The Lions Club of Looe

Part of the World's largest and most active service organisation with a total membership exceeding 1.4 MILLION people in some 42,000 clubs in over 180 nations and geographical areas.

Looe Club belongs to the Multiple District (MD) 105 covering the British Isles and Ireland. Looe is one of approximately 950 clubs which have a total membership of around 20,000.

In the 105SW sub-district, covering Cornwall, Devon and Somerset there are 69 clubs with a new club due to be formed in Ivybridge, Devon shortly.

Formed in 1966, Looe was the first club to be chartered in Cornwall and there are now 22 Clubs, from Saltash in the east to Penzance in the far west.
Membership in Lions Clubs is by invitation and is open to both men and women, although so far Looe has remained all male. It includes business people of all ages from an area which covers not only the towns of East and West Looe but also the outlying areas of Polperro, Pelynt, Duloe, Lanreath, Widegates, Seaton and part of Downderry.

Neighbouring Clubs are Torpoint and Rame Peninsula to the east, Liskeard to the north and, across the estuary, Fowey River Lions to the west.

Committed to local, national and international community service, the mission of Lions Clubs is "To create and foster a spirit of understanding amongst all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international co-operation".

Looe Lions now have their own website at

More information about Lions and Clubs outside the Looe area can be found on


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In its own club area the Lions Club of Looe supports all sections of the community from the old to the very young, with donations and practical assistance to senior citizen groups, schools, youth groups and pre-school play-groups.

The Lions have a community mini-bus, donated to them by another organisation in the town, which is used almost continuously for local transport for those who need it. At all times the Lions are also concerned, through their Community Service Committee, to ensure that any case of need, whether of a group or individual, is conscientiously and discreetly investigated and helped as far as it deserves with either financial or practical aid.

Throughout the year the members organise many events to raise funds to support their work - most notably Looe Carnival Week which has been part of the town's Summer events for more than thirty years and takes place during the last week in July through to the beginning of August. The event includes a full week of entertainment for all the family

Lion Graham Lang directs traffic at one of the Lions' Car Boot Sales photo: Bob Tarr, 2000 Lion Graham Lang directs traffic at a Car Boot Sale

Car Boot Sales: Every Sunday morning during the Summer, weather permitting, the best Car Boot Sale in the area is held at West Wayland Farm (adjacent to the A387 Looe-Polperro road at Barcelona, just west of the B3359 turning to Pelynt and at the road junction to Talland and Porthallow) from 07:00 to 12:00. No traders. These car boot sales are organised by Looe Lions Club. For more information visit
(For the benefit of non-UK visitors to this page, car boot sales in England are a comparatively recent phenomenon where people take their unwanted possessions, ornaments, old tools, electrical equipment, discarded clothes in the boot or trunk of their car, set up a table to display it alongside a few or many others and sell the items for whatever they can negotiate with other people who are looking for a bargain. Most items sell for a very low price but sellers get rid of clutter and buyers acquire things they want for little expense. Car boot sales have, in the last 20 years, become a national institution).

During the summer (date to be announced) Club's annual Great Looe River Duck Race takes place when 5,000 plastic ducks are floated down the river, with the winners earning large cash prizes for many lucky ticket holders as well as raising a sizeable sum for the Club's Charity Fund

In the autumn and winter, the Lions continue with their event organising - contact us for more details


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Lions in the Community

Some of the things that Lions do:

Provide outings and holidays for the aged, handicapped and deprived youth

Direct purchase of equipment for hospitals and hospices

Help voluntary community organisations through purchase of minibuses, office equipment, furnishings etc.

Helping individuals, such as assistance with telephone, gas or electricity bills, through to painting and decorating or tidying up gardens

Collecting, assembling and distributing food parcels at Christmas

Hospital visiting, Old Folks Parties, assistance to the blind and deaf

Sponsoring a Lions Youth Award Scheme for the recognition of community service by young people

Financing Eye Camps and Water Wells in the Third World

Marketing a system called Medic Alert for speedily identifying personal allergies and illnesses in the event of an emergency

Helping with emergency relief anywhere in the world, eg: the Armenian and Mexican Earthquake disasters, Ethiopian famine, Somalia etc.

Sponsor International Youth Camps and Youth Exchange schemes

Swimming Galas for handicapped people

Run a national Youth Football competition

Organise a TV talent competition for the over 55's in Ireland

Actively involved in diabetes awareness in conjunction with the British Diabetic Association

Financing Drug Awareness programmes with TACADE through school curricula

The Lions Club of Looe meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Hannafore Point Hotel, Marine Drive, West Looe at 1945 hrs for 2000 hrs, when visiting Lions are welcome