July 1st saw the start of a 50th new year for Billingshurst & District Lions Club. It was marked by Peter Coleman receiving the Presidential Chain of Office from outgoing President, Michael Snell.
Michael looked back on a successful year as the Club goes from strength to strength. We recently saw the induction of four new members and several others volunteering with a view to considering full membership.
Michael said, “Fundraising, with the accent on FUN, is an essential part of our activities and we are delighted that our Bookshop in Jengers Mead is continuing to play a fundamental role, along with Santa’s tours around the villages with his “Flying Bedstead” bringing Christmas cheer. “
Other significant events included:-
A very successful “Race Night” was organised jointly with the Billingshurst Scouts and Guides. Proceeds were shared between the Scouts (for those attending the 25th World Jamboree in Korea) and the Billingshurst Boxing Club.
The Annual Charity Golf Day was held at Slinfold Golf and Country Club. This year, raising funds for the valuable work of Chestnut Tree House Hospice.
Serving the Community has been a priority, as reported in May, with total donations during the year of approximately £25,000.00. 80% of this went to local and regional causes (including schools) with 20% to international disasters. This mostly consisted of donations to Lions Clubs in Ukraine, and for the earthquake in Turkey.
The Club has continued its support for the 10 Primary Schools throughout the District. This includes our unique ROAR Campaign, free book giveaways, Poster for Peace and help on outdoor projects. The Men’s Shed Project is now making excellent progress in the corner of Station Road Gardens. Construction is almost complete and an electric supply cable has beenh laid (funded by HDC).
Meanwhile, incoming President Peter Coleman said, “I am delighted to be starting my second period in office during our 50th year since the club was chartered in 1974 and look forward to continuing supporting the various committees in the excellent work they all do, bearing in mind that all Lions are volunteers.”
Don’t forget to visit the Lions bookshop in Jengers Mead. We have Gift Vouchers available for family and friends and you can return your ‘Feed the Lions” collecting jars.