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Formed in 1970 Malling District Lions Club has proudly served the local and International community ever since and we were looking forward to our Golden Jubilee in 2020 with a special Charter Anniversary Dinner but due to the current crisis this was postponed and held on 16th October 2021 at the West Malling Golf Club.  The picture below shows some of the Club members at the event.             The image courtesy of Stanford Photographic - www.stanfordphotographic.co.uk

 

 

The Club holds various activities throughout the year to raise funds; Tin Shakes and Events are our specialities.   We have 18 full members.  We also have a thriving body of Friends of Lions and past members who help us out at events as well as attending social gatherings.

Last Christmas we provided 95 hampers to the local needy, of which most were given to families

 

Malling Lions Club in association with our cousins at Malling Rotary have been called on to volunteer as stewards to assist in the admintration of the Covid-19 vaccinations at our local West Malling Group Practice at the Leybourne Clinic   -   It is a pleasure to be able to serve our commumity in the way

****  Covid-19 UPDATE  ****    Clearly during the present pandemic our regular business meetings and all our social and fund raising activities are curtailed, but the Club Members are keeping in touch through online communication media and are still responsive to appeals for funds from deserving causes.  Each application will be considered on its merits.  Our donations will be limited until we can resume our usual fund raising activities.

++++++   Donations from the public will be gratefully received and will be used to help those in need in our local community in the Malling and District Area   -  contact details below        +++++

 

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We are now begiining to plan future fund raising activities, beginning with bucket collections at local superarkets; we have obtained a contacless donation device so that donations can be made by credit or debit bank card very easiy.

 

Prostate Cancer Charity Walk - Sunday, 29th August 2021

 

This year's Sponsored Charity Walk from East Malling Research Centre was successfully held on Sunday, 29th August and the details can be found on our  Club Projects Page

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We regularly collect unwanted spectacles and have recently sent off a batch of over 900 pairs to be recycled and used in under developed countries abroad.

We have a monthly 'Eat and Meet' where we all meet up with our partners and friends in a local pub for an enjoyable social evening; once a year we have our Charter Night, to celebrate the Club's formation, usually in the form of a formal Dinner and Dance -  it was held at the West Malling Golf Club this October - see pictures below of the occasion when Lion President Peter addressed the assembled Lions and guests.

Our Handover this year was restricted by Covid-19 social distancing restrictuions and took place in a back garden in July (see picture below).  Outgoing President Lion Peter Clark presents his report on the year's activities below:-

"President’s End of Year Report           June 2020

The Lions Club year begins in 1 July and, on that date in 2019 I began my year as President full of intent and optimism. All went well for the first few months, through the Christmas period and into the new year. And then, as everybody knows, everything came to a grinding halt. Covid-19; lockdown; social distancing. As was the case for all charities, fundraising activities came to a virtual halt and the same was true for social events. Neither has yet resumed. Our monthly meetings ceased. Our 50th Charter Night has had to be postponed for a year.

We normally organise or help with a variety of local events: the pensioners’ tea party in East Malling; the Spadework Summer Fair; the E Malling Picnic in the Park; all had to be cancelled. Looking ahead, events planned for the rest of the summer will also not take place. For the first time in many years the annual Malling Lions walk to support prostate cancer charities cannot be held, and the Sevenoaks Lions Heavy Horse Show will not attract visitors from all over the region.  

Malling Lions did, however, do much in the early months. The reports from our fundraising and our welfare committees show that although we are a small club we collected some £13,000 and we supported a wide range of local people and activities. The big question is when we can resume fundraising and whether we will this year be able to donate Christmas hampers to local people as we traditionally do.

I need to add a big thank you to all those who contributed so generously in those fundraising events we were able to carry out before lockdown. As you can see from the report, the money collected is donated locally. It’s a very fine system and when the excellent self-help Covid groups have moved on, Lions will still be here to serve the local community. Why not join us?  We are always looking for new members and you will be very welcome.”

If you wish to contact Malling Lions Club here are the details:-  Telephone 0845 833 5735

         or Email mallinglionsclub@gmail.com   or Facebook  using the link below to malling lions club

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On the occasion of our "Handover" outgoing President, Lion Peter Clark installed Lion Mike Howes with the chain of office, bell and gavel in the presence of Lion colleagues.

 

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