Our next Bookstall will be held on Saturday 24th September 2016 outside The Gateway, Ringwood.

Our date for the RMDS Soiree this year is Thursday 24th November. To book tickets go to RMDS Bookings and click on 24th November

Please direct any Membership enquiries via

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Jake

Jake and friends

The following words were written by one of our Lions Youth Camp and Exchange students who has just returned from a Youth Camp in Canada.

Thank you to the Lions of Ringwood and Fordingbridge
Thank you for sponsoring me! My trip to Canada was exceptional! Everyone that I met was very kind, helpful and very hospitable. I was amazed at the generosity of Lions to fund and allow many young people like myself to participate in the exchange and the camp free of cost. My highlight of the trip was jet boating up the Niagara river, but the absolute best thing about the whole exchange was meeting some fantastic people. I have new friends from 15 countries; it was the people that made it work. My time in Canada will stay with me for the rest of my life. I would love to help with the Lions in some way, as I have realised that it is a magnificent organisation that only helps people. Thank you for a truly spectacular experience!


A short video about Lions

Who we are and what we do


99 Years of Lionism

99 Years of Lionism

Peace and International understanding for 100 years 

As citizens of the world, Lions members respond to one need, one community, one life at a time. Lions members will continue to unite in friendship and serve communities. In this historical Centennial video, you can see how Lions have dedicated themselves to building peace and international understanding across borders and generations. Please take a few minutes to watch and enjoy.



Paultons Park 2016

Paultons Park 2016A great day was had by all on Sunday at Paultons Park. A bit chilly at times but dry and sunny for most of the day. We met up with Marie and all the young carers in the morning and everyone looked happy to be there. There were no cuddly Lions on show and so we were welcomed by a bunny courtesy of Bournemouth Lions.

Basics Hampshire

A team of young swimmers aged from five to ten years old came to our Club Meeting to make a presentation to Jay Andrews of Basics Hampshire. Collette's Dolphins raised 281.20 by swimming 52 lengths in our 50/50 Swimarathon. They wanted to donate 140.60 to Basics Hampshire and 140.60 to the club's Charity Account. 

Jay Andrews, when accepting the cheque, said "It clearly takes special people to do so much. Thank you for the Swimarathon cheque. Equipment keeps us at the forefront and you really help."

Collette's Dolphins BASICS Hampshire is the charity that supports volunteer emergency doctors in Hampshire. The doctors respond by car to the critically ill and injured in the vital moments before they reach hospital and also serve on the air ambulances covering Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and the Thames Valley.   The charity raises funds for emergency equipment.

Pictured are Jay Andrews, Grace(5), Beth(10), Maya(7), Colette(7) and Lion President Yorky Tuke. Team member Barney(7) was unable to attend the presentation.


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We have a new President

Yorky and Geoff

In January 2016 Lion Geoff Kay, who has been our President for the past eighteen months, has handed over the Chain of Office to Lion Yorky Tuke who will serve for the next eighteen months. All members of the club would like to thank Lion Geoff for the sterling work that he has done during his time in office. He has lead us through a busy and successful period. Lion Yorky is looking forward to the next eighteen months which will carry us into the Lions Clubs International Centenary year in 2017. There are plans in place to hold several events to celebrate our Centenary and we hope you will join us for them.

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For this year's Peace Poster finalists see HERE.

Read about Andrew Goldsmith's AMAZING EXPERIENCE when he visited Israel.

We managed to help eight students to fulfil their dreams on this year's Youth Camp and Youth Exchange Programme.

Here are some of the thoughts and memories of Gina Robinson who went to Italy.

The Lions Youth Exchange has been one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did it allow me to explore an amazing country independently, it also offered me an enormous growing experience. When I arrived back in the UK I felt so much more confident in myself to try new things, more able to organise myself through new challenges and only ask for guidance when I actually need it. Not to mention how thrilled my parents are by my expanded taste buds!

Although I met some of the best friends I will ever have, the person I became closest to was myself, as the exchange offered me an opportunity to be exactly who I naturally wanted to be- that strong, positive girl followed me home and will stay with me forever. The exchange exposed me to such a range of cultures, it has shown me I can look at things with a different attitude to the one adopted by my small home town, and that there is a whole world not all that far away.

I loved every second of my trip and fully intend to go back to visit my host family and the friends from all around the world that I made along the way. I am so thankful to the Lions Club for giving me this opportunity, one that I would never have had without their help and generosity. It has definitely been a summer that I will never forget.


Our stand at the Ellingham and Ringwood Agricultural Show was a great success.

Pictured below.

Ellingham Show

Lions loose in the Furlong Shopping Centre

Furlong StallP

On Saturday 5 September 2015 Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club held a Lions Club information event in the Furlong, Ringwood. Club Members were in the Furlong Centre in Ringwood displaying what they do, who they are, what Lions are doing around the world, and offering information about how you can join. Men and women of all ages are doing wonderful work as part of Lions Clubs International in communities such as ours around the world. Roary the Lion the was there to greet the children.. We had 8 local young people travelling to attend international youth camps in different countries around the globe this summer as part of the 2015  Lions Youth Camp & Exchange Program. Some of whom were with us to tell about their experiences. Club Members were on hand to answer any questions  about what they do and how you can help.Several members of the public showed interest in our club and what we do. Anyone aged between 17 and 22  living in the Ringwood or Fordingbridge area who would like more information about the 2016 Lions Youth Camp & Exchange Program please follow the link HERE.

