After a hectic 2 weeks of selling raffle tickets to visitors at the Black Boy and Drum & Monkey P.H.s draws took place before Easter.

This years winners were:

Black Boy              Ticket no. 00731            Peter Archer from Shirley

Drum & Monkey    Ticket no. 02458            Mr & Mrs Gumbley from Knowle

Lion Brian Burgess delivers basket of eggs to Peter Archers Mum
Organiser Lion Brian Burgess delivers basket of eggs to Peter Archers Mum
Mr & Mrs Gumbley with their prize
Mr & Mrs Gumbley with their prizes which they look forward to sharing with family & grandchildren

With thanks to the management for both the Black Boy at Chadwick End and the Drum & Monkey, Dorridge; to Standley’s Solicitors of Knowle for their generous support yet again this year covering the costs of all the tickets and both the baskets of Thornton’s eggs; and all those who purchased tickets.

This years raffles raised £1138 for Arthritis Research UK, Solihull Young Carers, Knowle Football club & other local causes.



Last Saturday morning a dedicated group of Lions could be seen loitering around a number of strategic points – Knowle Precinct & the High Street crossing outside One Stop – encouraging shoppers to donate a few shekels.


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The takings, after Gift Aid has been added, of around £360 will be donated to Knowle based Dream Makers children’s charity

tinshake 15 002“We like to collect on the day before Mothering Sunday as there are usually more shoppers around Knowle,” said Lion President Barry Dale (above left). “As much as anything it is about showing our presence. We would like to recruit a few more Lions to swell our numbers for this and other fundraising events.” Interested? Contact

Thanks to all the shoppers who donated.


Last year's happy winners of the Black Boy Easter Egg Raffle
Last year’s happy winners of the Black Boy Easter Egg Raffle

Anyone frequenting the Black Boy or Drum and Monkey public houses at lunchtimes and evenings from the 4th to the 17th April will have the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket in our Easter Egg Raffle in aid of, Northleigh House, Visioncare for Homeless People and the Brain Tumour Charity.

The raffle prize at each pub is a large basketful of chocolate eggs and treats donated by our sponsors Standley & Co. The raffle will be drawn on the evening of 17th at each of the pubs, but don’t worry if you are a winner but are not there, we do deliver!

So if you would like a chance to win one of this year’s hampers full of chocolate goodies then come along and buy some tickets. We look forward to seeing you there.