The Club & Membership

Why not be a Volunteer?

We appreciate that everyone has a lot to do these days but every little helps and we and the benificiaries of our charitable work would appreciate any time that you can spare to help with our events. Why don't you contact the Club Secretary Richard Maynard on 0345 833 9506 or make yourself known via the Contact Us page.  Whilst we primarily spend time raising funds and undertaking community service activities, there is always time for us to get together for social occasions, with lunches, dinners and outings which bring us and our partners together in friendship.  If you are interested in joining us please download the Membership Enquiry Form and complete your contact details and then email it back to us or send your contact details direct via email at:   We would be pleased to welcome you to one of our meetings where you can have an opportunity to see what we do and talk to the team.

The slide show below shows a number of new volunteers being inducted into Membership of the Club. Welcome Tony, Katie and Steve. It also shows another induction conducted online during Lockdown with the assistance of Zoom. Welcome Brendan and Tony H.     


The Clubs Organisation - 50 Years of Service 1968 to 2018

The Club was formed in 1968 with 20 members by our 'mother club' Crawley and has a mix of male and female members. More information about the 50 year Anniversary can be viewed by CLICKING 50 HERE. There are a number of key people involved in its day to day operation. In July each year the club members elect the clubs officers for a twelve month period.  To contact any of the clubs officers please go to the  Contact Us page or telephone the Club Secretary on 0345 833 9506.

The key Trustee Posts for 2020/21 took office on the 1st July 2020 and are as follows:

President   Brian Richens       brian richens 2016       Secretary  Richard Maynard      richard m

Treasurer   Mike Barty         barty1a     1st Vice President  Ian Forbes . Ian Forbes

The club has a number of officers to handle the clubs adminstration. They are:- 

Fundraising Chairman  David Wadsworth  -  All Fundraising for Charitable Purposes

Community Services Chairman  Sharan Billings  -  All Charity Support & Giving

Membership Chairman  Ron Millen  -  Recruitment and Retention of Members and Lions Welfare

Tail Twister  Steve Dale  -  Small fines for Members misdemeaners to help towards our admin costs

Lion Tamer  Vacant  -  Arranging  all Entertainment and Social events

Public Relations  Jill Pyper  -  Relations with the Public & Press

LCIF (International Foundation) Coordinator - Vacant

Club Insurance Officer - Vacant

200 Club  Lynn Graysmark -  200 Club Secretary/Treasurer

Webmaster   Keith Pratt  -  Website Construction, Content and Management

Social Media is supported by two volunteers: Facebook - Janet Horsburgh and for Twitter & Instagram - Sam Richens

The Fundraising and Community Service Chairman both have a team drawn from the membership to assist them with activities that they are engaged in. To read more go to Fundraising or Community Service for more detail. Please also see the Supporters Page for details of the 200 Club.

The East Grinstead & District Lions is also the home club of Ian Forbes, South East District Governor and Mike Barty is also Region 4 Club Liaison

The Slide Show below has pictures of the official handover from outgoing President Ron Millen to Incoming President Brian Richens

Meetings and Venue

The Club meets on the first Monday (providing that is not a Bank Holiday) of each month starting at 8.00 pm to talk about plans and discuss the running of the club and its activities. These monthly Business Meetings ensure we stay on track, raise enough money to fulfil our community plans and enjoy a sociable beverage afterwards. The location is a meeting room 'above' the British Legion Club 4, Station Road, East Grinstead West Sussex RH19 1DJ. A map is available to view by Clicking Here.    Visitors and non lions wishing to attend should contact the Club Secretary Richard Maynard on  0345 833 9506 or via the Contact Us page.

During the year our members hold a number of social events including Charter Anniversary Dinners, Travelling Lunches, Outings, Suppers, etc. Our aim is to ensure that whilst we work hard to support our community, we can have some fun and enjoyment as well.  The pictures below were taken at a recent Handover Lunch. 

Social Events

To ensure that all Lions Clubs observe the highest standards in community life, Lions International has adopted a set of statements about our Purposes and Ethics. To view these Click Here Purposes & Ethics

Past Presidents

2018 saw the 50th Anniverasry of the Clubs formation. A list of the lions who have been President over the past years can be viewed by Clicking Here

Lions International and UK Lions

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The International Association of Lions Clubs, better known as Lions Clubs International, was the brain child of Melvin Jones and came into being on 7th June 1917, in October of that year the first Convention was held and a total of 22 Clubs attended.   The first Club to be formed outside the United States was Windsor, Ontario, Canada and so the International Association was started.  The first Lions Club in the UK was formed in 1950 as a result of the influence of US Servicemen here during the war. 


lion logo

All Lions throughout the world wear in their lapel an emblem consisting of a gold "L" on a purple field. Bordering this is a circular gold area with two lion profiles facing away from the centre. Symbolically the lions face both past and future.    As you can see from the logo at the top of this page, the royal colours of purple and gold were selected as the official colours when the Association was organised in 1917.   Purple stands for loyalty to friends and to one's self, and for integrity of mind and heart. Gold symbolises sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgement, purity in life and generosity in mind, heart and purse towards humanity.




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Privacy Statement & Cookies

In recording the events run by the club, we reserve the right to take photographs to advertise our activities. However, we seek permissions where possible and appropriate, particularly in respect to young people, from Teachers, Staff and Parents and otherwise assume that people in more general scenes who are photographed agree to the publication of the pictures unless they notify us to the contrary.

To see the full Privacy Statement please CLICK HERE


Town Crest

The East Grinstead Town Crest shown on the Welcome Page is used with the kind permission of the Council and the Mayor. dated 9.3.16.

Updated 1.10.20