Who we are

Hopefully, you will have seen or heard our name around the town and district already – but do you know who we are and what we do?

The Bridgnorth Lions

Bridgnorth Lions Club is made up of a group of like-minded men and exists to help those in the community who are disadvantaged or in need of help. Since 1976 we have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds, all from around Bridgnorth and the surrounding area, and every penny has been used to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

We are part of Lions Clubs International (LCI), the world’s largest service organization, whose motto is “We Serve”.

Having 1.4 million members spread across the globe, LCI has the proud boast that no money donated by the public is used for administration costs.

Because we are local, we serve the unique needs of the community in which we live. But as we are global, we can also address international challenges such as help for earthquake victims or other natural disasters wherever they occur.

The vast majority of our work is centred on the Bridgnorth community. If you ask any of our members, they’d say that having fun while helping their local community is what it’s all about – from helping individuals with problems/needs to organizing the annual prostate cancer testing (PSA) event or the renowned Bridgnorth Walk. All the charitable work we undertake has to be paid for and Bridgnorth members raise money throughout the year. Bonding the club together is a very active social calendar, which is enjoyed by all members and partners.

If you’d like to make a difference in the community, now is the opportunity to get in touch with us.


How Lions started

Since 1917, Lions have served the world's population making a difference in the lives of people everywhere. They are active in their local communities, knowing that those who live in a community are in the best position to know who needs help and why.

The organization was founded in Chicago, U.S.A in 1917 by an insurance agent, Melvin Jones. The association became international when the first club in Canada was formed in 1920. The first club in the UK was opened in London in 1949. There are now more than 12,000 Lions in 900 clubs in this country.

Melvin Jones's personal code – "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else" became a guiding principle for public-spirited people the world over. It was under his dynamic leadership that Lions clubs earned the prestige necessary to attract civic-minded members.


For more information on Lions International click here

How the club runs

The whole club meets once a month on the second Tuesday at The Down Inn, near Bridgnorth. The meeting starts with a meal and is followed by the business session where various topics are discussed and voted upon, usually finishing around 10pm.

Each member is assigned to one of three committees (which also meet once a month).

The committees are:

Fundraising

Bridgnorth Lions - Fundraising

Organises events/activities to raise money for our various “good causes”.

Welfare

Bridgnorth Lions - Welfare

This is the committee which decides how we spend our money. Specifically, it also organises events or outings for “special needs” or older members of the community.

Social

Bridgnoth Lions - Social

Having fun is important to Lions members – a wide range of events are arranged for the benefit of members, family and friends.


What it costs: all the money donated by the public is used for charitable purposes. The club’s administration expenses are met by the annual subscription, currently £90, payable in two instalments.

International: for information on our activities around the world click here.

International

Founded in Chicago Illinois U.S.A in 1917 by an Insurance agent Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International offers people a way of sharing their personal success by helping those less fortunate than themselves. The association became International when the first Club in Canada was formed in 1920.

Through membership Lions not only help people in need, but have opportunities to develop personal friendships, and gain valuable leadership skills.

If any man out there feels that he, too, would like to make a difference in the community, now is the opportunity to get in touch with us.

For more information on Lions International, please go to the global website by clicking here

What we do

How we raise money:

The club raises money in a variety of ways, from “bucket” collections around the town, to Christmas and Easter raffle baskets placed in local shops, pubs and other outlets. We also run an annual duck race on the River Severn, providing fun for all ages and raising funds for good causes.

What it’s spent on:

Members enjoy involvement in a wide variety of community events and activities benefitting local residents of all ages. The largest projects involve responsibility for running the famous Bridgnorth Lions Walk and Marathon and the annual Prostate Cancer screening.

We also run a programme called “Message in a bottle” to help people record their health info when visited by professionals in an emergency. Additionally, we collect and recycle used spectacles for distribution in Africa. Other international causes supported include help for those affected by major natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and famine.

Among many local good causes we have supported financially are Oak Farm working farm for adults with learning disabilities and recognition and rewards for young people active in the community.

Finally, the club provides help to some specific causes which, necessarily, are kept confidential.

Forthcoming Events

Club meetings

Second Tuesday of every month
(7.30 pm at the Down Inn)

Annual club “charter” dinner

Saturday March 21st 2020 at the Punchbowl Inn

Prostate Cancer Screening

Every year Bridgnorth Lions organise what is invariably the largest single prostate screening of its type in the country.

Bridgnorth Lions started the programme in 2009 and since that time more than 7,000 tests have been carried out. More than 360 men have been found to have the disease which is the country’s largest cancer for men over the age of 50. Blood tests can reveal levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) which may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. Men taking part are advised that testing can give both false “positive” and “negative ” results and that they should always seek advice from their own GPs.

The event, which is monitored by a retired consultant urologist, is supported mainly by phlebotomists from Bridgnorth Hospital while local companies contribute towards the £17.50 per person cost by sponsoring the event.

Men attending the event receive their blood test results within a few weeks. Those with “red” level results are advised to seek urgent medical advice from their GPs, while others with “amber” results are advised to monitor their PSA levels. Those with “green” results are advised that they should have “no concerns.”

*Local companies supporting the event:

  • Arch Motor Services
  • Bridgnorth Aluminium
  • Bridgnorth Print Services
  • Bridgnorth Tyre Centre
  • Grainger & Worrall
  • Hilton Industrial Services
  • Hydrobolt
  • Keith Alderson Butchers
  • Stitches of Bridgnorth

To download the 2019 form please click here, then print it out, fill it in and bring it with you on the night.

Bridgnorth Duck Race

Bridgnorth is going quackers !

After an outstanding first time event in 2019 Bridgnorth Lions will again be running duck races on the River Severn on the 2020 Easter Bank holiday Monday (April 13th ).

Last year’s inaugural race saw the Lions join forces with local retailers by sponsoring ducks for £3 each, raising more than £3,000. Hundreds of people lined the river banks from the start adjacent to Severn Park, heading towards the bridge.

Ducks will be available in local retailers as well as on the on the day of the event. Proceeds from the race will go to Lions’ charities.

For 2020, Lions have added several exciting new elements – which will be revealed early in the new year.

Bridgnorth Walk and Marathon


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The Bridgnorth Lions Walk and Marathon is renowned for being a fantastic annual community event which raises more than £100,000 for local, national and international charities. The event takes place on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday.

In 2019 Lions made a major expansion to the traditional walk. The 26.7 mile marathon route followed the same path as the walkers to the top of the Brown Clee but then took a very hilly, challenging route down and round the back of the hill, before rejoining the walking route via Ditton Priors returning to Bridgnorth.

The 28 marathon runners taking part were unanimous in their praise for the event, especially for the challenging nature of the route. One said: “A very tough route but a fantastic event, on a par with other top marathons I’ve done. One of the toughest in the country”. Another said: “Beautiful scenery, really well organised. The marshals throughout the route were amazing”.

For 2020 the walk and marathon routes will be slightly amended for safety reasons. Full details of the routes will be revealed in the new year.

The senior walk measures 21.5 miles (34.7 kilometres) while the over 40s have the option of a route two miles shorter. There is also a separate 7 mile junior fun run which is organised for children aged 9 to 14.

Bridgnorth Walk

Bridgnorth Walk

Bridgnorth Walk

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Photography by Eddie Brown