Please see also the Housing Society’s web site at www.brightonlionshousing.co.uk
Ten years after its formation, Brighton Lions Club purchased a house and converted it into five flats for elderly persons. Impressed with the concept, an anonymous donor gave sufficient funds to erect a block of 12 flats for the elderly, which was opened by the Mayor of Brighton in 1968. The Club decided that management of the properties would best be handled by a separate limited company and Brighton Lions Housing Society Ltd was established although it was then and still remains an integral part of the Club.
1972 saw the completion of a second block of flats – 18 this time – on a site adjacent to the first block, this further development being partially funded by the sale of the original house. The two blocks together are known as Lions Court.
A few years later the Society had the opportunity to buy another plot of land at a substantial discount to the market price and six bungalows (Lions Gardens) were built in 1977.
A very substantial mortgage was raised in 1992 to enable the Society to buy a partly built block of 37 flats in Westdene, Brighton. These were completed in 1993 and named Lions Dene (above). Included in the development is a doctors’ surgery and a large residents’ lounge which is used by the Club for its business meetings.
A further block of 43 flats at Hangleton known as Lions Gate was officially opened by Dr Tai-Sup Lee, the Lions’ International President, in April 2004.
The Society now has 110 flats providing decent, affordable accommodation for more than 100 of Brighton’s more mature residents. The bungalows at Lions Gardens have been demolished and the construction of a further block of 26 flats has been started on the site.