Countess of Wessex G.C.V.O. as Patron of Lions Clubs of the British Isles held a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 28th February to celebrate a ‘Century of Service’.  HRH has been its Patron since 2004.

Hundreds of Lions members joined together for the 100th Birthday of Lions Clubs International to celebrate this landmark anniversary with the organisations’ partners.

Lion Phil Nathan MBE, Chair of the Centenary Celebrations for Lions Clubs of the British Isles said “let me begin by saying that during our 1st Century of service, Lions Clubs have touched millions of lives of people that needed us. 100 years of service to the community is a remarkable achievement, made possible by the selfless actions of many thousands of individual men and women, each of whom has sought to make ‘their’ community a better place.  As we enter our 2nd Century, the cry for help from those in need will most certainly become louder and we as volunteers are ready to show as Lions, We Care”.

Lions Clubs International focusses through its Lions and Leos members upon major projects that address diabetes, youth, the environment, hunger relief, childhood cancer and sight issues affecting communities throughout the world.

 In 2017-18 we are raising funds for CRY ( Cardiac Risk in the Young ) & CHYPS ( Children and Young People's Support) based at Darlington Association on Disability.

 MRI Scanner Appeal Logo FINAL

In 2016 - 2017 our principal fund raising efforts were directed towards :-

 The Darlington & Bishop Auckland Hospitals MRI Scanner Appeal.

To raise fund in support of the scanner we held 2 major events:-

A grand raffle with the main prize being a week's holiday  in a traditional stone cottage in Low Row, Swaledale and  a Musical concert with The Sans Pareil Singers & 2's Company .

These two events held in May  & June culminated in our presenting a cheque for £6,000 to Pat Chambers from the MRI Scanner Appeal. This handover was made by Ian Barnes, outgoing club president,  on 30th June 2017 at our annual Charter evening. See  below.



 Darlington Lions Club - 

Club of the Year!

Robert Hillary receives District 105 NE Club of the Year award

Photo shows - Darlington Lion President, Robert Hillary (centre) receiving the "District 105 N.E. Club of the Year" Trophy award for 2012/13 from International guest Jama Wahl, Lion President, Streator Hardscrabble Lions Club , Illinois, USA. and John Sutherland (right) Immediate Past Governor, District 105 N E.

   John Sutherland, Immediate Past Governor, said that the award in his year in office was given due to sheer diversity and added value of work by Darlington Lions Club. They have supported on a local front the Blind & Visually Impaired, Talking Books & Newspapers, various charities for the Disabled, Family Help, many children's charities and an on-going presence in their community with their excellent bookshop. Internationally they have donated to Indian eye camps, African famine and Kumi Village Trust in Uganda.

2nd Vice District Governor, Dave Wells, commented "Very well deserved" and many more congratulations came from other clubs.

   Robert Hillary, Darlington Lions President, said that the club was delighted and privileged to have won this trophy award out of a total of 43 other Lions clubs in the North East and Scotland and this was quite an achievement that the club could be proud of.

   The award was made at the 105 NE Convention hosted by Malton Lions Club.

Serving the community with Pride.

Welcome to our website!

Please read on to learn more about the Darlington Lions Club that blends Fun, Fellowship and Fundraising with a sense of Local Community and Lots of Challenges!

If you are new to Lionism, through these pages you will be able to find out about the work of the International Association of Lions Clubs and The Darlington Lions Club in particular.
If you are a Lion, and perhaps planning to visit our area, we hope that the information on our website will encourage you to spend some time with us.
Have you some time to spare?
Interested in becoming a member? Just  use the "Contact Us" Page! or telephone on 0845 833 9874. If you are unsure of making a full commitment just yet why not consider coming along to a meeting to see what happens and sample the activities of the club.
Or, if you are not ready to join our Club just yet, please become a "Friend of Darlington Lions" and help us whenever possible with our various activities, some of which are listed here:





Darlington Lions Club members with Lion president Robert Hillary holding the Club of the Year trophy

Darlington Lions Club members with Lion president Robert Hillary holding the  "Club of the Year" trophy.

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