Lions Club of Bridgend

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Forthcoming Events

There will be opportunity to visit Santa and take your own photograph in the Indoor Market on the 11th & 18th December 2021 between 10 am and 3 pm. The cost will be £2 per child.

Santa Poster 2021


Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis with only limited queues permitted due to Covid guidelines. We aim to be able to see as many children as we can having regard to the restrictions.

Please note there is no booking system in place and there will be no presents given out.

We hope to be back next year with our normal Grotto.


Tree of Light

During December we will hold a Tree of Light at St Mary's Church where anyone may sponsor a light for £5 in memory of a loved one or a special cause at Christmas. This year the tree will be displayed inside the Church foyer.

The sponsor form for 2021 can be downloaded by clicking here.

We also now have a Just Giving page to enable you to sponsor on-line - click here

Tree of Light

There will be a short dedication of the tree in the foyer of St Mary's Church on the 29th November at 6:30 pm. Due to Covid precautions this will not be open to the public, but will be be available on you tube.


As a consequence of the current situation we have made the decision to postpone our other upcoming events for the safety of both our members and the general public. We hope to re-arrange these events next year.


Charity Swim Gala (Postponed)

Our latest annual Charity Swim will held on Sunday 17th May 2020 at Ynysawdre Swimming pool

Teams of local charities raised funds for themselves at a cost of £50 entrance fee. For further information and to enter a team in 2020 please use our contact page.

We are able to put on this event which enables other groups to raise funds for themselves as a result of some very generous sponsors (details on our Swim page) - we thank them all for their support.



We attend numerous fetes and fundays throughout the Bridgend area from June to September with our fun stalls.

Lions Club stalls

If you are holding an event in 2022 and would like us to attend please contact us.


Spectacle and Hearing Aid collections

Thank you everyone who is donating used hearing aids and spectacles.

Our collection bins (below) are now sited at various venues in and around Bridgend. For details of where you can deliver your donations see our spectacle and Hearing Aid pages.

Our collecting bins


DVDs CDs and Computer Games

We are collecting DVDs, CDs and Computer Games. If you have any to donate please contact us via our Contact page and we will let you know collection/delivery arrangements.


Recent Events

Book Fair October 2021 - Our Book Fair returned.

Book Fair 2016 all set out

Our Book Fair was held on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th October 2021 at Westward Community Centre, Cefn Glas, Bridgend.

We complied with relevant Covid regulations and our arrangements were be assessed by the local authority.

There were thousands of good quality books including fiction, non-fiction and children's, all at unbelievable prices.

We also had an excellent supply of jigsaws.

Books Wanted

We will be able to recommence receiving book donations with effect from the beginning of November 2021.

Click here for collection and delivery arrangements

Please do not deliver books to the Westward Community Centre apart from Sunday mornings as the other users of the centre have no involvement with our Book Fairs and left books causes inconvenience and a safety hazard to them.

Book Fair Mailing List

We maintain an e-mail mailing list to advise you of news about our Book Fairs. To subscribe click here

Santa's Grotto - This has had to be cancelled again for 2021, but we hope to be back in 2022. However there will be an opportunity to talk to Santa and take a photograph in the Indoor Market on the 11th & 18th December 2021. (see details in column 1).


We helped Santa in his Grotto at Carnegie House (the old library) Wyndham Street, Bridgend on Saturdays 23rd and 30th November and 7th and 14th December 2019.

Santa's Grotto

A visit to see Santa cost £6.00 for which children received a quality gift and their family could take their own photographs. On-line bookings were very popular and we will continue with that in 2020.

We also took payments on the day (subject to availability) by cash or chip & pin or Contactless card.

The grotto also included free crafts and colouring for children while they wait and craft stalls (see below) and tombolas were also available.

Craft Stall


Book Sale

Book Sale


On the 19th October 2019 we held a one day book sale at the Westward Community Centre from 10am to 4pm. All books were sold at half of the price they were on sale at our Book Fair last April to make way for new stock.

Our sale in October 2020 had to be cancelled due to the covid restrictions.

For a location map please use this link: Location of Westward Community Centre or use postcode CF31 4JR in your Satnav.



Easter Egg Raffle

Our annual Easter Egg raffle took place at various venues throughout the Bridgend area leading up to Easter.

Easter Egg

Customers could purchase numbered squares for £1 for a chance to win a large Thornton's Easter Egg.

Thank you to all the venues that supported this event in 2019.



Citizenship Award for Club

We were presented with the prestigious Mayor’s Citizenship Award by the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Councillor Clive James.

Pictured with the Borough Mayor are our then President Tony Rees with members Henry Trimlett and John Craxton who represented the Club at the Awards ceremony.

This was given in recognition of all the hard work the club has done since its formation, including organising what has has become one of the largest Charity Book Sales in Wales and the continuing support given to the community

Web site Award

This web site won the 2010 Lions District 105W Club Web Site of the Year Award which was presented to the Club at the Lions District 105W Convention on 12 March 2011.

Web Site Winner Shield




What's New

Site last updated on 30 November 2021

30 November - Added details of our meet Santa event on 11th & 18th December

1 November - updated following the Book Fair

24 November - Added details of our Just Giving Page for Tree of Light sponsorship

11 November - Updated Tree of Light details for December 2021




Are you following us on Facebook?

If not, use the link in the end column to 'like' or view our pages and we do appreciate your comments.


You can also follow us on Twitter @BridgendLions


2020/21 President

On 1st July Mike Greenway took over as President of the club from Tony Gates.


Members Wanted

Do you have spare time in which to participate in a satisfying community based pastime with a great spirit of friendship?

If so why not consider joining our Club - see here for further information or use our contact page to get in touch with us. Membership is open to all over 18

Recent Donations

Some of our donations are pictured below - larger photos are on our donations page

Wheelchair Dancing

Wheelchair Dancing

Men's Shed

Men's Shed

Wildmill Youth Club

Wildmill Youth Club

POW Hospital Cardio respiratory unit

POW Cardio dept

Y Bont

Donation y Bont

Air Ambulance

Air Ambulance presentation



29th November - 24th December - Tree of Light

11th & 18th December - A photo opportunity with Santa in the Indoor Market



The Lions Club of Bridgend incorporates The Lions Club of Bridgend Charitable Trust Fund (Charity no: 1143349)


Please be advised that we will never ask anyone seeking a donation from the Lions Club of Bridgend or from Lions Clubs International to make any payment to secure a donation.
Anyone contacting you by telephone, by letter or online and offering a Lions donation in exchange for a fee or advance payment to secure a Lions donation is doing so fraudulently, and you should not proceed with the matter.


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If you would like to donate to us to help us continue our Charitable efforts, then please use the form below which will take you to our Just Giving page. Thank you.