August Car Boot Sale Cancelled

It is with great regret that we have to cancel the Car Boot Sale scheduled for the 4th August.  This is traditionally one of the busiest of the season and the decision was not taken lightly but a combination of holidays and family commitments mean that we will not have enough Lions available on the day to run the event safely and efficiently.

We apologise to everyone who will be affected by this decision.

Bransgore Fun Day 6th May 2019

We were there!  Complete with our Coconut Shy.

Coconut Shy at Bransgore Fun Day

Lion Receives Top Award

MJF award 

At our Club Meeting on 2nd April, Club President Josey Carpenter presented our Treasurer Ann Allen with the Melvyn Jones Fellowship Award.  Melvyn Jones founded the Lions organisation in 1917 and his award goes to Lions who have rendered outstanding service to both their clubs and community.  In presenting Ann with the shield, President Josey said that in the seven years that she had been a member of Christchurch Lions, Ann had served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President and, whilst serving as President, she had planned and organised our first Family Fun day on The Quomps, an event that was an immediate success. She had repeated this success the following year and continues to be involved as a key member of the team putting on this year's event. 

Travelling Trends Fashion Show - Saturday 28th April - Supporting Macmillan Caring Locally.

A great evening at the Mudeford Woods Community Centre, with over 75 visitors who seemed to enjoy the Fashion Show and the opportunity for a little retail therapy afterwards.  Definitely an evenig that we want to repeat!

Fun Day Supports Macmillan Unit

Our inaugural Fun on The Quomps event on August Bank Holiday was held to raise funds for local charities and half of the proceeds was designated for the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.  The picture shows Lions and members of the Mac Unit team at the presentation ceremony.

Mac Unit Presentation

Prostate Cancer Testing

Working with PCaSO (Prostate Cancer Awareness) on the 23rd September we organised PSA testing for 166 men in the Christchurch area.  Two men later got in touch to tell us, gratefully, that they had been referred to their GPs for further tests and both had been diagnosed with the early stages of prostate cancer.  For both the prognosis is good but there is very little doubt that, without the early test, they would not have had such an early diagnosis with potentially a much worse outcome. 

Psychic Evening 7th July

A first for us and we were delighted to make over £300 for our admin account.  Well done to everyone involved and thanks to all those who supported us.

Highcliffe Residents' Association

Christchurch Lions have recently been in discussion with Highcliffe Residents Association and we are now pleased to be taking on responsibility for maintaining and tidying the seating and garden area near the Globe car park In Highcliffe. Our team are poised to start in January and with regular input we can keep the area looking neat and tidy. Look out for us, we will be wearing our bright yellow Lions tabards

Christchurch Music Centre

 In their own words. . .

Programme article

New Member - Sheila Downer

At our Business Meeting on the 7th November we were delighted to welcome Sheila Downer into Lions.

Lorraine and Barry get 15 years. . . .

At our monthly Business Meeting on the 3rd October, District Governor David Taylor presented Lorraine and Barry Kenyon with certificates marking their 15 years of service as Lions.

Lorraine being presented with her 15 year certificate

Lions Race Ducks for Charity

Launch of ducks    The race  Race Control

Bank Holiday Monday in Christchurch was once again marked by Christchurch Lions’ Charity Duck Race when Lion President Lorraine Kenyon launched hundreds of plastic ducks into the Mill Stream in a race to raise funds for Lions charities, watched by crowds of spectators along the bank.
Earlier anxieties about the water flow proved to be unfounded although falling water levels did raise concerns that the ducks would be grounded on the shallows.  In the event, in a close-run race all the ducks made it to the finishing line and were recovered safely. The sponsors of the three winning ducks were all notified of their good fortune shortly after the race ended.

After the race, Lorraine Kenyon said: “ We were so lucky to have beautiful weather on the day, which helped to make this event such a lot of fun for spectators and Lions.  We are extremely grateful to everyone who bought a ticket and for the contribution that you have made to our work of supporting local causes.”

New Member

On 4th July, Cilla Rawles was inducted into membership of Lions. 

Cilla first came into contact with us as a seller at our Car Boot Sales, liked what she saw and agreed to join us.  The photograph shows Cilla (on right) with President Lorraine Kenyon 

Induction of Cilla Rawles by President Lorraine Kenyon

Giant Easter Egg Raffle raises £1,000 for Macmillan Caring Locally

In the weeks leading up to Easter, we raffled 12 Giant Easter Eggs in a number of local pubs. The proceeds were donated to Macmillan Caring Locally at a presentation ceremony in the beautiful gardens of the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.  Our grateful thanks go to the management and staff of the pubs for promoting the raffle and to all of their customers for their support of this very worthwhile cause.

