Wokingham May Fayre

The May Fayre was scheduled for Friday 8 May, but has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.  Any stallholders who paid in advance are entitled to request a refund, but we ask that claims are lodged before the planned date of the event.  Caims lodged after that will cause us problems, because we won’t know how much of our charity account we can donate to those facing hardship in these difficult times.

Forthcoming Events

We are living through unprecedented times that have forced us to cancel all future live events.  However, following the success of the first two virtual pub quizzes that we ran we are now making them a regular weekly event:

Every Thursday – Virtual Pub Quiz

The first two Great #WOKY Pub quizzes were such a success – with over 250 teams taking part – we’ve decided to run them every week! Join us at 8pm every Thursday for a quizzing extravaganza!

Being in lockdown doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a good quiz – so Wokingham Lions Club are happy to bring you a virtual pub quizzing experience!  Challenge your family, friends and neighbours to enter and see who comes out on top.  Create teams though Zoom and have a virtual get-together at the same time.

What they said about the last quiz – participant Clair Plant commented “Great fun, thanks :)”, Liz Fletcher added “Thanks so much for another brilliant quiz!” while Helen Saich said “Thank you again. Great quiz”

We’ll be reading out the questions, all you’ll need is a pen & paper – go to the Wokingham Lions Club Facebook page at the start time where we’ll live stream the questions right after the NHS clap. You can also go to https://www.facebook.com/WokinghamLions/live/

It’s all for free, but if you wish you can make a donation by clicking here.  We are forwarding all donations to the Wokingham Community Hub. This is an initiative of Wokingham Borough Council to provide food, toiletries and other essentials to individuals and families affected by the coronavirus crisis.  It brings together several local charities, including Community Services, Citizens Advice, Wokingham Volunteer Centre, The Link Visiting Scheme, First Days, Wokingham Foodbank, Age UK Berkshire, Local Churches and others

Recent Events

Thursday 2 & 9 April – The Great Wokingham Pub Quiz

We have now run two virtual pub quizzes, and they are proving increasingly popular.  They are open to the public and typically attract over 250 participants.  Ian Grange runs a live Facebook page on which he reads out the questions and participants can post messages, making it a very lively interactive event.

It is all free, but participants are invited to make donations to our charity account by clicking here.  The first two quizzes generated over £600 in donations, which we passed to the Wokingham Hub.  This is an initiative organised by Wokingham Borough Council to support individuals and families in need as a result of the coronavirus.  It brings together various charities and support groups, including Citizens Advice, the Foodbank, First Days and Link Visiting.

Easter 2020: Wokingham Lions Giant Easter Egg Raffle

We distributed giant easter eggs to numerous pubs and restaurants in Wokingham and the surrounding area.  Each venue would have held a raffle with the egg as the prize. All the proceeds would have gone to our charity account, which is used to support local good causes.

However, due to the coronavirus all pubs and restaurants will be closed for the foreseeable future.  Some venues had already sold tickets, and chose to donate the entire takings to our charity account.  We have asked each venue to use the egg however they choose, and several have donated their eggs to the chilren’s ward at the Royay Berks Hospital

Friday/Saturday 13/14 March 2020: Marie Curie Daffodil Collection

Every year we help Marie Curie with their daffodil collection.  Several members took shifts to cover two days at Morrisons supermarket and collected a total of £767.

Wednesday 11 March 2020: Gerry Aggett Award to Lindsay Browne

Gerry Aggett was a very active member of Wokingham Lions Club whose achievements included initiating the May Fayre. When he died the Club created the Gerry Aggett Award in his memory. It is given each year to an individual who we consider has contributed significantly to the local community, and a donation of £1,000 is given to a local charity of their choice.

This year the Club unanimously chose Lyndsay Browne as the recipient.  Lyndsay created the charity School Days, which collects used school uniforms and equipment, renovates them then distributes them to families in need.  They also buy new uniforms when necessary.  Wokingham Lions have supported School Days since its inception in 2018.  Our president, Lyn Baily, has established a particularly strong association with Lyndsay, who the Club decided was a very worthy winner of the award.  Lyndsay chose to give the donation to School Days and Homestart.

