Welcome to Kettering & District Lions Home Page

Kettering Lions are a friendly and active club with enthusiastic members. Kettering  Lions Club  always strives to fulfil the aims and objectives of Lions Clubs worldwide, which is for members to provide comfort and assistance to people less fortunate than themselves.


Easter Chocolate Bouquet Raffle - Many thanks to the venues on the right for their valued support for this years Chocolate Bouquet Raffle. Get yourself along to one of those places and try your luck, you never know. Proceeds go to supporting, mainly local, charitable causes.

Lions International Spectacles Recycling

We continue to support this vital project in which spectacles, via Lions clubs, are distributed to developing countries and provided to this in need with life changing consequences. Thanks to the local people of Kettering and the opticians for supplying over 7000 spectacles recently. These were taken over to the central depot in Birmingham by Lion's friends John and Simon



Many thanks to all the generous Kettering residents who donated to our recent Christmas Sleigh collections. This helps us support the invaluable efforts of local organisations as shown above who support local people in need of support through difficult times by providing food, advice and other support. We were pleased to support to the tune of £500 a project to support local homeless and struggling people run by the local Sikh community (above left). We also supported St Peters and Paul Church foodback (central) and St Edwards Church Foodback (right) with their important work. Donations also went to Kettering Street Pastors also providing valuable resources at this time of hardship. We look forward to helping support these organisations and similar in 2023 onwards.

Kettering Crescents Community Centre recently held Christmas parties for local pensioers as well as one for local children. We were very pleased to be able to assist with a £200 donation to support this. Lion Dave can be seen (left) presenting the cheque to the Crescents.

Lions were pleased to answer a request for help with the Poppy Appeal collections at local supermarkets. Thanks are due to the  customers who were as generous as usual in supporting this worthy cause.

Mike Walsh, Chair of Kettering and District Lions Club Service Team, presenting a cheque for £500 to Nikki Farrar-Hayton from Home Start Kettering Area.
In August 2022 Kettering Town Council hosted a meeting of the various voluntary organisations in Kettering, to find out more about the work they are doing and to facilitate an exchange of information and ideas. Representatives of Kettering and District Lions Club attended this meeting and reported back to a business meeting of the Club. Kettering Lions were particularly impressed by the work being undertaken by Home Start in supporting families in and around Kettering. After discussion the Club voted to donate £500 to this organisation.


We recently held our 50th Charter Dinner at Ritz Desborough. More details to follow but suffice to say that everyone enjoyed a very pleasant social and celebratory event. Local clubs from Corby, Wellingborough, Market Harborough and Northampton helped us celebrate our 50 years as a club and reflect on all the good times spending time with good friends in good causes. The venue was very well prepared and provided a suitable backdrop to a great event.


Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the Club presented a floral tribute at the Royal Proclamation on the Accession of the King Ceremony held at Kettering Market Place on Sunday 11th September.
We offer our sincere thoughts & condolences to all the Royal family


Mike Walsh, Chair of Kettering & District Lions Club Service Team and Beccy Hurrell from BHVA together with a group of children proudly wearing their new “Hi Viz” jackets, funded by Kettering Lions.

Kettering & District Lions Club recently received a request for funding from a local organisation called BHVA - Beccy Hurrell Visual Arts - which is based in The Yards in Kettering town centre. The aim of the organisation is to provide a hub and sanctuary where all members of society have a place to grow and develop, whether that be creatively or socially. This summer Beccy and her colleague Lindsey plan to take a group of children into Kettering to participate in drawing activities and perhaps take them to lunch.  In order to do this safely during the day each child will need a high viz jacket. Kettering Lions have funded the purchase of 20 high viz jackets, which carry the club’s logo, in order to facilitate this project.


Johnny's Happy Place Donation

Keen to support local organisations, the club recently made a £1000 donation to Johnny's Happy Place. Kettering Lions appreciate the invaluable work carried out by that particular organisation in providing meals and support to the local homeless and needy. Founder and cornerstone of Johnny's Happy Place, Denise is pictured accepting the cheque  from Lion Dave. Keep up the great work Denise.

We recently decided to support Highfields Barnes Community Centre Foodbank who do incredible work in Kettering supporting those in need of support. A donation was made by the club of £1000 as we appreciate these are difficult times for many and are very keen to see such wonderful initiatives supported. Lions Natalie and Chris (from left to right, the ones not in red) presented the cheque at Highfields. We also supported the Grange Primary Academy with a £150 cheque for books. Lion Natalie had the chance to reminisce as a former pupil of Grange.
Kettering Lions are very grateful to pubs and venues in Kettering for helping us run our Easter Chocolate raffle. We  decided to go with a variation this year in the form of raffling Chocolate Boquets. Lucky winner from the Wayfarers is shown below. Over £3200 was collected from donations by the generous people of Kettering, money raised will go to worthy local charitable causes.


