Ilminster and District Lions will be @ Tesco in Chard, this coming Saturday 4th March from 09.00 to 15.00, with their soft toy stall, collecting for The Children's Hospice South West. Our thanks to the management of Chard Tesco for facilitating this collection which is for such a worthy cause.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.



Ilminster and District Lions 
Earthquake Disaster Appeal - Update 13/02/23

It has only been one week since this terrible disaster in Turkey & Syria, in that short space of time and with the fantastic support and generosity of the local community £3000 has been raised. We received a donation of £500 from the Ilminster Community Choir, boosting what we had managed to achieve from our collection on Saturday outside Tesco and other donations that have followed.
It is always worth repeating that 100% of what we manage to raise is passed through to those on the ground in the affected areas.
Many thanks from Ilminster Lions.


Wow what a generous & caring community we live in.

Ilminster & District held a collection outside Tesco in Ilminster today to raise funds for the Earthquake Disaster. Given the urgency, it was organised at short notice and Lions would like to express their appreciation to Tesco for accommodating us.
We raised £2204.68, every penny raised will be (BACS) transferred in total to the Lions team on the ground in the disaster area who are best placed to ensure it is used exactly where needed.

Our thanks to you all for your donations, it was also good to chat to so many of you.



Collection in aid of the Earthquake disaster. Sat 11th Feb outside Tesco in Ilminster.

Ilminster & District Lions will be raising funds for victims of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey & Syria. Any monies raised will be transferred directly to Lions in Turkey, who will know where the help is most needed. We will be outside Tesco in Ilminster on Saturday 11th Feb between 09.00 & 14.00, anything you are able to donate will be greatly appeciated. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

So many generous people in Ilminster and the local area, we managed to raise £366.93 for St Margaret's Hospice with our Teddy Bear stall today. Also thanks to Tesco for facilitating us at their store today with special thanks to our host Helena. Great to see so many people drop by for a chat too.

What a week it has been for Ilminster & Ilminster Lions. This was a donation for £250 towards Party on the Park in 2023. It follows the donations already posted to Baby Basics, Ilminster Xmas Lights and the Defib's appeal, a total of £1500 donated to support local community activities. As said previously, this has been made possible by the generosity and support of the people of Ilminster and local area. Very much appreciated, now to build our funds back up again! We will be out collecting again with our Teddy Bear stall on the 17th Dec outside Tesco's in Ilminster, please drop by and see us. 

C5A0DA67-7933-402A-9FD9-558D6009122BWhat a week it has 


Ilminster Lion's Club entry this year at the Christmas Tree Festival in the Minster is supporting Baby Basics South West.  The Festival runs until Saturday and is well worth a visit.  Your donations matter and are very welcome.  Thank you.

Shirley Farley, President of Ilminster & District Lions chose two charities to support this year, one of which is Baby Basics, based at Monks Yard. Today she had the pleasure of donating a cheque for a further £250 to this very worthy cause. I make no apologies for repeating that none of this would have been made possible without the tremendous support we receive from the Ilminster Community.

Ilminster & District Lions had the pleasure of presenting two cheques this evening to two very worthy Ilminster community groups, the Defib Appeal and the Ilminster Xmas Lights.
A cheque for £500 to each, this could not have been achieved without the tremendous support Lions enjoy from the local community.


Sadly Ilminster and District Lions Club, through no fault of their own, are unable to join with friends and supporters at the Victorian Evening this year offering their traditional mulled wine and biscuits.  We go back almost to the beginning and offer Clinton and his Team grateful thanks for the wonderful Christmas lights display.  We are proud to be able to offer a donation to The Christmas Lights, thanks to all our loyal supporters.  Thank you, have a lovely evening. See you all soon. 


Ilminster and District Lions Rally weekend. Sincere thanks to Lindsey Poole and her team for running such a successful event. Funds were raised for Medical Detection Dogs and Baby Basics, both very worthy charities, thanks to all the competitors for supporting both the sport and the charities. with Lindsey Poole in Seavington Saint Michael, South Somerset.



















Ilminster Lions helping to count some of the £3745 raised from the Ilminster Carnival collection buckets, the morning after.




Ilminster & District Lions helped raise circa £5000 at the Macmillan coffee morning on the 10th September at the Archie Gooch Pavillon.






Our President Shirley Farley paid a visit to the Lamb and Lion in Hambridge last week, together with fellow Lions, David Case and Martin Smith for a double presentation. To present a £250 cheque to Taryn White for Swim for Stroke, in aid of Stroke Organisation for Local & National benefit. Also to present the Landlord Jerry Chedzoy with a certificate of appreciation for his help and support with our successful Ukrainian Appeal.




Dear Lions of Ilminster,

We are thoroughly grateful for your donation of £1500 to Nightingale. The Lions of Ilminster along with the villagers of Chaffcombe have been so generous in supporting the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis and are helping those who have fled conflict to settle into life in a new country.

The war in Ukraine led to families in Chard and nearby villages welcoming refugees into their homes. St. Mary's church kindly offered their meeting rooms as a central safe place for hosts and refugees to meet. It soon became apparent that there was a desperate need for basic English language provision to enable Ukrainians to integration into our community and access jobs.

Nightingale was formed with the aim to meet this need as well as facilitating social and wellbeing opportunities, to build confidence and resilience amongst the Ukrainian refugee community in our town. The group also offers an opportunity for people in our town to volunteer their time in a variety of ways to help the Ukrainians.

The nightingale is the national bird of Ukraine, it is a builder of homes and creator of sweet sounds. Ukrainian refugees in Chard chose Nightingale as the name to represent our group, as a community we are striving to give them safe homes and a voice. 

The money you donated will go towards paying for educational equipment, resources, books, and so on. We aspire to develop cultural understanding and language development in context, by providing educational opportunities through visits and planned events. As the sessions progress needs of the refugees are becoming apparent and the next phase of support is being planned. We would like to keep you updated on this.

At the beginning of this year, none of us could have imagined the situation Ukrainians are in now and we are all finding their resilience and courage remarkable. Please know that your fundraising efforts are making a real difference and that you have our heartfelt thanks.

On behalf of all at Nightingale,

Ingrid Edginton and Vera Marques

(Chair and Vice-Chair)

Ukrainian refugees, hosts and our team of volunteers.



Shirley Farley, President of Ilminster and District Lions had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for £500 to Sandra Parsons representing Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance yesterday evening. £215 was raised by Wessex Dog Training Club running a training event, topped up by Lions to £500.


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