Presentation of cheque to Macmillan

New Members

We are delighted to welcome new members Elaine & Peter and Pauline & David who have recently become Lions.  We wish them a long and happy association with Christchurch Lions.

Spectacles Recycling

For many years, Lions Clubs around the UK have collected used spectacles and re-cycled them for use in Third World countries where they can make a life-changing difference to people with sight problems.  This year Christchurch Lions handed over 3800 pairs of used spectacles, an increase over last year, and means that our area has collected over 120,000 pairs of spectacles in this year alone.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this most worthwhile cause.

50th Charter Anniversary Dinner

On the 21st November we held a Dinner Dance at Dudsbury Golf Club to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.  The event was attended by the Mayor of Christchurch, Councillor Fred Neale and the Mayoress Barbara Neale and Lions District Governor Alan Chapman and his wife, Anne as well as club members, Lions from other local clubs and friends and relatives.

In proposing the toast to Lions Club International and the Lions Club of Christchurch, Lion President Bernard Gilbert reminded everyone what the world was like in 1965, when he was a slip of a lad of 19, Christchurch was still in Hampshire and the Somerford Estate was still an operational airfield.  He paid tribute to all the many Lions and their partners who had been part of Christchurch Lions over the years and promised that Christchurch Lions would continue to play its part in both the local community and the wider community of Lions Club International. 


Lions give Frisbys for October 2015 Sight Day

Lions Club around the World have been supporting various sight programmes since 1925 and World Sight Day which, this year, was on the 8th October is always an important event in the Lions calendar.

This is especially the case in Christchurch Lions, where last year’s President, Margaret Taylor, was an ophthalmic nurse and was keen for her chosen charity to be sight-related. The club has therefore donated £1,000 to the Eye Unit at Bournemouth Hospital that has been used toFrisby 1 2 purchase sets of Frisby Stereotest plates, which can be used to test for sight anomalies and will work for all ages down to children as young as 10 months old. The Frisby uses natural vision, with no special glasses, and has three transparent plates, which are shown to the patient one at a time to test for stereopsis.

Margaret Taylor says: "I have been interested in anything connected with eyes ever since my training so it therefore gave me great pleasure, as part of my Presidential year, to be able to give £1000 to the Eye Unit"

Head Orthoptist, Julie Cartledge, said: "We’re really grateful to Christchurch Lions for this donation and are delighted with our new Frisbys, which we’ll be able to use across the whole of our area."

Air Scouts benefit from the last Boot Sale of the Season

Christchurch Lions last monthly Car Boot Sale of the season at Stanpit Marsh was devoted to raising funds to support the opening of a new Air Scout Group in Hurn following an appeal for support from the District Commissioner for Christchurch Scouts, Brett Jones.

The unseasonably fine weather brought out large numbers of buyers and sellers and, as a result, the funds raised exceeded all expectations.

Lions President Bernard Gilbert said: " It’s been an amazing season for us, with no sales having to be cancelled because of bad weather, and our charity account has benefited as a consequence. Making the proceeds of the last sale available to support the opening of a new scout group means that a relatively small amount of money will impact upon a large number of young people now and in the future. We made them work for their money, too, as we had scout leaders helping out at the sale and we really enjoyed working with them."

Brett Jones said: "Opening a new scout group presents enormous challenges and needs a great deal of support from the whole community and we’ve been very lucky in this respect. The new Group will be based at Hurn and we are now raising funds to acquire a modular building to use as a scout hut. Once we find one, we’ll need all the usual scouting equipment of course. We are hugely grateful to the Christchurch Lions for their generous donation which is a great start to our fundraising efforts."

New President takes Office

At a dinner held at The Amberwood, Walkford on 26th June the outgoing President of Christchurch Lions, Margaret Taylor, formally handed over the Chain of Office to the incoming new President, Bernard Gilbert.

In his first speech as President, Bernard thanked Margaret for all her hard work in her year of office and presented her with a bouquet of flowers as a "thank you" from the Club. He went on to say that in his year of office the focus would be on recruiting new members to enable the Club to build on its already successful fund raising activities.

Handover Dinner

Lion John celebrates 50 years in Christchurch Lions

At a recent ceremony at Hoburne Park, Lion John Barty was presented with a special Charter Member’s badge and commemorative chevron to mark his fifty years of service with Christchurch Lions.  The presentation was made by Vice District Governor David Taylor, who congratulated John on his remarkable achievement and thanked him for his outstanding contribution to the Club.

John was one of the people who founded the Lions Club of Christchurch back in 1965 and has been one of the stalwarts ever since, serving as Club President in 1967 and holding most of the other Offices in the ensuing years.  

The picture shows John (left) receiving his award from David Taylor.

