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.
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 Special Olympics Plymouth & District provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and create friendships with other athletes and the community.

 In an effort to enter into the spirit of the forthcoming celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers from Plymouth England to the new world of Plymouth America, the Lions Club of Plymouth have entered into a partnership with Special Olympics

Plymouth & District to help with the organisation and running of their Special Olympics Mayflower 400 Commemorative Games on the 3rd, 4th and 5th April 2020, at the Plymouth Life Centre plus other venues.

The games will involve Competitive sports to include;

Boccia, Badminton, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis and Football in addition to an Indoor Bowls Event.

Which will involve teams from New Plymouth, Massachusetts USA.

Lincolnshire (Gainsborough/Scrooby), Nottingham/South Yorkshire. Leiden, Netherlands.

Southampton, Cornwall (Newlyn) and Plymouth.

These places all have a historical link to the Pilgrim Fathers, the Mayflower and Speedwell.”, which will require a good deal of funding to enable the smooth running of such a prestige event, and it is for this reason that the Lions Club of Plymouth are staging a charitable 

Golf Day in an effort to assist SOPD to achieve their aim.

In the spirit of our Lion motto ‘WE SERVE’, I am hopeful of your positive reaction in supporting this venture and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely  

           George Poad    Lion President



           Lions and partners/freinds visited the BBC Spotlight and Radio Devon Studio's enoying a look behind the camera and meeting the back room staff and presenters Andy Breare & Dan Downs.

Toiletries for Shekinah Mission

The Lions Club of Plymouth responded to a request for male toiletries from Hilary Knight MBE who runs the regular soup-run from the Shekinah Mission in Bath Street Plymouth. Lion’s Community Chair Philip Greenwood wasted no time in investigating and obtaining the best buy’s available of the requisite products from Aldi and supplied said products in abundance on Sunday evening. Councillor Penberthy was on hand to receive the toiletries along with Hillary Knight and her team of volunteers ready for distribution forthwith. 


The Lions Club of Plymouth were pleased to organise their 48th Annual 10 mile Dartmoor Sponsored Walk on Sunday 8th July. This year the walk started and finished at Lee Moor Village Hall and covered a route bordering the China Clay lakes, towards Cadover Bridge and returning to Lee Mill. The group walked with an experienced Lion guide who was able to point out the places and Tors of interest on route. They thoroughly enjoyed the good route chosen coupled with the gems of knowledge and the surrounding views. The organisation involved providing check points in strategic places and refreshment stations at regular intervals. Finishing with a Pasty and a cup of tea/coffee or choice of other foods from the Saltash Lion’s catering van.

The whole event was monitored by the Raynet team of volunteers with radio equipment and base station at Lee Moor to provide a safe environment for all walkers.

Lions at Grey Skies Plymouth The Lions Club of Plymouth were pleased to donate some funds to Grey Skies Plymouth for the purchase of comfortable chairs for their private counselling room at their premises in George Street Devonport, Plymouth. Grey Skies has been founded and is run by Wendy Coulton as a community benefit (not for profit) enterprise, which aims to provide bereavement counselling on an independent friendly basis within a premises which allows end of life topics and issues to be discussed with individual members or groups of the public and professional practitioners with ease and confidence. Wendy said: “I am very grateful to the Lions Club of Plymouth for their generous donation so that we can provide comfortable seating for those who need to visit Grey Skies for information, guidance or counselling support. Since opening in May we have received just over 30 referrals and enquiries and a programme of workshops and talks is being planned for the autumn on a range of topics for people who are carers, emotional resilience for health and social care practitioners and money matters.” 

The Pride of Lions Handover to new President

The Lions Club of Plymouth held their Presidential Handover Dinner at the Elfordleigh Hotel and Country Club which was attended by members, family and friends. The outgoing President Lion Graham Hyde spoke about his eventful year as president of the club, the clubs achievements during his presidency and the friends made. He thanked all members who had contributed to a successful year and in particular his long term partner Vanessa who has suffered traumatic personal problems through the year but never the less, had been a strong supporter to himself and the club. The club presented Graham with a framed photograph of his beloved Braford Football Club, which he indicated would take pride of place at home. Graham proceeded to handover his chain of office to the incoming President Lion George Poad. The new President gave thanks to his predecessor for the good work carried out over the past year, he reminded all present of the Lion philosophy ‘We Serve’ and indicated that one of his main aims and ambition during his presidency was to give others the opportunity to enjoy the fun we have in helping those less fortunate than ourselves and in doing so, double the large sums raised for mainly local charitable purposes. 



