Practice makes……well not quite perfect

This Saturday Lions & former Lions moved into the countryside at Lea Marston Shooting Club to shoot a few clays.

With sympatric coaching the hits matched the misses.

More practice is required…or bigger clays.

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Lions in Beomingaham (Birmingham)

Lions, partners & friends in a stroll around Digbeth were transported from Saxon 6th Century Beomingaham deep in the Forest of Arden through its steady growth to becoming a major industrial city to tomorrow where it is preparing to welcome HS2 and major redevelopment back to where it all started under the rule of the Beorma tribe 1500 years ago.

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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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Knights of the Blind

K&D Lions were pleased to help at the National Championships for Visually Impaired Bowlers held at Leamington Spa. The visually impaired bowlers need a pair of eyes to help them roll up from the mat with the Umpire telling them their bowl “is two feet away from the Jack at 10.00 o’clock”. The skills displayed were amazing.

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Another SPECTACULAR result

With wonderful support from our three local opticians (Alan Tyler, Bannisters Eye Care & Vision Express) our community have donated 1040 pairs of used specs in the six months ending 30th June 2018. With a Free of Charge service from Parcel Force these specs have been sent to our sister Club in Chichester who will sort them and send them all over the world to where they can do most good.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Riders beat the heat

With 335 riders registered in advance and another 172 on the day I think we can safely say the Heart of England Bike Riders took on and beat the 30c+ heat on Sunday.

“With entry fees and donations totaling approaching £9,000 we have done better than we possibly hoped for,” said organiser Lion Paul Wheatley. “Our new 50 mile sportive route from Packwood House through Warwickshire through villages as far apart as Coughton, Great Alne, Snitterfield, Hatton and Wroxall proved particularly popular. Now we wait to see how much sponsorship has been raised by our riders for Headway, Breast Cancer Haven & local causes.”

Over half of the riders opted for the shorter 18 & 12 mile rides on the day no doubt a reflection on the hot weather.  The Lions offered 4 refreshment stations providing water to the 3 routes, and riders were sensible bringing plenty of water with them and topping up on every opportunity and after the rides they were able to enjoy burgers from Lyons BBQ & free entry to the House and Gardens at Packwood, to round off a great day out.

There are a great selection of images of cyclists taken by Mike Adams, here are just a few, visit his website – see if you can find yourself and perhaps buy it for posterity:

Here are a selection of images taken on the day:




Please send your images and feedback to us

If you would like to help the Lions organise next year’s rides please volunteer now


Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News

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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Lions Clubs International update

Every year Knowle and Dorridge Lions, like many of the 47,000 Lions Clubs throughout the world, make a donation to the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) from the funds we raise. The Foundation is then able to muster immediate responses to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, and a whole lot more

What LCIF does:

We expand the reach of your service by awarding grants in four key areas:

  • We give sight by combating eye diseases, creating infrastructure to improve eye care delivery, increasing the number of trained eye care professionals, and making vision care more equitable and sustainable.
  • We support youth by helping children learn to work together, make positive decisions, and serve their communities, and by constructing schools, youth centres and vocational training centres.
  • We provide disaster relief by helping devastated communities survive after disasters and by bringing hope through assistance in long-term efforts to rebuild homes and lives.
  • We address humanitarian needs from global health issues such as measles, diabetes, hunger, and childhood cancer to empowering those with disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

Read more on Lions activities in our bi-monthly Lion magazine and LCIF in particular starting on page 8

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Jack’s YTB adventure in Guyana

This year we have chosen just one student to support – Jack Bailey. He impressed us so much we have agreed to award our maximum bursary of £1,750.

Please have a read of his application we think you will be equally impressed:

For more details of Jacks gap year visit Project trust

Good luck Jack. We look forward to reading and publishing your reports

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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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