The Lions Club of Mersea Island was chartered in 1978, its members wishing to help the less fortunate people within the Mersea Island community. Their aims were simple:-
♦ Community Service,
♦ Fund-raising to help the less fortunate within the community and further afield,
♦ and have fun and fellowship whilst doing it.
Fund raising charity granting financial and manpower aid when asked and agreed by the club.
Our work in the community includes providing a talking newspaper service for blind or partially sighted residents. This includes a Talking Magazine of news and events here on Mersea and until recently a recorded version of the The Courier. With the demise of The Courier at the end of 2015 the service has now resumed with news from the Mersea Life.
We have a Lions Community Bus which brings people into the village on Thursday mornings, and goes into Colchester on a Wednesday morning. It is also used by the Monday Lunch Club at the M.I.C.A. and the Friday Fish and Club at the Community Hall in Melrose Road (former St John Ambulance Hall).
Our Lions Beach-hut is available for use in return for a donation towards its upkeep.
Each Christmas Day we deliver a lunch and tea to anyone who is at home-alone on that day.
With the help of Boots the Chemist and Patrick Menzies Opticians, we collect nearly 1,000 pairs of used spectacles that are recycled and benefit people in developing countries.
All host several events throughout the year to raise funds to donate.