The local community came together in unprecedented fashion on Saturday 20th September for the Balsall Common Festival, with approximately 4000 enjoying the party atmosphere across two sites during the day.
Residents took to the streets from around midday to witness around 475 runners, including former British Rugby Lion Tim Stimpson, participating in Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run. The crowds then flocked to The Lant for the fete, market and Party in the Park, complete with children’s activities and wide range of music and entertainment.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the outpouring of positive feeback from the community and that Fun-Run-fever early in the day inspired at least one street party along the course” said Festival Chairman Craig Burgess.
“There’s an arm’s length list of people to thank, too many to mention in fact, but we’re grateful to the Heart of England School and Sports Association Committee at The Lant for their support in hosting our first ever ‘dual-site’ festival and to the vast array of sponsors, organisations and individual residents who came forward with finance, know-how and physical support, from brochure deliveries, to marshalling and so much more. As in previous years, the Balsall Common Lions and Air Training Cadets were out in numbers over the weekend helping the event run smoothly.”
Balsall’s Got the Voice – Sponsored by Brumbeat Music Ltd
The village also witnessed another first, with the finals of Balsall’s Got the Voice, an acoustic music talent competition, which unearthered a surprising array of talent, including eventual winner, 16 year old Heather Foster. A number of finalists have gone on to enjoy work on the local music scene as a result of their appearances, with Top 4 finalist Jack Burley going one better, having recently commenced a 12 month management and recording contract courtesy of event sponsors Brumbeat Music Ltd.
Surplus helps local causes
The event turned a surplus of £6980, which enabled organisers to name a number of beneficiaries who supported event, including: The Lily Mae Foundation, The Heart of England School, Centre Stage, Balsall Common Scouts, The Blessed Robert Grissold Church; Kenilworth and Balsall Common Air Training Cadets (496 Squadron) and Fast Aid. The Festival Committee elected to retain £2000 from the surplus to cover future event planning, which signals the Committee’s enthusiasm to return for another Festival in 2015. Anyone interested in taking up an organisational position is invited to contact the Chairman by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
An initial Committee meeting will take place at 7:30pm, at a venue to be confirmed, on Thursday 8th January 2015.
Balsall Common Festival – 2014 sponsors
John Shepherd Select & Select Lettings are the longest running major sponsors, having contributing heavily to the event’s success for a third consecutive year, as Main Sponsor. This year Carl Stokes and Matt Corrall brought in the popular Go Karts.
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