Brighton Lions – not just BBQs, Car Shows and Carols

Gwen Harper - 08 March 2018

As hopefully most people will be aware, we’ve been running a number of events and activities in the Brighton municipality. Our club has been raising funds to help run Youth Mental Health First Aid courses for Grade 9 students, the first wave of which occurred in October last year, with the next two waves on schedule to run in Term 1 and Term 3 in 2018.

We are happy to announce that thanks to the tremendous community support of their last three events, they have a small amount of funds left over and will shortly be approaching our five local primary schools to ask for a school project that Brighton Lions can support that will have a lasting, positive impact on Brighton primary school children.

Brighton Lions is a small group of hardworking volunteers who believe that if you want to make the world a better place for us and future generations, it starts at home, in our local community, and in our schools.  We would be delighted for interested Brighton residents to attend one of their monthly meetings or chat to us at the canteen at Pontville Market – first Sunday of every month.

PHOTO CAPTION: Brighton Lions would like to welcome Toni, Katie and Rick who joined the group in February – great to have you onboard!

Our Car and Bike Show Doubles Down

Gwen Harper - 28 January 2018

Sunday 21 Jan started early in Brighton with perfect weather, and a traffic jam at 8am outside the IGA.  Puzzled shoppers looked on at the stream of gorgeous cars slowly made their way towards Pontville Oval, until a Brighton Lions member, who was collecting the BBQ food that IGA had kindly donated, explained “oh that would be our Car and Bike Show!”.

The Queensland couple staying at Pontville in their caravan were equally surprised. “Best honeymoon ever!” said the groom, who was luckily a car enthusiast.

This year saw the volume of cars and bikes entered more than doubled, with a record 120+ souped-up and lovingly restored vehicles on display.  Community support for the event, which was raising money for Brighton Lions youth mental health projects, was incredibly heart-warming.

“We knew it was going to be big” said Chris Gimblett, president of Brighton Lions and chief organiser of the event, “because of all the community support and sharing of our Facebook event page.  But we didn’t expect it to be such a great success.  We cannot thank people enough, and will keep everyone informed on our Facebook page, website and in Brighton Community News on how their donations are supporting and helping young people in the Brighton municipality.”

But it wasn’t just Brighton residents and local car clubs who came along on the day.  Two car clubs from Launceston and one from Devonport supported the event, and visitors came from across Tasmania to check out the cars and bikes on display.   One car enthusiast hailed as far as England, telling the Lions team that he really enjoyed looking at the vintage Australian cars and he’d come back next year.

But you didn’t need to be a car expert to enjoy the day, as there was enough for the whole family to enjoy. The Jumping Castle and face-painting was popular, as was Auto Trim and Tint, Devils Coffee and Decadent Drinks and Delectables, all of which donated a part of their takings to the Brighton Lions fundraising cause.

Other organisations donated prizes for the lucky door competition.  Brighton Lions (and the prize-winners!) would like to thank Zoo Doo, Bonorong Wildlife Park, Biltons Restaurant @ Claremont House, Tassie Nats, Granada Tavern, Gold Class Limousines, YMCA and Motoring Diary.  A special shout-out to Lions club of Glenorchy and Clarence who helped Brighton Lions run the event.  Helping out is at the core of the Lions movement – if you’d like to get involved Brighton Lions are always looking for new members – come along to a meeting and hear more about what they do, or visit them at the canteen at Brighton Market, first Sunday of every month.  Email or visit their Facebook page:

Many great photos of the event are on their Facebook page:

The best news?  The event will be back again next year, so start revving those engines!


Car and Bike Show Up for a Good Cause

Gwen Harper - 10 January 2018

Brighton residents will be delighted to hear that the Brighton Car and Bike Show will again be held at Pontville Oval on January 21, 2018.    A great family day out, it was very popular last year with over 600 people coming to view the 50+ cars and bikes on display.

