Balsall Common Lions Club – At the Heart of the Community

This year’s fireworks display, organised by Balsall Common Lions Club, was fantastic, even by their own high standards. Set to music, with 15 minutes of continuous oohs, ahs, and bangs, the event was enjoyed by around 3000 people.

The event is not just a good night out, but also raises lots of money for charity as part of the Lions Club’s year round fundraising and service work both in the village and further afield.

Lions Bonfire 2015

Lions at Christmas

The next event for your calendar is
Friday 27 November
, when the village Christmas lights will be switched on, join in from 3.30pm outside Barclays Bank. On 12 December the
ever popular Santa’s sleigh
begins his tour of Balsall Common, Berkswell, and parts of Burton Green.

Lions Santa

An awful lot of hard work goes into organising and managing these activities. There are 35 dedicated members of the Balsall Common Lions Club who give up their time to help out. If you’d like to volunteer to help with Santa’s sleigh or any of their other activities please contact Lion Ross Collins on 07813 937921.

Lions Activities

As well as fireworks and Christmas events, the Lions run twice monthly bingo sessions in the Village Hall, offering older people a chance to get out and socialise. Local Lions regularly help out at the SIFA Fireside project serving lunch to homeless people. They also organise and host a range of social evenings, again to raise funds for local causes and bigger campaigns. Last year Balsall Common Lions Club members completed over 4000 hours of service between them, helping many people in the process.

Where the money goes

The Lions welcome applications for help with projects, events, and issues locally. They regularly give money to local organisations and groups for equipment, trips, and also fund First Aid Training for pupils at local schools. Donations have been made to Berkswell Scouts, Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Scanner Appeal, Fisher House (a home away from home for military patients and their families at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham) and many more.

Join in

If you’re interested in finding out more or joining the Lions Club talk to Membership Secretary Ross Collins. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the British Legion, Station Road, Balsall Common. Or attend their special presentation meeting on 26 January where they will be thanking others that have supported them in their work in 2015. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to join the Lions and serve your local community. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organisation. Becoming a Lions club member gives you the opportunity to volunteer locally, or internationally, make new friends and professional connections, lead projects that make your community a better place to live AND have fun doing it!

Boost your Business

More than 60 local businesses have now been to a Balsall Business Club networking meeting.

Members range from sole traders working from home in the village to representatives of larger firms based in the area.

The next meeting will be on Friday 20 November at 7.30am. The guest speaker will be Jill Bowman of On Target Training. Ahead of December’s speed networking session, Jill will help us to create a perfect elevator pitch, ideal for explaining our businesses in one minute or less. Please, please sign up via this link so we can order enough breakfast.

The group usually meets on the third Friday of each month for breakfast at the British Legion. Each attendee gets to introduce themselves to the group and there is a guest speaker. Members offer discounts to other members and have really helped each other’s businesses grow and develop by providing advice, information, support, and referrals.

December’s meeting will follow a slightly different format. It will be an evening meeting, again at the British Legion, with speed networking and mince pies and mulled wine. It will be a great opportunity to meet other local business people.

Please arrive around 6.45pm. The speed networking session will start at 7.15pm, once it’s is underway latecomers won’t be able to join in, although you can still have your mince pie and mulled wine! The cost is £5 payable on the night, again please sign up if you’d like to come along.

If you’d like to know more about attending or joining please contact Claire Turner on 07999 696131 or email

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Local estate agent is one of the best

Simon Burt The Estate Agent and his team have been name Best Estate Agent in the Midlands in the 2015 allAgents Awards, after just two years in business.

The award came thanks to great customer service, good local knowledge, and professionalism, captured in reviews such as this one:

Simon has the grit, determination and energy that leaves other local agents in the shadows. He is highly accessible even out of office hours and is rigorous in following up potential buyers post viewing (which we all know can be highly frustrating as show home ready viewings require a lot of effort).
Simon made regular contact with us to review our selling status and was extremely pragmatic in delivering his advice on current market conditions and buyers behaviours.

The local estate agency has gone from strength to strength in its relatively short life time and has now won a total of six awards, in no small part thanks to Simon’s long history of successfully selling properties in and around this area. But it’s not all business for Simon, Maddy and the team. They were an integral part of the success of this year’s Balsall Common Festival and Fun Run thanks to their generous sponsorship.

burtmobile at balsall common festival

They also ran a very popular guess the number of balloons in the Burtmobile competition on the day, the lucky winners, Ruby Brown and Jason Goldberg each won a £100 voucher for the Orange Tree restaurant.

As part of his strong ties and commitment to the local community, Simon Burt the Estate Agent also supports the Balsall Hornets football and Berkswell Cricket Club.

Going, going, gone!

Super slimmer and local resident Noreen Burgess has been disappearing before our eyes over the last year.  Determined to successfully lose weight and become a healthy role model for her children, Erin and Jake, pupils at Balsall Common Primary School, Noreen has gone from a size 24 to a size 12.  

She’s now lost five and a half stone (more than the combined weight of Erin and Jake) and has more energy than ever before. Many dieting attempts and even running the London Marathon didn’t work but following a friend’s suggestion this time last year, Noreen attended her first slimming world class.

Noreen before and after
Noreen before and after

Amazed by the simplicity of the eating plan and the lack of ‘banned’ foods Noreen lost a stone in the first month of being a member. 

She explains: “I was overweight as a child and don’t remember a period in my life when I wasn’t on a diet. Healthy food and exercise soon became buzz words for boring and punishing.”

“When our daughter Erin was born in 2005 I really felt quite heavy and uncomfortable. I wanted to be the mum who ran around the park with her kids, without having to worry about everyone staring at me. But four years later when Jake came along I was as heavy as ever.”

“Training for the marathon allowed me to eat what I wanted leading up to the run but I never lost any weight. My diet was so unhealthy that all the effort I was putting in with my training runs would be completely outdone by the high fat, high sugar processed food I was eating day in, day out.”

“In the first month of joining Slimming World I went on a theatre trip to London, celebrated my daughter’s communion, spent five days in a muddy Glastonbury field and still managed to lose over a stone.”

“The plan was working because it gave me the freedom to make healthier choices without feeling deprived.”

Noreen is now keen to share her success with others and has become a Slimming World consultant. She’ll be holding meetings every Monday from 15 June at the Jubliee Centre, behind Tesco’s on Station Road.  Anyone is welcome to turn up on a Monday evening, or for more information on Noreen’s group, contact her via Facebook or ring 07467 039767.

Join the Balsall Business Club

The Balsall Business Club is growing month by month.  There are new recruits at each meeting, and business is starting to flow between members.

 

If your business covers Balsall Common why not join them?  They meet on the third Friday of every month, and for £5 you get the chance to network with other local businesses and some breakfast.  The next meeting is on Friday 20 February, to reserve your place, please book via Eventbrite. All you need to bring are some business cards.
Balsall Business Club
Balsall Business Club

 

 

Everyone gets one minute to speak about their business, and each month there is a guest speaker who gets a longer slot. Caroline Spelman is booked in as a future speaker.

 

Thanks to Richard Julian of Future Colour, the group now has a professional looking logo and leaflets.

 

The club also has a LinkedIn group. Join at: www.bit.ly/LinkBBC

 

To find out more email balsallbusinessclub@gmail.com or call Claire Turner from Wow! Signal Communications on 07999 696131.