Uckfield Lions held their 55th Charter lunch at Wellshurst golf club on Sunday 3rd, celebrating 55 years of serving their local community.

Lion President Terry Mason welcomed, Guest of honour Councillor Jackie Love Mayor of Uckfield and Lions District Governor Paul Dedman with his wife Daphne, along with members of Zone 1C Lions clubs Bexhill, Hailsham, Hastings Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford, SEBI as well as visiting Lions clubs Rottingdean, Henfield and East Grinstead.

After an excellent three course lunch, Lion President Terry thanked Uckfield lions for all their work in the local community raising thousands of pounds though out the year for good causes.

Presentations where then made to Lion Chris Macve for 45 years’ service ,Lion John Gilbert 10 years and Peter Llyod Bostock 10 years by District Governor Paul Dedman ,after which he presented three Uckfield Lion’s Keith Mates , Lion Chris Sherwood and Lion Frank Phillips on behalf of Lions Clubs international Foundation with Melvin Jones fellowship awards. The Melvin Jones award is the highest award presented to Lions for their service to Lions international and most importantly their work in the local community through Lions and other work they do to help others.


Lion Keith Mates retired Police officer, on far right of picture. 39 years’ service, Has been Uckfield President twice, Started the Leo’s club in Uckfield, Helped with many Lions youth exchange camps becoming 105SE District youth exchange officer, then MD105 Youth exchange officer, He is trustee for Wealden talking news a long standing Uckfield lions project, and collects all the spare pairs of glasses from around local area, regularly delivering then down to Chichester. Keith recently received an award at Number 10 Downing Street for his safety work in East Sussex

Lion Chris Sherwood retired schoolteacher, 28 years’ service on left of picture. Finance Director, Leo adviser and youth officer, Lion Tamer, Tail twister, Chris was the co-organizer of The Uckfield men’s shed which is widely used and recently held an open day for Ladies as well. He is still heavily involved in this project.

Frank Phillips retired DIY store manager, 11 years’ service, in middle of picture next to Lions President Terry Mason, Uckfield president once and currently VP, Public relations officer, Minibus manager, previously running web-site, Trustee of Luxford centre, Secretary of the Housebound and friendship club, and President of Wealden indoor bowls club.

In her response Mayor Jackie Love thanked all of the Lions for their work in their local communities , and said she had especially enjoyed being a judge for the Uckfield Lion Roar competition for junior school children, where they invent an item that they believe could save the planet ,in her words the commitment from the children on that occasion had brought tears to her eyes on more than one occasion.