Riders beat the heat

With 335 riders registered in advance and another 172 on the day I think we can safely say the Heart of England Bike Riders took on and beat the 30c+ heat on Sunday.

“With entry fees and donations totaling approaching £9,000 we have done better than we possibly hoped for,” said organiser Lion Paul Wheatley. “Our new 50 mile sportive route from Packwood House through Warwickshire through villages as far apart as Coughton, Great Alne, Snitterfield, Hatton and Wroxall proved particularly popular. Now we wait to see how much sponsorship has been raised by our riders for Headway, Breast Cancer Haven & local causes.”

Over half of the riders opted for the shorter 18 & 12 mile rides on the day no doubt a reflection on the hot weather.  The Lions offered 4 refreshment stations providing water to the 3 routes, and riders were sensible bringing plenty of water with them and topping up on every opportunity and after the rides they were able to enjoy burgers from Lyons BBQ & free entry to the House and Gardens at Packwood, to round off a great day out.

There are a great selection of images of cyclists taken by Mike Adams, here are just a few, visit his website – see if you can find yourself and perhaps buy it for posterity:

Here are a selection of images taken on the day:




Please send your images and feedback to us

If you would like to help the Lions organise next year’s rides please volunteer now


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Join us & ride the Heart

An email has been sent to all riders containing IMPORTANT information for all riders and links to the .gps maps. If you have not received it, perhaps it is in your spam filter, or view it here

Join us for our 13th annual ride from Packwood National Trust House(map), just 3 miles from jct 4 of M42 – Sunday 8 July

There will be a choice of 12, 18 & 50 mile circular fully sign-posted routes – see .gps links here.

  • Adult only entrants for the 50 mile ride must set off between 8:00 & 8:45
  • All ages may enter the 12 mile ride & 18 mile ride and set off  between 9:00 & 11:30
  • All riders must return to Packwood House by 15:00, when they will be able to pick up their Certificate of Achievement, enjoy a hot dog from the Lions BBQ and a FREE visit to the House & Grounds

Discounted online advanced entries have now closed

We are delighted to announce we are working with the new Breast Cancer Haven in Solihull and Headway the brain injuries charity who will be our major beneficiaries


  • whilst we shall be retaining 50% of all the funds raised for Lions locally determined causes
  • If you wish to use our event to raise funds for your favorite cause please register and let us know
  • If you wish to get your ride sponsored please download the form here
  • Why not set up an online fundraising page. Please use


All riders must return to Packwood House by 15:00, when they will be able to pick up their Certificate of Achievement, enjoy a hot dog from the Lions BBQ and a FREE visit to the House & Grounds

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, where you will also be able to find & purchase images taken on 8 July soon after the event

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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 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

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

We are looking for new companies to come on board 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

We meet our sponsor

We held our usual launch photoshoot today at Packwood House and were delighted to shake hands with Simon McKenzie, Managing Director of Hollywood Monster

Here we have (L-R) Matt Price from Breast Cancer Haven, Julie Wedgbury from Headway, Trevor Jones our cycling Lion, Simon from Hollywood Monster who have already printed our lamp-posters, direction arrows and cycling event posters for us and Lion Bob Thurtle 

Places are strictly limited this year, so please don’t rely on being able to enter on the day but take advantage of the discounted entry fee if you enter online now, and perhaps get your day sponsored for our worthy causes.

Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News

Easter Eggs winner

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Easter raffle this year!!
We raised an amazing £1380 for Breast Cancer Haven, Headway and other local causes.
Thank you also to all the team at the Black Boy for your continued support.

The winning ticket no was 00894.

Organising Lion Adrian Harris presents hamper to winner Lyn Morris from Kenilworth

Wishing everyone a very happy Easter from all of us at the Lions

Our final evening sales team with Russell the Black Boy PH manager

We also thank our sponsors  the Black Boy P.H., Standley & Co Solicitors and Thornton’s shop in Solihull for making this all possible

Why not pop in for a drink and maybe something to eat from the varied menu and meet the Lions

Posted in Fundraising Events, News

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

Just turn up…

Merry Christmas

Only a few days to go. Time you invited all your friends, relatives and work colleagues to join you on Wednesday 27th. If they cannot join you why not ask them to sponsor your efforts for Headway, Breast Cancer Haven & local causes.

Remember parking will be at a premium so fill up your car, bring your walking boots or wellies at least and download a free registration form for your groups to complete before you arrive. Then all you have to do is register, make your donation and walk.

Thanks for your support. Scroll down for full details

Posted in Festive Walk

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

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

25th Festive Walk

This year sees 100 years since Lions Clubs International was born, 40 years since Knowle & Dorridge Lions really got started and it is our 25th annual Lions Festive Walk on

Wednesday 27 December 2017

we hope you will join us at Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B93 0DQ (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

Start any time after 8:30, finish by 16:00 

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 2 deserving new charities

festive lion

The West Midlands Breast Cancer Haven





Headway Birmingham & Solihull 


with half of all the funds generated retained for locally determined causes

Responding to feedback we have introduced a shorter Mini Walk for our younger visitors and a more challenging Long Walk:-

  • Mini (1.4 miles) – starting from the front of Baddesley House; with the others all starting in the opposite direction past the church
  • Short (3.9 miles)
  • Medium (5.4 miles)
  • Long (10.7 miles) – it is strongly recommended that our guests start this walk no later than 10:30
  • don’t forget to bring your walking boots or wellies, it’s bound to be muddy after the recent snow & rain
  • the choice of 4 routes should suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Julie Wedgbury, Headway (l); Santa Lion Paul Wheatley; Elysa Cooper, Breast Cancer Haven (r); with Daniel Newman NT operations manager outside Baddesley House



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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