Thank you to everyone who joined us on 27th December. There were nearly 1,400 of you (and your dogs) and we raised almost £6,600. We hope you had a fantastic day and enjoyed the wet & muddy conditions

For those who could not make it this year we wish you a Happy New Year. Should you wish to make a donation in lieu of joining us please visit our Virgin Money Giving site We hope you will join us in 2020

Here are the first selection of photos from our photographer Simon Bissett

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If you have any feedback or images you would like to share please get in touch

Watch out for details of our next Festive Walk – Sunday 27 December 2020 next Autumn

If you would like to help us put on the walk or are able to sponsor any element of our costs we would love to hear from you

The 2020 traditional 3 coach day out that was planned for Tuesday 8 September to Chester had to be cancelled but hopefully we can organise something for 2021.  Watch this space.

The annual Tea Party with entertainment at the Royal British Legion Knowle on Saturday 10 October 2020 has also had to be cancelled and again we do hope we can come back refreshed with refreshments next year.

All older residents living in Knowle, Dorridge, Bentley Heath, Hockley Heath or Lapworth welcome, by free ticket only

Both dates will be confirmed and an application form will be available nearer the time


Last year’s Lions Festive Walk on Friday 27 December raised funds for Solihull Hospital Charity and CLIC Sargent Young Lives vs Cancer, with the Lions retaining half of all funds raised for locally determined causes.

The organisers, Knowle and Dorridge Lions have said we are addressing the previous year’s parking difficulties in providing extra car parking at a second start/finish at Hay Woods for everyone wanting to take part in their ever popular ‘walk off the Christmas pudding’ festive charity fundraiser at Baddesley Clinton House. With help from the Forestry Commission they will be parking cars for those walkers wishing to undertake the longer walks in Hay Woods.

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley met up with partner charities: Elaine Griffin (CLIC Sargent) & Justine Davy (Solihull Hospital) outside Baddesley Clinton House

“Walkers can help us best by appointing a driver to drop them off, by filling their cars with family and friends, or even walking to the start” says organiser Lion James Dawes. “As in recent years there will be 4 different signposted routes to follow of between 1 and 10 miles along footpaths, towpaths, & lanes. Over the past 26 years our walks have raised over £200,000 for charity with anything up to 2,000 walkers (and dogs) making donations or getting their efforts sponsored each year. The more walkers who can arrange for someone to drop them off and pick them up later the better”

“The Lions Festive Walks have become key part of many Solihull families Christmas plans whatever the weather for the day after Boxing Day, when many families welcome the chance to pull on their wellies or walking boots and get some exercise. After their walks they can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie with the Lions at Baddesley Clinton House”

“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 will get behind their efforts and donate generously to our causes,” say Elaine Griffin & Justine Davy from the charities.

Please put 27 December in your diary now and visit now for more details and to download a free registration form to complete and bring with you.

It was a soggy start to the day for some of our Lions helping Knowle Society plant bulbs on the verges by Knowle Doctors.

We thank them for their tireless work every year making our village look beautiful and can’t wait for Spring to see our hard work pay off!

It was a fun morning for Lion Claire Barlett & her daughter

If you would like to volunteer to help there is still nearly 10,000 bulbs to plant you can contact us or Knowle Society direct to see when the next ‘plantathon’ takes place

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

Some of the 100 party goers, get some exercise

Watch last year’s video for some key messages about some of the projects we have been working on from our former President Bob Thurtle

Friday 27 December 2019

Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B93 0DQ and Hay Woods, Hay Wood Lane B93 0DG (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

WELCOME to our 27th annual Festive Walk. 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.

UPDATE:  In view of the unprecedented rain and water table levels we have been forced to curtail all walks re-routing some sections of the walks to public roads to avoid heavily-mudded areas. Whilst the maps will not reflect this, all route arrows will be correct. All changes will be advised by our marshals at both registration locations. We  recommend walkers wear Wellington boots as parts of the walks are very muddy

PLEASE note: Arrangements will be different to previous years. We ask those walking the Medium (6 miles)  & Long (10 miles) routes to go straight to Hay Woods to park where there will be full registration arrangements

ENTRY: You do not have to enter in advance, please print and complete an entry form for your group and bring it with you, to help speed up the start.

Entry as always is FREE. We would appreciate a donation for our partner charities

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

Parking: There will be 2 signposted car parks:

  • Hay Wood for those tackling the longer walks &
  • Baddesley Clinton House for those on the short & mini routes.
  • Maps will be available at the starts. All walkers must return by 15:45. NB The gates to Hay Wood will be locked at 15:45.

Walkers can help us best by

  • appointing a driver to drop them off,
  • filling their cars with family and friends,
  • or walking to the starts.

Routes: You may choose from:

  • Long – 10 miles from Hay Woods. Please arrive early from 8:30. We do not recommend starting this after 10:30.
  • Medium – 6 miles from Hay Woods.
  • Short – 3 miles. Start past Baddesley Church
  • Mini – 1 mile. Start in front of Baddesley House
  • As to be expected in December the routes will be wet and muddy in places. Waterproof footwear/wellies are strongly recommended. Some of the stiles although usable, are in a poor state of repair and caution is advised.
  • the choice of routes should suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs, sorry
  • 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.
  • 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 quadrangle 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
  • remove your muddy boots and visit the House and Gardens FREE, and the restaurant will be happy to serve refreshments.

