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.
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
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
More than 60 local businesses have now been to a Balsall Business Club networking meeting.
Members range from sole traders working from home in the village to representatives of larger firms based in the area.
The next meeting will be on Friday 20 November at 7.30am. The guest speaker will be Jill Bowman of On Target Training. Ahead of December’s speed networking session, Jill will help us to create a perfect elevator pitch, ideal for explaining our businesses in one minute or less. Please, please sign up via this link so we can order enough breakfast.
The group usually meets on the third Friday of each month for breakfast at the British Legion. Each attendee gets to introduce themselves to the group and there is a guest speaker. Members offer discounts to other members and have really helped each other’s businesses grow and develop by providing advice, information, support, and referrals.
December’s meeting will follow a slightly different format. It will be an evening meeting, again at the British Legion, with speed networking and mince pies and mulled wine. It will be a great opportunity to meet other local business people.
Please arrive around 6.45pm. The speed networking session will start at 7.15pm, once it’s is underway latecomers won’t be able to join in, although you can still have your mince pie and mulled wine! The cost is £5 payable on the night, again please sign up if you’d like to come along.
If you’d like to know more about attending or joining please contact Claire Turner on 07999 696131 or email
This year’s Lions Club and Sports Association Grand Charity Bonfire will take place on Saturday 7 November. It will be held in the same place as last year, the Lant Sports Ground, Meeting House Lane.
Advance tickets are on sale now at Angela Jayne’s Florist, the A1 Motorist Shop, and Oakes Farm Shop.
Year 12 pupils at the Heart of England School have been busy working on a magnificent five panel mural based on the film Inside Out. Please do arrive before the bonfire is lit for your chance to see the artwork before it goes up in flames!
Organisers would love to see as many guys in the competition as possible so get busy making them! Please bring your entries along between 12noon and 2pm or after 5pm on the 7th November.
6:00pm – Gates open
6:30pm – Guy Competition – Judges verdict
7:00pm – Bonfire lit
7:30pm – Fireworks
8:00pm – Raffle Draw
All times are approximate
Advance family tickets*: £15 (includes 2 adults and up to 3 children)
Advance individual tickets: £6 adult; £3 child
Gate fees: Adult £7; Accompanied child £3
Note: There will be no family tickets available for sale at the gates.
Official Ticket Outlets
Angela Jaynes Florist
Oakes Farm Shop
A1 Motorist Shop
Public Health Notice: No sparklers or private fireworks to be brought on site.
Public information: Limited parking.
Local residents are invited to keep this Lions event’s tradition and walk.