St George's Day Concert

On Saturday 21st April, Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band and Choir supported by Bolton LIons Club gave a ST George's Day concert at the Victoria Hall in aid of the Christie Hospital. Having played music from  Films and some classical pieces the band finished the evening with Proms-style music such as Land of Hope and Glory. Guest musicians included Pianist/ Organist Robert Aston and singer John Kearns, whilst Bolton Lions President Jeff Hartley was the announcer.It was an excellent, well attended concert. The amount of the cheque to be sent to the Christie Hospital has yet to be ascertained but is expected to be large and will be posted on this site once known.


A section of the audience watching the band in full flow

                                                        Singer John Kearns entertains                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


Marie Curie Collection

On Saturday 10th March 2018 the club did it's annual collection on behalf of Marie Curie at Morrisons store in Blackhorse Street, Bolton raising £264.28


Keith Holland and Brian Pearson on the top photo with Dipanker Mukherjee on the bottom one. If you think they look silly with those hats on, you should see them with them off!


Las Vegas Evening

On Saturday 24th February 2018 we ran one of our Vegas evenings at Oldham Athletic Football Club's ground, on behalf of a reunion of ex-Norweb employees. Though numbers were not as great as expected, those who attended enjoyed playing Poker, Blackjack, Play Your Cards Right, and in particular Roulette. 

The Murphy clan about to devour innocent punters at the Roulette table

David & Christine Seager took the advice given and picked each other!

Michael Crompton under the necessarily watchful eye of his Gran at the Blackjack table 




Housebound Party

On the 2nd December we held our annual Christmas party for the Housebound along with Chorley Lions. As always the event included Food and Drink, an entertainer to sing-along and dance to, Bingo and a visit from Father Christmas.













                              A group of partygoers as Callum entertains


Presidents Handover


Out-going President David Seager kindly invited all members of the club and their partners to attend a barbeque on Saturday July 1st at his home in Chorley, at which the handover of the Presidents chain to In-coming President Jeff Hartley took place.

There were a lot of hungry Lions who attended and everyone was treated to some splendid fayre served up by top barbeque chef David Seager, who also supplied a keg of our centennial beer, Lions Double Gold. The weather held for the barbeque but the rain appeared before sweets could be devoured, and these were eaten inside. 

Later in the evening after much talking and merriment David's wife Christine, an accomplished pianist, took the remaining stragglers into the music room. There, she played popular tunes with great skill, whilst they sang(wailed) without any skill whatsoever.

All in all a very enjoyable occasion which was really appreciated by everyone. Our thanks go to IPP David and Christine for making us all so welcome, serving us good food and drink and making good music even if we singers couldn't!   




Is this a Handover or a Hangover?          




President's thank you speech whilst in the background Christine prepares to dance      


Having lit the candles on the cake President Jeff beats an hasty retreat in case there's a bomb


PSA Screening

Funds faised by the concert given by the Smithills School bands and Eagley Brass Band on the 8th April 2017 were used to provide Prostate Cancer Screening aimed at men aged 50 year old and upwards. The event took place at St.Augustine's Church, Thicketford Road, Bolton on Saturday 10th June 2017 and the club would like to thank United Utilities for their sponsorship.

The screenings were carried out by Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group who employed phlebotomists to obtain the blood samples. The screenings were free although donations were gratefully received and a total of 104 men took advantage of the service. As this was the first time we had organised  one of these events this was deemed to be reasonably successful. 

Do you need that much?  That's an armful!

Beer Launch

On Tuesday evening 18th April a number of members accompanied, in some cases, by their wives, assembled at Bank Top Brewery for the launch of our centennial beer, Double Gold. If you've ever had a pint of Flat Cap you'll know that Bank Top is a superb brewery and have produced another winner in Double Gold. Dave Sweeney, owner of Bank Top, kindly allowed members to drink as much  Double Gold as they wanted free of charge. It goes without saying that they took full advantage of this opportunity. Dave is generously donating part of the proceeds of each keg of the beer that is sold, to the club.  

During the evening Jen, creator of Double Gold, took us through the brewery and gave us an informative talk on the art of brewing beer. We then gave her an informative talk on drinking it as we have a few members well-versed in that art. Pasty and peas or in some cases pasties and peas were partaken by members during the evening. This resulted in people ending up either pie-eyed or pasty-eyed, and in some cases both.

It was a splendid evening as far as I can remember and our thanks go to Dave and his staff for both their generosity and for producing such a splendid beer. We now have to get it out to as many outlets as possible. Photos to follow.


Music Concert

On Saturday 8th April a concert was held at Victoria Hall in Bolton to raise funds for our club as part of Lions Clubs Centennial celebrations. The club owes a huge debt of gratitude to Chris Wormald, Musical Director of the various Smithills ensembles. Chris brought along Smithills School Senior Brass Band and Smithills Senior Concert Band, both of whom have won numerous world, national and major titles. Also performing were Smithills Community Wind Band, Smithills Community Choir, the well-respected Eagley Brass Band and Tenor John Kearns, whilst Piano Accompaniment was provided by Lisa Irwen.

The concert was centred on music from Hollywood films such as Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars etc. As always, with Smithills Bands, it was an excellent concert, well received by what was a large audience, considering that Smithills are back performing a St Georges day concert at the same venue just a fortnight later. 

The funds raised from the concert will be used to provide free PSA screening aimed at men aged 50 years upwards. See the Calender and News pages for more details.

For the Bolton News review of the concert click on the link below;



Chris conducts Smithills Concert Band supplemented by some members of Eagley Brass Band

Smithills multi-award winning National Brass Band Champions  with Smithills Community Choir


Marie Curie Collection

On Saturday March , the club held a collection at Morrisons, Blackhorse Street, Bolton, on behalf of Marie Curie and collected £299.27. Below we  publish photos of some of the collecters who don't quite fit the notion of a "Pride of LIons".



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