Year 4 pupils at Balsall Common Primary School had a successful day at the schools F1 challenge this week. Three teams of four took part at Princethorpe School, competing against other local primary schools.
As part of the challenge pupils have to design and build a replica F1 car which is powered by a gas cyclinder along a 100-foot track. The teams also had to source sponsorship for the car, including a very successful Dragons Den pitch at a recent SolihullHour and Best of Solihull event. They also worked incredibly hard on a presentation for the judges. The teams are once again supported by Ian Dunning from JLR who gives up his time to share industy insight.
Pupils have been very successful in reaching out to local business for support. Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy, Solihull College and University Centre, Borroclub, PM Group and Standley & Co Solicitors all attended to support the teams. Other businesses – Wow Signal Communications, TSC Cars, Midshire Business Systems, Sainsburys, Lavender Hall Autos, Ginger Property, Signarama, Sutherpark Groundwork, FLR Flooring, Hogarths Hotel and Solihull Council – have all supported the teams and their participation in the competition.
The teams had a great day, winning best verbal presentation and achieving 2nd place overall were Sonic Speed. This means they will take part in the national final at the Ricoh Arena. Lightning Sparks were also successful and winning the fastest car prize.
Those were just two of the amazing achievements recognised by Balsall Common Lions Club last week at their second annual celebration evening. President Dave Blakeman told the audience of the fantastic things the club has achieved recently.
Over the last five years the club has raised a total of £105 000 in our community, including £24 321.95 last year, of which 75% was spent locally.
The Lions don’t just raise money, they also donate many hours of their time – organising Bingo evenings in the Village Hall, serving meals for homeless people at the SIFA Fireside project, bulb planting, and of course ensuring Santa visits Balsall Common and surrounding areas.
Past President Andy Pemberton explained that the 41 members of Balsall Common Lions Club are part of the world’s largest service organisation. There are 1.4 million Lions in 209 countries who all work with their local communities and combine with other charities to work on global projects such as eradicating measles and preventable blindess. It is estimated that every Lion touches the lives of another 70 people annually and Balsall Common Lions Club feel they surpass that estimate, thanks to the help and support they receive locally.
Andy thanked everyone who has donated to disaster relief collections outside the Co-op, attended the Bonfire, said hello to Santa or volunteered their time.
President Dave Blakeman awarded a series of Certificates of Appreciation to local groups and organisations who help the Lions achieve as much as they do. They went to:
- Berkswell and District Royal British Legion
- Berkswell and Balsall Common Community Sports Association (and a donation of £1800)
- Hugh Boulton, Rutrailertrained (and a donation of £100 which he gave to the local Rugby Club)
- Carl Hemming
- The Bugle
- Balsall Common Village Hall (and a cheque for £1 145)
- Jamieson Christie
- Angela Jaynes Florist
- Oakes Farm Shop
- Tesco Express Balsall Common
- Heart of England Coop
- Unity Automotive
Donations totalling £8 000 were given out on the night.
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve got a dog and you live in or near Balsall Common and Berkswell don’t miss the Vanity Furr Fun Fair.
The Vanity Furr Fun Fair takes place on Sunday 20th November from 2:30pm to 5:30pm at the Berkswell Reading Rooms. For more details see their Facebook event.
All Dogs Welcome