Balsall Common Bonfire and Fireworks 2016

Balsall Common Bonfire event poster

This year’s charity Balsall Common bonfire and fireworks display takes place on Saturday 5th November.  It has been organised by Balsall Common Lions Club and the Berkswell & Balsall Common Sports Community Association and will be held on the Lant Playing Field, Meeting House Lane.

Thanks go to Jamieson Christie, Alan Heath and Sons, Capellas and Signarama for their support to make it possible.

 

Tickets are on sale now from Angela Jaynes Florist, Oakes Farm Shop, A1 Motor Store and also Lavender Hall Fisheries.  The Lions Club are very grateful to all those local businesses for supporting this year’s event.

 

Family tickets are £15 in advance for two adults and up to three children, of £6 per adult and £3 per child. Tickets on the gate are £7 per adult and £3 per child (NOTE – no family tickets available on the gate).

 

Gates open 6pm
Guy competition 6.30pm
Bonfire Lighting 7pm
Firework Display 7.30pm

 

No sparklers or private fireworks allowed.

 

Parking is very limited, please walk if possible.

Balsall Common Bonfire poster

When Breakfast Meets Soap

Guest article by Sally Dhillon of Career Mums

The early risers at last week’s Balsall Business Club were in for a treat as Emma Heathcote-James, founder of Little Soap Company, told her spellbinding story of shifting from completing her philosophy doctorate at Birmingham University, then building her media career to start producing organic, home-made soap in her Cotwold cottage kitchen.

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Inspired by the non-drying, natural soap that her Grandma used, she started making soap from a children’s crafting kit, and after unsuccessful trial and error, bought some soap recipes from a local producer.

Within 6 weeks, she achieved her ambition of selling her bars to her local Waitrose store – amazing given that this was a hobby business for Emma. She has subsequently gone on to grow the business and her organic soap ranges are available through many national chains including Tescos, Sainsburys and Boots.

Emma’s inspirational talk took us through many snapshot moments in which she made significant decisions that have lead to creating today’s hugely successful business. Many of these snapshots were critical times when the business could have easily folded or turned in quite different directions. Emma seeps tenacity, go-getting ambition and courage built on by overcoming each of these milestones. She now employs a small team in her Broadway-based factory, office and shop and she has won many awards for her product range and enterprising skills. This base also houses The Little Soap School which is teaching people how to produce ethical and organic soap products and is having a global reach.

The most striking messages from Emma were:
The importance and influence of her family in creating her business
How she has learned and grown the most when the stakes have been against her.

Along with my business partner, Nishi Mehta, our business has equally been strongly influenced by our family situations – just like Emma’s. I am continually curious as to how and why people get into the professions and jobs that they find themselves in – so it was lovely to hear her story.

As a partner in Career-Mums, we are a local business that helps parents to return to work after a career break and supports employers to make the most of this amazing pool of talent. We run inspirational and confidence-boosting workshops and/or individual sessions for people who want to relaunch their career – perhaps starting their own business, securing a job that fits around family life or retraining for a new career.

If you have a desire to turn a hobby into a business, need the motivation and nudge to try something new or want to explore potential work avenues, we’re here to help you. www.career-mums.co.uk/returners/

The next Balsall Business Club meeting is on Friday 18 November. Find out more and sign up on their website.

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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