17 June 2017 – Charter Lunch
The Charter Lunch is the annual event at which we celebrate our achievements for the previous year and hand over the presidency to a new incumbent. This year it was held at the Walter Arms in Bearwood.
It was one of the hottest days of the year, so after drinks on the terrace we enjoyed a nice meal before the outgoing president, Bob Westerman, gave a speech summarising the previous year. He then handed over the chain of office to the incoming president, Sue Jackson. John Cleary rose to give a most amusing report on Bob’s year as president.
18 members attended, along with their partners. It is customary to induct the Wokingham Town Mayor as a member of the club. The town mayor is appointed in May, so the previous mayor, Gwynneth Hewetson, was in place during most of Bob’s year, and the new mayor, Peter Lucey, had only taken up his post shortly before the charter lunch. Both were therefore invited to the event.
2 – 4 June 2017 – German Visit
Every 2 years Wokingham Lions Club and the German Lions Club Offenbach in der Sudpflatz organise exchange visit, alternating the venue. This year it was our turn to act as hosts to 9 visitors from the German club. The weekend began on Friday with a barbecue hosted by Tim Hanton. 30 of our members spent a very convivial evening with the guests.
On Saturday we took them on a walking tour of Oxford, then punting on the river followed by a visit to Christchurch and the Bodleian Library.
On Sunday we went for a pub meal followed by a visit to the National Trust property Cliveden, before dropping them back to Heathrow for their return flight.
December 2016 – Festive Meal
27 April 2016 – Guided Tour of Wokingham
This was the second tour we took with Trevor Ottlewski, who is a mine of knowledge about the history of Wokingham. The first tour took us around Rose Street, this second covered the Town Hall and Denmark Street.
We were all aware of the fantastic historic buildings in the town centre, but were mesmerised with the stories Trevor could tell us about them, and saw details that no-one would notice without his guidance
February 2016 – Slot Car Racing
January 2016 – Bring-a-Dish Evening
The theme was London Underground, so there were some very inventive costumes and clues, and mind-stretching quizzes on all there is to know about the London Underground rail network.
16 December 2015 Festive Dinner at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
1 August 2015 – Handover BBQ for New President
24 June 2015 – French Boules
June 2015 – Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Picnic
May 2015 – German Twinning
Every second year we arrange an exchange visit with our twinned German Club, Offenbach in der Sudpflatz. This year was their turn to host us so 12 of our members and partners visited them from 15 – 18 May.
Some of the fun we’ve had in the past: