Consett Lions Club
Consett sits high on the edge of the Pennines in the northwest of County Durham approx. 14 miles southwest of Newcastle upon Tyne and currently has a population of approx. 28,000. Back in 1841, however, it was only a village community of 145. The reason for its dramatic growth? Iron and steel. Close at hand below ground were coking coal, blackband iron ore and limestone; the three ingredients needed for blast furnaces to produce iron and steel.As Consett Iron Company [later to become part of British Steel] grew, so did the town itself. In the 1960s more than 6,000 people were directly employed at ‘The Company’. Sadly the good times were not to last and the closure of the steelworks in 1980 brought with it mass unemployment and despondency. However, like the phoenix, over the years Consett has risen from the ashes to become a thriving town once more.
Consett Lions Club was formed in 1963. For more than half a century it has served its local community in addition to participating in humanitarian service activities throughout the world via Lions Clubs International Foundation.
The Club’s Annual Town Quiz brings together Lions, their families, friends and other social groups to test their ‘little grey cells’. The Message in a Bottle scheme is actively promoted by the Club. Links with local Primary and Secondary schools are nurtured via Lions Clubs Spectacle Collections and the Lions International Peace Poster Competition.Consett Lions have a proud history of supporting and participating in local events. The Club’s Annual Town Raffle, supported by local businesses, raises money for a variety of local organisations e.g. church groups, carers’ groups, sports clubs and youth groups. Fostering and maintaining fellowship is an important element to the Club and members organise social events such as meals, excursions, indoor games evenings etc. with this aim.
Service with Lions Clubs is entirely voluntary and is open to all adult men and women, from all walks of life who are interested in supporting their community and the welfare of others. There is no upper age limit.
Consett Lions Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at Consett Steel Club, Medomsley Road, Consett, DH8 5HA.
Come along and make new friends. Prospective members always made welcome.
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