Welcome to the Ilkeston Lions Website 

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After thunderstorms and heavy rain for a couple of days,

We Made It !!!

It was a last minute decision again but the weather held on the day and the Carnival went ahead.
There will be an update on the carnival page and some photographs uploaded shortly onto the gallery page.

Carnival pics

Carnival Queen 2016 - Chloe Kelso                                                             

Chloe was chosen to be the carnival queen last year but due to the adverse weather conditions she was not able to fulfill her wishes.

Chloe is sixteen years old and will be leaving school following the completion of her exams which she is currently sitting.

A career in hair dressing is waiting for her.

After recently moving away from Stanley Common she now lives in Cotmanhay.


Following our appeal for new members we have enrolled our first person into the club.


Jason Blackwell joined us at our April business meeting following an attendance at a previous meeting and also at a Carnival meeting.

Shown in the Picture is Lion President Joe Prati welcoming Jason to the club.

In the very near future, on return from their holiday in Borneo,  we will have a husband and wife team Peter & Sheila Kelly join the club.

We also are welcoming Robert & Katharine Stewart into our club.They are transferring to us from another Lions club.

New members are always welcome.You can contact us via our contacts page on this site or contact Lion Joe Prati

on his E-Mail  -  mailprati14@talktalk.net   

Introducing 'KELLER' our guide dog for the blind

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 Last years Presidents main beneficiary was' The Guide Dogs for the Blind' to whom we presented a cheque for 3000.00 at our annual charter dinner.

We were pleased to be told that because of our generous donation we were given the opportunity to name a puppy that will go into training and eventually become a fully trained guide dog.

The photograph shown above is our dog which was born on the 18th December 2015. his name is 'KELLER' and he is named after a lady called Helen Keller, who, along with a Lions member is the person who originally thought of the

 idea of the white stick for the blind



Ilkeston Lions Club is a charity service organisation which helps our local community foremost, along with other charities.

This is done through raising money by having Easter Bunny raffles and Christmas food hampers in local pubs and businesses around the Erewash area, having stalls on the market place, the Summer Sounds event on Victoria Park, the Hospitals League of Friends summer and winter open days and others. Our main event is to organise and present the annual Ilkeston Lions Carnival.

ALL of the money we raise from these events is given to needy causes Locally, Nationally (eg; The recent flood appeals in Cumbria and York) and Internationally (eg; Earthquakes, Tsunamis etc.)

In order to keep doing all of this The Ilkeston Lions Club urgently needs more members. At present we have 10 members, 70% of which are over 65 years of age. As we are just starting to put plans together for this years carnival we need younger and fitter men and women to join in and help us.

Next year is the Lions International Centenial Celebration which we will be celebrating all over the world.

We are not all work and no play. We have various social evenings and we also interact with other local Lions club's with film nights, skittles and Charter dinner/dances etc.

If nobody comes forward to join us there is a chance that the club will have to close which means that there will be no more carnivals.

For more information, our membership contact person is Lion Laura Rigby, her e-mail address is


or you can contact us via the contact page on this web site.























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