Victory for Balsall Common Children at Twickenham Rugby Final

BCPS rugby

Balsall Common Primary School rugby team are celebrating their 7-1 win at the Aviva Schools Tag Rugby Final which took place on Saturday on the hallowed turf of Twickenham in front of a 81,193 strong crowd.


Boys and girls aged 7 and 8 from the top performing school have worked hard throughout the season with the support of Berkswell and Balsall RFC. 

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Emma’s Angels to tackle cancer head-on at Race for Life

A few short months ago, Balsall Common’s Emma Maley got the shock of her life as a routine visit to her GP led to the news she had lobular breast cancer. Faced with a drastic 6 month programme of treatment including chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiotherapy and reconstructive surgery, Emma refused to lie down and raised a team of 30 Balsall Common Mum’s and youngsters to raise funds for Cancer Research UK by taking on tomorrow’s Race for Life event in Stratford-Upon-Avon.


Emma’s team set themselves a grand target of £3500 and with the help of Angela Jaynes florists – who put on a raffle and cake sale last week – Emma’s Angels have already raised cash and pledges to the tune of £3750. Emma and team are now looking to push on and obliterate their original target and friends of Balsall Common are invited to support Emma’s Angels by making a pledge at Emma’s Just Giving page:


Emma’s Angels at Just Giving – Racing for Life to kick cancer into touch




Balsall Common Festival team launches search for Grand Draw prizes

Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park - Main Sponsor 2013-14
Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park – Main Sponsor 2013-14


Planning for the 2014 Balsall Common Festival on Saturday 20th September 2014 and the cross-community organising Committee are currently recruiting members into their prize draw team. The event organisation overall works to the motto ‘By the community for the community’ and plan to put on a great event which also puts funds back into community projects.


“It’s going to take a big effort from across the whole community to achieve our aims, but we’re delighted with the enthusiasm and dynamism of the many people who are already on board helping us bring this year’s event to life.”


This year’s roster of activities and attractions already includes:


  • Fun Run
  • Live Music
  • Sports
  • Fete and Market
  • Children’s Entertainment
  • Bouncy Castle and Children’s Rides
  • Dog Show
  • Competitions
  • Grand Raffle
  • Face Painting
  • Licenced Premises


Anyone interested in helping launch, offer prizes or join the grand raffle sales team is encouraged to email the prize draw promoter Danielle Garsia in the first instance
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There is sponsorship available to anyone offering up a Top 3 prize.  Anyone interested in donating a top prize should talk to event Chairman Craig Burgess to learn more about the associated sponsorship deals on offer:




Main advertising Partner – Acorn Printing

Acorn Printing Ltd
Acorn Printing Ltd


2014 Balsall Common Festival

Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park - Main Sponsor 2013-14
Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park – Main Sponsor 2013-14


The Balsall Common Festival is the ever-expanding annual event staged ‘By the Community for the Community’.


The event – which started life as a fete and Party in the Park as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in 2012 –  aims to generate surplus revenue to put into  community projects.


This year’s plans include a wide roster of entertainments, activities, refreshments and shopping, plus Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run:


The 2014 event offers:


  • Fun Run (Lily Mae Foundation)
  • Live music (marquee and main stage)
  • Children’s entertainment
  • Fete and Market
  • Sports
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Children’s Rides
  • Dog Show (with Mogz and Dogz)
  • Competitions
  • Grand Raffle

Help wanted!

If you feel you have skills to offer, organisers will be happy to hear from you. The team is also looking for sponsorship. For anyone interest in getting involved you are invited to contact event Chairman Craig Burgess in the first instance by emailing:




You can also find event news on Facebook:


Main Sponsor – John Shepherd Select & Select Lettings

Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park - Main Sponsor 2013-14
Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park – Main Sponsor 2013-14


Main Advertising Partner – Acorn Printing Ltd

Acorn Printing Ltd
Acorn Printing Ltd


Main Fun Run Partner – Hollywood Monster



Fun Run – Event Partners – Unity Group (Carstins)



Cricket: local derby Away Day for Premier Division Berkswell

Berkswell Club Captain and Warwickshire legend Dominic Ostler
Berkswell Club Captain and Warwickshire legend Dominic Ostler

Berkswell’s cricketers travel the short distance to Knowle and Dorridge today, for a hotly anticipated derby clash brim-filled with enticing mini-ecounters, hot on the heels of an opening day victory over Walsall in the Birmingham & District League Premier Division.


Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler’s squad includes two former Knowle & Dorridge players, both ex-County professionals, in the form of Nick James and Jamie Spires, plus Warwickshire Academy star Mark Best, who comes face to face with older Warwickshire-contracted brother Paul.


The Warwickshire connections in this fixture are seemingly endless on both teams, with skipper Ostler also enjoying the luxury of having Warwickshire batsman Tom Lewis in his upper-middle order. Ostler, himself a former Warwickshire legend, carries a strong side, with the only hints of possible weakness residing in a bowling department which could suffer, should any of the Knowle & Dorridge batsmen get well-set. Dominic and team mates are optimistic nonetheless, after a confidence-building victory over a strong Walsall containing rising Pakistani International star Umar Amin.


The fixture takes on particular meaning for Jamie Spires, returning to the club he skippered for five seasons, including a Premier Division title campaign in 2010, the first in K&D’s history.

Former Bears player Jamie Spires returns to Knowle & Dorridge with Berkswell CC
Former Bears player Jamie Spires returns to Knowle & Dorridge with Berkswell CC


Berkswell’s 1st XI today:


James Neale
Mark Best (Warwickshire Academy)
Nick James (ex Warwickshire and Glamorgan)
Tom Lewis (Warwickshire)
Dominic Ostler (Capt and ex-Warwickshire)
Alex Unsworth (ex-Scotland U19s)
Jamie Spires (ex-Warwickshire)
Phil Neale (wk and former Warwickshire 2nds)
Chris Cheslin (ex-Warwickshire 2nds/ex-Surrey 2nds
Dave Brignull (ex-Leicestershire)
Mohammed Ahmed (Warwickshire Emerging Players – U15s)


Fixture and venue information

Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League – Premier Division
Date: Saturday 3rd May 2014
Starts: noon
Format: Limited overs (50 overs-a-side)
Venue: Knowle & Dorridge CC, Station Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 8ET
Telephone: 01564 774338
Spectators welcome


Berkswell announce Main Club Sponsor for 2014 season

Tyler Packaging Ltd
Tyler Packaging Ltd

Berkswell CC are pleased to announce that last year’s 1st XI sponsors Tyler Packaging have increased their commitment to the club for the 2014 in assuming the role of Main Club Sponsor.


“We’re really proud of our association with what is an increasingly significant player in the global markets, a business whose growth is in many ways a reflection of the progress we’re making as a club here at Berkswell CC.” says Berkswell CC Chairman Pat Milnes.