Join us & ride the Heart

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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

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

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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:

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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

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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

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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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KFR2020 Entries Open

To enter online visit

If your company would like to be seen to support this, or any Lions event, or you would like to join our KFR team please get in touch now via


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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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On your bike

lampposter2016.sTime is running out for cyclists to enter this year’s Heart of England Bike Ride from Packwood NT House on Sunday 17 July.

Entries are up this year with over 250 riders already entered via the BHF website; we hope that over 700 will join us on the day and help us reach our fundraising target of £20,000.

Online entry closes on Sunday 10 July after which entry must be on the day at the increased fee of £15 for adults, £7.50 for under 18s.

Full details on our webpage

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Easter Raffle results

Customers of the Black Boy P.H., Chadwick End have been as generous as ever this Easter buying almost 1,000 raffle tickets from Knowle and Dorridge Lions whilst hoping to win a huge basket of Thornton’s chocolate.

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Lion President Bob Thurtle with Black Boy Manager Russell just before the draw

This year’s proceeds of £931 will be shared by our 3 nominated charities – The Lily Mae Foundation, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation and the Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service, with 30% retained for other Lions local causes.

The holder of this years winning ticket no. 000088 has decided the basket of chocolate should be donated to the Acorn’s Children’s Hospice. Our President Bob hopes it will be shared between staff, volunteers and the children at Acorns soon.

Lion President Bob presents the basket of chocolate to Sarah Bowron-Acorns Fundraising Manager

As always our thanks go to our sponsor Standley & Co and the management of The Black Boy P.H. for their support

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Another Magnificent Year

Last night we held our annual presentation evening:


Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club celebrated yet another successful year in September when the club held its annual presentation evening at the Greswolde Hotel in Knowle.

Welcoming over 60 guests and sponsors Past President Barry Dale announced that the club had again raised over £75,000 in total for charity over the past 12 months, primarily through it’s Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk and Bike Ride. He thanked all the sponsors saying, ‘It’s great for our club of 25 volunteer Lions to celebrate such success again, but without the help from companies like yourselves our events would never realise so much for charity.’ He also emphasised how his Club needed new members if it is going to sustain this tremendous fundraising and community support in the years ahead.

He then introduced Harriet May, winner of this year’s Lions Youth Travel Bursary, who gave an excellent presentation having spent 4 weeks in Shanghai teaching pupils English and Maths.

Next Barry made the first cheque presentation of the evening. This July’s Heart of England Bike Ride had raised almost £18,000 for charity and British Heart Foundation fundraising manager Donna Stokes took home a cheque for £14,258 for their share. Donna said ‘This is the fourth year BHF has been the beneficiary of the Bike Ride and we are really grateful to Knowle and Dorridge Lions for all the hard work they put in organising the event.  The money raised goes to our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal which aims to fund research into preventing heart failure and giving hope to thousands of heart patients. We are looking forward to next July’s Ride from Packwood NT House and hope it will be even more successful than ever.’

New Community Service Chairman Eddie Matthews explained that the Club retain 30% of raised funds to be spent on locally determined causes. During the year his committee had spent and made donations of over £20,000, including the annual successful coach trip, where last year 2 coachloads of elderly residents had travelled to Weston Super Mare, a tea party for 100 older residents and the youth travel bursary. The many local and some not so local organisations who had been supported were briefly described. A full list of organisations supported this year and how to nominate a worthy cause can be found at

After a break Barry introduced the 8 Arden students who successfully competed to become the second year of a partnership between K&D Lions, Arden Academy and a rural school in Schitsdrift, near Ladysmith, South Africa. The students gave an illustrated presentation on how they raised over £16,000 to fund their 6 week trip teaching Maths, English, IT and Music to the children of poor local Zulu families, and leaving a valuable legacy – a multi-purpose climbing frame for the children to play on. The Lions had previously helped the school having donated computers, printers and internet satellite connections over the last few years to give the children access to modern technology and help them develop new skills.

Next Barry presented cheques totalling £32,947 to the 3 nominated charities – Arthritis Research UK, Knowle Football Club, Solihull Young Carers who in turn thanked the Lions for their tremendous achievements and the sponsors for their support.

Eddie then introduced the charities the Lions are nominating as beneficiaries for their 40th year; the forthcoming Lions Festive Walk on Monday 28 December and Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 15 May 2016 – Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation and the Lily Mae Foundation who told everyone about why the monies to be raised will make such a difference to their charities.

Anyone interested in joining the Lions should contact this year’s President Bob Thurtle on 08458 335894 or visit for more details. Any charities wishing to be considered for funding by the Lions should contact them by email on

Past President Barry Dale with charity fundraisers:

  • Donna Stokes, British Heart Foundation;
  • Emma Macdonald, Arthritis Research UK;
  • Tracy Lake, Knowle Football Club; and
  • Young Carers Cerys & Lewys with Barry Noy, Solihull Young Carers
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Dorridge Day 2015

We had great fun on Sunday 13 September Parking Cars, Splatting the Rat and playing Balls in the Bog, even raised £275 for local causes in the process

Ready for it

Ready for it

Missed it

Missed it

Kiss & Make Up

Kiss & Make Up

Let me show you how

Let me show you how

The Hollywood Monster meets Vice President Richard Buckley at Ball in the Bog stall

The Hollywood Monster meets Vice President Richard Buckley at Ball in the Bog stall

We even tried suggesting New Members are Welcome to join us

Congratulations to Knowle & Dorridge Round Table for organising another great Dorridge Day

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