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Ipswich Mayor joins The Lions

The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Sarah Barber has been made an honorary member of The Lions Club of Ipswich. The Mayor said that she was very pleased to be a part of such a great organisation. She will remain an honorary member for the next year (during her term in office)

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organisation in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe.

Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit

For more information about The Lions Club of Ipswich telephone 0845 833 2804 or contact us

Art Show Cheese & Wine Tickets On Sale

The Lions Club of Ipswich will again be hosting their annual Art Show at the beautiful Tithe Barn in Sproughton this May.

The Show opens on Saturday 27th May and will be open to the public until Monday 29th May, from 10am until 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday and 10am until 4.30pm on the Monday, with entry being just £1.

All proceeds from the Art Show will go towards this year’s Lion Presidents Charity Appeal. This year the Club are supporting The Red Rose Chain Community Project.

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Mutt Strut – 2018

Date: 3 June 2018
Time: Start between 10.30&11am
Location: Alton Water Visitor Centre, IP9 2YR

Our first Muttt Strut was in 2107 and we are pleased to say that it is returning again in 2018.

The Lions Charity Challenge Mutt Strut is an eight mile self guided dog walk around the beautiful Alton Water Reservoir.

The route is hilly in places and during the wet weather can also be muddy.

The Mutt Strut is open to all, however walkers must be physically fit and their dog must be used to walking long distances. This walk is not for the faint hearted, and as it is around the reservoir, there are no short cuts.

The Lions Charity Challenge Mutt Strutt will raise funds for the Lions Club of Ipswich President’s Charity which this year is Fresh Start — New Beginnings.

Starting Point: Alton Water Visitor Centre, Holbrook Road, Stutton IP9 2YR


Portman Road Car Boot Sale to Close

It is with regret that the Lions Club of Ipswich will no longer be putting on our Sunday Car Boot Sale at Portman Road in Ipswich. 
Increasing competition from other Boot Sales during the Spring and Summer months has meant a loss of support from sellers during this time, this coupled with the increasing running costs means the Lions Club of Ipswich no long make a profit and so have decided not to renew the licence with the council.
This decision has certainly not been taken lightly, however times have changed and obviously the event cannot run at a loss.
The Boot Sale has always been run by volunteers and the profits made in the past have ALL been donated to various charities in the Ipswich area.
Lion President Mark Keable said, “Many people do not appreciate the costs involved in running the Boot Sale, contrary to belief we have to pay Ipswich Borough Council to rent the site each week and this coupled with insurance and advertising means that operating it has become uneconomic.”
The Club would like to thank people for their support over the years, we have made a huge difference to the charities and needy people of our town
Our last Boot Sale will be this Sunday 19th March 2017.

 Would you like to win £1700 to help your local community?

The Lions Club of Ipswich is looking for a Young Ambassador to represent Ipswich in a nationwide competition recognising service to the community.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to demonstrate their commitment to community service projects and to have their achievements recognised. It will also give candidates experience of presenting their ideas to a wider audience. Lions could also help you with further fundraising.

Jennifer Luu with her trophy and certificate

Jennifer Luu with her trophy and certificate

You will already be involved in serving your community and will be over 15 but under 19 years of age on 30 June 2017. Voluntary service can be given as a member of an organisation (St John, Cadets, a Charity or Volunteers etc) or as an individual directly helping people.

The representative chosen for Ipswich will receive a bursary of £200 to spend on his or her nominated community service project. The Ipswich Young Ambassador will go forward to a regional final for East Anglia, to be held in December 2017.

The winner selected at the regional final will receive a bursary of £500 to spend on his or her nominated community service project. He or she will also go forward to the national final, which will be held during a residential weekend in February 2018. The national winner will receive a further £1000 bursary and will become Young Ambassador for Great Britain at Lions Clubs International European Award Final.

In 2015 our Ipswich representative was Jennifer Luu, a sixth form pupil at Copleston School. Jennifer was also selected as the winner for East Anglia and attended the national finals weekend where she met the winners from the other regions. Together they enjoyed a weekend of fun and friendship.

For further information and an application form contact:

Lion Tony Martin:   email or

Closing date for entries is 30 August 2017

Calling All Local Artists

For more information about the Art Show or to exhibit your work contact Lion Terry Hunt on 01473 747600 – alternatively e-mail us at


The Lions Club of Ipswich will be hosting their annual Art Show at the beautiful Tithe Barn in Sproughton, near Ipswich this May and the club is now taking entries from local artists who wish to exhibit their work at the event.

artshowArtists can show up to four pieces of their work, which must be ready to hang. The Lions Club take a small commission from any pieces that are sold over the weekend, which will go towards the Lion President’s Charity Appeal. This year the Club are supporting The Red Rose Chain Community Project.

So whatever medium you use to create your artwork, you will be welcomed to exhibit your pieces.
The Show opens on Friday 26th May with a special Cheese and Wine Preview Evening. Tickets are just £7 and will offer a fantastic opportunity for visitors on the night to be the first to view over 300 pieces of work by local artists.

The Art Show will then be open to the public from Saturday 27th until Monday 29th May, from 10am until 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday and 10am until 4pm on the Monday, with entry being just £1.

All proceeds from the Art Show will go towards this year’s Lion President’s Charity Appeal.