In accepting the award Lyndsay noted that School Days have so far helped over 530 children.  One recent initiative that was helped by various Lions members was refurbishing over 50 pairs of football boots that were kindly donated to them.

Lyndsay Browne accepts the Gerry Aggett award from president Lyn Baily, while Ursula Aggett looks on.

Wednesday 11 March 2020: Cheque Presentation to Citizen’s Advice

President Lyn Baily handed a cheque for £1,500 to Jake Morrison from Wokingham Citizen’s Advice.

29 February 2020: Hoedown at the OK Corral

We had great fun at Hurst Village Hall, where we had a night with the theme Hoedown at the OK Corral.  Everyone got into the spirit and dressed accordingly. See the video here.

We had a meal prepared by some of the Lions ladies, then we were entertained by local band The Shelf Side.  In between we made attempts at line dancing.  Watch the videos here and here

As well as giving us all a good night out, the event raised about £2,400 for our Charity Account

17 February 2020: Street Cabinet Wrap

Wokingham Lions have sponsored a new plastic wrap around a BT OpenReach cabinet outside the town hall. This greatly improves the appearance of an otherwise unsightly piece of streetside furniture whilst at the same time publicising the club.

Wokingham Town Mayor, Cllr Lynn Forbes is grateful to the Wokingham Lions Club for sponsoring the wrap and Wokingham Borough Council for their support.

“The wrapped cabinet really brightens up this spot on Market Place” she said.

“I would like to encourage other charities to approach the Town Council’s Arts and Culture officer if they are interested in seeing their logo displayed on a street cabinet in the town centre.”

Patrick Allen shakes hands with the Town Mayor, Lynn Forbes

18 December 2019: Christmas Dinner

Our annual Christmas Dinner is always a very popular event for our members, and this year was no exception.  As in previous years it was held at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club which is an ideal venue

Friday 13 December 2019: The second #Woky Comedy Night

Following the amazing success of the last #Woky Comedy Night we decided to run another one!

As before it was held at WADE, which proved to be a perfect venue for events like this.

There were brilliant acts by Dan Evans, Andy Stedman and David Tsonos, introduced by the MC Jonathan Elston

All profits were split between the Wade Day Care Centre & Wokingham Lions Charity Account.

14 December 2019: Can-Can Appeal

This year’s Can-Can took place at Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets, where we collected food donations from customers which we then packaged into parcels that we distributed to the elderly living at home and in state run care homes, single parents with young families, day centres for the elderly, Wokingham Hospital, social services, CAB clients and the Salvation Army. We also donated some to the Wokingham Food Bank.

Sunday, 30 November  2019: Bring-a-Dish evening

Bring-a-Dish is a popular event, where each member brings a contribution to a four-course meal.  There is thus plenty of choice, and invariably there is more food than can be eaten!  We held it a WADE (Wokingham and District Association for the Elderly), which is a local charity that we regularly support.  They have a large dining room and a well-equippped kitchen, so it is an ideal venue.

Sunday, 24 November: Wokingham Winter Carnival

Wokingham Winter Carnival was a great family event and attracted thousands of local residents.  There was a funfair in Broad Street and numerous stalls supporting local charities and crafts as well as commercial businesses and food vendors.  Wokingham Lions participated by selling mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies.  Andy Goffin played his regular role of Leo the Lion, much to the amusement of the many children who attended, as well as some of the adults!

Wednesday 13 November: Cheque Presentations to WADE and the Ollie Young Foundation

John Cleary was instrumental in organising the first #Woky Comedy Night, and at our business meeting we handed over the proceeds. President Lyn Baily presented a cheque for £1000 to Jackie Wilson from WADE, who explained that they provide a day centre for the elderly, but they were finding more and more of the people they help now suffer from dementia.  She then presented a cheque for £500 to Sarah Simpson and Barbara Young from the Ollie Young Foundation.

