The Henley Lions are introducing the Golden Mile Challenge to this year’s annual Swimarathon event. Separate from the Swimarathon the Golden Mile is a challenge to swim one mile in 40 minutes or less. An information sheet explaining the details and entry form for those who think that they’re up to the challenge are attached.
Henley Lions Swimarathon 2018 will take place on Saturday, 24 March 2018 at the Henley Leisure Centre. Included in this post are two documents, an invitation to compete in the Swimarathon and guidance notes. Please refer to these two documents for all the relevant information regarding this event.
As 2017 drew to a close we looked back over all that we had done during the past year and all the causes that we had supported. The vast majority of the funds we raised were dispersed locally but, as always, we did support some of Lions Clubs International work in other parts of the world. Among the causes we helped in 2017 were:
- Henley Youth Festival
- Haiti Hurricane Disaster Relief
- River Trip on the Rivertime for the Henley Bluebell Group
- Specially adapted trike for a local disabled boy
- Regatta for the Disabled
- Starlight Children’s Foundation
- Music and cookery awards for Gillotts pupils
- Junior Princes Award Program for Sacred Heart School
- Kickstarters Music Scheme
- Grenville Tower Disaster
- Overseas treatment for a young boy with a rare form of cancer
- Secondary control for a local child’s electric wheelchair
- Moments to Remember for the Chilterns Centre for Disabled Children and Young Adults
- Support for a young lady from Henley to travel to India to do voluntary work.
- Mencap Club BBQ
- Annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
- Henley Music School
- Meteor Club Christmas Party
- Christmas Parcels to needy individuals and families
- Lions Sight Savers Trust.
Santa has come to Henley on his sleigh once again this year continuing a tradition that goes back well over four decades. For many years Santa’s Sleigh was organised by Henley Round Table but, sadly, their club folded earlier this year. When it looked like Santa would no longer bring his sleigh to Henley, Pam Phillips, a former mayor of Henley, stepped in to save the day. Pam, now the newest member of Henley Lions Club, has organised 10 nights for Santa and his sleigh to tour the streets of Henley. His first night out was to have been on Sunday, 10 December, but conditions underfoot were too dangerous for his helpers and so the start was delayed until Monday, 11 December. Santa had a great night out and along with 11 collectors traveled along Hamilton, Vicarage, St Andrews, St Marks and the Gainsborough Estate. His travels will take him to Shiplake and then back to Henley over the next two weeks. Collections are going to support the Bishopswood School Christmas Party along with other local charities supported by Henley Lions.