Xmas / New Year Awards 2016

The club were again pleased to be able to distribute some surplus funds at the end of the year.
Local organisations which were recognised for their contribution to the community were –

Helensburgh Lunch Club
Garelochhead Riding for the Disabled
Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers
Challenger Sailing Group
United Reform Church Christmas Day Lunch

A total of £1550.00 was distributed between the various groups.

Spectacle collection and re-cycling

spectacle-frameSpectacle Recycling in Helensburgh produces over 100 pairs of spectacles a month and since we commenced collections has provided approx 25000 pairs for recycling.

Collection boxes are located at The Medical Centre, Black and Lizars and Eyeware in the Square.

The spectacles are transported free of charge by Parcel Force to the UK Lions sorting depot operated by Chichester Lions Club. Spectacles undergo presorting where scratched and broken glasses are identified. These are sold for scrap and over the last 5 years this has generated over £200,000 for Lions Sightfirst and charities for the blind.

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New President for 2016/2017

Don & TomDon MacDonald, following a successful Presidency of Helensburgh Lions Club, hands over the chain of office to the new President Tom Dunn, a retired manager at IBM.  Don wished Tom every success for the coming year which is the Centenary of the founding of Lions International.

Tom is one of the longest serving members of the Club, joining in 1977 and this will be the third time he has led the club.

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Queen’s Birthday Tea

Queen's Tea Party 1The Queen’s 90th Birthday was celebrated in some style on Wednesday 15 July 2016 when over 60 local senior citizens attended a special tea organised by the Helensburgh Lions Club.
Following a delicious “Ritz” style tea, prepared by the Buffet Shop, the Queen was wished a Happy Birthday and toasted with a wee glass of prosecco

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Golf Day 2016

Golf 16 1Glorious sunshine and a course in really superb condition greeted 150 golfers when they arrived at Helensburgh Golf Club to play the 27th annual Helensburgh Lions Club Charity Golf Day last Thursday. Teams from the local club were joined by many visiting teams from across the West of Scotland.

The stableford format made for an enjoyable day which produced excellent scoring, seven teams accumulated a excellent 47 points and the winners were decided on count back.

Local teams took the first three places.  The winners were the Monster Squad, Mark Birnie , Stewart Jenkins and Alan Birnie, in second place the Golf Buddies, Jim McKenzie, Phil English and Jamie Francis, and third The Ups and Downs, Phil Armstrong, Jack Armstrong and Gareth Rollings.

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Easter Egg Raffle

Easter EggsThe Easter Egg Raffle has been a feature of the club for some five or six years now and is a successful fundraising event. Large eggs are purchased from Thorntons who decorate them with the Club details.

Our raffle this year had twelve eggs placed with local pubs and restaurants and while in previous years we have had as many as eighteen eggs we managed to make the same profit of over £800.00.

Many thanks to those businesses and their customers who supported the cause and this money will be put towards the upcoming Queen’s Birthday Tea.


Senior Citizen’s Lunch

SS LunchHelensburgh Lions Club annual Senior Citizens lunch has been held at the Masonic Hall for many years. The hall was again offered to us but as our usual caterer was not available a new venue with catering was sought.

The Management Committee and members of Helensburgh Golf Club kindly made their facilities available and on Saturday 27th February. Nearly 70 senior citizens enjoyed a delicious three course meal prepared by the Clubs resident chef. The Golf Clubs bar team were kept busy serving a full range of drinks to the Lions Club guests.

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Christmas Awards 2015

  • Helensburgh Lions Club are delighted to be in a position to recognise some local organisations for their excellent work through the Clubs Christmas Awards.

    Over £1200 was allocated to four local groups –

  • Helensburgh Lunch Club,
  • Key Services Art Group,
  • Heart Chest and Stroke Club and
  • Kilcreggan Lunch Club.

    Helensburgh Lions Club will hold their annual Senior Citizens Lunch as usual at the end of February and are arranging a Race Night to generate funds.