Fund Raising


1 May 2017: May Fayre

The May Fayre is now a firmly-established feature of the Wokingham social calendar.  It draws crowds of many thousands of adults and children and is a great family outing. This year’s fayre provided a great selection of stage performances, a children’s funfair and a wide range of stalls selling food and drink and supporting local clubs, businesses and charities.

Wokingham Lions run the event for the dual objectives of providing a community service and raising funds for local charities.



December 2016: Can-Can Food Collection

As in previous years, we collected non-perishable food outside of Waitrose and Sainsbury’s supermarkets.  We are always amazed by the generosity of the people of Wokingham, which allow us to make up over 300 food parcels.  We delivered these to elderly people in need and to local care homes.  Many of the recipients write thank-you notes to us, which are really heart-warming.



Some of the collection, awaiting sorting and distribution



5 November 2016: Wokingham Charity Fireworks Spectacular

The annual Fireworks Spectacular is organised by the Wokingham Fireworks Charitable Trust, which brings together Wokingham Lions Club, Wokingham Rotary Club, Easthampstead Rotary Club, Windsor Forest Unicorn Club and Thames West Unicorn Club.  They pool their resources to organise and run the event, which is now the biggest in the area.  Each club nominates a local charity to be one of the five main beneficiaries, as well as receiving a donation to their own charity account.  This year Wokingham Lions nominated the Thames Hospice as their chosen charity.

The evening started with a torchlight procession which left the town centre at 6:30pm.  We estimate that there were 5,000 people in the procession, carrying 500 flaming torches.  There was a children’s drawing competition and the winner,  9 year-old Millie Allen, led the procession along with the town and borough mayors and the Saint Sebastian’s brass band.  When the procession arrived at the field Millie pressed the plunger to light the big bonfire, then led the countdown to start the fireworks.

The event needs around 100 marshals, and Wokingham Lions Club provided a substantial number.

This year’s event was the most successful ever, raising a total of nearly £40,000 for local good causes, which was distributed at the Fireworks Presentation Evening on 13 December.




August 2016: Real Ale Festival

Wokingham Lions have been running a Real Ale Festival in conjunction with the Wokingham  Festival since 2011.  Held over the August Bank Holiday weekend not only can the public enjoy a fun weekend of music, food and drink, but by enjoying a pint of their favourite local brew or maybe a glass of wine or Pimms, they can help Wokingham Lions in their work supporting local charities and people in need in our area.  The beer tent has proved extremely popular and has become a welcome addition to the Festival.

This year we offered 30 different craft beers from a selection of local breweries, as well as cider, lager, wine and soft drinks.

As well as the beer tent there was a wide variety of food and drink stalls.  The entertainment was excellent, with a comprehensive range of performers on stage throughout the three days of the event.

The bar was run by many of our member, working in shifts, but our thanks go to Lions John Cleary and Bob Westerman, who organised everything and worked throughout the weekend, along with their wives Trudy and Fran.

The event raised over £8,000, most of which was donated to deserving causes at a meeting on 9 November


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May Fayre 2016

The Wokingham May Fayre was on Bank Holiday Monday, 2 May, and is believed to be the largest street fair in the south of England, attracting thousands of people.  The event took place in Market Place (where the stage was set up), Denmark Street and Erfstadt Court (where there were a variety of stalls) and Elms Field, which was used for activities and food stalls.

The main goal of the May Fayre is to provide a low-cost and fun family event, and to enable local charities and other groups to raise money for their causes.  This year’s event was very successful and raised around £15,000 for us to donate to good causes, including Dementia Care, a charity that provides specialist care and independent supported living for people with dementia, MacMillan Cancer Support, which provides teams of nurses and therapists who help with cancer treatment and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they can’t hear.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Animal Farm was a great hit with the children
 
 
 

Our ladies in the Tea Tent

 
Wokingham Youth Theatre performed A Midsummer Night's Dream on Elms Field
St Sebastian's Band played on Elms Field
 
Ferret racing proved to be very popular
Frozen, one of the many stage acts
Local singer Pauly Zarb
 
 
Some of the hard-working team
Some of the crowds in Denmark Street
 
 
 
Wokingham Ranger Unit held a chocolate tombola
The kiddies perennial favourite, Punch and Judy

The event included:

  • 80 charity, local craft and local fund-raising stalls that were able to raise funds for themselves
  • 45 commercial stalls offering a wide selection of food and crafts.
  • Numerous activities including quad bikes, go-karts, football games, crazy golf, bouncy castles and a kiddies train ride.
  • An Animal Farm letting children pet rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, lambs and ponies.
  • Ferret racing, which is always popular and enjoyed by all (including the ferrets!).
  • A stage which gave a full programme of entertainment throughout the day, including dancers, singers, jugglers and even hula-hooping!
  • Many food stalls offering everything from Carribean delicacies to ice-cream.
  • and, of course, the famous Lions Tea Tent!

