Henley Lions presented a cheque for £1,000 at last night’s business meeting to Laura Reineke of the Henley Music School (HMS). Laura attended our October meeting and gave a presentation about the work of the HMS. The club then voted to donate £1,000 to this very worthy cause. Laura explained to the club that HMS was started 13 years ago and is now a Community Interest Company hoping to achieve charitable status in 2018. It provides bursaries, music lessons and tutors for schools and individuals and includes free loan of instruments. Ages range from 3 to 18 years and 350 children in the Henley area are currently signed up. Children from less wealthy families are often taught free of charge. HMS has previously received funding from Olivia Harrison, Henley Rotary, Invesco, the Town Council and Henley Education Trust and has had fund raising events including dinner dances and concerts. Laura has approached Henley Symphony Orchestra to suggest a partnership. She needs £50,000 per annum to operate and is currently running the company alone. Although she could do with admin and accounting help, her request to Lions was for funding. The club was very pleased to be able to help Laura and the 350 local children that benefit from the work of the HMS.
Henley Lions were asked if we would park cars at the Twyford Village Fete which took place on Saturday, 19 August 2019. It was our first time to undertake this event but found it to be very successful. The team of six Henley Lions parked 219 cars which raised £657 for charity. Half of the funds will come to our Lions Charity Fund with the other half going to Twyford Village Council’s charitable causes. Thankfully, the weather on the day was excellent which helped swell the crowds attending. We look forward to making this an annual event in our fundraising calendar.
This morning Henley Lions Club presented a cheque for £1,000 to The Chilterns Centre to fund their “Moments to Remember” programme. This is the fourth consecutive year that Henley Lions have funded this project. The scheme, originally called A Day to Remember, was the idea of Lion Ian Forster who proposed that we could bring the British seaside to the Chilterns Centre for the patients and their families to enjoy. That was a huge success and was enjoyed by everyone who took part. This has since been transformed by Pamela Lee of the centre into Moments to Remember which take place throughout the year and which are equally enjoyed by patients, families and staff. Accepting the cheque on behalf of the centre was Paul Barrett, Chairman of Trustees. In the photo below are, from left to right, Gareth (Deputy Manager), Lion Ian Tritton, Eddie, Anna, Paul Barratt, Danii, Waqas, Lorraine and Lion Ian Forster. Henley Lions are very proud of our excellent relationship and continued support of the Chilterns Centre.
The Vivian Morris Music Award for 2017 was presented to Rebecca Granger of Gillotts School. Becky was selected for the award by school staff for “her commitment to our extra curricular activities by being part of choir as well as her attitude to learning in lessons, consistently being positive and always putting effort into her work.” Rebecca loves to sing and plays piano. She’s also recently started to learn the guitar. Rebecca will be going to Henley College in September when she’ll be studying Dance, Drama and Psychology for A Levels. Rebecca said, “I was stunned to have received this award. I don’t know what I will spend the money on yet. I’m looking forward to performing in the Henley College shows. Their first show is The Addams Family which I’ll be auditioning for.” Henley Lions thank Michaela Clarke of the Henley Herald for the photo and for interviewing Becky.
On 25 March 2017 Henley Lions took over the pool at Henley Leisure Centre for our annual Swimarathon. Despite struggling to raise teams prior to the event we had 126 swimmers there on the day from schools, Sea and Marine Cadets, Brownies and Mencap. The event raised £4,735, half of which will be retained by the swimming groups to support their individual causes and half will come to Henley Lions Charity Account. The event was a a huge success with all the participants thoroughly enjoying themselves. Mayor Julian Brookes presented a special award to the Mencap team for their continued support over so many years. Thanks to Michaela Clarke of the Henley Herald for kindly supplying the photos.