Challenging but enjoyable day for 25th Festive Walk

That was how Steve Woodhall from Dorridge described his 17th Lions Festive Walk.

Steve Woodhall with his well-earned certificate of achievement and cup of mulled wine

Heavy snow the night before on top of already water logged fields meant that we had to curtail the number of walks we were recommending people undertook for this our 25th annual Festive Walk. This resulted in the number of walkers being substantially reduced from previous year’s, however nearly 800 hardy souls (and some dogs) joined us for this year’s Lions Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton NT House.

The weather certainly did not affect walker’s enthusiasm and generosity with approaching £3,500 in total being donated for Breast Cancer Haven & Headway our two nominated charities, as well as local causes too.

Whilst we had four walks this year: 10.7 miles, 5.2 miles, 3.9 miles and the mini walk of 1.4 miles, we were recommending that people only walked the mini walk. That said we still had over 100 brave souls who ventured out onto the longer walks.

“We have a great relationship with the National Trust at Baddesley Clinton and they helped us throughout the day in what were certainly challenging conditions. Our thanks go out to them, and the various other volunteers from the charities and wider community, without whom we could not stage such a popular event” said James Dawes, this year’s event lead.

If you missed out on the day please download the maps for the mini, short & medium routes and long route and follow them at your leisure in nicer weather and possibly make a donation now

Lucy, Cherry, Charlotte and Calise enjoyed their festive walk


If you took part and have any photos please forward them to us, so we may add them to our website. Also if you have any feedback, good, bad or indifferent, we would be delighted to hear from you

Posted in Festive Walk, News

Treacherous Festive Walk

Treacherous driving and walking conditions faced those wishing to join Wednesday’s Lions Festive Walk, but it did not stop almost 800 walkers taking part and donating approaching £3,500 – both figures well down on recent years

“The snow and rain overnight followed by freezing temperatures this morning together with waterlogged paths really tested the resolve of walkers this year,” said organiser Lion James Dawes. “I understand these were some of the worst conditions we have experienced in the 25 years the Walks have been going, and certainly nothing like last year when 2500 walkers donated a record £14,000. We are really sorry for the nominated charities who did sterling work supporting our members on the day”

If you took part and have any photos please forward them to us, so we may add them to our website. Also if you have any feedback, good, bad or indifferent, we would be delighted to hear from you

If you missed out today please download the maps for the mini, short & medium routes and long route and follow them at your leisure in nicer weather and possibly make a donation now

Posted in Festive Walk, Fundraising Events, News

Half year count

In the 6 months to Christmas 2017 the joint efforts of our community and our three supporting opticians:-

  • Alan Tyler in Dorridge
  • Bannisters Eye Care in Knowle
  • Vision Express in Knowle

have resulted in 865 pairs of used spectacles being collected, which will soon to packaged up and sent to our sister Lions Club in Chichester who will after sorting them distribute them to eye clinics in Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria and Nepal.

Thanks and well done, but it does not stop there and our opticians will be happy to receive your glasses through to the end of June.

Posted in News, Spectacle Recycling

Festive Walk Extra Parking

In anticipation of good weather and the need for extra off-road parking we have received agreement from Chadwick End Parish Council that walkers may use the Village Hall car park, on the Warwick Road. It’s the nearest alternative we could find.

Please print off the map, it will help you find the start and only add 2.3 miles (!) to your walk

Posted in Festive Walk, News

What’s new for 2018


















Note the earlier date and watch out for changes for next July’s rides in the New Year



Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News

Great Spec Collect goes on

Following the success of our used glasses collection initiative in Knowle & Dorridge collecting over 2,000 pairs over the last 2 Spring periods, with support from our local opticians, we have decided it should run on and all through 2018.

Posted in News, Spectacle Recycling

Bulk Delivery

There is no age restriction for participating in our MiaB scheme which is supported by our local Paramedic and Ambulance service. Free bottles are available in both Knowle and Dorridge Village Halls. Why not pick yours up today – it could save your life.

After hearing about our Message in a Bottle (MiaB) scheme Lindsay Shepherd, Scheme Manager at Banning Court in Dorridge requested and received 40 bottles for their older residents.


