Burnham on Sea and District Lions Club  

                                                                       Charity Number 800311


Burnham-on-Sea & District Lions Club was chartered in 1976 and we are part of Lions Clubs International the world's largest service club organisation. Lions are everywhere, we are active men and women located in over 200 countries with 1.3 million members in more than 45,000 clubs.We meet every month at the Fox & Goose Inn to discuss ways of helping in our local Community as well as International humanitarian good causes through Lions International. Our Lions Club primarily serves the local communities of Burnham on sea, Berrow, Brean, Highbridge, Brent Knoll and surrounding villages. Within these areas, the Lions raise money throughout the year  with a wide range of fundraising events


Our motto is "We Serve" and we do this in both the local and international community with a wide variety of humanitarian projects. We provide practical and financial assistance to local charities and groups as well as supporting international programmes, most recently relief to the people of Haiti and Chile following the earthquakes.
 
 In this country we provided aid to the local Lions Clubs in Cumbria to help with the flood relief efforts.


Lions International are best known for fighting blindness following a challenge issued by Helen Keller, in 1925 to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Since then we have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired. Through our "SightFirst" campaign, launched in 1990 we have raised more than 240 million to combat major causes of blindness.


Locally, our community projects assist young people, the elderly and disabled. We support Somerset Young Carers, the Dreamscheme, the Youthfest, the BAY centre and sponsor contestants in the Lions Young Ambassador and Peace Poster competitions.
 
B-o-S Sounds and Voices, B-o-S Scouts, the Highbridge Festival of Arts and the Community Centre. We have provided social events for Alzheimer Carers,  we provide 2 disadvantaged families with a holiday in Newquay.
 
When the floods came to Burnham-on-Sea, the Lions were there to provide funds and assistance to help with the clearing up.
 

 These, together with many other activities provide fun, enjoyment and fellowship for the members involved as well as raising the funds necessary to carry out our projects.
 
New members are welcome.
 
Membership is open to men and women over 18.
 
Please contact any member if you would like an introduction and an informal chat regarding the Lions club.
 
By joining people not only help those in need but have the opportunity to develop personal friendships and gain valuable leadership skills.
  
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
Carol concerts
Fundraising
Christmas collections
or maybe join us for a social evening.

What are Lions?

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.

We are part of Lions Clubs International which is the world's largest service club organization.


We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.
Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.


Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our International Sight First Program, which works to eradicate blindness.


Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.

Our Leo Program provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.


 

Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.


Lions help during disasters. Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies - and aiding in long-term reconstruction.


Lions are active. Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities.

 

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