Events Reports




The handover from David Endersby, the previous president, to Roger Bluff, the president for 2021/22, was delayed due to the restrictions of the Coronavirus pandemic.    However once the restrictions were relaxed we were able to hold a socially distanced dinner in September at the East Brighton Golf Club.  It was good to be able to meet up in person at a social event again.

David had already passed the chain of office to Roger who thanked him for his presidency during the previous year.   A past president’s badge was presented to David. 


Lion President Roger Bluff was very proud to start his Presidential year by presenting  a long service award to Lion Roy Crossland to mark his 45 years membership of the Lions   This is a small token in recognition of many years’ service to the club and to the whole community covered by our service activities over the years.


Early on a Thursday morning we got a phone call.  A family in Woodingdean had suffered a fridge/ freezer breakdown overnight. 

The father is on furlough and the family could not afford to replace it.  With two children with additional needs including an autistic son there was an urgent need, not least to store medication which needs refrigeration.

The appeal was agreed by the service committee and then the club and an order for a replacement was placed within six hours of the initial phone call.

The following day the family sent the attached photograph to the club.

We are so pleased to have been able to help.




Due to COVID we were unable to hold our annual Christmas lunches for senior citizens.

Instead we approached all the schools in our area together with the local churches to ask if they knew of any seniors or families who would be missing out on things over Christmas.

We were able to provide 13 lonely, needy seniors with a gift parcel containing Christmas goodies and a houseplant.

We were also asked to help 32 families in need.  We were able to provide these families with Christmas food items and crackers for each of the children and 43 adults.  Each of the 73 children also received a gift-wrapped toy appropriate to their age.

The parcels were delivered to the schools for them to distribute to the families before the end of term and the seniors received theirs before Christmas.

A new initiative by the club which resulted in many locals enjoying Christmas just a bit better than they might otherwise  have done.


Lion President David Endersby was pleased to be able to remotely present to Woodingdean Primary School a copy of ‘Don’t Worry, Little Crab’ for each pupil in the Reception class.

The Big Breakfast Read is an annual event but unfortunately this year parents were not able to be present. The Lion President attended by Zoom, as indeed did Santa.  

The presentation continues the support the Lions Club gives to the five Primary Schools in our area.


Lion President David Endersby was delighted to be able to attend at Rudyard Kipling Primary School in Woodingdean to present a book to each pupil in Year 1.  

This was a continuation of our presentation to pupils in the Reception Class in each of the five primary schools in our area.

Because of the lockdown it was not possible to present the books before now while the pupils were still in the Reception Class.





Immediate Past President Lion Geoff Rhodes was delighted to present Lion Ken Humphreys with his Melvin Jones Fellowship award. 

This was in recognition of his long service, especially as Treasurer to the Club for many years.


The MJF is the highest award to members Internationally and is given in recognition of outstanding service. 

Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions Club is proud to now have four holders of the MJF in their current membership.





We are, of course, still in lockdown but we are continuing to support local needs.

As our 2020 summer events have now all been cancelled, including our bar and barbeque at the Rottingdean Village Fair, we have donated the remainder of our soft drinks stock to the Java Community Cafe in Woodingdean for their food parcels to support local families.

We have also made financial donations to the Food Banks in Whitehawk and Saltdean as well as to the Java Cafe.

As things continue as they are it is impossible to be sure when our fundraising can start again but rest assured we will look to be up and running as soon as possible.  Meanwhile you can help us by joining Amazon Smile and naming us as your charity. As more shopping is done on line it soon mounts up.  See the details on the right.

In the meantime we will continue to support our local needs as long as our funds last.

If you know of anyone in need please contact us.  If you would like to make a donation please use the link on the right.

MARCH 2020

We may be in lockdown and unable to hold meetings but we are still continuing our service in the locality. We have donated £500 to Whitehawk Food Bank at a time when they are having to cope with increased demand.

We have also made a donation to Brighton Scrub Hub (a voluntary makers group in the South East using their sewing skills in the fight against Coronavirus).  This will buy materials to make more scrubs much needed by NHS Hospitals. 

Because we have had to cancel our Fayre and Gala we have donated some of our soft drink stock to the Java Community Cafe in Woodingdean.  They will use this to assist their support for local families.

