As they have done for many years, The Copas Partnership donated 26 turkeys to be distributed thru our club. One of our club members organises this and distributes the turkeys. Ten were given to the Henley Over 60s club where they provided the main part of a Christmas meal for a good number of their members. The other 16 were given to the United Reformed Church which produced a number of Christmas dinners for various groups which meet there.
Henley Lions were, as we have been since 2009, heavily involved in helping Santa at the Toad Hall Garden Centre. Santa was busier this year than he has ever been and saw nearly 1000 children on the four weekends leading up to Christmas. Each child received a toy from Santa which they chose from Santa’s magic toy box. Half of the fee of £6.00 per child to visit Santa is donated to Henley Lions charity fund and is used to support local children’s charities.
Once again this year Henley Lions organised, purchased, packed and delivered 90 Christmas Parcels to needy individuals and families within our local area. Funds for this project are generously donated by local individuals and organisations. The club has been involved in the Christmas parcel project for many years but this was the 14th year that the entire project was undertaken by Henley Lions Club.
During 2016 the Henley Lions made a number of donations, some large and some small, to worthy causes both locally and internationally. These included donations to:
- Royal Berkshire Pain Clinic
- Footsteps Centre in Dorchester, Oxon
- Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award for a local girl
- Kickstarters music scheme for local children
- Sacred Heart Primary School – SkillForce Junior Princes Award Program
- Starlight Children’s Foundation
- Blubell trip on the Rivertime
- Henley Youth Festival
- Haiti Hurricane Disaster Relief Appeal
- Christmas meal for 50 isolated people in Sonning Common
- MENCAP Christmas party
- Special trike for local disabled boy
The Lions Club of Henley-on-Thames celebrated its 45th charter anniversary with a luncheon held today at the Red Lion Hotel. Henley’s club members were joined by Lions from Maidenhead, Slough, Burnham, Bracknell and Warminster. Lion President Pam Pitts spoke about the work the club does in the local community and the various local organisations and individuals it supports. District Governor Alan Chapman congratulated the club on its membership and all the work it does in and around Henley. He cited his personal visit to the club remarking that he was very impressed with the fact that the Henley club members are involved in so many aspects of community service. Mayor of Henley, Cllr Lorraine Hillier, an honorary member of the club, thanked the Lions for all that they do for the community and said how much she has enjoyed the club meetings that she has been able to attend during her year in office. The mayor was accompanied by her mother, Mrs Shirley Hillier, who, by all accounts, thoroughly enjoyed the luncheon and is hoping to attend the club’s April business meeting.