                                                                               Lion President Graham presents Leigh Anne Wright from Little Things &Co a breavement specialist for the loss of very young babies a cheque for £800.  This was one of the nominated charities from this year Sponsor Knit.

Lion President Graham also presented a cheque for £800 to Jasmine Beer , Youth Ambassador for Meningitis Now (SW) another Sponsor Knit nominated charity.

Swimathon Presentations 2019

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Terri Beer and Vice President Lion George Poad

Present Medals to Teams: Dumbledore Army, L.L.M.O.K, Mini Monkeys, It’s a Family Thing Sharks & Dolphins in the Lord Mayor Parlour  

Congratulations everyone who took part in this year event £5000 was raised and presented to various charities also on the day.


Lion President Graham presented the winning Team Tanzani captain Lilly Thorp with a trophy and team indiviual medals won at the swimarathon. Team Tanzania completed an impressive 148 lenghts of the 25 meter pool with 4 members over 50 minutes.

Lion’s Bagging of Sleeping Bags.

The Lions Club of Plymouth bagged the remaining stock of 19 sleeping bags from a local store for the Soup-Run to donate to the homeless of Plymouth. At their recent club business meeting the Lions Club of Plymouth answered a plea from the Soup-Run volunteers to the Lion Chair of Community Services Lion Philip Greenwood for sleeping bags for the homeless. The meeting agreed unanimously to purchase as many sleeping bags as possible locally for a given sum and present them to the Soup Run organised from the Shekinah Mission premises for distribution during their regular Soup-Run in the city. Nineteen bags were purchased and presented by the Lions Club of Plymouth Vice President Lion George Poad, ably assisted by Lion Phil Greenwood to Hilary Knight, Dawn Stiles, Norma Fry, Martha Paisi and Mandy Lauchlan of the Soup Run, on Sunday evening the 2 nd June for distribution.

Sponsored Knitting 2019

The Lions Club of Plymouth and the ladies of Lions held their annual Sponsored Knitting Event at Emmanuel Church Hall, Mannamead, Plymouth on Saturday 13th April 2019 with a total of 53 knitting enthusiasts (both male and female) from in and around the Plymouth area taking part.

The competition started at 10.30 am and finished at 3.30pm, during which time 278 squares were knitted and checked as completed. Each square being 32 stiches and 28 rows, knitted on size 8 (4mm) needles. The squares will now be sewn together to make blankets and throws of various sizes and distributed to Homes, Hospitals and to needy individuals within the local Plymouth area, with some going to major disaster areas throughout the world.

The two charities chosen to benefit from the sponsorship are Little Things & Co and Meningitis Now (South West). Both charities were represented at the event, Leigh-Anne Wright for little Things & Co and Yvette Beer for Meningitis Now (South West) and each gave a short talk upon their particular charity. The knitters were treated to continuous music, Tea/Coffee on arrival, a Pasty Lunch, with Jellies for sweet followed by afternoon Tea and Cake.

Presentation were made by the Lions Club of Plymouth President Lions Graham Hyde to the following ladies;

Mrs Wendy Constable received a Rose Bowl, Flowers and Chocolates for the most sponsorship raised at last years event.

Mrs Carol Lloyd was awarded 1st prize of a large silver bowl, flowers and Chocolates for completing 9 Squares and 12 rows.

Mrs Elaine Cooke was awarded 2nd prize of a silver cup, Flowers and Chocolates for Knitting 9 Squares.

Mrs Wendy Thorpe was awarded the 3rd prize of Flowers and Chocolates for Knitting 8 Squares and 20 rows.

Everyone had a goodtime catching up with old friends, nattering to one another with plenty of ‘Serious Klicking’. The monies raised from this event will be shared between the two main charities with a small percentage handed to other local Lion charities.The Lions Club of Plymouth thanks go to all attendees and we look forward to renewing acquaintances at next year’s event.


