Lions Clubs support Fastaid

We are delighted to have provided a set of 23 new reflective all-weather jackets for Solihull’s dedicated Community First Responders – Fastaid

“With funds raised at the 2016 Knowle Fun Run Knowle and Dorridge Lions joined with Solihull Lions to provide FastAid with the latest BS Standard all-weather high visibility jackets to enable their volunteers to carry out their life saving work more safely with the best possible equipment,” says Chris Kiddle Morris, Chair of Knowle and Dorridge Lions Community Services Committee. “It is particularly pleasing when the Lions family can come together to support another organisation equally dedicated to supporting the local community”

K&D Community Services Chair Chris Kiddle Morris meets up with the Fast Aid Team at this May’s Knowle Fun Run

“Fastaid were on hand again providing Medical Cover for the 34th Knowle Fun Run on 21 May,” said Mark Atherton. “Runners and spectators on the school field had access to their first aid tent and in addition there were two response vehicles stationed around the course to provide aid should it be required. There were six responders available plus a further two who were on call with the ambulance service to provide a further level of response. Fastaid Community First Responders are extremely pleased to be associated with both Knowle & Dorridge and Solihull Lions clubs and as such were very grateful for their donation to purchase new reflective jackets for 23 members of Fastaid.

Posted in News, Other grants, Where the money goes

Get pedalling the Heart of England

This could be you setting off on Sunday 16 July 2017 from Packwood National Trust House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth B94 6AT

DSC_0013sOff for a ride in the countryside with friends, colleagues or family?

Will it be the 12, 18 or 30 mile circular sign-posted routes? Or perhaps accept the challenge of all 3 – only 60 miles !!! Gear up, get your friends and family together and, if necessary, decide on the day

Will you help us achieve our target to raise another £20,000 to provide valuable funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as well as local Lions causes?

Set off anytime between 09.30-11.30 from the beautiful historic site of Packwood NT House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth B94 6AT

And after your ride enjoy refreshments from the Lions BBQ and a FREE visit to Packwood House & grounds

Organiser Paul Wheatley, Lion President Richard Buckley, Nick Fellows, Commercial Director Hollywood Monster, BHF community fundraiser Donna Stokes as Hearty.

Please help us to advertise our ride. Why not print off a poster to display at your work, club or school today?

Put it in your diary and register now for advance discounted entry now via BHF to get your fundraising pack.

Advanced online entry until Monday 10 July ADULTS only £12, CHILDREN 8-18 £6, and free entry for kids under 8 

Entry on the day: ADULTS £18, CHILDREN 8-18 £9, 2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN £40. DONATIONS welcome

Why not help the Lions organise this ride – volunteer today

Don’t forget every £ you raise or donate goes to charity (70% BHF, 30% local Lions causes)

Scroll down for photos & results from our 2016 ride

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Once again we are indebted to our loyal group of sponsors who help cover the costs of organising this bike ride:

Mike Adams Photography

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

Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News

K&D Lion new Mayor

Longstanding Knowle & Dorridge Lions Club lion Stuart Davis has been inaugurated as the Mayor of Solihull for 2017/18.


Stuart who joined Knowle and Dorridge Lions in 1996 from Tenerife Sur club where he had served as President and Zone Chairman, originally joined Lions back in 1987. In our Club he has undertaken numerous roles including President 1999/2000, and became a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2016. Careful never to mix Lions and politics Stuart has been one of the many stalwarts of the club for 20 years and has asked to be allowed to go ‘at large’ for the duration of his Mayoralty, but has insisted on clearing his Mayoral diary for the club’s key fundraising events -the 34th Knowle Fun Run, 12th Heart of England Bike Ride and 25th Lions Festive Walk

Stuart’s political ‘career’ started in Solihull way back in 1979 and was re-kindled in 1999. His prime interest has been serving on Solihull’s Planning Committee chairing it for many years, and more recently Transport and West Midlands Fire Services.



Posted in Membership, News

Looks in sight

With 346 pairs of specs collected on our behalf in April by our three supporting opticians, we already have 821 pairs donated by our community from the first 3 months (February, March & April) of this years Great Spec Collect 2.

Our target, by the end of May of 1,000 pairs of specs looks in sight.

If you have had your eyes tested and don’t need to visit our supporting opticians (Bannisters Eyecare & Vision Express in Knowle and Alan Tyler in Dorridge) why not bring your old pairs to the Arden Academy hall on the day of the Knowle Fun Run Sunday 21 May and if you are not taking part why not time it to see the KIDS runs at 11:00 and the main Fun Run at 12 noon.

Posted in News, Spectacle Recycling

Hot weekend leads to increased sales but….

