With much regret the Knowle and Dorridge Lions have had to take the decision to cancel the 2020 Heart of England Bike Ride. The current Coronavirus crisis has left the prospects for all mass participation events due to take place in the Summer in doubt, and rather than cancel at the last moment we have made the decision to cancel now and end any uncertainty. This is sad for both the participants and even more so for the worthy charities whom we support. We thank you very much for your interest and look forward to seeing you in 2021

Our annual tin shake planned for Saturday 21 March had to be cancelled as the country went into lockdown.  We hope to be back in 2021 when we shall again be loitering around Knowle High Street and Dorridge hoping to raise valuable funds for Lion’s Local Causes, including Social Events for the Elderly and Challenging Opportunities for Young People.  The date is yet to be confirmed and is subject to any restriction that may still be in place.

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

 

Sunday 12 July

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

Choice of 30 or 100 kms routes

EVENT CANCELLED

With much regret the Knowle and Dorridge Lions have had to take the decision to cancel the 2020 Heart of England Bike Ride. The current Coronavirus crisis has left the prospects for all mass participation events due to take place in the Summer in doubt, and rather than cancel at the last moment we have made the decision to cancel now and end any uncertainty. This is sad for both the participants and even more so for the worthy charities whom we support. We thank you very much for your interest and look forward to seeing you in 2021

Anyone who would like to help organise the 2021 Bike Ride should contact Paul via info@knowleanddorridgelions.com 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?

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

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

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

Friday 27 December 2019

Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B93 0DQ and Hay Woods, Hay Wood Lane B93 0DG (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

WELCOME to our 27th annual Festive Walk. It’s a great opportunity to ‘walk off the Christmas pudding’, explore the Warwickshire countryside and enjoy the fresh air with the great atmosphere generated by walkers who join us every year as part of their traditional post Boxing Day exercise.

UPDATE:  In view of the unprecedented rain and water table levels we have been forced to curtail all walks re-routing some sections of the walks to public roads to avoid heavily-mudded areas. Whilst the maps will not reflect this, all route arrows will be correct. All changes will be advised by our marshals at both registration locations. We  recommend walkers wear Wellington boots as parts of the walks are very muddy

PLEASE note: Arrangements will be different to previous years. We ask those walking the Medium (6 miles)  & Long (10 miles) routes to go straight to Hay Woods to park where there will be full registration arrangements

ENTRY: You do not have to enter in advance, please print and complete an entry form for your group and bring it with you, to help speed up the start.

Entry as always is FREE. We would appreciate a donation for our partner charities

with half of all the funds generated retainedfestive lion for Lions locally determined causes

Parking: There will be 2 signposted car parks:

  • Hay Wood for those tackling the longer walks &
  • Baddesley Clinton House for those on the short & mini routes.
  • Maps will be available at the starts. All walkers must return by 15:45. NB The gates to Hay Wood will be locked at 15:45.

Walkers can help us best by

  • appointing a driver to drop them off,
  • filling their cars with family and friends,
  • or walking to the starts.

Routes: You may choose from:

  • Long – 10 miles from Hay Woods. Please arrive early from 8:30. We do not recommend starting this after 10:30.
  • Medium – 6 miles from Hay Woods.
  • Short – 3 miles. Start past Baddesley Church
  • Mini – 1 mile. Start in front of Baddesley House
  • As to be expected in December the routes will be wet and muddy in places. Waterproof footwear/wellies are strongly recommended. Some of the stiles although usable, are in a poor state of repair and caution is advised.
  • the choice of routes should suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs, sorry
  • dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome provided they keep their considerate owners on a lead. Seriously, there will be sheep in fields and not all dogs mix, so please keep your dog on a lead at all times.
  • all sign-posted circular routes along country lanes, canal tow-paths and public footpaths, some with stiles, the long & medium routes passing close to a pub or two, and
  • all returning to Baddesley Clinton House quadrangle where there will be hot mince pies and mulled wine to enjoy with the Lions, you can collect your well-deserved certificate of achievement and then
  • remove your muddy boots and visit the House and Gardens FREE, and the restaurant will be happy to serve refreshments.

