Sunday Funday celebrations at The Railway Inn

The Railway Inn’s Harry Parker is inviting members of the community to celebrate a special occasion at the venue featuring live music and entertainment all day on Sunday 29 October 2017. The ‘Birthday and Handover Party’ is set to celebrate Harry taking control of operations at the pub as well as his Dad’s birthday.

With Roger and Heather Parker deciding to take a back seat in the business Harry is looking forward to celebrating his new challenge with a big party. The celebrations will also represent a nod to 50 years of the Parker family running local pubs:

“My Grandad used to run the ‘Brickies’ and so did my Dad,” says Harry.

“Then there’s my Grandma who used to run the Saracens Head and they’ve all run various pubs around the West Midlands.”

There’s plenty to enjoy at Sunday’s event:

“We’ve got a good day lined up” explains Harry.

“We’ve got the football showing early on, then the Party starts at 2 O’Clock. At 3 pm we’ve got Soul Matters who will be playing out the front. We’ve also got a really good duo playing from 5 until 7 pm. Then there’s Mark the DJ who will be filling the gaps and then he’ll take us through to the finish.”

Soul Matters features some fine young singers and musicians from the West Midlands and will be well worth a look.

The Roger Parker Birthday and Handover Party Details

Venue: The Railway Inn, Station Road, next to Berkswell Railway Station.

Event Schedule

12:00pm – Blues vs Villa live on the Big Screen
2:00pm – Party Starts
3:00pm – Soul Matters
5:00pm – Live duo: Drew ‘n’ Jez
7:00pm – Mark DJ playing until Close

There will be a complimentary buffet.

Photo Update

Soul Matters performing front of house at The Railway Inn
Busy Party afternoon in progress at The Railway Inn

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.

Rave reviews for Loxley album come flooding in

“A big sigh of relief!” was how Balsall Common’s Karl Loxley described the outpouring of love for pre-release copies of his epic debut album recorded in Glasgow with a full 42 piece orchestra. The album has already received widespread acclaim despite not being available on general release until February 2016.

“A lot of money went into that album” said Karl as he discussed an exhilarating 2015 with us.

“It [the album] wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for all the people who pre-ordered.”

Karl’s debut album was self-produced using crowdfunding, an increasingly accepted industry approach to recording and publishing music.

“A lot of people who followed me on The Voice asked when I was going to record an album and people in the music industry recommended Crowdfunding. There was lots of people out there using it successfully like Michael Bolton and Paul Potts.”

Everything I Am

Karl’s album “Everything I Am”, is named after the song he co-wrote with fellow former Heart of England School pupil Ian Todd. The entire album was recorded in full in Scotland with the Glasgow Philarmonia Orchestra.

“It took a lot of planning. It’s been a lot fun, it’s something I’ve been planning all summer. To do an album on this scale you’ve got to plan ahead, it’s not just a day in the studio and then it’s all done. It’s such a lot of preparation on doing it.”

Karl’s album goes on general release in February 2016 but pre-orders via Pledge Music are still possible until Monday 30th November 2015.

Pre-order ‘Everything I Am’ here until Monday 30th November: Everything I Am – Pledge Music Project.

See Karl live at the Albany Theatre – Friday 27th November 2015

For anyone wishing to see Karl live, it’s currently possible to grab last-minute tickets for his “Christmas with Karl” show this Friday (27th November) at Coventry’s Albany Theatre (also known as The Butts Theatre) via albanytheatre.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 02476 998964.

Tell us what you think of Karl’s title track “Everything I Am” on our Facebook page, just click!

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Craig Burgess
Wednesday 25th November 2015

Festival stars Crescendo take to the theatre

Crescendo at the 2015 Balsall Common Festival featuring Anya Small and Ian Page.
Crescendo at the 2015 Balsall Common Festival featuring Anya Small and Ian Page.

For those lucky enough to catch Crescendo performing on the Main Stage at the Balsall Common Festival in September, they will know what a supremely talented vocal group this is.

Crescendo is a vocal harmony group conceived and managed by Anya Small, the leader of Balsall Common’s Pop Chorus adult and junior groups. The group also includes former Heart of England School pupil Ian Page.

Established in 2014, their debut production was at Solihull’s Dove House Theatre and the group is already winning rave reviews wherever they go. The group perform a broad array of music together, predominantly but not exclusively from the muscial theatre canon. Crescendo put on a great show and left Balsall Common Festival-goers with goosebumps with their wide repertoire of powerful harmonies.

Crescendo’s next production will be at the Palace Theatre in Redditch on Friday 23rd October:

Crescendo at Redditch Theatre

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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