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It's a Special Knockout


​Local Lions clubs join together to put on an annual "It's a Special Knockout" challenge at Bede's School at Upper Dicker near Hailsham.

This very special event is for all those with special needs and various disabilities from across Sussex.

The Lions Clubs involved are from Battle, Bexhill, Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings and Uckfield.

All participants receive medals and certificates and the winners receive the "Knockout Cup" to hold for the coming year.


​LIBRA stands for Lions International Blood Research Appeal.  LIBRA raises funds towards equipping the Department of Haematological Medicine at King's College Hospital in London.

Through donations and fundraising projects, they help to ensure that groundbreaking diagnostic research and treatments can be carried out by some of the world's leading experts on haematological medicine.


Every year Battle & Villages Lions Club help by running their annual Go Karting endurance race at Filching Manor.  For more information on LIBRA please visit their website.

Spectacles & Hearing Aids

Youth Projects

Used spectacles are collected and sent to another local Lions Club for onward transmission to France, where they are graded before being sent to developing countries for re-use.

Spectacle collection points can be found at:

  • Barraclough & Stiles Opticians, Battle

  • Green & Elliot Opticians, Battle

  • Martin Oak Doctors Surgery, Battle

  • Sedlescombe Doctors Surgery

  • Oldwood Doctors Surgery, Robertsbridge


Used hearing aids are also collected for recycling to developing countries and can be left at the spectacle collections points.

​Lions Youth Programmes are dedicated to providing challenges and opportunities for youngsters that they would not otherwise enjoy.


The list of programmes is detailed below, simply click on one to discover more:


Message in a Bottle

The Lions Message in a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the fridge.   Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident at home, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you.

As a minimum it will save the Emergency Services valuable time identifying you and your emergency contact.  By telling whether you have special medication or allergies or not, it is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind to users, their friends and families.

The scheme is free to the user and the emergency services are aware of the scheme and will use the information in an emergency. 

Here is how it works:

  1. Complete the form and put in into the bottle.

  2. Place the bottle in the fridge.

  3. Place one green sticker on the inside of the front door.

  4. Place the other sticker on the outside of the fridge door.

If you would like a bottle you can telephone 08458 335826 or email us at

If you are a chemist, doctor, or have suitable location for an outlet in the Battle and Villages area, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to ask for a supply of bottles free of charge.

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It's a 'Special Knockout'