2017 Picture Archive

We are pleased to provide on this page a gallery of pictures from a selection of the many events that we will have hosted, sponsored or attended during 2017.   This section of the website will be updated as events take place.   We hope that it shows a representative selection of event photographs.   To look at pictures from the past few years we have included an archive for reference at the foot of this page. Click on them to view.   To view, enlarge or download the current photographs, please click on each.


"Dream Team" Results 9th January 2017

Bidding took place towards the end of 2016 for an opportunity to take part in this Lions project and get the benifit of our contribution. We are pleased to advise that we have allocated over £4000 for these schemes.  Some of the largest projects were awarded cheques at our monthly meeting in January.  They were; 1st Forest Row Scouts £500, Estcots Parents & Friends Association £600 and Myfawny Townsend Melanoma Research Fund £500. Other 'winners' included: £1647 to print books to be given to children who have lost a loved one at a local school, presented Jigsaws Nikki Price in March, £1000 pledge for sensory equipment, £400 for scouts camping equipment, £500 towards a pensioners holiday, £325 towards an outing for patients with mental health issues, a total of £4025 was distributed.                                  


dementia 2017

Lions Social Dinner & Presentation from Dementia Friends 31st January 2017

The Lions, their partners, wives and guests gathered for dinner at Charham Park which was followed by a presentation by Edward Belsey and Christine about awareness of Dementia and the work of Dementia Friends. The picture shows the President and the two speakers, who treated us to a series of tests to help us understand and identify the best way to deal with this disease. For more information you can go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk


Fat Face Cheque Presentation 15th February 2017

The Lions were presented with a cheque for £947.50 from the proceeds of a fund raising campaign started at the end of 2016. You can see more about the company and the charities it supports  by going to www.fatface.com and via our links page          The picture show the Lion President Brian Richens receiving the cheque.

Senior Citizens Party 25th February 2017

The Annual Senior Citizens Party, which has been running for over 40 years, is the first major charitable event to be held this year and was attended by over 180 senior citizens from the surrounding district. The event is funded by the local community who purchase raffle tickets in the Lions Christmas Draw.    They were treated to a show provided by the Copthorne Players and music from the East Grinstead Ukulele Band which was followed by tea, sandwiches and cakes galore, consumed whilst they were treated to music provided by the Hatch Jazz Septet. We were pleased to welcome the Mayor of East Grinstead Cllr. Bob Mainstone and the Mayoress together with the Lions May Queen, who were greeted by the Lions President Lion Brian Richens


Swimathon 11th March 2017

This years Swimathon took place at The Kings Centre, kindly sponsored by McDonalds represented by Joe Yaghmoorali.  Teams from Tadpoles and Sackville School.


May Fair 1st May 2017

This years May Fair took place in the town centre, the high street being closed to traffic for the day.  Whilst we were not blessed with wonderful weather there were only a few showers and the public turned out in large numbers to enjoy the many stalls and sample the variety of food on offer. In addition to the stalls there were a variety of events during the day including, The EG Town Concert Band, The Rock Choir Big Sing, Kicks and Dance, Hipsinc, Vegas Nights, Amber Titchener, Urban Street Dance, The NTC Marching Band and many more. The Fair also provided the opportunity to choose the May Queen for the following year and after an interview the Mayor selected 13 year old Jyotsna and she was crowned. The Lions President, with the help of people in the audience, choose the winners for the 200 club Star Draw paying out £480 to three lucky winners. With the generousity of the public it looks like we raised over £7000 to help us support worthy causes in the district during the coming year. 


Town Event 4th June 2017

The Lions Club provided a stall selling Teas, Coffee's and Cakes together with Popcorn and Candyfloss at this Town 'Live Music' Event held at East Court and will be  represented at the other events in July. The pictures show the Mayor Cllr Mrs Julie Mockford joining some of the team during the afternoon.


Jigsaw Fund Raiser 6th June 2017

Jigsaw held its first curry night fund raiser at Tarana Lingfield which was attended by members of the Lions Club. Over 60 people were at this very successful event raising over £700 to enable them to continue their excellent work in our area.


Donkey Derby 23rd July 2017

All the fun of this annual event that over 2500 local people enjoyed again this year. 7 donkey races starting at 1pm with Tote facilities, donkey rides, a very popular Fun Dog Show organised by Portland Vets, Stalls, Punch & Judy, childrens rides, performances by Urban City Dance, Beer Tent and other refreshments, this year limited field parking. The Donkeys from Little Brook Equestrian at Newchapel and Jockeys from a visiting team from the Cayman Islands Riding School. The Champion Jockey was Amelia with sponsored rosettes for the top four in each class. Free Admission. Our May Queen Jyotsna was in attendance. Fortunately the rain held off and it was a great success rasising over £3800 for our local charity work. Thank you.


Third Town Event 6th August 2017

At this final Town Event the Lions Club provided a stall selling Teas, Coffee's and Cakes together with Popcorn and Candyfloss at this Town 'Live Music' Event held at East Court. The pictures show the stall and some customers helping us to raise funds for local charities. The three events raised £1300.00  Thank you.


Other Events 2017

The Club has been represented at a number of other events during the year. The first two pictures show attendance at Godstone Lions Donkey Derby. The weather was good and with queues all day we made £157 towards our charitable funds. The next photograph show the presentation of a cheque for £500 to Sally O'Neill of East Park Riding for the Disabled, a charity that we support with both volunteer help and funds. Members of the riding stable helped with the Donkey Derby in July riding the donkeys.


 Charter Night 2017

The Club celebrated its 49th Charter Anniversary at Chartham Park Golf & Fitness Centre East Grinstead on Saturday 7th October. Arrangements were impeccably delivered by Lion Ron Millen with Lion President Mike Barty in the chair and guests from local clubs including Lion Jackie Robinson, District Governor 105SE and Councillor Julie Mockford, East Grinstead Town Mayor. Lion Sharran Billings responded to the toasts on behalf of the Guests. A raffle provided some additional fun and a there was a Star Draw for the 200 Club. 



Santa Comes to Town - Sunday 3rd December 2017

East Grinstead Lions participated in the Towns Christmas Event with Santa and our Lion providing fun for many children and raising over £2000 for local charities


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Updated 9.12.17