Just before we rush headlong into Fireworks, we decided to have a bit of a do to thank those people who have supported us and to present some cheques. Lions Clubs International, to which we are affiliated, has just celebrated 100 years of service across the world and we were able to present some Centennial plaques and certificates. The pictures show cheques being presented to West Berkshire Homeless and St Mary’s Church from the proceeds of Speen Fete and to the Ecchinswell Bells Restoration Trust from the money raised from our BBQ at the Waterways Festival. A further cheque was presented to the Blood Bike charity to support their life-saving work. We were really pleased to present a plaque to the Racecourse for their help over the past 35 years or so in facilitating our Fireworks Display. It was accepted by Richard Osgood, Clerk to the Course, who received a personal plaque for his support over the years. We still have some certificates to present to those unable to make the event, so watch this space! A further presentation was made to long standing member, Lion David Merchant, for over 30 years’ service to the club and the community. We are sad to be losing David and our Immediate Past President Diana as they are soon to be moving out of the area.
The club recently honoured two individuals with its highest award.
Lion Drew completed a successful year as president of the club and handed over the chain of office to Lion Di Merchant at a recent meeting.
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.