Dear Lions,

Once again - nature has struck a devastating blow - this time in the form of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal.

As the global leader in humanitarian service, Lions Clubs International is uniquely qualified to provide immediate assistance. Already, LCIF has issued an emergency grant in the amount of $100,000 USD. But more will be needed. You can help by donating now to the LCIF emergency fund.

As we draft this letter, the Lions of Nepal are joining together, along with Lions from neighboring countries, to get much needed emergency supplies such as food, fresh water, and temporary shelter into the areas of devastation.

This is the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal in nearly 100 years. Our message to Nepal is "help is on the way."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and the Lions of Nepal in this time of need.


Joe Preston
Barry Palmer



Lions throughout the 62 clubs in our District have been collecting used spectacles for many years now and once a year the Lions Club of Petersfield have a 'SpecTrek' where they tour the Lions District collecting them. Pictured here, Lions Club members of Bridport, Dorchester and, Weymouth & Portland hand over 7300 pairs. This year a record 138,148 pairs have been collected. These will be sent on to the Lions Club of Chichester for processing and onward distribution, please follow this link for full details.



Members from the Lions clubs of Blackmore Vale, Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth & Portland (Zone 1A) gathered at Dorset County Hospital to present a cheque for £2000 to Gully’s Place Trust in support of the project and towards the purchase of beds. Gully’s Place Trust provides children’s palliative care across Dorset from diagnosis to end of life.

Zone Chairman Peter Oswick presents the cheque to Lead Nurse Allison Ryder





Lions Clubs of the British Isles and Ireland Spectacle Recycling Initiative, launched originally by the Lions Club of Chichester in 1967, today sees nearly a third of a million pairs of used glasses collected, sorted and distributed to clinics and eye camps in communities across Africa, India and eastern Europe in partnership with Medico France.

The project also raises financial support for eye related projects at home and overseas by recycling scrap metal from spectacles that are broken or unsuitable for recycling.

Thank you to all the individuals and organisations who donate, collect, sort and distribute these used spectacles.







Lion President Norman Stagles joined the Mayor and civic dignitaries at the 'Flag Raising' ceremony for Commonwealth Day

This was one of over 650 Commonwealth Flags raised in 38 Commonwealth Countries as part of the 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' event.

For the first time in Maritime history, the 11 ships of P&O and Cunard Line will be raising the Commonwealth flag at various locations as they cruise around the world.

In Weymouth the flag raising took place outside the North Quay Council Offices. The Mayor of Weymouth & Portland, Councillor Kate Wheller read a Commonealth Affirmation and a message from HRH Queen Elizabeth. 



Purbeck Motocross Club present the Lions with a very generous cheque for £1,500 at their annual Presentation Evening.

Club Chairman, Alf Stearn, said 'We are very pleased to do this from funds generated at the annual Wemouth Beach Race. We shall look forward to working with the Lions again at the next race in October'.

Jim Shipton 'Mr Starter' presents the cheque to Lion Trevor Stratton, Motocross organiser.




Weymouth & Portland Lions Club Christmas Day swim across the harbour was the best ever in all respects with 278 swimmers raising a record £11,411 for a range of national and local charities and good causes. Most notably SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) by raising £2,200, Mind £959, Southampton Paediatric ICU £565, RNLI £860, Cancer Research UK £ 508, and, Water Aid £490. Some 27 swimmers came from places outside of Dorset from as far afield as Edinburgh, Truro, London and Liverpool to name but a few.

We understand that many of those raising funds have yet more to collect and the final figure could be much higher than the £11,411 indicated on the sponsor forms.


The swim was started by the Mayor, Councillor Kate Wheller, assisted by Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee currently appearing at the Pavilion in Alladin.

From a Lions point of view we are delighted that so many people turn out on Christmas morning to not only take part but come to watch what has become a very big event, not only for Lions but for Weymouth. Everyone was in a very pleasant mood and the atmosphere was wonderful. We in Lions enjoy doing this because it is what we do ‘Serving the Community’.



Lions Roger Hogbin and Norman Apps along with Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee, from the local production of Aladdin, test the water in preparation for their Christmas Day Swim. It's ok! So, download your entry forms  and get fundraising



Lions club members and entertainers with the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland, Councillor Kate Wheller.


Weymouth and Portland Lions club put on another fantastic FREE show for the senior citizens of the borough.

From humble beginnings as a carol concert over 30 years ago, the annual Weymouth & Portland Lions Club Christmas Show for Senior Citizens has developed into its popular Variety Show format of recent years.

The Show was a sell out once again and all the tickets went within a week of the box office opening. All the performers gave their time free to support the Lions Club. This year, the entertainment was provided by that very popular local band ‘Replay’, fronted by Lion President Norman Stagles (The 50’s & 60’s numbers certainly hit a chord with the audience). A regular visitor to the show was Matt Black ‘The Piano Man’ and two new acts appeared this year; the all-girl vocal group ‘The Decadettes’ and Magician Derek Foley. The show was compered by comedian, Dickie Williams.

Please 'click' this image to see the Lions sketch






L to R - Lion John Braithwaite, Debbie Hellaby (Dorset Echo), Lion Vice President, Les Board.




L to R - Lions John Braithwaite, Les Board )Vice President), Norman Apps.

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club responds to an appeal from their district HQ by donating £1000 to the Ebola Crisis.

With 167 Clubs and more than 8,000 Lions in the affected countries, Lions throughout the world are pledging their support for the orphaned children of Ebola victims, firstly to feed them, then to provide clothing, sanitation and perhaps in the longer term housing in the shape of orphanages. Left to their own devices many of the children will simply add to the street children problems associated with various parts of the world.

Lions Clubs International Foundation has just provided a US$150,000 (£93,000) grant for Ebola Aid.



Lions helped celebrate United Nation Day along with the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland by taking part in a short service.

L to R: Mayor of Weymouth & Portland, Councillor Kate Wheller. Mayor's Chaplain, Reverend Deb Smith. Lions Les Board and Trevor Stratton, Councillor Joy Stanley.


Lions Vice President Les Board said "Lions Club International was formed in 1917 in Chicago, and now has 46,000 clubs with 1.35 million members in over 200 countries making it the largest service club in the world.

When the United Nations was founded in 1945 Lions International were held in such esteem that they were invited to assist with the drafting of the United Nations Charter, a singular honour for a non-governmental organisation.

Since then, on an international level, Lions have a continuing relationship with the United Nations - particularly in the areas of worldwide health initiatives and humanitarian aid to large scale disasters.

We are proud to be here in Radipole Park Gardens to help celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and are pleased to pledge our continuing support.

Finally, it is important for Weymouth to remember the wider world picture and the important work undertaken by the United Nations".





                                    Lions get Local Kids on board TS Pelican

It was ‘splice the main brace’ and ‘man the bowsprit’ as local teenagers joined the TS Pelican for a day’s sailing out of Weymouth Harbour on Sunday 15th September.

A stiff breeze and slightly choppy sea meant that there were a few slightly green complexions to begin with –but once the sun came out everyone found their sea-legs and enjoyed the day.

All present thanked both the Captain and crew of the TS Pelican for a great day out and the Lions Club for making it happen.

Lions Vice President Les Board said ‘it’s always great to give local young people a new adventure that they wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to experience. That’s one of the things we like to do in Lions’




Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th October 2014

Absolutely Fabulous - Well done everyone

'Weymouth & Portland Lions biggest annual event stepped up another gear this year when in addition to the sunday Motocross racing attended by no less than 294 riders- a full programme of entertainment was offered on the Saturday afternoon featuring, at enormous expense. the Jamie Squibb Freesyle Stunt Team. Fortunately this was sponsored by the Waterside Holiday Group and the local BID programme (that's Business Improvement District to those of you who don't know about these things!)'

We were fortunate to in getting full co-operation in manning the event ranging from members of Dorchester Lions and Melcombe Regis Rotary Club to no less a person than the District Governor and his lovely wife Bridget -who were out there shaking a bucket with the best of them!'

