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Lions Beerfest 6 August 


We normally sell quite a few tickets on the day of the Beerfest. BUT we are now cash free and it's better for all if you please get your tickets online so we can get you to your first beer asap! We'll probably switch online sales off at midnight on 5 August.

And don't worry if you're concerned about not buying your tickets too far in advance because of Covid. Our event will definitely still be going ahead and you can pop in during the day on the Saturday and buy real paper tickets by card for the evening. That's if we haven't sold out. 

Fleet Lions Beerfest is back at the Harlington in Fleet on 6 August. 40 Real ales and Ciders and a Gin bar. The Zone performing lunchtime. Kindred Spirit in the evening. Burgers and hog roast. Supporting local #Scouts and #Guides.


Seniors Jubilee Picnic in the Park - Saturday 4th June 

CorgiHM70IMG 4971cropWe had 120 guests celebrate the Jubilee with Afternoon Tea and entertainment at Church Crookham Community Centre on Saturday 4th June. Fabulous songs to join in with from Marcus Boll and also the Midnight Songbirds. Many thanks to our sponsors Principle Care Homes and Hart District Council.

We were involved in many of the Town's Jubilee Events

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We were involved in lots of things over the Jubilee. THURSDAY: pimms/gin at Calthorpe Park and we lit the beacon followed by fireworks (thanks Fleet TC). FRIDAY: games at Calthorpe Park + soft drinks. SATURDAY: the parade + pimms/gin at Calthorpe Park. SUNDAY: pimms/gin for the big lunch on the High Street. We also marshalled Sat/Sun.

Lions Jubilee Bluebell Walk - Sunday 15th May 2022

Bluebell Walk Poster 2022cropIt was looking good with lovely bluebells as well as some orchids for over 60 walkers who raised a few hundred pounds for charity between them. The highland cattle were very handsome too! Sadly the drizzle got heavier so some of the later starts got rather soggy. Unlike us Lions who just got soaked! Never mind it was a good way to start celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, while helping people in need. More info including photo comp winner.

The walk was at Naishes Lane SANG, off Naishes Lane, Church Crookham. Nearest Postcode: GU52 8TJ. 

Our quiz on 23 April


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Over 100 chums joined us for a fun quiz evening and raised over £700. Lions Laura and Lisa did great job on the questions and answers. It was a lively, informal get-together. There was a great raffle and prizes for the winners too. And that was 'Trivia Newton John'. Church Crookham Community Centre proved to be a nice venue. Want to join in the fun? The next one will probably be in 6 month's time. 

Lions Jubilee Bluebell Walk - Sunday 15th May 2022

Bluebell Walk Poster 2022cropWe've just (7 May) checked out the route and it's looking good with lovely bluebells as well as some orchids. The highland cattle were looking very handsome! The weather is looking good too so do come and join us on this lovely walk to see the beautiful bluebells and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, while helping people in need.

Fleet Lions are organising this walk in this natural, recreational space of over 200 acres. Do come and join us as we learn about all of the wildlife on the edge of Fleet.

The walk is at Naishes Lane SANG, off Naishes Lane, Church Crookham. Nearest Postcode: GU52 8TJ. More details and registration here.

Enter your historic vehicles in Fleet's Jubilee procession

PHOTO-2022-02-22-14-28-46Do you have a car you’d like to enter in an historic vehicle procession down Fleet’s High Street on June 4, 2022? The procession will reflect all 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign with 70 cars, 10 for each decade. If so then contact with a short description, 3 pics and registration date. More details here.

Register for our quiz on 23 April


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Join us for a fun quiz evening. Just an informal get-together with a few questions to get your brain cells up and running. Teams of 6 - bring your own drinks and nibbles and glasses. Raffle and prizes. 7pm for 7:15pm start, Church Crookham Community Centre, Boyce Rd, Church Crookham, GU52 8AQ. Want to join in the fun? Register in advance and pay on the night Register now

Queen's Green Canopy

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO FIND DETAILS of where you can pick up and plant a tree on 26/27 March. 

The sponsorship form to raise funds for your school is there too.

