Kettering Lions mark 40 years of helping the community

Kettering and District Lions Club founders Roger Button with Peter Neville with a framed copy of the club's original charter
Kettering and District Lions Club founders Roger Button with Peter Neville with a framed copy of the club's original charter

Members have remembered the founding of their charitable club 40 years ago.

Founder members of Kettering and District Lions Club Roger Button and Peter Neville remembered the club’s start in 1972 at Mr Neville’s Poddington home.

Mr Button and Mr Neville recruited local businessmen for formative member meetings at the George Hotel in Sheep Street, Kettering, the year before.

The club received its official charter in 1972. Alf Ellis was the first president, followed by Mr Neville, 87, and Mr Button, now an American citizen, in 1978.

Fundraising in the community, the Lions organised go-kart racing at Rockingham Castle, donkey racing in Kettering and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations at Deeble Road School.

Community groups supported in the early days included the PHAB Club managed by Dorcas Munday.

Are you a Lions Club member past or present? Do you have any memories or photographs of the club to share? Email david.trayner@northantsnews.co.uk.

For more information about the lcub visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/kettering.