Presentation to Marie Curie


At our Business Meeting on the 10th May, Lions President Margaret Taylor presented Sue Rutherford from Marie Curie with a cheque for £1,000 raised from our Giant Easter Egg Raffles.  Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket, congratulations to the lucky winners and, to those who didn't, win better luck next time.  A very special thanks to the local pubs and Stewarts Gardenlands for their support. 

May 2015 - Support for Nepal

Following an appeal from Lions Club International Foundation (, Christchurch Lions have donated £1,000 to support the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.
Says Lions President Margaret Taylor: “Although we generally aim to support local causes, no-one can fail to be moved by the plight of the poor people in Nepal and the Lions Club of Christchurch has a special affinity with the Lions Club of Kathmandu as our Lion, Tom Muir  is an honorary member."
In the wake of the disaster, LCIF donated US$ 100,000 for emergency relief and local Lions clubs in Nepal are already hard at work supporting victims in the affected areas.
Christchurch Lions raise their funds through various activities locally, principally by running their Car Boot Sales at Stanpit Marsh on the second Sunday of every month from March to October.

Getting serious about Petanque.

Following several friendly matches last year, we have now entered a Lions team in the New Forest Petanque league.  Our home "terrain" will be the Three Tuns in Bransgore and although we have modest expectations in terms of results, we do expect to give a good account of ourselves in the bar!

Petanque players looking for a game are invited to get in touch through our Contact Us page. Membership of Lions is NOT a pre-requisite to playing for our petanque team.  

February 2015 - New member Josey Carpenter


We were delighted to welcome Josey Carpenter as a new Lion just in time for the start of our car boot season!  The picture shows President Margaret Taylor, Josey and her Lion mentor Ann Allen at her induction ceremony at The Somerford.

January 2015 - Support for Ebola Orphans

In response to an appeal from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), Christchurch Lions have agreed to donate £1,000 to support children in West Africa orphaned by Ebola.  Since the outbreak begun, it is estimated that over 4000 children have been left without parents and the money raised by LCIF will initially be used to feed and clothe them and then, in the longer term, provide orphanages to house them.

Lions President Margaret Taylor says: "As parents and grandparents, our hearts go out to the children orphaned by this terrible illness. Not only have they suffered the emotional trauma of the loss of their family but who they also face a very uncertain future in some of the poorest countries in the world. Christchurch Lions were very glad to be in a position to support the appeal from LCIF. There are 167 Lions Clubs with over 8,000 members in the affected countries who will be working with LCIF to try to make life better for these unfortunate children."

29th November 2014 - Christchurch Christmas Festival

Once again Lions were helping out at the Christmas Festival helping to marshall crowds at the Priory queuing to see Father Christmas and his reindeer.  The dry, mild weather was much appreciated as was the mulled wine!

June 2014 - Triumphant David completes his ride at the Macmillan Summer Fete.

The pictures show the happy conclusion to David's fund-raising challenge.



June 2014 - Lions help cyclist David get on his bike!

On the 19th June, David Canty will embark on the challenge of riding his bike 900 miles from John O'Groats to Christchurch to raise funds for Macmillan Caring Locally, the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.  He has chosen to support them in appreciation of the fantastic treatment given to his father-in-law when he spent time in their care two years ago.

Despite the pressures of work and a young family, David is training evenings and weekends with 50 to 100 mile bike rides in and around the New Forest.  He is undertaking this challenge on his own, without support, and at some considerable cost - being self-employed he doesn't have the benefit of paid leave!

Christchurch Lions became aware of David's plan through his mother-in-law, Linda, one of their members and have invited him to use their Car Boot sales at Stanpit Marsh for publicity purposes as well as themselves making a sponsorship donation.  

Lions President Howard Knight says:  "When we heard about David's challenge from Linda, we were in awe of what he was proposing to do, all on his own, for such a good cause and wanted to do as much as we could to help him.  We have agreed to donate funds but ideally we'd like everyone in the Christchurch area to get behind him and offer their support by logging on to and making a donation. "

April 2014 - Giant Easter Egg Raffle

Thank you - that's the message from the Lions Club of Christchurch following an amazing response to this year's Daffodil Appeal. In partnership with Marie Curie, members of the Lions Club raffled Giant Easter Eggs at Stewart's Garden Centrein March to help provide free local nursing care to terminally ill patients in their own homes and Marie Curie hospices. Easter Eggs were also successfully raffled in a number of local pubs.