Posted in Message in a Bottle, News

Ton Up

Celebrating 100 years since Lions Clubs International was formed in Chicago in 1917, our annual Lions Tea Party, held on Saturday 14th October at the British Legion Club in Knowle, attracted over a hundred of our older residents including a lady who is 102 years old. Our guests were treated to a lovely afternoon tea and excellent entertainment by “Sisters of Songs” Julia & Rebecca supported by daughters Hannah & Luchea.












Dates for your 2018 diary:

Moreton in Marsh & Bourton on the Water Coach Trip – Tuesday 11 September

Tea Party at the Royal British Legion Knowle – Saturday 13 October



Posted in Elderly, News

Paul & Donna

The proceeds from last July’s Heart of England Bike Ride were just one of the cheques handed to our nominated charities on 28 September.

Event organiser Lion Paul Wheatley hands cheque to Donna Stokes BHF

We hope you will join us at Packwood House next Sun 8 July and get your ride sponsored for local causes where there will be the usual choice of 12, 18, 30 or 60 mile signposted routes to follow

Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News

Lions celebrate magnificent 40th


Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club celebrated their 40th successful year in September when the club held its annual presentation evening at the Greswolde Hotel in Knowle.

Welcoming supporters and sponsors Past President Richard Buckley announced that the club had raised over £69,000 for charity over the past 12 months, primarily through its Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk and Bike Ride. He thanked all the sponsors saying ‘It’s great for our club of only 20 volunteer Lions to celebrate such success again, but without the help from companies like yourselves our events would never realise so much for charity.’ He also emphasised how his Club needed new members if it is going to sustain this tremendous fundraising and community support in future years.

Chris KiddleMorris, the chair of the clubs community services committee, then illustrated some of the projects the club has embraced including Message in a Bottle, Great Spec Collect where over 1,000 pairs had been donated in just over a month for recycling in Ghana, Nigeria & Nepal, supporting the elderly with 3 coaches having recently returned from a day at Ludlow market, an afternoon tea party for 140 next month and youth travel bursaries.

He went on to introduce two winners of the club’s Youth Travel Bursaries. Amy Yeates from Henley in Arden gave a really interesting presentation on her 8 months spent in Malaysia working as a teaching assistant providing conversational English tutoring. Amy Fortnam had spent 14 weeks in the Cape Town area undertaking Social Justice research and proving advice to those living in the townships and prisons. Thanking them for their presentations Chris emphasised the life-changing effect on them

Organiser of last July’s Heart of England Bike Ride, Paul Wheatley, presented British Heart Foundation fundraising manager Donna Stokes with a cheque for £9,391 for their share of the £13,419 raised at the event. Donna said how grateful the BHF are to Knowle and Dorridge Lions for all the hard work they put in organising the event every year, and is looking forward to next July’s Ride from Packwood NT House.’

Chris KiddleMorris explained that the Club retained 30% of raised funds to be spent on locally determined causes. During the year his committee had spent over £18,000 on a variety of local and not so local projects as well as those for youth and elderly. These included donations to the local Fast Aid Group, 4th Knowle Sea Scouts, 1st Knowle Scouts, Northleigh House, MyAware, Chernobyl Children’s Project, Meningitis Now, Cake 4 Casualties and refurbishment of Knowle Knot Garden. A full list of organisations supported this year and how to nominate a local cause can be found at

Richard then presented cheques totalling £33,563, primarily from the Knowle Fun Run and Festive Walk to the 3 nominated charities for the clubs 40th year: Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, who in turn thanked the Lions for their tremendous achievements and the sponsors for their support.

For next year the club will retain half of funds raised to focus on local causes, and is nominating 2 charities as major beneficiaries the forthcoming Lions Festive Walk on Wednesday 27 December and Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 20 May 2018 – Headway Birmingham & Solihull and Breast Cancer Haven. Their fundraisers took the opportunity to tell everyone about why the monies to be raised will make such a difference to their charities.

Anyone interested in joining the Lions should contact this year’s President Brian Burgess on 08458 335894 or visit for more details.

Photo: Past President Richard Buckley with charity fundraisers and their cheques:  Peter Woodward, Prostate Cancer UK; Lucy Watkins Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice; Sue Curry, Motor Neurone Disease; Donna Stokes, British Heart Foundation 

More photos and editorial enquiries to Dave Carter, 01527 894073

Posted in Charities, News


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