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2011 Reports

10k Run - Sunday 8th January 2012

The 28th Annual 10k Charity Road Run organised by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club Is due to start at 10.30am on Sunday 8th January 2012. It is hoped that Sir John Madejski will again attend as official starter and present trophies to runners at the end of the run.

As with previous years the start point is between the entrance to Langtree School and Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote RG8 0RA. The course then follows undulating by-roads, is kilometre marked and marshalled. It has been officially measured by the SEAA Course Measurement Team and takes place under UK Athletic Rules (UKA race permit number is 2012 - 102752 ).

There will be free hot drinks provided for all runners and a water station en-route and at the finish. Limited changing and toilet facilities are available in the village hall. A team from St John Ambulance will be providing first aid cover.

In accordance with SEAA regulations the minimum age for entry is 15 years.

All finishers will receive a medal. Trophies will be awarded as follows:
First over the line
1st - 2nd - 3rd male & female
1st Veteran (40+) male & female
1st Senior Veteran (50+) male & female
1st Vintage Veteran (60+) male & female
1st Juniors under 16yrs. male & female

Details and entry forms are available to download from our website.

Entry fee is £12 when paid in advance (£10 for affiliated Club runners). The late registration fee is £15 and will only be possible if space allows and before 10.00am on Race Day. Gift Aid sponsorship forms are available on request.

Volunteers from a number of other local organisations help the Lions maintain the enjoyment, safety and efficacy of this annual event. They include Scouts & Guides, Rotary and 41 Clubs, and all are much appreciated. If you would like to help with marshalling please contact the Lions well before the day. It takes as many as 50 people on the day with assigned jobs to ensure things go smoothly and safely.

Several local businesses are making generous contributions this year with the main sponsor being Warmingham - Estate Agents. Every single penny raised from the public by Lions goes to charity and nothing is taken up in administration costs. Funds raised and sponsorship at this event will be shared between the Air Ambulance (Berks/Oxon/Bucks) and ‘Robbie the Robot’ (The RBH Prostate Cancer Appeal).

For more details please telephone: 0845 833 9837 or e-mail 10k@lions-gwd.org.uk.

A change of Lion President

A BBQ party by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club was held last Sunday to celebrate outgoing President John Bridgens handing over to Lion Chris Bergmann who now becomes their Club President for the year ahead.

Chris receiving the President's chain of office from John

The photograph shows Chris receiving the President's chain of office from John in the informal setting of a barbeque, which was attended by the local Lions Club members and their partners.

As outgoing Lion President John handed over he thanked the Club members for all their support during his year, which was also the Club's 30th Anniversary. Despite being a challenging year in many respects just over £15,900 had been raised in charitable funds. This enabled numerous needy individuals and local projects to be supported across a wide area from Sonning Common, Kidmore End, Chazey Heath through to Nettlebed, Highmoor, Benson and Wallingford as well as in Goring and Woodcote. Donations were also made to Helen & Douglas House in Oxford, Chiltern Air Ambulance, MacMillan Cancer Support, Sue Ryder and Duchess of Kent House Hospices.

Through LCIF (Lions Clubs International Fund) Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club have also contributed funds to disaster relief efforts that are ongoing and organised via local Lions Clubs outside the UK.

On becoming President Chris Bergmann said ‘Lions do so much good work for so many we very much hope to continue in the same way during my year. We are a Club open to anyone with a positive attitude who wishes to have fun whilst helping those in need’.

He announced plans for the next Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Annual 10k Charity road run which will take place on Sunday 8th January 2012, as usual starting at 10.30am from Woodcote Village Green. The main beneficiary by way of half the proceeds from this event will be the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, with the balance of funds raised being used in support of other local charitable projects.

Funds are also raised by this Lions Club throughout the year by the ‘Great Weather Lottery’, and sales of ‘Cottage Cakes for Charity’. Other annual Lions events will include a sponsored walk in September and a Conker Competition in October.

Air Ambulance & Macmillan gift from Lions

The Annual 10k Charity Road Run organised by the Lions Club of Goring, Woodcote & District in January this year raised a magnificent total of £4,386.22. This money has been divided equally between both Macmillan Cancer Support in Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance.

A presentation was held last week at the Whitchurch Hill home of Lions Club President John Bridgens who handed over a cheque for £2,193.11 to Julian Knowles, the Fund Raising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support - Oxfordshire.