The rain held off on both days (until the clear up!) and all those present agreed that Weymouth Beach Motocross had never been bigger or better -and was a credit to the Lions and our partners from Purbeck Motocross Club'



Pictures above by courtesy of Steve Davies 




Pictures above by courtesy of Sarah Flann



Pictures above by courtesy of Idris Martin  - Follow this link for more pictures


Pictures above by courtesy of Mike Wood



Weymouth & Portland Lions make a donation to Marie Curie as part of Lions ongoing national partnership campaign with them.



Long Service Certificates were awarded to Weymouth & Portland Lions by District Governor Mike Hendy (3rd left) 

Lion members L to R: John Cake, Howard Legg, Lion President Norman Stagles, Russ Woolley, Colin Winder.




These pictures were sent to us from the Davies family who were on holiday in Weymouth during July.

Ritchie Davies writes 'I thought that you would appreciate this photo of my daughter, Mara, making use of one of the beach wheelchairs that the Lions and Weymouth Golf Club fundraised for'.



Charity Golf Day - 7th August 2014

Another great success raising £2000

for our Charity Fund

Lion President Norman Stages presents the Golf Trophy and prizes to the winning Team - 'Bluebird Coaches' - (L to R) Martyn Hoare, Micky Coles, Martin Short, Stephen Hoare.

Weymouth & Portland Lions would like to thank all those golfers who took part and made this such a successful and enjoyable event and Weymouth Golf Club for the presentation of the course which was excellent. The lions would particularly like to thank their sponsors who helped to make all of this possible:

Main Sponsors:

Portland Stone Firms Ltd, DJ Property, TGM Electrical, Basepoint, Advoco, Sherrens Printing.

Hole Sponsors:

Resort marketing, Moby Dicks Pub,
David Upshall Insurance Services, 

CB Read Ltd (Chartered Accountants),
Dorset Lettings (Dorchester) Ltd, SW Holdings,
Savills (UK), Betterment Properties, Bartletts Motor Technicians.

On Course Catering & Draw Prizes

Lugger Inn Chickerell, Dorset Cake Co. Spar Shop Preston,
Weymouth Golf Club, Fiona Penny, Enzos, San Telmo Fish & Chips (Dorchester).


Above - Lion Tristan Murless in the process of building a magnificent
break of 49 in the 'Snooker' putting competition.

Above - 73 golfers sitting down to a very enjoyable three course dinner at Weymouth Golf Club.

To view all 103 photo's please follow this link by clicking here  

To view the Golf Day Brochure please click here




On Sunday, a terrible tragedy occurred. A large earthquake struck the Yunnan Province of China. Authorities estimate that more than 400 people have lost their lives from the Zhaotong earthquake, with an additional 2,300 people injured across several counties. Even more people are missing. It is estimated that 25,500 homes were completely destroyed, with an even higher number of houses damaged.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) immediately awarded a US$250,000 Major Catastrophe Grant with money from the disaster relief fund, allowing Lions in affected areas to immediately begin providing assistance. These funds will help meet immediate needs by providing food, water, medicine, blankets and other necessities as quickly as possible. The funds will also support long-term reconstruction and recovery.

Further Details



The Lions annual street busk, in aid of our Charity Fund, was another resounding success. Local 50's & 60's band 'Replay', fronted by our very own Lions President, Norman Stagles, entertained the shoppers throughout the day, supported by local musicians, Brian Lincoln, and The Frontiers.

Click the picture above to watch a video of Replay playing 'Heart Beat'.



Lions from Blackmore Vale, Bridport, Dorchester & District and Weymouth & Portland, known as Zone 1A, joined forces to make a donation to the Weldmar Hospice for their annual project. Zone Chairman 1A, Dave Woolford, accompanied by Lions from the Zone clubs, handed over a cheque for £2000 to Senior Sister Sally-Anne Baverstock supported by hospice nursing staff.

Dave said “Every year we do a Zone project where each club has to raise the same amount. This year we heard the nurses at Weldmar wanted some commodes and bedspreads and that’s what we have given them money for, so they can now go and purchase them.”

“Sally-Anne said that the funds would be very gratefully received at the hospice , it’s a fantastic amount.”



Lions step up the tempo with the presentation of a 'Boom Box' to 'belt out' the music for Odyssey Majorettes which will be particularly useful when performing outdoors, keeping everyone in step.

Lions Les Board and Norman Apps are 'put through their paces' when the volume is turned up to try out the new system with Odyssey.

To view their website click here



Thanks to the support of Weymouth & Portland Lions Club, Osprey Leisure Centre now has a new pool hoist that people with mobility issues are able to use to access the pool.  The South Dorset Community Sports Trust had raised money through its own fundraising efforts and was really grateful to The Lions for providing the balance of funds.

Centre user Dave Merton who needs the hoist to enjoy his swimming was absolutely thrilled that the new hoist was in place so quickly. He said “I really look forward to my swimming at Osprey and even though it has only been a few weeks that I haven’t been able to swim I am really pleased that I can now get back in the water and even Mrs Merton has now got a smile on her face as apparently I have cheered up again!”

General Manager, Nigel Williams commented “The generous support of the Lions Club has ensured that all our swimmers are able to fully enjoy the pool here at Osprey.  Customers unable to negotiate the steps are not excluded from using the facility!”


L to R: Nigel Williams (General manager), Jill Murton, Lion Richard Burgess,

David Murton and Abi Free (Life Guard).



Members of Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth & Portland Lions Clubs handover 6500 pairs of used spectacles, collected over the past year, to the Petersfield Club who carry out this annual collection (Spectrek) throughout the 60 clubs in the Lions District 105D

Donating your old used spectacles can work miracles in the third world.

We, along with Lions clubs throughout the UK collect and grade used spectacles for distribution in the third world. This has far more benefit than hard currency as in many poor countries if the cash were available  it would be almost impossible to purchase a pair of spectacles. A simple thing like a pair of spectacles, which we take for granted, can turn a dependent person into a productive citizen, less dependent upon aid.

Please, have a 'root around' for your old specs that are no longer required. You can hand them in to your local Optician or Pharmacy who are very kindly collecting them on our behalf.

Recently (September 2012), this bin is being introduced to local schools to encourage them to collect on our behalf.

We in turn send your old specs to the Chichester Lions Club who have a wonderful organistion that sorts and grades them for onward distribution. Please take a look at this link for further information what happens to your old specs.




£409 raised over the two day

Well done lads




Members of Weymouth & Portland Lions Club are supporting the Marie Curie Cancer Care Great Daffodil Appeal with fund-raising collections at Tesco’s in Easton, Portland on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th March 2014. Every penny collected will be spent in local communities helping to provide free nursing care to terminally ill patients in their own homes and Marie Curie hospices.

A small donation can make a big difference to someone affected by terminal illness.

Wearing the iconic Marie Curie daffodil shows your generosity in helping Lions Clubs reach a £1 million target to provide free Marie Curie nursing care in our local communities.



Lions donate three special radio sets for use by local blind persons

Lions John Braithwaite (L) and Les Board present a cheque for the purchase of the radios to

BWF Regional Manager David Loveridge

British Wireless for the Blind Fund’s spokesperson David Loveridge said: “I really want to thank members of the Weymouth & Portland Lions who have given up their time to raise money which has allowed us to provide blind and partially sighted people in Weymouth and Portland with specially modified radios.  These unique audio devices allow the recipient to listen to talking books and newspapers, CD, cassettes, digital radio and much more.  They are designed so that it is easier to use for those with sight loss, meaning independent use on a daily basis. We know from feedback from existing recipients of our radio sets that having the loan of a specially adapted radio can make a difference to blind and partially sighted people’s lives by keeping them informed, occupied and entertained. The Weymouth & Portland Lions’ generous support means that we’ve been able to provide our service to even more blind and partially sighted people across the local area.


Disaster Appeal

Please send your donation to Weymouth & Portland Lions Club, c/o Hotel Prince Regent, 139 The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 7NR.

