This week we welcomed a new member to the club. Luke Hawkes was inducted by Club President, Tom Simmons and presented with his badge by the Zone Chairman, Lion Neal Charlesworth.


The Tonbridge Lions Club Annual Diabetes Screening Day took place in the Angel Car Park, Tonbridge, on Saturday, 4 August 2018, between 9am and 4pm.  Two qualified medical staff from S.E. Medical undertook the examinations.


324 people attended and took up the offer of a free test of their blood sugar levels.  It was found that 8 people had readings that indicated they should check with their General Practitioner for further investigation whilst 2 people had a reading that required immediate attendance at hospital for treatment.


The Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, Councillor Pam Bates, was welcomed at the screening by the Tonbridge Lions President, Tom Simmons, before being invited to be tested by the medical staff.


The Tonbridge Lions Diabetes Screening Day has been taking place since the year 2000 and over 5,000 people have been examined, of which between 3 and 4 per cent have been referred to their GP for further tests.


The Chairman of the Tonbridge Lions Health Group, Lion Ian Kury, whose Committee organised the Screening, said, “I am delighted with attendance we have had today despite the intense heat.  We are extremely grateful to S.E. Medical, whose professional staff carried out the testing, Tonbridge & Malling Council for allowing the use of the site, and particularly for the help given by their car parking staff”.


Photo 1 – The Mayor of T&M, Cllr. Pam Bates and Pauline Plummer get tested by Jono Erodotou and Julie Cheeseman of S.E. Medical, watched by Lion President Tom Simmons and his wife Vanessa.

On Tuesday 31 July, Lion President Tom Simmons visited Headway in West Kent. He presented Abbie Morton with a cheque for £500 from the proceeds of our Tonbridge Triathlon. Abbie expressed her thanks and said, "This donation will truly make a difference, enabling our charity to continue to provide bespoke services for those living with brain injury. It is important that we, as a charity, continue to provide a diverse range of services for those living with this long-term condition. Your donation will help enormously.”

On Tuesday 31 July 2018, Lion President Tom Simmons visited The Bridge Trust. He presented John Handley with a cheque for £500 from the proceeds of the Tonbridge Triathlon that took place in May.

For Tonbridge Lions it is pleasure to be able to support charities such as this one that need funds to assist and help those in need.

After five performances over three days, the curtain has come down on Tonbridge Lions Club’s hugely successful production of Peter Pan at the Angel Centre.

The producer, Lion Richard Hill said, “Once again the pool of local talent has come together to give us a show that was thoroughly enjoyed by the audiences who participated with traditional panto style.  The enjoyment of performing was clearly evident on the faces of the cast throughout the five shows. We thank the cast and crew for all the hard work, over many weeks, which has resulted with this great success.

Written and performed by the local drama group, The Tonbridge Community Pantomime, the production was very family orientated, with all the usual pantomime humour, featuring many catchy songs and vibrant dancing. It was directed by Nell Price.

Lions President Gordon Hill said, “The pantomime is an opportunity for Lions to bring entertainment to the community of Tonbridge.  We are dedicated to providing a community service in Tonbridge and the pantomime is a welcome addition to our other activities like the Summer Carnival.”


Photos:            1. The whole cast on stage for the finale.

2. Capt Hook (Martin Collis), Crochet Hook (Cheryl Crouch) with the Pirates, Lost Boys and the Indian Tribe.

 As a celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the formation of Lions clubs worldwide, Tonbridge Lions Club wanted to provide a lasting contribution to the Tonbridge community and one that would give enjoyment to many.


Numerous ideas were considered; a wishing-well, a pétanque pitch, even a new clock on River Walk. However, after discussions with Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Leisure Services department and deliberations with their own team, they settled on the provision of a new children’s slide for the sports ground play park. The Council’s Leisure team have had numerous requests for a slide that catered for the older children that used the park and the new slide would fulfil this need.


A location on which to install the slide in the park was earmarked by the Borough Council and proposals were drawn up and discussions with a number of suppliers were put in hand. Yates Playground Equipment was successful and engaged to provide the slide and the installation took place at the beginning of August.


Chairman of the Lions Club project team, Mike Fenn said, “Our active fundraising enabled us to provided £5000 towards the project.  We are grateful to other contributors, Kent County Council, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and the Tonbridge Town Lands and Richard Mylls Charity for helping us bring the project to a successful conclusion.  We believe the new slide will prove to be a welcome addition to the excellent equipment already in place.”


Tonbridge Lions Club would also like to thank TMBC Leisure Services department for their support throughout the process and implementation of the project.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Maria Heslop says: “The new slide brings another dimension to the play area for slightly older children and we hope it gets lots of use over the summer.   Thank you and congratulations to Tonbridge Lions Club, we’re delighted they chose to mark such a special milestone in this way.”

Photo: L/R   Lion Mike Fenn, Kent County Cllr Richard Long, Lion Barrie Bromley, President of Tonbridge Lions, Gordon Hill & his wife Mrs Peggy Hill, and Lion  Owen Baldock