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Lions Club of Penrith Website

Penrith is a historic market town in the Eden valley between the Pennines in the east and the Lake District hills in the west. Here the A66 trans pennine route crosses the M6 as it reaches north towards Scotland. It is a meeting place and Penrith Lions Club welcomes new members and visitors alike

It was here in 1975 that a group of local men formed the Lions Club of Penrith. From these small beginnings our club has grown to its present 29 members serving the people of Eden. We have fun and fellowship raising funds and distributing them both in Eden and further afield.

Have a look at our website to get a flavour of the things we do. You may even be inspired to come and join us.

Change Over Barbeque

On Saturday 28th June we met at David and Elizabeth Flemings house for our Barbeque when Bryan Gardiner took over the chain of office from Geoff Silburn. We had an excellent evening despite a slight shower of rain.

The photograph shows Geoff congratulating our new president Bryan.

There are more photographs in the social gallery.

Defibrillator for QEGS

Rory Stewart cut the ribbon on the new defibrillator at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School on the Open Day to celebrate the school's 450th year. The defibrillator was purchased with money donated by Penrith Lions Club and Penrith Rotary Club.
The photograph shows headmaster Peter Kirkup, Rory Stewart, Lion Tony Cleasby, Rotary President Roger Burgin and Lion John Rogerson.

Photograph courtesy of www.derekhorn.com

Penrith Lions Charity Golf Competition
Penrith Golf Club - Sunday 8th June

Despite heavy downpours the previous day closing the course the sun shone brightly on Sunday morning and the first golfers teed off at 7.30am.

The course was in excellent condition and the early competitors had calm condition that favoured low scoring. In the afternoon the wind got up and conditions were more tricky.

The photograph shows from the left Golf Club Captain Phil Park, S McViety, Lion David Fleming, M Tiffin and President Geoff Silburn after the presentation. The winners from Carlisle and Silloth scored a very creditable 49 points.

Hospice at Home
Midnight Walk
Friday 6th June

The Lion aka Lion Terry Ware posing before the walk. Lions members helped to marshal the event on a very pleaseant evening.

We all managed to get bacon rolls at the end of the evening!


photograph courtest of Freddie Wilson www.frederickcameronwilson.co.uk

May Day Carnival 2014

Although the weather had been poor during the previous week we were blessed with a dry day on 5th May for our Annual Carnival. Although the day was overcast we had no rain and the many people in Penrith enjoyed a full programme of events.

Leading the entertainment this year was the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps based in Catterick. They certainly added some colour and precision to the day. The money we raise this year is going to the Help for Heroes Charity in recognition of the start of the First World War.

There are many more photographs in our activities gallery.

Most of these photographs are by kind permission of Andon Zhelyazkovy and can be accessed at www.cumbria-photography.com

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7 A-Side Football Competition
Skelmersdale Sunday 18th May

Penrith Lions took two Under 14 teams from Castletown and Penrith to this Lions Regional competition.

The competition was played on a superb artificial pitch. The teams were placed in two leagues of five teams. Neither team reached the knock-out stage but they were both entered into a Plate cometition. Castletown defeated Penrith in the semi final and went on to win the Plate competition beating Birchwood 2-0 in the final.

The weather was excellent and everyone enjoyed their trip to Skelmerdale

District Convention at Castle Green Hotel Kendal

President Geoff and Linda and Ian and Anne attended the event on 7th and 8th of March
more photographs in the social gallery

Top Table Guests at 39th Charter Anniversary
Roundthorn Hotel 28th February 2014


President Geoff and Linda with their top table guests.
Helen Fazal, Roger Burgin, President Penrith Rotary Club, Guest Amyn Fazal, President Geoff Silburn, Lion Roy Axten, Linda Silburn and District Governor Liz Axten

Photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson
more photographs in social gallery

Our Newest Lion

Terry Ware became our newest member when he was inducted into the club on Monday 17th February at North Lakes Hotel. Presenting with his certificate is President Geoff Silburn and sponsor Tony Cleasby.

Keswick Lions Challenge

Our daughter club Keswick has set Penrith Lions a challenge to raise 7134 for good causes in our area. The distance between the two towns is 18 miles and this equates to 14134 in pennies.

The aim is for each club to raise half of that money in small change. The Challenge was launched at the Sportsmans Inn at Troutbeck on Saurday 1st Fenruary. The photograph shows members of each club at the launch.



Help us help them by taking one of our specially made boxes for collecting your small change. Cowper's Chemists and Styleline in Penrith can supply you with a box.


Message in a Bottle for Eden Housing

and Eden Independent Living


The Lions 'Message in a Bottle' scheme is being rolled out by Eden Housing Association. They have just taken delivery of the first batch of bottles which will be offered to residents and to Eden Independent Living clients.
The photograph shows members of Penrith Lions Club and Jenny Soulsby from Eden Housing Association at the Launch.

