Community Support

11/12 March 2022: Marie Curie Daffodil Collection

After a break of two years due to Covid we were again able to assist the Marie Curie Daffodil collection. As usual we made fools of ourselves by dressing up!

January 2022: Tom Smith

Tom was an active member of Wokingham Lions Club from 1999, but sadly died in December. He will be fondly remembered for all his contributions to the local community.

In his later years he was closely involved with the WADE day care centre for the elderly, so we felt it would be a fitting tribute to leave a memorial to him there.

We donated £500 to WADE and financed a stone garden for them as a permanent reminder of Tom.

December 2021: Christmas Presence / Can-Can

We took an active part in the Christmas Presence project, co-ordinating the infra-structure by providing furniture, electrics, lighting and sound, for which we are very grateful for the support given by Mike Smith, Harlequin Marquees and Rapid Hire.

We then spent two days at Tesco and one at Waitrose, asking customers to buy an extra item and leave it with us so we could use it to make Christmas hampers for those in need.

We were able to create over 150 parcels and deliver them to local individuals (mainly elderly). We also delivered bulk packages to local council-run care homes.

Some of the surplus was then given to SHARE to distribute to families who came to the Christmas Presence shop and the remainder was taken to Wokingham Foodbank.

Our project complemented that of the other participants in the Christmas Presence project, who created and delivered Christmas food and toy hampers to over 200 families

First Days helped distribute food parcels
Collection outside Tesco
Surplus food donated to Wokingham Foodbank

July 2021: Special Needs Buggy

A young resident, Caroline Hepwood, has an extremely rare genetic condition called Nicolaides Baraitser Syndrome. She has severe learning difficulties and limited speech. Her mother, Claire Hepwood, approached Wokingham Lions for a donation towards the cost of a special needs buggy for Caroline. When we looking into the request we decided that we would cover the cost in full.

Claire told us “The buggy will make such a difference, and allow me confidently to go out into the community on my own with her. Since lockdown, Caroline’s behavior has been unpredictable, and I didn’t feel safe taking her out.

Tuesday 28 July 2020: Town Mayor Tony Lack inducted as an honorary member

Town Mayor Tony Lack was inducted as an honorary member of the Wokingham Lions Club outside the Town Hall, observing social distancing. President Nigel Page and Membership Director John Cleary welcomed him to the club.

We are delighted to welcome Cllr Town Mayor Tony Lack as an honorary member of the Wokingham Lions Club. We have always been closely associated with supporting local charities and the local community. We greatly value working with both the Wokingham Town Council and the Wokingham Borough Council,” said Mr. Page.

The underlying principle of the Lions Club is to serve the community, and as a worldwide organization it has been doing this for more than 100 years,” Mr. Cleary said.

Mayor Tony Lack said: “It was such a privilege to be inducted into the Wokingham Lions by their President, Nigel Page, and Membership Director, John Cleary, today. Wokingham Town, not just the Council, really appreciates the work that the Lions do year in, year out, to support local charities, by running some of the best events around.

He added: “It is very sad that we were not able to enjoy the May Fayre, and we know that many other events will be at risk, but the success of the Great Woky Pub Quiz just showed what the Lions can do when they need to. I look forward to keeping up with the Lions and supporting them in their future events, whatever those might look like.”

From left: Nigel Page, president, Wokingham Lions Club, Cllr Town Mayor Tony Lack, Mayoress Claire Lack, and John Cleary, membership director, Wokingham Lions Club

October 2020: Marshalling the Flu Vaccination

The Wokingham Medical Centre asked for our help marshalling the vaccinations by ensuring attendees maintained social distancing and arrived in the right sequence.  We took the opportunity to have a collection bucket and raised £330 over three days

25 June 2020: New president

Traditionally we have an annual charter celebration and handover luncheon to welcome a new president at the beginning of July. That was not possible this year due to the Coronavirus epidemic, so outgoing President Lyn Baily and new President Nigel Page met outdoors for the handover ceremony. The chain of office was presented on a two-metre tape measure!

Lyn said: “My biggest challenge was obviously leading our response to the Coronavirus epidemic. Decisions had to be made regarding the cancellation of our May Fayre in this special year, which was scheduled for 8 May, the same day as the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. Although I was personally disappointed, it was necessary to unite members in our response, and to ensure that we managed the financial risk, whilst at the same time maintaining our goodwill. Fortunately, the May Fayre team made sure that this was managed superbly.”

With the support of Ian Grange and his now legendary virtual quizzes, plus a £1000 grant from Lions District, we have now donated £5500 to the Wokingham Borough Community Hub. The Hub and their volunteers distribute much needed food and essential supplies to those in need in our community

We are a happy club, and one of the main reasons I became a Lion was to extend our friendship group. We have enjoyed a great deal of social outings with fellow Lions, as well as balls, treasure hunts and themed evenings. We have also enjoyed parties, dinners, BBQs and drinks with good friends we have made through the club”

Nigel said: “Taking over the reins from Lyn is not easy. Lyn has been an excellent president over the last twelve months. Her enthusiasm for projects like supporting local scouts and youth, charities like School Days, and more recently the Wokingham Hub, have been an inspiration. Thank you, Lyn, you have been great to work with.”

We now find ourselves in a different world, full of change. Raising funds will be our most challenging task, and Ian’s brilliant Woky Pub Quiz has shown the way that we can find different ways to raise money.  The remaining months of 2020 are still unpredictable, but I know that we will adapt and succeed in our efforts. We have an amazingly experienced and dedicated team, and I for one, greatly value the friendship, humour and energy of my fellow Lions,”

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.