Classic Motorcycle Run and Concours 2 May 2022 : for various reasons this will not be going ahead this year

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Our 37th Classic Motorcycle Run and Concours will be again at The Key Car Park, Elvetham Heath, Fleet, GU51 1HA. We should have got several hundred amazing bikes and they all have a fabulous ride out at 11:00am before returning for judging by 2.15pm. So bring your bike along and join them. Or just come and have a look at them. Riders arrive between 9:30am and 10:30am. Hot rolls and drinks will be available.  More details here.

Santa came to town!

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Many thanks for your friendly welcomes & the smiling faces of all your lovely children. Santa had a great time and is looking forward to seeing you all again next year. You generously gave us over £6900. We've already put some of your donations to good use and distributed Christmas food parcels to those who need them. So you've made their Christmas a bit more special. And a very big thank you to Carol at Johnsons Cleaners in Fleet for cleaning our Fleet Lions Club's Santa outfits, all ready now for next year's tour of the town on our Christmas Float.

Santa will be coming to town from 9 December!

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We're planning to do our Santa runs and statics this year and in a Covid-safe, socially distanced way. More details here. AND YOU CAN DONATE HERE. For the basic when and where of float routes click here. More details of the routes and a live tracker can be found by clicking here. The members of Fleet Lions would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas.

Fireworks Fiesta 6 November

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Thank you to everyone who supported us on this evening. We hope you enjoyed the great display. Thank you for coming along! We would have liked to have had a bigger crowd but sadly that's a consequence of these Covid times. We look forward to seeing you again next year when hopefully things will be back to normal. We are so sorry that a poor signal gave scanner issues at Merrivale and contactless payments fell over due to poor comms from our provider. We did put a lot of effort into trying to minimise the problems that might occur. And contactless payments were forced on us when our friends at HSBC closed their branch in Fleet.

Help us boost our fundraising

You may feel you'd like to continue supporting us in the work we do and make a donation. You can do so by using JustGiving which may allow us to claim Gift Aid.

Due to the rules/concerns over Covid-19 all our major fundraising events for 2020 and up to Autumn 2021 had to be cancelled. The Fireworks Fiesta was our first major fundraiser for 18 months. Our reserves have allowed us to continue helping our local community especially where Covid has increased their needs. We've been particularly careful to make sure the funds we've spent have given really good benefits to local people and organisations. We have continued this with our Christmas food parcels but the existing funds won't last for ever. 

Glasgow Climate Change Conference explained

LCI CauseArea_Icons_01a-environmentLions care about the environment, and the biggest issue that faces us all is climate change. On 1 to 12 November 2021, Britain will host a meeting of global leaders, called COP26. They'll talk about what ALL countries need to do to reduce the risks of climate change for us and future generations. So we’ve attached a document from WWF that explains the issues they’ll be talking about and what actions governments – AND YOU - can take to help. Download the presentation here.

Another new member for Fleet Lions

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James Nelmes was recently inducted into Lions at our September Club meeting. He had visited committees and Club meetings on Zoom and finally got to help at some of our live events and activities. President Lisa was very pleased to welcome him and he was sponsored by Lion Mark Cooper MJF (on the left) after he was contacted by James initially. It was great to also have our new District Governor Brian Donovan present in the background too (not like him!).

Fireworks Fiesta - UPDATE : Sorry all tickets are now sold out PLEASE DO NOT COME ALONG IF YOU DON'T HAVE TICKETS

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We will have a great display on 6 November at Calthorpe Park, Reading Road North. And do all we can to keep you safe in these uncertain times. We won't have the large number of food & drink stalls we normally have and entry will ONLY be by tickets bought online IN ADVANCE. We will restrict tickets sales to 4,200 so the crowd will not be as big as it has been in the past & you will be able to distance yourselves from others more easily. There are more details on our Fireworks Fiesta page, particularly about keeping you safe and how to get your tickets. 

Dave Hurrell has finally left the stage

Elvis MJFsWe said our final goodbyes to Dave at his funeral earlier this year. It was packed out with so many people he'd touched over the years. ‘Elvis’ had done so much for charities in the local area. And he entertained us all so well and so many times. Dave performed his Elvis Presley appreciation act at dozens of venues for the benefit of numerous local causes including our own FunFest. He raised thousands of pounds for charities in North Hampshire and Surrey. We honoured him when we presented him with a Melvin Jones Fellowship – the highest award within the Lions Clubs International movement. Elvis has left the building - but not our hearts!

