The Berkswell Society was originally formed in 1973 as the residents’ association for Berkswell Parish. In the 1980’s it lead a fight to stop a coal mine being developed in the parish, a fight that was won.
In 2015/16 it lobbied for improvements to the planned HS2 by presenting its case to a House of Commons Select Committee and a key Solihull Council committee....
Amongst many other activities The Berkswell Society install and maintain flower planters in urban settings and fruit trees, spring bulbs in the surrounding verges and green spaces. We also work closely with the Parish Council to ensure on-going conservation and enhancement of our community assets for the benefit of all who enjoy Berkswell Parish.
Don Hitchcock, veteran of the Artic convoys and D Day in the second world war, lays the Berkswell parish council wreath at the remembrance day commemoration at Berkswell Church.
Don celebrated his 94 birthday within days of the 2018 remembrance day
Parish Boundary Review
The Solihull Council Governance Committee met on the 24th September 2018 to make a final decision on the review of the parish boundary between Berkswell and Balsall Parish.
The Committee reached a unanimous decision to make no change to parish boundaries.
This followed a full consultation with the community which resulted in 80% of Berkswell Parish residents west of the line of HS2 (comprising mainly eastern Balsall Common) supporting “no change” on a 54% response rate. Across the two parishes 58% indicated a preference for “No change”. Thus the community overwhelmingly rejected the proposal by Balsall Parish Council to take over western Berkswell Parish by moving their parish boundary to the line of HS2.
The Berkswell Society will continue to serve the whole parish of Berkswell both that within Balsall Common and the rural areas.
Anyone interested in joining the Society to help or simply get updates on parish events can join by clicking on the “get involved” icon at the top of this web page.
The Parish of Berkswell
The Parish of Berkswell includes Berkswell village, Berkswell railway station, most of the eastern part of Balsall Common including Meeting House Ln, Station Road west of Kenilworth Rd, the recent housing developments off Hallmeadow Rd and a number of number of surrounding hamlets. (see map below).
Berkswell's toponym is derived from the Berks Well, a 16 ft (5 m) square, stone-walled water well just outside the churchyard.
The Village of Berkswell
Berkswell village is the archetypal English village. It has umpteen listed buildings, a beautiful church dating from Norman times, a typical pretty village green and a rare animal pound. It also has a large open well filled by an underground spring from which the village and parish get their name. You can get a good beer/lunch/dinner in the pub and a cup of tea or coffee at the village shop (closed Sundays). The post code to find the village is CV7 7BJ
Saturday 24th November at 2 pm. The Scout House, parish council car park, Lavender Hall Lane, Berkswell village --------------------------------------------------
Berkswell School Christmas Fayre
. Saturday 1st December noon until 3pm.Mince pies, mulled wine, Santa, cupcake competition and more.
Updated November 2018
New planters - can you help
The parish council have agreed to fund new planters for the green at the junction of Hodgett’s Lane and Waste Lane and at the junction of Grovefield Crescent and Hallmeadow Road.
We have a volunteer for the 1st of these and have a volunteer to water the two on Hallmeadow Road but are looking for volunteers to plant them. The Society pays for the plants. If you can help please call our secretary on 07860 302 232