Please make your cheque payable to 'Weymouth & Portland Lions Club' and marked on the reverse 'Lions Disaster Fund'.    


Purbeck Motocross Club boost Lions Charity Fund

Purbeck Motocross Club Chairman Alf Stearn presents Weymouth and Portland Lions Club President Russ Woolley with a £1,500 cheque, at the Purbeck MXC presentation evening, from the funds raised at the 2013 Beach Motocross.








(Total updated 5 Jan 2014)

Raised for a variety of national


and local charities.


250 swam the harbour.

Swim statistics - where did the money go

Thank you and well done to all

those that took part

Watch this cracking video of the swim, courtesy of Geoff Moore



Here's another from Damien Lockie

and some more from Stephen & Helen Jones



Pictures courtesy of Dorset Echo



Lion President Russ Woolley and Lion Norman Apps, along with the 'Ugly Sisters' from Weymouth pantomime, test the water temperature in preparation for their Christmas Day Harbour Swim.


Picture courtesy of Steve Davies

This news item featured in the Dorset Echo was picked up by Lions International Blog in America (Lions HQ) and beamed around the world to Lions, 46,000 Clubs, 1.35 million members.


Lions Christmas Show - A Sell Out!

The Lions annual Christmas Show was another resounding success with a complete 'sell out'. Lions President Russ Woolley said that the feedback has been very complimentary which makes it all worth while and very satisfying.

The Cast

Lion President Russ Woolley presents a £200 cheque to Phil Say for seat sponsorship in the Pavilion

Lion President Russ Woolley presents a £200 cheque to 'Friends of the Pavilion'

Pictures courtesy of


Lions Community Service Award presentation

The Lions Community Service Award has, this year, been presented to Jordan McGuiness at a ceremony on Portland at the IPACA ( Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy)


The citation read  "Jordan is always keen to serve the Academy community.  He has been elected deputy house captain of Penn.  He has been a mediator for year 7 students, was on the school council last year and is always endeavouring to ensure the academy's good name is upheld in the community.  He is simply a good citizen."

Lions Club Secretary Dave Woolford presented the award to Jordon and commented Lions are very much youth orientated and very keen to encourage others to follow Jordan's example.


Philippines Update - Exciting News from LCIF


Philippines UPDATE - Exciting news

I have some very exciting news for you regarding the Lifesaver Gerry cans appeal for the Philippines.

You may recall that LCIF had purchased a pallet of 56 Lifesaver water filter Gerry cans and made the recommendation to us that this was the right product needed in the disaster area.

Whilst launching the appeal in MD 105 over the weekend, we also approached LCIF and requested that they help this appeal by ‘pump priming’ our efforts to enable us to move more quickly.

I am pleased to advise that LCIF have just authorised $50,000 so that we can immediately order the first 168 Lifesaver units.

Donations from the current appeal to clubs will repay this loan, and when repaid, LCIF have agreed we can approach them for a further $50,000.

Much work has been going on with the Lions of the Philippines to ensure efficient deployment to the people that need them most. As with all disaster areas communication has been difficult but all the necessary paperwork has been obtained and Lions are waiting to distribute them.

Please send any donations for the Lifesaver appeal to your District Treasurer or District Charity Treasurer.

On behalf of the people of the Philippines thank you to all of you for reacting so promptly  to this appeal.

I will of course keep you updated on progress.

Kind regards

Phil Robinson

Council Chairman.

Lions Clubs MD105 - Birmingham


Typhoon Haiyan Appeal to Lions Clubs

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club respond to an appeal from Lions Clubs UK & Ireland for Typhoon Haiyan funding support by donating £1000 to LCIF

Lions and LCIF (Lions Clubs International Foundation) Providing Disaster Relief in the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan

Lions Clubs provide lifesaving relief in Philippines

Lions clubs are providing lifesaving relief for local communities in the Philippines affected by

the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles and

Ireland have pledged £200,000 to send 1,000 Lifesaver water filtration systems providing up

to 20 million litres of sterile water for drinking and medical use.


The local donations support the US $500,000 (over £310,000) pledged immediately by

Lions Clubs within Southeast Asia and other global fund-raising activities. This money will

deliver vital on the ground relief through volunteer members of Lions Clubs in the Philippines

working closely with government officials and other agencies. Lions Clubs in the area,

including four in Cebu and one in the disaster epicentre of Tacloban, were already helping

those affected by last month’s major earthquake in nearby Bohol, when the latest crisis



“Lions Clubs provide a global network that is able to give immediate practical and financial

support when such disasters strike,” explains Phil Robinson (chairman of the council of

governors). “Though our Lions Clubs International Foundation we maintain a disaster fund

enabling the organisation to respond immediately with one hundred per cent of donations

going direct to local relief efforts co-ordinated by Lions operating in affected communities.


“In addition, local fund-raising around the British Isles and Ireland is going to provide the

most basic of human needs, clean drinking water. Typhoon Haiyan has been called the

worst storm to make landfall in recorded history, and its devastation is hard to imagine. As

Lions, we not only help our local communities throughout the year, but are able to respond

when relief is required in any local community”


Lions donate to Children of Syria Appeal

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club have donate £250 to this appeal

This winter, Lions clubs are joining forces with UNICEF UK to save and protect the lives of the children of Syria, raising funds to help provide vital health care, access to clean water, winter blankets or schools-in-a-box to help children continue their education..

The UK Government will match pound for pound donations for Syrian children from 31 October to 31 January 2014. Therefore, this increases the value of our donation to £500

For full details and how to donate please click here


Lions donate to Sightsavers


Weymouth & Portland Lions Club donate £250

to this worthy cause


Sightsavers works to combat blindness in developing countries, restoring sight through specialist treatment and eye care. They also supports people who are irreversibly blind by providing education, counselling and training. They help the people who need it most - those living in poverty in some of the world's poorest countries.

For full details and how to donate please click here


Lions Donate to Echo Toy Appeal

Lions Donate £200 to the Echo Toy Appeal

Picture courtesy of Dorset Echo

Lions Vice President Norman Stagles (L) and Lions Community Service Chairman Les Board present the Lions cheque to the Echo's Debbie Hellaby.


Lions help Veteran get to the Royal Albert Hall

Lions Club give financial help to enable a Merchant Navy veteran attend the Service of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

91 year old Merchant Navy veteran, Tony Cash, believed to be the oldest surviving MN veteran in Dorset, has been invited by the Royal British Legion to escort the MNA Standard at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of HM Queen. Because this involves a stay overnight in addition to travel costs the Weymouth & Portland Lions Club have ‘stepped in’ to give some financial assistance to Tony so that he does not have to worry about the costs.

Tony Cash joined the Merchant Navy in 1939 and served in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and in the Far East and is a holder of medals for those theatres of war. He left the MN when Sealink left Weymouth.  Tony is a member of the Merchant Navy Association Weymouth, Portland and District Branch.

Tony is seen here on the right receiving his cheque, in the Mayor’s Parlour, from Lions Vice President

Norman Stagles with the Mayor, Councillor Ray Banham, on the left and Paul Compton, Chairman of the Merchant Navy Association, Weymouth, Portland and District, in the rear.


United Nations Day in Weymouth

United Nations Day was commemorated in Radipole Gardens today and 'our man', Lions Vice President Norman Stagles was there on behalf of the Lions Club. Norman was given the opportunity to address the gathering and spoke of Lions Clubs International mission statement, which fits very well with the UN objective, 'To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitariun needs ......'


       Raising the UN flag                                               Norman being interviewed by Wessex FM



Beach Motocross Leaps into Action - 'Press Release'

Beach Motocross Leaps into Action!


Well Carnival is over, schools are back. What is there to look forward to?

Answer: The most exciting event of the year! 

It’s Weymouth Beach Motocross Weekend on 19th & 20th October.

It’s bigger and better than ever!