Sarah Simpson (OYF), Barbara Young (OYF), Lyn Baily, Jackie Wilson (WADE) and John Cleary

Sunday 3 November: Wokingham Charity Firework Spectacular

Fireworks was planned for Saturday 2 November.  However, the weather forecast for that day was for heavy rain and strong wind, but improving by evening.  It was expected to improve as the day progressed, but the display team decided for safety reasons to postpone the event until the next day.

The event therefore took place on Sunday, an hour earlier to allow for children going to school the next day.  Attendance was somewhat lower, but there was a brilliant display enjoyed by several thousand people.  The evening started with a torchlight procession from the town centre, led by a Scottish piper.  As always, the sight of 500 flaming torches in Broad Street was memorable.

This event is organised by a consortium of local service clubs:  Wokingham Lions Club, Wokingham Rotary Club, Easthampstead Rotary Club, Windsor Forest Unicorn Club and Thames West Unicorn Club.  They each nominate a charity, so the funds raised will be shared between:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday 11 October: Quiz Night

Our annual quiz night was a roaring success, with 12 tables of 8 competing for the coveted prize.

The Quizmaster, Ian Grange, stretched everyone’s minds with a variety of simple and complex questions.  A delicious chilli supper was prvided by Candy Kirkland, Jean Ibbottson and Lyn Baily.  The venue, Wokingham Cricket Club, was ideal, and their bar kept us all lubricated.

Friday 6 September 2019: #Woky Comedy Night

We organised a brilliant night of comedy  at WADE Day Centre, which raised £1,200 for two much-loved Wokingham charities, The Ollie Young Foundation and The WADE Day Centre.

The comedians included:
Eddy Brimson– One of the UK’s most in-demand headline acts, Eddy has performed around the world, from Norway to China. He has entertained audiences at Comedy Festivals in the French Alps, New Zealand, Melbourne and Perth, and is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival.

Naomi Cooper– Naomi has performed across the UK, from Plymouth to Edinburgh and Belfast. She has also had gigs in the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Romania, Switzerland, Ireland and America. Reviews have described her as “a comedy badass” and “one to keep an eye out for.” She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post

Steve N Allen– Steve stars as a regular member of the news-desk team in “The Mash Report,” BBC2’s BAFTA-nominated topical/satirical comedy show, which launched in 2017. He has also been a panellist for “The Wright Stuff” and “Jeremy Vine” on Channel 5. A self-confessed news addict, he keeps his finger on the pulse of current affairs. He uses biting satire, gleeful mudslinging and skilled accents to entertain the audience.

Tom Webb (Compere)– Tom has also performed all over the world, and has been described as “ingenious and fresh,” as well as “cheeky and inventive.”

The organiser, John Cleary, said“The Wokingham Lions have been long-term supporters of The Ollie Young Foundation and the WADE Day Centre, so we were very pleased to have a full house.  The audience loved the jokes, and we are looking forward to another successful evening of comedy on the 13th December”

Wednesday 11 September 2019: Donation to Sue Ryder

President Lyn Baily handed a cheque for £5,000 to Abi Hurst, community fundraiser for the Sue Ryder Wokingham Day Hospice. The funds will be used to purchase two new specialist chairs and a new IV drip to help patients with limited mobility.

In accepting the cheque Abi said “We at Sue Ryder Wokingham Day Hospice are so grateful to the Wokingham Lions Club for their generous donation. It was lovely to have them come over to the hospice, and for them to see first-hand how their donation will be used. It also helps with understanding about our services in the hospice and the local community. We rely heavily on support from groups such as the Lions, and their support and amazing donation are so very much appreciated!”

Lyn responded: “Lion Patrick Allen and I visited the Sue Ryder Hospice, and it was good to see the facility and meet the wonderful staff. We are very pleased to make this donation to such a worthy cause.”

Founder Lady Sue Ryder was a humanitarian dedicated to the relief of suffering. The Wokingham Day Hospice provides expert palliative care and services for people who are living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families. Services are offered in the hospice or at home. Other health professionals include occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dieticians.

