Santa Drops By ...
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!
The photo shows Santa admiring Christmas decorations at one of his stops (and getting a few ideas for decorating his workshop, no doubt!)
Thanks to your generosity, we were able to deliver 100 store vouchers to local families to help them at what can be an expensive time of year.
.. and some extra cheer!
To make Christmas a little happier for children spending Christmas in the refuge, we made up stockings using donated toys and funds. Here are some of the thank you letters we received.
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.