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.

New Community Bus for Mersea Island

Mersea Island Lions Club are delighted to be able to introduce you to our new BLUE BUS which has now replaced the white bus that gave us and the Mersea Island community many years of faithful service.

We were able to purchase the community bus just before Christmas with the help of a grant from Essex Community Foundation / East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund. Each year this fund gives away grants to charities and good causes and we are very grateful to them for including Mersea Island Lions Club last year.


Christmas Tree Festival 2022

The annual Christmas Tree Festival is now on at the Free Church on Mersea Island.  There is an amazing amount of talent on this island and we recommend that you go along and have a look at the trees decorated by a number of local groups. 

The opening times are:

Friday 9 December  6pm to 9pm

Saturday 10 December 10am to 5pm

Sunday 11 December 1pm to 4pm

The Mersea Lions Club entry this year is a bit unusual but you could call it




The Mersea Lions serve up hot drinks at Mersea Lights Up

Thank you to everyone who turned out on a very cold day to support all the stall holders on Saturday for Mersea Lights Up. A massive thank you also to our SMILE’s who helped out on the day behind the scenes in the kitchen and serving customers in the hall.  It was a long day and we appreciate the time you gave to us.

Those of us who were brewing up the mulled wine in the kitchen had the warmest spot…

Lions Les, Keith and Sandra

Two of our lovely SMILE’s Pat and Viv

Mersea Lions serve up mulled wine at the Artisan Craft Market

Thank you for your support 

It was a bit of a damp and misty day on Saturday 12 November but that didn’t stop many of you paying a visit to the Artisan Craft Market at Waldegraves and warming yourselves up with our mulled wine.  Thank you again for your support and generously filling the collection buckets at the gate. The money raised at this year’s events will go to a number of causes within the community which will be announced in the new year. 

Christmas dinners for home alone Mersea residents

Once again Kim Proctor and her family at the Blackwater Pearl are giving up their Christmas day to provide meals for Mersea residents who are elderly, infirm and alone. The residents are always delighted to receive the beautiful home cooked turkey dinners and see the friendly faces of our volunteers delivering the meals. 

The Lions will be out in the village on Saturday 26 November collecting for this year’s Christmas meals outside of the Co-Op, Tesco and Coastal Coffee.  We hope that you will drop by to say hello and pop a few coins in our buckets.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from one of these meals or you would like to help with the deliveries on Christmas day please contact Lion Bridget Smith before Wednesday 21 December on 01206 383166

Classic Cars at 2022 Summer Show

Thank-you to all the classic car owners who have registered their vehicles for display at this year’s show.

In addition to the vehicles listed on our web site, we are expecting a number of vehicles from Mersea Island’s own classic car enthusiasts group, the MERSEA ISLAND CLASSIC CAR ENTHUSIASTS (MICCE). Altogether we are expecting about 100  cars to be on display from the oldest registered in 1933 to some recent 21st Century classics, including motorcycles – it should be a great display.

View the list of vehicles currently expected to be on display here: Vehicle Display List 2022

If you are an exhibitor please note the following:

  • Post code to navigate to Waldegraves Lane: CO5 8SE
  • Exhibitors to arrive between 8:30 and 10:30 and not to leave before 4pm
  • Exhibitors and partners get in free.
  • Only the classic cars allowed to stay on the site during the show, any other cars to park on the field allocated for the public.

If you have any queries please contact Les Snow at

17/08/2022: Please note applications to display are now closed.

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