Charity Walk - come and discover the beauty of nature on your doorstep while helping people in need - Sunday 22 August.

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Fleet Lions organised our first Charity Walk in this lovely natural, recreational space of over 200 acres. Nearly 100 adults, children, dogs and one unicorn came and joined us and learnt about all of the plants and wildlife on the edge of Fleet. Many commented that the SANG was a new place for them and they would return to enjoy it again.

The walk was at Naishes Lane SANG, off Naishes Lane, Church Crookham. Nearest Postcode: GU52 8TJ

More details here.

Lions' Summer Fun Day - 15 August, Yateley Manor School

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The Summer Fun Day was a fun packed day for people with disabilities or special educational needs, their families and helpers. There was no charge to attend but those wishing to attend had to register. The emphasis was on music and fun, for people of all ages and abilities: with bouncy castles, roundabouts, steam train rides, face painting and plenty of sideshows and games. Around 600 people came along and had a great time in the sun. And Victoria BeeBee had them on their feet dancing to her great songs. The event was run by us, Aldershot, Farnborough, Hart, Hook and Odiham, Lodden Valley and Yateley Lions. We all contributed to the cost of staging the event.

A new year and a new President

Lion President LisaSo a new year begins for us on 1 July. And we have our first lady President, Lisa Rust. She's done a great podcast about Lions with Fleet Community Life. Lisa has been with us for three years now having started with our road closure activities. She helps at the Lions Community Store, coordinates the Lions ‘Message in a Bottle’ scheme in Fleet and collects 1000s of used spectacles from Fleet’s opticians for the ‘Third World’. She’s done lots to help during the pandemic and would like to see Fleet Lions continue to help our local community come out of the other side of Covid 19. We hope to run projects within the local schools as the children are our next generation of volunteers. We're looking at running projects that help our environment. And Lisa hopes we will also find time for friendship and having fun too! We’re all looking forward to a great year under Lisa’s watchful eye and steady hand.

An Honour for Sue Vincent

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Our President Bill presented Sue Vincent from Hart Voluntary Action with the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship award at the vaccination clinic today. It's the highest award we can give and extremely well deserved for all her fantastic work for the community, especially the Covid hub and vaccination centres. 

And an MJF for Lions Graham Drayton, Mark Cooper and Mike Collen too

These guys have done so much for the local community, particularly during the pandemic. So it is only right we should have given them the highest Lions honour possible, an MJF. 

See their surprise here:

A new member for a new year

Robert Norris Joins

Robert Norris (RHS) was recently inducted into Fleet Lions by President Bill as his year came to an end. Robert was sponsored by Lion Graham MJF (LHS) who is one of the leading lights in our IT recycling project as that's how Robert became involved in Lions' activities. 

14th Beerfest Sadly Cancelled

We heard that a delay of 4 weeks for Stage 4 relaxation of rules will be announced on 14th June. And of course it could be longer. We feel the odds are against us so decided we’re sadly going to cancel the Lions Beerfest this year. Under current rules it just isn’t viable enough. We need the rules relaxed as promised for Stage 4.

Home Prostate screening tests - find the missing men

Prostate screening

There has been a massive fall in the number of men being referred by GPs for diagnostic tests during the pandemic. So we are sponsoring home testing kits for prostate cancer. Fleet Lions, working with the Graham Fulford Trust are offering Fleet men aged 40 to 70 a simple finger prick test that can be done at home. It'll take 5 mins to follow the simple instructions. Said Lion Brian Proctor, "with one man dying every hour from prostate cancer and 40,000 new cases every year, a home testing kit could be the best gift for life ever. Early detection and treatment may vastly increase chances of survival." To register for a test and Find out more...

Our 2nd on-line quiz on 15 May

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We had a good few entries join our 2nd online quiz and some even worked as virtual teams across several households! We asked for a donation via our Virgin Money Giving page, just click here & raised a nice sum for our charitable activities. Lots of favourite tipples & nibbles & curries from the comfort of their own home. Lion Laura hosted a great night. Hopefully our next quiz evening will be face to face. 

