In February a group of Lions and friends followed the trail of the 1694 Great Fire of Warwick which started opposite the Lord Leycester Hospital at 2.00 p.m. on 5th September and lasted for six hours consuming over 250 houses in its wake. Our stroll took us less than three hours during which we visited the Courthouse, St.Mary’s Church and the Market Hall before taking lunch at the Rose and Crown.

With the generous support of Tesco in Knowle we put up our banners on the morning of Saturday 27th October and engaged with their customers as they left the store. Our objective was to increase the awareness of Lions and to seek new members.

Whilst explaining without new members our Club of twenty would not be able to meet the ever increasing requests for help and funds we invited them to guess the value of the goods we had in our trolley.

As a generalisation the ladies used their years of shopping experience; the gents did an informed guess and the young just guessed. Read on.

Ute Smith, our Membership Secretary, declared the morning a great success as the shoppers had been generous with their time in listening to our pleas for their help.

The second objective was fulfilled at the end of the morning when all the goods in our trolley were donated to the Sparkhill Food-bank which is so generously  supported by Tesco and their customers every week.

The unexpected bonus came when we looked for the winner of the trolley competition. It was Sam aged five. The next surprise for us was to learn his Grandfather was Charles Jukes, a former member of K&D Lions and our President in 1987/88.

Our photo shows Sam holding his Certificate and his prize of a Lego voucher and wearing our Presidential Chain which holds the badge of office of his Grandfather.

Don’t call us – we will call you were the damming words ringing in the ears of a group of Lions and friends as they left the BBC Studios at the Mail Box in Birmingham this Autumn.

We all got behind the mic with Lion Adrian Harris in the presenter’s chair

Our tour which took us into local radio, television as well as the famous Archers recording studios finished with an audition opportunity. Lions and friends (as they always do) gave everything into their performances which although the audience were moved to tears (or was it laughter) failed to impress the BBC. Our disappointment faded quickly after a good lunch at the canal side Malt House.


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”

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.


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

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.

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

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

“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.”