£22,000 raised and 89 donations made

Balsall Common Lions Club third annual celebration evening highlighted once again the amazing work they do in Balsall Common and further afield.

Over 85% of the money raised by the Lions Club is spent locally, the rest goes to national and international good causes. Members subscription fees pay for all administrative costs.

The 40 local Lions Club members are part of Lions International which has a total of 1.4 million members worldwide, operating in 206 countries. Together they work to combat hunger, sight loss and childhood cancer around the world, as well as organising disaster relief funds wherever they are needed.

Closer to home, many local clubs, societies, venues and organisations benefit from the Lions’ hard work.  The annual bonfire in partnership with the Sports Association and sponsored by local businesses is a huge success. Elves from eight local organisations helped Santa’s sleigh visit Balsall Common, Berkswell, Fen End and Burton Green this  year, raising £7000.

One of the highlights of the evening was the nomination of Lion Derrick Thompkins to the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Derrick is just the 6th member of Balsall Common Lions to receive the honour in the 44 years the club has been running. His name will go up on the wall in Lions International HQ in Chicago. One of the key things Derrick does for the Club is to set off the fireworks each year on Bonfire night. Over 3000 people attended the 2017 event and over the last 30 years it has raised more than £150,000. Derrick’s fireworks expertise has really helped to boost this figure.

Lion President Steve Meakin with Derrick Thompkins and Andy Pemberton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheques totalling £12,500 were given out at the presentation evening.  The beneficiaries were Balsall and Berkswell Hornets Football Club, Balsall Common Scouts, Berkswell and Balsall Common Rugby Club, Berkswell Cricket Club, Burton Green Residents’ Association, Berkswell Scouts, The Jubilee Centre, Fast Aid, ATC, Heart of England School hardship fund, Meriden School and Talking Newspapers. This year’s travel bursary was awarded to Amy Shadbolt of the 2nd Balsall Common Scouts to go towards her attendance at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA.

The Little Ray of Sunshine dementia cafe based in Kenilworth received £1200 raised through a 100 Club Draw with an additional £500 donated to the Cameron Grant Memorial Fund. This year’s 100 Club beneficiary will be the Friendship Project for Children.

Cathy Edwards Little Ray of Sunshine Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A series of Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to local groups and organisations who help the Lions achieve as much as they do.  They went to: Unity Automotive, the Heart of England Coop, C P Barbers, The Bugle, The Village Hall, Balsall Parish Council, Alan Heath & Sons, Jamieson Christie, Angela Jaynes Florist, Oakes Farm Shop and the A1 Motorshop.  Carl Hemming of Ginger Property also received a certificate for his support of the annual bonfire and Santa’s sleigh. He also nominated the Cameron Grant Memorial Fund as his chosen charity to receive a donation instead of a fee for his work.

Lion Ray with Evan Grant from the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion President Steve Meakin said: “Once again our annual presentation night is a fantastic chance to reflect on the club’s hard work through the year, to thank all of those people who have supported us and made it possible for us to raise so much money for other local clubs and societies. Our 40 members, and many more friends, work very hard to achieve what we do. We’re always looking for more people to join us, either as a full member or for specific events. If you’d like to find out more about joining us please get in touch. Call Mark Whitfield on 07795 184745, email whitfieldfamily@btinternet.com or send us a message on Facebook www.facebook.com/BalsallCommonLionsClub. Here’s to a fantastic 2018.”

Pedal power helping to beat prostate cancer

Balsall Common resident Richard Murray is riding from London to Amsterdam in support of the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

He’s part of a team from business coaching company Elephants Child. Their Managing Director Martin Brown, lost his father-in-law to the disease.

In total the team has raised £7000 with four weeks to go. The 145-mile trip is backed by the English Football League and the League Managers Association with high-profile former players and managers such as Les Ferdinand, Terry Butcher and Simon Grayson taking part.

Balsall Common Lions Club are just one of many local organisations, residents and businesses to support the team. They have a long history of supporting prostate cancer awareness events. They are organising a prostate cancer screening session in Balsall Common this weekend, their 3rd such event. The screening takes place at St Peters Church Hall from 10am to 1pm.

Balsall Common Lions Club Committee Service Chairman, Lion Steve Meakin with Richard Murray

Richard Murray explained: “This is a cause dear to my heart as my grandfather and uncle both lost their own battles with cancer. Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from this condition. I’m looking forward to getting into the saddle and raising money in support of this tremendous charity. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.