Register for our 2nd on-line quiz on 15 May

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Join us for a fun quiz evening - no prizes, just an informal get-together with a few questions to get your brain cells back in action as we come out of lock-down. This is our second online Quiz. Just register and Zoom log-in details will be sent nearer the time. Only one person per household need register.  We are asking for a donation via our Virgin Money Giving page, just click here. Get yourself lots of favourite tipples & nibbles & curries and Lion Laura will host a great night from the comfort of your own home.

Please welcome our newest Lion to our pride, Marcel.

Marcel joining

Yes - it was our first on-line quiz

Quiz logoWe had over 20 entries join our first online quiz last night and some even worked as virtual teams across several households! We asked for a donation & raised a nice sum for our charitable activities. Lots of favourite tipples & nibbles & curries from the comfort of their own home. Lion Laura hosted a great night.

Community Store open again

The community store is now open again (24/2/21). Donations cannot currently be accepted without booking, Please email to book a timed slot Tues-Thurs between 10am and 12 to drop off smaller items. Thank you for your support.

Santa's visit to Fleet

It was different for us but we hope you got to see Santa this year. All your donations were very welcome and have gone towards the 140 food parcels the Lions Community Store distributed for us this year. And thanks for all the entries in our colouring competition. The winners were:

Xmas colour wins 2020

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year in which you can come along to some of our events.

Home Prostate screening tests - calling all men aged 40 to 70

Prostate screeningWith one man every hour dying from prostate cancer and 40,000 new cases every year and no national screening available, we aim to provide a PSA blood test to as many men between 40 and 70 as possible. It's well proven that early detection and treatment may vastly increase your chances of survival.

Home Prostate screening tests available

Based on the success of our previous Prostate Cancer Awareness days, Fleet Lions are working with the Graham Fulford Trust to offer men a simple finger prick test that can be done at home. It'll take you 5 mins to follow the simple instructions.

Find out more...

Make a donation and leave a Christmas message

Click here to leave a Christmas message and help us to continue helping others

Santa will be coming to town from 8 December!

We're planning to do our Santa runs and statics this year and in a Covid-safe, socially distanced way. Donations will be very welcome. We’re also having a Christmas Colouring Competition where where you can win a 92 piece art set. Just download and colour in your favourite picture and deliver to Father Christmas on the Lions Christmas float. For more details of float routes and to download pictures click here. The members of Fleet Lions would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas.

Denis joins us

Bill, Lisa and Mike badge up DenisWe were very pleased that Denis Rees-Clark has decided to join us. He's been around at many of our events over the past few years so knows what's involved and has joined us for our recent Club and committee Zoom meetings. We badged him up in a socially distant way and then shared the simple ceremony with our Club members by video.

Lions Community Store Christmas toys appeal

The Store is now collecting brand new toys and Christmas themed sweets/chocolate for distribution for Christmas. If you want to donate something please email the Store @ or message Fleet Lions on our Facebook page.

4 Nov 2020:  For the latest period of national lockdown the Store is no longer accepting donations and all assistance requests should be made to

Wearing a face mask making your ears sore?

Fleet & Aldershot Lions come to the rescue making straps to relieve pressure on the ears of our wonderful medical staff & care workers, who may have to wear masks all day. Watch our 3d Printer creating these using time-lapse to speed up from 2.5 hours to just over a minute!

Our New President

Image11st of July and the start of Fleet Lions' year and with that we have a new President for 2020/21, Lion Bill Petley. Congratulations Bill, may you have a great year!

Our thanks to the outgoing President Lion Mark Cooper who has successfully kept us all sane during this very difficult period.

Top Lions Honour for David Millen

David Millen MJFWe were recently very proud to present Lions International's highest recognition award to David Millen. David has been recognised by Fleet Lions for his outstanding commitment to serving his community both locally and further afield.

He has been a major driving force within the scouting movement and Royal British Legion, running the ever growing popular Remembrance parades. Fleet is very lucky to have such a dedicated resident with incredible energy who is always on hand to support community projects such as Carnival, Christmas Festival, Beerfest, Fireworks and numerous other projects with Road Closures and Marshalling.

