Christmas Awards 2019


Lions President Phil Armstrong presenting a cheque for £500 to members of the G84 Netball Group to support an initiative to encourage young people to play netball.

Club member Don McDonald also presented a cheque for £500 to John Hanks Treasurer of the Helensburgh Lunch Club which provides regular lunches for senior citizens

A similar amount was given to Parklands School to help fund a trip to the cinema for children and parents and a visit to the school by a Pantomime show.

We also donated to the Helensburgh Food Bank.

The total £2100 donated also included £100 to fund the purchase of Christmas presents for children in the cancer ward at Glasgow Children’s Hospital (Yorkhill) through the Laura Crane Cancer Trust

Christmas Tree Festival

United Reform Church – Christmas Tree Festival

The Lions Club have supported the annual Tree Festival since its inception. Over 40 local organisations decorate trees in the Church which provides musical entertainment during the week before Christmas. All donations are presented each year to a variety of charities.

Lions Club members Mel Newton and Don McDonald stand proudly in front of the tree they have just decorated.

Senior Citizens Afternoon Tea

The annual Senior Citizens Tea was held at the United Reform Church hall on Friday 25 October. Of the 110 people invited 68 were able to attend and enjoyed a delicious “Ritz” style tea created by Deli in the Square and served by Lions Club members and ladies.
The guests enjoyed a medley of popular music kindly performed by Archie Westwood.

New President Phil

Phil Armstrong, a Scot Rail manager and ex Submariner, is congratulated by Andrew Sutherland ( right ) the Lions Club District Governor
( UK North ) on being elected the President of the Helensburgh Lions Club.
Phil is currently organising the popular annual Senior Citizens Autumn Tea and formulating plans for the usual fund raising events.

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Charter Night

Helensburgh Lions Club was Chartered ( formed ) in February 1964 and is therefore the oldest serving Club in Scotland.
In June 2019 the Club celebrated its 55th year of service with a dinner at Helensburgh Golf Club attended by members and friends.
Vice President Phil Armstrong proposed a toast to the continued success of the Club

Well Come Inn

Club member Graham Henderson visits the Well Come In – Helensburgh Community Recovery Cafe to present a cheque for £500.

The Cafe opened in 2016 and provides a weekly cafe with access to therapies, information, activities, peer led recovery and food.

2019 Golf Competition

Morning showers gave way to sunshine for the annual Helensburgh Lions Club Golf Day on the 6th June.   Helensburgh Golf Club generously hosted the event and 162 golfers enjoyed the challenges of the course, which was presented in superb condition by Course Manager Robert Bacon and his enthusiastic team.

The delighted prize winners at the Helensburgh Golf Club annual Golf Day. Ollie Sloan the son of the captain of the winning team proudly holds the winners trophy.

The competition was dominated by teams from Helensburgh Golf Club.  The winners “Oooft” consisting of Neil Sloan, Andy Carson and John Boult who returned a fantastic score of 52 points.
Craig Stirling and Cameron Stirling with 51 points were in second place and previous winners “El Toros” Dominic Taylor, Shey Donald and Craig Bonthrone took third place with 49 points.
Two teams returned 48 points,  “The 3 Amigos” Lou Carrier, John McMillan and Andy Bennet took fourth place by virtue of a better inward half edging out “Old Bones”  Mike Bone, Tom Glendining and Eddie Somerville.   In sixth place with 47 points were “Coast” Ian Irving, David McCubbin and Dave Jennings.
Two teams with 46 points concluded the prize slots “Shepherds Shankers” Keith Baird, Alistair Cairns and Garry Shepherd and a team from Dumbarton Golf Club consisting of Graham Porter, Alistair Bateman and Keith Tait.
The prize for the best Ladies Team was as usual keenly fought, the eventual winners with 45 points were “Last minute booking” Carol Bell, Anita McClaren and Carol Bews.
For the first time in the 29 year history of the Lions competition the same player won the  longest drive on the 8th and 18th hole. Big hitting Helensburgh Golf Club member Dan Beatson completed this unique double.
The prizes for the nearest the pin on the Par 3’s were won by Shey Donald 3rd hole, Barry Kelly 9th hole, Yuen Hawes 11 hole, the nearest on the 16th hole was Neil Sloan.
Before the presentations of prizes Helensburgh Lions Club Vice President Phil Armstrong thanked the Captain and members of the Golf Club for the use of the course and the PGA professional Fraser Hall for his generous help. He thanked all the sponsors and the participants for their much appreciated support.
He praised the caterers and thanked the bar staff for their hard work. He then presented bar manager Nicola Scott with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for all the help she has provided at Lions events over the years.
He thanked Lions Club Convenor Don MacDonald for again organising the event so well.  Later in the evening Don was delighted to confirm that the Golf Day had raised well over £3100 for Lions Clubs funds.

Senior Citizens Lunch 2019

The annual Lions Club Senior Citizens lunch was held at the beginning of March at Helensburgh Golf Club. A delicious three course lunch was enjoyed by the 71 guests who attended the lunch.
Lions members and helpers served a range of drinks during the afternoon which concluded with entertainment by Beth Street and Streetwise.
The Lions Club President Graham Henderson thanked the members of the Golf Club for offering their facilities and Bryan Burch for the catering he thanked Nicola and her team for setting up the room and operating the bar.
The Lions Club are currently organising an Easter Egg raffle to help fund their annual Summer tea

Spring 2018 Senior Citizens Lunch

The 64 senior citizens attending the Helensburgh Lions Club spring event enjoyed sunshine and wonderful views over the Clyde at the annual lunch at Helensburgh Golf Club.   Had the lunch been a week later the deep snow would have probably led to cancellation.

The Golf Clubs chef Nic prepared a delicious three course meal and was thanked by an ovation from the diners. Nicola and her team ran the bar with their usual efficiency keeping a variety of drinks flowing.

After lunch Beth Street and Streetwise provided fantastic entertainment, we think the rousing singing of Flower of Scotland encouraged Scotland to victory at Murrayfield later in the afternoon.

The Lions Club would like to thank the members of the Golf Club for their ongoing support, the Lions are currently fund raising with their Easter Egg raffle which is located at various locations in the town.