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The Balsall Common Country Market provided a refreshment marquee serving teas, coffees, soft drinks and a range of delicious cakes and scones.
The Balsall Common Country Market was set up by the Women’s Institute in Balsall Common, operating in Station Road Village hall in January 1983, every Saturday 10.00-11.30am.
There were approximately six founder members, including the recently deceased Margaret Brelsford, Georgie Holmes, now living in Marston Green, and Elizabeth Mulroy. Elizabeth now lives in Clone, Derbyshire, and is Treasurer for the West Midlands Country Market Society.
In 2003/2004 the Country Market moved to set up their own organisation with a structure of Regional Markets, co-ordinated by the head office based in Chesterfield, and breaking free from the Women’s Institute.
The West Midlands Country Market Society consists of four markets – Bentley Heath, Balsall Common, Allesley, Coventry and Wythall.
There are well over 350 markets with Countrywide coverage selling an ever widening choice of home made cakes, savouries and oriental dishes, fresh meat, home grown vegetables, plants and flower arrangements, cards for all occasions, hand sewn and knitted items for all ages, and a wide range of hand made jewellery and other gifts.
The Balsall Common Country Market is 30 years old this year, and on Saturday 9th. March customers and villagers were invited to a Coffee Morning to enjoy a hot drink and a piece of birthday cake. This proved to be an extremely popular event, with approximately eighty people attending.
Gill Wiley, a founder member of the Balsall Common Country Market thirty years ago, cut the ribbon and then celebrated the anniversary with Elizabeth Mulroy, also a founder member.
June Smitten, Manager of Balsall Common Country Market, was extremely pleased with the support received. The Country Market opens 10.00am – 11.30 am every Saturday morning for the sale of a wide range of cakes and savouries, flower arrangements and plants, hand made cards for every occasion, jewellery and hand knitted and hand sewn gift items. Items can be ordered directly from Country Market website for collection from the village hall.
Held in the Village hall is one of Balsall Common's best kept secrets - Balsall Common Country Market. Open to the public every Saturday from 10.00 to 11:30 am selling a range of seasonal vegetables, home-baked goods, preserves, savouries, jams, marmalade, chutneys as well as a free range meat and sausages. All from local producers
I5th November 2012 saw the new Committee Room officially opened by Councillor Judy Lea.
An extension has been added to the side of the Committee Room, and this provides a small kitchen with plumbed in water boiler for instant hot drinks, kettles and microwave oven. A fridge has been donated by a committee member and will shortly be installed.
There is also a unisex disabled toilet, and a storage area for the tables and chairs. A complete new floor has been laid in the committee room itself, and new carpet tiles have also been laid, and a grant was received from Birmingham Airport towards this work.
There is now also full disabled access to the committee room.
Balsall Parish Council and Berkswell Parish Council both made donations towards the cost of the extension, as did Balsall Common Lions and The Bugle. A grant of £5000 towards the cost of installing disabled access has been received from the Big Lottery Fund.