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2014 Reports

Good News Bulletin No 4

Bulletin No4 - September 2014

Here comes Santa !!!

Well yes, thanks to volunteers who have kindly offered their help, Father Christmas will be touring villages in South Oxfordshire again organised by the Lions Club of Goring, Woodcote & District. Santa on his sleigh will be coming around to collect donations in support of local charitable causes whilst playing popular seasonal carols.

To do this a Street Collection Licence as required by South Oxfordshire District Council is obtained for two hours from 7pm until 9pm each evening for the following schedule. Ability to keep to these planned visits is always dependent upon the weather and support kindly provided to Lions members by local volunteer groups who have arranged to help as collectors.

Sonning CommonFriday 12th and Monday 15th December
WoodcoteTuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th December
GoringThursday 18th and Friday 19th December
Whitchurch TollbridgeSaturday 20th December ( from 10 am to 2 pm )
Whitchurch HillMonday 22nd December

All money collected will be used to help charitable causes within the local community, and a small amount going towards Lions sponsored national and international projects primarily related to youth and eye sight preservation in areas of greatest need.

Every pound donated does go to charity with no administration charges taken out.

Good News Bulletin No 3

Bulletin No3 - August 2014

Donation for wildlife area

In return for Friends of Woodcote Primary School helping as Santa's elves during his tour around Woodcote at Christmas the Lions Club of Goring, Woodcote & District have donated £200 to them which is being put towards buying pond dipping equipment. This will enable the youngsters to enjoy exploring the wildlife in the school's garden and pond area.

Under guidance of an ecological consultant this fenced and protected area in the school grounds is gradually being restored. More than 20 people, including parents, children and members of the Woodcote Conservation Group, have been involved in this work. When completed it will be a wonderful place for children at the school to study all kinds of wildlife attracted to and living in the garden.

In thanking the Lions, Committee Chairman Annie Temple said ‘on behalf of the Friends of Woodcote Primary School we much appreciate this donation towards the cost of reconstructing our wildlife area, which we estimate will be about £2,000. Whist we have had the area for a few years now, it had become unusable, mainly due to the state of the pond so we have employed the services of a professional to ensure that the changes we are making will leave us with a self-sustaining resource for many years to come and a fantastic way for our children to learn about nature, ecology, the cycles of life and much more.’

Friends of Woodcote Primary School Presentation

The adults in the photograph are, from left to right, are Lion Jon Solman, Louise Gordon - FOWPS member who helped the Lions at Christmas, Annie Temple - FOWPS Chairman holding the cheque, Liam Woolley - Conservation Group Chairman, Lion Cynthia Lovegrove, John Sandford - Conservation Group member, Lion President Alan Lovegrove who is presenting the cheque, Lion Welfare Committee Chairman Derek Robinson, and Helena McBride - FOWPS member also having been one of Santa's elves.

For more about the Conservation Group view: www.woodcotecg.org.uk

For more about Friends of Woodcote Primary School view: www.woodcoteptfa.org.uk

Lions help Alzheimer's

At the February 10th dinner meeting of Goring, Woodcote & District Lions with their partners and guests held at the Swan Hotel, Streatley on Thames, Club President Alan Lovegrove presented a cheque for £2,500 to Ellie Hughes, Community Fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society (Berks, Bucks & Oxon).

Alzheimer's Presentation

The Alzheimer's Society is the Lion President's chosen charity to be the main beneficiary of profits from the Lions 30th Annual 10k Charity Road Run held in January this year. When making the presentation Alan Lovegrove stated, ‘Only with the generous support of local businesses and individuals are the Lions able to continue raising these funds. More than 50 volunteers were involved in kindly helping with this event including the local Scouts & Guides, Rotary, 41 Clubs of both Goring and Caversham, as well as friends and family members. Of course most thanks are due to the runners who came, took part and without whom nothing would have been achieved.’

In thanking the Lions Ellie Hughes said, ‘On behalf of Alzheimer's Society I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who worked so hard to be able to donate such a fantastic amount. Alzheimer's Society supports people affected by dementia in a number of ways; through one-to-one support, information provision, activity groups, dementia café s and befriending. There are currently more than 7,000 people in Oxfordshire and over 9,000 people in Berkshire living with dementia. Thanks to donations like this, we are able to continue to provide vital local support services and invest more into research. This £2,500 is enough to run five sessions of Singing for the Brain® which brings people together in a friendly and stimulating environment and uses singing to enhance communication, confidence and well-being.’

