Dumfries Lions Club Present Cheque to PAMIS Aug 2021

The photo shows Dumfries Lions Jim McCormack & President Jock Carlyle presenting a cheque for £720 to assist with the launch of the PAMIS book, created by the Arts End of Somewhere group in the Dumfries area. The book is called The Kippford Mermaid and is a multi-sensory story. It was written and illustrated by the group who are all handicapped in some way. (PAMIS is an acronym for “Promoting a More Inclusive Society”)

Dumfries Lions Club Open Night at Cairndale Hotel March 2019

Thirty people attended the recent Dumfries Lions open night at the Cairndale Hotel and a number of folk from the general public expressed an interest in becoming involved with the Club. We are grateful to DGE Andrew who drove down from Edinburgh to address us in his own inimitable fashion and thanks to members of Dalbeattie Lions who came along.

Centennial Bowls Presented for Academic Achievement 2018

To celebrate the centenary of Lions Clubs International, we recently presented bowls to each of the 3 academic faculties at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries. The bowls will be awarded annually to students for academic achievement at D&G College, University of the West of Scotland and the University of Glasgow. The photo shows the bowls being held by Dr Shirley Turberville of University of West of Scotland, Professor Carol Hill of University of Glasgow.and College Principal Carol Turnbull.

Messages in a Bottle January 2017

The Lions handed over 70 Messages in a Bottle to members of Kirkmahoe Community Council. The bottles are for people with medical conditions and the form inside the bottle contains medical information for the emergency services. The bottle is placed in the refrigerator and a label inside the participant's front door alerts the emergency service to the existence of this data.

Food Bank Collection At Tescos December 2016

In the run up to Christmas, the Dumfries Lions organised a food collection atTesco Superstore over a four day period, collecting food and cash worth, together, in the region of over £2,000.The food was given to the Dumfries food bank organised by the Trussell Trust.The cash collected was donated, for use at the festive season, between The River of Life Church, the Bethany Christian Trust and Women’s Aid.




Annual Golf Competition at Moffat Golf Club 2016











Dumfries Lions Club held its annual golf competition at Moffat Golf Club on Sat 16 July and the event was organised by Lion Ken Humphries, a past captain of Moffat Golf Club. The format was a Texas Scramble with four man teams and the winners were from Eden Golf Club, Carlisle; Paul Stoszkowski, Sam McCormick, Mike Kane and Derrick Armstrong. with members of the Lions Club. The team which came second, also from Eden GC; Alan Falder, Ian Dickenson, Andrew Kennedy and John Ward.The third team, Dumfries Lions Club was; Gordon Reid, Brian Marsh, Caven Hyslop and Allan Carruthers. Weather conditions were favourable and an enjoyable day was had by all the participants. Proceeds from the event were in excess of £1700 and the money will be used to help the local community in Moffat.

Lions Clubs District 105NE Convention, Nov 14 & 15th, 2014Held at the Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries

The Convention was a two day gathering of representatives of the Lions Clubs in the District, chaired by District Governor Andrew Kerr Sutherland and hosted by Dumfries Lions Club. The Lions met together for a weekend to enjoy two social functions and to decide future policy at the business session on the Saturday.  It was a great weekend of fun and fellowship and it was a chance to meet new friends and old. The main object was uniting the Clubs in friendship and mutual understanding.







Auction and Table Top Sale at DG1

On May 17, 2014,  the Club held an Auction and Table top sale of goods donated by generous residents of Dumfries and which were collected by the Lions over a period of several weeks. The event was held at the prestigious DG1 venue and the it raised over £2000 of which £500 is to be donated to the Standard Toy Appeal. The remaining cash will go to our co-organisers, the Oasis Youth Centre, and to other good causes. Some of the goods left over from the event will be sold at car boot sales.



Visit of our Royal Patron, Her Grace the Countess of Wessex, to Dumfries

The photo shows members all dressed up and somewhere to go. On May 19 ,2014, the Duke and Duchess of Wessex paid a Royal visit to Dumfries and the Dumfries Lions were invited to the civic reception at the Easterbrook Hall where they were introduced to the Royal couple. The Countess said she was pleased to meet us as she is the Royal Patron of Lions Club International in the British Isles. There were seven representatives of the Club present, including two wives, and President Ewan introduced the members and updated the Royals on some our recent fundraising events.

Burns Supper at the Globe Inn January 2014

On Jan 30, the Club held its 7th Burns Supper at the Globe Inn and 45 people enjoyed an evening of fellowship and Scottish culture. The food, as usual, was excellent and the staff of the Globe and manageress Jane Brown are to be congratulated on a job well done. The event was organised and chaired by Lion Colin McGregor, to whom we are indebted, and the address to the haggis was by John McMillan (photo attached). Songs and recitations were given by Anne and Star McMurdie (aged 8). An excellent Immortal Memory was delivered by Gordon Johnstone whilst the Toast to the Lassies was given by Callum Watson. Maureen McKerrow, proprietor of the Globe, gave a feisty reply and Lion President Ewan gave the vote of thanks. The 14 year old piper, Lani O'Neil, did a brilliant job welcoming the guests in traditional style and piping in the haggis.    






