Isn’t it funny how sometimes you can walk around, past objects and places and never really look at them. There are quite a few places around Eastleigh where the Lions are in evidence. Take the clock for example at the top of Market Street, you may never have noticed that all four faces have the Lions Logo on and at the base is written ‘The Lions Club of Eastleigh’. We’ve all seen it there but maybe never made the Lions connection. The club donated the town clock as part of the millennium celebrations.
A slightly more obviously Lion related site is in the corner of the Eastleigh Park although with the oxidised colour and the surrounding shrubbery you could be forgiven for missing this. This sculpture was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Eastleigh Lions. It is not entirely obvious to the passing walker but if you are prepared to adjust your position carefully the seemingly unrelated slabs of metal form a picture of a lion.
Slightly further away opposite the Bishopstoke Road Playing Field more Lions appear on the entrance to the Youth Options Outdoor Learning Centre. This is a 3.16 acre site on Bishopstoke Road in Eastleigh, and is in the unique position of providing an oasis of wild space in the middle of an urban area. It provides a dedicated space for children and young people to be outside, engage with nature, and participate in outdoor learning.
Even more hidden away at the Highbridge Community Farm there is the ‘Lion’s Den’ which is a replacement tool shed provided by Eastleigh Lions after the loss of the original one during a thunderstorm. The shed was officially handed over in a presentation event earlier this year and a Lions Logo adorns the ridge above the door.
Another Lion which is more of a thing than a place will be the Lions Bus which should soon be seen around the area transporting elderly Age Concern and One Community Passengers. This was mainly financed due to the enthusiastic fund raising of Devan Kandiah, a veteran Lion of over 30 years’ service.
Not in the permanent fixture category though, Eastleigh Lions can be seen around the Eastleigh district providing service to many events that need their help (not so much this year as most events have fallen by the wayside). These include marshalling the Wyvern 10K, St Georges Day Parade, the Netley Pumpkin Festival, Eastleigh Christmas Lights switch on and its Film Festival to name but a few. Follow this link to see more of what we do in the community.