We are currently collecting old spectacles and hearing aids for recycling. Our collection point is in the Gateway Building in Ringwood.

Collecting Point at Ringwood Gateway

New Forest for Ukraine

Ukraine Photo

On Saturday 9 September members of Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club travelled to Lymington for the day to help New Forest for Ukraine pack much-needed supplies of donated clothing, toys, footwear, blankets, and medical supplies, into boxes destined for hospitals and aid centres located in Ukraine and Poland. 

To read more click HERE.



Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Programme

YEX 2024

We are now taking applications for the Lions Youth Camp & Exchange Program for 2024. If you are aged 16 to 22 and want to explore a different country and make new friends from around the world then make sure you complete your application form by the closing date of Friday 17 November 2023. For more information and an application form click here. It is an amazing experience, watch the video of Camp Bursa in Turkey HERE.

Holly represents the UK at the Lions International Youth Camp in France

"Holly Ryan, aged 22 from Hurn in Ringwood enjoyed her opportunity at the Lions International Youth Camp in SABLES D'OLONNE in France during July this year and made firm friends with other students attending from Finland, Poland, Romania, Norway, Italy and Turkey. 

For further details of Holly's trip to France click HERE

A fitting tribute to Lion YorkyTribute to Yorky

Lion YorkyTuke, one of the longest-serving members of the Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club, and one of the longest-serving District Officers for Youth in this area has been awarded the Bert Mason Memorial Trophy.


The trophy was presented to him by the Immediate Past District Governor, Lion Dave Ebsworth, at their Club meeting held at the Trinity Church in Ringwood. Lion Yorky was nominated for this award by his peers because of his continued outstanding participation in his Club and the District's contribution to working with youth. Lion Yorky has worked tirelessly, promoting the Young Ambassador project which seeks to recognise young people in District 105SC who have made and continue to make an exceptional contribution to the lives of people in their local communities.


Making the presentation Lion Dave said: "0ver the years I have got to know Yorky and he is a kind, generous man for whom nothing is too much trouble. . . and he has been the driving force behind the Young Ambassador programme in our District."


Lion Yorky is pictured on the front page of this edition holding the trophy, together with his wife Dot who helps him and the Club with all their activities and who received a Certificate of appreciation from Club President, Lion Phil Gregory.


Lion Bert Mason was the International President in 1984, the only Lion from Britain to attain that distinction. The trophy was dedicated to his memory and is awarded to one person in the United Kingdom each year for services to youth.


The Big Thank You

Air Ambulance Photo

Thank You!

Ringwood and Fordingbridge Lions were pleased to present a donation to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance of £300 to say thank you for all of their wonderful work. The presentation was made by Lion President Phil Gregory and Lion Rosemary Gregory on a visit to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance base at Henstridge Airfield.

This was a very special visit for Lion President Phil Gregory as it was an opportunity for him to say a big thank you to the crew led by Dr Phil Hyde that helped keep him alive in August 2022. Lion Phil was flown by air ambulance from Weymouth Rugby Club to Royal Bournemouth Hospital Cardiac unit following a cardiac arrest whilst on a visit to the town.

Lion Phil and his family will be forever grateful to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team.

Lions Roar 

Lions Roar Winners 2022

Our Congratulations go to Frankie Gray, Molly Castle, Sophia Webb and Jamie Turnbull at Fordingbridge Junior School who reached the finals last year with their idea, Social Litter. See their video presentation and winning submissions here.

We are grateful to Will McKeller, the Design and Technology Teacher from Fordingbridge Junior School who helped coach teams at the school to participate in last year's competition and all the children and staff at the school who participated. Their designs and presentations were imaginative and thoughtful.

The Lions Roar 2023 Competition is now open for applications from all Junior Schools and Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club will meet the entrance costs (usually £170.00) for the first four schools who register their interest with us on a first come first served basis. There are teacher packs, predesigned lesson plans and videos to make it as easy as possible for schools to help their children think big and be creative.

This is an inspirational and fun learning experience, enabling your students to discover how to use their imagination in exciting new ways, learn how to work in teams, develop their communication and presentation skills and boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. Fully prepared lesson plans are available that cover a number of different areas of the curriculum for KS2 including literacy, maths, science, Design Technology, Citizenship and PSHE.

Please watch these two short videos, which show the value of ROAR to your children and school.

ROAR 2023 Introductory video explains what is involved:

https://vimeo.com/794410723/b5d3e30013

Teacher testimonial video:

https://vimeo.com/794409662/182ad4bca5



Young Ambassador of the 21st Century

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Follow the link to read Jasmine's story in her own words.


Niko & Harry Volleyball Update. Here

"Having assisted Harry and Niko in their bid to reach the commonwealth games last year (see volleyball update), we understand that the successful volleyball duo have recently set up a GoFundMe page to allow them to push even further this next season with the aim of a medal on the Beach Pro Tour and to help with the Olympic qualification process. Please help them achieve this goal and help them with their fundraising by visiting https://gofund.me/f6f36a16"



Local Lions Visit Fordingbridge Food Bank - World Food

Day: Sunday 16 October 2022

Foodbank Visit

World Food Day is observed on Oct. 16 annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of the United Nations Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) which came into being in 1945. The global event seeks to create a world without hunger, poverty, and malnutrition and raise funds to meet the lapses in the overall food supply chain system. In recognition of this day members of the Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Club (Rosemary, the club secretary on the left of the picture, and Barrie, the club treasurer on the far right) visited the team at Fordingbridge Food Bank Distribution Centre to see how they are combatting hunger in our local community. Patricia and David pictured above (in the centre) help run the Fordingbridge Food Bank Centre from the back of the United Reform Church in the centre of Fordingbridge. It is a vital part of a network of local foodbank distribution centres that include Ringwood, and Verwood which are served by their central warehouse based in Ringwood. They are staffed by a cheery band of volunteers who work in conjunction with Citizens Advice to welcome and offer help to anyone locally in need of a food parcel. They greet their visitors with a broad smile, enthusiasm, empathy, and time to listen. They assess their immediate needs and provide this in the food packs provided. Wherever possible they provide guidance and help to those most in need in our community with a smile and over a cup of tea or coffee. Their service is invaluable. Referrals are no longer by way of a paper voucher system which an efficient electronic system has replaced. They are open 3 days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30. No appointment is necessary, and their door will always be open for a chat and a cuppa. The Club Vice President Stephen Sherring who accompanied Barrie and Rosemary commented that "the service being provided by our local foodbank is essential for our local community. Everyone should have enough to feed themselves and their family and it is humbling to know that volunteers make themselves available to assist with such a worthy cause". Ringwood and Fordingbridge Lions Club are keen supporters of Ringwood Foodbank and all of its distribution centres and will be helping in their forthcoming Tesco Food Collection scheduled for the start of December. Please donate what you can in your local store where indicated and if you would like to find out more about Ringwood Foodbank then please contact them on 01425 600134 or by email at info@ringwood.foodbank.org.uk


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To mark Earth Day this year several members of the club joined a host of other volunteers in a mass litter pick around Ringwood.

Pictured below are photos of some of our intrepid pickers.

Litter Picking President Brian

Veryunusual Litter R&F Litter Pickers






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