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2009 Reports

A Refreshed Santa Is On His Way

Look out for Santa Claus riding a brand new sleigh and on his way to see you.

The annual tour by Father Christmas of the villages in South Oxfordshire as organised by the Lions Club of Goring, Woodcote & District is currently being made ready with freshly re-designed and newly re-built trailer float. Local Lions Club members and their helpers will be bringing Father Christmas around on his new sleigh, collecting donations and playing selected seasonal carols.

The Street Collection Licence as required by South Oxfordshire District Council has already been obtained for two hours each evening from 7pm until 9pm for the following schedule of visits.

Sonning CommonTuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th December
Whitchurch on ThamesThursday 10th December
WoodcoteFriday 11th December
WoodcoteMonday 14th December
South StokeTuesday 15th December
Goring on ThamesWednesday 16th & Thursday 17th December
Whitchurch HillFriday 18th December
Tollbridge in Whitchurch on ThamesSaturday 19th December (10.00am to 2.00pm)


Throughout the year the Lions collect unwanted spectacles including sunglasses for recycling free via other Lions Clubs in third world countries. This year is the 26th Anniversary of this Lions Spectrek project.

There are established collection points at Sonning Common Health Centre, the Boathouse Surgery in Pangbourne, both Goring and Woodcote Medical Centres, the Post Office at Woodcote Way, in Caversham and in the Reception area at S.O.D.C. Offices at Crowmarsh. The value of spectacles given to those people with impaired sight in these countries cannot be over-emphasised.

10k Run - 10th January 2010

This is the 26th consecutive year Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club have organised this event and the principal beneficiary of the funds raised will be Bishopswood Special School in Sonning Common.

Start time is 10.30am by the entrance to Langtree School, Woodcote and goes through Goring and finishes back up alongside St Leonard's Church in Woodcote.

An entry form is available to download here.

Charitable Trust Status Confirmed

We have just had our registered charitable trust status recently confirmed as
- Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club Charitable Trust Fund No: 1131754.

Play Conkers for Charity

The local horse chestnut trees are producing a bumper crop this year but are causing problems by producing their conkers several weeks too early, as only fresh conkers are permitted for use in the Lions Annual Conker Challenge.

This Annual Charity Conker Competition organised by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions will be held at Cross Lanes Fruit Farm, Mapledurham, near Reading RG4 7UW during their Orchard Open Day on Sunday 11th October 2009, from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Entrance to the Fruit Farm and car parking are free.

You can enjoy preserving this great British tradition and fun pastime the way it should be done. Instruction and safety equipment will be available on loan free of charge to anyone who deems it necessary.

A voluntary contribution of £1 on the day will provide each competitor with one fresh conker complete with string.

All profits go to Lions charity funds and a special prize will be presented to the winner.

Competition rules:

1. Only fresh conkers may be used, as will be provided by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club.

2. Players take alternate hits at their opponent's conker.

3. The player whose conker is to be hit holds it with the string wrapped round one hand and suspends it at a height to suit his/her opponent. It must be kept still.

4. The striker holds his/her conker in one hand and the end of his/her string with the other, then swings the conker to hit the opponent's conker.

5. A miss by the striker entitles the striker to another shot.

6. If the strings tangle the first player to call “strings” can claim an extra shot.

7. Alternate blows are struck until one of the conkers is destroyed; that is until no part of it remains on the string. The player with the surviving conker is deemed the winner.

For directions to and details about Cross Lanes Fruit Farm see the website: www.crosslanesfruitfarm.co.uk

Presidents Handover at BBQ

At the end of June Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club Sally Bergmann became Club President for the next twelve months. This was celebrated by the Club with a barbeque on the 4th of July.

The photograph shows Chris Stevens as Past President handing over the chain of office to Sally in the informal setting of a barbeque attended by the Lions Club members and their partners. On becoming Lions Club President for the second time Sally stated ‘I'm delighted to take on the role and am looking forward to working for the community and the Club. Our handover reflected the close association of the UK and USA on Independence Day which in turn reflects the origins of Lions International. Our objectives this year are to introduce our villages to a new Christmas float! Also to focus more of our attention on Sonning Common as we welcome a new member joining us from that village.’

New Lions President Sally Bergmann

More than £10,000 in charitable funds were dispensed by the Lions during the past year of which £3,743.91 was for the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Care Nurses. Help was also provided locally for many others including special beds for Sue Ryder Hospice at Nettlebed, safety kit at Goring Sailing Club, washing machine in Woodcote for a needy family, tent for Goring Heath Beavers, donations to Langtree School, Scouts & Guides, Bishopswood Special School, Whitchurch Pre-School Group, Duchess of Kent House Hospital.

Internationally the Club contributed £1,000 to build a house in Sri Lanka for victims of the Tsunami as part of the Reading Initiative Tsunami Appeal. They also funded a day out for visiting children from Chernobyl, supported Water Aid, education fees for a student in Malawi, youth and Eye Camps in Africa. Additionally more than 2,000 pairs of unwanted spectacles were collected for across local South Oxfordshire village areas for recycling free to people with impaired vision in third world countries.

Funds are also raised by this Lions Club using the ‘Great Weather Lottery’ and ‘Cottage Cakes for Charity’ which are sold throughout the year, especially on Sue Ryder sales days at Nettlebed.

Lions Charity Race Night

Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club invite you to make up a party to enjoy an evening of music, racing and fun at Woodcote Village Hall starting at 7.30pm on Saturday 25th April 2009.

This event is being run by local professional event organisers Racing Revelations using state of the art equipment.

An advance ticket price of £10 per person includes - a Fish & Chip Supper and one FREE drink.
- Prizes will be awarded to the winning owner and jockey of each race.
- Horses and jockeys are also on sale in advance now at 2 each.
- A bar will be open to buy drinks on a cash basis from 7.30pm until midnight.

Profit from the evening will go to your local Lions charity projects.

Tickets are available now from any Lions Club member.

For information about Racing Revelations telephone 01491 640933 or view their website.

For more details please tel: 0845 833 9837 or email: info@lions-gwd.org.uk
website: www.lions-gwd.org.uk

Annual 10k Road Run for Charity 2009

The next major Lions event is the Annual 10k Road Run for Charity which is on Sunday 11th January 2009 Start time is 10.30am by Woodcote Village Hall. All profit from this event will go to MacMillan Cancer Care.

For more details please tel: 0845 833 9837 or email: info@lions-gwd.org.uk
website: www.lions-gwd.org.uk

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