The Welfare Events Committee is responsible for investigating requests for help as well as searching independently for deserving causes. Club members and 'Friends of Lions' finance and arrange numerous community events throughout the year.

PSA 21st April

Once again Hayling Lions have teamed up with the Prostate Cancer and Support Organisation (PCaSO) to provide PSA testing for men aged 45 to 75.

The testing was carried out by trained nurses taking blood from a vein in the arm, this is being analysed at Queen Alexander Hospital, Portsmouth and the results will be posted to the men in in 2 weeks.

The event took place at the Hayling Island Community Centre, on Saturday 21st April 2018 from 10.00am to 2.00pm. An appointment system was used and the Lions were overwhelmed with appointment requests and were able to provide a blood test for 291 men. Sadly 34 men who had an appointment did not turn up, however there were some who came on speck so the spaces were filled.

PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen and some leading clinicians believe all men over 50 should know their PSA and have regular yearly tests, however there is not a routine testing programme from the National Health Service.

1 in every 2 men will have a health problem with their prostate at some stage of their lives. Without screening 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It is now the leading cancer found in men. Almost 11,000 men die of this disease annually, one every 48 minutes. Caught in the early stages, cure rates are dramatically improved with over 80% success.

PCaSO and the Lions would like to thank everyone for the donations they made and we would also like to thank all 291 men who came for testing as well as all the volunteers for making the event a big success.


Lion President presenting cheque to Young at Heart Club. The money will be used towards an outing on the new year


71 sacks of presents were donated by Lions for children on the island. and 

35 Golden Oldies sat down to the Annual Christmas Lunch at the Hayling College. The meal is a joint effort between the Hayling Island Lions Club and the College.

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The Lions attended a dinner evening at Seacourt with guest speaker Lion Nikki Shepherd delivering a very lively, interesting and informative talk on the subject of Dementia. Nikki is a 'Dementia Friend' and is part of the group helping Hayling become a Dementia friendly island.

Competition for an Environment Poster

Want a Clean Beach!   -   Enjoy Painting?  We are holding our annual Environment Poster competition for 2017-2018 which is open to any 7 - 16 year olds who live on the island. If you go to school off the Island, you are still eligible to enter.  

The title is  ‘ Keep our Beaches Beautiful      Do not  Mess Them Up     The Effect of Litter On Our Beaches.’


There are 2 age groups     7-10 yrs in junior school  and     11 - 16n in senior school  

There are 2 classes of Poster 

                                      -   A poster using computer aided design

                                      - A poster using paint or crayons

The size is to be A4 or A3.

Poster must be entirely the work of the child and should be original . The poster may contain words.

Closing date is Thursday 4th January. Please send entries to Pearl Philip C/O Lions Community Shop.

There is a prize for each category,  so paint brushes at the ready,  and help us to keep our beaches clean. We are looking forward to receiving a bumper  selection of posters.

Any further information can be obtained from the Lions Community shop, Elm grove, or ring 9246 4611

For more general information see .

999 Day 2017

Hayling Island Lions Club were delighted to be offered the chance to attend the 999 Community Day. The weather could have been kinder but we managed cope with the wind and rain and ran a Hook A Duck Stall for the children and a Book Stall for the adults.


Chernobyl Children

On Tuesday May 30th two members of Hayling Lions went shopping in Matalan, Waterlooville with twelve excited children from Chernobyl. Even though it is 31 years since the disaster in Chernobyl, there are still many problems in the region which affect children and their families. Every year the charity, Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, arranges for children to come for four weeks to stay in our area with host families. There are always host families on Hayling so Hayling Lions make a contribution to the visit by taking the children shopping for basic essentials which most of us take for granted.

Chernobyl Children

We arranged for 12 children to choose their own practical but appealing items such as nightwear, underwear,  swimwear and a large towel, socks, school shoes and casual shoes and a T-shirt each. A small present usually finds its way into each trolley as well!

We are grateful to Matalan, the manager Alison Patton and her staff for their kindness and care during our visit. The children had a marvellous time and all staff who met them were very complimentary about their manners and their infectious excitement.

More information about this charity at

Cockleshell Heroes

Mark Pannell our local Hayling Fire Officer joined us at the British Legion on Thursday 25th May and gave a very interesting talk with slides about the Cockleshell Heroes and their challenge of recreating the Frankton Paddle a mission that took place on 7th to 12th December 1942 in France. Operation Frankton was a commando raid on shipping in the German occupied French port of Bordeaux.