Wednesday 28 August 2019: Aunt Sally

About 20 of us spent an enjoyable evening at the Queens Head playing Aunt Sally.  The game is played by throwing timber batons at a wooden skittle (known as a doll or dolly) on top of a post.  It dates back to the 17th century, but is still played in a small number of pubs in the Thames Valley.

After the game we had a fish and chip supper

Wednesday 14 August 2019: Induction of Town Mayor

It is part of the tradition of Wokingham Lions Club that the Town Mayor is invited to become an Honorary Member during their period in office.  We therefore invited the new Town Mayor, Lynn Forbes, to join us at our business meeting, where she was inducted into the club by president Lyn Baily.

Friday 19 July 2019: President’s barbecue

Paul and Lyn Baily hosted a lovely night out for about 24 of us in their garden.  We enjoyed a sumptious meal expertly barbecued by Paul and great sides and desserts prepared by Lyn (with the help of other ladies)

Sunday 30 June 2019: Charter Lunch

The Charter Lunch is our traditional annual event to mark the start of a new financial year, to celebrate the achievements of the previous year and to welcome the new president.  This year’s lunch was held in the glorious surroundings of Wokingham Town Hall.  After a nice meal the outgoing president, Debbie Slay, welcomed the new president, Lyn Baily:


Wednesday 12 June 2019: Charity performance of Bronte at Wokingham Theatre

This play ran for six days at Wokingham Theatre, but thanks to their generosity all proceeds from the final dress rehearsal were donated to our charity account.  We raised a total of £768.

10 July 2019: Donations from the May Fayre

Profits from this year’s May Fayre event were donated to two local charities, Me2 Club and Home-Start Wokingham.

Vice President Lyn Baily said: “We are very pleased to be able to support Me2 Club and Home-Start, with a cheque for £3,000 to each organisation. This money will help vulnerable families with children in the Wokingham area, and enable them to continue their valuable work.”

June 2019: German Exchange

13 Lions and partners visited our twin German club, Offenbach in der Südpfalz. They planned a great program; including a tour of Heidelberg and boat trip with a meal in a village restaurant, a visit to a castle (Tim Hanton suggested that our Lions President Debbie should be put in the stocks) and lunch over the border in France followed by a meal at one of their members restaurant with views over the valley. Most of all it was the hospitality they extended and the friendship and laughter shared that made it so special.

Wednesday 8 May 2019: Cheque Presentations to Involve Community Services and Daisy’s Dream

Philip Cook from Involve and Ellen Ludlow from Daisy’s Dream were unable to attend the recent Presentation Evening so were invited to our next business meeting.

President Debbie Slay explained to them that we invited all our members to nominate charities to be supported from the proceeds of the May Fayre, from which we chose two.  We decided to donate £500 to each of the runners up, which included Involve and Daisy’s Dream.  Debbie and Andy Slay (who managed the May Fayre) therefore presented cheques to them.

Philip and Ellen each gave a short presentation describing their respective organisations.

Andy, Philip, Debbie and Ellen

Monday 6 May 2019: May Fayre

May Fayre 2019 was a fabulous day out for all the family. Several thousand people came to enjoy the activities, which included a mini zoo, a kiddies funfair and over 100 stalls.  Entertainment was provided throughout the day by Circus Scene, and included comedians Slap & Tickle, many local dancers and singers, and the fabulous Wokingham Rock Choir.  There was dancing around the May Pole, Punch and Judy, a fire engine and Morris dancers.  Many of the stalls were provided by local charities to earn them much-needed funds, but others were arts and crafts and local businesses.  There were numerous food vendors offering a wide variety of menus.

The weather was perfect, if a little cold, making it a most enjoyable day out.

