Ride the Heart of England 2019

Thanks to all riders who joined us. How was it for you? Please let us know

Here is our draft press release:


Another great bike ride organised by Knowle and Dorridge Lions saw nearly 640 cyclists set off from Packwood House last Sunday to wind their ways around the lanes of Warwickshire all in aid of charity.

Riders had a choice of 20, 30 or 100 kms with the dry and not too hot weather encouraging many to tackle the longer routes this year

“We were delighted to welcome so many riders again for the Heart of England Bike Ride on Sunday 14 July”, said organiser Lion Paul Wheatley. “Many riders helped by riding in to the start at Packwood House, avoiding major parking issues. We believe we have raised close to £11,000 thanks to the generosity of cyclists and sponsors alike. 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 partners – SoLO Life Opportunities, Sepsis Trust UK and locally determined causes”

If you missed out this year the Lions are already planning next July’s ride. Anyone who would like to help organise the day should contact Paul via info@knowleanddorridgelions.com now

Here is a selection of the ~3000 brilliant images of the day taken by our photographer Simon Bissett. Please take look, you will feature many times. Please consider buying yours and make his day worthwhile

WLCC riding to celebtrate colleagues 60th birthday

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, buy a burger from the Lions BBQ and enjoy a FREE visit to the House & Grounds
  • Links to the maps of the routes will be sent to registered riders when online entries close on 7 July

Sorry if you have missed the online deadline for entries. You may still download an On the Day Registration form, to complete and bring with you on Sunday 14th

Please note we are restricted to 750 entries. Also parking is extremely limited and we only guarantee a ride to those who arrive at Packwood House with a completed form and on their bikes, having left their cars at home or parked at an alternative location. Dorridge is only 2 miles away.Also please download the Important Instructions for Riders which has been sent to all online entrants

Not 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

    Launch photoshoot: (l-r) Maria Brown (SoLO, lion Paul Wheatley (organiser), Nick Fellows (Hollywood Monster – Sponsor), Lion Ian Gedge, Lion Trevor Jones, Sam Heskheth (Sepsis)

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.

Be sure to like us and keep in touch via

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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 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 again 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

Youth Travel Bursary 2019

Students are reminded that the deadline for applications for this year’s K&D Lions Youth Travel Bursary must be submitted by the end of March.

Over the years a number of excellent applicants have been successful in gaining grants sufficient to complete their fundraising required to fund their travels.

The Lions have increased the total amount available to £3,500. To stand a chance of gaining a bursary of up to £1,750 your trip must qualify. Be sure to read rules and complete the Application form. Do not leave it until the deadline has passed.

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Posted in News, Youth, Youth Travel Bursary

Awareness, Food-bank & Unexpected Bonus

With the generous support of Tesco in Knowle we put up our banners on the morning of Saturday 27th October and engaged with their customers as they left the store. Our objective was to increase the awareness of Lions and to seek new members.

Whilst explaining without new members our Club of twenty would not be able to meet the ever increasing requests for help and funds we invited them to guess the value of the goods we had in our trolley.

As a generalisation the ladies used their years of shopping experience; the gents did an informed guess and the young just guessed. Read on.

Ute Smith, our Membership Secretary, declared the morning a great success as the shoppers had been generous with their time in listening to our pleas for their help.

The second objective was fulfilled at the end of the morning when all the goods in our trolley were donated to the Sparkhill Food-bank which is so generously  supported by Tesco and their customers every week.

The unexpected bonus came when we looked for the winner of the trolley competition. It was Sam aged five. The next surprise for us was to learn his Grandfather was Charles Jukes, a former member of K&D Lions and our President in 1987/88.

Our photo shows Sam holding his Certificate and his prize of a Lego voucher and wearing our Presidential Chain which holds the badge of office of his Grandfather.

Posted in Membership, News

26th Lions Festive Walk

Thursday 27 December 2018

Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B93 0DQ (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

Start any time after 8:30, finish by 16:00 

It’s a great opportunity to ‘walk off the Christmas pudding’, explore the Warwickshire countryside and enjoy the fresh air with the great atmosphere generated by walkers who join us every year as part of their traditional post Boxing Day exercise.

You do not have to enter in advance. Please save time on the day print and complete an

for your group and bring it with you.

Entry as always is FREE but we would appreciate a donation for our new partner charities

SoLO Life Opportunities


The UK Sepsis Trust

with half of all the funds generated retainedfestive lion for Lions locally determined causes

To avoid disappointment for those who could not make it last year we have decided, (with the exception of the long walk), to repeat last year’s planned walks – same distances, same routes, hopefully not the same weather!

