Past Social Events

Saturday 8 May 2024: Riverboat Shuffle

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of Wokingham Lions Club we had an evening out on a pleasure boat on the Thames. The boat left Windsor at 7:30pm and sailed upstream for 2 hours before turning back. During the journey they served a lovely barbecue meal, then entertained us with a old-time disco.

40 of our members and guests attended, including Sandra Manktelow, who is the Vice District Governor of Lions district 105SC, which covers the south of England. Sandra gave a short speech congratulating the club on reaching their 50th milestone and noting that we have gained 14 new members over the past 5 years, making us the second largest club in the district. She then presented our president, Lyn Baily, with a Certificate of Appreciation.

24 March 2024: Walk and Sunday lunch

Eleven members and guests took a pleasant 3 mile walk through the countryside followed by Sunday roast dinner at the Queens Oak pub. The weather was good to us, but the heavy persistent rain of the previous weeks left some of the ground very wet and muddy! However this didn’t dampen spirits so it proved a very convivial and friendly day out.

It was muddy!

Wednesday 28 February 2024: Theatre trip

Sixteen members and guests had a night out at the Mill at Sonning. After an enjoyable meal they watched The Death Trap.

It was a wonderful evening, once we made it across the bridge and actually reached Sonning Mill due to the road being closed! Food was a great buffet, of course lovely company and the play drew us all in and scared the living daylights out of some of us once or twice. .

Wednesday 20 December 2023: Christmas dinner

About 45 members and partners enjoyed a festive night at our annual Christmas dinner at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club. As well as a fabulous meal we entertained ourselves with games and Christmas carols.

October /November 2023: More new members

At our October business meeting we welcomed another new member to the club – Alwyn Jones. He was introduced by Jonathan Blane and inducted by our membership officer, Bob DuGard, then president Lyn Baily welcomed him as a new member.

Saturday 15 July 2023: Sausage Sizzle

Members Paul and Lyn Baily invited everyone to a sausage sizzle in their lovely garden. The weather was dry but a little cold, but that didn’t spoil the enjoyment

Friday 30 June 2023: Charter Night

Charter is our annual celebration of the anniversary of the formation of our club in 1974. We meet, with our partners and friends, to remember our achievements over the previous year and set our goals for the next year. We also inaugurate the president for the next year and thank all those who made significant contributions to the previous year.

This year we held the event at the Walter Arms, with 37 members, partners and guests enjoying a great 3-course meal.

The outgoing president, Claire Mangers-Page, thanked all the members for their great work then summarised the achievements of the previous year, saying “We raised a record £53,000 from 12 fundraising events including the May Fayre, Winter Carnival, Classic Car Show, Comedy Nights, Wokingham Walks, Quiz Evenings, and our contribution towards the Firework Spectacular at Cantley Field. This is due to our strong team of dedicated members, including six new active and enthusiastic members this year, and the generous residents in our community. We donate all the funds raised to mainly local charities and individuals in need. We are so fortunate to live in a town with a great spirit of giving and kindness towards others.”

Claire then gave prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship awards to Ian Grange and Debbie Slay in recognition of the outstanding contributions they had made to the club. She then inducted the new Wokingham Town Mayor, Sally Gurney, as an honorary member of the club before passing the chain of office to her successor, Lyn Baily.

Wokingham Town Mayor Sally Gurney was inducted as a honorary member
Ian Grange receives his MJF award from president Claire Mangers-Page
Debbie Slay with her MJF award

Wednesday 24 May 2023: Meal at the Jolly Farmer

Twenty-nine members, partners and friends spent a very enjoyable evening at the Jolly Farmer. The pub offered us a great selection of Thai food on their large outdoor patio. The service was excellent, albeit a little confused as several people forgot what they had ordered so the meals got a bit mixed up! However everyone was very satified with the quality and quantity of food.

Monday 9 January 2023: Charity Presentation Evening

Lion Nigel Page introduced 4 presenters to outline the work done by their respective charities. 14 of our members attended to hear the following presentations:

Kaleidoscopic UK presented by Vickie Robertson and Nicole Taffani:

This charity’s main aim is to support and help victims of domestic abuse, in all it’s forms from coercive control to actual physical abuse . Victims may be female , male or  children.
They hold regular coffee mornings for victims to attend, and listen to their stories. Their motto is Educate to Eradicate.
They go to schools and give teachers three hour seminars on how to identify abuse victims.
They have made Awareness videos and these are used by Thames Valley Police. They also train Social Service staff. 
They have made Awareness videos and these are used by Thames Valley Police. They also train Social Service staff.
They provide Christmas hampers ( this year to 74 families), and fund family freedom holidays with camping and other equipment.

