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

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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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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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£13,991.36 ! ! !

‘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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KFR2019 date and charities announced

For more details and to enter online visit www.knowlefunrun.org.uk.

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

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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

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Here are pupils from Charly Harris’ Year 5 class.

Sponsors

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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.
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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:

LIONS CELEBRATE MAGNIFICENT RESULT

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 www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/charitable-donations

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 www.knowleanddorridgelions.com for more details. Any charities wishing to be considered for funding by the Lions should contact them by email on info@knowleanddorridgelions.com

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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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