On the day you choose from 4 routes :

  • Mini (1.4 miles) – starting from the front of Baddesley House; with the others all starting in the opposite direction past the church
  • Short (3.9 miles)
  • Medium (5.3 miles)
  • Long (8.6 miles) – it is strongly recommended that our guests start this walk no later than 10:30
  • don’t forget to bring your walking boots or wellies – the walks include sections through fields on footpaths that may be muddy and wet. Please take particular  care at gates, styles etc 
  • the choice of routes should suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs, sorry
  • all sign-posted circular routes along country lanes, canal tow-paths and public footpaths, some with stiles, the long & medium routes passing close to a pub or two, and
  • all returning to Baddesley Clinton House where there will be hot mince pies and mulled wine to enjoy with the Lions, you can collect your well-deserved certificate of achievement and then
  • visit the House and Gardens FREE, and the restaurant will be happy to serve refreshments.
  • dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome provided they keep their considerate owners on a lead. Seriously, there will be sheep in fields and not all dogs mix, so please keep your dog on a lead at all times.

Every £ donated will go to charity, when all our costs have been more than covered by our generous sponsors.

Why not get your efforts sponsored for our partner charities or designate your own special worthy cause – download a sponsorship form or use MyDonate to make a donation or ask your friends to sponsor your walk.

You can help to make this event a success by displaying a poster at your work, club, local shop or perhaps send it to those you know may be interested. Please download a flyer here.

If you have any queries or would like to help the Lions organising this fundraising event please get in touch today

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley meets up with this year’s partner charities: Maria Brown from Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) & Paula Evans from Sepsis Trust UK outside Baddesley Clinton House


As with all our events we try to cover the costs of running them through sponsorship from local businesses so as much money as possible will go to our charities. At this time we have one or two vacancies for sponsors. If your company would like to help us by supporting any of our fundraising events we would love to hear from you, so please get in touch now.

We are very grateful to following businesses and organisations for their generous support helping us to achieve this


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Posted in Festive Walk, News

Festive Walk launch

This week we launch this years 26th Festive Walk at Baddesley Clinton with the partner charities who will share half of all the proceeds with our Community Services who will distribute the other half to locally determined causes

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley meets up with this year’s partner charities Maria Brown from SoLO Life Opportunities & Paula Evans from Sepsis Trust UK

Our press release:

Lions Festive Walk Off the Christmas Pudding

This year’s Lions Festive Walk, the 26th organised by Knowle & Dorridge Lions from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House, will be on Thursday 27th December.

“This year’s event will offer 4 different signposted routes to follow of between 1.4 and 8.6 miles along footpaths, towpaths, & lanes” says organiser Lion James Dawes “Over the past 25 years our walks have raised over £200,000 for charity with anything upto 2,000 walkers (and dogs) making donations or getting their efforts sponsored each year.

“It seems that our Festive Walks have become key part of many families Christmas plans whatever the weather and by the day after Boxing Day many families welcome the chance to pull on their wellies or walking boots and get some exercise. After their walks they can visit Baddesley house and garden free and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie with the Lions”

Beneficiaries of this year’s Festive Walk are SoLO Life Opportunities and the UK Sepsis Trust, whilst the Lions will retain half of all funds raised for locally determined causes. “We are incredibly grateful to the Lions for choosing our charities to benefit from this year’s Festive Walk and Knowle Fun Run in May. We hope walkers & runners alike will get behind their efforts and donate generously to our causes,” say Paula Evans & Maria Brown from the charities.

Put 27 December in your diary now and visit www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/walk for more details and to download a free registration form to complete and bring with you.

Posted in Festive Walk, News

Tea Party another great success

Once again this October we invited all local senior citizens to join us for a superb tea party at the Knowle Royal British Legion with fantastic entertainment from Sisters in Song – Rebecca  & Julia with daughter Hannah

Scroll down to watch the video for some key messages about some of our projects we have been working on from our President Bob Thurtle.

Chairman Bob told the audience about some of the projects we have been working on. If you have any suggestions let us know, we are always interested to hear the community's views about what we need. What do you think we could spend some of the donations on?

Posted by Knowle and Dorridge Lions on Saturday, 13 October 2018


Posted in Elderly, News

Where the money went

Here are just some of the disbursements over the last 12 months:


  • Elderly Coach Outing
  • Pensioners Tea Party
  • Presentation Evening
  • Christmas Distribution to Elderly residents


Lions Clubs International causes

  • Hikkaduawa Flood appeal
  • Sight Savers trust
  • District project
  • Youth Award


Community Services

  • Youth Travel Bursary & other youth grants
  • Dorridge Primary school
  • Solihull Talking Newspapers
  • 4th Knowle Sea Scouts
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Fast Aid
  • Memorial Benches (Knowle and Dorridge)
  • Solihull Hospital Hospital – Chemotherapy chair
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Meningitis Now
  • Dementia UK
  • Chadwick End – Village Hall
  • Royal British Legion – Knowle


Partner Charities

  • Headway (Birmingham & Solihull)                                       £10,805
  • Breast Cancer Haven                                                           £11,468


Total                                                                                            £37,752


The donations to partner charities include funds raised at the 13th Heart of England Bike Ride on 9th July 2018

The other payments were made from funds raised in the year ended 30th June 2017.

A further £22,273 has been retained for future locally determined donations


If you wish to nominate a local worthy cause please get in touch

Posted in Charities, News, Where the money goes


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