Christmas – 2023

2023 Christmas – FINAL List of Locations

Santa’s new sleigh will be appearing at the following locations, why don’t you bring your children along to speak to Santa.

Fri 1st – Carterton Xmas Lights Switch On, 17:00 – 20:00
Sunday 10th Thorney Leys, Witney 17:30 – 20:00
Thu 14th – Lidl, Witney, 09:00 – 17:00
Fri 15th – Sainsburys, Witney, 09:00 – 17:00
Sat 16th – Waitrose, Witney, 09:00 – 16:00

Sun 17th – Marriotts, Witney, 10:00 – 16:00
Sun 17th – Long Hanborough, 17:30 – 20:00
Thu 21st – Sainsburys, Witney, 09:00 – 17:00
Fri 22nd – Waitrose, Witney, 09:00 – 17:00
Sat 23rd – Lidl, Witney, 09:00 – 16:00

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Recycle For Sight

Recycle For Sight

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Glasses Recycling

Witney Lions Club is delighted to announce that it is now happy to accept used spectacles (without cases or cloths please) for recycling. Nationally Lions Clubs are prominent in this field, and all glasses collected are sent to their sorting locations which have the expertise, and the international charitable connections, to ensure best use of them.
Please email us (see below) for further information, or look out for our collection bins in the Witney branches of Specsavers, Boots or Vision Express.


Message in a Bottle

Message in a bottle is a simple idea which allows emergency information to be kept in a small plastic bottle which is easily and quickly found by the Emergency Services in an emergency.

The scheme was introduced in 2002 in Oxfordshire on a county-wide basis, and well over 70,000 bottles have been issued since. The idea was then picked up by Lions clubs nationally.

The process is simple:

    • Collect you bottle from your GP, Chemist or request directly from a Lions club
    • Complete the form with the details requested
    • Add a copy of your latest repeat prescription
    • If you have a DNACPR* form, place the tear off slip in the bottle*
    • Place the bottle in your fridge
    • Place one of the sticky labels on the INSIDE of the main door to you premises
    • Place the other sticky label on the door of your fridge
    • Relax!

*DNACPR – Do Not Attempt Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation – a process agreed between you, your family and your doctor where CPR is not appropriate – essential guidance for the Ambulance Service to ensure your wishes are followed.

Message in a Bottle is free to the user and is funded by Lions clubs, where organisations become heavy users of the Bottles ie: NHS, or age related charities then a donation is sought.

For more details, or to request new bottles, please contact us.

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Calendar of events for 2023/24

The Club’s aims are to predominantly help others in the local communities and further afield.

Lions Club members and Friends of Lions get the opportunity to make new friends as we work together to serve the local community.

Building on this closer to home, the Club’s members and friends benefit from club organised/supported social events that further strengthen the relationships formed.

Please come back to check what’s on – will be updated regularly.              


Standlake Players – ‘Who Killed the Farmer”, Standlake Village Hall, Saturday 14th October


Trip on the GWST Steam Railway (Toddington to Cheltenham & return) with lunch at the Flag & Whistle Cafe) – Sunday 15th October




NOTHING, due to Christmas float commitments


The President’s party


Quiz Night at The Ferryman? – TBA

MARCH 2024


APRIL 2024

Skittles evening at The Ferryman? – TBA

MAY 2024


JUNE 2024

Charter Dinner 


If you’re interested in helping your local community, volunteering, fund-raising, organising projects, using your talents, gaining new skills, making friends and having fun – you can do all of this and more as a Lions Club member or volunteer – Wyn Devonald, President

There’s nothing like being a Lion. We make a difference in our communities and in the lives of the people we help. Even though Lions spend most of their time giving, they also get so much in return – from as little as three hours a month. 

Here’s some of the great benefits of being a Lion.

    • The fun and fellowship 
    • Opportunities to lead
    • You get when you give 
    • That ah-ha moment – Every member has a story about the moment they truly became a Lion. That day when they helped someone who had nowhere else to turn. The heartfelt thanks. The hope you restored through your kindness. That’s why we’re Lions.

These are just some of the great benefits of being a Lion. So share the joy of being a Lion by inviting a friend or family member to join you in helping the local community.

Make the most of each day – Make the most of your membership!

Giving. Gaining. Growing.

Witney Carnival
The Little Ox Brew Lions Bar Team - Always Ready To Serve

The Carnival is now the largest community family event in the town. Preparations start well before the actual day. The day before the Carnival our members erect two 6 x 12m marquees and three gazebos. Who would have thought that the Witney Lions Fun Run, with a few trade and charity stalls, would grow into Witney Carnival?

Witney Carnival is a large undertaking organised by the local Rotary Club, Lions Club, Round Table and Royal Air Force Air Cadets, with free entertainment for the general public. We generate a surplus which is used for local charity work.

Pig Roast Serving Team - Big Smiles For The Customers
Friend of Lions Tom, hard at work slicing & dicing after roasting the pig
Enjoying a drink at the Little Ox Brew Lions Beer Tent
Mark & supporting clown entertained the children throughout the afternoon