 Lions Club in Moffat

Following the successful Golf Tournament at Moffat on July 13, the proceeds raised were distributed to a number of good causes in the Town at a meeting in the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. Among the recipients was Shelby Watson who was given a cheque of £750 towards her new racing wheelchair which will enable her to participate in future Para Games. 







Sixth Annual Burns Supper 2013

The sixth Annual Burns supper was held at the Globe Inn, Burns' own howff, on Thursday Jan 31. About 40 people attended and we think they all enjoyed the evening in that special atmosphere, which the Globe engenders. Archie Fergusson, entertained the company with the Immortal Memory and the Address to the Haggis, whilst the Toast to the Lasses was given by local stalwart, David Thomson. The reply, by Jane Brown, was given at very short notice in her own inimitable way and was very amusing

Leona Evans entertained the company with some beautiful songs and 14 year old Euan Swan, the piper, gave us an excellent programme of music.  The evening was chaired by Lion Colin McGregor and President Richard proposed the vote of thanks.

It was an excellent night and thanks are due to our guests, the artistes, Jane Brown  and the Globe for her hospitality and to Lion Colin McGregor who organised the event.

Christmas Tree Sale 2012

The Club held its annual Cristmas tree sale on 8th and 9th December, at a site on the Colin bypass. 250 trees tree were sold this year and business was very brisk, especially on the first Saturday, when the weather was excellent. A profit of £3000 was made for the good causes. The photo show Jock, John and Jim sleeving a tree for another satisfied customer.

Annual Collection of Groceries for People in Need at Christmas, 2021

On the 22 to 25  November, at Tesco Superstore, Cuckoo Bridge, the Club carried out its annual collection of groceries for people in need at Christmas. The event raised over £2000 worth of groceries and cash. With these proceeds, the Club was able to provide over 200 people with a Christmas parcel. Larger items (e.g. large boxes of Chocolates etc.) were donated to care homes in the area. The photo shows Sheila, Colin, Bill, Ewan and Sandra with some of the parcels before they were delivered.


Seven Members Attend District 105NE Convention in Aberdeen, Nov 17th 2012

Seven members attended the Distinct Convention held at the Douglas Hotel, Aberdeen on the weekend of Saturday 17 November. Five partners accompanied the group and an excellent weekend of business and fellowship was enjoyed by the 120 people attending from all over Scotland and the North of England. President Richard Hall gave a report to Convention written by our Youth Award winner, Conor McCubbin, who was unfortunately unable to attend. Lion Stuart gave a pitch to Convention commending Dumfries as the venue or the 2014 Convention and his bid was unanimously accepted by the delegates. District Youth Exchange Officer, Jim McCormack, also gave a report to convention about the Youth exchange situation and he received a certificate of appreciation for the excellent work he has done during the year. The photo shows the ladies in Roaring 20's fancy dress for the host evening.

31st Charter Anniversay Lunch, Oct 28 2012

The CA lunch was held at the Woodland Hotel on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 and 31 people attended including Liz Carson of Oban who was our guest of honour. Unfortunately DG John could not be present due to a Council of Governors' meeting. President Richard addressed the Club and proposed a toast to Lions Clubs International and he managed to finish in time to allow 4 members away for the QOS match at Palmerston (Queens won 1-0). I Past President Stuart presented the trophy for Lion of the Year to Jim Nelson. The members attending had an excellent lunch and the photo shows members enjoying good fellowship afterwards.

Dumfries Lions Club Craft Fair 2012

The Club held its annual Craft Fair on November 10 at the Community Shop at 135 High Street, Dumfries. Tables were manned by the crafters and the shop was fairly busy. The Club organised a bottle stall and other events on the day and it is estimated the Club raised about £500 for the good causes.  

Duck Race 2012

On Sept 9 we held a duck race in the Whitesands next to the river near the Caul. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to release the ducks into the river as usual, so 100 ducks were picked at random by our guest Peppa Pig and they were blown along a plastic sheeted course using industrial leaf blowers. The first 9 ducks to cross the finishing line were declared the winners. The photo on the left shows Peppe Pig and George selecting the ducks and in the gallery, the photo shows ducks being blown along the course. The lucky winners were; A Thomson £50; A Jewitt £25; A Bennington £10. The following won a bottle of wine; Mrs Davidson; C Mitchell; J Dowson; L Mercer; Ellie Taylor; A Osman.

