Santa’s Arrived at Toad Hall

Santa arrived at Toad Hall this morning and assisted the mayor of Henley, Cllr Glen Lambert, in opening the fabulous grotto.  Santa will be in his grotto each Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas. On Saturdays he’ll be there to see the children from 10:00am until 5:00pm and on Sundays from 10:30am until 4:00pm. Tickets to see Santa are available at the Toad Hall tills. They cost £6.00 per child and every child gets to choose a present from Santa’s magic toy box. Half of all the money raised goes to the Henley Lions Club who use it to support local children’s charities.


Henley Lions Launch 2018 Winter Fuel Project


2018 Appeal

Imagine it’s bitterly cold outside and you cannot afford to top up your electric or gas meter. You are receiving all the benefits due to you but it’s just not enough to fully provide for yourself and or family.

For the past 2 years Henley Lions have helped keep the heating on and cooker running with the generosity of others donating all or part of their Government Winter Fuel Allowance.  Last winter alone Henley Lions supported 20 families and individuals in our area survive the winter with donations amounting to £5097.

With winter coming we are again asking for your help.  Pensioner generosity last year helped many families and individuals who were struggling to pay their fuel bills for a variety of reasons.  All the money donated was distributed to help with the cost of heating, lighting and cooking. Individuals and families were identified whose benefits were not enough to keep them warm through the winter, or who were in debt and just could not meet their fuel bills.  All sorts of emergencies can mean people move from managing to not being able to cover all their costs and Lions working through NOMAD and Citizens Advice Henley identify those in most need.

We have had a wonderful summer, but we do not know what winter will bring.  Can you help by being a true Father Christmas and donating some of your Government Winter Fuel Payment to help those locally who are in need, so they can stay warm?

Donations can be made online via  – click on ‘Donate’ and please identify your donation as ‘Winter Fuel Project’ Please complete “Gift Aid’ if you can.  Donations can also be made by cheque or bank transfer. Please email or telephone 0845 833 7387 for information.

All monies raised will be deposited in the Henley Lions Charity Trust Account and will be ring-fenced for the Winter Fuel Project

If you know of someone who is in need of help, they should first approach NOMAD and Citizens Advice Henley for help and guidance to ensure they are receiving benefits due to them and assistance in starting to manage debt or in some cases help to move back into employment

Thank you for your support

For more information Contact:   Ian Tritton, Henley Lions Community Service      07789 201760


River Thames Outing for The Memory Cafe

Henley Lions funded two outings on the River Thames for the members of The Memory Cafe on the specially adapted boat the Rivertime. Each of the two groups reportedly had a very enjoyable trip on the river in beautiful sunny weather. The Memory Cafe meets at the Christchurch Centre and helps those with dementia and their carers. Henley Lions have sponsored these trips for this group, formally known as Bluebells, for a number of years.


Vivian Morris Music Award 2018

The Vivian Morris Music Award for 2018 was presented to two outstanding students from Gillotts School at the final school assembly. The head of the music department nominated Madeleine Bourne and Ella Davies for the award which is given in the name of one of the founder members of the Lions Club of Henley-on-Thames. The nomination attests to the fact that both girls thoroughly deserved to be recognised. The nomination stated “Maddie and Ella were the Music Captains whilst they were in Year 11. They also took Music at GCSE. They were incredibly helpful in Choir, guiding and leading the younger years and setting a good example to them. They also showed their own wonderful talents through singing a number of duets over the year, most notably starting the whole of our Carol Service at St Mary’s Church in December 2017 and singing a duet alongside a dance piece in the Gillotts Spectacular. I have chosen them for this award for their commitment to Music over the past two years and for all of the positive and lovely conversations we had!’  Each of the girls received a certificate and a cheque in the amount of £100. This was the 13th year that the award was presented to Gillotts students.



Dingley’s Promise Presentation

Dingley’s Promise in Reading is a centre that provides life changing support to families  with children under 5 who have additional needs and disabilities. Specialist care and learning is provided through play, family support and training and advice to mainstream settings.
Henley Lions Club is delighted to have been able to respond to a recent request for a donation and support and as the result of discussions and visits were able to buy two pieces of wooden specialist play equipment for children at the centre. It was decided to present the cheque when Lions Club members could enjoy seeing children play very happily on their new equipment and we were not disappointed! The smiles on the faces of the children said it all. It was a most enjoyable and rewarding time for everyone
concerned. A big thank you to Dingley’s Promise staff for enabling this happy occasion and making Henley Lions welcome.