Lions try their benches for size

This week Knowle and Dorridge Lions made the most of the good weather to inspect the 2 new benches which they have donated and had installed on Knowle High Street in recent weeks.

At the same time we took advantage of the visit of our Zone Chairman Lion Jaap de Jong to perform the handover of the chain of office from 5 times President Brian Burgess to new President Bob Thurtle

“It seemed to me there are plenty of bars, restaurants and coffee shops providing seating around Knowle but nowhere you can meet up, sit, and have a chat or watch the world go by – for free” says new President Bob. “We have provided these two in Knowle depicting 40 years of our Lions club 1976-2016 and 100 years of Lions Clubs International 1917-2017, (with two more to follow outside Dorridge Rail Station coming soon), with funding coming from our recent Knowle Fun Runs. We hope they will be used extensively as meeting points”

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33 years dedicated to the community

It was with understanding and sadness that our Club accepted the resignation of Lion Maldwyn Jenkins after thirty-three years of service to our community.Maldwyn receives his Melvin Jones Fellowship in 2015


In his letter of resignation Melvin Jones Fellow Lion Maldwyn wrote “As I said at the last meeting I am now finding it difficult to concentrate at night, physical jobs have to be done at a pace acceptable to my body and personal inclination.  I wish to thank all who over the years have given me fellowship.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with you all.  I see a new energy in the club and look forward to seeing its development.  I shall continue to support you and possibly join some of your fund raising and social occasions”.

Incoming President Bob Thurtle remarked that twice President Maldwyn (in 1989-90 & 1996-97) will be sorely missed not only for his total dedication to serve those less fortunate in our community but for his humour and his loyalty to Welsh rugby.


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Meet our new Lions

Knowle and Dorridge Lions need your help now 

This Summer our latest recruits Hayley & Claire are inviting you to join the Lions.

“Helping out at this years Fun Run was hugely satisfying and we are really looking forward to the Heart of England Bike Ride and the other events the Lions organise.,” says Hayley

“Before joining the Lions we were not aware of the amazing work the group does all year round for the villages and we would urge the community to get involved to help keep it going,” says Claire. “The Lions really need volunteers in various roles so there is something to suit everyone and it is very much on a ‘what you enjoy’ basis so if you can spare a couple of hours a month, please join us, you will be very welcome and make some friends along the way.

Please get in touch now we would be delighted to hear from you

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Up before and after the Beak

Lions were treated to a conducted tour of Birmingham’s Victoria Law Courts which for nearly 130 years have been hearing the pleas of the innocent.

After being released on unconditional bail the Lions escaped to The Bull in Price Street for an excellent lunch.

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Lions take rain, mud and cold in their stride

With the promise of a Pub lunch a small group of Lions took the rain, mud and cold in their stride. Starting at Barston the circular four mile walk took in historic Temple Balsall. It was agreed to undertake another walk – with a mandatory pub – in the Spring when hopefully the weather will be a little kinder.

If you would like a more active social life and make new friends please review all we do on this website, consider joining us and get in touch

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Lions take in some culture

Wrapped up warm against the winter frosts a number of us caught the trains to University station to trek across the University of Birmingham campus to visit Winterbourne House & Gardens, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the Lapworth Museum of Geology.

All in all a great day out. Amazing hidden gems most of us had not visited after decades living in the area.

If you would like a more active social life and make new friends please review all we do on this website, consider joining us and get in touch

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Lion President Brian reflects & takes on new challenge

“Joining the Lions when the Knowle & Dorridge Club was formed in 1976 changed my life,” says current President Brian Burgess. “My wife Jean & I were involved in scouting and my involvement in the local community lead to my joining Lions and becoming President, as well as District Governor in 1989. This led to meeting many Lions not just in the UK but all over the world travelling to National and International Conventions.

Lion President Brian with golf trophy with event organiser Lion Andy Luckett (Shirley Lions) (left) and current District Governor Lion Chris Burrows (right)

Each year Past District Governors meet for a Golf Tournament, which Brian (centre) won (again!) this year


Brian says “In taking on the role of President of Knowle & Dorridge Lions for the 5th time my aim is to help the club regenerate by attracting new younger members to help present Lions support the local community and organise the Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk & Summer Bike Ride which raised £75,000 last year.”




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A whale of a time

A group of us enjoyed a fish meal at the Robin Hood Golf Club last Friday night. We were joined by former Lions and partners and had a whale of a time.

If you would like a more active social life and make new friends please review all we do on this website, consider joining us and get in touch

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Thanks Dorridge

Perhaps it was the legs that encouraged the customers of Sainsbury’s Dorridge to give generously when the Lions undertook a collection and membership drive on Sunday 9th July. In 180 minutes the good folk of Dorridge swelled the “local causes” fund by £154.48.

Whilst the money was very welcome it was equally pleasing to get the opportunity to tell Sainsbury’s customers of the real need of new members to allow our Club to continue the work Lions undertake in our community. We are very grateful to the Sainsbury’s management and PR team for their assistance in arranging our visit. We hope to revisit before too long. We promise to be better dressed next time.

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K&D Lion new Mayor

Longstanding Knowle & Dorridge Lions Club lion Stuart Davis has been inaugurated as the Mayor of Solihull for 2017/18.


Stuart who joined Knowle and Dorridge Lions in 1996 from Tenerife Sur club where he had served as President and Zone Chairman, originally joined Lions back in 1987. In our Club he has undertaken numerous roles including President 1999/2000, and became a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2016. Careful never to mix Lions and politics Stuart has been one of the many stalwarts of the club for 20 years and has asked to be allowed to go ‘at large’ for the duration of his Mayoralty, but has insisted on clearing his Mayoral diary for the club’s key fundraising events -the 34th Knowle Fun Run, 12th Heart of England Bike Ride and 25th Lions Festive Walk

Stuart’s political ‘career’ started in Solihull way back in 1979 and was re-kindled in 1999. His prime interest has been serving on Solihull’s Planning Committee chairing it for many years, and more recently Transport and West Midlands Fire Services.



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