Swimarathon 2018

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.


Swimarathon invite 2018
2018 Guidance notes
2018 notes for swimmers
2018 reg Swimarathon
2018 Sponsorship form
2018 sponsorship form (reverse)


Another Busy and Successful Year in 2017

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’s Sleigh 2017

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.






Santa’s Grotto Visitors

Santa has been as busy as ever with all the young visitors who have come to see him at his busiest time of year.  Here’s a few photos that some of the parents have shared with us. Santa has now finished seeing children at his grotto and is busy getting his sleigh and reindeer ready for the big night. We wish all of Santa’s followers a very Merry Christmas!!!


Natalie Jennings Talk on Voluntary Work in Southern India

Natalie Jennings gave a most informative illustrated talk to the club at our December meeting on her visit to Southern India doing voluntary work with the charity Restless Development.  Natalie’s excursion, which was partially supported by Henley Lions Club, lasted three months during which she and her volunteer colleagues worked with local volunteers to help improve the lives of local children and young adults. She was involved in everything from giving briefings on preventing dengue fever and personal sanitation to CV writing and job fairs. Natalie explained that she lived with a local host family who were lovely but had no running water in their home. She told the club how she learned to eat all her meals with her hands as the locals do and how she had to wash all her clothes in buckets of water.  Natalie explained how she now plans to go travelling for a few months before looking for a job in the field of environmental studies. The club membership thanked her for coming to tell us her story, congratulated her on her successful adventure and wished her well in her future endeavours.