Gillian roars in as club’s new chief

Neil Martin and new president Gillian Darbyshire (right) with fellow Lions members
Neil Martin and new president Gillian Darbyshire (right) with fellow Lions members
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Members of the Whalley and District Lion’s Club have ended their service year on a high.

Outgoing president, Lion Neil Martin, handed over to new president Gillian Darbyshire, who has previously fulfilled the role.

Speaking about his community work during his time as president, Mr Martin, said: “The club during my term has held events and had fun, all this leads to a great amount of money being raised.

“We have provided approximately £7,000 this year alone to various local good causes including community sports groups and to help the old Grammar School with refurbishment works.

“We have also helped The Whalley and Billington Flood Action Group with funds to facilitate the repairs to Longworth Road and Calder Vale. As Lions we have given our time freely in helping with village clean ups and holding our regular coffee morning.”

He added: “I am proud to say I am a Whalley Lion and that’s because of our clubs as individuals being dedicated to making a difference in our local world and to the people around us. I look forward to supporting Gillian and her team in the forthcoming year.”

New president, Gillian Darbyshire, is looking forward to supporting local causes. She said: “I look forward to leading our team throughout the next year, we grow from strength-to-strength and we will continue to serve and help our local causes.”

The club, which can be contacted by e-mailing, also welcomed three new members to service.