You don’t have to go far to keep your New Year Resolutions

If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit or take more exercise you don’t have to leave Balsall Common to keep it.  Here’s just a few ideas of local clubs and organisations that can help.

We’re happy to add to this article so please email Claire if you have other fitness ideas we can share.

Balsall Common Run Club

Catering for adult runners of all standards from total beginners to Ultra runners, the club meets on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm and Saturday mornings at 9am.  The venue is the Lant Sports and Community Centre – Meeting House Lane
There is no requirement for you to be able to run a specific pace or distance before you join, everyone is welcome.
The membership year runs from 1 January so anyone joining now will get the benefit of the full 12 months. Paul Yeoman runs the main group whilst Jill Fedeski runs a beginners/rusty runners group designed for people just starting to run or coming back to running after a break. Anyone who wants more information can email Jill. secretary@balsallcommonrunclub.co.uk
Find out more on their website or Facebook

 

EMBRACE

Embrace, run by local resident and former Heart of England student Emily Mulholland, is a great way to feel & look your best, with fun, creative & effective workouts at the Heart of England Dance studio. Starting back Tuesday 3rd January
Class Timetable:

Monday

7:00pm ABS-olute fitness
7:15pm Cardio dance

Tuesday
6:00pm Devoted2Pilates
7:15pm Bootcamp

Wednesday
7:15pm POUND
8:00pm Devoted2pilates

Thursday
6:00pm ABS-olute fitness
6:15pm Cardio dance
7:00pm POUND

Find out more and book in on Facebook.

Jaime’s BodyMind Yoga

Jaime’s Body Mind Yoga in Balsall Common is an Ashtanga/ Hatha mix of yoga with the emphasis on flowing sequences. Traditionally Ashtanga is an athletically demanding style of yoga whereas hatha has more accessible postures. This combination means that there is something for everyone in the classes. All sessions take place at St Peters Church Hall and advance booking is required.

Monday evening 7.30-9 pm
Tuesday 9.15-10.45 am
Thursday 9.15-10.45 am
Friday 9.15-10.45 am

Thursday’s 11-12 am
Yoga for over 55’s or anyone recovering from injury.

Yoga for teenagers.
Tuesday evenings 7.15 – 8.45. 14-18 years. Help ease exam stress!!

Tweens class Kids age 8-12. Fridays 4-5.

Jaime also runs a monthly yin yoga workshop which is a restorative style of yoga which targets  joint health. Next sessions are Sunday 22 January 4.30-7,  Sunday 19 February and and Sunday 12 March.

There are also yoga and craft workshops for children aged 4-12 during school holidays and regular family sessions.

Find out more on the website or on Facebook.

Positive Fitness

Run by the incredibly experienced Sally Morris at her studio on Balsall Street East, classes include the new Sosa workout,  fun low impact dance workout that is suitable for everyone.  There are a number of classes to suit every age and ability including young at heart for over 70s, dancefit high impact for every age and body blast /hiit for those wanting a high intense workout.
MONDAYS
9am PRIVATE TRAINING
10.15am Pilates 1
11.15am PRIVATE TRAINING
2pm PRIVATE HIRE
6.15pm Sosa Dance Fitness
7.05pm Pilates 2
8.05pm Pilates 2

TUESDAYS
9.15am Body Conditioning
10.05am Sosa Dance Fitness
11.00am Young at Heart
11.45am PRIVATE TRAINING
6.30pm BODY BLAST
7.20pm NEW CLASS DANCEFIT STARTS 10th January

WEDNESDAYS
9,15am Pilates 2
10.15am Pilates 2
11.15am Pilates 1
12.15pm Young at Heart
5.15pm Small Group Pilates
6.15pm Pilates 2
7.15pm Sosa Dance Fitness

THURSDAY
9.15am Body Conditioning
10.05am Zumba Gold
2pm Small Group Yoga
7pm BLT

FRIDAYS
9,15am Fab Abs
10.05am Pilates

SATURDAYS
9.30am HIIT
For more information visit the Positive Fitness website.

Happy New Year! Let us know if we can add to this article. Thanks

When Breakfast Meets Soap

Guest article by Sally Dhillon of Career Mums

The early risers at last week’s Balsall Business Club were in for a treat as Emma Heathcote-James, founder of Little Soap Company, told her spellbinding story of shifting from completing her philosophy doctorate at Birmingham University, then building her media career to start producing organic, home-made soap in her Cotwold cottage kitchen.

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Inspired by the non-drying, natural soap that her Grandma used, she started making soap from a children’s crafting kit, and after unsuccessful trial and error, bought some soap recipes from a local producer.

Within 6 weeks, she achieved her ambition of selling her bars to her local Waitrose store – amazing given that this was a hobby business for Emma. She has subsequently gone on to grow the business and her organic soap ranges are available through many national chains including Tescos, Sainsburys and Boots.

Emma’s inspirational talk took us through many snapshot moments in which she made significant decisions that have lead to creating today’s hugely successful business. Many of these snapshots were critical times when the business could have easily folded or turned in quite different directions. Emma seeps tenacity, go-getting ambition and courage built on by overcoming each of these milestones. She now employs a small team in her Broadway-based factory, office and shop and she has won many awards for her product range and enterprising skills. This base also houses The Little Soap School which is teaching people how to produce ethical and organic soap products and is having a global reach.

The most striking messages from Emma were:
The importance and influence of her family in creating her business
How she has learned and grown the most when the stakes have been against her.

Along with my business partner, Nishi Mehta, our business has equally been strongly influenced by our family situations – just like Emma’s. I am continually curious as to how and why people get into the professions and jobs that they find themselves in – so it was lovely to hear her story.

As a partner in Career-Mums, we are a local business that helps parents to return to work after a career break and supports employers to make the most of this amazing pool of talent. We run inspirational and confidence-boosting workshops and/or individual sessions for people who want to relaunch their career – perhaps starting their own business, securing a job that fits around family life or retraining for a new career.

If you have a desire to turn a hobby into a business, need the motivation and nudge to try something new or want to explore potential work avenues, we’re here to help you. www.career-mums.co.uk/returners/

The next Balsall Business Club meeting is on Friday 18 November. Find out more and sign up on their website.

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Christmas at Oakes Farm Shop

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.

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Boost your Business

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

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