Camp Mohawk presentation by Samantha Rosier

Established in 1980 this charity is based in Wargrave and they have five acres of ground. They provide soft play, art, games, picnic adventures, and a heated swimming pool.
They cater for children with cognitive and physical issues including Autism, Downs Syndrom and brain injuries.
Some 1,000 children visit the facilty each year.
Their needs:
Financial help to construct a changing room near the pool
A retractable cover for the pool to allow more use in cooler weather conditions
A hoist
Refurbishment of a sensory room.
Estimated cost of all these projects is £350,000

Berkshire Vision presentation by Sara Gibbons and Carol Barnfather

They support over 1,000 people with sight loss. Four children every day are diagnosed with sight loss.
Their role is to develop confidence and self esteem using five Sight Loss Support Officers.
They have a telephone support befriending service which helps over 300people.
They run family programmes with day excursions, boat trips, go karting, swimming, adventure parks and football with Reading Football Academy.

Sebastians Action Trust presentation by Megan Lowden

Founded in 2004 with office in Crowthorne and facilities in Basingstoke.
They support families with children near end of life and those whose children have passed away.
The Bluebells facility in Basingstoke cost £8.7 million and took eight years to complete. They have two apartments for families together with a hydrotherapy pool. They primarily cover Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey but families from all over the country come to their facilities.
Their bereavement support is funded by the National Lottery.
They also give theraputic support.
Their needs:-
Volunteers to help them with repair and building of facilities
Publicising their work
Their Christmas in July at Ascot Racecourse event including toys and bottles of water.

Wednesday 21 December 2022: Festive Dinner

President Claire Mangers-Page welcomed 42 members and guests to our annual Festive Dinner at Bearwood Golf Club. Guests included the town mayor, Maria Gee and her husband and two of our ex-members, Heiki and Leila Viika, who now live in Finland.

During the evening Claire awarded chevrons (which mark significant anniversaries since joining) to Patrick Allen (35 years), Andy Slay (20 years) and Debbie Slay (15 years).

Paul Baily drew the lucky number for the £500 prize for the 100 Club, the winner being Neil Hodgson

Paul and Lyn Baily, who orgainsed the event, entertained us with a festive quiz and a round of bingo, then the evening ended with our traditional singing of Christmas songs and carols.

Wednesday 14 December 2022: Christmas Quiz

Six members and their partners attended a festive meal and quiz at the White Horse. The quiz was interspersed between courses of an excellent meal.

They formed two teams which achieved respectable (but not exceptional!) scores in the quiz.

Wednesday 5 October 2022: Visit to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice

Seven members of the Wokingham Lions Club visited the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service in Maidenhead. They wanted to see first-hand how this £6 million facility helps children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, play and relax during their last days of life.

Jasmine Parker conducted the informative tour of the inside and outside of the children’s hospice. The rooms are tastefully decorated, and include areas for music therapy, arts and crafts, cooking and reading. A beautiful hydrotherapy pool was designed and donated by Nirvana Health Spa in 2019.

The Enchanted Forest outdoor sensory garden was donated by Merlin’s Magic Wand Children’s Charity, in association with LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. There are many LEGO creations in the garden, which includes an herb garden. An outdoor play area features a swing and trampoline that can accommodate a wheelchair.

Alexander Devine was a bright and funny child, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at just four years of age. He endured four and a half years of operations, treatments and therapy, and sadly died at the age of eight in 2007. His parents, Fiona and John Devine, founded Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, and the facility opened its doors for day care in 2018. They currently provide a safe place for 150 families in Berkshire and the surrounding counties. It costs around £2.33 million to run the children’s hospice service each year.

Childhood cancer is one of the five global causes of Lions International.

Wednesday 15 December 2021: Christmas Dinner

We held our Christmas Dinner at Bearwood Golf Club, who provided an excellent meal.

We complied with Covid regulations, which permitted parties but asked everyone to take care. We insisted that all attendees had lateral flow tests beforehand, and we ensured that the space was ventilated.

Sunday 3 July 2022: Charter Lunch

Charter is our annual celebration of the anniversary of the formation of our club in 1974. We meet, with our partners and friends, to remember our achievements over the previous year and set our goals for the next year. We also inaugurate the president for the next year and thank all those who made significant contributions to the previous year.

This year we held a Charter Lunch at the Rose Inn in the centre of Wokingham. Claire Mangers-Page was inaugurated as our new president, taking over from Andy Goffin.

The Lions Club was founded in 1917 by a businessman in Chicago called Melvin Jones. As an ongoing memorial to him Lions Club International offer a prestigious Melvin Jones Foundation award to members who have made a significant contribution. At the Charter we were please to give an MJF award to Tim Hanton for his long service to Wokingham Lions and to the Lions zone

Andy Goffin hands over to Claire Mangers-Page
Tim Hanton receives his MJF award from president Andy Goffin
We also inducted a new member, Jane Bentley

Sunday 10 October 2021: A Walk in the Country

A small group of us met together for a short walk in the countryside around Henley.

We met at Henley Town Football Club car park and walked about 3 miles to the Baskerville pub, where we had a pleasant refreshment break before continuing back along the banks of the Thames.

Friday 25 June 2021: Charter Night

Charter Night is our annual celebration of the anniversary of the formation of our club. We remember the achievements we made in the previous year, and the fun we had! The president hands over to the next year’s president, and all those members who have made a difference in the previous year are acknowledged.