Features this year are:-

·        Arecord entry of motocross riders –over 250 bikes are expected

·        More entertainmenton Saturday afternoon –as well as two motocross demonstrations,  the kids favourite the  ‘Gorilla on a quadbike’ and an Esplanade full of stalls we are introducing 3 new features this year

·        Weymouth Concert Brass will be playing on the Esplanade

·        Transport of Yesteryear will be mounting a display of vintage vehicles on the Pavilion forecourt on Saturday

·        There will be a display of new Suzuki cars on the Esplanade courtesy of the Lanehouse Group.

·        Edwards Danters Funfair & children’s rides will be on the Esplanade all weekend

Weymouth & Portland Lions President Russ Woolley says ‘we keep trying to make our Beach Motocross event bigger and better and more and more fun. As well as the new attractions and entertainment features we expect a fantastic range of stalls to line the Esplanade ranging from Charity Stalls drawing attention to local and national good causes, Trimar, The Air Ambulance, Osprey Leisure Centre and Melcombe Regis Rotary Club promoting ‘Shelterbox’.

 Also a great range of food and drink stalls to keep the crowds fed and watered. This year we have mackerel baps, ice cream, a bakery, fudge, candyfloss, fashion, clothing and sunglasses just to name some. So be sure to reserve the dates in your diary for some great family entertainment and excitement’

We can also advise you that Park & Ride will be operating on both days –so getting in to see the fun couldn’t be easier’


We will be holding a Press Day on Thursday 10th October at 10.00  on Weymouth Beach and thereafter in the Green Room. Photo opportunities will be available.

For further information contact----------

Richard Burgess

Activities Organiser

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club

01305 834429


Lions donate £20,000 to 'Special Olympics'


Lions Clubs International donate £20,000 to support Special Olympics GB

To be held in Bath from 28 August – 1 September 2013


Click here for further details on the Special Olympics





They will be the leaders of their countries in the next years. They will face hard challenges in a changing society. The Lions can provide to these students the knowledge and motivation to build a better world, by organizing seminars to reflect on the moral and civic background of a free and open society – in accordance with the ethics of our International Association.

That is the purpose of the European Lions University (ELU), an initiative endorsed by the European Forum in Maastricht in October 2011. After a first trial last year, MD 103 France have the responsibility of developing the program, with the partnership of MD 108 Italy, MD 112 Belgium and 118 Turkey.

From August 25th to September 1st two seminars will take place in Aix en Provence (France): one in French, the other in English.


In 2013 the general theme will be

Europe Time’s to choose

The curriculum of the seminars has been designed by the European Forum : sixteen sessions in History, Philosophy,

Law, Economics and Political Science.

The faculty will be made from four scholars and professors, to debate in small groups after the plenary sessions. A break will take place during the week, a full day of tourism and relax on the sea-cost and the City of Marseille, this year Cultural European Capetown.

Venue and Registration

The students are sponsored by a club or a district, which selects the applicants. The students are of a high level of education (any kind of studies), 18 – 25 old. Students of all countries (included non European countries).

The sponsors will be charged for the fees. The dues are 500 euros, including lodging (on the campus) and food during one week (arrival August 25th departure 1st September).

The website

Every information is available on the website In case of difficulty go to and click on the British flag.

You will find all the details concerning the theme, the detailed program (day by day), the history of the ELU, the role of the Lions Clubs and Districts, the organization.

You will find the process of registration and the application form, and the financial commitments.

The application is open from the 1st of June till the 15th of August.

The number of students is limited to 50, so the application form will be examined by a jury made of Lions, and the definitive agreement will be confirmed as soon as possible (by the week) .

You can join the organizer team by mail to

Last year (2012) Alexandre Correard, sponsored by the Montceau Les Mines Lions Club, has attended the ELU.

I was far from  knowing what was waiting for me. The lectures and debates were at the top intellectual level. I will come back every year if it’s possible. The issues discussed were about philosophy, economics and political science. The discussions were very deep and stimulating. But I was also impressed by the humane, humanist dimension of the debates.”

Did feel any connection with the Lions’ spirit?

“ Yes, many connections. I know the Lions, as my mother is a member of a club. I can fairly say that the moral values of generosity and liberty were at the heart of the debates. Last, but not least, I met a group of twelve fellows, strangers at the beginning of the seminar and who are real friends today“


Lion Community Service Awards at All Saints School

Lion Vice President Norman Stagles presents the Lion Community Service Award to Caitlin Stone (right) and Lewis Taylor (left) along with a £30 book token each.


Caitlin Stone - Is a member of the Air Cadets who has done a lot of charity fundraising in that role - organising quiz nights and bag packing at supermarkets in order to raise funds for Help for Heroes.  She is also currently taking her football coaching badge and is cuurently coaching an under 11 boys' team in Chickerell.

Lewis Taylor - Is a larger than life member of the school community - always helping out on a practical level i.e. helping the site team lay out chairs for assembly or helping the PE dept.  He is also a prolific fund raiser for charity undertaking a tyre pull from Littlemoor to school (and back!) in order to raise funds for the RNLI (over 1K raised).  He also organised a supermarket trolley pull in order to raise funds for The Joseph Weld Hospice.


Lion Dave takes over as Zone Chairman

Our very Lion, Dave Woolford, takes over as Zone Chairman from Bridport's John Lay-Flurrie

Dave will preside over and offer help and guidance to clubs in the Zone which include Bridport, Dorchester and Blackmore Vale.

Dave has said that it is his intention for all the clubs to carry on and build on all the good work that has been done but also to ensure that we all have a lot of fun doing it.


Lions Charity Golf Day - A great success

'The birthplace of the Rider Cup -Came Down Golf Club -saw fierce but friendly competition for the team trophy at Weymouth & Portland Lions Club annual  charity Golf Day. The cupwinners  were the Tristan G. Murless Ltd team lead by the man himself.

The winning team of Martin Short, Lee Wills and Tristan Murless with a score of 57.5 (Texas Scramble Stroke Play). Followed by, in 2nd place, Geoff Petherick's team with a score of 58.1 and third was Team Marlborough (The Johnson's) with a score of 59.6.

An enjoyable day was had by all however with over £2000  raised for the Lions Charity Fund thanks to the generosity of the participants, of sponsors, of the donors of prizes, of 'good cheer' for the traditional 'Watering hole' and of delicous snacks to keep players going through the arduous hours on Came Down.

Geoff Petherick's team

Lions President Richard Burgess said 'thanks are due to the Royal Dorset Yacht Club catering team, to the Dorset Cake Company, to Lee Wills of 'Picnics' and to Barbara and Michael Clements at Preston Spar for their donations that ensured the participants were fed and watered during the day and to the Came Down Golf Club team for being so hospitable. After Tuesday's downpour a perfect days weather on Wednesday 29th in such a perfect setting resulted in a spectacularly successful day. All the money raised will support the less  fortunate in our local community'


Lions - 'In Tablets of Stone'!


Lions Vice President Russ Woolley and Secretary Dave Woolford put the finishing touches to a new Lions plaque, in Portland Stone, very kindly designed, carved and donated by Portland Stone Mason, Neville Walbridge. The plaque will eventually be fixed in pride of place at the entrance to the Hotel Prince Regent where the club holds it's meetings.

Lions Vice President Russ Woolley

Lions Club Secretary Dave Woolford


Lions go litter picking!

As part of our stated aim of serving the local community Lions got involved with the Great Dorset Beach Clean down at the Chesil Centre.

'Didn't they do well'!



Spec - tacular Effort

Our contribution, organised by Lion Les Board, to the annual collection of used spectacles thoughout the Lions District was 1600 pairs. The annual collection run around the District is carried out by the Petersfield club.

Lion Les Board with Petersfield Lions at the collection point at Tesco's in Dorchester.


Lions give 'Food Bank' a boost

Lions John Braithwaite and Les Board present the first of 12 x £50 cheques to

the Weymouth & Portland Food Bank


Lions collection for Marie Curie a great success

Marie Curie Cancer Care collection

As part of a national campaign supported by Lions throughout the Uk, the Lions of Weymouth and Portland turned out to collect on behalf Marie Curie Cancer Care at Tesco on Portland last weekend raising just over £700 over the two days.

