2017 is the year Lions Clubs around the world are celebrating 100 years of Service in the heart of their local communities. As part of these celebrations, the 770+ Clubs in Britain and Ireland have been challenged to meet a series of targets centred on health, youth, supporting others, the environment and recognising local achievers.
As we approach the half way point in this our Centennial Year, the Lions Club of Newbury proudly records its achievements to date in 2017.
The Newbury Lions were at the Yattendon and Frilsham Village Fete on the Late May Bank Holiday with our roundabout.
All the members of the Lions Club of Newbury are delighted to welcome Lion Sally-Jane to the Club.
Twenty giant Easter Eggs were placed in venues across Newbury and Thatcham before Easter and were raffled among customers and staff. We’ve collected all the money and are pleased to announce that a grand total of £2,216.66 was donated to our welfare funds. Thank you to everyone who took part either hosting or buying tickets.
We have financed the purchase of Flanders Poppy seeds and have been out and about planting them in various locations about the town. With the help of pupils from St Joseph's, the John Rankin Schools and Falkland Primary, seeds have been planted in their school grounds and Falkland War Memorial. Town Councillors have helped to plant the seeds in sites across the town that have links to the two World Wars. It is hoped that these seeds will produce flowers every year as a constant reminder of the sacrifices made by our troops in conflict.
The Lions Club of Newbury, thinly disguised as the Easter Bunny, have been out and about distributing the Giant Eggs which are raffled in aid of The Lions funds....which all go to those in need in our district.
The last few months has been a busy time for the Lions Club of Newbury.
Following the response to our announcement that Fireworks 2016 was cancelled, we were encouraged to think again to see what could be done. After lengthy negotiations with the racecourse, we have come to an agreement that means the event can go ahead!!
We've been busy, busy getting involved in the organisation of this year's Culturefest. In a break from tradition, the event will be held at St Bartholemew's school in Newbury on Saturday 16th July from noon until 4pm.
A big thank you to everyone who took part in this year's Easter Egg challenge and helped us to raise just under £2000 for our welfare fund.
Lovely day at the Races last Saturday! Lion Vice President Drew was there (with a couple of hangers on) to present a cheque to the Injured Jockeys Fund. Richard Johnson, soon to become Champion Jockey, accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity.
We're now collecting the money from our Easter Egg raffles that were held in venues across Newbury and Thatcham. We challenged them to raise as much as they could and 'Top of the Charts' so far is The Rampant Cat in Woolton Hill, with £380 raised.
The last few of our Easter Eggs are now being placed. Thank you to the Two Watermills and the Cutting Bar in Newbury for agreeing to raffle one of our Giant Eggs.
Santa was kind enough to give up some of his preparation time in December to say `hello’ to his many fans and help us collect money for our Christmas appeal. As well as appearing at our usual venues, he took the time to travel round the streets of Thatcham bringing festive cheer and a big Ho,Ho,Ho to those who turned out to meet him!
Our President, Lion Ian, has been out and about presenting cheques to various organisations that give help directly to those in greatest need in our local community.
We have now placed most of our giant Easter Eggs in venues around Newbury, Thatcham and district. Please look out for them and donate just £1 for the chance to win one of the eggs which contain 1 kilo of chocolate!
Santa is coming … to a place near you! Once again, Santa has agreed to take a break from his festive preparations to help us collect money to fund our Christmas store vouchers.
LIONS in Bulawayo, Zimbawe successfully worked their magic for rural and urban youngsters when Lions International was one of the sponsoring partners, in the Zimbabwe MEASLES and RUBELLA vaccination campaign.
It was a rather dismal and wet Saturday but nevertheless we enjoyed ourselves and managed to sell some tickets for our fireworks display on 7 November at the Newbury Racecourse. Roary did his best to scare passers by to the delight of the children.
There were traditional crafts, hands-on demonstrations as well as Morris Dancers, cider and advice on growing your own fruit trees during the Apple Day at the Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre.