BIG cheque for Mr Mayor

Mr Solihull Mayor (known to us as Lion Stuart Davis) seen receiving, at the recent Mayor’s Ball, our cheque payable to Breast Cancer Haven.

Stuart chose Breast Cancer Haven, as his nominated charity, after learning of the excellent work they do in our community when they were one of our two Partner Charities in 2017/18.


We donated £320 which equated to £10 for every year of Stuart’s 32 years’ service as a Lion.

Posted in Charities, News, Other grants

What is ‘Message in a Bottle’?

Message in a BottleAbbreviated to MIAB, it is a simple piece of paper asking pertinent questions that contains vital information about you, directed at the Emergency Services. This allows them to make quick and accurate decisions on what action to take at the point of contact, which could save your life in an emergency at home. A white plastic bottle containing a form containing vital information about you that could save your life due to the speed with which the Emergency Services could respond to your individual needs.

The bottle is placed where the Emergency Services are trained to look, in the refrigerator door. A green cross sticker is placed on the inside of the main house door, or where it is considered would be most obvious and another sticker on the door of the fridge.

The information provided should include where you keep your medication and latest prescription, contact details, major medical conditions, personal doctor and anything considered necessary that would need attention in those first critical moments.

Posted in Message in a Bottle, News

Litter picking 2020

The sun was up on 14th March (yes sun – it is yellow) and the expensively assembled elite squad of Knowle Society, Solihull MBC & K&D Lions stood outside the library ready to attack Knowle High Street & Precinct.

They searched every nook & cranny and filled their sacks with all manner of debris.

Posted in Lions Projects, News

Meet us shaking a tin

We shall be loitering around Knowle High Street and Dorridge on Saturday 21 March morning hoping to raise valuable funds for Lion’s Local Causes, including Social Events for the Elderly and Challenging Opportunities for Young People.

Please take the opportunity introduce yourself and have a chat with us about anything:

  • Our fundraising activities – the Knowle Fun Run, Heart of England Bike Ride, annual Easter Egg Raffle
  • Challenging opportunities for local Youth – including our Youth Travel Burseries
  • Social events for local older persons – Coach trips and tea parties
  • What it is like to be a Lion – how you could help or possibly join us

Or perhaps something else on your mindWe look forward to meeting you


Posted in Fundraising Events, Membership, News

Ride the Heart of England 2020

Sunday 12 July

Packwood National Trust House(map), just 3 miles from jct 4 of M42

Choice of 30 or 100 kms routes

Anyone who would like to help organise the day should contact Paul via now

Join us for our 15th charity bike ride & help raise funds for Solihull’s Breast Cancer Haven & local causes.

Whether its the circular and fully sign-posted 30km leisure ride for families,  or the 100 km velo through the Warwickshire countryside you are assured of a great day out.

  • All ages may enter the 30 km ride and set off  between 9:00 & 11:30
  • Adult only entrants for the 100 km ride must set off between 8:00 & 8:45
  • There is no mass start.
  • All riders must return to Packwood House by 15:00, when they will be able to pick up their Certificate of Achievement, buy a burger from the Lions BBQ and enjoy a FREE visit to the House & Grounds
  • Links to the maps of the routes will be sent to registered riders when online entries close on 5 July. .gps links will be published here near the day.

Not just a bike ride but an opportunity to help raise funds for charity

  • This years partner charity is:


  • We shall be retaining 50% of all the proceeds for Lions locally determined causes
  • If you wish to use our event to raise funds for your favourite cause please register and let us know

If you wish to get your ride sponsored please download a
Why not set up an online fundraising page. Please use our Virgin Money Giving page at any time just click on

Please download a poster & display it at your work or club, or email it to friends, relatives, anyone who may like to join you on our rides

See what last years ride was like, visit our photographers gallery.