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Mark and his fire fighting colleagues from Hayling Southsea and Emsworth organised 20 kayakers and 6 support crew to safely navigate and paddle 100km into the Gironde river up to Bordeaux to mimic the Frankton mission as closely as possible. They were successful with this and raised £10000 for the Firefighters charity , RNLI, Royal Marines charity and SBS-SAS.

 Mark kindly gave us a picture of all who participated and these has been framed and is on the wall in our Lions Community shop.



On February 14th 2017, the Lions, with sponsorship from HOME INSTEAD, organised a Tea Dance for Islanders living with Alzheimer's and dementia, and their carers.

There were red heart streamers, red heart-shaped balloons, heart napkins, red roses on the table and a great atmosphere in the URC hall as the guests arrived and the Lions in the kitchen put the finishing touches to the food.

Entertainment for the afternoon was provided by the multi-talented Wendy Evans who sometimes sang on her own but also encouraged everyone to join in, dance if they wished and also contribute to a tremendous sound with maracas and tambourines.

Sandwiches and cakes were served by the Lions and the whole afternoon proved to be great fun. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make this Tea dance such a success.  In the words of one guest: 'We all left feeling happy.'

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Tea is about to be served.     Wendy Evans the entertainer. 

Lions Supported Panto visit


A lot of very excited local school children  and their parents  attended the HIAD'S panto with all the seats being paid for by the Hayling Island Lions Club. This is one of the annual events we sponsor each year and always proves popular. Our President Lion Cathy Shorbridge and Terry also went along and can be seen in the photo with some of the youngsters just before the show started

Our Community events:

The Lions drove 14 senior citizens around our Island so they could see all the fantastic Christmas lights that some people put on show at Christmas. At the end of the evening they had  a glass of sherry and a mince pie. One lady commented the lights were good but the sherry was better !!!!



Helping people to row

The Langstone Gig Club received a cheque to enable them to purchase 8 new lightweight life jackets for their junior members. This will make movement much easier for them in their boats especially when they are entering competitions

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OAP XMAS Lunches

OAP Lunch

The Christmas lunch for pensioners, organised by the Lions, took place on Friday 9th December. The guests were given sherry as they arrived and chatted to pupils from the College. There was a lovely atmosphere as the different generations exchanged ideas and stories.

The Christmas lunch was served in the Dining Hall and the school choir provided the entertainment.

 The Lions would like to thank the College for making it possible to hold this event.

Xmas Fayre 26th November

We had a fantastic fayre, look to see some better pictures of the event click here.


Here is the person who guessed the cake's weight


Late Night Christmas shopping 2nd December Mengham

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Santas Grotto

Looking through the window in the grotto.          Father and Mother Christmas waiting for the children to call in.  

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Supporting our schools

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Mengham Infants School required help with funding new shelving and storage for their library which has been moved to create a new classroom as they have more pupils this year. Lion  president Cathy Shoebridge presented a cheque for £770 to the pupils who are part of the schools council for this  library project . The staff and pupils thanked the Lions for this.

Silver lining!

Katy, one of the Islands older residents ( she is well into her 90's ) is now the proud owner of an all singing all dancing electric chair.  At the press of a button Katy can sit up, lie down put her feet up or be assisted getting out of the chair. She is seen here with 2 of our Lion members Neil & Terry who are giving Katy a lesson on how to use it.

The chair was passed to the Lions Club by a gentleman who bought it for his wife. Unfortunately she passed away recently but Charles passed it on to us to find a good home.

 That is so typical of Islanders. Helping each other and also enabling us to help other people in need.


Xmas Lunches

Various clubs that cater for Senior Citizens will each receive cheques to enable them to treat their members to a Christmas Lunch.  The Blind Club, the Friday Luncheon Club, Age Concern, the Young at Heart Club and the Daisy Chain Club they organise so many events and outings for their members during the year we are delighted to be able to help them ' have lunch on us'

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Presentation made today to Kay Hawkins of Age Concern for the Thursday lunch club and the over 80s lunch club, three are aged over 100 the eldest 105. Both received £250.


