The 7 Lions Clubs in Solihull have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, for supporting the Solihull and wider community with service and financial support.
Knowle and Dorridge Club are proud to be one of the strongest clubs in the Solihull area fundraising for charities through their Knowle Fun Run, Heart of England Bike Ride and Festive Walk. Each year they fund two youth travel bursaries, a 3 coach trip and tea party for the elderly as well as making many grants for local causes. The most recent being a joint project with the other Solihull clubs to fund a Man Shed at Solihull Marie Curie Hospice, and more locally the provision of 2 community seats in the High Street in Knowle and outside Dorridge Station.
On hearing of the Award Lion Bob Thurtle, Knowle & Dorridge Lions President for 2018-9 said ‘As far as our Club is concerned this is an award for all our members but equally for all the volunteers who help us put on our community fundraising events. I’ve said it before but I need to emphasise we do need residents to come forward to help with our future programme. Please call us on 08458 335894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today to express an interest
The 7 local Lions Clubs in Solihull (Balsall Common, Castle Bromwich, Knowle & Dorridge, Marston Green, Birmingham Exhibition, Shirley, Solihull) are one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.
Fully equipped with maps and a fully illustrated electronic guide Lions, partners and volunteers boarded the 11A bus to journey the 27 miles around Birmingham.
Being a social event the intrepid explorers were obliged to stop off for mid-morning coffee and bacon rolls before a long and enjoyable lunch in the Station Pub in Kings Heath.
This years Easter Egg raffle held at the Black Boy P.H. Chadwick End raised a tremendous £1140 for Age UK Solihull & local causes.
The winner of our basket of Thortons Easter eggs drawn on Maundy Thursday was ticket no 1999, purchased by Toni Little from Olton.
Thanks to the management of the Black Boy for their hospitality, Standley & Co solicitors in Knowle for covering all our costs, and all participants who made this years raffle a particular success. See you all again next year
Lions joined forces with Knowle Society in the Great Spring Clean. Bags & more bags were filled with bottles, cans and many crisp packets.
What a pity our efforts were needed, but the thanks we received from the passing public made it very worthwhile.
Tickets for this year’s coach trip are on their way. Tea party ones will follow in due course
Once again we are planning to fill 3 coaches with seniors from our area for a day out to Ledbury on Tuesday 10 September, and then fill the Knowle British Legion for the Lions annual tea party on Saturday 12 October.
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Back in the Summer of 2017 we awarded £1200 as a Youth Travel Bursary to Kristian Bennett to travel to Brazil in January 2018. Here is his account:
We recently joined our local Lions Clubs (Solihull, Shirley, Balsall Common, Birmingham Exhibition, Marston Green & Castle Bromwich) in a cheque presentation at Marie Curie in Solihull. The Lions cheque for £10,000.00 together with a similar sum raised by the Men’s Group will enable the work to start in the coming Spring which will see the base, services and one of the two sheds erected. The Men’s Shed at Marie Curie will underpin their bereavement support programme by fostering social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter. More fundraising in the coming months will hopefully see the second workshop shed erected before the year end.
“It’s very big outside but very compact inside” was the judgement of Lions and friends as they clambered (some not very gracefully) into the cockpit of the restored Avro Vulcan aircraft that was originally part of the V bomber force.
Our visit started with a guided tour of the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre (named after the local aviation pioneer and inventor of the jet engine) and finished with viewing the many aircraft on display.
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.