Get pedalling the Heart of England

This could be you setting off on Sunday 16 July 2017 from Packwood National Trust House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth B94 6AT

DSC_0013sOff for a ride in the countryside with friends, colleagues or family?

Will it be the 12, 18 or 30 mile circular sign-posted routes? Or perhaps accept the challenge of all 3 – only 60 miles !!! Gear up, get your friends and family together and, if necessary, decide on the day

Will you help us achieve our target to raise another £20,000 to provide valuable funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as well as local Lions causes?

Set off anytime between 09.30-11.30 from the beautiful historic site of Packwood NT House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth B94 6AT

And after your ride enjoy refreshments from the Lions BBQ and a FREE visit to Packwood House & grounds

Organiser Paul Wheatley, Lion President Richard Buckley, Nick Fellows, Commercial Director Hollywood Monster, BHF community fundraiser Donna Stokes as Hearty.

Please help us to advertise our ride. Why not print off a poster to display at your work, club or school today?

Put it in your diary and register now for advance discounted entry now via BHF to get your fundraising pack.

Advanced online entry until Monday 10 July ADULTS only £12, CHILDREN 8-18 £6, and free entry for kids under 8 

Entry on the day: ADULTS £18, CHILDREN 8-18 £9, 2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN £40. DONATIONS welcome

Why not help the Lions organise this ride – volunteer today

Don’t forget every £ you raise or donate goes to charity (70% BHF, 30% local Lions causes)

Scroll down for photos & results from our 2016 ride

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Once again we are indebted to our loyal group of sponsors who help cover the costs of organising this bike ride:

Mike Adams Photography

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

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Hot weekend leads to increased sales but….

We enjoyed the heat of the weekend before Easter as much as everyone. The Black Boy P.H. was amazingly busy and customers pleased to help raise funds for our nominated charities – Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association and local causes, but…

Monkey & Princess Eggs melted in the heat of a moment

The £70 basket of perfect Thornton’s Eggs prize suffered in the heat, 2 of the big eggs melting to chocolate puddles in the bottom of their packing. “It was the best weather we have had for our Easter raffle for many years and traditionally we carry the prize around so would-be ticket purchasers can see what they will win,” said raffle organiser Lion Adrian Harris. “We went out into the garden and one minute we had a basket of Easter Eggs, the next 2 were gone. We rapidly returned them inside the pub and made arrangements to replace those that melted”.

Black Boy manager Russell and Lion Chris Kiddle-Morris make the draw. Note the replaced Eggs

Once again this Easter we thank the management of Rigby’s Black Boy P.H. and their customers for the tremendous support given. We raised a grand total including sponsorship from Standley’s Solicitors of £1,467.98.

The winner – Mr Howard from Coventry

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Three ‘daffodilies’ collecting in Solihull

3 Knowle and Dorridge Lions dressed the part last Saturday when shaking a tin for Marie Curie.

When asked to help by Solihull Lions Club, Lions Bob Thurtle, Peter Smith & Paul Wheatley stepped in to collect from unsuspecting customers at Morrisons supermarket. “We were delighted to help our mother club,” said Past President Lion Bob. “Marie Curie is always close to our hearts and I have no doubt Solihull Lions will help us at one of our future events.”

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£13,616 ! ! !

‘It really was a record Festive Walk this year. Thank you everyone,’ says Lion Ute Smith. ‘It’s wonderful how generous walkers can be just after Christmas. It makes all the organisation worthwhile.’

With most if not all sponsorship and donations now received, Gift Aid claimed and expenses paid our net take has stopped just short of £14,000, by far the most generous Festive Walk in 24 years. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

It’s not too late to send in your sponsorship or make a donation.

The funds raised will be added to those generated at this year’s Knowle Fun Run on 21 May and distributed in September. If you know of any local organisation that we should consider for a donation from the 30% retained by the Lions, please send us some details.

If you would like to help the Lions organise the 25th Festive Walk on Wednesday 27 December (t.b.c.) we can use your help. Please get in touch now.