On receiving the cheque Julian Knowles said ‘Thank you for such a generous donation to Macmillan - it's fantastic that the Local Lions and their supporters have been able to help us in this way and will enable us to continue to fund our vital services across Oxfordshire. It is significant that 2011 is Macmillan's centenary. Over the past 100 years they have achieved many great things for people with cancer. This year they need to raise £143million to ensure people living with cancer get the support they need.’

Presentation to Macmillan Cancer Support

Right to left - Julian Knowles, Lion Sally Bergmann, Lion President John Bridgens, & Lion Jon Solman.

A separate presentation to the Air Ambulance (Berks/Oxon/Bucks) took place on Tuesday 19 April at Benson airfield with another cheque for £2,193.11 from the Lions. The crew had already attended three incidents by the time the presentation took place at 12 noon. Their shift was 7am to 7pm. This reduces to 10 hrs a day once the clocks change in October.

There to receive a cheque from the Lions was Laura Nicholas, Fund Raising Manager for Oxfordshire, who stated that financially Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance is well supported, allowing them to invest in the most advanced equipment to support patients in transit. Still no funds are provided by the NHS or by central Government, but this is not necessarily seen as a disadvantage, not to be affected directly by any of the recent government cut-backs!

Presentation to Air Ambulance

Right to left - Laura Nicholas Fund Raising Manager,Air Ambulance; Lion President John Bridgens; Paramedic Tracey Alden; Lion Sally Bergmann & Lion Chris Bergmann.

Sun helps Lions Run

The 26th Annual 10k Charity Road Run organised by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club was officially started in Woodcote by Sir John Robert Madejski OBE DL and successfully completed in brilliant sunshine on Sunday morning 9th January 2011. Although the Lions had been out early to spread salt and grit on many parts of the route which were shaded, the overnight frost had still left some icy patches. Despite there being no wind the course was slow and so the record finish time of 30:31 still stands.

First over the finish line was Chris Green from Reading, timed at 35:13.61 followed by Charlie Pearson from London, who was second over the line and timed at 35:26.86. The first female was 9th over the line, Samantha Amend from Marlow, timed at 38:36.48. When Samantha won the 2009 Ladies Trophy in this run she was18th over the line with a finish time of 41:06.83.

The UK Athletic Association provided a team of referees who helped assure the Lions of their continued good organisation, preparation and administration of this annual event.

All finishers received a medal and the winners Cups and Trophies were presented by Sir John Madejski.

Trophy winners with Sir John  Madejski

Trophy winners with Sir John Madejski.

Winner Chris Green with Sir John  Madejski

Winner Chris Green with Sir John Madejski.

1st female Samantha Amend with Sir John  Madejski

1st female Samantha Amend with Sir John Madejski.

A list of trophy winners can be downloaded here.

A full list of the results can be downloaded here.

Volunteers from a number of several other local clubs and organisations helped the Lions maintain the enjoyment, safety and efficacy of this annual event. They include Scouts & Guides, Rotary and 41 Clubs, and all are much appreciated. A team from St John Ambulance provided first aid cover, but thankfully no injuries were reported.

Ten local businesses made generous contributions. Warmingham Estate Agents were the major sponsor, others include The Henley Standard, Halarose Ltd Woodcote, JRS Services Woodcote, Wooodborough House Dental Practice Pangbourne, Caversham Heath Golf Club, Bouchier Fencing Co - Woodcote, Sol-Tec Ltd Reading, Johnson Matthey - Sonning Common and the Boathouse Dental Surgery Goring.

The proceeds and sponsorship monies from this event are still being received, but are estimated to exceed £3,000 and will be split between the local area Macmillan Cancer Support and the Air Ambulance (Berks/Oxon/Bucks).

To get copies of any photographs taken of individual runners around the course on the day please tel: 07778 666 840 or view www.simonslaterphotography.com.

For further updates, full listing of all runners finish times and places together with final amounts raised for charity please email: info@lions-gwd.org.uk or view the Lions website: www.lions-gwd.org.uk.