Lions 14th Beerfest: Postponed to 13 February 2021

We've postponed our August Beerfest to 13 February 2021. We guess this won’t come as a surprise to you. The Government's plans to come out of lockdown are not going to allow an event such as ours to be held at the Harlington on 1 August. So we have booked a slot for when we hope a lot of the current, necessary restrictions will have been eased. We’d guess tickets will be on sale towards the end of the year.

Supporting Brain Tumour Research

Lions Brain tumour logoClubs in the UK are working in partnership with Brain Tumour Research to raise £1 million over four years to help fund game-changing research and raise awareness of the impact of brain tumours. Brain tumours are indiscriminate. They can affect anyone at any age.

More details here.  Make a donation here.

Classic Motorcycle Run and Concours 8 May 2020


Hopefully see you on 3 May 2021


Lions COVID-19 support in Fleet

Do you need help?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – helping Hart residents most in need

A helpline is now available to provide information and advice, as well as practical support, to frail or vulnerable Hampshire residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline is 0333 370 4000

The helpline is available 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with practical issues such as essential food/household supplies or collection of medication, or who are at risk of loneliness. Hart residents who contact the helpline will be directed to appropriate support within the local community, including services and support being provided through the newly formed Hart Response Hub. The Hub is jointly managed by Hart District Council and Hart Voluntary Action, working in partnership with established voluntary groups such as Fleet & Hart Lions, Churches Together in Fleet and Hart Foodbank, and local volunteers.

Do you want to help?

Just fill in the form here and let us know your details. Hart Voluntary Action are currently working through the kind offers they have received so far.

Lions Community Store Needs Your Help

The Lions Community Store is in desperate need of household goods and appliances in reasonable condition to support needy families and individuals in our area. They urgently need more furniture (especially small settees and chests of drawers), bedding, "white goods" (washing machines, fridges, fridge/freezers) and small electrical goods (toasters, kettles, microwaves, TVs, lamps, vacuum cleaners). If you have any suitable items they will collect them at a time to suit you. Please contact the Store by phone (01252 616998) or e-mail (

Find out about the Store's work at

To contact the Store or for full details of what they do and how they can help you please go to their independent web site here. Fleet Lions are not involved in day-to-day operations and may not pass-on your messages! 

Recycled Computers

Fleet Lions have teamed up with other Lions Clubs in the area and as part of the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher scheme are now refurbishing PCs and laptops and donating them with preinstalled Microsoft software to local non-profit organisations, charities, preschools and families in need. Each PC is loaded with an official copy of Windows 10 Pro and a range of free software, including Libre Office. Contact

Lions' Den

This was cancelled due to the coronavirus



THE big chance for individuals or voluntary and community organisations to present their ideas to a panel of Dragons organised by Fleet Lions – with a chance of winning financial or other support. More details here.

Classic Motorcycle Run and Concours 8 May 2020

This was cancelled due to the coronavirus

Hopefully see you on 3 May 2021

IMG 3301Our 37th Classic Motorcycle Run and Concours would have been again at The Key Car Park, Elvetham Heath, Fleet, GU51 1HA. We would have got several hundred amazing bikes and they all have a fabulous ride out at 11:00am before returning for judging by 2.15pm. So bring your bike along and join them. Or just come and have a look at them. Riders arrive between 9:30am and 10:30am. Hot rolls and drinks will be available.  More details here.

Very sad news

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the passing of Beverley Allardice MBE, MJF. The manager and stalwart of the hugely successful Lions Community Store since 1995, she was appointed MBE by the Queen in 2002 for her outstanding contribution to the local community and was honoured in 2008 with the Lions MJF award. Often said in these circumstances but never meant more passionately: Bev will be very greatly missed. We’re sure you will all join with us in condolences to her family and loved ones.

Wenceslas Project

Wenceslas2019At this time of year of Good Will to All Men, are your financial circumstances such that you could forego your annual Winter Fuel Allowance, knowing that by doing so you could help a local family that is suffering from Fuel Poverty? You donate your Winter Fuel Allowances – in full or partial payments – we hold them in a fund to pay fuel charges for local families that are in debt to their energy suppliers. For more details click here.

