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)
Balsall Common Village Hall (and a cheque for £1 145)
Angela Jaynes Florist
Oakes Farm Shop
Tesco Express Balsall Common
Heart of England Coop
Donations totalling £8 000 were given out on the night.
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. email@example.com
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
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.
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.
Berkswell Cricket Club – formed in 1896 – will witness history today as its’ first women’s cricket team take to the field for the first time at the Club’s Meeting House Lane ground this afternoon (Sunday 26th April 2015).
Three Balsall Common Run Club members will be celebrating the Club’s first anniversary the hard way by competing in this morning’s London Marathon (Sunday 26th April 2015). Club Chairman Paul Yeoman takes to the streets of London with fellow members Lorna Pursglove and Caroline Cannon.
Berkswell Cricket Club are on the lookout for a summer home for their 25 year old overseas South African star Sean Jamison. The English Cricket Board Premier Division Cricket Club are offering £400 per month (board and bills) for accommodation for the fast bowler, anywhere in Balsall Common from early April until the season ends in mid-September.
The rising star of South African cricket has been signed to bolster Berkswell’s already successful first team squad and provide coaching across the club, from youth cricket to senior cricket, including the club’s brand new women’s cricket section.
Anyone interested in putting up a summer lodger is invited to contact club secretary James Neale by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org