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 for more details and to download a free registration form to complete and bring with you.

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

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

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.”

After postponing this event from May 2020 to 11 October because of the Coronavirus pandemic we have now decided to cancel this entirely for 2020 and come back afresh in 2021 when hopefully we will have fewer restrictions than at present.  You will have seen that many other similar events have also been cancelled this year and we are very disappointed because we know how much the village enjoys the Knowle Fun Run.

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


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.


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

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

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

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