Bright future for Berkswell and Balsall Rugby Club as new head coach appointed

Jonny Lowden, Head Player Coach at BBRFC
Jonny Lowden, Head Player Coach at BBRFC

Berkswell and Balsall Rugby club are going from strength to strength. Promoted to the top regional league Midlands 1 in season 2011/2012, the club has secured extra land for pitches at its Honiley Road home and has appointed Jonny Lowden as head player coach.


Jonny, Assistant Director of Sports at Stratford’s King Edward VI Grammar School brings with him an impressive rugby pedigree having played at Sedgley Park, Leicester Lions, Coventry and Birmingham Bees and at the Natal Sharks in Durban, South Africa.

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Rugby: Early morning start at the Railway Inn for deciding Wallabies v Lions Test


The Railway Inn next to Berkswell Station is opening its’ doors early again this Saturday morning (6th July 2013) for the Wallabies v Lions 3rd and final series-deciding Test match. The doors will be opened at 10:30am by the pub’s well-known Assistant Manager Naughty Trevor and the game will be shown on the ‘big-screen’ from 11:00am.


Breakfast will be served from 11am until 2pm and the landlords were over the moon once they knew local attraction and minor celebrity Naughty Trev was available to work the bar with his crowd-pleasing smiley-face routine.


“My smiley face will be serving you all day, just like last week only better.” said an unusually upbeat Naughty Trevor Rogers.


“Last time I ended up with full-on face-ache next day from all the customer-facing smiling I had to do, but I’m going into it better prepared this time. I’m gonna limber up properly beforehand with some proper face stretches. It’s amazing really but I didn’t realise until last Saturday how much effort goes into being cheerful for an entire day.”


Entry is free and there will be no supplimentary fees for any bonus-smiles dished out from behind the bar.




Swains to play midsummer bash in Meriden

Berkswell Rugby Club is relocating to Meriden for its’ annual midsummer celebrations with a big event in Meriden on Saturday 22nd June 2013, where popular Coventry band the Swains are the main act. The event is open to the entire community and tickets are on general sale for £10 each at Balsall Common Pharmacy on Station Road, Balsall Common.


Event summary


Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013
Venue: Dairy Farm, Great Packington, Meriden
Music: DJ Pete Homer followed by The Swains
Starts: 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 each
Outlet: Balsall Common Pharmacy, Station Road, Balsall Common (open 7 days/100 hours per week)

Balsall Common Pharmacy Station Road Balsall Common
Balsall Common Pharmacy Station Road Balsall Common




Vets game to honour Berkswell Rugby Club founder


Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Football Club plan to honour club founder and legend Steve Edwards this Saturday (27th April 2013) with a vets game this Saturday planned by family and club members.  All former team mates and foes of Steve have been invited to get themselves down to Berkswell and join him on putting on their old boots for a run out:


“Pops is just a tad excited about this” said his daughter Sharon who also reckons the club physio could be in for a busy day.


Friends, former team mates and anyone with an interest is welcome at the club this Saturday.  The bar opens at 1:30pmm and the game itself kicks off at 3pm.  Should be a fun day for all involved.




Heart of England pupil to host live Red Nose Day Radio Show


14 year old Heart of England pupil Liam Sawyer will be hosting a rugby special Red Nose Day Radio Show from Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Football Club while the 1st XV entertain visitors Ludlow this Saturday (9th March 2013).


Liam, who is the man behind the online radio station Berkswell Windmill Radio, aims to be broadcasting and selling goodies simultaneously from the clubhouse kitchen and elaborates on his plans as follows:


“I will be down Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Club from about 12:30 to get the radio set up and the plan is to do interviews with people around the club: members, players, bar staff, caterers and spectators.”


There’s two home fixtures at Berkswell’s Meer Lane ground between Balsall Common and Honiley, both kicking off at 3pm: Berkswell’s first string play a vital important West Midlands Division One fixture agains fellow strugglers Ludlow; Berkswell’s 2nds take on local rivals Earlsdon.


Berkswell’s 1st XV play a particularly high standard of semi-professional rugby and welcome new visitors. This charity weekend could be a great time to get involved as there is also a catered lunch, which is open to first-time visitors, for which tickets are available at £10 a head. Interested parties should email Lesley Fahy in the first instance at stating ‘BBRFC Lunch’ in the subject header.


Berkswell & Balsall Common Rugby Football Club information



Honiley Road
Meer End
Nr Balsall Common




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