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.
The Great #Woky Quiz
We stopped our weekly quizzes when lock-down ended, to give local pubs the opportunity to recover some of their losses by holding their own quizzes. However, due to popular demand we reinstated them on a monthly basis, with additional ones during the second and third lockdown periods.
Proceeds from the first five monthly quizzes were donated to charities conforming with the five Lions Global Causes:
24th Sept – Childhood Cancer: Ollie Young Foundation
29th Oct – Vision: Berkshire Vision
26th Nov – Diabetes: Diabetes UK Reading Local Group
17th Dec – Link Visiting
29th Dec – (Tuesday) Link Visiting
28th Jan – Environment: Thrive
25th Feb – Hunger: Share Wokingham
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Sunday 6 September 2020: The Wokingham Walk
“We are very pleased with the turnout, as well as the weather, for our annual Wokingham Walk on 6th September. Participating in the walk were 250 people, of all ages. They walked different routes of 5, 10 and 15 miles, starting and ending at Elms Field. It was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside around Wokingham and support a worthy cause,” said Andy Slay, organiser of the event.
He added: “We raised £2,715 for the event, and all of it has been donated to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. 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.”
And the walk, coronavirus permitting, will be back as usual next year on the Sunday after the Wokingham May Fayre.
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
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
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 11 October 2019: Quiz Night
Our annual quiz night was a roaring success, with 12 tables of 8 competing for the coveted prize.
The Quizmaster, Ian Grange, stretched everyone’s minds with a variety of simple and complex questions. A delicious chilli supper was prvided by Candy Kirkland, Jean Ibbottson and Lyn Baily. The venue, Wokingham Cricket Club, was ideal, and their bar kept us all lubricated.
Friday 6 September 2019: #Woky Comedy Night
The comedians included: 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”
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.
The comedians included:
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
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.
Sunday 25 November 2018: Wokingham Anytime Fitness Festive Dash
Every year we help with marshalling the Wokingham Winter Carnival. As an addition, this year we organised a Festive Dash, where entrants could dress in something festive and run 1.5Km ahead of the carnival procession! We gave two prizes of 3 month’s membership of Wokingham Anytime Fitness
Saturday 3 November 2018: Wokingham Charity Fireworks Spectacular
This year’s Wokingham Charity Fireworks Spectacular was due to be held on 3 November at Cantley Fields. Wokingham Lions organises this event in conjunction with four other local service clubs, and it raises substantial amount for local good causes. Full details at www.wokingham-fireworks.co.uk
Unfortunately there was a major gas leak adjacent to the display field just as the event was due to start. The Fire Service and the Police ordered the field to be evacuated so there was no choice but to cancel the event. After very rapid re-planning we were able to re-schedule it for the following day (Sunday), but had to cancel the torchlight procession.
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
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
Monday 7 May 2018: May Fayre
Circus Scene provided a variety of street performers, and there was a non-stop sequence of stage entertainment. The farm animals and funfair proved very popular with the children, who were also entranced by the Punch and Judy.
Wokingham Lions organise this event every year as a community project, and to raise fund for good causes. The proceeds will be used to support local charities and people in need.
Sunday 26 November 2017: Wokingham Winter Carnival
Saturday 4 November 2017: Wokingham Charity Fireworks Spectacular
The evening began with a torchlight procession from the town centre to Cantley Field. This is a truly impressive sight, with 500 flaming torches being carried by several thousand people. The procession was led by Saint Sebastian brass band, followed by various Wokingham dignitaries.
We believe around 8,000 spectators attended to watch an amazing display and bonfire.
Saturday 16 September 2017: WADE Music & Real Ale Festival
1 May 2017: May Fayre
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
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