New Television for Penrith Day Centre

President Geoff Silburn switched on the new television at Greengarth day centre. Also in the photograph are fellow Lions and members of staff and volunteers from the day centre.
Photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

Donation to Great North Air Ambulance

A number of members took to the streets on Black Eye Friday on a wet and windy evening and visited public houses in Penrith and surrounding area to collect donations for the Pride of Cumbria, Great North Air Ambulance.

The public were vere generous and a cheque for 789 was presented to Great North Air Ambulance at North Lakes Hotel.
photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

Presentation to Ullswater Community College

Penrith Lions were invited by UCC to take a group of senior citizens to the pantomime in January.

The photograph shows welfare committee chairman John Rogerson and Bernard Wood handing over a cheque to Melanie Pole-Baker, Joe Dodd and Ian Tuer to purchase equipment for use of the college as a thank you from the Lions.

Senior Citizens Concert

Members of Penrith Lions Club organised a conert for snior citizens at Penrith Methodist Church on Wednesday 15th January.

The church was full and the audience were enthralled with the performances during the evening. Myrna Tennant from Carlisle opened the evening with some beautiful singing. Myrna was followed by Ullswater Community College jazz band. Irwin Wallace compered the event and also entertained the audience with magic tricks.

Following coffee and shortbread, provided by Lions Ladies, Penrith Town Band brought the concert to a thrilling conclusion.

more photographs in welfare gallery

Cheque Presentation Stoneybeck Inn

On Friday 10th January Lions and their wives were entertained to a buffet by Tom Dent from Stoneybeck Inn.
Tom then presented President Geoff Silburn with a cheque for 1250 for organising the Firework display at Stoneybeck in November
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Christmas Party Saturday 21st December

We all gathered together at Penrith Golf Club for our annual Christmas party.

An excellent meal, provided by the steward and staff, was enjoyed by all.

After a very busy December we all relaxed and enjoyed each others company. We ended the evening with a couple of quizes and look forward to a busy New Year. President Geoff and Linda enjoy the evening.

more photos in the social gallery

Donation from Kendal Calling


Julie Cotton and Jessica Webb attended the Lions business meeting on Monday 18th November and presented the Lions with a cheque for 2450 to be used in their welfare work. The money was part of that given to a number 0f Charities from the Kendal Calling event held at Lowther during the summer. Part of the money will be used for Message in a Bottle and Message in a Wallet which have been such a success recently. For further information see the MIAB page on this site.
photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

Defibrillator for Penrith

Penrith Lions Club presented a defibrillator to the George Hotel for the use of people in the centre of Penrith if it was ever needed. The photograph shows President Geoff Siburn presenting the defibrillator to Justin Wales, manager of the George Hotel. Staff at the George Hotel will be trained in the use of the defibrillator.

Photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

New Member Joins our Club

On Monday 18th November Paul Marshall was inducted into Penrith Lions Club.

The photograph shows Paul with his certificate , John Rogerson his sponsor and President Geoff Slburn

Children in Need Collection
Saturday 16th November

Eighteen members of the club took to the streets on a cold Saturday to extract cash from the populace of Penrith for the Children in Need Appeal which took place the previous evening on the television. We are pleased to announce that we collected 1212 which has been forwarded to Children in Need.
Thank you very much to the people of Penrith.

Remembrance Day Parade
Sunday 10th November

Members of Penrith Lions Club took part in the march to St Andrews church and the subsequent service where President Geoff Silburn laid a wreath on behalf of Penrith Lions Club. The photograph shows the group before the Parade.

District Governor Visits Club

Monday 21st October

DG Liz Axten paid us a visit and helped present some long service chevrons. We also presented a cheque for 350 to Penrith Golf Club Captain Chris Malpas for the Captains Charity. President Trevor Hull from Billericay Lions Club visited us on the evening.


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Defibrillators for
Calthwaite First Responders

Penrith Lions presented Calthwaite First Responders with 800 to purchase defibrillators for the team. They came to a meeting at the Conservative Club on Monday 7th October to show us there equipment and give us a talk on their work.
Photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

David Fairhurst Golf Trophy

On Friday 27th September seven Lions from Penrith and Clitheroe competed for the District Golf Trophy

The weather was excellent and the course in very good condition. It's just a pity that more Lions from throughout the District were unable to play.
The photograph shows Penrith President Geoff Silburn handing over the magnificent trophy to Peter Haworth from Clitheroe.

Penrith Ladies Monkeying Around

On Friday 27th September a number of Lions Ladies visited the home of Linda Hodgson and spent a very productive day making monkeys to sell for charity.

more photographs in social gallery

Keswick 25th Anniversary
Sunday 1st September
Sail on Derwentwater

A number of us joined Keswick Lions to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a sail on Derwentwater followed by an excellent barbeque at Nicol End Marina.

Despite the cool weather we had an excellent sail and a fabulous barbeque to complete the day.

more photographs in social gallery

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