Marie Curie have said that they are thrilled with this result and are very grateful for the support of the Lions. 

Lions John Braithwaite and Dave Woolford at the collection point.


43rd Charter Anniversary celebration

Despite the fact that Lions are notorious carnivores there was no horsemeat in sight when Weymouth & Portland Lions entertained their guests including our very own mayor councillor Margaret Leicester and  our District Governor (who gave us something to chew on in his speech!) to celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of the Clubs foundation. Club President Richard Burgess and his wife Ainsley are shown here welcoming top table guests, who after a night of feasting and dancing galloped off into the sunset.

l to r back:  Rotarian Ian Pye, Rotarian Mike Parker, Lion President Richard Burgess, Mayor's escort Ken Leicester and Lions Zone Chair John Lay-Flurrie.  Front l - r: Pres Dorchester Lions Doug Bowring, Ainsley Burgess, Mayor Margaret Leicester, District Gov Roger Munday and Sherborne Lions Pres. Jim Godden


Christmas Day Plunge

The Annual Christmas Day Harbour Swim

'A great start to the day'


Mr & Mrs 'the Presidential team'

' Despite an anxious run up to the annual Xmas Day Harbour Swim as a result of the exceptionallly heavy rain and flooding and even torrential showers first thing on Christmas Day, come the time ,come the hour the sun shone and the Harbour Swim went ahead in all its fun filled glory! As usual swimming attire varied from bikinis to funny animals, Christmas outfits and even tinsel !


Pictures courtesy of Steve Davies

Some 236 swimmers braved the harbour waters in 5 races (only marginally down from last years 244 swimmers) and the usual good humoured crowd turned out to cheer them all on. A whole range of charities were supported by the swimmers as set out below, with Weymouth & Portland Lions Charitable fund benefitting from both the entrance fee and the street collection.

Total amount of sponsorship to date as indicated on forms £8278.50.

Many indicated they were also raising money on line and at present don’t know how much.Others indicated they were raising money for a charity but gave no amount and of those giving amounts stated there was more to come. 

Charities benefiting from sponsorship are: 

MV Freedom, MS, Diabeties UK, WD Voluntary Group, British Legion, Will Mackaness Trust, MND, Soul Food, Dorset Expeditionary Society, Cancer Research, Tall Ships, Samaritans, Brooke Hospital for Animals, The Children’s Society, Marie Curie, Fortuneswell Trust, Help for Heroes, Alzheimer’s, Cerebra, Weldmar, Compassion UK, Teens Unite, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Meothelioma UK, Wilfrun Destitute Pet Animal Rescue, Cancer Care Unit (Westfield School), WD Women’s Refuge, RNLI, Julia’s House, Salvation Army, Marine Life, NSPCC.



Pictures courtesy of Steve Davies

Lions President Richard Burgess commented

'The Lions Christmas Day Swim is an important part of Weymouth's festivities and is a real family fun event. We had a few anxious hours this year in terms of weather conditions and a few of us were reconciled to getting thoroughly soaked. But it all turned out magnificently thanks to the swimmers, the spectators and the good hearted supporters of the event including of course the Harbourmaster and his staff, Pontoonworks (for the artificial beach), the Old Rooms Inn (our registration venue), The Canoe Lifeguards, White Motorboats and the Friends of MV Freedom ( our support craft), our  voluntary short wave radio suppliers and Atlantic Audio  the PA system suppliers'.

To see more of Steve Davies's pictures - click here


Panto Star, Andy Abraham, tests the water

Pantomime Star Andy Abraham tests the water for Lions Christmas Day Swim

Weymouth Pantomime Star Andy Abraham got together today with Weymouth & Portland Lions Club members to check on how hot the harbour was and Andy confirmed that hot it was not!

Andy confessed that he wasn’t a swimmer and that as a result swimming the harbour was ‘An Impossible Dream’  for  the ‘X Factor’ star while he checked the harbours temperature with the aid of a special ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ sized  harbour thermometer supplied by Lion Norman Apps.

Andy is looking forward to enjoying the Weymouth Harbour side scene over the Christmas period since he has rented a cottage for the duration of the pantomime run so he will be on hand to enjoy the Christmas Day Harbour side fun when the swim kicks off.

Remember the event takes place at 11am on Christmas Day. Swims will take place for Juniors, a Family Fun swim and an Open competitive event. Registration takes place at the Old Rooms Inn on the Brewers Quay side of the Harbour from 10am. Full details including entry and sponsorship forms are available from this web site, just click here.

Entry is £5 for adults (free for kids!) and you can collect sponsorship for the charity of your choice using the forms available on the website.


Lions Respond to Echo Toy Appeal

Lions respond to the Dorset Echo Toy Appeal by donating £100.

Picture courtesy of Dorset Echo

Lions President Richard Burgess along with Lion Les Board present their cheque to the Echo's Debbie Hellaby.

If you would like to make a donation to this appeal then both Echo offices in Weymouth and Dorchester are accepting donations.



Lions Christmas Show - A sell out!

It was ‘house full’ when Weymouth & Portland Lions Club staged another very successful FREE show at the Pavilion for the Senior Citizens of Dorset on Tuesday night. As well as being extremely popular with local ‘oldies’, coaches arrived from Sherborne, Bridport and Blackmore Vale to swell the numbers. This was a variety show it its fullest sense with dancers, singers, comedians and musicians all delighting the audience which left them clamouring for more.

The Lions are very grateful to both the artists who have of their talents free of charge and for the very generous donation from Agincare, the locally based domiciary and residential care company. Derek and Tamara Luckhurst, of Agincare are pictured here presenting a cheque to Lions President Richard Burgess, which helped Lions cover most of the costs of this production

Richard Burgess added ‘I always think our Senior Citizens Christmas Show demonstrates great community spirit and indeed the need for a community venue such as the Pavilion for Dorset’s largest town. All present agreed that we’d be back next year if the Pavilion is still taking bookings!



Lions commemorate Remembrance Sunday

Lion President Richard Burgess lays a wreath on behalf of Weymouth & Portland Lions at the War Memorial on Weymouth Seafront.


Lions offer 'Get out of Jail Free' Cards at Fairfield Day Service

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club, well known for having a Monopoly of good deeds locally, have been given a happy task by Winning Moves UK Ltd, the producers of the special Weymouth & Portland Edition of the ‘Monopoly’ board game. They have been tasked with the job of distributing 6 free sets of ‘Weymouth & Portland to local good causes.

The Second of the sets was handed over to Portland residents who are service users at the Fairfield Day Service today by Lions President Richard Burgess. Pictured receiving the set are Jannette Parsons  and Marilyn Galley.

 Trudy Comben of Fairfield said ‘ We are grateful to the Lions for this gift; it will give our service users something to talk about for quite some time and revive their memories of happy days spent in the area!’

Service users Robert Stewart and John Stone are also seen here receiving the set from Richard Burgess and Dave Woolford of Weymouth & Portland Lions.

Richard quipped ‘normally we hand over the cash we’ve raised to meet an individual’s needs or help with community projects; this time it’s a bit different. With the Monopoly money the Portland residents attending Fairfields have a chance to buy everything from Weymouth Esplanade, the Harbour, to the Dorset Echo or even Portland Lighthouse!’

For information on Winning Moves UK Ltd go to


Lions dip into Community Chest for Westfield

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club, well known for having a Monopoly of good deeds locally, have been given a happy task by Winning Moves UK Ltd ,the producers of the special Weymouth & Portland Edition of the ‘Monopoly’ board game. They have been tasked with the job of distributing 6 free sets of ‘Weymouth & Portland to local good causes.

The first of the sets was handed over to Westfield Arts College today by Lions President Richard Burgess. Pictured receiving the set are students from Moreton Class at Westfield’.


Jenny Savage, the Colleges Finance & Business Manger said ‘ we are grateful to the Lions for this gift; it will help students improve their knowledge of the local area and their commercial awareness!’