Cheque Presentation to the Chestnut Appeal, Derriford Hospital. In late December 2018, Barry Willcocks, a loyal and extremely active former member of the Lions Club of Plymouth passed away after an extended fight against cancer. At his funeral on 18th January 2019 the retiring collection was graciously donated by Barry’s wife Debbie and Daughter Amy to the Lions Club of Plymouth, who agreed to pass these funds to the Chestnut Appeal at Derriford Hospital. Barry, in addition to being a Lion, was employed by City Bus for many years and as a gesture of goodwill City Bus provided the backdrop of a bus at the presentation of a cheque to the value of £400.00 to David Squires of the Chestnut Appeal on Sunday 7th April, in the Park and Ride Facility Outlands Road. Barry’s wife Debbie and Daughter Amy accompanied by Vice President Lion George Poad and other members of the Club were there to remember Barry. Lion Barry was a member of the Lions Club of Plymouth from 1999 for nearly 15 years. In that time he threw himself and his family into Lionism always doing everything by the book and making a huge contribution to the Club. In 2014 he transferred to Saltash Lions and then, with decreasing health, to Tamar Lions. Barry had a big heart and will always be remembered as an outstanding Lion. 

Lions Club of Plymouth SWIMATHON 2019

Thank you to everyone who took part and helped at this year Swimarathon at Saltash Leisure Centre


The Presentation of Trophies and Awards for the Lions Club of Plymouth’s 47th Annual Dartmoor Walk 2018 and Lions Christmas Collection 2018,

was held in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour on Friday 15th February 2019.

The total monies raised by the Dartmoor Walk teams for local charities amounted to;    £2,363.00


Following the Dartmoor Walk presentation, a cheque was also presented by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Sam Davey to;

Matron Anita Dykes of the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund from monies raised by the Lions Club of Plymouth Christmas Collection at numerous Super stores over the Christmas period 2018, to the value of £2,000.00.

This money will be used to help with the provision of a room with a kitchen area and a dedicated eating space as well as a soft seating area to create a recreational room for parents to unwind and support each other whilst still being close to their children, in association with other relaxation and recuperation facilities.

The presentations were followed by tea and biscuits, and general discussion where all present were reminded of the date for this year’s Lions Club of Plymouth Dartmoor Walk which will be held on Sunday 7th July 2018 over a distance of 10 miles starting and finishing at Lee Moor Village Hall. For more detail please make contact with Lion David Turvey on 01752 772 536 or

Lions and ladies attended Keyham Barton Primary School today to present cheques for £1400

Towards a sensory room for the pupils to use. £1000 from the Lions and £400 from the Ladies


Lion Jeff received a limited edition silver centennial pin (part of the LCI Centennial membership awards program) from his sponsor Lion Colin at January meeting.

Lion Norma was our traveling Lion visiting the Lions of Alfaz Del Pi in Spain . She exchanged our club bannerette with Lion Peter and on her return presented 1st Vice President Lion George with their bannerette


Lion Alan Clifford receives his ten year Chevron form Lion Ted Clarke. Lion Ted was President in 2008 when Lion Alan was inducted into the Lions Club of Plymouth

We pop along to Shekinah Mission tonight and surprise Hilary with her Plaque for outstanding community service. She was busy preparing pasta bake for tonight soup run but delighted to receive the plaque from Lion President Graham. 

Alan and Maureen Stockdale of Plymouth and District Special Olympics receiving their Centennial Certificate of Appreciation from Lion President Graham Hyde.

These were awarded by LCI MD105 in recognition of Outstanding Service to the Community and signed by our Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO

Lion Phil presents Mark of Friends of Devonport Park his Centennial Certificate of Appreciation

Lion President Graham presents Irene Wills BEM of Pisces Swimming Club her Centennial Certificate of Appreciation alongside Zone Chairman Lion Ian


Plymouth Lions assisted SOPD at the Regional bowls championship at Plymouth Lifecentre.

Lion Jim learning the art of measuring from the jack to the bowl





Lion President Graham  and Melvin the Lion visit Fynn and his family 

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IPP/ZC Lion Ian presents an cheque for a new table tennis table and donation of £300 to members of the group in the YMCA on behalf of the Lions Club of Plymouth




















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