As a Lions Club member, you’ll join a local group of service-minded men and women who volunteer to support your community every day. Joining a Lions Club is by invitation, but applications are encouraged from all members of the community.

From supporting the leaders of tomorrow through our youth programs, to rallying together in times of natural disaster, Lions are making a huge difference in our communities.

We hold our Business meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the The Relais Cooden Beach hotel TN39 4TT @ 7.30pm. These are open to members and guests. If you would like to attend just call Lion Rick on 0345 833 9591.

There are currently 40 members.

Membership is open to anyone aged 18 yrs or over who shows a willingness to work as part of a team. Members come from all ethnic, social backgrounds, and creeds. The Lions movement is apolitical and secular. Bexhill Lions Club is a mixed gender club.

Yes, by invitation. Normally a potential member would be invited to attend one of the committee meetings and then one or more business meetings prior to receiving an invitation to apply for membership.

Cost of membership is £70.00 per year. £35.00 paid bi-annually in January and July.

You will be invited to attend functions at Club and Zone level these are totally voluntary. These functions, usually dinners are priced at market rates. At our business meeting there is a raffle at £1 per ticket. The “Tail Twister” can fine members for any reason they can think of! The amount of the fine is up to the member and the money raised goes towards administration costs. There are a few additional costs, such as using your car to attend functions and events or purchasing a raffle ticket at meetings

Obviously being a member of the Lions club is going to take up some of your time, but it is understood that your family and work come first. After that you give what time you can. There is a Business meeting each month for all members. The various committees also meet monthly. There are social events during the year.

We have a fundraising committee coordinated by the Fund Raising Chairman which meets once a month at a members home. This group makes recommendations which are then put to the Club membership for approval – or not.

Funds are awarded to worthy causes by a consensus of the members. The Communities Services Chairman and committee meet monthly and make their recommendations and present these at the next Business meeting . Club Members are asked to vote and if carried, the agreed sum is allocated to the worthy cause.The trustees formally approve the donations.

Priority is placed on supporting the needy or deserving causes within the Bexhill area. Some funds are allocated to Lions International causes as approved by Club members. The Lions Movement does not recognise any boundaries to its area of donations. All proposals or applications are considered on a case by case basis.

Yes, part of our philosophy is to encourage a mix of social activities for members, family and friends. Some events are held with other Clubs. The Bexhill Lions Social Secretary organises suppers, visits and outings, etc for the members. These functions may be held in conjunction with other Lions Clubs.Costs are always at rates competitive with any other social function.

Members wear a burgundy jumper/polo shirt for business related events and a yellow polo shirt for fundraising events.

  • What’s the best event you’ve ever been to in your local community – and what made it so memorable?

It is so difficult to select just one event with the Bexhill Lions. Each event has a different focus whilst, at the same time, a tremendous effort is made to include all members of our community. This could include individuals with a passion for show-casing their abilities in music and dance, to those fun quizzes with delicious ploughman suppers which embrace adults out to have a fun evening with family and friends, not to mention the fairy trails, Easter trails, Halloween trails that bring together all ages, from babies through to grandparents. Each event is spectacular and memorable for different reasons!

  • Do you prefer to get involved ‘behind the scenes’ organising activities or being ‘front of house’ on the day – and why?

As with many fellow Lions, I think adaptability has got to be one of the keys to encouraging team building whilst having fun! I enjoy working behind the scenes, especially when someone tells me what to do ???? and, when I need to be visible, I’m grateful when I can welcome those attending events and try to ensure they have a good time. Many fellow Lions have great talents in different areas and one of the things I admire most is how enthusiastic everyone is to chip in and help out whenever an extra hand is needed.

  • Have you got any ideas for new events or activities that Lions clubs could do in their local communities – and what are these?

The Bexhill Lions are lucky to have so many creative people. We have a fundraising committee who regularly meet to discuss future events. An idea is suggested, it unravels, grows, details are added, practicalities put into place, and , before you know it, another event is born. I’m truly in awe of some of the seemingly ludicrous ideas that have become extraordinary. I’m thinking of Pam Edwards’ “Flamingo” idea and, if you haven’t heard of it, it would be worth looking at a previous Lion Magazine – who knows what will come next? ????


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