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Balsall Beerfest

 

More than a Beer Fest ... it's a superb community event!

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Come and join Balsall Common Lions Club and Balsall and Berkswell Hornets at our Annual Charity Balsall BeerFest on Saturday 29 June at the Hornets Football Ground on Lavender Hall Lane!

 

Come along to the grounds of Lavender Hall Lane to join us in an afternoon of good beer, great music, and great community spirit. There’s fantastic entertainment with live music from local band No More Moaning Band, DJ Darren and his disco, Kids Zone and face painting, sweet shop for the kids!

 

Last year, we responded to the previous demand for real ales, and doubled the amount of beer available. Again, this year, we expect to have even more, with over 20 beers to taste from several local breweries. We will also have a great selection of cider. Plus, a Gin & Prosecco Bar, and plenty of wine and soft drinks.

 

And best of all … all proceeds go towards good charitable causes and promoting junior football in the village - what's not to like!?

 

​Get your tickets from Michaels Drinks World or the A1 Motorstore in Balsall Common, or call our BeerFest Ticket Line on 0345 8338565.  The weather forecast is looking good, and the last couple of events have sold out so buy your tickets early!

Fancy Sponsoring a Barrel?

We have many Sponsors already for Barrels - but you can never have enough when you’re a charity!

 

We are proud to say that every penny we raise goes direct to good causes, with not one penny spent on administration.

 

There are some fantastic benefits that come with sponsoring a barrel at this event:

•Free Advertising of your details at the event and on BC Lions and Hornets social media and websites.

•4 Complimentary Tickets to access the event.

•10 Drinks Tokens.

 

If you are willing to sponsor a barrel, please contact our Beerfest Email bc.beerfest@balsallcommonlions.org).

 

BC Lions and Hornets are very grateful to all the local businesses that have already confirmed support of the 2024 Balsall BeerFest!

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Please welcome our 51st President - Lion Mike Edkins who received the Balsall Common Lions Club chain of office from our fiftieth President, Lion Andy Pemberton recently at a Handover Ceremony attended by over forty Lions and friends.Lion Mike was the president of Balsall Common Lions Club from 2020 - 2021, a period of COVID19 pandemic and lockdown, when Mike still managed to steer us through a highly successful year.Despite never having the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting, or an actual Fund-Raising event, he steered us through ...

•Supply of critical PPE equipment

•COVID Vaccination Clinics

•Critical foodbank collections

•We even managed to achieve an online Santa collection

 

At the time, Mike promised us that he would come back again for a real (as opposed to virtual) Presidential Year, and he’s lived up to that commitment, starting with our Annual Balsall BeerFest later this month.

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Prostate Screening Event Update

Balsall Common Lions are very proud to advise that approx 350 local men received their Prostate PSA Tests at The White Horse on Saturday 18 May (see our news blog).

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We would like to extend our thanks to Daejon and the team at The White Horse Balsall Common, hosting this event for us for the first time.

A massive thanks to the team of phlebotomists and the team from The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust (GFCT). GFCT has been supporting prostate cancer awareness and early diagnosis through PSA testing for approximately twenty years.

Thanks, also, to the team from the South Warwickshire Prostate Cancer Support Group (SWaPS) who were present at the event to provide help and support, going forward. In case you didn't receive the result that you had hoped for, SWaPS are a group of men and family members most of whom have direct experience of Prostate Cancer, and they seek to offer help and support to anyone in South Warwickshire and surrounding areas affected by this condition.  SWaPS can be contacted here : https://southwarwickshirepcsg.org.uk/

Finally, thanks to our team of Lions volunteers and family members who volunteered on the day, and (very finally) to those who provided the inspiration to take on this challenge many years ago.

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Summer Foodbank – Saturday 1st June, 2024

Balsall Common Lions will be pounding the streets of Balsall Common again on the weekend of Saturday 1st June with another door-to-door Foodbank Collection in the village.

 

The need is greater than ever …

 

Food banks are stretched to breaking point. Your support could help food banks provide emergency food and vital advice to everyone who needs it, including to the thousands of people who will need to use foodbanks for the first time.

 

Any donation will be gratefully received, but if you are looking for suggestions, this list may help :

 

  • Any Tinned Foods – Vegetables, beans, soup, meat, fish

  • Dried foods – Pasta, pasta sauce, rice, cereals etc

  • Any toiletries (do you have any unwanted gifts that you might wish to donate?)

 

Please put any donation out before 11:00am, or take it to one of our many drop-off points.  Full details of our Drop-off Points are enclosed and can also be found on our Facebook Page.

 

Hopefully, there will be a drop off somewhere nearby to you, but you will also be able to drop off donations at the Co-op Car Park from 11:00am to 2:00pm, or the Village Hall between 1:30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday.

 

Alternatively, you can make a donation to our online facility, here :

 

https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/25508

 

Thank you for your support.

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Summer Foodbank drop-off points

•8 Alder Lane

•24 Albany Meadows

•28 Balsall Street

•25 Balsall Street East

•MASEFIELD, Green Lane

6 Hawkswood Drive

•5 Huddesford Drive

•65 Kelsey Lane

•2. Kemps Green Road

•10 Meer Stones Rd

•2 Rushton Close

•4 Speedwell Drive

•14 Stoneton Crescent

•11 Sunnyside Lane

•15 Wilton Road

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Serving our community for over fifty years ... come and join us!

We have an exciting year ahead, serving the local community, and raising funds for local good causes with some great events … there’s something for everyone. Balsall Common Lions Club are seeking community-minded people to join us and take us forward into the next fifty years.

Come and join us on Monday, 3rd June at 7:30pm at The White Horse Balsall Common, or go to our website to find out more.

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Upcoming events and activities

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50th Anniversary Charter Dinner

Many thanks to everyone that joined us for our 50th Anniversary Charter Dinner on Saturday night.

We received our Charter on the 26th of December 1973, and it was signed by Lion Alan Douglas who cut the cake and has now given over 50 years of service to the community.

It was a lovely evening - great venue, great company, great food, great music and bingo!

It's a great time to get involved with Balsall Common Lions Club.

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Huge thanks to everyone who came out to see Santa in the last few weeks!

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Thank you to Balsall Common Scouts!

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Thank you to Balsall Common Hornets!

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Thank you to Balsall & Berkswell Rugby Minis and Juniors!

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Thank you to Lily Mae Foundation!

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Thank you to Berkswell Junior Cricket!

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Thank you to Berkswell 53rd Scouts
(Beavers)!

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Thank you Lions , family and fiends, and volunteers from the public!

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Thank you Our unsung heroes …!

We couldn’t let this moment pass without expressing our gratitude to our volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.

 

Lion David Hickson - This year David was both our Chief Technical Elf, organising the sleigh, flashing lights, and the extra loud sound system ; in addition David and his wife, Sandra were the Chief Logistical Elves, organising the hundred-ish volunteers for all of Santa’s outings.

 

Lion President Andy Pemberton, Steve Meakin, Michelle, and more - our bean counters who, when the sleigh returns, patiently work through every note and every coin #everypennycounts.

 

Thanks to our drivers, Lion Norman Whitaker and volunteer Steve Porter, for the eight nights of driving Santa to your homes.

 

We really couldn’t have done it without them!

Lion David Hickson - David and his wife, Sandra, organised all of the elves ... AKA herding cats!!

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Our bean counters - Steve, Andy, and Michelle - who every night ensure that every penny donated is diligently accounted for.

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Our drivers - Norman and Steve - their identity is protected for obvious reasons - we cannot afford to lose them!!

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