The Lions Club of Plymouth proudly announce the handover of the club presidency. The outgoing Lion President George Poad handed the club’s presidential chain of office to the incoming Lion President Jeff Horgan during a social distancing picnic held on Sunday 12th July 2020.
The outgoing president Lion George Poad has had a tough year due to the presence of the Covit – 19 Pandemic during the last four months of his presidential year. But even taking this into account, prior to the pandemic he oversaw a number of successful events to raise funds for the local and national communities and in the latter part of his presidency, he has upheld the motto of the Lion International Foundation of “We Serve” by committing himself and the club members to distributing funds for the use of local charities who’s aim is to serve the community with essential needs. This includes the Plymouth Soup-Run, Two Local Foodbanks, the Women and Children at the Women’s Refuge, numerous Derriford Hospital Charities, the Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulances, the Erme Valley Rangers, the Children of Woodlands Special School, the Plymouth and District Special Olympics Team, Alzheimer’s Research Association and also to include a number of individuals in need of help.
Lion President George was presented with an album covering the many presentation that he had made during his year in office by the incoming Lion President Jeff Horgan, who in turn socially distancing was handed the Lions Club of Plymouth Presidential Chain of Office with best wishes for a successful year


  Virtual Swimathon 2020. 

 Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Lions Club of Plymouth have been unable to stage their annual Swimathon which should have taken place over the weekend of 13th/14th June. However the club did invite all interested teams to stage their own ‘DRY SWIM’ in an effort to carry-on with this event and it was hoped that they would be prepared to raise funds by organising their own friends and/or family in their own garden / lounge / staircase / anywhere! In Swimwear, with or without obstacles on the course, with (safe distancing rules to apply) for 1 hr duration with a team of 1 to 5 people over the same weekend 13th/14th June. The aim was to get sponsorship for the number of laps completed in 1 hr time period in a SAFE and organised environment, for a charity of their own choosing. Unfortunately there was not a lot of interest shown for the event, but the team of Erme Valley Rangers, consisting of a team of 4 Rangers, organised by Sharon Reynolds in Ivybridge and completed 110 Laps of a 25m course with a variation of different swimming strokes and had lots of fun in doing so. They staged the event in Sharon’s home garden and raised the sum of £70.00 for their Rangers club. Lions club of Plymouth were impressed with the determination of these young ladies to serve their own local community and awarded the team with a cheque for an additional £100.00. 
Lion President George Poad presenting the cheque to the Erme Valley Rangers.


Lion President George Poad finds a ‘Fishy’ but legal solution to Cheque Presentation during Social Distancing!!!

Following the receipt of £500.00 from the Lions Club Foundation of the British Isles, to be spent on the Local Plymouth Community during the COVID 19 crisis, the Lions Club of Plymouth decided to present cheques to two charities supporting the Supply and Distribution of food to the homeless and needy of Plymouth.

The first cheque for £250.00 was presented to Andrew Denham of the Oasis Centre Foodbank. 

The second cheque for £250.00 was presented to Alan Jones of the Plymouth North Centre Foodbank. 


Lions Club of Plymouth held their 55Th Charter Lunch at the Staddon Heights Golf Club on Sunday 15th March 2020 which was attended by the Lion District Governor Jim Partridge-Hogbin and his wife Lion Rosemary. Lion Club of Plymouth President Lion George Poad and members extended a hearty welcome to their distinguished guests and representatives of other local lions clubs, partners and friends, whilst District Governor Lion Jim PartridgeHogbin responded with thanks for his invitation to visit the City of Plymouth on this 400th Anniversary year of the sailing of the Mayflower. Presentations were made to individual Lion Club of Plymouth members of service awards and an achievement badge. 

Lion Wally Parson receiving his Certificate of Achievement for 50 years’ service from District Governor Lion Jim PartridgeHogbin. 

Lion John Trezise receiving his 25 year service award from District Governor Lion Jim Partridge-Hogbin. 