Lions Club president, Howard Knight, says: "Thanks to the generosity of local people we collected over £1200. Every penny collected by Lions Clubs goes directly to good causes as our membership fees cover any administration costs. This means our Daffodil collection will help fund 60hours of hands-on nursing care within our area. We are proud to be at the heart of the community, and our partnership with Marie Curie demonstrates how Lions Clubs offer vital support for local people"

March 2014

Visitors to Stewarts Garden Centre over the weekend of 4th, 5th and 6th March will have seen us in the entrance wearing funny hats and selling tickets for our Giant Easter Egg Raffle, which this year is in support of the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal.  We would like to thank everyone who bought tickets and special thanks go to the management and staff at Stewarts for their support.

30th November - Christchurch Christmas Festival

Christchurch Lions were one of the sponsors of the Festival and were prowling around The Priory grounds marshalling the crowds queuing to see Santa and his reindeer on a very cold November afternoon.  Coming from the North Pole, we know that Santa is well-used to the cold but we have to pay tribute to him and his lovely elf for sitting on his sleigh for over two hours and being very kind and patient with the huge numbers of parents and children who queued to see him.  Never have so many photographs been taken of the same pose. . .

We commiserated with the father who queued for an hour to see Santa, only for his small son to back out at the crucial moment!  It's small consolation, sir, but you'll be able to wind him up about it when he's a strapping young man!

All in all, a successful afternoon for the Lions, raising our profile in Christchurch and giving us the opportunity to publicise what we do and to talk to prospective new members.

November 2013

Lions Clubs provide life saving relief in Philippines

Christchurch Lions Club is providing life saving relief for local communities affected by the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles and Ireland have pledged £200,000 to send 1,000 Lifesaver water filtration systems providing up to 20 million litres of sterile water for drinking and medical use. The local donations support the US $500,000 (over £310,000) pledged immediately by Lions Clubs within South-east Asia and other global fund-raising activities.  

This money will deliver vital on the ground relief through volunteer members of Lions Clubs in the Philippines working closely with government officials and other agencies. Lions Clubs in the area, including four in Cebu and one in the disaster epicentre of Tacloban, were already helping those affected by last month's major earthquake in nearby Bohol, when the latest crisis occurred. "Lions Clubs provide a global network that is able to give immediate practical and financial support when such disasters strike," explains president of Christchurch Lions Club, Howard Knight. "Through our Lions Clubs International Foundation we maintain a disaster fund enabling the organisation to respond immediately, with one hundred per cent of donations going direct to local relief efforts co-ordinated by Lions operating in affected communities. "In addition, local fund-raising in the Christchurch area is going to provide the most basic of human needs, clean drinking water. Typhoon Haiyan has been called the worst storm to make landfall in recorded history, and its devastation is hard to imagine. As Lions, we not only help our local communities throughout the year but are able to respond when relief is required in any local community. "

Lions Duck Race Funds Good Causes

On the 7th November, at a Presentation Evening held at the Kings Hotel, Christchurch Lions used the funds raised at their annual Duck Race to make donations to Cauldwell Children, (£1,000) Dorset Blind Association (£1,000), £200 to the Macular Disease Group and £500 to brave Highcliffe youngster, Charlotte Beasley.

President of Christchurch Lions, Howard Knight, said: " We are really grateful for all the support that we had from the public and local businesses at our Duck Race. We raised a record amount of money and are very pleased that this has enabled us to make donations to these very worthwhile local causes. We'd also like to thank the Kings Arms Hotel for their generosity in sponsoring this evening."

The star of the evening was Brownie Charlotte, who has acute walking difficulties. With a friend she had shown great determination in completing a sponsored walk to raise £1,000 to help fund a motorised wheelchair to give her mobility and independence out of doors. The Lions donation will help to make this dream come true.

Charlotte receiving her cheque

October 2013

Local Lions celebrate Good Deed Week

Between 5th and 13th October 2013, Christchurch Lions Club celebrated Good Deed Week joining 17,000 members of 900 Lions Clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland to recognise the support they receive from local communities in raising funds and helping good causes.

"Lions Good Deed Week is our opportunity to say thank you to everyone in Christchurch and the surrounding area who has given money, time or other support to Lions," explains club president, Howard Knight. 

During Good Deed Week Christchurch Lions were promoting Lions World Sight Day on 10th October, which focuses on projects to eliminate preventable blindness and improve sight.  For example, Lions have been recycling used spectacles for over 30 years, with over 300,000 pairs collected across Great Britain and Ireland last year alone before being sent to eye camps in Africa, India and Eastern Europe in partnership with Medico Lions Clubs de France. 

On World Sight Day, a number of Lions from Christchurch attended an open day at the Spectrek recycling centre in Chichester to see for themselves how the spectacles are sorted and graded by volunteers from Chichester Lions. They were told at first hand by a Sri Lankan Lion how these spectacles were doing no less than changing the lives of those fortunate enough to receive them. Spectacle wearers will well understand how difficult life would be without them and this is the reality for so many people around the world.


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