We enjoyed the heat of the weekend before Easter as much as everyone. The Black Boy P.H. was amazingly busy and customers pleased to help raise funds for our nominated charities – Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association and local causes, but…

Monkey & Princess Eggs melted in the heat of a moment

The £70 basket of perfect Thornton’s Eggs prize suffered in the heat, 2 of the big eggs melting to chocolate puddles in the bottom of their packing. “It was the best weather we have had for our Easter raffle for many years and traditionally we carry the prize around so would-be ticket purchasers can see what they will win,” said raffle organiser Lion Adrian Harris. “We went out into the garden and one minute we had a basket of Easter Eggs, the next 2 were gone. We rapidly returned them inside the pub and made arrangements to replace those that melted”.

Black Boy manager Russell and Lion Chris Kiddle-Morris make the draw. Note the replaced Eggs

Once again this Easter we thank the management of Rigby’s Black Boy P.H. and their customers for the tremendous support given. We raised a grand total including sponsorship from Standley’s Solicitors of £1,467.98.

The winner – Mr Howard from Coventry

Posted in Fundraising Events, News

Chadwick End FC new kit

Back in 2014 we heard that Chadwick End FC had been broken into and their kit had been stolen. Whilst not in the core of our area we recognised their plight, looked into our limited resources and found £1000 to fund a new set of kit for the team.

This week we heard from Nick Hemming, their manager, sending a big thank you from everyone at the club. “We just wanted to say thank you for your support after we were invaded by travellers 3 years ago we were struggling to keep going but with your very generous donation we are slowing getting back on our feet. Our new kit now carries the Knowle and Dorridge Lions logo which we are proud to have on our shirts.

“And the good news is WE WON THE CUP. On Thursday 30th March 2017 we played AFC Warwick who are top of our division 3 and are sure to get promotion so it was never going to be an easy game for us. After trading goals the score was 3-3 at full time and we won 5-4 on the penalty shoot out.”

Their first trophy since 2014 so a great boost for everyone at Chadwick End FC.

Posted in News, Where the money goes

Wonderful start

Through the three supporting opticians (Alan Tyler in Dorridge, Vision Express and Bannisters Eyecare in Knowle) our community donated, in February and March, a total of 475 pairs of old specs. This a great start towards our target of a 1,000 by 31st May.

Please check your drawers and cupboards and drop your old glasses in to you optician now, thank you

Posted in News, Spectacle Recycling

Three ‘daffodilies’ collecting in Solihull

3 Knowle and Dorridge Lions dressed the part last Saturday when shaking a tin for Marie Curie.

When asked to help by Solihull Lions Club, Lions Bob Thurtle, Peter Smith & Paul Wheatley stepped in to collect from unsuspecting customers at Morrisons supermarket. “We were delighted to help our mother club,” said Past President Lion Bob. “Marie Curie is always close to our hearts and I have no doubt Solihull Lions will help us at one of our future events.”

Posted in Fundraising Events, News

Whigs, Bull, Organ & Nib

Lions, Partners and Friends enjoyed a day discovering a few of the many faces of Brum. Starting with a visit to the Q.E. Law Courts they witnessed law in action by sitting in on trials after which a mandatory sentence of a visit to The Bull’s Head in the Gun Quarter was not contested. The warm welcome from Rose and her team coupled with some very good food and beer made our “time” inside all too short. Putting aside pleas to remain in the custody of this two hundred year old pub our Walk leader moved us a couple of hundred yards up the road to St. Chads Cathedral where we enjoyed an Organ Recital and the wonderful interior of this hidden jewel on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter. An hour later and after a quick photo we moved deeper into history with a visit to the Pen Museum which celebrates the lives of the manufacturers and workers of this 19th century trade which supplied the world with their products. Our diverse day finished with a ride of a very modern tram and quick dash for a train back home.

Whigs, Bull, Organ & Nib


Posted in Membership, News

£13,616 ! ! !

‘It really was a record Festive Walk this year. Thank you everyone,’ says Lion Ute Smith. ‘It’s wonderful how generous walkers can be just after Christmas. It makes all the organisation worthwhile.’

With most if not all sponsorship and donations now received, Gift Aid claimed and expenses paid our net take has stopped just short of £14,000, by far the most generous Festive Walk in 24 years. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

It’s not too late to send in your sponsorship or make a donation.

The funds raised will be added to those generated at this year’s Knowle Fun Run on 21 May and distributed in September. If you know of any local organisation that we should consider for a donation from the 30% retained by the Lions, please send us some details.

If you would like to help the Lions organise the 25th Festive Walk on Wednesday 27 December (t.b.c.) we can use your help. Please get in touch now.


Posted in Festive Walk, News


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