Kirkcaldy & District Lions Club
Kirkcaldy & District Lions Club was Chartered on the 25th April 1975. The core of members came from a Businessman’s Club called The New Club. The Guiding Lion was PDG Archie Stevenson from Stirling & District Lions Club.
The main fundraising at that time was through Wine & Cheese Social events with the Whisky Wheel being the main attraction. Food was supplied and served by members’ wives and tickets were always at a premium. The main social event was the Annual Burns Supper. Membership grew steadily to 32 over the next 10 years see photo.
The Club’s humanitarian ability was tested early on when fire destroyed the top two floors of the multi-storey nurses quarters at the Local Hospital and Lions were quickly on the scene and replaced essential personal items.
The signature event evolved to be The Annual Pram Race, which took place in the local park around a 1.125-mile track. Side attractions included a Ducking Stool, Swing boats – made by Lion members, a roll the penny stall and other games of chance.
The demise of this event occurred due to social change when prams became difficult to obtain due to changes in fashion. Food trolleys were tried as a replacement and although local food stores willing gave these, the small wheel diameter of the trolleys made the unit difficult and dangerous to push along the tarmac path
For many years, in conjunction with a local boutique, a Ladies Fashion show was presented on an annual basis.
People now know Kirkcaldy Lions as the Club that provides Santa’s Sleigh to as many parts of the town as possible. Recently the Club has enlisted the help of the local Floor Ball Team and the local Scouts for the door-to-door collections. The members are also privileged to take the Sleigh and Santa along with presents for all to Rachel House Children’s Hospice coinciding with the Children, Families and Staff Xmas Party. Xmas Parcels for the elderly and housebound, Quiz nights and Race nights are also included in the diary.
Recently Race nights have featured as a Zone project.
Projects under consideration at present are a Ghost Walk Tour, A Ceilidh and a Charity Formal Evening.
For more information, contact Lion President George Macdonald 01592 591486, or Lion Jack Christie 01592 261565