The first rule of Sweet Club – you don’t talk about Sweet Club!

Sweet Memories Sweet Club

Q: What’s the first rule of Sweet Club?
A: You don’t talk about Sweet Club


The truth is we’re not meant to tell anyone, but Sweet Memories on Kenilworth Road just increased the fun factor with the introduction of their new ‘Sweet Club’.  Sweet-toothed customers are being invited to sign up for snazzy sticker cards (pictured opposite) for use with purchases made ‘in-store. 
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Balsall Common Charity Christmas card shop open until Saturday

Someone contain that crazy lady it's not Take That it's a card shop. Malcolm Stent does the tricky bit with the scissors


The Midlands Charities Association Christmas card shop comes to the end of its’ tenure at Balsall Common Library this Saturday (11th December). The shop has been busy selling cards since it was officially opened by local comedian Malcom Stent in November and stocks cards from 16 different charities including Birmingham Children’s Hospital and McMillan’s Cancer Support.
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Nuclear bombs found in Balsall Common

Feed frenzy after school

Rumours circulating on Facebook of a dramatic cover up gained credence when BalsallCom.Com found evidence that Sweet Memories in Balsall Common have been secretly importing nuclear bombs from Scotland. When confronted with the evidence Jackie Cannon, proprietor of the shop on Kenilworth Road admitted,

“It’s true, we managed to import 19 new brands of sweets last week from Scotland, despite the tricky weather conditions. And yes we do have nuclear bombs. We also have lemon meringues, rosebuds, whiskey and gingers, scottish ginger tablets and many more. Pop in and take a look!”
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11 year old caught up in censorship storm

Mills Newsagents has been attacked in the Solihull News by an irate father for refusing to sell his 11-year-old son a tabloid newspaper. Heart of England pupil Harvey Hicks tried to purchase a copy of The Sun for his grandparents at the shop in the village centre on Station Road but was told by the shop assistant that he had to be 18-years-old to purchase it.
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Southfields Farm shopping experience

Since the arrival of Bob Smith and Beverley Clayton-Gale in Balsall Common 7 years ago, the shopping on offer at Southfields Farm on Kenilworth Road has evolved into a multi-faceted experience with a broad range of goods and services. The site, on the edge of Balsall Common on the way to Kenilworth, offers fresh farm produce such as fruit and veg, flowers and hanging baskets, as well as stores selling furniture, garden sheds, gifts and homeware to name but a few.

Browsing the gift shop

The most recent addition at Southfields this summer is Vanity Fair, the ladies jewellery and accessories shop, stockists of a range of designer and costume jewellery. The farm also offers the chance for children to view the animals while parents browse or visit the cafe for refreshments. In all, visitors will find nine retail offerings including:

  • Southfields Farm Shop – for fresh fruit and veg.
  • French Country Chic – for stylish furniture, homeware and gift ideas.
  • Vanity Rocks – for ladies’ jewellery, handbags and accessories.
  • Mary Mary florists – for bouquets events and weddings
  • The Potting Shed – for potted plants and hanging baskets.
  • The Coffee Cabin – for all day breakfasts, hot & cold drinks, and cake.
  • The Ready Maid – for sandwiches, croissants, cream teas, and coffee.
  • Grace Interiors – for soft furnishings, re-upholstery, and furniture.
  • Woodhouse Sheds – for made to order sheds and summerhouses.

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The gift shop at Southfields Farm, Balsall Common

Southfields’ Bob Smith also happens to be the brains behind the new fruit and veg stall in Balsall Common village centre where he adopts a more flexible approach than you would find in most supermarkets,

“A typical price might be four pears for a pound, but if you don’t need four, we’ll let you mix and match different items, or if you only wanted to buy one item we can do that for you too” says Bob. “Some people find they end up wasting food when they have to buy set numbers of items so we can help our customers save a bit of money and cut out the waste,” Bob’s stall operates from Thursday to Saturday every week.

French Country Chic at Southfields

Opening hours
Southfields Farm: Mon-Sat 10-5; Sun 10-4
Fruit & veg stall (Balsall Common village centre): Thu-Sat 10-2.