Balsall Commons Update

Balsall Common Lions Club funds next generation of life savers.

Berkswell2Leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance, delivered training to over 100 pupils, in Year Five from Berkswell Church of England School, Year Six at Balsall Common Primary School and Lady Katherine Leveson Church of England School in Temple Balsall.

The youngsters learnt essential first aid skills, including guidance on choking, helping an unconscious casualty and administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to restart someone’s heart.

Lion Ann Pemberton, Youth Officer, said: “This was the fourth year that we have made a donation to these local schools for first aid training. We are delighted to have worked with St John Ambulance once again to help equip these youngsters with such important skills.”

Nick Pitt, Regional Schools Training Co-ordinator for St John Ambulance in the West Midlands, said: “These pupils are now the next generation of first aiders in the local community. We believe that anyone should receive first aid training, regardless of age. This was a generous donation from the Lions Club and one that could mean the difference between a life saved and a life lost.”

Recent research by St John Ambulance found that nearly 58% of children in the West Midlands region have no life saving knowledge at all, leaving them without the skills to deal with basic emergency situations such as identifying if someone is breathing or how to help someone who is choking.

For more information on training courses by St John Ambulance, telephone 0121 237 3879. Alternatively, visit or email

Balsall Common Lions welcome new President

IMG_0218After a very successful   year in office, Lion President Mark Whitfield hands over to the new incoming Lion President Andy Pemberton.

This will be his third term as President of the club, his last Presidency years were in 1988-1989 and 1995-1996.




Balsall Common Lions Club join in the fun at Mad Hatters Summer Tea Party

2Mad.IMG_0393bBalsall Common Lions had a great day helping out with other volunteers at #The Mad Hatters Tea Party (Solihull Children’s Charity). The Charity aims to give sick, disabled and disadvantaged

children in the Midlands exciting days out to remember. Their Summer Party was again held at the Botanical Gardens Birmingham, and entertained over 800 children.

In spite of the rain this did not stop the children, with their Carers, coming along and enjoying themselves. There were stalls serving refreshments and the children were entertained with face painting, given masks, saw magic tricks, a Twister making balloon models, hula-hoop displays, Stilt Walkers, some blowing lots of bubbles and one performing acrobatic stunts. We had PC Bibbledy Bobby there to keep everyone under control.

Disco music was played throughout, allowing some children including volunteers to practise their dancing such as the Macarena and the entertainment finished with the biggest Conga dance we’ve ever seen.

A well organised day by Liz and her team, which everyone enjoyed, a great day for all of us and most importantly the children loved it and had a brilliant time.


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