Thornbury Lions are committed to building a brighter future for the community.
We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at The Chantry.
For more information, contact Les Jones on 01454 414547 or email: or visit our website at: e-clubhouse.org/sites/thornbury.
Thornbury Lions are having a busy and successful time.
The club has been in existence since 1987. Dursley Lions Club is our parent club and we started with 20 members, 3 of whom are still with us.
Lions are an International organisation and when we donate to International Disasters the money is passed direct to local Lions clubs who have local knowledge and no overheads.
Lions have always been involved with sight since being challenged by Helen Keller to do something for blind people and Lions came up with the idea of a white stick.
For a number of years Lions International Sight Savers charity has been raising money for eye camps in third world countries. They have raised well in excess of £30million.
A few years ago Lions set themselves a target to raise £10million in a year. Bill Gates offered to match it if we made it, which we did.
We have been running a charity bookshop since November 2011.
This is both enjoyable and provides us with a high profile in the community and has been the main driver to recruit new members.
Many volunteers who just love working with books come along to help.
We ask for small donations for our books especially our children’s books, which are always popular, and we are proud to think that we have increased the number of readers in the town and encouraged young children to read more.
Click here to find out where our bookshop is based.
We donate mainly to local good causes, concentrating on local schools and youth organisations.
Recently we have donated £3,000 to local youth groups and £1000 to the flooding appeal in Yorkshire.
Another recent contribution enabled Thornbury Town Council to install a defibrillator at the Armstrong Hall, as well as the one outside our bookshop.
We collect old glasses in conjunction with Specsavers. We have collected nine boxes so far. We pass these to a local Lions club for onward transfer to a French charity who then recycle them to third world countries.
We also find time to organise an annual Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner and still help Father Christmas.
We help out with the Thornbury Carnival every year, providing marshals for road closures and helping with the organisation generally.
Thornbury Lions support local drama and encourage younger people to get involved. We have for many years supported the annual Thornbury Youth Eisteddfod competition with donations and also cups.
In 2014 the Eisteddfod held a special Jubilee Concert to celebrate 25 years, which we sponsored.
Past competitors returned and performed, many of whom were following a career in music. We are proud to have helped in a small way their careers.
We also sponsored a Skate Fest at the local skate park.