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Each year the President of The Lions Club of Ilminster and District can choose a charity to support during his/her term of Office. This year, the Lion President Alan Rudkin has selected Parkinson's Research as his nominated charity. Over the last few years, The Beacon Centre, Taunton, The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, The Children’s Hospice Southwest and very recently The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Musgrove Park Hospital have been among the chosen charities. The donations usually go to buy specific pieces of important equipment in consultation with the charity.

These donations and the work undertaken by Ilminster Lions could not take place without the generosity and support of our local community. So Ilminster Lions sincerely thank all those who give so generously and would ask for your continued support.

PLEASE CLICK here for details of our Spring Event at Seavington on May 6th and 7th 2017 plus details of all the prizes kindly donated to our raffle!


Members of the Lions Club of Ilminster and District enjoyed a tree planting ceremony at Ilminster Football Club on Saturday 1st April 2017.  Joined by District Councillor Carol Goodall, Directors of the Football Club and members of the under 6 years team, Lion Alan Gibbs set the Italian Alder, chosen for its suitability for the location, in position next to the Archie Gooch Pavilion.  The children were not hoodwinked into believing that spaghetti would bloom on their Italian tree next Spring, even though it was April Fool’s Day.

Photo arriving shortly!


The First South Petherton Rainbows recently received a £200 donation towards their activities, presented by Lions Glenys Whaites, Rosemary Jackson and Shirley Farley.

SP Rainbows cheque presentation


The Ilminster Victorian Evening, taking place in November each year, gives us an opportunity to accept donations for our mulled wine and biscuits. From this we make a donation to the Ilminster Christmas Lights Committee to help towards the cost of providing this spectacular show.

Cheque for Ilminster Lights    Ilminster Lights Cheque Presentation AlanClinton2017 

Ilminster Lions President, Alan Rudkin presents a cheque for £610 to Clinton Bonner of the Ilminster Christmas Lights Committee,


Our last remaining Charter Member, Norman 'Dusty' Miller, decided to retire from the Club after giving 40 year's service to the Ilminster community. He held many positions including Club President during that time and was always ready to give his time and expertise to all the club's activities. We will keep in touch with him but will miss his friendliness, humour and kindness at our meetings and events. The President, Alan Rudkin (R), presented Norman (L) with a token of our appreciation at the Christmas dinner in December, 2016.

Presentation to Norman Miller, Xmas 2016


Each December, we organise a party for the children at Greenfylde C of E First School in Ilminster when we provide an entertainer then a few snacks. We can tell they've enjoyed themselves from the decibel level when they shout out 'Abracadabra', 'Hocus Pocus' or even 'Smelly Socks' to make the magic work! 

This year we welcomed Professor Bumble from Sidmouth with his combination of silliness, magic, juggling, uni-cycling and balloon animals!

Professor Bumble at Greenfylde School   Profesor Bumble and Lions at Greenfylde School  

L to R: Rosemary Jackson, Professor Bumble,  and           L to R: Crisps, Penguin biscuits, Rosemary Jackson, 

Philip Creed                                                                                            Philip Creed and Professor Bumble

We are also very pleased to welcome another new member, Anthony Smeeton from Ilminster. We look forward to him joining us in our various club activities.

New member Anthony Smeeton

L to R: Sponsoring Lion Andrew Lawson, new member Anthony, President Alan Rudkin, Glenys Whaites and Dave Case, Membership Chairman.

We have just welcomed two new members to our club, Helen Gilzean from Ilminster and Gordon Doble from Over Stratton, and look forward to working with them.

New members Helen Gilzean and Gordon Doble (November 2016) 

L to R: New member Helen, her sponsor Lindsey Poole, President Alan Rudkin, new member Gordon, his sponsor Martin Smith and Dave Case, Membership Chairman.

Here are photos of some of our activities over the last few years. (See more under Fund Raising)

Montage of 20 small photos of Lions events

Top row - Receiving a donation from the Royal Oak, Over Stratton; A donation to birds of prey; A sing-song somewhere; A donation to Help for Heroes.

Second row - Concert by Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir at The Minster; President Alan Rudkin looking for the source of the River Ile; A donation to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance; Dave Searle and the Easter Eggs.

Third row - A donation to Vaughan-Lee House, Ilminster; Peace posters at Swanmead School, Ilminster; A Peace poster winner; Our brick at the new Ilminster Town Football Club Building; The Dog Show & Fete at Dillington.

Bottom row - Tall Ships voyage including our sponsored crew member Emily (far left); More Peace Posters; Collecting with Father Christmas at Tesco Stores, Ilminster; Arwel Huw Morgan, the soloist at the Minster Concert.

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