Another Great Lions Fundraising Day

Another great fundraiser organised by Knowle and Dorridge Lions saw nearly 700 cyclists set off from Packwood House last Sunday to wind their ways around the lanes of Warwickshire all in aid of charity.

“We were delighted to welcome so many riders again for the Heart of England Bike Ride on Sunday 16 July”, said organising Lion Paul Wheatley. “Last year the event raised over £20,000 for BHF and local charities, and we hope to get close to that figure again, when all the sponsorship has been received. As well as thanking all the riders and helpers I now have to thank the generous sponsors who enabled the Lions to tell riders that all their entry fees will go to the charity – BHF and Lions locally determined causes”

Cyclists had a choice of 12, 18, 30 or 60 miles with the dry weather encouraging many to tackle the 30 & 60 miles this year

Donna Stokes, BHF Fundraising Manager said: “It was great to see so many people on Sunday, enjoying themselves and returning safely and happy, having completed their personal challenges. We spoke to lots of people, some having personal reasons for supporting the charity and some just entering the event for the fun of it. We would like to thank them all for their support and hope to see them again next year.

I would also like to thank the Lions for successfully organising another event and all the volunteers who helped to make this event such a great experience for all. We could not put on events like this and raise funds for the charity without their support.”

If you missed out this year the Lions are already planning next July’s ride and would welcome anyone who would like to support their team, please contact Paul now

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Posted in Heart of England Bike Ride, News

Dont forget your water & helmet

Don’t worry if you have not already entered for the Heart of England Bike Ride tomorrow, just turn up register and make a donation to our worthy charities.

If you are entering on the day please remember to download and complete your entry form to help speed up registration

Now is the time to ensure your bike is in good condition – Red Kite will be on hand at Packwood House tomorrow if yours is not

Don’t forget to bring water – we will have some water at refreshment stops courtesy of Waitrose, but please bring your own

Remember to wear a helmet

Full details on 

Posted in News

All boxed up

Our annual Great Spec-Collect produced 1042 pairs of old or unwanted pairs of spectacles. All have been boxed up and sent to our sister Lions Club in Chichester who will sort them and distribute them to eye clinics in Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria and Nepal.

Thanks to many people who donated them and to our three local opticians (Alan Tyler in Dorridge, Bannisters Eye Care in Knowle and Vision Express in Knowle) who did a great job in collecting them on our behalf.

Posted in News, Spectacle Recycling

Thanks Dorridge

Perhaps it was the legs that encouraged the customers of Sainsbury’s Dorridge to give generously when the Lions undertook a collection and membership drive on Sunday 9th July. In 180 minutes the good folk of Dorridge swelled the “local causes” fund by £154.48.

Whilst the money was very welcome it was equally pleasing to get the opportunity to tell Sainsbury’s customers of the real need of new members to allow our Club to continue the work Lions undertake in our community. We are very grateful to the Sainsbury’s management and PR team for their assistance in arranging our visit. We hope to revisit before too long. We promise to be better dressed next time.

Posted in Membership, News

Bike Ride Sunday

Online entries for the Heart of England Bike Ride are now closed but you may still join in by registering on the day. Please visit  now.

Posted in News

Fun Run monies go from one good cause to another

We supported the Lily Mae Foundation with funds raised at the Lions Festive Walk and Knowle Fun Run in 2016. They decided to invest part of the funds raised to provide memory boxes to eight local hospitals including Heartlands and Good Hope.

Here Community Services Chair Lion Chris Kiddle-Morris attended a photoshoot at Heartlands Hospital.

Posted in News, Other grants

Don’t miss the signs

The signs are going up reminding cyclists to enter online for this year’s Bike Ride

See how many you can spot in B93 and around the course.

Encourage your friends, work colleagues & family to join you

Be sure to enter online today and start collecting pledges of support for when your fundraising pack arrives

Posted in News

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, feel free to change your mind on the day. Download a MAP or visit our online maps

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

Online entries are now closed but you may still join in on the day. Please help speed up registration by printing a form to complete and bring with you. As well as registering we hope you will consider making a donation to our worthy causes: (BHF 70%, local Lions causes 30%)

Please note there is limited parking available to us at Packwood House.

Please consider whether you could help those coming from further afield by cycling to the start or parking and unloading your bikes in places like Dorridge or Hockley Heath (just over 2 miles), or on one of the wider lanes off the routes and cycling to the start.

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

Please remember:

  • To wear a cycling helmet
  • Wear their numbers on the front
  • If completing the 60 miles to complete the longest route first
  • It’s not too late to help us to advertise our ride. Why not print off a poster to display at your work, club or school today?
  • Nor to offer to help the Lions organise this ride – volunteer today

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

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.



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