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Who are Brixworth and District Lions?
Brixworth and District Lions are a group of service minded men and women whose main purpose is to serve those in need within the local community. Formed in 2002 as a branch of Northampton 80 Lions Club, the Lions have been working in the community for the last eight years, raising money, carrying out a wide range of service activities and meeting socially. The club is nominally based around Brixworth but covers the rural area north of Northampton from Walgrave and Holcot in the east, through to Spratton and Creaton in the west.
Since the Brixworth and District Lions were formed, they have raised in the order of £20,000 pounds which has mainly been spent within the community. This has been raised through attendance at local fetes and carnivals, such as the Moulton Festival and Hollowell Steam rally with their coconut shy and other stalls, quizzes, barn dances, Easter egg raffles, ferret racing and of course their Santa sleigh at Christmas.
The money raised has been used to support a range of activities including:
- Trips and entertainment for the elderly
- Sponsoring and transporting needy families on holiday to the Norfolk Broads
- Carrying out Spring and Autumn Litter picks to improve the environment
- Planting daffodil bulbs
- Maintaining the Millennium garden in Brixworth
- Supplied and distributed Lions Lifeline bottles (Message in a bottle) to the elderly
- Collecting and recycling spectacles for the Third World
- Donated equipment to the local scout, beaver and guide groups
- Donated equipment to the local youth club
- Donated money to support local students undertake projects in Africa
- Donated money for Scaldwell Village Playground equipment
- Donated money to the Air Ambulance
On a wider level, Brixworth and District Lions have supported national and international programmes through donations to Water aid, Street Children, Eye Camps in India, the Special Olympics and Lions Clubs major sight programme ‘Campaign SightFirst 2’. They have also sponsored a Sri Lankan student through medical school.
Brixworth and District Lions are also social animals and have enjoyed many varied activities together. They go on rambles and invariably end at a pub for a drink and meal. They enjoy trips to the theatre, jazz in the park at Lamport Hall, skittle evenings, firework and Christmas parties, theme barbecues, safari suppers and trips on barges. They also join with other clubs at formal dinner dances to celebrate the anniversary of their formation.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.