Fully equipped with maps and a fully illustrated electronic guide Lions, partners and volunteers boarded the 11A bus to journey the 27 miles around Birmingham.
Being a social event the intrepid explorers were obliged to stop off for mid-morning coffee and bacon rolls before a long and enjoyable lunch in the Station Pub in Kings Heath.
This years Easter Egg raffle held at the Black Boy P.H. Chadwick End raised a tremendous £1400 for Age UK Solihull & local causes.
The winner of our basket of Thortons Easter eggs drawn on Maundy Thursday was ticket no 1999, purchased by Toni Little from Olton.
Thanks to the management of the Black Boy for their hospitality, Standley & Co solicitors in Knowle for covering all our costs, and all participants who made this years raffle a particular success. See you all again next year
Lions joined forces with Knowle Society in the Great Spring Clean. Bags & more bags were filled with bottles, cans and many crisp packets.
What a pity our efforts were needed, but the thanks we received from the passing public made it very worthwhile.
It’s not too early to make a note of the dates for this year’s coach trip & tea party for the elderly
Once again we are planning to fill 3 coaches with seniors from our area for a day out to Ledbury on Tuesday 10 September, and then fill the Knowle British Legion for the Lions annual tea party on Saturday 12 October.
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Back in the Summer of 2017 we awarded £1200 as a Youth Travel Bursary to Kristian Bennett to travel to Brazil in January 2018. Here is his account:
Our team chose to ignore the instructions of our President of “participate, enjoy but come second” in the annual Lions Zone Skittles Championship held at Balsall Common at the end of February. Not only did they beat the other six teams but did so by a significant margin. Although pleased with the performance our President was heard to murmur “this is another trophy to dust and look after for twelve months”. There is no pleasing some people.
We recently joined our local Lions Clubs (Solihull, Shirley, Balsall Common, Birmingham Exhibition, Marston Green & Castle Bromwich) in a cheque presentation at Marie Curie in Solihull. The Lions cheque for £10,000.00 together with a similar sum raised by the Men’s Group will enable the work to start in the coming Spring which will see the base, services and one of the two sheds erected. The Men’s Shed at Marie Curie will underpin their bereavement support programme by fostering social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter. More fundraising in the coming months will hopefully see the second workshop shed erected before the year end.
“It’s very big outside but very compact inside” was the judgement of Lions and friends as they clambered (some not very gracefully) into the cockpit of the restored Avro Vulcan aircraft that was originally part of the V bomber force.
Our visit started with a guided tour of the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre (named after the local aviation pioneer and inventor of the jet engine) and finished with viewing the many aircraft on display.
In February a group of Lions and friends followed the trail of the 1694 Great Fire of Warwick which started opposite the Lord Leycester Hospital at 2.00 p.m. on 5th September and lasted for six hours consuming over 250 houses in its wake. Our stroll took us less than three hours during which we visited the Courthouse, St.Mary’s Church and the Market Hall before taking lunch at the Rose and Crown.