Berkswell Cricket Club welcomes new players of all ages


Berkswell Cricket Club is busy gearing up for the new season with winter training for both youth and senior sections and the doors are open to new players at all levels.


Berkswell’s top senior side plays at the highest level outside the professional county circuit and boasts a squad packed full of current and former Warwickshire players and one former England International.


The youth section has become equally successful in recent years, boasting squads at every age group that finished first or second in their respective leagues in 2013.


The club is now inviting new blood to come along and get involved, with a youth section that enjoys some of the best coaching available anywhere. The coaching staff regularly includes current and former professional cricketers, courtesy of a partnership with the formidable coaching outfit Complete Cricket.


Berkswell 2014 pre-season training – seniors


Berkswell’s pre-season indoor training runs for a 10 week period from Tuesday 5th February at Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club’s indoor facility, before moving outside at Berkswell’s Meeting House Lane ground in Balsall Common. The club runs 3 senior sides on a Saturday and two on Sundays. New faces are always welcome across a wide spectrum of abilities because of the wide range of levels of competition the club competes in.


Pre-season winter sessions for 2014 take place as follows:


Dates: Every Tuesday 4th February to 8th April
Venue: Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club
Times: 8:15pm – 9:30pm
Address: Glasshouse Park, Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2AL


Berkswell’s Youth Section


The club also welcomes youth cricketers from the age of 7 years upwards. Berkswell’s youngsters are privileged to enjoy access to some of the best coaches in the Midlands, courtesy of top coaching consultancy Complete Cricket. Training focuses on a wide range of skills, drills, technique and fitness in all areas of the game and includes regular access to former professional cricketers.


Anyone interested in getting involved with youth cricket should email Youth Chairman Alan Warwood:


2014 Under 10s Winter Training Programme


10 week programme


Starts: Sunday 12/01/2014
Runs every Sunday (except 16/02 and 23/02)
Ends: Sunday 30/03/2014
Location: Heart of England School (Main Sports Hall), Gypsy Lane, Balsall Common
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Youth Chairman Alan Warwood:


* Note: children must be 7 years of age to attend these sessions. This is a requirement under the terms of our insurance.


Under 16s Winter Training Programme


10 week programme aimed at lads from the Under 11 (Year 6) Age Group through to Under 16s (Year 11).


Starts: Saturday 11/01/2014
Runs every Saturday (except 15/02 and 22/02)
Ends: Saturday 29/03/2014
Location: Solihull College, B91 1SB
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Youth Chairman Alan Warwood:


* Note: the upper age limit will be capped this winter at 16 years of age for safety reasons.




Balsall Common author Helen Hiorns’ award winning debut novel “The name on your wrist” published

"The Name on your Wrist" is available for purchase in print and e-reader from Amazon
Helen Hiorns.”The Name on your Wrist” is available for purchase in print and e-reader from Amazon (link)

It’s the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don’t need to; your parents tell you when you’re first learning how to say your name. It’s drummed into you whilst you’re taking your first stumbling steps. It’s your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don’t tell anyone the name on your wrist.


Talented 19 year old author, University of Sheffield philosophy and ex Heart of England school student Helen Hiorns national award winning debut “The Name on your wrist” is a dystopian fiction which follows young Corin’s journey as she struggles to accept the idea of her perfect soul mate being predetermined for her.


The novel was selected by Malorie Blackman as the winner of Sony Young Movellist of the year award. Malorie is a distinguished British writer and Children’s Laureate for 2013–15.


Helen succeeded in securing a publishing contract with Random House Children’s Publications despite only entering the writing competition eight days before the deadline.


BalsallCom.Com’s latest writer Jenny Dempster caught up with Helen during the summer back in Balsall Common to find out more.


Where did you get the idea for The Name on your Wrist?

I’d read a few stories about soul mates before but I wanted to do something a bit different. I don’t really buy into the idea of soul mates, I think it’s rubbish, so the idea for the book just stemmed from there.


