1 – 7 December: 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 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.
Saturday 11 November: Wokingham Armistice Day
This was a very poignant day, being exactly 100 years since the end of the first world war. The usual parade and church service were followed by wreath-laying in the Town Hall. Our president Debbie Slay and vice-president Lyn Bailey laid a wreath on behalf of Wokingham Lions Club.
Saturday 27 October: Wokingham Armistice Day centenary commemoration
Wokingham Town Council organised a number of events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war. Several of these events took place in the town centre on Saturday 27 October. Wokingham Lions manned a tea and cake stall in the town hall, with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.
Saturday 13 October 2018: World Sight Day
One of Lions International objectives is to address sight problems around the world. Every club helps with this through the Spectrek initiative trough which they collect unused spectacles and recycle them to third world countries. This scheme is explained in detail in our Spectrek page.
Sunday 15 September 2018: Wokingham Heritage Day
Wokingham Council organised this event to celebrate our national heritage. This year’s theme was Extraordinary Women and our president, Debbie Slay, was honoured to be chosen as one of those honoured as a mark of recognition for the many years she has been involved with Wokingham Lions, supporting local good causes.
2 – 7 December 2017 – Can-Can Appeal
From the proceeds we make up parcels of assorted items which we deliver to those less fortunate in our community in the form of a little Christmas gift. This year we made up 220 parcels which 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.
October 2017 – Teddy Bear Hunt
August 2017 – Centenary Tea Party
The weather was kind to us so the event was held outdoors.
March 2017 – Marie Curie Daffodil Collection
Wokingham Lions Club helped by collecting outside Morrison’s supermarket. Over the three days of the appeal we collected £1,171.25 for them.
February 2016 – Teddy Bear Hunt
During the February half-term we organised a Teddy Bear Hunt in Wokingham Town Centre, placing teddies in ten shops and inviting children up to 11 to find them. There was a small charge for entry which covered the cost on the teddies, which were presented to the winners by Town Mayor, Philip Mirfin and Mini-Mayor George Bradley
Wokingham Hospital Sensory Garden
June, 2015 – Sue Balchin Memorial Bench unveiled
The mayor spoke of Sue’s devotion to those less fortunate in the Wokingham community, and the many organisations and individuals she was able to help. Her step-son Roger Balchin said those who sit on the practical and beautifully crafted bench can think of Sue in a quiet and very pleasant location. He remembered Sue for her generosity, kindness and compassion.
In 2013, Sue was awarded an MBE for her service to the Berkshire community. In 1997, she became one of the first female members of the Wokingham Lions Club, and was the first female President of the Club in 2004, and again in 2009. Sue also served as Club Secretary, Social chairperson, Welfare chairperson for several years, May Fayre chairperson, stalls organiser for both the May Fayre and Winter Carnival and Public Relations officer. Every year, she organised the Christmas carol singing round the restaurants and pubs in Wokingham. Sue recently became heavily involved with the Food Bank and the homeless in Wokingham. She was a great supporter of working with young people and encouraged the most recent youth project within the Club, the Creative Youth Collective.
“Sue touched many lives in Wokingham, and we miss her very much,” said Tim Hanton, president, Wokingham Lions Club.