Balsall Common Lions Club


Balsall Common Lions are perhaps best known in and around the village for their annual Santa’s sleigh tour and annual bonfire and fireworks displays which raise large sums of money for good causes. They carry out many activities for good causes all year round.  In 2012 they are working towards a giant Jubilee celebration for the Queen’s Jubilee on Tuesday 5th June 2012.


Balsall Common Lions Club has three main sections – in line with other Lions Clubs around the world – working together for communities, locally, nationally and internationally as follows:


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2012 Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations in Balsall Common and Berkswell

Queen’s Jubilee 2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee events in Balsall Common and Berkswell

It’s looking like there will be plenty of reasons to stay in Balsall Common and Berkswell over the Jubilee weekend, what with the big family event run by the Balsall Common Lions, a street party in Berkswell, plus 60s/70s pop legends The Fortunes playing on an outdoor stage at the Railway Inn on Tuesday 5th June.


This page will be updated regularly in the weeks leading up to the big weekend:


Anyone wishing to have an event listed here should get in touch via email:



Sunday 3rd June 2012


Berkswell Jubilee Street Party


Berkswell Street Party with jester and steel band, hosted by Berkswell Parish Council.  This event is participating in the Big Jubilee Lunch, the theme being ‘having lunch with your neighbours’ in friendship  and fun.


Monday 4th June


Jubilee fun at the Brickmakers Arms


Includes live evening entertainment from Fingers and Fumbs, come back for updates.


Tuesday 5th June



Jubilee Celebrations at the Railway Inn Balsall Common


Lots on here, activities all day including £100 prize money up for grabs in a ‘Railway’s Got Talent’ competition, plus 60s/70s pop legends The Fortunes playing on an outdoor stage in the car park next to Berkswell Station from 8:30pm.


Doors at the Railway will open at midday, with Rumours Roadshow Disco and MC from 2pm onwards playing music and introducing acts/activities.

  • 2pm – Rumours Roadshow disco &? MC
  • 4pm – Railway’s Got Talent (heats)
  • 6-8pm – Christy Pepper – popular Coventry and district singer
  • 8-8:30pm – Railways Got Talent Final (£100 Winner’s Prize)
  • 8:30-10:30 – The Fortunes
  • 10:30pm until close MarkOne Disco and Karaoke


Other attractions: Hot dog stall, Ice Cream van. Grand raffle with flatscreen TV for 1st prize. All proceeds to Acorns and St John’s Ambulance. S John’s volunteers will also be present on site.


Address: Railway Inn. 547 Station Road; Balsall Common; Coventry; CV7 7EF.
Tel enquiries: 01676 533284 (please quote BalsallCom.Com)

Date: Tuesday 5th June 2012


Tuesday 5th June


Balsall Common Village Fete and Party in the Park


A free family friendly event to run from 2pm at the Lant Sports Ground on Meeting House Lane (gatesopen at 1:30pm).  Live music includes a Take That tribute act performing on the clubhouse balcony from 7pm.

All timings (where shown) are subject to change:


Main Arena

  • Opening ceremony and Fancy Dress parade (from 2pm with prizes)
  • Zumba demonstration with Penny Smith (from 2:25pm)
  • Streetdance act by the Animated Dance Performance Team (from 2:55pm)
  • Dramarama youth drama (from 3:25pm)
  • Children’s Races (from 3:35pm)
  • Kung Fu demonstration (from 4:30pm)
  • Raffle draw (from 5:00pm with a long list of available prizes)


Party in the Park (evening)

  • Abba Tribute (from 6:15pm – Gimme Gimme Show performed by Centre Stage next to main clubhouse)
  • That’s Life (from 7pm to 9pm Take That tribute from the clubhouse balcony)


Free sporting oportunities

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Tennis: Junior coaching
  • 14:00 – 18:00 Tennis: Adult social play
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Cricket: a chance for teenagers and youngsters to bowl in the nets against the speed gun (certificates and prizes)
  • 15:30 – 16:30 Tennis: a chance to find out how fast you can serve against the speed gun
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Cricket: a chance for youngsters to play Kwik Cricket (a fun short-form variation of the game run by The Cricket Clinic)
  • 16:00 – 18:00 Tennis: a chance for rusty racquets to enjoy some coaching
  • 16:10 Tug of War competition


