Billingshurst & District Lions were pleased to welcome two new members into the Club. John and Kay bring the total of new members since January this year to six, increasing the current membership to 32.
John and Kay lived in Bahrain for 13 years – both working for a Middle East airline before returning to England. John worked for the Ministry of Justice looking after their properties in East Anglia, but is now retired. Kay worked in a special school for a number of years before starting her own business as a bookkeeper.
John says, “We moved from Norfolk to Billingshurst when I retired 7 years ago to be closer to our children and grandchildren and for child minding when needed!”. Kay adds, “Shortly after arriving, we began volunteering with the Macmillan Cancer Charity, working on their stands at village fetes and baking cakes for their sales.”
John continues, “However, now that our grandchildren are a little older, we both have more time, so after meeting Viv (Diggens) at the special Lions event in the Community Centre earlier this year, his enthusiasm and explanation of what the Lions are about really grabbed our interest. Joining the Lions therefore seemed an ideal way of giving something more to the community and, as they tell you, enjoy it whilst doing so.
“Subsequently, we met other Lions at a social ‘Drop In’ lunch at the Bat & Ball, tried our hand in the bookshop, whilst Kay really loved helping at a free book ‘giveaway’ at a local school, where the children were so enthusiastic and appreciative. All these activities made us feel totally at home and wanting to follow it through. We have received a very warm welcome to the Lions and Kay and I are happy to have joined.”