On ‘Our Achievements‘ page you will see that one of the charities that we support is the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.  Since 2012 Lions Clubs in the area have donated over £315,000 and this is mentioned in the March 2020 edition of Air Ambulance News.  Air Ambulance News 2020 

MARCH 2020

We had planned to present our portion of the funds  raised from our Swimathon last year to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, but due to current circumstances a presentation has proved impossible. We have therefore posted the cheque to them so that they have our share of the money raised and can put it to good use.

Similarly the presentation of the shield for most money raised, which will go to 23rd Brighton (Rottingdean) Beavers, was cancelled.  That presentation will take place as soon as possible.


Lion President Geoff Rhodes and Service Chairman Lion Andy Wavell visited the Saltdean & Rottingdean Youth Club to see their new table football game in action.  Members of the Youth Club raised much of the money by running stalls at the Rottingdean Lions Fayre and Lions Saltdean Gala in 2019.  The Lions were pleased to donate the balance of the money needed for the table to be bought.  It is now regularly in use during Youth Club sessions.



Lion President Geoff Rhodes and Lion Ian Christie were delighted to attend the final of Lions ROAR 2019 at Wakehurst Place in December. They were there to support the teams from three local Primary Schools who had been sponsored by the club. 

Lions ROAR is the Lions education programme that helps release the creativity in every child.  We were delighted that Rudyard Kipling School came third overall and St Margaret’s Primary and Saltdean Primary both performed well.  Congratulations to all the teams.


Lion President Geoff Rhodes accompanied by Lions Andy Wavell and Ian Christie were delighted to present reading books to all pupils in the Reception Class at both Woodingdean Primary School and Saltdean Primary.  The books were chosen by the teachers as being most relevant to the children’s development

It was a special treat that Father Christmas made an appearance at Woodingdean


Lion President Geoff Rhodes and Service Chairman Lion Andy Wavell were pleased to be able to present a copy of ‘Happy To Be Me’ to every child in the reception class at Our Lady Of Lourdes Primary school in Rottingdean. The book will be theirs to keep with a view to helping them to learn and enjoy reading.



Lion president Geoff Rhodes and Lions Andy Wavell were pleased to present a copy of the book, The Cave, to both 23rd Brighton (Rottingdean) and 42nd Brighton (Saltdean) Scout Groups.   The book gives an account of the daring rescue of a Thai football team trapped in a cave by flood water. One of the lead divers was John Volanthen who the Club sponsored to attend a Scout World Jamboree in Australia.  John attended both Scout Groups.


Lion President Geoff Rhodes with Lions Arthur Jarvis and Andy Wavell plus their wives visited Jamie’s Farm at Lewes where recently a donation of £500 had been made towards the running costs of the farm.  Typically this will keep the bio mass boiler running for three months.  The work done with young disadvantaged people who come to the farm for a week was explained.  We were all impressed with the dedication of the staff and the value of the work done on the farm. 


Our 2019 sponsored swim took place at Roedean School pool on Sunday 20 October.

The teams who participated will retain 50% of the money raised for their own charitable purposes. The major beneficiary of the Lions’ share of the money will be, as usual, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.


David Hunt of the Four Deans Stroke Club thanked Lion President Geoff Rhodes for the Lions’ donation towards the cost of a new disabled persons’ transport vehicle.

JULY 2019

Lion President Geoff Rhodes presented a book titled “A Great Big Cuddle” to each child in Rudyard Kipling School’s Reception class. This was to encourage them to enjoy a lifetime of reading.

It was a very pleasant morning, the children performed very well and comments of appreciation were received from parents on their way out


Members and friends running the stalls

JULY 2019 

Lion President, Geoff Rhodes, was pleased to present a cheque for £500 to the music department of Longhill School.  This has enabled a new piano to be provided which will enhance a much needed resource in the school.

The donation was in memory of Gerry Prince who had been a Lion for many years and had also been Chair of Governors at Longhill High School

JUNE 2019

On 15 June we again ran our famous BBQ at the Lions Fayre in Rottingdean.

As you can see this is very popular with those who supported us at the event.  The Lions also ran various other stalls which helped to raise money for good causes.

Thank you to all those who supported us on the day.