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 Virgin Money Giving 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

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

Watch the 2018 video

If you are still unsure if you are joining us for this year’s Festive Walks take a look at this short video of last year’s event to see what it’s all about…. It’s such a great way to support your local community while spending time with your friends and family 👍 Thank you to James Nicholas for supporting us and creating this amazing video! It really captures the essence of the day.

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley met up with partner charities: Elaine Griffin (CLIC Sargent) & Justine Davy (Solihull Hospital) 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


We celebrated a challenging year last month when we held our annual presentation evening at the Greswolde Hotel in Knowle.

Welcoming supporters and sponsors former President Lion Bob Thurtle announced that the Club had raised nearly £50,000 for charity over the past 12 months, primarily through its Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk and Heart of England Bike Ride. He thanked all sponsors & volunteers saying ‘It’s great for our Club of only 20 Lions to celebrate such success again, but without the help from sponsors like yourselves our events would never realise so much for charity.’ He emphasised how his Club needed more active Lions if it is going to sustain this tremendous fundraising and community support programme in future years.

“The Lions year started last December with its 26th Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House where ideal weather but muddy walking conditions welcomed record numbers of over 2,000 walkers who donated over £11,000 for SoLO Life Opportunities and the UK Sepsis Trust our two Partner Charities, as well as local causes too.”

Paul Wheatley, Chair of the Club’s Community Services Committee, explained the aims of the Club’s Youth Travel Bursary and introduced presentations prepared by winners from the past 2 years: Nicola Falkland who undertook Community Projects in Tanzania, Hannah Bull Environmental work and Conservation in British Columbia, Canada and Jack Bailey teaching in Guyana. For more information visit

Lion Paul Wheatley with (l-r) Hannah Bull, Jack Bailey & Nicola Frankland

During the year Paul’s committee had spent over £26,000 on a variety of local and not so local projects as well as those for youth and elderly. A full list of organisations supported this year and how to nominate a local cause please visit

Bob then presented a cheque for £11,880 to SoLO Life Opportunities, and later at our Club meeting Richard presented Ron Daniels CEO of UK Sepsis Trust with their cheque for a similar amount, who in turn thanked the Lions for their fantastic fundraising efforts

Bob presents cheque to SoLO
Richard presents cheque to Sepsis

New President Richard then welcomed Justine Davy from Solihull Hospital Charities and Elaine Griffin from CLIC Sargent who briefly thanked the Lions for choosing as the Partner Charities for the next Festive Walk on Friday 27 December and Knowle Fun Run on 17 May 2020

Richard introduces fundraisers from CLIC Sargent and Solihull Hospital Charity

Once again this September 3 coachloads of Knowle and Dorridge older residents were taken on a free day trip, this year to Ledbury

Next up its our Tea Party at the Royal British Legion in Knowle on Saturday 12 October

Next September the coaches are going to Chester

On the coach waiting for a couple of seats to be filled
Johnson’s coaches driver waits for Mum and friends
Is it coming on to rain, here looks good for shelter
Waiting for the coach home?


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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This year we have selected 2 worthy charities to partner our Festive Walk and Fun Run fundraising, whilst we retain half of all proceeds for Lions locally determined causes.  Unfortunately the Fun Run had to be cancelled because of the Corona Virus pandemic which resulted in no income for our charities except the amount raised at the festive Walk:

Solihull Hospital Charity is one of four hospitals within the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

The hospital charity exists to support the patients and staff within the hospital by providing items that are over and above those that the NHS can provide.  Be it support for cutting edge medical equipment, research, refurbishment of existing buildings to provide a more comfortable space for patients during their stay or activities for patients with dementia.  With your help and with the help of the Knowle and Dorridge Lions we can raise funds that directly benefit locals in the area. 

All the money raised from the events held by the Knowle and Dorridge Lions will be donated to Solihull Hospital Charity will be spent on services that enhance the stay of both our younger patients by way of the transformation of the Children’s Outpatients area and also towards providing an Older Persons Activities Coordinator. 

We would like to thank you in advance for your support of these events and in turn supporting Solihull Hospital Charity.

For more details visit their website


CLIC Sargent – Young Lives vs Cancer are the UK’s leading charity for children and young people (under the age of 25) with cancer. We provide emotional, practical and financial support to children, young people and their families to try and limit the damage that cancer causes, outside of to their health. CLIC Sargent currently supports 413 children, young people and their families from across the West Midlands at our bases at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Across the Midlands, our incredible team of social workers, play specialists and nurse educators are on hand to do everything from talking to schools, employers and mortgage providers to make sure families are in the best position possible, to providing counselling and financial support and advice. On average the cost of living for a family goes up by £600 per month when a child is diagnosed with cancer, one way CLIC Sargent supports is by providing diagnosis, essentials and hardship grants to try and provide some stability when families are struggling. Last year the CLIC Sargent support team based in Birmingham enabled 440 grants for families in the West Midlands, totalling £88,140 to help ease the financial burden on families dealing with childhood cancer in our community.

For more details visit their website

At the same time we shall retain 50% of the net proceeds for Lions locally determined causes. For examples please click

If you know of a local cause you believe worthy of our fundraising no matter what size or location please get in touch