Welcome to the home of the Folkestone Lions, part of the world’s largest community service organisation and committed to serving the local community.


About Us

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Folkestone Lions Club was formed on 4th December 1969 and, over the past 40 years, has raised more than £275,000 for local, national and international charities.

We are part of the world’s largest community service organisation. Lions Club International was formed in the U.S.A in 1917, and now has over 1.35 million members in approximately 46000 Clubs in 200 countries.

Our members come from all walks of life, and we help to raise funds for charitable causes, both locally and through our many international projects.

The majority of our work is directed towards meeting the needs of our local community, whether those are the needs of local individuals, community groups or charities. We do also rise to the challenge at a national or international level when disasters like the Boxing Day Tsunami or the Haitian earthquake strike.

We’re a great bunch of characters and each of us bring different skills, expertise and experience to the mix in the club. We don’t spend all our time on our charity work, though. There’s a great social life as well, so the club is a great way to meet new friends.

We’re always looking for people who share the same interest as we do in working for the benefit of the local community and would love to hear from you if you’d like to find out a little more about becoming a Lion. Just contact our Membership Chairman Colin Chandler on 01303 254616 for an informal chat.


Our purpose

  • To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
  • To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
  • To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
  • To unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
  • To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
  • To encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavours.


Our code of ethics

  • To show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
  • To seek success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
  • To remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another’s; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
  • Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
  • To hold friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
  • Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community, as to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time, labour and means.
  • To aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
  • To be careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.