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Online Donations

We are delighted to now have the facility on our website for those who may wish to make donations. The same facility will, we hope, soon become available on our Facebook Page.

We would like to thank all those who have donated over the years and helped us to support the local community. We hope that by adding this online donation facility those who would like to help but find it difficult to do so, especially in the current situation we find ourselves in, may find it an easier channel by which to offer assistance.

You can even donate straight from here!

We are also able to accept payments in our fundraising efforts by contactless card when we are out and about ‘in person’. Again we hope that this facility will make things easier for those wishing to donate, or even just pay for a raffle ticket!

Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support.

Lions International

Presidential Newsletter

November 2020

Throughout the Covid 19 Pandemic and subsequent periods of lockdown Melksham Lions Club has been there to help those in need. 

Our meetings are very different communicating by email and Zoom and our fundraising is very difficult but as Lions we adapt and make the best of it.

For about six years we have been supporting the vulnerable homeless with bags of essential items to help them start to rebuild their lives, especially those who arrive at the temporary accommodation, just with the clothes they are wearing.  Whether they are in debt, have lost their house, had a fire, escaped domestic abuse or come out of prison, it doesn’t matter they need help and we try to provide it.

We have helped a couple of families with domestic appliances that were referred to us by Social Services.

We have offered our services to The Melksham Community Volunteers and more recently volunteered to assist with the Covid 19 vaccination programme.

As Christmas approaches we are hoping to get out with Santa and his reindeer.  It will be very different this year but we will try our best, especially as the Santa’s grottos will not be there this year.  More details later.

Finally, don’t forget the Message in a Bottle, these are available free of charge at pharmacies and the Feet First clinic or contact us directly, we have a plentiful supply.

Jim Whyborn

President, Melksham Lions Club

Melksham 10k

10k Lions

That’s a bit misleading isn’t it…

But no, really, Melksham Lions Club were asked to help marshal at the recent 10k run in Melksham, and we very happily accepted the opportunity to assist. So not really ten thousand of us, but about ten of us spread over ten thousand metres while a lot of admirably fit people took to the course in their running shoes. A great morning indeed; topped off nicely with a tasty bacon butty and a pint afterwards. That made the early start even more worth it!

Melksham 10k Marshals
Donation presented to Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Lions in the Sky

Proudly Donating to Wiltshire Air Ambulance

As we have done for many years, Melksham Lions Club are again very proud to have been able to make a donation to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The air ambulance provides crucial support to the main emergency services, yet – as a charity and without direct government funding – relies entirely upon donations and sponsors in order to stay in operation. With this in mind we will, with your continued support, carry on providing funds as best we can.

The latest donation to Wiltshire Air Ambulance by Melksham Lions Club was an amount of £400; raised through the sale of Easter egg raffle tickets earlier in the year. Some of our members were recently invited to tour the new air ambulance base and took the opportunity to have a look the the aircraft while presenting the cheque. Our thanks go to the team at the base for the time we spent there, and to you, the Melksham community, for your continuing support.

If you would like to learn more about how we work within the community, please get in touch or come and see us at any of the events we attend. We are always pleased to welcome interest in new membership and would be delighted to see you at our meetings.

For more information about Wiltshire Air Ambulance, visit their website:

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!