“I’m also desperate to raise awareness and encourage men to get themselves checked. We’re notoriously bad at visiting doctors and looking after our health. Anyone that has concerns and can’t make Saturday’s screening should book an appointment with their GP,” he added.

The trip begins on 9 June and will see around 500 riders making the two-day journey aiming to raise a total of £500,000 for the charity.

To donate please visit Richard’s Just Giving page.

For more information on the event visit Prostate Cancer UK’s website.

£25 000 raised and 5 000 hours of service

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.

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Santa Claus is coming to Balsall Common

Santa Claus (via Balsall Common Lions Club) is coming to Balsall Common.

From Wednesday 14 December, you can see him in many of the roads around the village and further afield, for his annual charity collection. The sleigh journey raises lots of money for charities and good causes, many of them local.

You can see daily updates about where Santa will be on Facebook.

lions santa

Here are the full details of Santa’s route:

Wednesday 14 December

Balsall Street from Saracens Head to Needlers End Lane
Fen End – Oakley Estate
Old Waste Lane
Saracen Drive
Waste Lane (Catchems Corner to Hodgetts Lane)
Wellfield Close
Windmill Lane

Thursday 15 December

Ashley Way
Burleigh Close
Chapel Drive
Dengate Drive
Dunchurch Close
Finch Croft
Glebe Way
Gorton Croft
Greenfield Avenue
Hathaway Close
Hawkswood
Hawthorn Drive
Kenilworth Road North
Michael Blanning Place
Needlers End Lane (to Greenfield Avenue)
Priors Close
Shortfield Close
Station Road (to Needlers End Lane)
Turnpike Close
Whitehead Grove
Wooton Green Lane (part)

Friday 16 December

Burton Green
Coleby Close
Copt Oak Close
Cromwell Lane to Westwood Heath Road
Hob Lane
Hodgetts Lane (from Village Hall)
Red Lane
Rough Knowles Close
Westwood Heath Road
Whitefield Close

Saturday 17 December

Barretts Lane
Beverley Close
Brickyard Close
Dockers Close
Elm Grove
Green Lane
Kelsey Lane (from Windmill Lane)
Meeting House Lane
Oxhayes Close
Ruston Close
Station Road (to Station)
Sunnyside Close
Sunnyside Lane

Monday 19 December

Birch Grove
Bouchier Close
Church Lane
Coventry Road
Duggins Lane
Eborne Croft
Floyd Grove
Grovefield Crescent
Huddesford Drive
Huggins Close
Lant Close
Lavender Hall Lane
Meadow Close
Meadow Rise
Meriden Road
Penruddock Drive
Pound Close
Riddings Hill
Watson Way
Wilmot Close
Cromwell Lane (Westwood Heath Road to Station)

Tuesday 20 December

Alder Lane
Arden Close
Blythe Avenue
Cedar Wood Drive
Clive Road
Elmwood Close
Elysian Gardens
Gipsy Close
Gypsy Lane
Kelsey Court
Kelsey Lane (to Meeting House Lane)
Kenilworth Road South
Kerley Close
Laurels Crescent
Leveson Crescent
Malvern Road
Runnymede Drive
Sedgemere Grove
Welsh Road

Thursday 22 December

Balsall Street (Station Road to Needlers End Lane)
Burberry Grove
Coplow Close
Ferndale Road
Grange Road
Greenbank Road
Kenilworth Close
Needlers End Lane
Shenstone Drive
Speedwell Drive
Station Road (Needlers End Lane to Balsall St)
Temple Avenue
Tudor Close
Whitewash Close
Winsford Close

Friday 23 December

Asbury Road
Ashfurlong Close
Balsall Street East
Bracebridge Close
Bradley Croft
Chattaway Drive
Childs Oak Close
Dale Meadow Close
Drybrooks Close
Finford Croft
Foxes Way
Kemps Green Road
Newhouse Croft
Sear Hills Close
Stoneton Crescent
Tidmarsh Close
Welby Gate
Wilton Road

Merry Christmas from Balsall Common Lions Club. Find them on Facebook for all the latest updates.

Balsall Common gets ready for Christmas

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.

Lions ready for Christmas

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.

marie curie christmas

Coming soon

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.