Diabetes Screening Event

Are you at risk of Diabetes? Invest 10 minutes of your time with Fleet Lions on 1 February in the Hart Shopping Centre and find out. 90 of you did the screening which showed that half of you needed to take action. A few of you were referred to your GP. And we had some nice chats too!

We were there between 10am and 3:30pm; the free screening didn’t involve taking blood samples and you didn't need an appointment. More...

Christmas Float

We and Hart Lions toured Fleet and Church Crookham with our Christmas Float during December. We were also at the Hart Shopping Centre and outside Morrisons. You generously donated just under £7,000 to help those less fortunate. Very many thanks, we'll use it wisely and started by providing seasonal food parcels to people identified through the Lions Community Store. A special thanks to elves Dennis Rees-Clark, Simon Rust and Phill Gower for providing their own reindeer!  

Christmas Carol Concert - Wednesday 4th December

Our annual Christmas Carol Concert for elderly citizens took place at the Church on the Heath, Elvetham Heath. Home Instead Farnborough kindly sponsored this year's event. It was our pleasure to welcome nearly 200 guests. Beginners on Stage, Stagecoach Performing Arts and Shuffletunes did a marvellous job entertaining everyone. So a big thanks to them. And of course the Lions finished things off with a rousing song too!

Bavarian Evening - Saturday 23 November

Zebon Community Centre, Danvers Drive, Church Crookham GU52 0ZE

Bettesteiner Footstompers Oompah Band logoLoads of you joined us for a fantastic evening of German themed entertainment from the Bettesteiner Footstompers Oompah Band. It was all a bit crazy and you raised a tidy sum that we will use to help others. Thanks for coming. And ta to the Verne chippy for the grub! And next year's will be 24 Oktober, 2020.

Fleet Lions Firework Fiesta - 2 November 2019

WE DIDN'T LET A DROP OF RAIN SPOIL OUR FABULOUS SHOW but it made it hard work for us!

fireworksThanks folks for turning out to our fireworks on such a manky night. Over 4000 of you did. The weather gave us a lot of problems so apologies for a late start. And also for the funny ending of the display – the wind broke our ‘goodnight’ to you. Hopefully better weather next year and we’ll see you then.

Prostate Cancer Screening

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250 of you came along and had a PSA test carried out on 19 September 2019. Hopefully we will have saved some lives. The event costs around £20 pp to put on and donations through our website or by sending us a cheque will be used to fund further screening events. Click here for some very personal feedback about why this project is so important.

 Across the country the Lions have now tested 136,000 men!

Fleet Lions 13th Beerfest

BeerFest logoSaturday 3rd August 2019

Thanx to all of you who came along ... and thanx to all our helpers too. What a great job the bands and food franchises and gin bar did. We all had a great time and made best part of £11k for good causes like RNIB, the Macular Society and Hampshire Search & Rescue. See you on 1 August 2020! And thanks to for their video to give you a flavour of the day. Sadly we've lost our sponsor, the Hammerpot Brewery, as they're closing. They've been good friends to us for many years so we wish everyone who's worked there all the best for their future.

Diabetes: Know Your Risk

we did detailed checks without blood tests at the Fleet Food Festival on 22 & 23 June at the Views. Click here for more details about diabetes.


36th Classic Motorcycle Run and Concours

Monday 6th May 2019 - Key Car Park, Elvetham Heath, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 1HA.

240 bikes came along! Many thanks to you all and the public who came too. More details here...

Prostate screening faces

Prostate Screening Event

Thursday 2nd May 2019 - Aldershot Centre for Health, Hospital Hill, Aldershot GU11 1AY. 

Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men over 45 in the UK. One man dies every hour in the UK and early treatment saves lives. We ran this event in conjunction with Aldershot Lions Club and screened nearly 150 men. 

Diabetes: Know Your Risk

IMG 4200cropWe saw nearly 100 of you at the Hart Shopping Centre on 9 February & did some detailed checks without testing bloods. Quite a few people fell into the moderate and high risk groups & were given referral letters for their GP for more detailed medical assessment. Everyone was given leaflets targeted at their risk profile on what actions they should and could do to reduce the chances of developing this crippling condition.  Click here for more details about diabetes.

