26th Lions Festive Walk

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 

We hope you will put the date in your diary now and invite friends and relatives to join you for this traditional Twixmas 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.

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 new 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 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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Festive Walk launch

This week we launch this years 26th Festive Walk at Baddesley Clinton with the partner charities who will share half of all the proceeds with our Community Services who will distribute the other half to locally determined causes

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley meets up with this year’s partner charities Maria Brown from SoLO Life Opportunities & Paula Evans from Sepsis Trust UK

Our press release:

Lions Festive Walk Off the Christmas Pudding

This year’s Lions Festive Walk, the 26th organised by Knowle & Dorridge Lions from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House, will be on Thursday 27th December.

“This year’s event will offer 4 different signposted routes to follow of between 1.4 and 8.6 miles along footpaths, towpaths, & lanes” says organiser Lion James Dawes “Over the past 25 years our walks have raised over £200,000 for charity with anything upto 2,000 walkers (and dogs) making donations or getting their efforts sponsored each year.

“It seems that our Festive Walks have become key part of many families Christmas plans whatever the weather and by the day after Boxing Day many families welcome the chance to pull on their wellies or walking boots and get some exercise. After their walks they can visit Baddesley house and garden free and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie with the Lions”

Beneficiaries of this year’s Festive Walk are SoLO Life Opportunities and the UK Sepsis Trust, whilst the Lions will retain half of all funds raised for locally determined causes. “We are incredibly grateful to the Lions for choosing our charities to benefit from this year’s Festive Walk and Knowle Fun Run in May. We hope walkers & runners alike will get behind their efforts and donate generously to our causes,” say Paula Evans & Maria Brown from the charities.

Put 27 December in your diary now and visit www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/walk for more details and to download a free registration form to complete and bring with you.

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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 just over £3800 being raised 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.

“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.

“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.

 

Lucy, Cherry, Charlotte and Calise enjoyed their festive walk

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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

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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

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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

 

 

and

 

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

 

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. 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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£13,991.36 ! ! !

‘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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