Lions on a working bank holiday

by | 5 July 2023 | Lions, Sherwood

Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions Club was delighted to support again the Wellow Maypole committee with its annual fundraiser on Maypole Day.

The Lions ran the raffle and stalls and helped on the swing boats. They were aided by the gods as the weather was lovely! The Lions are always willing to support the local community – and it helps when the local drinking establishments are open all day too.

The Club is always up to something, with members who are passionate about supporting the community in any way they can.

If you are like-minded and want to support the less fortunate in society, maybe you should consider finding out more – call 07581 265531 or email the club secretary at

The club currently has one business meeting on the second Thursday of each month, 7.30pm to 9.00pm at South Forest Leisure Complex. A second, more social, meeting takes place on the fourth Thursday of the month. This is often used for events, like bowling, quizzes or just simply a bite to eat and a drink.

‘Work hard and play hard’ is the mantra of this group of fun-loving and caring people. Give them a call if you’re interested!

John Whitlam RIP

It is with huge sadness that the Club announce the loss of Lion, friend and all round brilliant chap Mr John Whitlam. John was a member of Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions, and he served the community for 22 years as a Lion. The club are devastated at his passing. He was an integral part of the Club and he was the current treasurer aided by his wife Lion Hazel. He had been club president on six occasions, but much more than that he was a wonderful friend and family man.

The Club are not sure how they will cope without him, but John would be desperate for them to continue the work serving the local communities, and they will!

He was really well known and loved, but he will probably be best remembered for being ‘Rudolph’ and towing Santa all through December around the villages. Even in failing health, he still went out on cold nights transporting Santa to the children.

His fellow Lions want to say: “Thank you John,” and will be there to support Hazel and her family and continue his legacy. He is gone but never forgotten.