Richard quipped ‘normally we hand over the cash we’ve raised to meet an individual’s needs or help with community projects; this time it’s a bit different. With the Monopoly money the kids at Westfield have a chance to buy everything from Weymouth Esplanade, the Harbour, to the Dorset Echo or even Condor Ferries! Mind you we’ve kept back some of the ‘Get out of Jail Free’ cards since some of our members might find them handy!’

For information on Winning Moves UK Ltd go to


United Nations Day - Flag Raising

Lion President Richard Burgess assists the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland in raising the UN flag to commemorate United Nation day

  Picture courtesy of Steve Davies

  Weymouth & Portland Lions President Richard Burgess, in responding to the Mayor, quoted  ‘Winston Churchill who said ‘Jaw, jaw is better than war,war’ and this, of course, is the fundamental purpose of the United Nations, to solve international disputes by negotiation and debate rather than armed conflict.  Clearly, it is a matter of frustration to all of us that this doesn’t always work and we look at the situation in Palestine, in Iran, in Somalia and most recently in Syria with great disappointment. But equally the rewards from negotiated settlement are huge including the avoidance of more grief caused by military and civilian deaths. We look at the peace process in Northern Ireland and peace in Croatia as examples.

We also celebrated today the work of the UN’s agencies. In South Dorset we appreciate and value the world recognition given to us by the World Heritage Coast designation by UNESCO. We value particularly the work of UNICEF in addressing the needs of underprivileged children in the third world.

But what’s all this got to do with Lions?

Well, Lions aren’t just local clubs doing good and having fun locally; we are an international organisation with branches in 206 countries. We exist ‘to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world’.

Lions Clubs work with UNICEF internationally. Our campaigns in the third world to address the need for clean drinking water, for ‘sight and hearing and to eradicate diseases, currently measles, all fit within UNICEF priorities. Our commitment to fund and help with disaster relief worldwide remains an on-going priority.

So I regard it as a great privilege that Lions are invited to participate with the Mayor in the Ceremony to raise the United Nations flag and in doing so renew our vows to help create a more peaceful, equal and prosperous world.


Beach Motocross - A Roaring Success



Thousands of spectators thronged the Esplanade to watch this very popular annual event with all its spills and thrills. Over 200 riders took part in what is to them the highlight of the racing season. The good weather encouraged people to get out and enjoy the spectacle and help raise funds for the Lions Charity Fund. Chairman of the Purbeck Motocross Club Alf Stearn said: “It has been absolutely brilliant, the weather forecast midweek was terrible but I think somebody has been smiling down on us”.



 Picture courtesy of Sarah Flann

Jake Shipton - Beach Race Winner 2012



                                                                                  The 'Gorilla Man' entertains the crowds

To see more pictures of this fabulous event then take a look at more pictures from Idris Martin - follow this link

Also from our very own Steve Davies


'Bin' your old specs!



As part of our policy of 'reaching out' to the local community we have started to place these collection bins into local schools to encourage the children to collect used spectacles on our behalf.


For full details about our 'Used Spectacles' programme please click here


Lions Golf Day - 'A great fundraising day out'


Lions Golf Day

Came Down Golf Club provided a fresh setting to the annual Lions Charity Golf Day. Eleven teams enjoyed the challenge of a Texas Scramble in the beautiful setting of Came Down , only disrupted by the occasional heavy shower!

As usual the ‘Watering Hole’ half way round provided a focus for merriment with drinks generously provided by Mark Stratton of the Royal Dorset Yacht Club. Ainsley Burgess provided delicious finger food supplemented by a last minute delivery of piping hot pasties and sausage rolls from the Dorset Cake Company.

The evening dinner was well attended and enjoyed by all thanks to the friendly and helpful  Came Down catering and bar staff. President Richard Burgess assisted by our inexhaustibly enthusiastic organiser Micky Jones presented the prizes. The winning team were again Team Malborough formed of two generations of the Johnston family. They definitely must put a little something extra in their vinegar! Thanks to the good attendance, the generosity of hole sponsors and of players in purchasing raffle tickets and of various companies and individuals in donating prizes  over  £2000 was raised for Lions good causes.

A great day was had by all!


The Johnston Family receive their trophies


Weymouth Carnival - We Need Your Help!

We would love you to get involved, if only for a few hours


Wednesday 15 August


For early morning set-up and late evening clear-up of Carnival props e.g. tables, gazebos etc. on the day.  Also similar help required the day before and the morning after. 


Groups or individuals required to sell tickets on the seafront from 4 – 12 August.


Contact Malcolm Ketchley 01305 771474 or 07771907346

For full details on Carnival click here


'Busking in the Sunshine'

Shoppers and visitors to Weymouth were entertained by the Lions Street Busk as they strolled through St Mary Street and judging by the comments from the public it was very well received. The Busk, 'Headlined' by that ever popular band 'Replay' was a great success and was held to raise funds for the Lions Charity Fund.

Norman & Ann entertain 

BJ McCabe, a 'long time'supporter of the Busk 

Two young local lads, Wesley and Matt, gave an impromptu performance

Three young soldiers from the Blandford Camp, sent to Weymouth on an initiative test to get involved with a charity event were given the opportunity to join in the vocals on one of the 'numbers'.


Street scene


Lion John Builds a Yacht for the Community

Chickerell resident and local businessman, and Lions Club member, John Grove, was asked to build this Yacht for the community to place at the start of the Olympic Flame's run through Chickerell. The photo shows the Town council (Olympic Run organizing committee) thanking John for the "boat".

'Well done John' (in red coat)


HMS Osprey Crest comes home to Portland

Lions attended a celebration at the Portland Museum to commemorate the purchase of the original ships crest of HMS Osprey.  The Mayor's Christmas Fund, which is administered by the Lions, made a contribution towards the purchase of the crest.

Lions Club President, Richard Burgess with the Crest.


MV Freedom gets a little help from the Lions


Lions have donated £500 to MV Freedom which goes some way to help with the cost of a recent refurbishment.


Lion President (2011 /2012) Trevor Stratton hands over a cheque for £500 to Trustees and crew members of 'Freedom'

MV Freedom is a boat for the disabled, having full wheelchair access which is approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. (MCA)
A trip on Freedom offers a unique service for the benefit and enjoyment of people who may have a disability, learning difficulty or who may be elderly but still young at heart.
The Friends of MV Freedom are a local charity run on a totally voluntary basis, Skippers and crew members give their time free and freely!
All funds raised go only towards the vessel's running and maintenance costs. During the first years Freedom carried some 500 persons a year After the purchase of the second Freedom it was evident that her popularity had increased as we now carry 1,500 plus persons per year.
Day centres and care homes from all over Dorset and surrounding counties benefit from the service which Freedom provides.
For further details on 'Freedom go to


New Lions President takes over

Handover Dinner - 3 July 2012

Richard Burgess (Right) receives his 'chain of office' from outgoing President Trevor Stratton with club Directors in support.

A new Presidential year has started for Weymouth and Portland Lions Club, the local service club responsible for the Beach Motocross, the free Christmas show for the elderly and the Christmas Day cross harbour swim.

In accepting the badge of office from outgoing President Trevor Stratton, Richard Burgess said he was honoured to be made President of the club as he was originally attracted to become a member by it's code of ethics and their dedication to helping local and international communities. "My objective will be to raise more money to help those in need with the slogan 'Lots of money to help lots of people' " said incoming President Richard Burgess. 


Ridgeway Beacon

Lions joined in the jubilee celebrations by lighting a beacon on the Ridgeway, above Weymouth, last night (Monday 4th June 2012).

The beacon was lit by Mike Jones' grandson Baranaby. The night was clear and we had a magnificent all round view of Weymouth below us and watched the fireworks and the Nothe Beacon lighting up the sky. We could also see beacons around to the North surrounding Dorchester and even had a glimpse of a firwork display at Lyme Regis (we think).

Lions and friends gathered to watch the blaze


Mike Jones - who arrange the whole event


Diamond Jubilee Walk

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ray Banham, sounds the starting horn for the Diamond Jubilee Walk. Despite the blustery conditions these hardy souls stepped off in good spirits.

