Both the club and the team are very friendly, and as well as the football get involved in the community, including an incredibly popular Beer Festival this weekend attended by many of the parents and players of the team.
The Hornets have Junior teams for many age groups and a Saturday morning club for those not yet old enough for teams. There’s more details and a contact form on their website.
Berkswell Cricket Club’s women are preparing for the English Cricket Board’s National T20 Club Cricket Finals in Wales this weekend after winning their Regional Final at The Lant in Balsall Common on Sunday.
Four teams will compete in Newport, Wales for the National Club Cricket title on Sunday 26th June 2018 after defeating J G Meakin Cricket Club from Stoke-on-Trent.
“The national finals are such an exciting opportunity for the team,” said Head of Women’s Cricket and 1st team Captain Sarah Ginn.
“This will be the first experience of cricket on a national stage for most of them, but if they perform as assuredly as they did in the regional final, they will do themselves proud.”
Last Sunday’s Regional Final at The Lant in Meeting House Lane saw Berkswell compile 128 for 2 wickets from their 20 over allocation, before a miserly all-round bowling performance saw them restrict their opponents to 84 for 8, to win by a margin of 44 runs.
Berkswell won without two regulars who were on Warwickshire duty, demonstrating the strength in depth the Club’s Women’s section has already achieved in only their 5th season.
Berkswell’s success marks a rapid ascent for the squad as Sarah underlined when talking about this season’s progress:
“It has been an outstanding season for the club already, reaching the finals of both the National T20 Knockout Cup and the Midlands Super 8s [8-a-side cricket] and also launching a second team to support the rapid growth of the women’s section which was only founded in 2014.”
National T20 Finals Day, Newport, Wales
Four teams will contest the National T20 Finals at Newport Cricket Club on Sunday 26th June 2018, in a knockout format consisting Semi-Finals and Final.
Berkswell’s women have been drawn against North London’s Finchley Gunnersbury CC in the National Semi-Final on Sunday 26th June 2018. The Middlesex side made the National Finals after defeating Bishops Stortford CC by a narrow 2 run margin in the Group 4 Regional Final.
The Balsall Common Fun Run first entered the local calendar in 2014 when The Lily Mae Foundation agreed to stage the event as part of the Balsall Common Festival.
Now entering its 5th year, The Fun Run is now a firmly established annual event in its own right and continues to be organised by The Lily Mae Foundation to this day. The 2018 event will take place on Sunday 23rd September.
2018 Fun Run Summary
Walk, jog, race or run as you prefer. That’s the message from The Lily Mae Foundation and entries are now open:
• Mini Runs (Nursery & Primary School-aged Children)
• 5K, Juniors, Families, Adults, Junior & Adult Teams
• 10K, Adults & Adult Teams
Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Enter now to join in the fun on Sunday 23rd September. Entrants may run for any cause of their choice.
As is customary at this event, runners are able to nominate any charity, voluntary organisation or community interest group to receive any monies raised in sponsorship. There is the option of entering and raising funds for The Lily Mae Foundation, for which sponsorship forms can be downloaded at their website.
Hot on the heels of their sponsorship of the Balsall Common Festival, the team at the Bengal Brasserie have now added local youth football to their list of community sponsorships.
Their latest deal sees them put their name to the Balsall & Berkswell FC Under 15s Hornets squad:
About the Bengal Brasserie
The Bengal Brasserie restaurant has been serving customers in Balsall Common since the early 1990’s, with a friendly, welcoming team that’s enthusiastically supported a wide range of community projects throughout their history in the village.
Visitors to the restaurant can expect a wide choice of Indian and Bangladeshi dishes, including fish-dishes and even English options for those who struggle with spicy dishes.
They also provide a delivery service within a range of up to 5 miles.
349-351 Kenilworth Road
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.