Young People

We support young people in Whitstable and Herne Bay in a number of ways. Each year we have a Community Service Award, The Mike Medlen Award and hold poster competitions for Peace and May Day.

Community Service Award

At the end of the Summer Term the staff at Whitstable Community College select a pupil to receive the Whitstable Lions Community Service Award. This recognises one of the pupils who has made an exceptional contribution to the local community during the year. The award is in the form of a large crystal bowl that is displayed in the school for the following year.

The Mike Medlen Cup

Mike Medlen was a former President of the club and District Youth Officer and following his death his widow, Lion Yvonne, donated a trophy in his honour. Each year this is awarded to an outstanding young person selected by the Club. Along with the trophy is a cheque for 250.

Mike medlen award 2017

Peace Poster Competition

The Lions run an International Peace Poster Competition every year. Young people under the age of 13 enter this competition from over 200 countries. Whitstable Lions involve local Secondary Schools in this competition and in recent years there has been an excellent response. Members of the Club meet to select the local winner and runners up and attend the school to present the prizes. The winning entry then goes forward to the regional competition and the winner from the region is then forwarded to the National Competition. Finally the winner from the UK and Ireland competition is forwarded to America for the judging of the International Competition. Prizes are awarded at each stage of the competition. In recent years Whitstable has been very successful in having winners for the South East region and the National Competition.

National Winner 2014

Poster for Peace

The Lions clubs in the  South East Region decided that they would run a Poster for Peace competition for Primary School children. This is organised along similar lines to the International Competition but prizes are restricted to local and regional winners. Junior Schools in Whitstable and Herne Bay are invited to enter each year with the best entry from each school receiving a prize before the overall local winner is selected by Club members.

May Day Programme Competition

Children from local Primary Schools are invited each year to design a poster to be used on the front cover of the programme for May Day at the Castle. The winner and 2 runners up are invited to May Day to receive their prizes. All the entries for the competition are displayed at the entrance to the Castle grounds.

                                                                                   Prize Winners 2015

                                                    The Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme

Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions are so committed to the programme that they are sponsoring students at The Whitstable School and Herne Bay High School who are preparing to take on the challenge.

                                                              The Whitstable School

                                                               Hene Bay High, Duke of Edinburgh


Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions are sponsoring children from local Primary Schools to participate in ROAR, a new youth programme which challenges children to develop ideas that could change the world and make a positive impact on the planet. The Lions have teamed up wit a young IT company, 7billionideas, which put together the innovative competition for Key Stage 2 children.

    ROAR Herne Bay Junior School    ROAR, Joy Lane Primary School        ROAR, Whitstable and Seasalter Cof E Endowed Junior School

                                                                        Young Ambassador

This scheme recognises a select number of exceptional young people (aged 15 to 18) each year who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to a not-for-profit organisation. To be eligible, candidates must have reached their 15th birthday, but not their 19th birthday on or before 30th June in the year in which the MD final is to be held.

In 2020 Adam Saunders the person chosen by the Club won the SE District competition and went forward to the National Competition. He was awarded a total of 1250 which he used to benefit Herne Bay Sea Cadets where he is a member.

                                                         Adam, Young Ambassador