We would like to thank the local businesses that helped make the event successful, including John Nike, Kevin Brant and Rapid Hire

February 2016 – Easter Egg Raffle

We supplied large Easter eggs to 20 local pubs, along with 100-square grids. Customers were invited to buy squares for £1 each and the lucky winner was chosen in a draw.  All proceeds were given by Lions to charities chosen in conjunction with the pub landlord.  Two lucky winners donated their prizes back, so we presented them to the children’s ward at Royal Berkshire Hospital

Easter Eggs

Wokingham Lions/Thames Valley Choir Carol Evening

Every year on the Friday evening before Christmas, the Lions and members of the Thames Valley Choir team up to sing Christmas carols in the local pubs and restaurants.  A bucket is passed for donations, and a good time is had by all!  We collected £290.63 thanks to the generosity of the people of Wokingham

Christmas 2015 –Can Can Christmas Food Collection

We collected non-perishable food outside of Waitrose and Sainsbury’s supermarkets.  We are always amazed by the generosity of the people of Wokingham, which allow us to make up over 300 food parcels.  We delivered these to elderly people in need and to local care homes.  Many of the recipients write thank-you notes to us, which are really heart-warming.

Lions collecting cans for Can Can appeal outside Tesco Wokingham

Lions collecting for the Can Can appeal outside Tesco Wokingham


November 2015 – Winter Carnival

The Lions Club has a stall at Wokingham’s Winter Carnival, where we sell various toys and novelties.  We also ran a raffle with prizes including a wheelbarrow of booze and other festive goodies, a Christmas party night for 4 at the Best Western Moathouse, a day pass for 2 at Living Well Health Club, St Annes Manor and a Waitrose voucher.

Winter Carnival

November 2015 – Wokingham Fireworks Spectacular

Wokingham Lions joined forces with Wokingham Rotary Club, Easthampstead Rotary Club, Windsor Forest Unicorn Club and Thames West Unicorn Club to form the Wokingham Fireworks Society, which runs the highly-popular Wokingham Fireworks Spectacular.

This event was run for 25 years by Windsor Forest Unicorn Club, during which time its popularity grew so much that it became too big for them to handle.  The consortium that now runs it divides the proceeds among the member clubs, so Wokingham Lions benefit significantly.

We were lucky with the weather on 7th November,  The event was very successful, raising over £32,000 for charity. Of this, £3,000 was donated to Wokingham Lions’ nominated charity Me2 and £2,000 was transferred to Wokingham Lions’ charity account.


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October 2015 – Hog Roast & Classic Car Rally at the Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet arranged a Classic Car Rally, together with a wonderful Hog Roast. This event went extremely well, and Jo the Landlady of the Crooked Billet advised that the pub was delighted to back Wokingham Lions.  She handed out leaflets and details of the Lions on the day. They raised the sum of £270.00, which was donated to the Lions’ charity account.

Crooked Billet

October 2015 – Raffle at The White Horse pub

The White Horse pub sold squares on a ‘Lions’ board, with a chance to win a family ticket to an Owl and Raptor Centre.  At their request, the Lions donated the proceeds of £250 to The Link Visiting Scheme, adding a bit extra from the charity account for this excellent cause.

The White Horse

August 2015 – Wokingham Food and Drink Festival

For the sixth year, the Wokingham Lions organised the 2015 Beer Festival Bar over the August bank holiday weekend, from 28th-30th August.

For further details on the Wokingham Festival, please visit www.wokinghamfestival.co.uk.

Wokingham Lions have been running a Real Ale Festival in conjunction with the Wokingham Food and Drink Festival since 2011.  Held on the August Bank Holiday weekend, not only can the public enjoy a fun weekend of music, food and drink, but by enjoying a pint of their favourite local brew, or maybe a glass of wine or Pimms, they can help Wokingham Lions in their work supporting local charities and people in need in our area.  The Beer Festival Bar has proved extremely popular and has become a welcome addition to the Festival.


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July 2015 – Casino Royale Charity Ball

A good time was had by all at the first-ever Casino Royale Charity Ball on Saturday, 18th July.  The event took place at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Winnersh Triangle, Reading, with 208 people in attendance.  The club raised more than £5,500 for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, with the money being used to help build a much-needed children’s hospice in Maidenhead.

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June 2015 Art Themen Jazz Concert

The Art Themen Jazz Concert at the Wokingham Theatre on 20th June was a rocking success!  All proceeds were donated to Combat Stress, the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity.  For more information on the concert, visit our Art Themen page.  Combat Stress’ website is http://www.combatstress.org.uk.

Art Themen June 2015

May Fayre 2015

The May Fayre was held on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May.  The weather was glorious and we had record attendance.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and helped us raise our best ever profit, all of which is donated to local good causes.



Wokingham Lions Club is grateful to the following sponsors for their support over many years:

  • Allder Glass
  • Barracudas
  • Bearwood College
  • Cantley House Hotel
  • John Nike Leisuresport
  • Kynoch & Partners – Vets
  • Legoland
  • Lidl UK
  • Luckley-Oakfield School
  • Michael Hardy Wokingham Ltd
  • Newbury Building Society
  • Rapid Hire Wokingham
  • Snappy Snaps
  • Tesco Wokingham
  • The Retreat Hair & Beauty
  • The Wokingham Society
  • The Wokingham Times
  • Trademark Windows
  • Waitrose Wokingham
  • Wokingham Town Council