A major part of the Lions year is spent raising funds to enable us to fulfil our charitable work. These events are organised by the club members in the Fund Raising Committee. However, all club members take an active part in each of the individual events. The money raised is used to assist individuals and organisations that may seek our help; 95% is donated to good causes within the local community with the remaining 5% being used on International Lion projects that need global assistance, such as the impact of International disasters. To simplify the management of events the event organisers will use the email address: for all communications.

The key events in the Annual Calender are as follows:

Book Stall

The club has recently placed a bookcase at East Grinstead railway station stocked with paperbacks for travellers to purchase. This installation complements the Lingfield station bookcases that have been in place for many years. The club is actively seeking more venues to increase the number of outlets. 


Our books sales at the local stations are really successful and help us to raise money for community serves in our area. Can you can help by donating good quality paperbacks? If so contact Richard Maynard on 0845 833 9506 Donations continue to be made and our picture below show a complete library donated to the Club.

Sponsored Swim

This event was held on 9th March between 6.30 and 9.30pm, where local businesses, sports clubs, schools, scouts and any group of six individuals provide teams to swim for 25 minutes in the Kings Leisure Centre, for which they obtain sponsors. The money raised is shared between the Lions 40% and the teams 60%

May Fair

This event started in 1979 is held in the picturesque East Grinstead High Street on May Day Bank Holiday Monday from 10am until 4pm. The High Street is closed to traffic for the day and local residents can enjoy a wide range of private and charity stalls, small fairground rides, live entertainment and supporting refreshment outlets. See the Programme Page for more details.

Donkey Derby

A new summer event for the club, the inaugural event having taken place in July 2013. It is staged on the football pitches next to the Kings Leisure Centre with a mixture of donkey racing provided with the support of Riding for the Disabled, a fun dog show and supporting side shows and stalls. This event will be in support of Lions Charities.

Christmas Raffle

The club sell raffle tickets outside a local supermarket during the week leading up to the East Grinstead Family Shopping Sunday in December. The money raised is used to hold a party for over 200 senior citizens from East Grinstead and the surrounding area. See Community Service 

Raffle Prizes - Winning Ticket Numbers

  Prize Ticket No     Prize Ticket No     Prize Ticket No
1st Waitrose Voucher £150 1761    4th Stones Family Butcher Voucher 3127     7th Voucher  
2nd Martels Voucher 0374   5th Rush Wash & Blow Dry 1063   8th Bottle of Wine 0730
3rd Hamilton Studios Portrate 2011   6th Holistic Queen Voucher 2943   9th Box of Chocolates 4324
                10th Box of Crackers 2864

Stones the Family Butcher have made a contribution to the Lions Christmas Draw. The butchers have taken over Fry's in Lingfield Road East Grinstead and are open Tues/Wed/Sat from 0730 to 1300 and Thurs/Fri from 0730 to 1700. For further details see our LInks Page

Other Events

During the year many other events are supported by the East Grinstead Lions to raise funds. Please see the Programme Page for details   

Why not join us in helping others in the Community. Send us a message on our Contact Us page or contact the Club Secretary direct.

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 Updated 4.6.19