We were delighted to welcome two new members into the Club recently. Lions Mandy and Natalie (both central) are shown with their sponsors Lions Pam and Christine. We wish them many happy times in serving our community.


Many thanks to all the generous people of Kettering who donated to our Santa Sleigh collection. We were pleased to take part in the Christmas Lights switch on as well as spending time outside Tollers Church and touring streets (limited tour this year). Almost £3000 was raised for worthy causes, including local charity. Huge thanks to Kettering Police Cadets who are pictured here with Santa helping on collections.
Lion John Geary presents a cheque for £1000 to First Responders Linda & colleague Chris. We were delighted to support them in their vital work. Our thanks are due to the Arnold Clark Charity for their help in making the donation possible.


Marie Curie Collections

Kettering Lions members happily donned the big yellow daffodil hat recently to support Marie Curie Nurses by collecting donations outside Morrisons Kettering. We are very grateful for the people of Kettering for their kind donations to this very worthy cause.


Long Service Recognition

Our club celebrated two of our members reaching Long Service milestones recently. John (pictured left) has given 20 years of service to the club and was pleased to receive his recognition from District Governor Jaap. Dave (rIght) has given 10 valuable years of service and received his recognition on the same occasion.

Green fingered Kettering Lions!

An appeal from Kelly Bradbury, Activities Co-ordinator at Claremont Parkway Care Home, for help in the formation of a residents’ Garden Club prompted green fingered members to leap into action. In no time at all a forlorn looking raised planting bed was transformed, with a little help from residents, by the addition of healthy flowers and vegetables. Club President Mike Walsh said “We hope that the project will give the residents great pleasure and satisfaction over the coming months.”

The Covid crisis has highlighted the vital role that IT plays in modern life, including directly within education. Kettering Lions recognise this and decided to donate IT laptops to local schools so that their pupils would have increased access to devices which would help them develop in this essential field. We provided 3 laptops (9 total) to each of Grange, Greenfields and St Andrews Primary Schools. The headteachers were very grateful for these donations and stressed the benefit this will provide to pupils. We are in turn very grateful for a discounted price for the devices from PC World.

Photo above right is Lion Chris Clark  presenting 3 laptops to  the Headmaster at St Andrew’s Primary School. Photo below is Lions President Mike Walsh delivering to the Headmaster at Grange Primary Academy.  Below, Mike Walsh and Malcolm Harris presented 3 laptops to The headmistress and pupils at Greenfields



Kettering Lions were recently very pleased to be able to respond to a request for help from Kettering General Intensive Care Unit (ICU) .  The nurses, doctors and other staff working in the ICU need to take a break every two hours in order to rehydrate, partly due to the issues wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They have to pay for their own drinks during these breaks and were looking for support to provide refreshments.  We were very happy to supply support to the amount of £200 in order for the ICU team to purchase refreshments and help them in their invaluable work.


Kettering Lions Giant Easter Egg Raffle.  Congratulations to these lucky recipients of our Giant Easter Eggs,William(The Park House) plus Libby & Phebe(The Wayfarers).William,an athlete in strict training,decided to donate his to the nurses of the Centenary Wing,Kettering General Hospital,shown with their well deserved egg.
 Due to the current situation some pubs & Clubs May not yet have made their draws  but will no doubt do so when they re-open.Our thanks once again go to them & their customers for their continued support



Kettering and District Lions presented the Green Patch with a cheque for £300. They are a local organisation in Valley Walk who do a great deal to provide access to horticulture and the open air for the local community. The money will be used to improve the duck pond on site. They  will be purchasing an electric filtering pump and creating a rockery waterfall, plus a planting programme and a new shelter for very spoilt ducks!

Kettering & District Lions recently held their annual Community Grant Scheme awards presentation evening. This years awards saw a record number of applications, and the Lions Service Team had the very difficult task of choosing the successful recipients. At the presentation, Lions enjoyed hearing more information about each of the 6 groups/organisations that had been successfully awarded £500 each through the annual scheme, and more details about what they planned to spend the money on. Our president Roy Burrows presented the cheques to the following successful applications : Action for Asperger’s, 23rd Kettering (Clover Hill) Scout Group, C2C Social, Kettering Amateur Swimming Club, Accommodation Concern and Kettering & District Stroke Group. See our facebook page for more information


Shake, rattle and roll..... a very enjoyable evening was had by Kettering & District Lions, family and friends as they held their annual Beetle Drive.
Lions enjoyed delicious baked potatoes and fillings, and the raffle on the night raised £90.
Kettering Lions always value social events and are just as enjoyable as those involving helping the community via fundraising or direct assistance.

