Sainsburys Official Opening

The Solihull Mayor and representatives from Balsall Common Primary School, among others, will be in attendance at this morning’s official opening of the new Sainsburys on Kenilworth Road.


The official opening for the new operation on the site of the old Total petrol station takes place at 9:00am this morning.




Missing dog – Berkswell – plea for help!


[update 2/1/2014 – The dog has been found]

Sara Parkes is hoping our community can help her locate her dog, an English Working Cocker Spaniel who answers to the name of Fearne, missing from Spencers Lane in Berkswell since 2:30pm this afternoon (New Year’s Day).


If you have any information that can help unite dog and owner, please call Sara Parkes on 07969 681663. We are also told that Fearne is very friendly and should answer if called by name.




Warwickshire and England cricketers descend upon Balsall Common

Jim Troughton, captain of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and winner of two County Championship winners medals, one as captain in 2012, will be at Berkswell Cricket Club this Thursday evening with team mates plus special guests for an evening of entertainment and dinner. The curry evening forms part of the Warwickshire Captains’ benefit tour and will be hosted by TV presenter Gary Newbon. Guest speaker Paul Nixon of England and Leicestershire will be followed on the bill by comedian Ian ‘Sludge’ Lees.


Dinner guests will be invited to participate in a Q&A session and can expect to enjoy the company of Warwickshire and England cricketers Chris Woakes, Darren Maddy and Tim Ambrose and fellow Warwickshire cricketers Jeetan Patel, Ian Westwood and Balsall Common’s homegrown Warwickshire representative Tom Milnes.

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Oakes Farm Shop gets behind Balsall Common fete & Party in the Park

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Family affair [from left to right]: Rob, Sophie, Gary, Jayne, Leanne and Chris
Oakes Farm Shop are the latest local business to become Event Partners for the Balsall Common fete being held at Meeting House Lane on Saturday 28th September 2013. They were keen to support the community event which depends heavily on the financial backing of companies based in the area.


Gary Oakes told us:


“We’re delighted to support this fantastic event. We’ve been thrilled with the response of the local community since we opened the farm shop and cafe at the beginning of this year and its nice to be able to give something back. We’re also selling tickets for the event and will have a stall there on the day.”

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Ticket sales launch for 8 hour fun-fest in Balsall Common


Party-lovers will be pleased to know discounted advanced tickets have now gone on sale for the Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park in on Saturday 28th September. The event at the cricket and tennis ground on Meeting House Lane boasts eight hours of entertainment including arena performances, radio roadshow and live music in amongst the usual games, stalls, refreshments and attractions.


“We’re aiming to bring the whole community together, raise money for local causes and put on a show people remember for a long time and want to return to year after year” said event promoter Craig Burgess.


Discounted advanced tickets are on sale now at:

  • Oakes Farm Shop
  • Balsall Common Pharmacy
  • The Lant, Meeting House Lane (home of cricket and tennis – tickets on sale during bar opening hours only) 


    Adult £2
    Child £1
    Family £5


    Entrance cost more on the gates.


    Click here to see the Event Timetable