Ipswich Peace Poster Entry

Xavier Baker-Woods, a Year 7 pupil at St Joseph’s College Ipswich, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognised artist by winning a local competition sponsored by The Lions Club of Ipswich.

peacep-2016xXavier’s poster was among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 29th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasise the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

“In our hearts is Peace. All around us is natural beauty. Together peace and beauty can unite the Earth.” the 12 year-old from Ipswich said. The winning poster was selected by Mrs V Harvey, Head of Creative and Performing Arts at Joseph’s College, and Lion Tony Martin, a representative from the Lions Club of Ipswich for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the competition theme ‘A Celebration of Peace’.

Xavier’s poster will face stiff competition if it is to progress through the Regional, National and International rounds of the competition. One Grand Prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The Grand Prize includes a cash award of $5,000 and a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony.

“Our Club will be hoping that Xavier’s poster advances in the competition and that many people will be inspired by his vision.” said Ipswich Lion Tony Martin.

View international grand prize winners at

Blindfolded Walk to For World Sight Day

The Lions Club of Ipswich have organised a very special walk through the streets of Ipswich on Saturday 15th October to mark this year’s World Sight Day. The walk, which will start at 10.30am outside the former Great White Horse Hotel in Ipswich and proceed to Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, where again this year Observatory The Opticians have very kindly agreed to offer free Glaucoma Screening.

The idea behind the Blindfold Walk is to highlight some of the issues that visually impaired people face when do normal tasks like shopping. Some of Ipswich’s well known faces have agreed to be blindfolded and try to negotiate the many obstacles that blind and visually impaired people face everyday, including crossing roads, coping with pavement furniture and negotiating shoppers.

The Mayor of Ipswich Councillor Roger Fern, Leader of The Ipswich Borough Council Councillor David Ellesmere, The District Governor Of Lions International District 105EA Nigel Folkard, Town 102 Radio Disc Jockey Nick Pandolfi and three representatives from ActivLives have all agreed to be blindfolded and to take part in the walk.

Each Participant will all be accompanied by a member of the Lions Club of Ipswich, who will act as their guide. There will also be additional Lions Club Members who will assist, along with the Ipswich Lion Club’s Mascot, Laddie the Lion.

The walk will finish at Ipswich Tourist Information Centre where Observatory The Opticians will offer free Glaucoma Screening to members of the public from 11am to 1pm.

Glaucoma is Condition that can affect your eyesight, and is usually caused by the build up of pressure within the eye. Any damage to your vision caused by glaucoma can’t be repaired so it’s important to get an early diagnosis and treatment. This simple test could prevent sight loss by detecting Glaucoma in this early stages.

The Glaucoma Screening is quick and painless and is over in seconds, and will be carried out my William Norman a senior Optometrist at Observatory The Opticians who has very kindly given up their time to offer this free test.

Anna Puiy, Practice Manager at Observatory The Opticians said, “This is the second year we have supported The Lions Club of Ipswich Blindfold Walk, and the third Glaucoma Screening event we have held with them. We are always looking to promote the importance of eye health and raise awareness of conditions such as Glaucoma, and are pleased to be involved with such an active group. We are also currently working with the Lions by collecting old glasses to be reused in third world countries. We are offering a £50 off Trade in offer in store at the moment also with any old glasses being donated to the Lions Charities.”

“The aim of the walk is to raise awareness of the difficulties that visually impaired and blind people face everyday” Says Organiser Margaret Conway, The Lions Club of Ipswich Sight Officer, “Blindfolding people and making them walk through the town may sound like a lot of fun, however there is a very serious message that we are trying to get across, and this event is a great way of highlighting some of the problems that some people face all the time”

The World Health Organisation has estimated that the number of blind people in the world could double in the next 25 years. To combat the leading causes of blindness and assist in preserving vision and the aim of this event to heighten awareness and education about sight preservation and preventable blindness.

“It is estimated that 40 million people around the world are blind” Margaret Continues, “On Lions World Sight Day, the Lions Club of Ipswich are working in unison with Lions clubs around the world to educate millions of people on the importance of proper eye health care”.

“Our club would also like to thank those taking part in the Walk on Saturday 15th October, their help will really assist our Club in getting the message out to a wider audience.”

Zone Swimming Gala 2016 – Gallery

Lions Clubs from Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and New Century Lions came together on Saturday 8th October to host a Swimming Gala for people with disabilities.

It was a great fun evening, as can be witnessed by the photos below, and there were competitions with all abilities.


Special thanks must go to Crown Pools Ipswich and their lifeguards, Suffolk Life Savers, Sainsbury and all those involved in making such a wonderful evening.


A presentation was made from the Lions to Suffolk Life Savers.


We have 128 pictures of the event below…. over 5 pages

Click on any picture to see larger version


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Top Award for Ipswich Lion

Ipswich Lion Stephen Browne has recently been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship.  Lion Stephen joined the Lions Club of Ipswich in 1994 and he became President in 1996 and again in 2014.

stephenStephen took on the role of treasurer, at very short notice (about an hour) in 2002. He must like the job he is still doing it!

He is responsible for the Club providing toiletries for patients and families who find themselves in St Elizabeth’s Hospice in an emergency. And he has also organised for the refreshments there for day visitors.

He organised a number of the “Go the extra mile” walks for Diabetes UK.

His President’s project for 2014 – 2015 was to raise funds for Canine Partners. These are assistance dogs that help with all sorts of activities around the house. Money was raised to buy a puppy, Sirus, who is now undergoing his intensive training. Stephen has also helped with funding the training of Jacob, another Canine Partner dog, who has been paired with a disabled man in Ipswich.

As well as all this he has been involved in all the other activities the Ipswich Club has undertaken in the last 22 years.


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