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

Balsall Common Lions Club – At the Heart of the Community

This year’s fireworks display, organised by Balsall Common Lions Club, was fantastic, even by their own high standards. Set to music, with 15 minutes of continuous oohs, ahs, and bangs, the event was enjoyed by around 3000 people.

The event is not just a good night out, but also raises lots of money for charity as part of the Lions Club’s year round fundraising and service work both in the village and further afield.

Lions Bonfire 2015

Lions at Christmas

The next event for your calendar is
Friday 27 November
, when the village Christmas lights will be switched on, join in from 3.30pm outside Barclays Bank. On 12 December the
ever popular Santa’s sleigh
begins his tour of Balsall Common, Berkswell, and parts of Burton Green.

Lions Santa

An awful lot of hard work goes into organising and managing these activities. There are 35 dedicated members of the Balsall Common Lions Club who give up their time to help out. If you’d like to volunteer to help with Santa’s sleigh or any of their other activities please contact Lion Ross Collins on 07813 937921.

Lions Activities

As well as fireworks and Christmas events, the Lions run twice monthly bingo sessions in the Village Hall, offering older people a chance to get out and socialise. Local Lions regularly help out at the SIFA Fireside project serving lunch to homeless people. They also organise and host a range of social evenings, again to raise funds for local causes and bigger campaigns. Last year Balsall Common Lions Club members completed over 4000 hours of service between them, helping many people in the process.

Where the money goes

The Lions welcome applications for help with projects, events, and issues locally. They regularly give money to local organisations and groups for equipment, trips, and also fund First Aid Training for pupils at local schools. Donations have been made to Berkswell Scouts, Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Scanner Appeal, Fisher House (a home away from home for military patients and their families at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham) and many more.

Join in

If you’re interested in finding out more or joining the Lions Club talk to Membership Secretary Ross Collins. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the British Legion, Station Road, Balsall Common. Or attend their special presentation meeting on 26 January where they will be thanking others that have supported them in their work in 2015. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to join the Lions and serve your local community. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organisation. Becoming a Lions club member gives you the opportunity to volunteer locally, or internationally, make new friends and professional connections, lead projects that make your community a better place to live AND have fun doing it!

Community Bonfire tickets now on sale

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! 

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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.

Timetable
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

Ticketing

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.

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Vivo

BalsallCommon Lions present Vivo and special guest
BalsallCommon Lions present Vivo and special guest

The Balsall Common Lions are bringing Vivo back to perform at the Heart of England School on Saturday 7th March along with guest MC and comedian Dave Chance. The popular music act was a huge success at the Lions annual event last year and have been invited back by popular demand.

 

Tickets are selling fast so interested parties are invited to book tickets now whilst stocks last.

 

Event ticketing and information

 

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015, 7:30pm for 8pm
Venue: Heart of England School, Gipsy Lane, Balsall Common
Tickets: £16.00 each, to include two course hot meal
Contacts: Mark Whitfield 01676 535572/07795 184745; Ross Collins 01676 534820/07813 937921

 

 

 

Balsall Common Festival helps local causes

Balsall Common Festival
Carl Stokes (John Shepherd Select and Select Lettings) – backed the Festival as Main Sponsor [image courtesy of Bill Fine]
The local community came together in unprecedented fashion on Saturday 20th September for the Balsall Common Festival, with approximately 4000 enjoying the party atmosphere across two sites during the day.

 

Residents took to the streets from around midday to witness around 475 runners, including former British Rugby Lion Tim Stimpson, participating in Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run. The crowds then flocked to The Lant for the fete, market and Party in the Park, complete with children’s activities and wide range of music and entertainment.
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