The young lad holding the Union Flag raised £84 on his own for 'Sue Ryder'.


Challenge 200 - Update


Paul Smith completed his challenge to the Emirates stadium and raised £13,344 on route.

Well done Paul - Bravo Zulu



Pictures courtesy of 'Middle of the Road Photography'

Follow Paul's progress on flickr

If you would like to make a donation then please go to


Lions Donate to 'Brainwave' Charity

Lions Clubs of Zone 1A

( Blackmore Vale, Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne, Weymouth & Portland)

Have donated £2500 to the Brainwave charity


 Brainwave is a national charity that helps families of brain damaged children, including those from Dorset.

As soon as possible after diagnosis families are encouraged to make a telephone request to Brainwaves Centre and provide medical information about the child. Families are then invited to benefit from the Centre's full facilities during a two-day Initial Assessment Visit.

During this visit, their child is assessed by a team of therapists, who design a daily Exercise Programme which is specifically suited to the child. This Programme is fully explained and demonstrated to parents and carers to ensure they learn how to carry out the exercises properly, in what order and for how long to ensure they have full understanding of how to help the child develop.


They then go home and are visited by therapists in their home so the family can have the most full and satisfying lives possible, with equipment provide by Brainwaves. Re-assessment takes place after four to six months and only when it is felt that they have mastered treatments are the visits from the therapists stopped.

 Like any charity with such a wide distribution of families Brainwaves are dependent on modern communications and computer equipment. The charity have raised sufficient funds  to replace their ageing switchboard and the £2500 donation from the Zone 1a Lions Clubs will enable them to replace their obsolete computer server, which is essential to maintaining records and enabling therapist to support the children and their families. 


Lion Dave Woolford honoured

Lion Dave Woolford, of Portland, has been awarded the International Director's 'Certificate of Appreciation' from the District Governor of District 105D, Ronald Twining.

Dave has given unstinting service Lions over the past 23 years having served as President of his club, Weymouth & Portland, twice. Three years ago Dave was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship which is the highest award in Lions in recognition of the work that he does. Dave is currently Secretary of his club but tends to get involved in almost all club projects.


Paul Smith - Challenge 200

Paul Smith - Challenge 200


"On the 16th April 2012, with your help, I will commence my biggest challenge yet when I will self-propel my wheelchair, approximately 200 miles from Portland in Dorset, to the Emirates Stadium, London.The challenge will take 5 days and see me complete the equivalent of almost 8 marathons, 50 miles a day for the first 2 days and 30 miles a day for the last 3 days".


If you would like to donate then please go to


Supported By: Comedian Dara O’Briain, Singer Eliza Doolittle also Linvoy Primus and Oliver and James Phelps AKA The Weasley Twins of Harry Potter Fame.


I appreciate that you will receive many requestis for help for various charitable causes and that it is difficult to decide which to support.I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to read my appeal and hope that you will consider my efforts, on behalf of others less fortunate than you and I, to be worthy of your support.

Since becoming severely disabled in 1991 as the result of a motor vehicle accident, I have had to re-evaluate my life.At that time, as a Leading Seaman Specialist in the Royal Navy, I was incredibly fit and led an active, full and privileged life, serving in both the Falklands and the first Gulf campaign, as well as competing in the Royal Naval Field Gun Crew.

The road to recovery remains long and difficult.Whilst I am mainly confined to a wheelchair and still suffer significant pain as a result of permanent brain damage and numerous physical disabilities, I find it helps greatly to concentrate a large proportion of my time in helping others, who I feel are less fortunate than myself.As such, over the past 4 years, I have helped raise in excess of £1,500,000 for local disabled children, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Kiya survivors in Peru, Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity, and most recently when I raised £25,000 for Centrepoint for Youth Homelessness.

Despite my own difficulties, I have always had the love and support of family and friends.I have always had a roof over my head and food to eat and water to drink, famine is something I have never had to consider.As such, my next challenge will benefit Save the Children, the UK charity with a mission to end child deaths here in the UK and around the world.

In April 2012, with your help, I will commence my biggest challenge yet when I will self-propel my wheelchair, approximately 200 miles from Portland in Dorset, to the Emirates Stadium, London.The challenge will take 5 days and see me complete the equivalent of almost 8 marathons, 50 miles a day for the first 2 days and 30 miles a day for the last 3 days.

The money raised through my challenge will be used to help Save the Children with their fantastic work in over 120 countries worldwide including the UK. We will also be supporting 2 new projects ‘Families and Schools Together’ (FAST) programme, a range of education programmes in the UK and overseas to help the poorest children get a better start in life and give them the chance to grow and fulfil their potential. The FAST programme is an award winning, U.N endorsed programme.

The second project is ‘Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play (ESLP). The ESLP initiative, is a programme that assists children living in the most desperate need by providing household essentials like a child’s bed, a family cooker or educational books and toys.

RGK Wheelchairs are providing the lightweight wheelchair, Ridgeway Mercedes are supplying the support vehicle(s), with various companies and individuals sponsoring other equipment.

Whilst this challenge will leave me in significant pain and physical exhaustion for weeks, the difference I will be able to make in the life of others will more than compensate. I truly hope that you feel this is a worthy cause for your support. By supporting me, you will be supporting Save the Children and giving a young person in the UK and around the world a better chance in the future, which they may not otherwise get.

Thank you for your time in reading my appeal.Please help in whatever way you can. Thank you.

Paul Smith


Spec Trek - Another Success

Members of Weymouth & Portland, Bridport, and Dorchester Lions hand over 8000 pairs of used spectacles to Petersfield Lions when they called in at Dorchester on their 'Spec Trek' collection tour of the Lions Club District of 64 clubs.


Used spectacles that have been collected throughout the year by the Lions, from Opticians and Pharmacies, can work miracles in the third world.

We, along with Lions clubs throughout the UK collect and grade used spectacles for distribution in the third world. This has far more benefit than hard currency as in many poor countries if the cash were available it would be almost impossible to purchase a pair of spectacles. A simple thing like a pair of spectacles, which we take for granted, can turn a dependent person into a productive citizen, less dependent upon aid.

For further details on what happens to the 'specs' when the leave here please follow this link.


Big Welcome for Martin at Weymouth

Martin Lee makes landfall at Weymouth Beach

Completing the 12th leg of his 100 marathon challenge. The Mayor of Weymouth & Portland was on hand to welcome Martin along with members of Weymouth & Portland Lions Club.



£100 cheques are presented by the Mayor, from his Christmas Fund, and from the Lions Club


Round The Iles for Rheumatoid

Round the Isles for Rheumatoid

The Challenge

The challenge is to raise £100,000 for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS).

My name is Martin Lee and I am a 32 year old Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal National Hospital for
Rheumatic Diseases in Bath. Rheumatology is a medical speciality  involved in caring for people with bone and
joint disease.

To achieve this I aim to complete a 2,600 mile clockwise solo circumnavigation of the UK mainland. I intend to break this down into 100 marathons in 100 days of paddling starting on 1st April 2012 from The Ahoy Centre in Greenwich.


Martin will be making landfall in Weymouth at 4pm on the Thursday 12th April coming ashore at a point around about the Beach Control area. The Mayor will be there to meet Martin, along with members of the Lions Club, and to make a cheque presentation to his cause.

You can track Martin's progress by going to and also to make a donation. You can also make a donation when he comes ashore at Weymouth so why not 'Come on down' and give him your support.


Carlo Remembered

Lion Carlo Policella 1930 - 2011

Past President of Weymouth & Portland Lions Club


Lion President Trevor Stratton, left, and Alf's Fish and Chip shop owner John Pearce with Carlo's niece Rossana Azzoli and members of the Lions Club unveil a plaque in memory of former owner of Alf's and club member Carlo Policella.


Lions Club Secretary, Dave Woolford, said " As a club member Carlo was very much community minded and did a lot for Weymouth in his time as a Lion."

