Saturday 6 November 2021: Wokingham Fireworks Spectacular
This year’s Fireworks was a sell-out! The maximum crowd capacity was reached several days before the event so ticket sales had to be halted and none were available on the night
The fun started at 5.30pm when the funfair opened on Cantley Field for those who chose not to join the procession.
At 6:00pm the torchlight procession left from Market Place in the town centre. The procession was be led by St Sebastian’s band and various local dignitaries. If you have never attended the procession we strongly recommend it. The sight of several thousand people with 500 flaming torches walking down Broad Street is truly memorable!
The fireworks started at 7:30pm on Cantley Field and the display was bigger and better than ever and wowwed the audience just like previous years.
Sunday 24 October 2021: Wokingham Walk
Following the success of the walk we organised in March we decided to hold an autumn walk. The format was the same as before, offering the choice of 5, 10 or 15 miles.
More than 200 walkers participated, and the event raised more than £2,600. Andy Slay, who organised it, said: “Some walkers raised money for specific local charities, including Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, CLASP, Me2 Club and Ollie Young Foundation, so the actual amount raised is more than £2,600..”
Friday 22 October 2021: Pub Quiz
The Great #Woky Pub Quiz goes live!
The event was open to the public and took place at the Wokingham Cricket Club. All profits will be donated to local charities and those in need.
Chris of Bears Burgers and Chicken, who work out of the Cricket Club kitchen supplied a meal of burger (beef, chicken or vegetarian) and chips.
Lion Ian Grange, who ran the online pub quizzes during lockdown, asked the questions. The quiz, plus the raffle, raised over £1,000, which will be used to support worthy causes
Sunday 23 May 2021: Wokingham Walk
The Wokingham Walk was a charity walk with three routes – 5, 10 and 15 miles. All walks passed through some of the stunning local countryside and started and finished in Elms Field in Wokingham town centre.
Over 500 walkers took part in one of the few events allowed during the pandemic.
Over £6,600 was raised, which was an amazing achievement considering the hardship caused by Covid.
£500 from the proceeds was donated to each of 9 charities:
- Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service
- Ollie Young Foundation
- Me2 Club
- Helen & Douglas House
- Sue Ryder
- Sport in Mind
- Dawson Can Do It
Monday 31 May 2021: Wokingham Spring Charity Market
The pandemic meant we had to cancel this year’s May Fayre, but to give local charities the opportunity to raise much-needed funds we are instead organised a Spring Charity Market on the second May bank holiday.
With temperatures climbing to an all-time high for the year, those who were not at the beach stopped by to explore 10 stalls set up by local charities
Ian Grange, organiser of the event, said, “We were very pleased to have 10 charities participating in our first Spring Charity Market. This was a great opportunity for local charities to raise some much-needed funds for their good causes. We appreciate the support from the Wokingham Town Council..”
Among the participating charities were Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, The Cowshed, Home-Start Wokingham District, Ollie Young Foundation, Oxfam Reading Area Group, WADE Day Centre and the Rotary Club of Wokingham.
The Great #Woky Quiz
We ran a hugely successful series of weekly online quizzes during the first lockdown in the summer of 2020.
They generated over £5000 for charity and provided a welcome break from the boredom of staying at home.
We give a massive thank you to Ian Grange for all the work he put in to organising and running the quizzes.
However, we stopped the quizzes when the first lockdown ended because we did’t want to compete with local pubs and businesses that might try to recoup some of their losses by running their own quizzes.
We re-instigated them during the second lockdown, running one each month from October 2020 until April 2021.
Proceeds from five of the monthly quizzes were donated to charities conforming with the five Lions Global Causes:
Claire Revie, founder of SHARE Wokingham, said: “Our little project is about to turn a year old. What we thought would be a few weeks has turned into 52, and sadly, the need is not decreasing. We gather end-of-day and surplus stock from local food suppliers and supermarkets, and share that within the community at no cost. We are grateful for all of the support from the Wokingham Lions Club, and every penny received will go toward furthering the project and helping those in need.”
Now that hospitality is opening up we don’t want to compete with local pubs and businesses that might try to recoup some of their losses by running their own quizzes, so we won’t be organising any more for the foreseeable future
Sunday 6 December 2020: Wokingham Christmas Market
Wokingham has held a Winter Carnival every year, with many stalls, a funfair and a carnival procession. Lockdown prevented it this year, so it was decided to instead run a much smaller event, the Christmas Market. All stallholders were local charities. We ran a stall selling cakes and hot drinks which raised £226 for our charity account.
