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Do you have any items that you could donate to the People of Ukraine?

50% of the Funds raised at the Easter Extravaganza on the New Milton Recreation Ground on Saturday 8th April will be donated to the people of Ukraine via New Forest for Ukraine. The Group will also have a collection point for goods to be donated to Ukraine. Please see the list of urgent requirements to be shipped to the refugees in Poland and directly into Ukraine ( ). If you have any goods you would like to donate to the people of Ukraine, either bring them along to the Collection Point Stall on the New Milton Recreation Ground on Saturday 8th April - or alternatively send your telephone number to or call him on 07771 754025 and he will arrange with you a suitable time to collect the items from you and deliver them to the Collection Point for you.


Lions send Much Needed Generators to Ukraine

Recently, the Lions Club of New Milton donated £1,000 to New Forest for Ukraine to enable them to puchase 2 Generators to be sent to the people of Ukraine.  To date the New Forest Group has donated some 150 Generators to the Ukraine.

The picture shows a very happy Ukrainian Lady who has received a Generator from this programme, to provide electricity to her house as all the infrastructure has been destroyed.


Lions Easter Extravaganza to Support Ukraine

The Lions Club of New Milton's Easter Extravaganza on Saturday 8th April, will not only be raising monies for local good causes, but the event will also be trying to support the people of Ukraine, by donating funds and providing a Drop-Off Collection Point for donations people might wish to make to assist the situation in Poland and the Ukraine. 

New Forest for Ukraine was a ‘pop up’ organisation set up a year ago to provide humanitarian support to the Ukrainian people. By the end of March 2023, they will have delivered aid of over 100 trucks, 3,000 improvised trauma kits, over 150 generators, over 10,000 bandages and too much knitting to count !   Unfortunately the need is greater than ever. In addition to the normal goods, these are urgently needed: torches and batteries, food, toiletries, medical supplies, travel bags with wheels, clean duvets and pillows, warm clean winter clothing (waterproof jackets, tops, trousers only), and good quality boots.

The Lions Club of New Milton in partnership with New Forest for Ukraine will locate a Collection Point in a prominent position on the New Milton Recreation Ground on Saturday 8th April and residents are invited to bring along their donations anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  They will be greatly appreciated and moved immediately after to the central hub at Castlepoint for sorting, prior to their onward transmission to the refugees in Poland and those in desperate need in Ukraine itself.

In addition to making their donations, residents and visitors, can enjoy a traditional free family fun day for all ages, which will see the start of the Major Events Season on the New Milton Recreation Ground and therefore fingers are being crossed for good weather to shine on the efforts of The Lions Club of New Milton and its supporters.

Two arenas will fill the centre of the Recreation Ground, one to stage the highly popular Fun Dog Show run by New Milton's Friendly Dog Club and the second for two demonstrations of Professional Wrestling, which return to New Milton by popular request.

As usual, the Performance Pavilion will play host to a series of live acts, with Ukerjax at 11:00 a.m.; followed by Six and Sax at 11:30 a.m.  The Duo of Paul Denson with Emma Hardy from "We are Robot will take to the stage at 1:15 p.m. and they will be followed by the oldest Caribbean Steel Band in the country - the Rainbow Steel Band, performing by courtesy of Hampshire's Culture in Common Initiative.  The afternoon will close with the return of Mike Sidaway who will remind us all of some of the great hits of the 60's, 70's and 80's. and get all our feet tapping.

The young will not be forgotten, as there will be an Easter Egg Trail and an Easter Treasure Hunt, all of which will start from the Lions Information Point situated close to the Performance Pavilion.  Charles Coles Funfair will be located on the Western side of the Recreation Ground, with traditional and new amusements to suit all ages, including the return of the highly popular trampolines. 

There will be a wide array of Commercial and Community Stalls including the first appearance by New Milton's brand new Community Garden which will start being built at Fawcetts Field within a few weeks.  Another entrant from Fawcetts Field, will be the New Milton Men's Shed who will be raising monies to help fund their new Men's Shed which will also start to be built during April.  Two great local initiatives, which we hope you will visit and support. 

Local resident, Lucy Kelleher will tempt you with her gluten free cakes, Lightfoots Farm will be offering you their range of microgreens, extremely nutritious tasty shoots of vegetables and herbs that can be served with everything and The Island Box will entice you to try their exotic rum cocktails. These and more than 20 other stalls will ensure something is bound to be of interest.

After some time of enjoying the fun to be had at The Lions Club of New Milton Easter Extravaganza, you can be fed and watered by them at their popular Barbeque and at the Refreshment tent manned by the Ladies from the Lions Club, offering a wide range of sandwiches and scrumptious cakes. A fully licensed bar, operated by Central Bar's Sue Darcy will complete the refreshment opportunities on the day.

Why not think about joining the Lions Club of New Milton and visiting their Information Point to learn more about what they are involved with in both New Milton and the surrounding area of the New Forest, including Lymington, Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst.  Now in its 52nd year of operation, it is estimated that approximately £375,000 has been raised for both local, national and international causes.  Not a bad record for the largest service organisation in the New Forest area.

 The Lions Club of New Milton would like to thank NMSB better known as New Milton Sand & Ballast who are the lead sponsor for their Easter Extravaganza and also New Milton Town Council and The New Milton Residents’ Association for their financial and other support.