50 Years of Service

East Grinstead & District Lions Club - 50 Years of Service

The Club was Formed with the name:     East Grinstead & District Lions Club     

At Lions International the registration number is:   020037

The registered Formation Date is:    6th April 1968

The Sponsoring Club was:    Crawley Lions Club

The First Charter Night was:   13th September 1968

The First President of the new club was:   Raymond Warner

The Charter was presented by   Lion John Holdham  DG 105A

At formation the number of members was:    20













The Charter Members in April 1968 were as follows:

Kenneth F J Avrill             Peter A Fairbrass               W L C Price                John H Tugwell     
James A Buddle   Philip M Hoskins   Alan D Rees   Kenneth J Tyler
Brian Castleton   Alan D Larcombe   Albert O Stephens   Raymond E Warner
Eric E Clarke   Bryn W Lewis   Stanley A Stevens   Ernest D Wright
Joseph Gibson   Leonard Lipner   Michael Swinson   John Wrainsley

The Charter Dinner was held at Ye Olde Felbridge Hotel with Councillor Trevor Woodd East Grinstead Urban District Council and they dined on Hors d'Oeuvres, Halbut Dulgeie Sauce, Escalop of Veal with vegetables, Profiterole, Cheese & Biscuits and Coffee.

The Early Years:


Fund Raising:

The First May Fair was held in 1979 and has been in place since, now nearly 40 years.                                                 
The First Donkey Derby was held in August 2013.
Funds were raised to provide a Scanner for QV Hospital Eye Bank
An Ambulance was donated to the Red Cross
Four Defibrillators have been donated to the Town in conjunction with the First Responders See Defibrillators Page

Community Service:

For full details of our Community Service activities see the Services Page
Other Key Services are:
Senior Citizens Party which has been running for 40 years       
The Holiday Caravan has recently been discontinued after 20 years and is now replaced by Tailored Holidays at different locations.
Support to the Guinea Pig Club for their 75th Anniversary.

Key People:

A list of Past Presidents since formation can be viewed by Clicking Here.       
The longest serving Club Officer was Lion Secretary Jim Ikin (1993 – 2013)
Don James joined the club in July 1969
Ron Millen has been Treasurer for a total of 19 years
Melvin Jones Fellowships have been awarded to: Don James, Jim Ikin, Jim Miller, Ron Millen and Ian Forbes

Current Members:

At the 50 Year anniversary the following people were members of the club:

Mike Barty        Don James         Richard Maynard         Richard Parr    Roger Sutcliffe
Sharan Billings   Paul Johnson   Roger Mead   Keith Pratt   Ian Vincent
Ian Forbes   Sheila Latham   Ron Millen   Brian Richens   Lyn Graysmark
Roger Harris   Michael Kearney   Jim Miller   Lili Scotson    
Harry Horsburgh   Roddy Mackenzie   John Noble   Rod Standing          

Memorable Moments:

The gallerys below contain pictures from the early 1970's

Lions International:

Lions was formed in Oak Brook, Illinois in the USA by Melvin Jones on 7 June 1917 with the stated aim "what if successful business men because of their dive, intelligence and ambition were to put those talents to work improving their communities? You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else". There are now over 46,000 clubs in 200 countries around the world with 1.4 million members. The Melvin Jones Fellowships are awarded for contributions of more than $1000 to the local community.

The Lions motto is "We Serve" and the word Lions stands for Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations Safety. Our key aims are:

▪   To Organise, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.

▪   To Coordinate the activities and standardise the administration of Lions clubs.

▪   To Create and Foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.

▪   To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.

▪   To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.

▪   To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.

▪   To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion, shall not be debated by club members.

▪   To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavours.

The Way Forward:

The club continues to look for ways to support people in the local community and has started a Dream Scheme. Please see the Service page for details

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updated 20.3.18