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

Why not get your efforts sponsored for our partner charities or designate your own special worthy cause – download a sponsorship form or use Virgin Money Giving 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 flyer

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

Watch the 2018 video

If you are still unsure if you are joining us for this year’s Festive Walks take a look at this short video of last year’s event to see what it’s all about…. It’s such a great way to support your local community while spending time with your friends and family 👍 Thank you to James Nicholas for supporting us and creating this amazing video! It really captures the essence of the day.

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley met up with partner charities: Elaine Griffin (CLIC Sargent) & Justine Davy (Solihull Hospital) outside Baddesley Clinton House

Sponsors

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. At this time we have one or two vacancies for sponsors. 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

A BIG THANK YOU!

Another great bike ride organised by Knowle and Dorridge Lions saw nearly 640 cyclists set off from Packwood House on Sunday 14 July to wind their ways around the lanes of Warwickshire all in aid of charity.

Riders had a choice of 20, 30 or 100 kms with the dry and not too hot weather encouraging many to tackle the longer routes this year

“We were delighted to welcome so many riders again for the Heart of England Bike Ride on Sunday 14 July”, said organiser Lion Paul Wheatley. “Many riders helped by riding in to the start at Packwood House, avoiding major parking issues. We raised close to £12,000 thanks to the generosity of cyclists and sponsors alike. As well as thanking all the riders and helpers I now have to thank the generous sponsors who enabled the Lions to tell riders that all their entry fees will go to the charity partners – SoLO Life Opportunities, Sepsis Trust UK and locally determined causes”

Photos courtesy of SimonBissett.co.uk

If you missed out this year the Lions are already planning next July’s ride. Anyone who would like to help organise the day should contact Paul via info@knowleanddorridgelions.com now

Everyone!

This years Easter Egg raffle held at the Black Boy P.H. Chadwick End raised a tremendous £1140 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

 

 

Thanks to all riders who joined us. How was it for you? Please let us know

ANOTHER GREAT LIONS BIKE RIDE

Another great bike ride organised by Knowle and Dorridge Lions saw nearly 640 cyclists set off from Packwood House on Sunday 14 July to wind their ways around the lanes of Warwickshire all in aid of charity.

Riders had a choice of 20, 30 or 100 kms with the dry and not too hot weather encouraging many to tackle the longer routes this year

“We were delighted to welcome so many riders again for the Heart of England Bike Ride on Sunday 14 July”, said organiser Lion Paul Wheatley. “Many riders helped by riding in to the start at Packwood House, avoiding major parking issues. We believe we have raised close to £11,000 thanks to the generosity of cyclists and sponsors alike. As well as thanking all the riders and helpers I now have to thank the generous sponsors who enabled the Lions to tell riders that all their entry fees will go to the charity partners – SoLO Life Opportunities, Sepsis Trust UK and locally determined causes”

If you missed out this year the Lions are already planning next July’s ride. Anyone who would like to help organise the day should contact Paul via info@knowleanddorridgelions.com now

Here is a selection of the ~3000 brilliant images of the day taken by our photographer Simon Bissett. Please take look, you will feature many times. Please consider buying yours and make his day worthwhile


WLCC riding to celebtrate colleagues 60th birthday

Join us for our 14th annual charity ride from Packwood National Trust House(map), just 3 miles from jct 4 of M42 – Sunday 14 July

Whether its the short ride for families, the more challenging leisure ride, both circular and fully sign-posted, or the new and extended 100 km velo through the Warwickshire countryside you are assured of a great day out. .gps links will be published here near the day. There is no mass start.

  • All ages may enter the 12 mile / 20 km ride & 18 mile/ 30 km ride and set off  between 9:00 & 11:30
  • Adult only entrants for the 60 mile /100 km ride must set off between 8:00 & 8:45
  • 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 7 July

Sorry if you have missed the online deadline for entries. You may still download an On the Day Registration form, to complete and bring with you on Sunday 14th

Please note we are restricted to 750 entries. Also parking is extremely limited and we only guarantee a ride to those who arrive at Packwood House with a completed form and on their bikes, having left their cars at home or parked at an alternative location. Dorridge is only 2 miles away.Also please download the Important Instructions for Riders which has been sent to all online entrants

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

  • This years partner charities are:


 

 

  • 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 favorite 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

    Launch photoshoot: (l-r) Maria Brown (SoLO, lion Paul Wheatley (organiser), Nick Fellows (Hollywood Monster – Sponsor), Lion Ian Gedge, Lion Trevor Jones, Sam Heskheth (Sepsis)

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.

