December 2016: Can-Can Food Collection
5 November 2016: Wokingham Charity Fireworks Spectacular
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
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
May Fayre 2016
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.
Our ladies in the Tea Tent
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
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
November 2015 – Winter Carnival
November 2015 – 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.
October 2015 – Hog Roast & Classic Car Rally at the Crooked Billet
October 2015 – Raffle at The White Horse pub
August 2015 – Wokingham Food and Drink Festival
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.
July 2015 – Casino Royale Charity Ball
June 2015 Art Themen Jazz Concert
May Fayre 2015
Wokingham Lions Club is grateful to the following sponsors for their support over many years:
- Allder Glass
- Bearwood College
- Cantley House Hotel
- John Nike Leisuresport
- Kynoch & Partners – Vets
- 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