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This page is dedicated to informing members of local events. 



  • 10.30 a.m. Thursday, 10 March 2022 - New Members Coffee Morning, Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common

  • 4.00 – 9.30 p.m. Friday, 3 June 2022 - Platinum Jubilee Village Festival, Lavender Hall Park, Balsall Common – u3a will be providing Stewarding and Security support

  • 3.00 p.m. Saturday, 4 June 2022 – u3a Swing Division Band are performing at Harper Fields Open Day and Afternoon Tea, Albany Lane, Balsall Common


Balsall Common Streetwatch

Balsall Common Street Watch was set up in September 2018. Whilst we were initially a strong group with active members the past 18 months have affected us, like most organisations, and we are were on the point of hanging up our Hi Vizs permanently. Andrea and Sara have jointly taken on the responsibility of coordinating BCSW with the aim of turning its fortunes around and developing it the community spirited group that our village deserves.

We are seeking new, enthusiastic and reliable members to swell our numbers and offer Balsall Common regular patrols.

Please feel free to contact Andrea 07853 386522 or Sara 07868 029722 to learn about our vision for BCSW,  click here to see the poster or email

Posted 22nd January 2021

Become a Friend Against Scams by completing the Online Learning course, then "Take a Stand Against Scams"

The average age of people who succumb to scams is 75.

Please click on the following link

Watch the video and if you wish work through the on-line course.  When you complete it  you can claim your Friends Against Scams certificate by emailing: - please include the name you'd like on the certificate in your email.

This course is recommended by u3a member Jim Henry.  The information came from a reliable source: Support Through Court for whom Jim has volunteered for the last 5 years.

Posted 14th May 2020

Fellow u3a member Alan Cutler has suggested that “members might like to consider using Ecosia as their search engine. It works just the same as others, Google for example, but it uses the income it generates to plant trees across the world. As the time of writing it has planted nearly 94 million (the counter on the web site increases by the second) in several projects, including Brazil and other countries in South America and Africa. There are details and photos of them on the website.
It takes around 45 searches to fund the planting of one tree so in the few months I have been using it I have ‘planted’ 10 trees – hardly a forest, not even a copse, but every bit helps. It’s certainly worth thinking about, I think.”

To go to Ecosia in your web browser enter the

Posted 14th January 2019

Walkers Crisps Packets Recycling

Walkers Crisps packaging are not currently recyclable.  Walkers Crisps have announced a recycling scheme for empty crisp packets.  u3a member Sylvia Rose and her husband have enrolled in the scheme and are prepared to be a depot for their empty crisp packets. 

They will fill a box obtain a return label from Walkers and a driver will collect from their bungalow.

Sylvia is asking if anyone wants to avail themselves of the scheme to bring the empty packets to the Core Meetings and hand them to either herself or David Smithers.

Alternatively drop them into Sylvia Roses bungalow.  Telephone 533165 for her address

Posted 4th May 2018

Balsall Voluntary Transport Service

Some of you will remember that, at a recent core meeting, our member Alan Cutler explained about the BVTS and offered the opportunity for other members to consider becoming a volunteer driver themselves. In the event, several did and are now assisting village residents to get to their medical appointments.

Alan has asked that we now promote the service to any u3a members who find it difficult to get to appointments at the village medical centre or local hospitals.

Anyone wishing to request such assistance should call the coordinator, Jessica Hudson, on 02476 466220

Posted 18th February 2011

Balsall Common u3a has joined Amazon - the famous online stores Affiliation programme.  This means if you go to Amazon by clicking on the link on the Members page,  Balsall Common u3a will receive as a cash back a percentage of your purchase value.  Balsall Common u3a will only be credited if you access Amazon through our link.

This link is on the home page.

Posted 4th February 2011

The purpose of this web site is to keep members informed of the activities of the Balsall Common u3a.  It is your web site if you have any suggestions as to what should be included please click the link at the end of this section.  Similarly if you know of a web site that contains information that would be useful to our members please click here and complete the email with your suggestion.

Posted 28th January 2011

NEW GROUPS    A number of current interest groups are full and with a growing membership it would make sense to start second groups if and when sufficient members express a wish.  If you would like to  be part of a new group for -  Music Appreciation, Books, Philosophy, Poetry.

Similarly if you have any idea for a new group let us know.  Click here and complete the email