Kettering & District Lions were delighted to be chosen as the winner of the recent Kettering Soup event.  The club won £120 and had a further £20 donation given to them at the event.
The event, hosted by Kettering Voluntary Network, is a creative and tasty community fundraiser, where everyone is invited to join the event to enjoy a bowl of delicious soup and bread (maybe a sticky bun too), and receive presentations from 4 local good causes about projects they are seeking support for. In exchange for a minimum donation of £5 (kids go free), people enjoy a bowl of tasty home-made soup, wholesome bread and a vote. All of the £5 donations go into the kitty, and all of those who have made a donation, vote on which project they favour best.
The organisation with the most votes gets the kitty - which Kettering & District Lions were delighted to receive!
This money will be put towards their Glideaway beds project; which are special beds for relatives of people in Palliative care wards at Kettering General Hospital.
Kettering Lions are hard at work fundraising to hopefully raise enough money to purchase 6 specialist beds which cost £695 + vat per bed.
 ‘A lot of work has gone into making it fun’ ‘Thanks Kettering Lions for all their hard work’.
These are just a few of the positive comments Kettering & District Lions received from very happy guests at our FREE Pensioners Tea Party
Guests were   entertained by the wonderful Hugh Beynon, who got the guests singing along to old favourites and even dancing. All enjoyed a few rounds of Bingo.
Thanks to Karen at Tesco's for helping out on the day and providing Jammie Dodgers and Tesco's and Morrison's for providing a gift voucher for food.

Easter Egg Raffle 2019

Eggcellent amount raised from our GIANT Easter egg raffle - £3,496!!

Huge thanks goes to all the 40+ venues that raffled an egg for us. Our thanks also to the people who bought the tickets.
The money raised helps us hold our annual Community Grant Scheme, where we give grants up to £500 to local charities, clubs and organisations, as well as helping other local causes.


Kettering & District Lions Club have donated £375 to Highfield Barnes Youth Club to fund a recent trip to Wicksteed’s Park where the older children used the “Clip 'n Climb facility.In the Summer holidays, our donation will help pay for a visit to the Sir John Lowther County Scout Activity Centre at Glendon near Kettering. Where they can experience scouting activities such as; cooking their own food on an open fire, archery and a challenging obstacle course.

Highfield Barnes... Youth Club, which started 17 years ago, is run by Kelly Mercer.
There are currently 28 boys and girls aged 4 to 12, who meet weekly in the community centre on the Highfields estate. The club does not receive any grants or financial help, and the modest subs they collect have to be used to pay the charge to use the centre.
During the year, Kelly organises trips out for the children to a zoo, or the seaside, and appeals for help to pay for a coach, and the admission charges.

Lion Malcolm Harris presented YLIS ( Young Leaders In Service) certificates to three of nine police cadets who were due to receive them for completion of either 100 or 50 volunteer hours work in the local community over a 12 month period.
Participation in this scheme is open to all 11 to 18 year olds (years 7 to 13) giving their free time helping others with any number of simple tasks such as walking a sick neighbours dog to more energetic events such as planting trees to help our environment. The nationally recognised certificates can then be used to support an application for full or part time work or entrance to a college or university providing additional information about the individuals ability to ‘go the extra mile’.
Congratulations go to all those individuals who completed this challenge.
If you know a potential ‘young leader’ who  would be interested in participating in this scheme please send an email or text to Kettering & District  Lions for more information. (see Contacts section)
Cransley Hospice held their fundraising fun race 10k and half marathon in September raising over £25000. Kettering Lions helped support the event by providing Marshalling on the half marathon secton. Congratulations to everyone who ran on the day and we very much enjoyed supporting and encouraging and are very pleased that so much was raised for this very worth cause.

Another 4000 pairs of spectacles on their way to Chichester Lions for sorting prior to their journey to France for grading. Their final destinations are developing countries where they are much needed and appreciated. Many thanks to all those who kindly donated their used spectacles. Many thanks to all the opticians in the area for taking part (Local Specsavers, Vision Express, Boots(shown below), Kettering Library, Fuller Team Rooms, Morrisons,ASDA, Cransley HospiceShop). We are also grateful to parcelforce for delivering free of charge.



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  About the Club 

Kettering Lions are a friendly and active club with enthusiastic members. Kettering  Lions Club  always strives to fulfil the aims and objectives of Lions Clubs worldwide, which is for members to provide comfort and assistance to people less fortunate than themselves.

  The club welcomes men and women from all walks of life and has recently recruited several new members. As well as undertaking fundraising events Kettering Lions organise outings and events for the local community, including the much enjoyed Christmas parties for deserving Adults and Children. Summer events include a summer tea party for the elderly, adult summer disco, raffle collection (partly to raise money for the Air Ambulance), summer Family Fun Day and a fundraising 'race night'.

Please see the Contact Us  section (or call 0845 833 5862) for details of how to get in touch, would like to make a donation, and/or would like more information about Kettering Lions and joining our friendly club

Thought for the month:

"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito..."
Eastern Philosophy

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