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.

Christmas Awards 2017

Key, who provide personalised support and housing solutions for people with disabilities and long term conditions, currently run a very popular Boccia Club and an Art Group, both groups have received some assistance from Helensburgh Lions Club in the past.Soon they will offer Tai Chi classes and the Lions Club are pleased to provide some initial finance through our annual Christmas Awards.

Also this Christmas the Lions Club has recognised the amazing contribution made by other groups to the local community – Helensburgh Lunch Club, The Stroke Club, Vale of Leven Fruin Ward patients, Helensburgh Round Table and Helensburgh Foodbank received donations totalling £1800.

Riding for the Disabled

Members of Helensburgh Lions Club recently visited Colgrain Stables to meet some volunteers of Gareloch Riding for the Disabled.

Brian Stephenson of the Lions Club was shown round the excellent facilities by the RDA volunteer fund raiser Ian Ward who thanked the Club for their interest and advised “that the Group rely on the continued generosity of local groups to support us financially. We also rely on our wonderful volunteers to assist with the running the riding sessions”.

Anyone who would like to know more about this very worthwhile organisation should get in touch via garelochrdasecretaty@gmail.com

After a pleasant hour meeting the horses Graham Henderson presented a cheque for £475 to Louise Warrall, another of the volunteers, to cover the cost of urgently needed special riding stirrups and associated tack.

Ritz Afternoon Tea

Helensburgh Lions Club held their annual Senior Citizens tea in the United Reform Church Hall.

A break in the weather encouraged 62 people join the Lions for a “Ritz” style tea.

The excellent food was prepared by Anna and Michael Curley of the Deli in the Square and was served by a group of lady volunteers and Lions Club members.

The Club would like to thank Frank Murray and Hamish Williamson who played the piano to accompany the tea.

The Lions Club are hoping to host their usual Senior Citizens lunch in the New Year.

Lions Commemorative Bench

The Lions Bench, originally situated in Colquhoun Square, is now located on the West Esplanade.
The bench was donated in 1974 to recognise the contribution made by well known civic leaders, Cloudy Williamson and Alex Gillespie who were founding members of Helensburgh Lions Club.
Unfortunately the years had taken its toll of the bench which was in very poor condition.
As this is the Centenary of the founding of Lions Clubs International in 1917 it was decided to renovate the bench to mark the event.
Long serving Lions Club members Derek Urquhart and Brian Stephenson took up the challenge and with the help of Helensburgh Community Council and the co-operation of the Local Authority Amenities Department restored the bench to its former glory and installed a plaque to commemorate the refurbishment.
Should any other “owners” of benches need their bench renovating Derek and Brian would  be pleased to help.

Club presents £750 to three worthwhile causes

Following presentations to the Helensburgh Lions Club members about the activities of their respective organisations the Club were pleased to present cheques for £250 to help them with their valuable work.

Club members called in at Alzheimers Scotland Dementia Resource Centre in Helensburgh to hand over the cheque to Victoria MacLeod, the local manager.

Cheques were also sent to Marie Curie to help them expand the service to the local community and also to Mzuzu Lions Club in Malawi to assist their health care and education agenda.

Parklands School Award

Following a request from Julia Ward, a parent of a child at Parklands School, for assistance in purchasing specially designed tablets for use in the school Helensburgh Lions decided that rather than help we would buy all six tablets.

The Lions Club were delighted that Mia Ward, a pupil at Parklands School, and her mum Julia, Treasurer of the school Parent Council, came to the golf day to accept a cheque for £3594.  The money will be used to purchase six – Inclusive ClassMate with iSwitch -educational tablets which include special software and in particular facilities for use by the physically disabled.

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Golf Day 2017

Helensburgh Lions Club held their annual Golf Day at Helensburgh Golf Club on 1st June when a record entry of 55 teams filled the schedule. The generosity of the Sponsors and the participants raised £2841 for the Lions Club charity funds.

Despite poor weather the course held up remarkably well and produced some excellent scores.

The winners with 50 Stableford points were “And in Last Place” Helensburgh members Tommy Darroch, Michael McKechnie and Carrick member Jim Hodge.

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Easter Eggstravaganza 2017


A great success with £760.00 raised for charity.
This will be distributed to worthwhile local causes.

Many thanks to all who took part in our 2017 Easter Egg Raffle
and especially to those establishments who took our eggs and sold the tickets

The Argyll  –   The Station Bar

The Ashton  –   The Royal Bar

Helensburgh Golf Club  –  Scotrail

The Coach House  –  Deli in the Square

Kidston Cafe  –  The Ardencaple

The Anchor Inn  –  The Creggans Inn  –  Brae Shop

Race Night


Another successful race night at Helensburgh Golf Club including a raffle for one of our delicious Thorntons Easter eggs!