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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.


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.


We have also just received entries from Swanmead Community School, Ilminster for the 29th Peace Poster Competition. Click on the Peace Poster link on the Community Services page for more information.

Peace Poster entries from Swanmead School 2016

The winner, Sophie Gibbins (second from left), was presented with a Certificate of Achievement and a prize by Philip Creed from Ilminster Lions. Mimi Ward and Chloe Park were also awarded prizes for their excellent posters and all contestants shared a box of chocolates. Alison Rose (second from right), Swanmead School art teacher, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Ilminster Lions Club for her help in providing and encouraging the entries from her students. This is Sophie's winning poster on the theme 'A Celebration of Peace'.

Sophie Gibbins' winning Peace Poster 2016

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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