Paddock Wood and District Lions Club

Paddock Wood & District Lions Club is your local charitable organisation which has been serving the community for over 38 years. Our membership of men and women of all ages and walks of life, come together to fundraise, support the community and socialise.

We cover 11 districts including: Brenchley, Collier Street, East Peckham, Five Oak Green, Goudhurst, Horsmonden, Lamberhurst, Marden, Matfield, Paddock Wood, Staplehurst & Yalding and our members live throughout the district.

Every year we run a variety of fundraising events including the Annual Duck Race, Easter Egg Competition and the East Peckham 10k Fun Run. In December, Santa’s sleigh tours the streets of the villages with volunteers knocking on doors, and Father Christmas saying hello to the children. Our Christmas music and bright lights let the children know Santa is on his way.

During the summer, we hold our big Carnival Weekend with the ‘Rockin in the Rec’ live music event, a chance to bring the whole family and the picnic blanket to listen to local music and we provide the refreshments. On the Saturday, we run the Paddock Wood Carnival & Fete which draws around 2000 people. At midday, a Parade of over 200 participants brings the streets to life and leads everyone to St Andrews Field for an afternoon of browsing the stalls, watching events in the arena and enjoying the rides at the Funfair.

All of this is to raise money for local, worthwhile causes and we donate to individuals, families, clubs, societies and charities, which gives us the flexibility to respond to emerging need. Our remit is huge and examples of how we’ve helped include replacing an expensive, essential household item for a struggling individual, paying for repairs to a scout hut, buying school uniform for children starting secondary school or donating food to the local ambulance service. We also regularly support the local food bank with donations or supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables.

We are a very social club with events throughout the year such as chilli nights, safari suppers, our Christmas meal, black-tie event to celebrate our Club and can even be found playing bat ‘n’ trap in the local pubs!

One of our members shares her experience as, “It’s very rewarding and gives you a chance to give back, be a part of your community, meet new people and socialise. The club members themselves are all people who just want to help others in the best way that they can. Although the Club is local, it’s also the largest volunteer service organisation in the world with 1.4 million members across over 200 countries so it’s a great organisation to be a part of”.

We always welcome new faces so if you are interested in volunteering, or can think of something or someone where help from our Lions Club could be needed, call 0345 833 9564 or email enquiries@paddockwoodlions.co.uk. You can also find us on Facebook at Paddock Wood & District Lions Club.