Wokingham Lions Club organise the event as a public service and to raise funds for their charity account, which supports many local charities.  The main beneficiaries of this year’s event are the Me2 Club and Home-Start

Sunday 28 April 2019: Social Walk

A number of members and their partners and friends had an enjoyable 3 mile walk, ending at the Queen’s Oak pub where we had a leisurely Sunday lunch

Easter 2019: Wokingham Lions Giant Easter Egg Raffle

Numerous pubs and restaurants in Wokingham and the surrounding area each raffled a giant Easter Egg. All the proceeds went to our charity account, which is used to support local good causes

Wednesday 3 April: Buffet & Wine Presentation Evening

We invited representatives from the charities we chose to support from some of our fund-raising events to this special event in Wokingham Town Hall.  Our president Debbie Slay, assisted by various members of our Fund-Raising Committee, handed over cheques totalling £6,500. Donations and assistants were as follows:

Winter Carnival Festive Dash (Bob Westerman):

£500 to Macmillan Cancer Support (represented by Mark Clements)

May Fayre 2019 Nominees (Ian Grange):

We asked all our members to propose charities they would like to be supported from the proceeds of this year’s May Fayre, and chose two ‘winners’ from the suggestions.  We then decided that all nominees should receive £500 each from our charity account, and presented cheques to the following:

£500 to Daisy’s Dream

£500 to Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre (represented by Yvonne Alder)

£500 to Headway Thames Valley (represented by Zoe Lane)

£500 to Involve Community Services

£500 to WADE (represented by Jackie Wilson)

£500 to Younger People with Dementia (represented by Mark Hainy)

May Fayre 2019 Beneficiaries (Ian Grange):

The ‘winners’ of our internal vote will each receive half of the proceeds of the forthcoming May Fayre:

Home-Start (represented by Tony Martin)

Me2 Club (represented by Liz McDaniel)

Wokingham Fireworks 2018 (Lyn Baily):

We are one of the consortium of five service clubs that run the fireworks, so we share the proceeds, which we donate to a nominated charity:

£2000 to School Days Wokingham (represented by Lindsey Browne)

Gerry Aggett Award (Patrick Allen)

One of our members, Gerry Aggett, started the annual May Fayre.  He unfortunately died several years ago, and we decided to create an award in his name to be given to a local individual who makes an exceptional contribution to local good causes, which the recipient will in turn pass to a charity of their choice.  This year we nominated Chris Pape, who has worked for many years to support individuals in need:

£1000 to Yeldall Manor (via Chris Pape)

£500 Donation to MacMillan Cancer Support
£500 Donation to Berkshire MS Therapy Centre
£500 Donation to Headway Thames Valley
£500 Donation to WADE
£500 Donation to Younger People with Dementia
May Fayre 2019 Beneficiary - Home-Start
May Fayre 2019 Beneficiary - Me2 Club
£2000 Donation from Wokingham Fireworks to School Days
£1000 Gerry Aggett Award to Chris Pape

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Wednesday 27 March: Skittles Evening

We had a fun night at the Frog and Wicket, playing bar skittles

1/2 March 2019: Marie Curie Collection

Every year Wokingham Lions Club help Marie Curie with their annual Great Daffodil Appeal.  This year was no exception, and over the two days we participated we collected over £1,000

Saturday 9 February: Gangsters & Molls Night

This was a great night out, themed on the 1930’s.  Everyone got into the spirit and dressed in the appropriate style.  Big thanks to everyone involved in organising it, especially Lyn, Jean and Candy who prepared over 100 meals!

As well as being a fun event, it raised over £2,300 for our charity account

Wednesday 20 December: Christmas Dinner

Our Christmas Dinner at Bearwood Golf Club was a fun evening with over 40 of our members, partners and friends. After a festive Christmas meal we enjoyed communal carol singing, followed by a very amusing rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas customised by Lyn Baily to summarise Lions Club events.

1 – 7 December 2018: Can-Can Appeal

We ran our annual Can-Can appeal in December, where we collected food donations outside Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets.  We collated the donations into more than 200 food parcels that we donated to numerous needy indiviuals and organisations in the locality.  This event is always well supported, and the recipients are extremely grateful for the bit of Christmas Cheers that we bring them.

We are a very friendly club, with members from Wokingham and the surrounding area. We work hard to support the local community and raise funds for local charities, and have fun doing it!
New members are very welcome, so if you would like to be part of it, please contact ustwitter

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Registered Charity No. 1180632                            Founded April 1974

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