JUNE 2019

Having completed almost 2 years as Lions President, Ian Christie made his final cheque presentation.  This was for £500 to Blind Veterans UK in Ovingdean.

The presentation took place in their sensory garden given to Blind Veterans UK after winning a gold medal as one of the show gardens at The Hampton Court Flower Show in 2017.  The garden is now located in the inner garden at the Ovingdean Centre.

JUNE 2019

Lion President, Ian Christie and Lion Andy Wavell  presented a copy of The Cave to Lonhill School.  This details the rescue of the Thai football team who were trapped underground in a cave.

John Volanthen a past pupil at the school, was the firstt caver to find the boys. 

The book was presented in his honour.


MAY 2019

Lion President Ian Christie together with Lion Roger Bluff presented a cheque for £1,300 to Chestnut Tree House.  This sum was raised at our Swim event in November 2018.

The 23rd Brighton Scouts raised the most money at the event and the presentation to Chestnut Tree House was made at their Beavers’ meeting.


APRIL 2019

Lion President Ian Christie together with Lion Andy Wavell and Mrs Jill Volanthen visited the Mayor’s Parlour to present a copy of The Cave to Councillor Dee Simson.  The book gives an account of the daring rescue of a Thai football team trapped in a cave by flood water.

One of the lead divers was John Volanthen who the Club sponsored to attend a Scout World Jamboree in Australia.  John attended local schools and Scout Groups.

MARCH 2019

Members of Rottingdean & Saltdean Lions, together with Lions from other Lions Clubs, held an It’s a Knock Out day for local organisations who support disadvantaged members of the local community.  

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove Councillor Dee Simson attended to present prizes and certificates to all participants.


Lion President Ian Christie and  Lion Andy Wavell, chair of the Service Committee, visited Off the Fence.  This is a charity helping the homeless in all areas of Brighton and the visit was to see how the Service works.

The Club helped with funding towards the shower van which travels around the city to provide facilities for homeless men and women.

As Off The Fence is the President’s Charity of the Year the Club will help with further projects during his presidential year.


Lion President Ian Christie and Lion Andy Wavell were pleased to be able to present reading books to all the children in the Reception Class at Our Lady of Lourdes primary school.  

This is part of the Club’s initiative to provide reading books to all local primary schools 



Lion President Ian Christie and Lion Andy Wavell visited St Margaret’s  C of E Primary school to present books to children in the Reception Class.


The annual Swimathon was held in the pool at Roedean School.  Local groups were sponsored to swim as many lengths as possible in a given time.  

Monies raised will be divided between the Lions selected charity, Chestnut Tree House and the swimmers’ own funds.



Lion President Ian Christie presented the Swim Shield to 23rd Brighton Scout Group for raising the most sponsorship amongst those taking part in our annual Sponsored Swim.  

Monies raised from this event will be shared with the participants and Chestnut Tree House.



Lion Geoff Rhodes visited Southern Knights Stars in Woodingdean, a dance group set up for adults and children with special needs. 

He presented a speaker to help the children with a hearing impairment.  

He also presented a cheque for £100 towards the cost of costumes for their performance in January 2019.


Lion President Ian together with four other members of the Club joined GRAB at Ovingdean beach for one of their monthly beach cleans.  The Club was pleased to be able to provide much needed equipment for the Group and take part in this important local environmental event which was part of International Beach Clean Day.

JUNE 2018

Rottingdean & Saltdean Lions held their Annual Lions Fayre on Rottingdean Village Green on 16 June 2018.. 

Lion President Ian Christie opened the event and hoped that everyone would enjoy the day.  

A varied programme of arena events, activities and stalls made for a successful event. 

The Lions would like to thank everyone who supported the Fayre.

JUNE 2018

Lions President Ian Christie presented a cheque for £500 to Blind Veterans UK specifically to be used at their Ovingdean Centre.  

The presentation took  place in their sensory garden given to Blind Veterans UK after winning a gold medal as one of the show gardens at The Hampton Court Flower Show in 2017.  

The garden is now located in the inner garden at their Ovingdean Centre and is a stunning spectacle.  Lesley Garven, the Centre Manager, was delighted to receive the money and said it will be used towards helping to maintain the garden.