Sunday 6 September 2020: The Wokingham Walk
The 5th annual Wokingham Walk was a great success, with about 250 participants walking one of three routes of 5 miles, 10 miles or 15 mies.
The event raised £2,715, which was all donated to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, which provides essential support to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families, across Berkshire.
In addition, a number of walkers raised their own sponsorships for different charities. Two walkers set up team sponsorship pages for Alexander Devine and raised an additional £961, bringing the total to £3,676. The teams were the Moving Mamas (£385) and the Lloyd Family (£576)
Alexander Devine’s CEO and Co-founder, Fiona Devine, said: “Our deepest thanks to the Wokingham Lions Club for all their hard work in organising such a wonderful and fun event. It is no mean feat to organise an event like this in such challenging times, and we really appreciate all the effort that went into making sure the event went ahead, and the amazing amount of money it raised for our charity. What a real difference this money will make to the seriously-ill children and their families that we support. Indeed, it could help fund over 100 hours of much-needed respite for our families.”
The Great Wokingham Virtual Pub Quiz was a Lion’s roaring success! For 14 weeks during the lock-down we ran a quiz every Thursday. Everyone was welcome to join in, with the request that they make a small voluntary donation. We typically had over 200 teams each week. Many teams were made up of friends and relatives getting together on Zoom, so the quiz gave them the opportunity to have a vitual social gathering to relieve the boredom of lock-down. The competition between teams was fierce, even though there were no prizes!
As well as providing a brain-testing exercise each week the object of the quiz was to raise money for the Wokingham Hub, which brings together Wokingham Borough Council, Involve Community Services, Citizens Advice, Wokingham Volunteer Centre, The Link Visiting Scheme, First Days, Wokingham Foodbank, Age UK Berkshire, Local Churches and others. Together they provided food and toiletries to residents suffering through the coronavirus crisis.
We raised an amazing total of £5,500 for the Wokingham Hub from the quiz.
Wokingham Lions Club is deeply indebted to one of our members, Ian Grange, for organising this event and acting as quizmaster. He was assisted by various other members who dreamt up challenging questions. We would also like to thank Wokingham Borough Council, Love Wokingham, the Wokingham Paper, Bracknell News and BBC Berkshire for their support in helping to publicise the event, and local band The FiLF for providing some of the music rounds.
29 February 2020: Hoedown at the OK Corral
We had great fun at Hurst Village Hall, where we had a night with the theme Hoedown at the OK Corral. Everyone got into the spirit and dressed accordingly. See the video here.
We had a meal prepared by some of the Lions ladies, then we were entertained by local band The Shelf Side. In between we made attempts at line dancing.
As well as giving us all a good night out, the event raised about £2,400 for our Charity Account
Friday 13 December 2019: The second #Woky Comedy Night
Following the amazing success of the last #Woky Comedy Night we decided to run another one!
As before it was held at WADE, which proved to be a perfect venue for events like this.
All profits were split between the Wade Day Care Centre & Wokingham Lions Charity Account.
Sunday, 24 November 2019: Wokingham Winter Carnival
Wokingham Winter Carnival was a great family event and attracted thousands of local residents. There was a funfair in Broad Street and numerous stalls supporting local charities and crafts as well as commercial businesses and food vendors. Wokingham Lions participated by selling mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. Andy Goffin played his regular role of Leo the Lion, much to the amusement of the many children who attended, as well as some of the adults!
Sunday 3 November 2019: Wokingham Charity Firework Spectacular
Fireworks was planned for Saturday 2 November. However, the weather forecast for that day was for heavy rain and strong wind, but improving by evening. It was expected to improve as the day progressed, but the display team decided for safety reasons to postpone the event until the next day.
The event therefore took place on Sunday, an hour earlier to allow for children going to school the next day. Attendance was somewhat lower, but there was a brilliant display enjoyed by several thousand people. The evening started with a torchlight procession from the town centre, led by a Scottish piper. As always, the sight of 500 flaming torches in Broad Street was memorable.