Lions Youth Camp and Exchange Program 2015

For more details of this year's Program follow the link here to the Youth Projects

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Ringwood Foodbank

Several Lions were collecting food donations on behalf of Ringwood Foodbank at Tesco's Store in Ferndown 

Lion President Geoff

Pictured is Lion President Geoff being admired by a Tesco's poster. We also had some help from Gideon, Millie and Olivia from Ringwood School, pictured below. We were thanked for our support by Tim Brigstock of the Ringwood Foodbank.

Ringwood School students 


Lions held a stall at the Ringwood Fun Day on Saturday 30th May

The event was organised by Ringwood Churches Together with the support of Ringwood Town Council

With over 5000 people attending in bright sunshine, everything was free to all. Including 2000 Hot dogs, 2000 Burgers, thousands of cakes and ice creams, drinks and games including face painting and all the inflatable games.

We had an information stand and held a Children's Colouring Competition. Two pictures were drawn out, one winning a "Frozen" cake and the other winning a "Wiggles the Caterpillar" cake. Pictured below are the winning entries.

Angelica's Picture Angelica Dormer

Joshua Waddington Joshua Waddington

To see more pictures and photos of the day click HERE


Lions let loose at Paultons Park

Paultons Park 2015

On Sunday 26 April Paultons Park opened it's doors to 37 Lions Clubs from all over the District including Ringwood & Fordingbridge so that nearly 2000 young people could enjoy a wonderful day out at the spectacular theme park in Hampshire. Lions clubs from far and near were encouraged to join in the fun by inviting deserving guests from their own local areas to all descend on Paultons Park for the day.

Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club invited a group from the Stable Family Home Trust at Bisterne near Ringwood to be their guests for the day at Paultons Park.  Lion President Geoff Kay pictured above with one of the groups from SFHT commented that "it was a great day out for lots of young people in our local communities designed to specifically accommodate those with disabilities who most deserve a day of fun!

The Stable Family Home Trust (SFHT) is a Registered Charity that supports people with a learning disability to lead ordinary lives with some extraordinary moments. SFHT offers a range of services to people with a learning disability and their families: supported lives in residential homes, day services, domiciliary support, and support to find employment.

Any group or organisation interested in attending the next Lions Day at Paultons Park in 2015 should contact their local Lions Club for further information. 


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THE 50/50 CHARITY

Amy Pugh's Team of swimmersSWIMARATHON

Sunday 15th March 2015

Pictured here is Amy Pugh's team from Burgate School. Together with Lion President Geoff Kay and Lion Julie Kay.

They were swimming to support Brain Tumour Reseach

For more photos click HERE


Thank You to the Lions Club from Zimbabwe

This summer, Ringwood and Fordingbridge Lions Club donated 200 to Jasmine towards her fundraising for ICS. International Citizen Service (ICS) is the UKs leading global volunteering programme funded by UK Government and delivered in the form of 12 week overseas volunteering placements in Thank You Jasmine and the Lionsdeveloping countries. The mission being to place young people at the forefront of change and development. Jasmine's placement was at a school in rural Zimbabwe at which she taught classes, formed clubs and supported Income Generating Projects. The money donated by the Lions went towards vital Happy Frienda of Lionsmaterials for the impoverished school children, such as notebooks, pens and core texts. In an area where the children are unable to even afford a piece of paper, these items can make a huge difference to their capacity to learn. The ICS placement programme runs continuously and is always looking for new volunteers, if you would like to find out more or apply for a life changing experience such as this go to: http://www.volunteerics.org/


Thank you Lions 


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Roary at the ShowLions let loose at the New Forest & Hampshire County Show

Ringwood and Fordingbridge Lions Club joined forces with 15 other clubs from across the South Coast of England to pool their time, talents and resources to exhibit the important work of Lions Clubs International at this year's New Forest & Hampshire County Show in Brockenhurst on 28th, 29th and 30th July 2014. For the full story see HERE

 


Two new Melvin Jones Fellows

Two new Melvin Jones FellowsPictured right are from left to right Lion Geoff Kay, Past Chairman of Council Lion David Firth, Lion Martin Riseam and Lion President Stephen Sherring. Lion David presented the two Melvin Jones Fellowships to Lion Geoff and Lion Martin at our Charter Dinner which was held at the Tyrrells Ford Country Inn on Saturday 14th June. Our congratulations go to both. For more photos from our Charter go HERE.

Youth Exchange Students

 

Pennies in HandlServing the community

If you are new to Lionism, through these pages you will be able to find out about the work of the international organisation of Lions and our Lions Club in particular.

If you are a Lion, and perhaps planning to visit our area, we hope that the information on our website will encourage you to visit us.

Have you some time to spare?

Please join Friends of Lions and help us with some of our other projects:

  • Community Service
  • Fundraising
  • Book Stall
  • Christmas collection

or maybe join us for a social evening.

Any help is gratefully received - and hopefully you will enjoy the activity! 

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Lions held a stall at the Ringwood Fun Day on Saturday 30th May