"During his time in the town he was active in the Chamber of Commerce becoming their president in the early 1980s. He was also a prison visitor and school governor. We, the Lions and John, wanted to do something to remember everything that Carlo had done."


42nd Lions Charter Dinner

Weymouth and Portland Lions Club Charter Dinner

Commemorating their 42nd year since being founded.


Top Table 

President Trevor Stratton in his address said "We have continued to do a lot of good deeds locally, many of which we don't publicise because we are helping people who are on hard times and less fortunate than ourselves. But we also do high profile activities such as the pre-Christmas concert for the elderley and help groups like the boy scouts with special pieces of equipment."
District Governor Ron Twining said that Weymouth and Portland was considered by the District to be a good club. "You achieve everything you set out do do" he said to the guests. "Your Christmas Day harbour swim and the Beach Motocross in October are the envy of many other clubs" he continued.
He then went on to award his personal badge of the bumble bee to John Cake for his never tiring work for the Lions Club and the community and the International award of the Melvin Jones Fellowship to Norman Apps for long and dedicated work to the Lions Clubs International. "This award", the Distict Governor pointed out "is not easily given and only goes to those who have excelled for many years. It is named after our founding member in Chicago over a hundred years ago".


Lion President Trevor Stratton - Norman Apps - District Governor Ron Twining


Big Pay Day For Charities

Thousands of people turned out on Christmas morning to watch the Lions Club annual cross harbour swim. 247 brave souls took the plunge raising around £16,000 for a whole range of charities and good causes.


Picture courtesy of Steve Davies

Lucy Compton, Weymouth Carnival Queen, emerges from the harbour triumphant.


Picture courtesy of Steve Davies

Lion President Trevor Stratton said he was delighted that so many people had taken up the Lions offer of raising funds for the charity  or good cause of their choice.


Picture courtesy of Steve Davies


To view more of Steve Davies's pictures of this event please click here and to see Utube footage click here





Lions To The Rescue


Weymouth & Portland Lions Club went to the rescue of Hope United Reformed Church by replacing the £200 that was recently stolen from them at at the end of a fundraising concert. Lion President Trevor Stratton said the club was very pleased to be able to do this for the church as they had worked so hard to raise the funds only to have all their hopes dashed by an opportunist thief.

Picture courtesy of Dorset Echo

Lions President Trevor Stratton supported by Lions Dave Woolford and Norman Apps present their cheque to Geoff King representing the church.


Lions Christmas Show - Another Great Success


Weymouth & Portland Lions Club Christmas Show


Picture courtesy of Sarah Flann

The members of Weymouth & Portland Lions Club wish to thank all those performers who gave their time freely to allow us to put on another variety show at the Pavilion Theatre on Tuesday 29 November for the over 60’s.  Thanks must go to Julie Storey with her group Pzazz, Rachel, Paul and the members of her adult tap group who entertained with singing and dancing.

Picture courtesy of Sarah Flann


 To Matt Black, “the Pianoman”, for his keyboard virtuosity interspersed with comedy. 

Picture courtesy of Sarah Flann


To the members of Replay, Norman Stagles, Alan Smith, Roger McGhee, Nigel Coles and Jason Hodder, for their great music. See them on Utube



  To the Wyke Regis Women’s Institute Choir for their songs about men, or so I was told and to the Lions of Weymouth & Portland for their madcap sketch, written by Lion Russ Woolley. 

We also have to say a big thank you to the lady who not only produces our show but also sang two beautiful numbers, Ann Stagles, because without her organisational skills it would be very difficult for us to put the show on at all.

We would also like to thank the St John Ambulance members who attended to look after the welfare of the audience.

Finally we must not forget the staff at the Pavilion Theatre because without their technical expertise backstage and the organisation of the front of house, which included distributing the tickets, the show would not happen at all.

Now you must get out your diary for 2012 and on the 27th November write “Lions Christmas Show”.

The Lions would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.

Lion Dave Woolford


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Lions Donate to Echo Christmas Toy Appeal

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club donate, once again, to the Dorset Echo Toy Appeal

Picture courtesy of  Dorset Echo

Lion President Trevor Stratton and Lion Les Board present their cheque to Echo promotions manager Debbie Hellaby

Get ready for the next Lions event - The Christmas Day harbour swim

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Lions Help Relieve the Pain

Cuddly Lions donated to the Ambulance Service

To be given to children  to help relieve the stress of trauma

Lion President Trevor Stratton, with fellow club members hands over a 'Pride of Cuddly Lions' to the Ambulance Service.


Lions Celebrate UN Day

Weymouth & Portland Host Commemorative United Nations Day Ceremony.

12 noon – Monday 24th October 2011

Lady Diana Gardens, Radipole Park Drive.


Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Cllr Graham Winter, lead a short ceremony to mark International United Nations Day.


Picture Courtesy of Steve Davies

The Mayor was joined by members of Weymouth and Portland Lions Club along with representatives of local business groups, friends of the parks and gardens, Borough Councillors and members of the public.

The ceremony took place at the Memorial Tree in Lady Diana Gardens at 12 noon and included the raising of the UN Flag followed by a recognition speech by the Mayor and the President of the Weymouth and Portland Lions Club, Mr Trevor Stratton.

The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organisation.

Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Cllr Graham Winter said,

 “As a representative of the Borough’s Councillors and residents, I am very proud to have the opportunity to host this short Ceremony in recognition of United Nations Day.  The United Nations work reaches every corner of the globe, although best known for peace keeping, peace building, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance there are many other ways that the United Nations affect our lives and make the World a better place”.

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, said:-

"UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more. More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals


Beach Motocross - A Roaring Success



Lions President Trevor Stratton hailed this years Motocross event as the most successful ever. With over 250 riders, record crowds and a sunny week-end, lots of spectators ,whether they be motocross enthusiasts from far and wide, visitors to the area or  local families with children enjoyed some great fun on Weymouth Esplanade.  Trevor added 'the range of attractions we have added to our motocross event in recent years -including this year Danters Funfair and speciality food stalls as well as an ever widening range of stalls catering for the specialist motocross enthusiast means that it has grown to become the Autumn's premier event in Weymouth. We were also pleased to welcome this year fundraisers from Trimar and Mc Millan Cancer Support as well as an 'Olympics 2012' stall.


Picture Courtesy of Sarah Flann


So not only have we raised funds for Lions directly  by running this event but have enabled other organisations to benefit as well. At the heart of it all though is the sheer spectacle and thrill of this motorsport event right in the heart of our town. We have had a very positive reaction to this years event -with many participants saying it is the best organised event of its type in the region.

Thanks are due to many individuals and organisations that have supported us and our partners Purbeck Motocross Club .Most notably Bridport Lions, a host of local companies, Westfield Arts College, Getaway Digital, George Crook and Sons  and of course the Borough Council.'

                                                               Picture Courtesy of Steve Davies

Lions President Trevor Stratton and the Purbeck Motocross Team


                                                                      Picture Courtesy of Steve Davies


                                                                 Picture Courtesy of Steve Davies


                                                                Picture Courtesy of Sarah Flann


Sat Nav Device for the Blind

Weymouth & Portland Lions have donated a 'Sat Nav' hand held device to a Wyke Regis man, Geoff Cummings. This device enables Geoff to find his way around the town with ease. It is initially set up with a sighted person who walked with Geoff to 'Geo Tag' all the important locations such as Junctions and shops which he regularly visits. A t any given time he can press a button to activate a verbal message which will tell him his location.



Lions Around the World

Lions Clubs are active throughout the world carrying out a variety of humanitarian projects. We invite you to read Lions Quarterly  to see what we are doing throughout the world. See also the latest  Press Releases  from Lions Clubs International.        


Lions Clubs International Records Fourth Straight Year of Membership Increase

We're pleased to report that Lions Clubs International has experienced our fourth straight year of membership increase. While many volunteer organizations continue to see a decline in members, 2010-11 marks the first time in nearly 20 years that the world's largest service club organization has recorded four straight years of membership increase. Growth in both women and family members are key factors driving the increase. Read news release.


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