Good King Wenceslas Project 2018/19

WenceslasUse your annual Winter Fuel Allowance to help a local family in fuel poverty. We will hold it in a fund, vet & pay fuel charges for local families that are in debt to their energy supplier suppliers. More details here. Click here for how to make your donation.

Santa's visit to Fleet 

DSCF0473We met some lovely people when we were out and about helping Santa this year. Apologies to those of you who thought Santa and his Lion Snowmen would be visiting you on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 Dec when his sleigh was bust!. Thanks to Elf Phill Gower for fixing it. And thanks for your understanding and generosity. 

Carol Concert, Wednesday 5th December

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We entertained over 200 older folks at our event this year. We had some amazing entertainment from BEGINNERS ON STAGE - a fabulous group of young people from our local drama school, SHUFFLE TUNES - who were much, much more than a choir & the ELVETHAM COMMUNITY CHOIR were brilliant too. And many thanks to MORRISONS for letting us use their overflow car park. 

Bavarian Evening, Friday 23rd November

Bavarian EveningAnd a fabulous night was had by all!. The brilliant Bettesteiner Footstompers Oompah Band were back with us again and certainly made things go with ein voller Erfolg sein.

Thanks for coming to our Firework Fiesta

Starwars 2018
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Over 7000 of you joined us to enjoy over £6000 of fireworks, lots of good food and drinks, and had your fireworks party with us. The Star Wars guys had a great time too!

Arie & RichardIt was great to meet you!

Arie and Richard were ready for a chat. If you didn't catch them then send us an email to

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Meet (and join?) the volunteers of Fleet

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Do you enjoy being part of this great community? Want to know more how to help keep it great ? Join Fleet Lions and HVA  and so many local groups from community service, scouts, environment etc. who rely on volunteers to make the town a great place to live.

Come and talk to the Lions. We'd like to find more members but also people who just want to help at the events we organise for the people of Fleet.

12th Night Beerfest on Saturday 4th August

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What a fabulous day! Over 900 of you came and drank over 3500 pints of 44 beers + ciders. That has raised over £10,000 for charitable purposes. Silent Pool gin seemed to slip down well too. + great music and food. So Sebastian's Action Trust & Hampshire Search & Rescue went home with a nice cheque.


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Prostate Screening

We organised another screening event on 17 July at Fleet Hospital. It was for men over 45 who have not had a PSA test before. We screened 247 men. Thanks to those who helped and those who came along.

Donations towards the next event can be made at : mydonate

Lions Den : 2018 Successful Applicants

The successful applicants to this year’s Lions’ Den received donations totalling £9,645. Pictured are some of the grant winners with 2017/18 Fleet Lions President, Lion James Powell. They included the 101st Scout Group, Hart Voluntary Action, four local scouts, the Live at Home Scheme, Fleet and Church Crookham Community First Responders, CLIC Sargent, Church Crookham and Fleet Mens’ Shed, local person proposing to raise funds for the Royal British Legion, Basingbourne Park, Fleet Town Football Club. We congratulate them all.

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35th Motorcycle Run and Concours : May 7th 2018

What a fabulous day we all had - and over 250 amazing machines to be admired. Thanks for coming and allowing us to raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Fleet & Church Crookham First Responders. See some photos from the day taken by Lion Paulo Silva.

Fleet Lions celebrates a ‘Century of Service’ at Buckingham Palace

The Countess of Wessex G.C.V.O. as Patron of Lions Clubs of the British Isles held a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 28th February to celebrate a ‘Century of Service’. HRH has been its Patron since 2004.

Our President James Powell joined in the 100th Birthday celebrations with hundreds of volunteers who came together with the organisations’ partners for this special occasion.

Lion Phil Nathan MBE, Chair of the Centenary Celebrations for Lions Clubs of the British Isles said “Let me begin by saying that during our 1st Century of service, Lions Clubs have touched millions of lives of people that needed us. 100 years of service to the community is a remarkable achievement, made possible by the selfless actions of many thousands of individual men and women, each of whom has sought to make ‘their’ community a better place. As we enter our 2nd Century, the cry for help from those in need will most certainly become louder and we as volunteers are ready to show as Lions, We Care”.

