

    Berkswell Rugby Club is relocating to Meriden for its’ annual midsummer celebrations with a big event in Meriden on Saturday 22nd June 2013, where popular Coventry band the Swains are the main act. The event is open to the entire community and tickets are on general sale for £10 each at Balsall Common Pharmacy on Station Road, Balsall Common.


    Event summary


    Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013
    Venue: Dairy Farm, Great Packington, Meriden
    Music: DJ Pete Homer followed by The Swains
    Starts: 7:30pm
    Tickets: £10 each
    Outlet: Balsall Common Pharmacy, Station Road, Balsall Common (open 7 days/100 hours per week)

    Balsall Common Pharmacy Station Road Balsall Common
    Balsall Common Pharmacy Station Road Balsall Common