Lion Phil Barnicoat receiving his 25 year service award from District Governor Lion Jim Partridge-Hogbin. 

Lion Jeff Horgan receiving his Achievement badge from District Governor Lion Jim Partridge-Hogbin. 

In January of this year the Ladies of the Lions Club of Plymouth held a very successful Quiz Evening to raise additional funds for the Woodlands Special School in order that they could purchase two Scoots, to allow the special children to play safely at ground level. Recently a presentation of a cheque to the value of £ 960.00 was made by the Lions’ Ladies Mary Thomas, Kathy Turvey and Pam Greenwood to Mandy Humphreys and Penny Gregory, being class teachers at the school. The children made good use of the Scoots whilst the ladies were there, they watched two children racing each other, spinning around in circles and riding along a plastic floor 'piano' to make music, laughing and chattering with each other and staff the whole time. A very heart-warming occasion.


Ten year Award for Lion Lionel Marsh with President and DG

Exchange of Banners DG Jim Partridge-Hogbin & President George Poad


MIAB Presentation to Nicole Quinn of Livewell Dementia Advisor Service

Lion President George presents Lion Bob with his 20year long service chevron 

The President of the Lions Club of Plymouth, Lion George Poad, made a presentation of a cheque valuing £250.00 to Tracy Dixon of the Bereavement Counselling Service Plymouth. The donation is to assist with the services general overhead commitments and has received match funding from The Friends of The Bereavement Counselling Service. The service provides counselling from therapists with specialist knowledge and experience. It assists people who are experiencing 'complex grief' and also those people who have suffered a traumatic bereavement. This may include the death of a child, violent death, suicide or an unexpected/sudden death. Traumatic loss and complex grief can have a profound affect and can prevent people from being able to function normally. Sometimes they may see no hope for the future. The service is valued highly by The Lions Club of Plymouth and we wish the Plymouth Bereavement Counselling Service and their clients every success through the following years.


The Lions Club of Plymouth President George Poad accompanied by Privileged Lion Geoff Woodland had the pleasure of awarding a special 55 year service award to 95 year old Privileged Lion Member Roger Carver for his unstinted service to the local community on behalf of Lions. Roger is the last remaining Charter member of the club which was formed and chartered at the Continental Hotel on 16th January 1965, with nineteen members. He has loyally served the club as an active member at majority of fund raising activities and presentations for many years with his wife Lorna (now deceased), before becoming a privileged club member. Roger was voted in and served as President of the club for the year in 1969/70.

Whilst attending the 100th Remembrance Day Parade and Service at St Andrew’s Church in the City of Plymouth, the Lions Club of Plymouth President, Lion George Poad performed the laying of a cross in the church grounds to commemorate the bravery of our armed forces who lost their lives whilst protecting our futures in order that we may continue to serve our community, on behalf of the Lions Club of Plymouth.


A Golf Day organised to raise funds for the forthcoming Special Olympics Team Plymouth and District to stage a Commemorative Event for the 400th anniversary year of the sailing of the Mayflower at the Plymouth Life Centre in April 2020, was held at Staddon Heights Golf Club on Friday 25th October.

The day started with a breakfast bap and a cup of coffee but the game started in a dismal mist which gave way to fierce winds and extremely blustery wet conditions, however, seven teams of four players, ladies and gents, played a Stableford competition over 18 holes, with the combined best two scores from each team counting towards the team total.

After drying out, the players and organisers enjoyed a dinner and the following teams were presented with Awards and prizes by Lion President George Poad.

The winning team ‘Elf 2’ representing Elfordleigh Hotel Golf and Country Club came in with a score of 70 points and won the Lions Club of Plymouth Golf Trophy and glassware for each member

The second team ‘My Roof is Still Leaking’ representing operatives from various building trades followed up with a total of 65 points and won the Presidents Shield  and glassware for each member.

A prize was also presented to Ian Bealey from Team ‘Elf 1’, who was closest to the pin on the 14th Hole.