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World Sight Day October

Frank Pearce, The mayor of Havant, a volunteer and Hayling College all had a go at seeing(sic) how to shop when they experienced sight loss and found out its impact.

students from The Hayling College take part in World Sight Day.          Lion President Cathy guides a volunteer.  The Mayor of Havant experiences sight impairment. Councillor Frank Pearce takes part on World Sight Day.  

Other Support Hayling Islanders

The Lions Club of Hayling Island were pleased to be able to help various sections of our community last month with financial assistance covering a range of activities. The Langstone Gig Club received a cheque to enable them to purchase 8 new lightweight life jackets for their junior members. This will make movement much easier for them in their boats especially when they are entering competitions. 

We have also pre booked 2 days out on the water next Summer with Sailing Therapy for local people with both physical and mental disabilities.This is the third year we have supported this group and they have thoroughly enjoyed the day out.  

Teddy Bear Picnic

On a very warm afternoon, almost 100 children brought their teddy bears to a picnic in the park at West Town. There was music, a bouncy castle, go-carts, ice cream, face and nail painting, a football goal and four teddy competitions.

The four teddy competitions were very well supported and the judges had a difficult time choosing two winners in each category: Prettiest Bear, Most handsome Bear, Grumpiest Bear, Best Dressed Bear.

In spite of a heavy shower in the middle of the fun, there was an atmosphere of great enjoyment summed up by Joanne Bowen: ‘ This is the second free event for the children this summer. It is absolutely marvellous’.


Young Carers from Hayling College

The Hayling Island Lions Club arranged a day out for the Young Carers from the Hayling College.

The pupils chose to go to Flip Out  which is a building containing trampolines of every shape and size. Jumping up and down is obviously too boring in this day and age so the walls and pillars are also used to bounce off.  With basket balls pitches on trampolines and foam pits to jump and spring into it was an exciting day out for these pupils.

The bouncing session was followed by pizza, crisps and drinks before heading back home in the school mini bus.  They were also presented with goodie bag containing the glasses which you can the pupils wearing

The helpers were shattered just watching the youngsters bounce.

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Citizenship Award

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Lion President Cathy Shoebridge attended the Mengham Junior School End of Year Assembly to present the Annual Lions Citizenship Cup.

This award is given to one pupil from the Lower School and one from the Upper School. The winners were chosen by the teachers and given to pupils who had 'gone that extra mile' during the year.  The large trophy is engraved and kept in the schools trophy cupboard but the winners are presented with a smaller version which they themselves keep as a reminder of what they achieved.

The winner from the Lower School was Ellie-Rose Treleaven (wearing the red check dress) and the winner from the Upper School was Amber Clark.

Horticultural Show

The Lions Club of Hayling Island are proud to sponsor the Children's section at the 3 Annual Shows plus the Annual School Garden Challenge.

Our picture shows Lion President Jenny awarding 1st prize in the Gardening Competition to Mengham Junior School. The theme for the Gardens this year was from the Nursery Rhyme Mary Mary Quite Contrary How does your Garden Grow. Three of the Hayling schools entered the competition and the standard was very high.  Not only does this competition introduce gardening to children but other aspects of the competition have been integrated into the curriculum including English, Maths, Science, IT and Art & Craft.

Joint Runnners Up were Mill Rythe Infant School and The Hayling College.

The second picture shows part of the winning garden.

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999 Day 

Yes,  8am on a Sunday morning really does exist.  How do I know?  Because that is the time the working party turned up to put up gazebos for the 999 Day on Hayling Seafront.

This annual event is supported by all of the Emergency Services and it is a chance for our Lions Club to have a presence and Fund Raise.

Our book stall raised over £50 and at 4 paperback books for £1 those of you good at maths will work out we sold a fair number of books. Apart from the fund raising it is important that we attend local events and we are seen around. People chat to us. We can talk about Lions and the work we do in the Community.  We can promote our shop.   We can support the charities that support us in our fund raising events.  

A little more sunshine and a little less wind would have been ideal but at the end of the afternoon we all felt it was a worthwhile day.


Mengham Great Cake Bake Off Event

Thanks to all the entrants into the cake competition. Marilyn was the judge here, she looks a bit like that well known cake and bread maker!

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Queens Birthday 11th June

Congratulations to Lion Les Holloway and his team for organising an excellent afternoon for almost 300 children to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Children of all ages had the chance to play on a variety of bouncy castles followed by a picnic in the sunshine.

the assault course    Bradley Quinlan enjoying a game involving elastic!     Felicity Jones eating her crisps.   Sebastian Jones planning to be a weight lifter. 

