NCS Grads and Leos go to LazerWorld

Over 50 Grads in attendance for the first Meet-Up of the year!

Over 50 Young People from Crawley attended the first Grad Meet-Up (GMU) post Summer 2017 on the 26th September at Laser World Crawley in Spindle Way. The Leos, led by Chris Cook were joined by Graduates from Summer 2016 and 2017, as well as some young people preparing to take part in the Autumn 2017 programme.

The event gave the young people a chance to meet NCS participants from different waves, giving them yet another chance to get involved in social mixing, as well as seeing all of their friends that they had been missing from programme.

It was a fantastic turnout for the first GMU since finishing the Summer programme, and was fantastic to see so many of our young people who took part over the Summer. NCS is more than just a four-week programme; graduates have access to exclusive local and national opportunities as a result of taking part, with local events in Crawley giving participants a chance to stay involved with volunteering and social action.

“We’re incredibly proud of our local Grad offer, and especially so of our partnership with the Lions Club” says Elinor Adie, NCS Coordinator for Crawley, “I’m looking forward to seeing the amazing work that we can do together with the Leos club in the coming year. Our aim is to give graduates as many opportunities to get involved as possible, through social events like Lazer World, as well as social action ventures. Our GMU in October will focus on our first Graduate social action project – ‘Random Acts of Kindness’, which I’m really excited about!”.

Grad Meet-Ups will take place on the third Monday of each month, between 6-8pm at the Stadium in Broadfield, and will rotate between focusing on Social Action and Social Mixing.

“It was fabulous to see our new Leo’s and the NCS Grads mixing together” said Chris Cook, President of Crawley Lions Club, “We look forward to working jointly with Elinor and Crawley Town Community Foundation to carry on making a difference in Crawley.”

NCS runs across Sussex throughout summer and autumn holidays and costs no more than £50, which covers the entire experience from food and accommodation to activities and travel, with bursaries available on a case by case basis.

Young people and their parents can register their interest today on For further information about the NCS Grad Scheme or Leos, please contact: Elinor Adie, NCS Coordinator:; 07545 853917


Clearing the weeds

One of our best partners in helping the local community is A Band of Brothers. Their team of young men have volunteered throughout the year and we were pleased to provide the necessary funds to help them clear the garden for a local family who needed some help. You can see the challenges they faced in the pictures below.


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A trip to the seaside

Crawley Lions has supported many groups throughout the year. During the summer we funded a day trip to Littlehampton for Carers Support West Sussex.

The support worker Sasha writes: “A big thank you from all the Carers and Cared for the lovely day out. We are attaching some pictures of our day.”

Other feedback from the day:

‘Thank you for funding our trip to Littlehampton. We had a lovely break and we had the opportunity to go as a family’

‘I haven’t been to seaside for years thanks to Carers Support and Crawley Lions I made it this year’

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Celebrating 15 years of service

Crawley Lions Club President, Mike Sexton was very pleased to congratulate Lion Rob Pullinger for completing 15 years of service to the Lions.

To commemorate this great achievement Rob was presented with a chevron in recognition of his services together with a letter of appreciation from the Lions International President. Crawley Lions President Mike Sexton commented ” Rob has been a great servant to the Lions and he deserves to be recognised for his dedication in helping the Lions to help those who are in need”

Lion Rob presented with an award for 15 years of service by Lion President Mike Sexton

Books & A Latte

Crawley Lions in partnership with Starbucks in Crawley have now placed our second-hand bookstore next to the ordering queue. All donations made support our work in the community.

Thank you to the great support from Starbucks Management and the Local Manager, Tibor.

With both of our stalls here and at Gatwick Station we urgently need more second hand paperback novels for sale. Please email us at and we can arrange a pickup.

Happy New Year from the Lions

To all of our members, volunteers and supporters we would like to thank you for all of your help.

