Peace Poster

Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This Contest encourages young people worldwide to artistically express their visions of peace.

Each year's contest consists of an original theme incorporating peace. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists' life experiences and culture.

Twenty-four international finalists are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Posters are shared globally via the Internet, the media and exhibits around the world.


Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme.

Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.

The competition is organised by Lions International and is a world-wide competition for 11 to 13 year olds. Leyland & Cuerden Valley Lions Club has sponsored entries from Balshaw's for about 10 years and on five occasions, including this year, the winning entry from Balshaw's has been selected as the best entry from the Lion's District, representing most of North-West England.
The Lions were pleased this year to also receive an entry from Wellfield School and hope to encourage more local schools to participate in future years. 

For more information about the contest, or if you would like to know more about Lions, please telephone  07919176971


Message in a Bottle

Whilst the Message in a Bottle scheme is primarily designed to help the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone could find that Emergency Services, Doctors etc. are called to their house. By completing the information on the form, it will save the Emergency Services valuable time in identifying the individual and whether they have special medication or allergies or not. It is not only a potential lifesaver, but also it provides peace of mind to the users, their friends and families in knowing that prompt medical treatment is provided and that the next of kin / emergency contacts are notified.


Spectacle Collection 

For more than 70 years, Lions have been recognized throughout the world for their service to the blind and visually impaired. Back in 1925, when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become 'Knights of the Blind', she could not have possibly imagined the impact of Lions commitment to blindness prevention.

Bringing rays of light to the darkness of countless people around the world, Lions have established the majority of eye banks worldwide, funded ground - breaking research on leading causes of blindness, organized eyeglass recycling efforts and helped hundreds of thousands of visually impaired people develop the skills to live productive lives.

Update November 2023

Your old spectacles can now be left at various drop off points in the area:-
Wrights Opticians Ltd, 5 Chapel Brow, Leyland, PR25 3NH

Val Hughes, Optometrists, at 15 Hope Terrace, Lostock Hall,
Sutcliffes Opticians, 25 St George's St., Chorley and
The Insty, 195 Wigan Road, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6JG



  Lions launched SightFirst in 1990 as an aggressive attack on the rising tide of blindness a round the world. Forty million people are blind, yet 80 percent of all blindness is preventable or reversible. Developed as a bold response to the World Health Organizations prediction that the number of people who are blind would double in 25 years, SightFirst works to close the gap between existing health care services and those that are needed. Topping more than $140 million in funds raised through a major, three-year fundraising drive, Lions have initiated SightFirst programs in more than 40 countries on five continents. Lions have joined with governments, ophthalmic professionals and other organizations to help establish long-term solutions in health care infrastructure, training of health care professionals , treatment and public education.


Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)

Incorporated in 1968, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the charitable arm of the organization. Through gifts to LCIF, Lions serve a broader community than would otherwise be possible. Lions have reached out across all borders to purchase equipment for an eye bank in

 Western Korea ... to construct a hospice for children with disabilities in France...and to fund treatment for diabetic eye disease in Newfoundland, Canada.

LCIF has approved more than $200 million in grants. This includes grants for the SightFirst Program, humanitarian services, disaster relief and vocational assistance. The foundation receives contributions fro m Lions and others, reaffirming the strong belief that many people working together can achieve more than individuals acting alone.  Click HERE for video.


In the past few years we have supported the following causes:

Alzheimer's Society


​Blood Bikes (Lancashire and The Lakes)

Brothers of Charity

​Cockayne Syndrome

CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)
Dig In North West

Dogs for the Disabled

​Donna's Dream House

The Fire Fighters' Charity

​Gregson Green Fund


​Jigsaw Theatre Workshop

​LCI District Youth Appeal

​LCIF Sight First

Leyland Market Defibrillator Appeal

Living Waters Storehouse

Lostock Hall Memorial Band

​MacMillan Nurses

​Marie Curie

​Mayor's Charity Fund - Chorley & South Ribble

​Miles of Smiles

​M.S. Society

​Operation Florian


St Patrick's School Defibrillator Appeal

South Ribble Pensioners Association

Sporting Memories

St Catherine's - Hospice at Home

Tender Nursing Care

Wade Hall Community Association

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire

​Transtion Support Group













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