Community Service 2020

The Communiy Service Committee considers all requests made directly to the Club from the local community for help and assistance and we also actively seek any situation where we can help any individual, club or organisation.   If you are aware of any situation where some additional help is needed please let us know by using the Contact Us page.

Covid - 19 Dream Scheme

 Over the past few years the East Grinstead Lions Club has sponsored what we have called a ‘Dream Schemes’. The Dream Schemes have made available a block of money that can be used for specific projects that local clubs, organisations or individuals may always have wanted to achieve, but not been able to progress because of lack of funds. 

We sent out an invite via this website and to other organisations in the East Grinstead District, anticipating that with local voluntary clubs being involved, the number of local people who will benefit in some way could be counted in their hundreds, thus reinforcing our Lions motto “WE SERVE”.

Judging of the Applications is now complete, a total in excess of £10,000 has been dispersed. Because of the Pandemic presentations could not be made but three virtual examples are displayed (see brackets) and all the successful organisations are as follows;-

Blooming Arts - to create a snail mail art trail and other support (Hayley Bull)

2020 Blooming Arts 1  Examples  2020 Blooming Arts 2

Sullivans Heroes - to help nine local families (Fiona Smith)

EG Mental Health Association - hardship grants (Mike Penny)

Children at Jubilee Centre - for online support

Ashurstwood Primary School - to provide equipment for a Sensory Room

EG Meads Football Club - supporting coaching and provision of sanitising equipment

Halsford Park School - a Star Stage for their playground

Baldwins Hill Primary School - six new laptops

Sussex Ehlors Danlos Syndrome - adminsitration support



Diabetes "FREE DROP IN" Testing originally planned for 14th March 2020

Due to concerns about the Coronavirus the Lions Club have CANCELLED this event and it will hopefully be re-scheduled for Spring 2021 

 Prostate Cancer FREE PSA Test NOW RESCHEDULED for 27th November 2021 

East Grinstead & District Lions Club In conjunction with PCaSO, are again sponsoring and arranging a FREE PSA test in November 2021 for Men between the age of 45 to 80. Note: If you are at special risk – have a family history of prostate cancer or are of African-Caribbean descent, we will test from age 40. We do not encourage men over 80 to be tested, unless clear symptoms are present. For further advice phone 0845 650 2555.

The event will be held at: the Meridian Hall, East Court Mansion, College Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex. RH19 3LT

Details of the registration process will be published in the Autumn 2021 when we hope the Coronavirus Issues will have eased

The event in 2019 was a great success with 440 men being tested - more lives saved.

Emergency: Click here for a list of Defibrillators in East Grinstead

  Community Services 2020

With the people of East Grinstead's help we have funded a wide range of projects and we will show below is just a sample of some of them made during 2020. 

The Club has Charity status CIO (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation - Commission Reference Number 1179721). Some events are held every year and have become part of the East Grinstead calendar. Providing this level of service support is only achieved thanks to the generosity of those in the East Grinstead area in supporting our fund raising activities. We thank you most sincerely.

The Community Services team are as follows:

Sharan Billings Chairman, Katie Bailey, Steve Ellis, Tony Hardisty, Roger Harris, Don James, Michael Kearney, Roddy Mackenzie, Roger Mead, Jim Miller, Keith Pratt and Roger Sutcliffe.

Air Ambulance - clubs working together As well as the LCIF donation of £160,000, Lions clubs in the south east have donated over £250,000 to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex air ambulance over the past 7/8 years. This donation has enabled the  helicopter to fly at night using special night flying goggles purchased with the donation. The donation was also used to finance 2 fully equipped Volvo paramedic vehicles to follow up and assist. Another £42,000 has been financed by south east lions clubs to fund a third paramedic vehicle. A mobile head scanner will also be available soon thanks to the Lions.
The Lions logo is on the nose of the helicopter.

message bottle
Provided funds for Message in a Bottle a method of ensuring that people helping in an emergency are able to quickly understand the medical condition of the person and what medicines they take.

2020 Age Concern Lunch

Age Concern delivery of Lunches to those in need by the Lions Club Team with their Lions Club van

Special Needs Holidays - a new service

Holidays - for the the future we are taking a different approach to the provision of holidays for people with special needs who would not normally be able to find or afford a suitable holiday which provides the right level of support. We will be liaising with specialists in our community to identify the most needy people. Please use the Contact Us page if you wish to discuss this with us.


Provided a spectacle and hearing aid recycling scheme.  East Grinstead Lions collect old discarded spectacles from the main opticians in East Grinstead (Alexanders, Aurthur Hayes, Scrivens, Vision Express, Boots, Specsavers, Doctors Surgeries and the Queen Victoria Hospital which are then sent to the Lions main sorting office in Chichester where they are cleaned, sorted and graded and sent to developing countries to help improve sight and hearing.

blood Supported LIBRA which is a Lions' Charity that sponsors research into blood diseases e.g. Leukaemia, Sickle Cell disease, at King's College Hospital. To learn more Click Here. For the latest newsletter please Click Here

Local Donations

during 2020

Donations have included: those shown above for the Dream Scheme.



A Summary of the activities of the club during 2019 can be found by Clicking Here

A Summary of the activities of the club during 2018 can be found by Clicking Here

A summary of the activities of the club during 2017 can be found by Clicking Here

Want to Help? During the year many other events are supported by the East Grinstead Lions.  If you would like to join us, or assist in any way, please contact us using the Contact Us page.

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 Updated  26.4.20