BALLANGER: Lion Ray (82)

Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club report with great sadness the sudden death of Lion William Raymond Ballanger on Wednesday 29 December in the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. Lion Ray joined South Chiltern Lions Club in 1974 where he was president in 1980-1981, but had transferred to Goring, Woodcote & District Lions in 2005 being closer to home. He was a very active and well loved in the local community and will be sorely missed by both the public and the two Lions Clubs which he served so well. Our thoughts and sympathy are with Mary his wife, his son John and granddaughter Beth.

An obituary by Jon Solman can be downloaded here.

Ray's funeral will take place on Monday 17th January at 13.45hrs at Reading Crematorium, Henley Road, Caversham in the larger Chapel.

This will be followed by tea/coffee and light refreshments at Goring Heath Village Hall which is located on the main road (B471) between Pangbourne and Woodcote in Whitchurch Hill, opposite St Johns Church post code RG8 7NY.

His widow Mary has requested no flowers, but those who wish to please make a donation via the funeral directors to Lions Clubs International in Ray's name, however cheques should be made payable to ‘Goring & Woodcote Lions Club (LCIF/Ray)’. Our Club treasurer will then be able to consolidate donations in Ray's name to Lions Clubs International in the USA.

The funeral directors are -
Tomalin & Sons
Anderson House, 38 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AG
Telephone 01491 573370, Fax 01491 577189, Email info@tomalins.co.uk

Ray Ballanger

10k Run - Sunday 9th January 2011 - Update

Please note that we already have a good number of runners pre-registered but as we are limited to a maximum of 600 participants please don't leave it too late to enter !

The 26th Annual 10k Charity Road Run organised by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club will be started by Sir John Robert Madejski OBE DL at 10.30am on Sunday 9th January 2011.

As with previous years the start point is between the entrance to Langtree School and Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote RG8 0RA. The course then follows undulating by-roads, is kilometre marked and marshalled. It has been officially measured by the SEAA Course Measurement Team and takes place under UK Athletic Rules (UKA race permit number is 2010-101152 ).

There will be free hot drinks provided for all runners and a water station en-route and at the finish.
Limited changing and toilet facilities are available in the village hall.
A team from St John Ambulance will be providing first aid cover.

In accordance with SEAA regulations the minimum age for entry is 15 years.

All finishers will receive a medal. Trophies will be awarded as follows:
First over the line
1st - 2nd 3rd male & female
1st Veteran (40+) male & female
1st Senior Veteran (50+) male & female
1st Vintage Veteran (60+) male & female
1st Juniors under 16yrs. male & female

Details and entry forms are available to download from www.lions-gwd.org.uk Entry fee is £12 when paid in advance. Late registration fee is £15 and will only be possible if space allows and before 10.00am on Race Day. Sponsorship forms are available on request.

Volunteers from a number of other local organisations help the Lions maintain the enjoyment, safety and efficacy of this annual event. They include Scouts & Guides, Rotary and 41 Clubs, and all are much appreciated.

Ten local businesses have made generous contributions. Warmingham Estate Agents being the major sponsor, others include The Henley Standard, Halarose Ltd Woodcote, JRS Services Woodcote, Wooodborough House Dental Practice Pangbourne, Caversham Heath Golf Club, Bouchier Fencing Co.- Woodcote, Sol-Tec Ltd Reading, Johnson Matthey - Sonning Common and the Boathouse Dental Surgery Goring.

Every single penny raised from the public by Lions is used in charitable projects and none is taken up in administration costs. The proceeds and sponsorship monies from this event will go to both Macmillan Cancer Support and the Air Ambulance (Berks/Oxon/Bucks).

For more details please telephone: 0845 833 9837.

10k Run - Sunday 9th January 2011

The run starts at 10.30am on Sunday 9th January 2011 by the entrance to Langtree School in Woodcote.

Last years run had to be cancelled for the very first time due to heavy snowfall blocking most roads in the area but this year we are expecting about 600 runners to take part to make up for the disappointment.

Organised by the Lions this next run is in aid of both the local Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Support. Every single penny raised from the public by Lions is used in community projects and none is taken up in administration costs.

More details can be found on our website or in the downloadable documents below

Poster

Entry Form

Sponsorship Form

Volunteers Wanted

Usually we need about 50 volunteers in total to help run this Charity event so if you are free, willing and able to kindly come along for a couple of hours and help marshal the road junctions or guide people to the cark parks please contact us.

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