This event is organised by a consortium of local service clubs: Wokingham Lions Club, Wokingham Rotary Club, Easthampstead Rotary Club, Windsor Forest Unicorn Club and Thames West Unicorn Club. They each nominate a charity, so the funds raised will be shared between:
Friday 6 September 2019: #Woky Comedy Night
The comedians included:
Eddy Brimson – One of the UK’s most in-demand headline acts, Eddy has performed around the world, from Norway to China. He has entertained audiences at Comedy Festivals in the French Alps, New Zealand, Melbourne and Perth, and is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival.
Naomi Cooper – Naomi has performed across the UK, from Plymouth to Edinburgh and Belfast. She has also had gigs in the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Romania, Switzerland, Ireland and America. Reviews have described her as “a comedy badass” and “one to keep an eye out for.” She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post
Steve N Allen – Steve stars as a regular member of the news-desk team in “The Mash Report,” BBC2’s BAFTA-nominated topical/satirical comedy show, which launched in 2017. He has also been a panellist for “The Wright Stuff” and “Jeremy Vine” on Channel 5. A self-confessed news addict, he keeps his finger on the pulse of current affairs. He uses biting satire, gleeful mudslinging and skilled accents to entertain the audience.
Tom Webb (Compere) – Tom has also performed all over the world, and has been described as “ingenious and fresh,” as well as “cheeky and inventive.”
The organiser, John Cleary, said“The Wokingham Lions have been long-term supporters of The Ollie Young Foundation and the WADE Day Centre, so we were very pleased to have a full house. The audience loved the jokes, and we are looking forward to another successful evening of comedy on the 13th December”
Wednesday 12 June 2019: Charity performance of Bronte at Wokingham Theatre
This play ran for six days at Wokingham Theatre, but thanks to their generosity all proceeds from the final dress rehearsal were donated to our charity account. We raised a total of £768.
Monday 6 May 2019: May Fayre
May Fayre 2019 was a fabulous day out for all the family. Several thousand people came to enjoy the activities, which included a mini zoo, a kiddies funfair and over 100 stalls. Entertainment was provided throughout the day by Circus Scene, and included comedians Slap & Tickle, many local dancers and singers, and the fabulous Wokingham Rock Choir. There was dancing around the May Pole, Punch and Judy, a fire engine and Morris dancers. Many of the stalls were provided by local charities to earn them much-needed funds, but others were arts and crafts and local businesses. There were numerous food vendors offering a wide variety of menus.
The weather was perfect, if a little cold, making it a most enjoyable day out.
Wokingham Lions Club organise the event as a public service and to raise funds for their charity account, which supports many local charities. The main beneficiaries of this year’s event are the Me2 Club and Home-Start
Easter 2019: Wokingham Lions Giant Easter Egg Raffle
Numerous pubs and restaurants in Wokingham and the surrounding area each raffled a giant Easter Egg. All the proceeds went to our charity account, which is used to support local good causes
Saturday 9 February 2019: Gangsters & Molls Night
This was a great night out, themed on the 1930’s. Everyone got into the spirit and dressed in the appropriate style. Big thanks to everyone involved in organising it, especially Lyn, Jean and Candy who prepared over 100 meals!
As well as being a fun event, it raised over £2,300 for our charity account
Friday 19 October 2018: Quiz Night
Wokingham Cricket Club provide us with a venue for our club meetings so it was fitting the we used their club house for a Quiz Night. We had 13 tables, each with up to eight team members who competed to answer challenging questions posed by the quizmaster, Ian Grange.
Saturday 12 May 2018: Glitter Ball
In July 2015 we joined forces with the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service to organise the Casino Royale Charity Ball. It proved very successful, and raised over £5,500 for Alexander Devine.
Since then Liz Berry, who was a close friend of Clare Dando (one of the organisers of Alexander Devine), died of bowel cancer and a fund was set up in her name to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK. Wokingham Lions teamed up with Clare to organise the Glitter Ball to support the charity.
A great night was had by all at the ball, and it raised over £5000 for Bowel Cancer UK
Sunday 9 December 2018: Sainsburys Trolley Dash
This event was sponsored by Sainsbury’s supermarket in Winnersh. They allowed us to sell tickets for a draw with the prize of a Trolley Dash. The lucky winner, Jason Prout, had 3 minutes to go through the supermarket filling a trolley with as much as possible, which he kept as his prize.
The event raised over £600 for our charity account, which is used for helping needy individuals and organisations in the Wokingham area.