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Festive Walk records tumble again

Thanks to the record numbers of almost 2500 walkers who turned up on Tuesday 27 December and donated close to £11,000 for our charities (Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Foundation, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice) and local causes. We apologise if you had to walk to the start and back to your car at the finish, and hope this added to your enjoyment of what was a cold but nevertheless ideal day for walking.

If you have any feedback or possibly some images of the day please send them and we shall endeavour to display

You may walk the routes anytime. Download your own map to follow and you may make a donation to our charities via MyDonate.

If you wish to visit the house or gardens please note Baddesley Clinton House is closed for January. See the opening hours


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KFR2017 date and charities announced


There are big changes for the Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 21 May. Now with a choice of 5k or 10k as well as the usual 400m children’s runs renamed the KIDSruns this years event will raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and other local Lions causes.

For more details and to enter online visit . Entries opened 1 January as usual.

If your company would like to be seen to support this, or any Lions event, please should get in touch now via


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Photos of Festive Walk 2016

Some of our walkers images

Click to enlarge

If you have any images please share and we will add them here

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Knowle Primary Academy help our publicity

Once again this year pupils have designed posters which you will find posted in shop windows around Knowle this month


Here are pupils from Charly Harris’ Year 5 class.


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HoE Bike Ride 2016 Record

Congratulations to all our riders. This year we had a record number of riders and a record net take for charity. 764 & £20,518 respectively, and brings the total raised for charity over 11 years to almost £120,000

We hope you can join us at Packwood NT House again in July 2017

A view along the Yew Garden towards the south front of Packwood House, Warwickshire.

A view along the Yew Garden towards the south front of Packwood House, Warwickshire courtesy of NT images.

Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News

Festive Walk 2016

Please note should the weather turn wet over Christmas we may not be able to use the overflow parking at Baddesley. In which case regretfully we may have to turn walkers cars away. Please re-visit this page for up-to-date information nearer the day.

img_2749Our 24th annual Lions Festive Walk will be on

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Start any time after 9:00, finish by 16:00 Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B930DQ (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

Please note that car parking will be extremely limited, so please fill up your car with friends and relatives and arrive early

You do not have to enter in advance. Please save time on the day print and complete a Registration Form for your group and bring it with you.

Entry as always is FREE but we would appreciate a donation for our 3 deserving new charitiesfestive lion

  • Prostate Cancer UK
  • Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice &
  • Motor Nuerone Disease Association 
  • with 30% retained for locally determined causes

As usual there will be a choice of 3 walks

  • short (around 3 mile – post turkey plod)
  • medium (around 6 mile – walk off the pud) &
  • long (around 9 mile – festive challenge)
  • NB this year walkers must decide whether they are doing the short route rather than the medium and long routes before they start as they head off in differing directions
  • all sign-posted circular routes along country lanes, canal tow-paths and public footpaths, some with stiles, the long & medium routes passing a pub or two, and
  • all returning to Baddesley Clinton House where there will be hot mince pies and mulled wine to enjoy with the Lions, you can collect your well-deserved certificate and then
  • visit the House and Gardens FREE, and the restaurant will be happy to serve refreshments.

All 3 routes will suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome provided they keep their considerate owners on a lead.

Every £ donated will go to charity, as all costs have been more than covered by our generous sponsors.

Festive walk 1

Why not get your efforts sponsored for our nominated charities or designate your own special worthy cause – download a Sponsorship form or use MyDonate to make a donation or ask your friends to sponsor your walk.

You can help to make this event a success by displaying a poster at your work, club, local shop or perhaps send it to those you know may be interested. Please download a poster here.

If you have any queries or would like to help the Lions organising our fundraising events please get in touch today

Knowle Primary Academy help our publicity

Once again this year pupils have designed posters which you will find posted in shop windows around Knowle this month


Here are pupils from Charly Harris’ Year 5 class.


As with all our events we try to cover the costs of running them through sponsorship from local businesses so  as much money as possible will go to our charities. If your company would like to help us by supporting any of our fundraising events we would love to hear from you, so please get in touch now.

We are very grateful to following businesses and organisations for their generous support helping us to achieve this








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