Longest Urban Bus Route in Europe

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.

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And the winner is . . .


This years Easter Egg raffle held at the Black Boy P.H. Chadwick End raised a tremendous £1400 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



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6 litter pickers

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.

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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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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:

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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.

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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.

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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

Launch photoshoot: (l-r) Maria Brown (SoLO Life Opportunities, Lion Paul Wheatley (organiser), Nick Fellows (Hollywood Monster – Sponsor), Lion Ian Gedge, Lion Trevor Jones, Sam Hiskett (The UK Sepsis Trust )

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

HOE LROVERnWhy not get a team together?


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

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