New Red Collection Boxes

Look out for our new red collection boxes that can be found at various locations on Mersea Island.  We understand that many of you carry very little or no cash these days so any donations left in these boxes is appreciated more than ever. If you have any loose change lurking unwanted at the bottom of a drawer, drop it in at one of these locations next time you’re in and we will make sure that it goes towards something worthwhile in the community.


Collection box locations

Galley Seafoods, Coastal Bliss, The Forge Fuel Station, Seaview Cafe, Island Chemist, Fred’s, Post Office, No 4, Cock’s Butchers.

Waggers and Walkers community dog walk 2024

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the beach hut on Sunday 21 April 2024 on a dry (thankfully) but very chilly morning for our Waggers and Walkers community dog walk. It was wonderful to see you and your dogs for a walk and a chat over tea and coffee afterwards.

Home Alone Collection raises £983.22

Thank you to all of you who generously donated to the Home Alone Collection on 16 December 2023.  We can now confirm that the total collected was £938.22.

The meals 69 meals delivered on Christmas day were very much appreciated by the recipients. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who turned out on Christmas morning to help deliver the meals and put a smile on the faces of those who they were delivering to. As always we are so grateful to Kim Proctor and her family of The Blackwater Pearl for giving up their Christmas morning to cook the meal.

16,200 pairs of unwanted spectacles sent to recycling centre

Lions clubs from Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk got together and delivered over 500 boxes of unwanted spectacles and hearing aids to the Lions recycling centre in Birmingham on 8th  November 2023. It was an amazing team effort.

Due to the pandemic getting the spectacles to the recycling centre has been a challenge and Mersea Lions alone had collected over 16,000 pairs of spectacles so, we are delighted that they can now be sorted, cleaned and graded for use.

Lions clubs throughout the British Isles collect and process tens of thousands of unwanted spectacles and hearing aids each year. Working with partner organisations, spectacles and hearing aids are recycled to support the work of eye and hearing clinics around the world.

Clear out your drawers of old unused spectacles and donate them at one of our collection points. Collections bins on Mersea Island can be found at Patrick & Menzies and Boots the Chemist.


The Mersea Lions Club Red Bus delivered 75 boxes containing spectacles and hearing aids.



Mersea Lions announce date for 2024 Family Festival

Following the success of the 2023 Family Festival we are delighted to announce that next year the festival will be held on Saturday 17th August 2024 at Waldegraves Holiday Park

For more information, visit our Family Festival 2024 Information Page

Transport Display: Booking for vehicle owners wishing to display their vehicles is now open. For further information visit our Transport Display information page.

To book a stall please contact Lion Bridget Smith by email

Calling all Classic Car owners!

Yep, it’s that Transport Display time again! And there’s a bit of re-branding gone on. So this year, on Saturday the 12th of August, we welcome you to the Mersea Lions Family Festival.

If you’re booking in as an individual, brilliant. Clubs are also always welcome, let us know if you want a block booking.

However, this year, it’s just not those wonderful “Classics” that we hope to see again. We’re also looking for Modern “Interesting” “Unusual” “Wacky” (my personal favourite) modes of transport. If you have or know anyone who owns something in those categories, get it there on the 12th! (Please).

Now the boring stuff!!!

Exhibitors enter free, and to make it easier for our preparations, we ask you to register online first. Which can be done by clicking here…..

  • Spaces may be available on the day, however this cannot be guaranteed.
  • Location Waldegraves Holiday Park: CO5 8SE
  • Exhibitors to arrive between 8:30 and 10:30
  • Only the display vehicles are allowed to stay on the site during the show, any other cars to park on the field allocated for the public.

And a plea for help!

In the past, we have had a number of Vintage Buses traveling around the Island, picking up and dropping off visitors to our shows. However these are not available to us this year. If anyone has a solution to this problem, please contact Lion Les Snow by email at

Annual Cheque Presentation and thank you evening

This is the evening when we make donations to local charities and deserving causes as a result of our fund-raising throughout the year.  It is also the occasion when we are able to publicly thank our volunteers (we call them S.M.I.L.E.s – Supporting Mersea Island Lions Efforts) and those who sponsor our fund-raising events – Mersea Life and Blackwater Estates. Without their help we could not raise these funds, or carry out our work in the community.

You can find the full report and photos of the evening on our website here.

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