Be sure to like us and keep in touch via

facebook like us-logo

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?

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

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 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

Ideal walking weather brought out over 2,000 walkers and their dogs to Baddesley Clinton NT House last Thursday for the annual Lions Festive charity walk. This year net charitable donations of over £10,700 were received in aid of Sepsis UK, SoLO Life Opportunities & local causes. Whilst the Lions had carefully planned the routes weeks ago they were unable to plan for the record numbers who turned up and the exceptionally wet weather of recent weeks, which lead to somewhat muddy footpaths & tracks.

“At least the weather remained dry this year and there was no repeat of the snow and slush which almost forced the cancellation last year for the first time in 25 years”, said organiser Lion James Dawes. “It seems many families and groups have our walks on the Festive calendar every year, eager to get out from behind the TV and away from the sales and get some fresh air and exercise to walk off the excesses of Christmas. All in a very good cause.

“One of the effects of attracting so many walkers on the day is the pressure it puts on the limited car parking at Baddesley Clinton, and the knock on effect to the nearby public roads. This is something we are aware of, and will review for future events. We do hope no-one was inconvenienced too much, and generally a good spirit was observed throughout the day”

“We work closely with the National Trust at Baddesley Clinton who have allowed us to use their facilities for 26 years now, we greatly appreciate their cooperation and assistance.”

If you walked on Thursday and have any feedback, photos of your day, or would like to offer to help us organise next year’s event please get in touch now

Now is the time collect sponsorship, donations etc and pay them in using our sponsorship form or donations page

If you missed this year’s event please make a donation and then you can download a map of this year’s  mini, short & medium routes or long route to use to follow the routes perhaps when they are less muddy. NB The arrows designating the routes will come down over the next few days

Santa Lion Paul Wheatley meets fundraisers from Solo & Sepsis

Here are a few images taken by our President Bob Thurtle:

First walker of the day

Before the walk the ducks need feedingFestive garb from Shirley LionsLooking nice and clean before their walkDesigner label headwear was much in evidenceBack from the Favelas. Kristian Bennett the recipient of our 2018 Youth Travel Bursary starting the Festive Walk

Quick – let us beat the queue for the mulled wine

Phew! Finished. See you next year

Organiser Lion James Dawes tells walkers where to go

 

Thursday 27 December 2018

Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B93 0DQ (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

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

It’s a great opportunity to ‘walk off the Christmas pudding’, explore the Warwickshire countryside and enjoy the fresh air with the great atmosphere generated by walkers who join us every year as part of their traditional post Boxing Day exercise.

You do not have to enter in advance. Please save time on the day print and complete an

for your group and bring it with you.

Entry as always is FREE but we would appreciate a donation for our partner charities

SoLO Life Opportunities

and

The UK Sepsis Trust

with half of all the funds generated retainedfestive lion for Lions locally determined causes

To avoid disappointment for those who could not make it last year we have decided, (with the exception of the long walk), to repeat last year’s planned walks – same distances, same routes, hopefully not the same weather!

On the day you choose from 4 routes :

  • 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 (5.3 miles)
  • Long (8.6 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 – the walks include sections through fields on footpaths that may be muddy and wet. Please take particular  care at gates, styles etc 
  • the choice of routes should suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs, sorry
  • all sign-posted circular routes along country lanes, canal tow-paths and public footpaths, some with stiles, the long & medium routes passing close to 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 of achievement 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. Seriously, there will be sheep in fields and not all dogs mix, so please keep your dog on a lead at all times.

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

Why not get your efforts sponsored for our partner 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 flyer here.

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

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley meets up with this year’s partner charities: Maria Brown from Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) & Paula Evans from Sepsis Trust UK outside Baddesley Clinton House

Sponsors

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. At this time we have one or two vacancies for sponsors. 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

A BIG THANK YOU!

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