With much regret the Knowle and Dorridge Lions have had to take the decision to cancel the 2020 Heart of England Bike Ride. The current Coronavirus crisis has left the prospects for all mass participation events due to take place in the Summer in doubt, and rather than cancel at the last moment we have made the decision to cancel now and end any uncertainty. This is sad for both the participants and even more so for the worthy charities whom we support. We thank you very much for your interest and look forward to seeing you in 2021

Knowle & Dorridge Lions are pleased to support the Arden Community Group

Mr Solihull Mayor (known to us as Lion Stuart Davis) seen receiving, at the recent Mayor’s Ball, our cheque payable to Breast Cancer Haven.

Stuart chose Breast Cancer Haven, as his nominated charity, after learning of the excellent work they do in our community when they were one of our two Partner Charities in 2017/18.


We donated £320 which equated to £10 for every year of Stuart’s 32 years’ service as a Lion.

Message in a BottleAbbreviated to MIAB, it is a simple piece of paper asking pertinent questions that contains vital information about you, directed at the Emergency Services. This allows them to make quick and accurate decisions on what action to take at the point of contact, which could save your life in an emergency at home. A white plastic bottle containing a form containing vital information about you that could save your life due to the speed with which the Emergency Services could respond to your individual needs.

The bottle is placed where the Emergency Services are trained to look, in the refrigerator door. A green cross sticker is placed on the inside of the main house door, or where it is considered would be most obvious and another sticker on the door of the fridge.

The information provided should include where you keep your medication and latest prescription, contact details, major medical conditions, personal doctor and anything considered necessary that would need attention in those first critical moments.


View our MiaB video now

The sun was up on 14th March (yes sun – it is yellow) and the expensively assembled elite squad of Knowle Society, Solihull MBC & K&D Lions stood outside the library ready to attack Knowle High Street & Precinct.

They searched every nook & cranny and filled their sacks with all manner of debris.

Our annual tin shake planned for Saturday 21 March had to be cancelled as the country went into lockdown.  We hope to be back in 2021 when we shall again be loitering around Knowle High Street and Dorridge hoping to raise valuable funds for Lion’s Local Causes, including Social Events for the Elderly and Challenging Opportunities for Young People.  The date is yet to be confirmed and is subject to any restriction that may still be in place.

Please take the opportunity introduce yourself and have a chat with us about anything:

  • Our fundraising activities – the Knowle Fun Run, Heart of England Bike Ride, annual Easter Egg Raffle
  • Challenging opportunities for local Youth – including our Youth Travel Burseries
  • Social events for local older persons – Coach trips and tea parties
  • What it is like to be a Lion – how you could help or possibly join us

Or perhaps something else on your mindWe look forward to meeting you


That’s the target for this year’s Great Spec Collect

With help from our 3 local opticians – Alan Tyler in Dorridge, Bannisters and Vision Express in Knowle and yourselves, we have just parcelled up 920 pairs and sent them to our sister Lions Club in Chichester, who will sort them and then send them around the world where they can do most good.

Paul Wheatley K & D Lions Community Services Committee Chair thanked everyone for the great team effort and the strong start towards our target of collecting 2020 pairs of specs in 2020.

The Knowle Society has recently taken the red telephone box in Knowle High Street into its care and paid to have it refurbished as an iconic feature in the middle of the Village.

So next time you are passing and wondering what use it is being put to, please stop to read our latest membership, Message in a Bottle & Great Spec Collect notices. Perhaps they will inspire you to come and help our endeavors



What a way to end 2019 🙌🙌🙌

We have officially reached over 1000 likes on our Facebook page, so wanted to thank you all for your continued support at our events and look forward to (hopefully 🤞) many more years to come!

We really need some new members to keep us going though, so if your new year resolution is to ‘give back’ a little then please consider joining us. It is only 1-2hrs a month on average and although we work hard we have great fun while doing it!

So if you enjoy our events and want to have a night out once a month for a drink at the Greswolde Hotel then drop us an email now to find out when our next meeting is 👍

Happy New Year all Here is to an amazing 2020…


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

For more images and feedback visit our Facebook page

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