Over the past few months we have made the following donations:

  • £1000 donation to Open House Homeless Centre. Christmas Lunch for 60 homeless people.
  • £500 donation to Band of Brothers/Age UK for Christmas lunch at local hotel for 60 elderly people.
  • £1000 Forest School project learning for children from trouble backgrounds and struggling with the formal school curriculum.
  • £460 to Crawley Community and Voluntary Service towards social therapy for local residents suffering long-term illnesses.
  • £250 to renovate an elderly Lady resident’s garden for her and her family’s therapeutic use.
  • £75 towards transport to London Eye hospital for daughter of young couple with eye cancer.
  • £100 ASDA food voucher for disabled Dad with 2 young children.
  • £50 Food voucher to elderly cancer suffering gentleman.

With your help we can make this, the centennial year for Lions Club International, one where we can serve our community in even more diverse ways.

If you would like to join us as a member or just support our events please get in touch through our website.

Paper Planes and Charters

Crawley Lions Club, with a break from tradition, held an Aviation themed family charter event in celebration of their formation in October 1962.

The Gatwick Aviation museum was the chosen venue for their 54th charter. The guests and families were seated among the display aircraft and aviation memorabilia charting the history of the local airport.

Like the town of Crawley, Gatwick has seen incredible growth since the time when the Crawley Lions were established in 1962. The town’s population has risen from 60,000 to today’s 105,000. Gatwick passenger numbers have grown significantly from 1 Million in 1962 to 40 Million in the last year.

The Crawley Lions have risen to the challenge of the increased demand for their services borne out of the significant population growth of their home town.

Included in the events entertainment was a tour of the Aviation Museum which was a special treat for young and old alike.

The guest were then invited to test their aviator skills and make a paper aeroplane model and challenge each other to throw their model the furthest down the museum display area. This was followed by an aviation quiz with a prize for the winners.

Among the special guests were Crawley Mayor & Mayoress Raj & Bhavna Sharma, 2nd Vice District Lions Governor Pete Dilloway and wife Lisa and Lions Zone Chair, Christine Coxshaw and family.

Lion President, Mike Sexton commented “There was much emphasis placed on making this a family event to involve the families of the members and guests. The Club are very much looking to the future with youth development activity. We are soon to establish a Leo’s Club and have identified a centennial project in support of a local school Forest Project where children from troubled backgrounds will have the chance develop their learning by personal development outside of the normal school curriculum.”


Sealed with a handshake – Crawley Lions welcomes their new President

Lions HandoverOn Thursday 16th June Crawley Lions Club and prospective Leo Club members met to say thank you to our former Lion President Graham Mahy as he ended his term of office.

The new Lion President Mike Sexton (on the right) was welcomed by Graham with his customary good humour.

We hope to encourage new members and Leos to join us next month for our barbecue on Thursday 21st July.


Lions Knockout day is a roaring success for all

The Crawley Lions Club was joined by other Lions clubs from across the county for their annual It’s A Knockout competition.

On Friday 3rd June the Lions clubs hosted the 22nd annual It’s A Knockout competition at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley. 13 teams of up to eight participants from local day centres for people with learning difficulties, including Outreach 3 Way from Ifield, took part in the event. Much loved games from Post A Letter to Pin Up The Washing were enthusiastically carried out by the competitors with a range of supporting helpers. Each team took home a commemorative plaque and each individual received a certificate and medal to recognise their achievement.

Lion Mike Sexton, President of Crawley Lions Club said: This is always a fabulous day, I’m not sure who has the most fun – the Lions and their helpers or those taking part. We very much look forward to coming back again next year. The Mayors of Crawley, Raj Sharma and Haywards Heath, Sujan Wickremaratchi together with a member of Horsham Council were on hand to judge the best JOKER competition and to help with the presentations. The Lions Clubs would like to thank all those that took part and helped to make the day a resounding success.

Lions at the Festival

Mainstage is back for 2016!

Saturday 18 June – 12.00pm to 5.00pm – in the Memorial Gardens in Crawley.

It's our friendly Lion!
It’s our friendly Lion!

Our friendly Lion will be at Crawley Festival’s Mainstage event tomorrow with the Leo’s – our President Mike Sexton and fellow Lions would love to see you all there. Mainstage is a day full of great family fun, with roaming acts, live music and so much more to enjoy! Best of all it’s all for free. Click here to discover more!