Lion President Bob Thurtle with sponsor Simon McKenzie from Hollywood Monster, cycling Lion Trevor Jones and fundraiser from Breast Cancer Haven 2013

Be sure to like us and keep in touch via

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How to prepare for your charity bike ride – have a read of this, it may remind you.

If you would like to help us make a great success of this year’s event please get in touch now

HOE LROVERnWhy not get a team together?


We are delighted to welcome back our main sponsor

We are also indebted to our loyal group of sponsors who help cover the costs of organising this bike ride:

If you know of a company who may like to support our event please get in touch now

We are also indebted to the Solihull Observer and local magazines too many to mention for their promotion of our events

We are also delighted to be working with who are providing registration services for us again this year.

We are looking for new companies to come on board for 2020 and help ensure all our costs are covered before anyone enters, such that every £ of entry fee and sponsorship raised will go to charity. Rather than passing on the costs of our new online registration provider we are looking for a corporate sponsor or more to cover the costs. Or perhaps you could sponsor the riders numbers, refreshments stops – with bananas, protein biscuits or similar. If you would like to help please get in touch now

Please note Knowle & Dorridge Lions are registered charity (no 509993) and our accounts are prepared, examined and lodged with the Charities Commission each year

Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News

Collect and recycle 2020 pairs of specs in 2020

That’s the target for this year’s Great Spec Collect

With help from our 3 local opticians – Alan Tyler in Dorridge, Bannisters and Vision Express in Knowle and yourselves, we have just parcelled up 920 pairs and sent them to our sister Lions Club in Chichester, who will sort them and then send them around the world where they can do most good.

Paul Wheatley K & D Lions Community Services Committee Chair thanked everyone for the great team effort and the strong start towards our target of collecting 2020 pairs of specs in 2020.

Posted in News, Spectacle Recycling

Knowle’s Red Information Box

The Knowle Society has recently taken the red telephone box in Knowle High Street into its care and paid to have it refurbished as an iconic feature in the middle of the Village.

So next time you are passing and wondering what use it is being put to, please stop to read our latest membership, Message in a Bottle & Great Spec Collect notices. Perhaps they will inspire you to come and help our endeavors



Posted in Membership, Message in a Bottle, News, Spectacle Recycling

1000 Facebook likes

What a way to end 2019 🙌🙌🙌

We have officially reached over 1000 likes on our Facebook page, so wanted to thank you all for your continued support at our events and look forward to (hopefully 🤞) many more years to come!

We really need some new members to keep us going though, so if your new year resolution is to ‘give back’ a little then please consider joining us. It is only 1-2hrs a month on average and although we work hard we have great fun while doing it!

So if you enjoy our events and want to have a night out once a month for a drink at the Greswolde Hotel then drop us an email now to find out when our next meeting is 👍

Happy New Year all Here is to an amazing 2020…


Posted in Membership, News

Well done 2019 Festive Walkers

Thank you to everyone who joined us on 27th December. There were nearly 1,400 of you (and your dogs) and we raised almost £6,600. We hope you had a fantastic day and enjoyed the wet & muddy conditions

For those who could not make it this year we wish you a Happy New Year. Should you wish to make a donation in lieu of joining us please visit our Virgin Money Giving site We hope you will join us in 2020

Here are the first selection of photos from our photographer Simon Bissett

For more images and feedback visit our Facebook page

If you have any feedback or images you would like to share please get in touch

Watch out for details of our next Festive Walk – Sunday 27 December 2020 next Autumn

If you would like to help us put on the walk or are able to sponsor any element of our costs we would love to hear from you

Posted in Festive Walk, News

Day out & tea party

The 2020 traditional 3 coach day out will see a long awaited return to Chester on Tuesday 8 September

The annual Tea Party with entertainment at the Royal British Legion Knowle will be on Saturday 10 October 2020

All older residents living in Knowle, Dorridge, Bentley Heath, Hockley Heath or Lapworth welcome, by free ticket only

Both dates will be confirmed and an application form will be available nearer the time


Posted in News, Older persons


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