The total sum raised amounted to;- £ 765.00. A figure of £600.00 will be apportioned to the Special Olympics Team Plymouth and District, with the remaining £165.00 being be shared by other Local Lion Charities / deserving cases.

A good time was had by all in spite of the weather conditions and the Lions Club of Plymouth extend their thanks to all the teams taking part, the Sponsors;- Soper Home Care, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Otter Garden Centre, Mike Pallott and donators of all raffle prizes.

Following a successful Golf Day organised by the Lions Club of Plymouth to raise funds for the forthcoming Special Olympics Team Plymouth and District to stage a Commemorative Event for the 400th anniversary year of the sailing of the Mayflower at the Plymouth Life Centre and other venues in April 2020, a cheque to the value of £600.00 was presented by Lion President George Poad to Kirsty Bisgrove the South West Regional Manager of Allied Care Ltd who represents the Special Olympics Team Plymouth and District. 

50 Years of Service to Lions

The Lions Clubs of Plymouth and Tavistock celebrated the achievement of Lion Ian Dingle BEM, who completed 50 years of service in July this year to Lions Clubs in the Plymouth and Tavistock.

Ian was presented with a Lion Statuette, a Framed Certificate of Achievement and a Lion cake by the Presidents of both Plymouth and Tavistock Lion Clubs to commemorate his much appreciated achievement.

Over the fifty years, Ian served with the Plymouth Lions Club for 47 years during which time he threw himself and his family into Lionism, totally committed in making a huge contribution to the Club. He held various committee positions within the club to include, Club President in 1997/8 and again in 2012/2013.  He also became Club Treasurer in 1999, a position he held for 18 years. He has been organiser of the annual Lion’s Dartmoor Walk for many years, which was always close to his heart, having lived on Dartmoor and being an avid walker.

In 2012, Ian was awarded a B.E.M. in the Queen’s Honour List.

In 2016 Ian transferred to Tavistock Lions for personal reasons, but has drawn the two clubs closer together as a result.

In 2017 Ian was awarded the much coveted Mervyn Jones Fellowship, for service to the community through Lionism (Mervyn Jones founded Lions in 1918).

Both the Plymouth and Tavistock Lions Clubs are Part of the South West District of Lions who in turn are part of Lions International who not only serve each local community and individuals, but also helping in National Disasters throughout the World.  All united under the Lion motto, ‘We Serve’.




Hospital Radio Plymouth 50th Anniversary 5th October

Lion President George, Zone Chairman Lion Ian represented the club at the celebration dinner dance held at the Future Inn.
Back in the 1960s Lions Club of Plymouth were instrumental in helping Hospital Radio get started.
Lions Jimmie Constable, Tom Hepple and Derek Laycock in particular.
Wendy Constable and her daughters were guests of honour in recognition of this involvement.
Members of Ivybridge Lions were also in attendance Lions Trevor and Adam and partners.
Trevor and Adam have both been volunteers at Hospital Radio.





Visit to BBC Studios Plymouth


The Lions Clubs of Plymouth were given the opportunity to tour the BBC Studios in Seymour Road Plymouth on Tuesday 24th Sept 2019.

The tour was arranged by Lion Jill Owen and both television and radio studios were visited by a group of 19 Lions, partners and friends.

The technical equipment now employed in all the studios and adjoining control rooms was found to be mind blowing!! And although the atmosphere seen from our living rooms is tranquil and serene, the presenters are backed up by a team of engineers, sound technicians, controllers and producers in order to achieve the smooth running of the programmed events.

Andy Breare was on hand having just delivered the lunchtime edition of Spotlight, who together-with the programme producer answered questions about last minute adjustments made to the presentations and passed on some secrets from behind the scenes.

Also available was Dan the weather man, who surprised us by confiding that the weather forecasts are made live without the use of autocues.

The visit was very informative with all involved having had a good time.    

















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