I’ve been writing since I was 13 and have previously written quite a few books for my own enjoyment. I had had the idea for The Name on your Wrist since last August but hadn’t written that much before I found out about the writing competition. I only had eight days left before the deadline so I wrote 42,000 in the eight days left so I could submit it. This was whilst I was studying at Sheffield University, so I kind of had to hibernate for a bit until I finished the book and then caught up on my work.


Where do you believe your passion for writing comes from?

I’ve always loved writing, but I only started to love writing stories when I discovered fan fiction. I began to write my own fan fiction and I finished my first book when I was 16 but that was a ridiculous length. It was 45 chapters and each one was 10,000 words each. I don’t know how I found the time to write it but I completed it! You can vent a lot in writing and creating characters and plots I find is a really interesting thing to do.


What would you say is the hardest thing about writing a book?

Determination to get through writing it as you don’t necessarily get to the write all the fun bits straight away. You just have to have the motivation to push through it and get to an end. For me, having the competition in mind and knowing there was a deadline was helpful as normally you don’t have that.


Did you take inspiration from your environment around you for the book, will there be any characters in there we might recognise from Balsall Common?

The characters all feel real to me. I hope people don’t trace them back to themselves. Names are probably more likely to come to people I know but I would hate people to think it was based on them.


What would be your advice to any potential authors reading this out there in Balsall Common?


I would firstly say definitely keep writing! Keep going with a book idea even if it doesn’t work out straight away, everyone gets better the more they write. However good you are it really helps to just keep going. Try new things and just go for it!


“The Name on your Wrist” is available in print and e-reader form from stores such as Amazon, Kobo, Nook and Sony e-reader.


What reviewers at Amazon are saying:


“The name on everybody’s wrist should be Helen Hiorns”
“The Name on your wrist is a unique debut and certainly worth checking out”
“I really, really enjoyed The Name on Your Wrist, it was fast paced, interesting, different and all of the characters were far from perfect, which to me made them more than perfect! Well worth a read!”


Support local talent and enjoy a fantastic read. Link to Amazon


Article by Neil C and Jenny Dempster.




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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Berkswell cricketers claim County Champions trophy


Berkswell’s Under 11 cricketers emerged victorious in a thrilling County Final on a hot Edgbaston night against Coventry & North Warwicks to bring home the pairs County Championship Trophy. Losing the toss on the Colts Ground at the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Berkswell’s openers Nic Bland and Ollie Southgate got off to a flyer with a 41 run partnership in their allotted overs.
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Paddy Doyle continues march towards triple century

Paddy Doyle's 13 mile backpack speed-march challenge
Paddy Doyle’s 13 mile backpack speed-march challenge

“I still intend to push myself to continue for as long as I can” said a jubilant Paddy Doyle after successfully claiming another Guinness World Record on Saturday to put himself just two short of a triple century of career strength stamina and fitness records. Balsall Common’s irrepressible world endurance champion was speaking in Henley-In-Arden after completing a gruelling 13-mile speed-march encumbered by a 100lb back-pack, across muddy paths, stiles and overgrown fields.


The former Paratrooper’s official time of 4 hours 18 mins, knocked 39 minutes off the previous bench mark, in a record attempt which required Paddy to employ navigational skills as part of the challenge.


The record challenge also came with the additional mental challenge of a last-minute decision to bring the challenge start-time forward, a decision that was taken because of concerns over incoming weather patterns, a situation that was far from ideal, given Paddy’s concerns about entering the challenge carrying injuries from previous record challenges.


“Myself and my team of pacers along with officials decided to start at 7am, so we could avoid any bad weather, however I was carrying numerous injury’s going into this challenge which was affecting my focus.”


Paddy found help in the form of supporters and pacers who kept him going all the way to the finish:


“I did not want to tell the other team members” said Paddy, referring to the extent of his struggle with injuries, “as this wouldn’t have helped with morale. I needed them to think I was OK so they would encourage me to go for it as much as possible.”


This now brings his career of strength speed stamina records to 298, of which 196 still remain as current documented records.


“I am excited and looking forward to reaching my 300th fitness endurance record, it has been a long hard and mentally challenging road”.


One he intends to remain on a little while longer yet.