General attractions

  • Facepainting
  • Climbing walls
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Soak the vicar!
  • Refreshments
  • Baby Lifeline
  • Sweets and ice creams (by Sweet Memories)
  • Jubilee tea party (with musical accompaniment by Patrick Whitfield, plus singalong)
  • BRG Choir (tranquility tent)
  • Country Market
  • Local history display by Berkswell History Group
  • Hot dogs, burgers and veggie food options
  • Licensed bar in clubhouse (open from 2pm)


  • Berkswell History Group
  • Heart of Englan WI
  • Horticultural Society
  • U3a
  • Save the Children
  • Love Lucia’s Bakery
  • Country Market
  • Mogz and Dogz Pets Corner (advice and information centre)
  • Middle Cottage Plants
  • Sweet Memories
  • Feast Catering
  • Baby Lifeline
  • Little Whispers
  • The Cricket Clinic


Balsall Common Jubilee Prize Donations

The Lions would like to thank the many local businesses contributing prizes for the event:

  • Sage Roofing Ltd
  • Nailcote Hall (3 prizes)
  • A1 Motor Spares
  • Haigs Hotel
  • Balsall Pharmacy
  • Michaels Drinks
  • Taylors Butchers
  • Two Ten Hairdressers
  • Balsall Common Fish and Chip Shop
  • McNamara & Co
  • Jamieson Christie
  • Bengal Brasserie
  • The Cricket Clinic
  • Masala Club
  • The Railway Inn
  • Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy
  • Les Petits Anglais
  • Golfplan
  • Countrywide
  • Berkswell Cricket Club
  • The Tipperary Inn
  • The Leisure Traveller
  • One Stop

Balsall Common Lions Jubilee Event detail

Date: Tuesday 5th June 2012

Venue: The Lant Sports and Community Ground, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common, Coventry.  CV7 7GE.

Gates open 1:30pm


Saturday 9th June

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Night at Nailcote Hall

The fittingly name Freddie Mercury and Queen tribute band Queen B will be the headline act for Nailcote Hall’s spectacular Jubilee party night.

A special Royal Menu and after show disco for those who want to party till late.

Tickets: £37.50 per head or £35 per head on booking for 10 people or more.

Balsall Common Jubilee celebrations Tuesday 5th June 2012

Pop legends The Fortunes to headline Jubilee celebrations at Balsall Common’s Railway Inn

60s/70s pop stars The Fortunes to play at Balsall Common's Railway Inn
The Fortunes


Here they come Again!


Birmingham band The Fortunes have been announced as the headline act at The Railway Inn’s Jubilee celebrations on the National Holiday dedicated to the Queen’s Jubilee on Tuesday 5th June 2012.  The 4 piece act enjoyed many hits in the swinging sixties and went on to greater success in the 1970’s, including  United States, where their dual lead singers’ voices can still be heard on Coca Cola adverts.
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Take That tribute act to perform at Balsall Common Jubilee Fete and Party in the Park

The Balsall Common Lions have lined up a Take That tribute act to perform at their Balsall Common Jubilee Fete and Party in the Park on Tuesday 5th June 2012. The event which marks the official Jubilee of the Queen on the officially designated National Holiday, will be taking place at the Lant Sports and Community ground on Meeting House Lane in Balsall Commmon.
Lions President and event co-ordinator Marie-Louise Marsden said:


“We’re really excited to have secured our Take That slot for such a big occasion and really pleased how well plans for the event are progressing generally.  It’s going to be great day out for all the family. We’ll be keeping people informed of developments through the Bugle and BalsallCom.Com”
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Balsall Common ‘Village Fete and Party in the Park’ planned for Queen’s Jubilee

The Balsall Common Lions have teamed up with residents and local clubs, groups, businesses and charities to stage a Queen’s Jubilee Party on its’ designated National Holiday day on Tuesday 5th June 2012.


The event team, led by Lions President Marie-Louise Marsden are working on a ‘Party in the Park’ style event earmarked to take place at the Lant sports ground on Meeting House Lane in Balsall Common. The family event, which will have many attractions including live tribute bands, is expected to run from early afternoon and onwards into the evening.  Marie-Louise said:


“We’re really keen to put on a party that will stay in people’s memories for many years to come. We have been delighted with the response from village organisations. We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to help either with their own stall or who has a couple of hours free on the day to help run the event.”
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