Helping Injured Jockeys
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.
For the past 30 odd years, Newbury Racecourse has been supporting Newbury Lions Club to raise much-needed funds by hosting our annual Fireworks Display. Recognising that this area has a lot of people involved in horse racing and that jockeys can and do sustain life-changing injuries as a result of racing accidents, the Lions Club decided to make a significant contribution to the charity's funds. This will ensure that those whose careers are cut short have the benefit of support when they need it most.
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.