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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.

Penrith Lions Club Sponsors Junior Golf Competition

We sponsored a junior golf competition at Penrith Golf Club on Monday 1st September.

In the photograph are David Fleming and Bryan Gardiner the President of Penrith Lions with Golf Club Captain Phil Park.

In front are the winners Declan Munro 9 hole winner for younger players, Mia Currie 9 hole winner for older players and Claire Crewe winner of 18 hole competition. Well done everyone

Lions Club District Golf Competition

On Monday 1st September Joe Grinbergs and Ian Edgar visited Clitheroe Golf Club to take part in the David Fairhurst Golf Competition.

The weather was very good and the course was in excellent condition. Its Just a pity that our golf was not up to the required standard!
The winner was Peter Haworth from Clitheroe with 34 points followed by Alan Clifford, Clitheroe with 33 points and Malcolm Drever from Blackburn with 29 points.

New Strips for Eden Mencap

On Tuesday 12th August President Bryan Gardiner, Tony Cleasby and Roger Roberts presented new strips to the Mencap teams.

They had been the only teams in their leagues who did not have a strip so you can imagine how pleased they were when the Lions presented them with their very own strips.

100th Birthday

Tony Cleasby presenting Joan Hutton with a bouquet of flowers from Penrith Lions Club on Monay 4th August.

We had tea with Joan and her friends at the Crescent to celebrate Joans 100th birthday. Congratulations.

The Auld Acquiantance Cairn at Gretna

President Bryan and secretary Ian had their photograph taken with Joanna Lumley on Thursday 31st July.
We were there to help build the cairn at the same time as Joanna Lumley was visiting.

The cairn was started about a fortnight ago and anyone can go along and add a stone or two.

more photographs in activities gallery

Our Newest Member

On Monday 21st July we welcomed David Jones into membership of the Lions Club of Penrith. The photograph shows David with his certificate and Bryan Gardiner our club president and Ian Edgar his sponsor.

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

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

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


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

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

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