JUNE 2018

Lion President Ian Christie visited Rudyard Kipling Primary School to present books to Reception Class pupils.  Parents were there too to see their sons and daughters receive these and Ian said “he was delighted to present these books and hoped they would encourage the children to continue reading.”  Judging by the reaction of the children he was sure this would be the case.

This was the last in a round of book presentations to local Primary Schools to celebrate the Centennial of Lions Clubs International.

31 MAY 2018

45 local Senior Citizens enjoyed a full day Coach Trip to Arundel Cathedral Corpus Christi Festival, accompanied by Lion David Endersby, his wife and Lions Norman Watson and John Ewbank.  

The floral carpet along the Centre Aisle was very impressive, as were the other floral displays around the perimeter of the Cathedral.  

This was followed by a Cream Tea and retail therapy at Haskins Garden Centre, Rustington.

MAY 2018

Lion President Ian Christie with Lion Andy Wavell attended an assembly at St Margaret’s School, Rottingdean, to present Acting Head Clare Price with a plaque to commemorate the gift from the Lions of £1,896.66 to cover the cost of new fiction books for the school library.

Ian said ‘It is wonderful to help equip the new school library in this way and we are delighted to see the use the students are making of the new books already.’


MAY 2018

Thanks to Woodingdean Co-op we were able to put an information table out for the day to let residents know what we do and what we can do for them.

We also found some potential members and seniors who wished to join our invitation list for coach outings and the Christmas lunches



Presentation to the winners at

Saltdean Tavern and The Dew Drop Inn


Lion President Ian Christie presented a certificate of appreciation to Suresh McMillan, Senior Partner of McMillan Wealth Management in Rottingdean.

This was in recognitiion of their donation of £500 at our auction in December 2017.


Lion President, Ian Christie, and club member Brian Cook were pleased to present a cheque for £1250 to Joanne Moss, Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. The money was raised at the Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions’ annual sponsored swim in November 2017.

Ian said: “I’m pleased that we were once again able to make a sizeable donation to the hospice, thanks to the efforts of the teams who raised sponsorship through the Swim. I hope this year’s Swim will be even more successful, particularly as it takes place in November (on Sunday 18th), the month that the hospice celebrates its 15th birthday.



President Ian Christie along with Father Christmas and Lion Andy Wavell attended Woodingdean Primary School to distribute books to the reception class.  This was part of the Lions Centennial Project of giving books to children in all the local schools.  Father Christmas had a great reception and from comments received afterwards the children were pleased to receive their books.


As part of Service to the community Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions hosted two Christmas lunches at the White Horse in Rottingdean for local Senior Citizens.  Over 70 people attended the two events which, judging by the comments received, were enjoyed by all.


Many thanks to Longridge Avenue Co-op for their help & support to Rottingdean & Saltdean Lions. We received a cheque for £4,240.99 from the recent round of the Coop Community Fund. This money will be used to buy local schools’ reception year children books they can keep.


Every year, the team who raise most money at the R&S Lions’ sponsored swim are presented with the club’s Challenge Shield, which they hold till the next Swim. 

In 2017 the successful team was “Scor!”. Lion President, Ian Christie, said:

‘I was particularly pleased to present the Shield to Scor! as they were a new team to the event, and to raise the most money at their first time attempt was a brilliant effort. As well as the team’s swimmers, our thanks are due to the team captain, Ellie Mark, fellow parent, Anna Lindmark, and their partners for their efforts in raising so much money.’


Lion President Ian Christie presented a cheque for £1,000 to

Extratime, an organIsation that provides facilities for children and young people with disabilities and life limiting conditions.  They also received a further £100 as the beneficiary of our Charity of the Month draw in September.


JULY 2017

Lion President, Ian Christie, presented a cheque for £500 towards the Ovingdean Defibrillator sited at the Post Office in Longhill Road.

JUNE 2017

Lion President, Andy Wavell, presented a cheque for £5,000 to Autism Sussex to equip a new sensory room for use by their clients.

MAY 2017

Lion President, Andy Wavell, presented a cheque for £460 to the Beacon Hub, Rottingdean

APRIL 2017

Lion President, Andy Wavell, presented a cheque for £1,000 to the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance