On 1 July 2019 Henley Lion Wendy Franklin handed over the chain of office to incoming president David Skinner. Wendy has been our president for the past three years and David takes on the presidency for a second time. The club thanked Wendy for her leadership and dedication during her time in office and look forward to another very successful year with David at the helm.
Henley Lions, this week, have launched a FaceBook page with the help of their brilliant webmaster, Simon Asplin. The page is the club’s first venture not the realms of social media and is intended to increase awareness of the club’s activities. Here’s the link to the new page which we encourage you to “Like” and “Follow”: https://www.facebook.com/henleylions/?eid=ARBKjDEvBVS7N0r3M4M3bg8ne1shDAxB76-C6m0iTIp4x_ThxNqZCAVsh3tpOv-MG4ciNrce2hdiozjq
Henley Lions donated £1,500 to purchase new chairs for the Bluebells Day Care Centre. The new Bluebells was officially opened by the town mayor, Cllr Glen Lambert, towards the end of his mayoral year. Bluebells is now a new charity offering respite care to elderly living with dementia and Alzheimers.
At our February Business meeting we were presented with a cheque in the amount of £3,330 by Martyn Sheldrake and Lynn Burgess of Toad Hall Garden Centre where we manned Santa’s Grotto in the lead up to Christmas 2018. We, in turn, presented cheques in the amount of £1,500 each to Footsteps and the Chilterns Centre for Disabled Children, both local organisations focused on helping local children and young adults. The additional funds will go into our charity account and will be used to support other local causes supporting children.
On Sunday, 3 Feb 2019, 11 teams of swimmers swam 901 lengths in a valiant effort to raise money for charity. This year’s teams were from Henley Sea Cadets, Henley Marine Cadets, Henley 1st Brownies, 1st Henley Guides, Nettlebed School, Valley Road School and St. Mary’s School. Mayor Glen Lambert opened the event and each of the teams swam for 40 minutes trying to swim as many lengths as possible. The Valley Road Dolphins came top with 104 lengths closely followed by the Sea Cadets & Marine Cadets combined Starboard team which swam 97 lengths. Valley Road Warships were third with 92 lengths. Half of the funds raised will go to the charities of the individual organisations and the other comes to Henley Lions Charity Fund.