President's Chucking Out Party (2012)

The Club held its annual "Chucking Out" party on Sunday 29 July when Lion Stuart Armstrong handed over the President's badge of office to Lion Richard Hall. The event was held at Maxwellton Bowling Club and over 45 people attended of which fourteen were club members and six were Youth Exhange students staying with Lions families in Dumfries. The students were our guests of honour and each young lady was presented with a club banner. The evening had a Scottish theme with an excellent sit down meal of Scottish fare and a ceilidh band provided the music. Everyone enjoyed the evening and our young guests enthusiastically joined in the Scottish Dancing. Thanks are due to the organisers, Bill & Sheila Farries and Jim & Linda Nelson, who also did the catering. The photo shows the students holding their banners and accompanied by President Richard Hall.

Golf Competition 2012

Lion Ken Humpries organised the Club's first golf competion at Moffat Golf Club on July 14, 2012. Sixteen teams competed in a Texas Scramble format competition and the players were lucky with the weather. £1200 was raised of which £1000 is to be donated to the Moffat Christmas Lights Appeal. The winners were DGHP Golf Team made up of Ian Roddick, Norman Young, Alex Haddow and Callum Fraser and they were awarded the Claret Jug Trophy donated by Ken Humphries. The booby prize was won by Lion Ewan Fraser's team. Everyone who participated had an excellent day and the event will now become an annual feature of Dumfries Lions Club's fundraising programme. The photo shows the winning team with Moffat Golf Club captain Doug Smith and members of Dumfries Lions Club, including President Richard Hall (3rd from left). Anyone out there who would like to participate in July next year, please get in touch with Ken Humphries at

Dumfries & Galloway Country Fair 2012

The Club attended the Dumfries & Galloway Country Fair  on 18th and 19th August, which was held for the second time at Drumlanrigg Castle. The members organised a tombola bottle stall which was very popular with the visiting public and the profit of £850 made over the weekend will go to local charities and other good causes. There was a good membership turnout for the event and those attending had an enjoyable weekend. The Club members also sold a 400 tickets for the forthcoming Duck Race which was to be held in September.

Dumfries Lions Raft Race 2012

The Annual Dumfries Lions raft race was held on the River Nith on May 27th, 2012. The rafts were paddled down the 1.25 mile route from Nunholm to the Whitesands and most completed the course and successfully passed over the Caul with the help of members of the local sub aqua club who were in the water. The water was very low this year and the crews had to negotiate quite a lot of shallows. Manor House Hotel took 1st prize in the fancy dress for the second time in succession, the theme this time being the diamond jubilee. A team from the Normandy won 2nd prize as well as winning the race for the 8 man rafts. The Aston Hotel won the advertising category in the fancy dress but came a cropper in the race and had to be assisted by the Nith Inshore Rescue. Lower Nithsdale Young Farmers entered for the first time and they were dressed as clowns. The Worlds End Pub entered as pirates and Arnold Clark Peugeot called themselves the Sinking Wallies. Dumfries Lions Club also entered their own raft. The club would like to thank the Sub Aqua members, the Red Cross, Nith Inshore Rescue, Rab Smith, D&G radio unit as well as the public for their support.

30th Anniversary Ceilidh, 2012

In conjunction with the charitable groups Support in Mind, Visibility and Civic Pride, the Club held its 30th anniversary ceilidh at the Cairndale Hotel on Saturday, 24th March. The event was attended by about 120 people. The band, "Two Left Feet", provided the music and at the interval we were entertained by an extraordinary dancing group from Edinburgh called "Twisted Tails" (see Photograph left}. It was a superb night of good fun, music and dancing and everyone seemed to enjoy it enormously. It is estimated that a profit was made in the region of £800 which will be shared amongst the 3 charitable groups. The event would not have happened without the efforts of Lions Heather and Linda and we would like to sincerely thank them for organising the occasion.


The Lions Club of Penrith 37th Charter Anniversary, 2012

The Lions Club of Penrith held its 37th Charter Anniversary Dinner and Dance on February 24, 2012 at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith. Dumfries Lions Club were represented at this prestigious event by President Stuart and three other members. Wives accompanied the group and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed by everyone. The main speaker was Past Council Chairman Matt Jones from South Carolina and he came over from th USA specially for the occasion. Photo Courtesy Ian Edgar of Penrith Lions.

Recognition of Dumfries Lions Club by Arthritis Care (Scotland)

At the November business meeting, two members of Arthritis Care, presented the Club with a certificate of appreciation. It was in recognition of their dedicated support to Arthritis Care over the years and was nationally approved by the Organisation in Scotland. The photo shows President Stuart receiving the certificate from Arthritis Care Chairwoman Linda Riddick (left) and Treasurer Rosemary Murray.


Visit to EcoDeco Waste Management Plant 2011

Fourteen members of the Club paid an official visit to the D&G EcoDeco plant which processes local waste collected from resident's wheelie bins. The visit started at DG!, where the members were shown a video about the plant and then the region's waste management policy was discussed. From there the visitors were taken to the processing site at Lochar Moss where they were shown round the plant and they visited the control room. It was a fascinating and interesting to see how the waste was handled, dried and then sorted into 5 fractions for subsequent disposal. On behalf of the group, Bill Walker thanked Moira Wetherup for organising the visit and thanked Bob for showing us round the plant.

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