This year’s Charter Night was held at the Walter Arms, but it was a little subdued, and delayed, due to Coronavirus restrictions

Our outgoing president, Nigel Page, summarised the achievments of the past year then handed over to the new president, Andy Goffin. Andy thanked Nigel for all his work during the previous year and said that his objective for the forthcoming year was to raise £1,000 for charity for each member, setting a target of £32,000

Incoming president Andy Goffin (left) and outgoing president Nigel Page

Monday 22 March 2021: Zoom meeting with German Twin Club

Wokingham Lions have been twinned with Offenbach Lions Club in Germany for many years.  In ‘normal’ times we meet with them every two years with alternate meeting being hosted by them and by us.  A meeting was scheduled in Wokingham for 2020 but due to coronavirus they weren’t allowed to travel so the meeting had to be postponed.  We also decided to cancel the 2021 meeting due to the uncertainty over the lockdown regulations.  We therefore arranged a joint Zoom meeting, which was attended by about 18 members from each club.  It was interesting to learn the similarities and differences between the effect of the pandemic in the UK and in Germany.

Saturday 5 December 2020: Virtual Christmas Dinner

Much has been affected by Coronavirus this year, including our annual Christmas Dinner!  National restrictions meant we weren’t able to meet as in other years so we did the best we could and held a Virtual Christmas Dinner.  Orders were place on a local caterer, Vintage Hog Roasting Co, who delivered prepared Christmas meals to each of our members.  We all then dressed in our festive outfits and joined together on Zoom.  We split into smaller breakout rooms, each with 3 or 4 members, for each course so by the end of the meeting we had eaten a delicious Christmas meal with different company for each course.

Wednesday 18 November 2020: Zoom Bingo

We entertained ourselves with a few games of bingo.  We charged each entrant £5.00 and gave half the proceeds as pize money and put the balance in our charity account.

Saturday/Sunday 24/25 October 2020: Walk in the Countryside

Covid regulations only allowed three couples to meet outside so we organised two countryside walks.  Those taking part enjoyed a few hours in fresh air and some well-needed exercise

Wednesday 26 August 2020: Zoom Drinks Evening

We asked members to offer a short presentation of their favourite drink.  Oferrings varied from a cup of tea to a complicated cocktail.  It gave us the opportunity to spend a convivial evening together.

Wednesday 29 July 2020: Virtual Treasure Hunt

Some of our members took part in a Covid-friendly treasure hunt.  They could follow the clues either by car or from home using Google Street View.

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

18 December 2019: Christmas Dinner

Our annual Christmas Dinner is always a very popular event for our members, and this year was no exception.  As in previous years it was held at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club which is an ideal venue

Sunday, 30 November  2019: Bring-a-Dish evening

Bring-a-Dish is a popular event, where each member brings a contribution to a four-course meal.  There is thus plenty of choice, and invariably there is more food than can be eaten!  We held it at WADE (Wokingham and District Association for the Elderly), which is a local charity that we regularly support.  They have a large dining room and a well-equippped kitchen, so it is an ideal venue.

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.

Wednesday 28 August 2019: Aunt Sally

About 20 of us spent an enjoyable evening at the Queens Head playing Aunt Sally.  The game is played by throwing timber batons at a wooden skittle (known as a doll or dolly) on top of a post.  It dates back to the 17th century, but is still played in a small number of pubs in the Thames Valley.

After the game we had a fish and chip supper

Friday 19 July 2019: President’s barbecue

Paul and Lyn Baily hosted a lovely night out for about 24 of us in their garden.  We enjoyed a sumptious meal expertly barbecued by Paul and great sides and desserts prepared by Lyn (with the help of other ladies)

Sunday 30 June 2019: Charter Lunch

The Charter Lunch is our traditional annual event to mark the start of a new financial year, to celebrate the achievements of the previous year and to welcome the new president.  This year’s lunch was held in the glorious surroundings of Wokingham Town Hall.  After a nice meal the outgoing president, Debbie Slay, welcomed the new president, Lyn Baily:

June 2019: German Exchange

13 Lions and partners visited our twin German club, Offenbach in der Südpfalz. They planned a great program; including a tour of Heidelberg and boat trip with a meal in a village restaurant, a visit to a castle (Tim Hanton suggested that our Lions President Debbie should be put in the stocks) and lunch over the border in France followed by a meal at one of their members restaurant with views over the valley. Most of all it was the hospitality they extended and the friendship and laughter shared that made it so special.

Sunday 28 April 2019: Social Walk

A number of members and their partners and friends had an enjoyable 3 mile walk, ending at the Queen’s Oak pub where we had a leisurely Sunday lunch

Wednesday 27 March 2019: Skittles Evening

We had a fun night at the Frog and Wicket, playing bar skittles

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

Wednesday 20 December 2018: Christmas Dinner

Our Christmas Dinner at Bearwood Golf Club was a fun evening with over 40 of our members, partners and friends. After a festive Christmas meal we enjoyed communal carol singing, followed by a very amusing rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas customised by Lyn Baily to summarise Lions Club events.

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