Balsall Common is a large village in Solihull Borough with a population of approximately 7000, in the commuter belt between Coventry and Birmingham. The settlement would surely be considered a small town, but for the absence of the corresponding infrastructure generally seen in such settlements. Nonetheless, Balsall Common remains a sought-after place to live thanks to excellent transport links, access to good schools and collective community spirit.
The village offers an impressive variety of community events, clubs, activities and things to do, news of which is conveyed to residents by an impressive network of local organisations.
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Following the development of various housing estates in recent decades, Balsall Common has expanded significantly from the small village it was in the early 1980s, to become a significant-sized commuter settlement, with excellent transport links that include access to nearby motorway arteries, plus excellent road and rail links to the recently expanded Birmingham International Airport, which began handling Airbus 380 passenger planes for the first time in early 2016.
Local Schools and Education
Heart of England School
This large secondary school has a good reputation, with approximately 1700 pupils, drawn in from a wide catchment area. The school is one of the major reasons that Balsall Common has long been considered the hub of a wider community that includes the satellite villages of Berkswell, Meriden and Hampton in Arden.
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Balsall Common Primary School
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Pathways Nurseries is a highly respected Early Years education provider Head-Quartered in Balsall Common, with 5 educational establishments, 2 of which are situated in Balsall Common, both of which have been rated Outstanding after Ofsted inspections in 2017.
Beatle Woods in Balsall Common is an innovative, highly regarded all-outdoors Early Years educational facility that is in high demand.
Balsall Common Rail Links
Originally named Dockers Lane, Berkswell Railway Station sits on a northerly edge of Balsall Common, where regular local train services link the settlements with Coventry, Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street. The station is also situated on the West Coast Mainline, which offers a number of direct and indirect services in and out of London Euston.
The Bugle Magazine
The Bugle Magazine is an impressive glossy full-colour magazine that is delivered on a Quarterly basis (by volunteers) to 4000 homes throughout Balsall Common and some outlying areas.
The Magazine recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary and is held in high regard amongst residents for its wide range of high-quality local-interest information and Editorial.
BalsallCom.Com is a service run by volunteers, providing news, views, discussion and opportunities for friendship, by means of their website and associated social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
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Balsall Common Facebook Group
The BalsallCom.Com team also operates a more close-knit community group, membership of which is achieved by application:
There is plenty of excellent sporting opportunities in Balsall Common, with clubs such as Berkswell Cricket Club and Berkswell and Balsall Rugby Football Club competing at particularly high-levels within their respective sports, whilst also providing opportunities for all, alongside access to top-class coaches at youth level.
Balsall and Berkswell Football Club
The local football club, also known as The Hornets, has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years, with the recent development of new facilities and clubhouse.
The Club currently fields two Senior Men’s teams on Saturdays as well as plenty of youth teams for boys and girls.
Berkswell and Balsall Common Tennis Club
The tennis club has 4 floodlit astroturf tennis courts and 2 newly resurfaced and floodlit clay-rite courts and offer tennis for all ages and abilities, with various league teams. Regular social sessions are held in a friendly environment throughout the year, along with a comprehensive coaching schedule. New members are always welcome. To discover ore visit their website:
Berkswell and Balsall Rugby Football Club
Berkswell and Balsall RFC offer a wide range of opportunities for players of all ages and abilities with strong Men’s, Women’s, Boy’s and Girl’s sections, supported by top coaching, regular touring opportunities and a strong social scene.
The Club’s Annual Summer Party on the Pitch is a well-known fixture in the local community calendar.
Berkswell Cricket Club
Berkswell’s Saturday 1st XI currently competes semi-professionally in the world-famous Birmingham and District League’s Premier Division, under the leadership of Warwickshire batting legend Dominic Ostler. The 2018 squad is packed with current and former county professionals, as are many opposition sides. The cricket on show at Meeting House Lane is free to watch and the club welcomes new members and spectators.
In addition to their elite senior side, the club provides opportunities for players of all ages and abilities from complete novice to professional level. There is soft-ball cricket for the youngest boys and girls with an emphasis on fun, competitive youth and senior cricket, plus an innovative ‘Bats-in-the-Attic’ scheme aimed at attracting retired players back to the sport to participate in the Club’s more relaxed Sunday cricket scene.
There are 3 senior Saturday teams for Men, which also feature some of the Club’s best women’s cricketers, a further 2 Men’s teams on Sundays, as well as women’s, boy’s and girl’s teams.
The youth section enjoys access to some of the best coaches in the region, which enables the club to provide a development path into the professional game for the best cricketers.
Balsall Common Comedy Club
Balsall Common’s resident Award Winning Comedian Harvey Hawkins created Balsall Common Comedy Club as a vehicle for bringing the top comedians from the UK circuit to his home village at affordable prices, removing the time and expense required to travel to a major town or city.
For a brief history of the villages of Balsall Common and the neighbouring village of Berkswell we would point you to the following articles at BalsallCom.Com:
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