Hayling Lions and Paultons Park

Here is a picture of a group of people who went to Paultons Park this year - the trip being paid for by Hayling Lions club.

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Horticultural Show

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Samples of two of the categories for children in the Horticultural Society spring show on March 26th 2016. Hayling Lions sponsor, the categories 'Design an Easter Card' and Grow 'Mr Cress Head'. There were beautiful cards and imaginatively painted eggs sprouting excellent cress hair. The other category Easter Bonnets were  very attractive. Well done to all those who entered. 

  • A funded social lunch for those alone
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  • Lunch for the Golden Oldies Funded 
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  • Santa's Grotto was a success again
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  • 'Fright Night'. Local children attended in fancy dress, played games such as Make a Mummy; Pin the Spider in his Web; Bobbing Doughnuts; Splatt the Spider. Then they ate Pizzas and Garlic Bread. Lions also dressed up and joined in the fun.
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  • Sight Day 8th Oct - Members of Hayling Island Lions Club helped celebrate World Sight Day by persuading members of the public to be blindfolded and taken around shops in Mengham.  The idea was to let sighted people see how frightening it must be to have either partial or no sight. There are things we take for granted like where bollards are or A frames or lamp posts - all these are hazards if you cannot see properly. The Lions also had an information stall and a Spektrek Bin for collecting glasses to be taken to third world countries. All those who took part agreed how frightening it was not to be in charge of where they were walking but to have to rely on people walking at the side of them. They said they quickly became disorientated. The exercise was to both educate people on how to take care of their sight to prevent possible blindness as well as helping them experience the actual blindness.
             We were delighted that our Mayor and her consort agreed to be blindfolded and taken around.

 Mayor Test out how it feels to be blind

  • SAILING THERAPY  -  September 2015
           The Lions sponsored a day’s Sailing Therapy and donated money towards the upkeep of ‘Rebecca Anne’, the boat designed by David Weinstock to
accommodate up to five wheel chair users and their carers from homes on Hayling and the surrounding areas.

           On September 7th two residents from Seafarer’s Walk enjoyed a trip in stunning weather. Unfortunately, others who were supposed to be there from                        Briony Lodge were unable to attend because of staff sickness. This sort of day out does put tremendous demands on staffing as carers are needed                        on the boat and back at the home to support those who are left behind.
           One of the most important benefits from a day out on ‘Rebecca Anne’, emphasised by David Weinstock, is the effect on ALL the senses for those
taking part. There will be many memories after this day and much to discuss.
           Further information:

          David also needs at least one crew member with him on each trip so he relies on volunteers. If anyone reading this would like to volunteer to help                please contact David on the email address above.

  • A number of Senior Citizen parties and lunches
  • Teddy Bears Picnic

  • Held at West Town Park and in spite of the torrential rain, winds and everything else our famous British Summer time weather could throw at us, it was a super afternoon.

    Parents with children and teddy bears supported the event and the Community Centre very kindly allowed us the use of 2 of their rooms for the children to eat their picnic. This was followed by a Teddy Bear Competition, Face Painting provided by the Hayling Guides and Nail Painting. Eventually around 3.30pm the weather cleared up enough to let the children bounce on the Bouncy Castle, ride on the Go Karts and take part in races and football training which was kindly organised by  Stuart Holloway.

    With free sweets all afternoon and an ice cream on the way home everyone agreed it was a super afternoon in spite of the weather.



  • Presentation of Award at Mengham Junior School

           The Lions Club of Hayling are very proud to sponsor the Junior Community Cup to a pupil at Mengham Junior School who during their                    year has been especially helpful to both the teachers and their fellow pupils.  

              We also sponsor a course run by the local PCSO to encourage children to be community minded and appreciate where they live. The  pupils are taken 
out into the community: they visit a residential home for senior citizens; talk to people in the street about likes and dislikes to do with living on Hayling;
they take part in a graffiti-spotting session. Finally, there is a speed camera exercise to spot speeding motorists. There are visits to local police and
fire stations and at the end of the course all participants are given a certificate.