Lions Clubs International focusses through its Lions and Leos members upon major projects that address diabetes, youth, the environment, hunger relief, childhood cancer and sight issues affecting communities throughout the world. And of course Fleet Lions do our best to serve our local community too. 

Library display of our history

Fleet Library displayFleet Lions go public! A big thank you to Fleet and Crookham Local History Group for letting us use their display cabinets on the top floor of the Library. Particularly to Colin for making it all look very professional. A chance to find out a bit about the history of Fleet Lions, why we serve, what we do, artefacts, awards and how to get involved. Do take a look!

[Photo by Lion Jim Storey shows Lion Pete Pickett, prospective Lion Marilyn and Lion

Graham Drayton]

An MJF for Elvis

Elvis MJFsAt a recent luncheon, the Lions Club of Fleet surprised ‘Elvis’ by honouring him for his years of charity work in the local area. It was a total surprise for Dave Hurrell aka Dale Fontaine when the Lions presented him with a Melvin Jones Fellowship – the highest award within the Lions Clubs International movement. For decades, Dave has performed his Elvis Presley appreciation act at dozens of venues for the benefit of numerous local causes including our own FunFest. He’s raised thousands of pounds for charities in North Hampshire and Surrey.

[Photo by Lion Graham Drayton shows Dee & Dave Hurrell, President James Powell & Lion Allison Andrews]

Santa has put his feet up for another year!

Santa on his sleighIn December our Christmas Float toured the streets of Fleet and Church Crookham and gave pleasure to hundreds of young and old alike. And the amazing news is that our generous residents donated the best part of £7000 that we and our friends from Hart Lions can use to help others. Our thanks also go to a number of cheerful 'Friends of Fleet Lions' without whom we would not have been able to operate. A particularly big thank you too to our Vice President Kevin who stabled, fed and watered our reindeer every night! 

Christmas food parcels

Packing parcels at Morrisons

This year we had a lively morning in the storeroom at Morrisons where we packed 120 food parcels. They have all been delivered now and hopefully will help some local people have a bit better Christmas. A big thanks to all the staff at Morrisons for managing to avoid being tripped up by us! 

Christmas Concert

The Grey House schoool at a previous carol concert

What a fabulous evening we and 300 of our older residents had on 6 December at the Church on the Heath. We were all entertained by choirs from the Grey House School, Hartley Wintney, the Elvetham Community Choir, the Church on the Heath Gospel choir; as well as bubbles of fun with Caroline, Jenny and Sarah who are "Champagne at the Blitz". See some photos from the event

21st August 2014

Kate, Julian, Joy, Paul and Evan

Fair winds for the Lion Ian Imray MBE

Sailability's new boat at Frensham Pond has been named in honour of a dear departed Fleet Lion, Past District Governor Lion Ian Imray MBE.

Members of the Imray family, led by Ian's widow Joy, gathered at Frensham Pond, Surrey to launch the new sailing dingy named Lion Ian Imray MBE. The Hansa 303 was bought with funds raised by Fleet Lions and will be used by disabled people who wish to sail.

Sailability's Chair, Kate Richardson opened the ceremony and thanked Fleet Lions for their generous donation and went on to explain Sailability's aims. "Through the Royal Yachting Association's Sailability, over 40,000 young people and adults with disabilities are introduced to sailing each year and many go on to sail on a regular basis. Sailing is one of the few sports in which able-bodied and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms."

New Sailability dingy the Lion Ian Imray MBEFleet's 2013-14 President Lion Julian Behmber was instrumental in bringing this project to fruition and joined this year's Fleet President Lion Paul Doughty in paying tribute to PDG Lion Ian Imray MBE. Paul explained that PDG Ian had been a keen sailor in Zimbabwe where he and Joy and their family had lived until 2006.

Joy blessed the boat with a bottle of bubbly and it was then launched to much applause. Joy was especially delighted that her 7 year old Great Grandson Evan was the first to sail her thanks to Bridget one of Sailability's instructors.

See some more photos on our Gallery...

For more information see the RYA Sailability website.


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The Grange, Woodland Rise, Church Crookham, Fleet GU52 6QR