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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Paul & Donna

The proceeds from last July’s Heart of England Bike Ride were just one of the cheques handed to our nominated charities on 28 September.

Event organiser Lion Paul Wheatley hands cheque to Donna Stokes BHF

We hope you will join us at Packwood House next Sun 8 July and get your ride sponsored for local causes where there will be the usual choice of 12, 18, 30 or 60 mile signposted routes to follow

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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





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



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







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Another Great Lions Fundraising Day

Another great fundraiser organised by Knowle and Dorridge Lions saw nearly 700 cyclists set off from Packwood House last Sunday to wind their ways around the lanes of Warwickshire all in aid of charity.

“We were delighted to welcome so many riders again for the Heart of England Bike Ride on Sunday 16 July”, said organising Lion Paul Wheatley. “Last year the event raised over £20,000 for BHF and local charities, and we hope to get close to that figure again, when all the sponsorship has been received. 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 – BHF and Lions locally determined causes”

Cyclists had a choice of 12, 18, 30 or 60 miles with the dry weather encouraging many to tackle the 30 & 60 miles this year

Donna Stokes, BHF Fundraising Manager said: “It was great to see so many people on Sunday, enjoying themselves and returning safely and happy, having completed their personal challenges. We spoke to lots of people, some having personal reasons for supporting the charity and some just entering the event for the fun of it. We would like to thank them all for their support and hope to see them again next year.

I would also like to thank the Lions for successfully organising another event and all the volunteers who helped to make this event such a great experience for all. We could not put on events like this and raise funds for the charity without their support.”

If you missed out this year the Lions are already planning next July’s ride and would welcome anyone who would like to support their team, please contact Paul now

3 full galleries of images may be found and images purchased at http://www.mikeadamsphotography.biz/Cycling/Road

If you have any feedback – good, bad or otherwise please get in touch


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Get pedalling the Heart of England

This could be you setting off on Sunday 16 July 2017 from Packwood National Trust House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth B94 6AT

DSC_0013sOff for a ride in the countryside with friends, colleagues or family?

Will it be the 12, 18 or 30 mile circular sign-posted routes? Or perhaps accept the challenge of all 3 – only 60 miles !!! Gear up, get your friends and family together and, if necessary, feel free to change your mind on the day. Download a MAP or visit our online maps

Will you help us achieve our target to raise another £20,000 to provide valuable funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as well as local Lions causes?

Set off anytime between 09.30-11.30 from the beautiful historic site of Packwood NT House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth B94 6AT

And after your ride enjoy refreshments from the Lions BBQ and a FREE visit to Packwood House & grounds

Online entries are now closed but you may still join in on the day. Please help speed up registration by printing a form to complete and bring with you. As well as registering we hope you will consider making a donation to our worthy causes: (BHF 70%, local Lions causes 30%)

Please note there is limited parking available to us at Packwood House.

Please consider whether you could help those coming from further afield by cycling to the start or parking and unloading your bikes in places like Dorridge or Hockley Heath (just over 2 miles), or on one of the wider lanes off the routes and cycling to the start.

Entry on the day: ADULTS £18, CHILDREN 8-18 £9, 2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN £40. DONATIONS welcome

Please remember:

  • To wear a cycling helmet
  • Wear their numbers on the front
  • If completing the 60 miles to complete the longest route first
  • It’s not too late to help us to advertise our ride. Why not print off a poster to display at your work, club or school today?
  • Nor to offer to help the Lions organise this ride – volunteer today

Organiser Paul Wheatley, Lion President Richard Buckley, Nick Fellows, Commercial Director Hollywood Monster, BHF community fundraiser Donna Stokes as Hearty.

Scroll down for photos & results from our 2016 ride

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Once again we are indebted to our loyal group of sponsors who help cover the costs of organising this bike ride:

Mike Adams Photography

If you know of a company who may like to support our event please get in touch now

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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


Here are pupils from Charly Harris’ Year 5 class.


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