  • We also  plant bulbs across the Island, organise family picnics in the park, help with gardening activities, visit those who are unable to go out, provide Pantomime tickets to children on the Island, build a Christmas grotto, arrange an Easter Egg Hunt and take part in street  collections.
  • Lions poster competitions. This year Alice Mantle, who was sponsored by Hayling Island Lions Club, won the Ron Twining Cup for Traditional Posters category on the subject of the environment. 
Winner of environment Poster competition

Paultons Park  - Once again the Hayling Island Lions Club supported the annual Day Out at Paultons Park.

Many emotions have a related sound; fear and a gasp, humour and a giggle. Do you think that you would recognise the sound made by 2500 people made up of all ages? Some with disabilities, local young carers, families recommended to us and some this year from Seabreeze,  a home on our island helping folk with learning and physical disabilities but all having the time of their lives.

The Hayling Island Lions took a coach load as well as some in a special Minibus to have a completely free day just to enjoy themselves.  It was not as warm as some days in the past but to hear them and to see their faces was reward to all accompanying, amongst whom were our new Mayor Councillor  Leah Turner and her partner. The Lions Club paid all transport, the entrance fee and a packed lunch.  All the recipients had to do was enjoy the day and that they most certainly did.

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Hayling Lions liaised with social workers and local schools in order to fill a coach. The transport, entry fees and a packed lunch were provided free, enabling the youngsters to have a relaxed and fun filled day. 

The club have supported this event for many, many years now starting originally just taking a mini bus with 12 children to this year taking a 48 seater coach plus a mini bus containing a further 12 people 6 of whom were in wheelchairs.

 There are a mixture of people attending from the Buddies who are a group of ladies with Learning Difficulties to the Young Carers from the college. Also families with children who may be disadvantaged for a number of reasons to families who cannot afford the cost of such a day out. This year for the first time we also invited young people with both physical and mental disabilities who live in a home locally which is specially adapted for their needs.  These youngsters needed their own transport to cater for their wheelchairs and their carers also came with them. The numbers are growing every year.

The weather was fairly kind to us in as much as it didn't rain however, it was mighty cold and the wind was biting forcing us (the Lion adult helpers) to go from cafe to cafe drinking tea and coffee to keep us warm.  I have to ask myself why the young people we took didn't feel the cold the same as we did.

 There is such a variety to see and do and we had soon lost everybody as they headed for rides of varying frightening speeds and heights. A packed lunch is included in the day out and the only time we saw any of our crowd was when they stopped to eat. 

 From walking through the gardens, to watching the seals being fed, from wandering around Peppa Pig World to walking through Dinosaur Land. From riding around the park on a train to  riding on the Galloping Horses the whole day was just full of fun.      

 It is a real privilege to go with these people and to listen to them on the coach coming home. Full of laughter,  some really tired, some jumping in their seats. Some talking nineteen to the dozen about what they had seen and done and some asking when they could go again. 

 Long may the day out be organised by District and long may our club continue to support it.

It's a Knockout (IKO)

What a fantastic success !

This is now an annual event for Hayling Lions and it will take place on Wednesday 14th October 2015.

Television's 'Its A Knockout' was the original inspiration for the first Lions event organised by the Harrow & Pinner Lions Club and it all started in 1981 which was the International Year of the Disabled Person. In June of that year the Lions decided to run an event for a group of adults with learning disabilities and eight Centres were invited to participate, which, with the 'supporters' that turned up on the day, meant 800 people had to be accommodated.  The day proved so popular that a repeat for the following year was requested.

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The event has continued to be organised each year by Lions Clubs in many locations and Hayling Lions  first IKO day was in 2004 where we invited over a hundred people of all ages with learning disabilities from day and care centres locally to take part. We had persuaded helpers to come from other Lions clubs and we were superbly supported by a group of employees from Scottish and Southern Energy.  

The day took the form of a team competition with challenges suited to the competitors' abilities. The format of the races had been sent to each centre in advance so that practice could take place before the event which meant much enjoyment for the participants before the big day.

We held fifteen different races and the sheer delight and enthusiasm shown throughout the day was fantastic with competitors' shouts of glee being heard all around the building. Every participant received a medal and winning teams received trophies for posters, Joker cards and Cheer Leading.

 Mayor Presents prizes Mayor Presents prizes 2015           

IKO End of day  Prize winners in 2004

Tea Party

On Sunday 12 April 2014 the Lions held a tea party at the Royal British Legion for over 100 Hayling Pensioners. The Pensioners were given high tea and were entertained with a fashion show and then some music for dancing which was enjoyed by all.

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Xmas Donation