The Classic Ford Club have listed it in their events calendar and will be bringing a number of different F Trucks for fans to drool over.  But this event is not just limited to the professionals – it is open to all car and bike enthusiasts to bring their own car or bike along (even if it’s not quite finished yet!)   It’s a great place to see what others are doing, get ideas, swap notes and generally admire the hard work and dedication that makes restored or modified cars and bikes so special.  A number of car and bike suppliers have also agreed to set up stalls on the day.  There will be lucky door prizes, a jumping castle, bikes, show bags, coffee, the Brighton Lions Club BBQ, fairy floss and other food vendors at the event.

As Shane Caufield quoted on the Facebook event page “I will be there for my first time, virgin lol” – this comment sent in with a great photo of a lime green and black GTS dressed up for a wedding event.

For people bringing their cars and bikes, the cost is only $5 entry, with funds again going to a good cause.  For spectators not bringing a vehicle to display, a gold coin donation is requested, under 12s are free.

The event last year was raising money to buy a piece of medical equipment for the Royal Hobart Hospital that helps people undergoing chemotherapy to keep their hair.  This year the Lions Club of Brighton are raising money to run youth mental health programs in the Brighton municipality.  This is their second year running this project, 2017 saw 45 Grade 9 students going through 6 hours of training each, learning how to spot and provide mental health first aid to their peers.

Set up time for people bringing cars and bikes to display is between 8:00 am 8:30 am through the gates off Glen Lea Road, Pontville.   The Brighton Lions Car and Bike Show starts at 9am and finished at four pm.

Brighton Lions Carols Event will be better than Hobarts’!

Gwen Harper - 15 November 2017

Happily ignoring all the fuss about Hobart’s Christmas Carols this year, Brighton Lions have been working very hard on our own Christmas Carols event, determined to make them bigger and better than ever!

Now in its fifth year, it is still a FREE event to the public, plus Brighton Lions will be giving away Family Activity Bags to the first 100 families.  The 2017 program includes a;; the family-favourite Christmas Carols (Rudolph, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Little Drummer Boy, Hark!, Deck the Halls, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, We Three Kings etc) with the words included in the free program for those who may be a little rusty!  The Choir from Brighton Primary School will be performing, as well as local musician and guitarist Bryce Tilyard, Hobart Baptist Church Singers and the Southern Districts band whose members include some local Brighton residents. The Dec 9th event will also feature two new MCs, a Giving Tree, fun Christmas-themed selfie frames, the Lions BBQ trailer, a raffle to raise money for mental health projects and of course Santa.

Ange Miezitis, the Principal of Brighton Primary, jumped on board when approached by Brighton Lions:

“It’s a local community event, and we thought it would be fantastic to be involved.  We have a new, very enthusiastic music teacher, who thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase what Brighton Primary can do.  He’s a very talented musician, and we are very lucky to have him as our music teacher”, said Ms Miezitis.

When asked about their favourite Christmas songs, the students only had two answers “All of them!” and “Jingle Bells!”.  Mr MacLean, Brighton Primary’s music teacher, said

“The best part of my job is seeing children enjoying music, and there’s nothing quite like Christmas Carols for doing this.  Carols are a great and fun tradition that all generations can enjoy and share together, and that’s part of what music is all about for me.”

Brighton Lions, who are big believers in mental health care, also recognises that Christmas isn’t always a happy time for everyone.  Their free kids activity bags also include details of organisations who can help those finding Christmas a challenging time, plus will be hosting the Giving Tree during the Carols.  They invite community-minded people to bring along an unwrapped gift which will then be distributed via City Mission.

Brighton’s Christmas Carols will be held on Pontville Oval starting at 7.30pm on December 9th. The Carols are part-funded with a grant from Brighton Council; are organised by Brighton Lions and the Hobart Baptist Church, and supported by a number of local services and businesses. A full list of supporters will be in the Carols Program, Lions would welcome any donation or items for the bags – get in touch via or their Facebook page ‘Lions Club of Brighton Inc’.

Brighton Primary Principal Ang Miezitis with students from their Choir


2017 Christmas Carols Flyer

Admin - 23 October 2017