Lions Charter Lunch

The Lions Club of Leigh on Sea celebrated its 32nd Birthday, or Charter, at Saxon Hall.  About 60 members, friends and distinguished guests joined the club celebrations.

The club made a donation of £1,000 to our District Governor’s Partner’s chosen good cause, the Magic Breakfast Appeal.

The lunch also saw two members recognised: Sheila for her 30 years’ service and Kay receiving a Progressive Melvin Jones


Helping the Estuary Tenancy Team

Lions from Leigh-on-Sea joined the Estuary Tenancy & GEMS Teams to help a resident clear their garden. The work involved clearing a massive amount of rubbish, overgrown trees and shrubs, and killer brambles.

The Tenant was thrilled with the results of the work, and  thanked the teams for their help; she said she had been overwhelmed by the task and couldn’t have done it by herself, but now felt motivated to tackle other areas of the garden.

This story is a great example of how teams can work together and make a difference. By coming together and lending a helping hand these teams were able to make a positive impact on the life of this Tenant.





Tackling the Tower

A great morning for the Leigh Lions, abseiling down Southend Hospital tower raising money for their Spotlight Radiotherapy Appeal.

The climb over the parapet wall at the top was fun! The rest was easy 🙂.

Geoff Woolfson did a great job on his first abseil!

A big thank you to all who sponsored us, if you would like to the JustGiving link is:…/LoSLionsTackleTheTower23

Can’t wait till next year 🙂

Old Leigh Shanty Weekend – Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May 2023

Members of the Hoy at Anchor Folk Club and Leigh on Sea Lions Club are organising a free community weekend of sea shanties, folk music, song and dance in the atmospheric setting of Old Leigh Town.
There will be performances by shanty crews from as far afield as Felixstowe, Stony Stratford and Milton Keynes as well as local pirate bands, celebrated folk artistes and dancers. The entertainment will take place at venues throughout the atmospheric Old Town of Leigh thanks to the management and staff of The Crooked Billet, No 1 Cockleshed, The Peter Boat, Sara’s Tea Gardens, The Boatyard Restaurant, Billet Wharf, The Old Smack and The Mayflower. There will also be a dedicated shanty stage on Strand Wharf alongside a real ale bar serving a selection of local brews designed to lubricate a shanty-man’s vocal chords.
No admission will be charged to the public and all the performers are giving their services free of charge. Over the weekend, members of the Leigh on Sea Lions Club will be arranging a charity collection in aid of the Southend RNLI and Leigh on Sea Endeavour Trust. At the time of writing, the following shanty crews and folk artistes have agreed to participate: The Hoy Shanty Crew, The Silver Darlings, The Hoolies, The Motley Crew, Impressed, The Hogeye Men, Mains’l Haul Shanty, The Brave Marauders, Freddie’s Barnet, The Felix Stowaways, Captain Morgan’s Rum Do, Cockleshell Clog, Arfur Do &the Toe Rags, Emerald ill, Grand Reunion, Mucky Dennis & The Grifters, Fran Foote & Belinda Kempster, Random Folk, The Ondines, PDQ., Goodnight Crow, Kiti Theobald, The Umbrella Factory, Hard to Handle, The Mudlarks & The Feelgood Choir.
The weekend’s festivities start on Friday evening with a Folk Singaround run by Kiti Theobald at the Crooked Billet.
More details from Tony Prior ( 07805 64197

Lions Charity Duck Race – Sunday 9th July 2023

During the afternoon of Sunday 9th July, Old Leigh Town will be invaded by one thousand four hundred rubber ducks.

With the aid of members of the Leigh on Sea Lions Club and 3rd Chalkwell Bay Scouts, they will make their way on the incoming tide from Bell Wharf up Leigh Creek towards Billet Wharf where the leading duck will win its sponsor one hundred pounds, easily enough to purchase a decent meal and a pint at the nearby Crooked Billet.

The second, third and fourth ducks to arrive at their destination also reward their sponsors with a cash prize and then its utter mayhem as the Lions, ably abetted by the Scouts, do their best to retrieve the remaining thirteen hundred and ninety-six ducks from the creek before they make their way headlong towards Two-Tree Island and ultimately, Tilbury Docks.

The whole exercise is just one of the many charity-based community events organised by Leigh on Sea Lions Club in Old Leigh Town during the year which, together with the proceeds from sales from their Charity Shop, has enabled the Lions to make charitable donations to local good causes amounting to almost half a million pounds.

More details from Tony Prior 07805 641797

Old Leigh Shanty Festival & Old Leigh Regatta – Cancelled

Following today’s very sad news, we have agreed with our fellow organisers to cancel our events this weekend – Old Leigh Shanty Festival & Old Leigh Regatta

We would like to thank all the performers and stall holders for their patience and understanding, and the teams at the Crooked Billet, The Smack & The Mayflower for their help

We would like to thank you, the public for your enthusiastic responses to the events – we’ll be back with them as soon as we can!

Finally we thank everyone who has worked so hard to deliver a fun weekend for the community: your efforts will not be wasted. We have built a strong team, made new friends and can continue to serve our community together.

The end of one era – the start of another.

Donation from Southend Freemasons

Together with One Love Soup Kitchen, we were delighted to receive a very generous donation from the Southend Freemasons, in recognition of our assistance at the early vaccination clinics held at their Saxon Hall venue. Whilst we were happy to give our time to this essential work, it was very nice to have our efforts recognised in this way: the funds will be put to good use in our community.