Coach trip & tea party details

It’s not too early to make a note of the dates for this year’s coach trip & tea party for the elderly

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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Posted in Elderly, News

Kristian plays trombone in Rio

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:

Posted in News, Youth Travel Bursary

Marie Curie Men’s Shed Project

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.


Posted in News, Other grants, Where the money goes

Visit to Midland Air Museum at Coventry Airport

“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.

Posted in Membership, News

Great Fire of Warwick Trail


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.

Posted in Membership, News

Great Spec Collect 2019

You, Them, Them, Them, We and You again

  • You, in the seven months ended January, residents of Knowle and Dorridge have dug out 1054 pairs of old specs.
  • Them,  Alan Tyler in Dorridge, Bannisters and Vision Express in Knowle have collected them on behalf of Lions
  • Them, Parcel Force have collected and delivered them (free of charge) to our sister Club in Chichester
  • Them, in Chichester the Lions will sort them and send them all over the world to where they can do most good.
  • We, in Knowle and Dorridge Lions, would like to say thank you to everyone for giving the Great Spec Collect their support.
  • You again: The Great Spec Collect continues and we hope you will remember to leave your old specs at our Knowle and Dorridge opticians

Posted in News, Spectacle Recycling

Ride the Heart of England 2019

Join us for our 14th annual charity ride from Packwood National Trust House(map), just 3 miles from jct 4 of M42 – Sunday 14 July

Whether its the short ride for families, the more challenging leisure ride, both circular and fully sign-posted, or the new and extended 100 km velo through the Warwickshire countryside you are assured of a great day out. .gps links will be published here near the day. There is no mass start.

  • All ages may enter the 12 mile / 20 km ride & 18 mile/ 30 km ride and set off  between 9:00 & 11:30
  • Adult only entrants for the 60 mile /100 km ride must set off between 8:00 & 8:45
  • All riders must return to Packwood House by 15:00, when they will be able to pick up their Certificate of Achievement, enjoy a hot dog from the Lions BBQ and a FREE visit to the House & Grounds

Discounted online advanced entries are available until 7 JulyNot just a bike ride but an opportunity to help raise funds for charity

  • This years partner charities are:




  • We shall be retaining 50% of all the proceeds for Lions locally determined causes
  • If you wish to use our event to raise funds for your favorite cause please register and let us know
  • If you wish to get your ride sponsored please download a
  • Why not set up an online fundraising page. Please use our Virgin Money Giving page at any time just click on

All riders must return to Packwood House by 15:00, when they will be able to pick up their Certificate of Achievement, enjoy something from the Lions BBQ and a FREE visit to the House & Grounds

Please download a poster & display it at your work or club, or email it to friends, relatives, anyone who may like to join you on our rides

See what last years ride was like, visit our photographers gallery.

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How to prepare for your charity bike ride – have a read of this, it may remind you.

If you would like to help us make a great success of this year’s event please get in touch now

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We are delighted to welcome back our main sponsor

We are also indebted to to our loyal group of sponsors who help cover the costs of organising this bike ride:


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

We are also indebted to the Solihull Observer and local magazines too many to mention for their promotion of our events

We are also delighted to be working with who are providing registration services for us this year.

We are looking for new companies to come on board and help ensure all our costs are covered before anyone enters, such that every £ of entry fee and sponsorship raised will go to charity. Rather than passing on the costs of our new online registration provider we are looking for a corporate sponsor or more to cover the costs. Or perhaps you could sponsor the riders numbers, refreshments stops – with bananas, protein biscuits or similar. If you would like to help please get in touch now

Please note Knowle & Dorridge Lions are registered charity (no 509993) and our accounts are prepared, examined and lodged with the Charities Commission each year

Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News

Lions Clubs International update 2019

If you ever wonder what Lions do outside Knowle & Dorridge please set a little time aside to discover the Lions International foundation and our mission website.


You will be amazed at a the span, strength & diversity of what our 1.4 million members in 47,000 clubs in over 200 territories achieve throughout the world. Please spend a little time to

  • Discover our Story, about our clubs and our Foundation (LCIF)
  • Explore our Impact
  • Read about Our Approach and Our Global causes
  • Give Your Support

Please ensure you return to our website to find our more about our programme of community support and fundraising here in Knowle and Dorridge Lions and how to contact us

Posted in Lions International, News

Another Festive Walk Success

Ideal walking weather brought out over 2,000 walkers and their dogs to Baddesley Clinton NT House last Thursday for the annual Lions Festive charity walk. This year net charitable donations of over £11,000 were received in aid of Sepsis UK, SoLO Life Opportunities & local causes. Whilst the Lions had carefully planned the routes weeks ago they were unable to plan for the record numbers who turned up and the exceptionally wet weather of recent weeks, which lead to somewhat muddy footpaths & tracks.

“At least the weather remained dry this year and there was no repeat of the snow and slush which almost forced the cancellation last year for the first time in 25 years”, said organiser Lion James Dawes. “It seems many families and groups have our walks on the Festive calendar every year, eager to get out from behind the TV and away from the sales and get some fresh air and exercise to walk off the excesses of Christmas. All in a very good cause.

“One of the effects of attracting so many walkers on the day is the pressure it puts on the limited car parking at Baddesley Clinton, and the knock on effect to the nearby public roads. This is something we are aware of, and will review for future events. We do hope no-one was inconvenienced too much, and generally a good spirit was observed throughout the day”

“We work closely with the National Trust at Baddesley Clinton who have allowed us to use their facilities for 26 years now, we greatly appreciate their cooperation and assistance.”

If you walked on Thursday and have any feedback, photos of your day, or would like to offer to help us organise next year’s event please get in touch now

Now is the time collect sponsorship, donations etc and pay them in using our sponsorship form or donations page

If you missed this year’s event please make a donation and then you can download a map of this year’s  mini, short & medium routes or long route to use to follow the routes perhaps when they are less muddy. NB The arrows designating the routes will come down over the next few days

Here are a few images taken by our President Bob Thurtle:

First walker of the day

Before the walk the ducks need feedingFestive garb from Shirley LionsLooking nice and clean before their walkDesigner label headwear was much in evidenceBack from the Favelas. Kristian Bennett the recipient of our 2018 Youth Travel Bursary starting the Festive Walk

Quick – let us beat the queue for the mulled wine

Phew! Finished. See you next year

and a few from Paula at the Sepsis Trust

And a few more from our Facebook page:

And finally from SoLO

Why not put Wednesday 27th December in your 2019 diary and set yourself a challenge of walking our longest walk for charity?

Posted in Festive Walk, News

Book the day

We have confirmation from the National Trust at Packwood House that we may use their car parking and other facilities again on Sunday 14 July for our 14th Heart of England Bike Ride

Last year almost 500 riders raised over £9,000 for our partner charities and local causes. let’s see if we can do better this year

Please join us

Book the date in your 2019 diary and watch this website for further entry details

If you would like to join our organising team or are in a position to sponsor this charity sportive/leisure ride please get in touch today

Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News


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