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2019 Easter Party

Easter Party

Melksham Lions hosted a wonderful Easter Party for the children again this year – a now annual event – at the temporary homeless hostel here in Melksham. The children, and parents, and us Lions(!) had a most eggcellent time (sorry) hunting down some well hidden eggs, and being thoroughly entertained by the amazing balloon creations twisted by local entertainer and balloon artist Dave Hickory, who generously gave up his time once again for us.

As a thank you for his time, Dave was presented with a rather delicious looking basket of fruit and veg, kindly donated by Neil Mortimer of Lovejoys.

2019 Easter Party

We are delighted to be able to provide some well needed respite for the families in need at the hostel; one of the many local community projects that we do our best to support. If you would like to find out more about how we raise funds and support your Melksham community, please get in touch and come along to one of our meetings. New members are always welcome; even if your spare time is limited, the more of us we are, the more we can distribute ourselves and share in the work.

Come for a chat! All the details are on our Contact page.

Dave Hickory - Balloon Artist

If you’d like more information about Dave Hickory and his amazing balloon creations, please visit his website at:

Easter Egg Raffles

The Big Lions Egg Raffle

Yes, you read that right… Lions DO have eggs. Easter eggs. They don’t lay them of course (that would be daft). The bunny brought them…

This Easter, Melksham Lions Club are delighted to be working with several local pubs and other businesses to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the various community causes that we support.

We’ve arranged for raffles to be held at each of the locations listed below, with prizes of some fabulous chocolate eggs. Dates of each draw will be set by each venue at their discretion, and tickets are ¬£1 each.

  • Absolute Power Tools – 2 Avro Way, Bowerhill, Melksham, SN12 6TP
  • Refa Tandoori – 1-3 Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES
  • The Harp & Crown – Velly Hill, Gastard (nr Corsham), SN13 9PU
  • The Pig & Whistle – Forest Road, Melksham, SN12 7AE
  • The Somerset Arms – High Street, Semington, BA14 6JR
  • The White Hart – Bath Road, Atworth, SN12 8JR
  • Lowden Garden Centre – Bath Road, Shaw, SN12 8EZ
  • Meads of Melksham – 122 Forest Road, Melksham, SN12 7AE
  • The Toast Office – 116 Top Lane, Whitley, Melksham, SN12 7QU
  • Melksham Tyre Supplies – Station Approach, Bath Road, Melksham, SN12 8BN
  • The Milk Churn – Commerce Way, Melksham, SN12 6AD
  • The Kings Arms – Market Square, Melksham, SN12 6EX

We hope you’ll drop in to any of the above and pick up your tickets, so thank you very much for taking part and GOOD LUCK!

Litter Picking

Out And About In March

Melksham Lions members are constantly out and about; often behind the scenes but always working for our community in one way or another. Among other things this month, we’ve been pleased to present another cheque; this time to Wiltshire Mind who have been a great help to us in dealing with unwanted items through their local charity shop.

Cheque presented to Wiltshire Mind

Wiltshire Mind are themselves an extremely valuable and busy organisation within the area, providing vital support to those suffering with mental health issues. More information can be found on their website .

We’ve also been rather busy in a more ‘manual labour’ fashion; joining forces with other local folk to have a bit of a tidy up. Our esteemed president and secretary – husband and wife team Jim & Sue Whyborn – recently donned the fluoros, grabbed the grabbers, and set off on a litter picking adventure around the neighbourhood.

Litter Picking

Our thanks go to all those who participated, especially the organisers; it’s such a shame that such an activity becomes necessary but alas it does, and the difference after cleaning is always a pleasure to see.

If you’d like to get involved in the local litter picks, get in touch and we’ll point you in the right direction. And if you’re that way inclined to want to support the community you live in… have a think about popping along to a Lions meeting sometime too ūüôā

The White Hart receive certificate of thanks

Thanks To White Hart

We were delighted recently to put two teams into a quiz night at The White Hart in Atworth; the proceeds of of which were generously donated to the club to bolster our community fundraising efforts. Every little helps, and this has been a big help! In recognition of this, we recently presented a certificate of thanks.

Melksham Lights cheque 2019

Donation To Melksham Lights

On Thursday 14th March we were delighted to present a cheque to Len Bealing of the Melksham Christmas Lights Group. This hard working team of volunteers are much appreciated in our town and give us a spectacular display each year. We are pleased to be able to contribute, and look forward to the 2019 display. Now then… how many shopping days do we have left…

Picture: Lion Jim Whyborn presenting cheque to Len Bealing on behalf of Melksham Lions

Melksham Lions Club Christmas FLoat

Christmas Float – Here Comes Santa!

Out and About from 2nd to 24th December 2018

Here he comes again, it’s Father Christmas! Our annual tour of Melksham with the now famous Christmas float is in the planning already. We aren’t able to tour the streets again this year but will be visiting several local outlets; take a look below to see our schedule. We look forward to seeing you all during the festive period; don’t forget to give Santa a wave (and maybe a mince pie…)

Santa’s Schedule (please also keep an eye on our Events page in case further dates and venues are added)

Day Date Where Time
Sunday 2nd December Leekes 10am – 4pm
Saturday 8th December Asda 10am – 4pm
Sunday 9th December Asda 10am – 4pm
Saturday 15th December Sainsbury’s 10am – 4pm
Sunday 16th December Sainsbury’s 10am – 4pm
Sunday 23rd December The Co-op 10am Р4pm
Monday 24th December Lidl 10am – 4pm