Billingshurst & District Lions Club
Lions Celebrate 50 Years in Billingshurst
July 1st saw the start of a 50th new year for Billingshurst & District Lions Club,
with Peter Coleman receiving the Presidential Chain of Office
from outgoing President,
during the traditional “Handover Lunch” at the Bat & Ball Country Club, Wisborough Green.
Michael looked back on a successful year as the Club goes from strength to strength
with the recent induction of four new members and several others volunteering to learn about Lions
and it’s valuable work in the community, with a view to considering full membership.
Michael said, “Fundraising, with the accent on FUN, is an essential part of our activities
and we are delighted that our Bookshop in Jengers Mead is continuing to play a fundamental role,
along with Santa’s tours around the villages with his “Flying Bedstead” bringing Christmas cheer.
Other significant events included:-
A very successful “Race Night”, organised jointly with Billingshurst Scouts and Guides with proceeds
shared between the Scouts for those attending the 25th World Jamboree in Korea and the Billingshurst Boxing Club.
The Annual Charity Golf Day held at Slinfold Golf and Country, Club,
this year raising funds for the valuable work of Chestnut Tree House Hospice.
“Serving the Community has been a priority, as reported in May,
with total donations during the year of approximately £25,000.00;
80% to local and regional causes (including schools) with 20% to international disasters,
in particular to Lions Clubs in Ukraine, and for the earthquake in Turkey.
“The Club has continued its support for the 10 Primary Schools throughout the District
including its unique ROAR Campaign, free book give-aways,
Poster for Peace (with St Mary’s Pulborough again being selected with a winning entry)
and help on outdoor projects.
The Men’s Shed Project is now making excellent progress in the corner of Station Road Gardens
with construction almost complete and electric supply cable being laid, funded by HDC.”
Meanwhile, incoming President Peter Coleman said,
“I am delighted to be starting my second period in office during our 50th year since the Club was Chartered in 1974
and look forward to continuing supporting the various committees
in the excellent work they all do, bearing in mind that all Lions are volunteers.”
And - Don’t forget to visit the Lions Bookshop in Jengers Mead with Gift Vouchers
available for family and friends and to return your ‘Feed the Lions” collecting jars - Thank you.