Lions give to Scouts

By way of thanks and appreciation in return for help provided by Goring Heath Scouts, Guides and Beavers during two recent local fund raising events the Lions Club of Goring, Woodcote & District have just donated them a total of £500.

Ruth Hubbard receives a cheque

At a Scout meeting on Tuesday evening 28th January Group Scout Leader Ruth Hubbard received a cheque from Lion President Alan Lovegrove. Shown in the photograph also present at the formal presentation were 22 young Scouts along with Assistant Scout Leaders Cathy Gordon and Claire Mayo.

In thanking Lions on behalf of the Scouts, Guides and Beavers Ruth Hubbard said, ‘Various Beaver Parents and I enjoyed helping the Lions, acting as Santa's Elves, during the Lions pre-Christmas tour of local villages. The Scouts and Guides had a great time supporting the Lions' Charity 10k Run on the 5th January. It was certainly a bit parky at our half-way watering station, but the Scouts loved it. The Guides also enjoyed running their water station at the finish.’

£100 of the money donated by the Lions is being used by the Scouts to help fund a trip to the Reading Climbing Wall. The Guides are using £100 towards a new camping tent and the balance, including £200 awarded to the Beavers will be set aside to help pay for re-surfacing the driveway and paving an area surrounding the Scout Hut at Crays Pond. The current cost for completing this work is estimated to be £15,000 so a lot more funds are still needed.

There are currently about 22 Scouts, 20 Guides, 24 Brownies & Cubs and 20 Beavers at Goring Heath. Ruth said ‘Goring Heath is a thriving group, with a strong and dedicated leadership team and executive committee, but there is a large waiting list of youngsters wanting to join the Group. We are always in need of additional volunteer adult leaders and committee members, whose children gain priority on the waiting lists; without adult volunteers there is no Scouting.’ If you are able to help or would like more information please contact Ruth Hubbard on telephone: 01491 681391.

When the going gets tough

The Lions 30th Annual 10k Charity Road Run on Sunday 5th January took place during a dry window of weather with 87 people registering on the day and just over 250 runners in total. Quite a large number of runners who had registered in advance failed to take part.

Race winner Jake Shelley completed the course over 2 minutes ahead of Charlie Pearson who was also runner up in the race last year.

Jake Shelley

Goring Estate Agent Bob Warmingham, was the main sponsor, the official starter and also presented the race trophies. Other sponsors were Halarose, JRS Services and Bouchier Fencing, all of Woodcote; Woodborough House Dental Practice of Pangbourne; Johnson Matthey of Sonning Common; and the Boathouse Surgery of Goring.

Start

The official photographer Denis Chapman has photographs of all runners available to download from his website www.denischapman.co.uk.

Trophy Winners

First Male Open# 251Jake ShelleyShaftesbury Barnet Harriers00:33:32
Second Male Open # 227Charlie Pearson00:35:54
Third Male Open# 284Liam Proudlock00:37:38
First Male Vet 40+# 229Kevin BurreeReading Road Runners00:39:01
First Male Vet 50+# 268Nick DoreyRunneymede Runners00:38:52
First Male Vet 60+# 48Gary Cust00:42:41
First Female Open# 269Sheena KeatesRunneymede Runners00:42:30
Second Female Open# 285Lucy HartleyNewbury AC00:44:51
Third Female Open# 181Heidi PriceReading Joggers00:46:16
Female Vet 40+# 163Paula RobinsonBearbrook Running Club00:48:21
Female Vet 50+# 223Liz JonesReading Road Runners00:47:46
Female Vet 60+# 17Margaret MoodyVeterans Athletic Club00:48:27
First Boy# 29Jack HarloweReading AC00:44:31
Sheena Keates

Sponsorship monies are still being received, but this tough event is thought to have raised more than £2,000 for the Alzheimer's Society despite lower numbers taking part than in previous years. Lion President Alan Lovegrove said ‘Generally, it went very well. Obviously the numbers were a bit disappointing but that was partly due to the weather. Quite a few runners cancelled at the last minute.’

‘The run was supposed to happen next Sunday but the hall was not available so we had to hold it much closer to Christmas than we usually do, but the rain did hold off whilst the run took place and despite some large puddles we haven’t had any complaints about the course.’

Volunteers from 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 of Goring & Caversham, and all were very much appreciated. A team from St John Ambulance provided first aid cover, but thankfully no injuries were reported.

Thank you from Santa

With the kind help of local volunteer groups who turned out as Santa's elves assisting collections Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club raised £2,748.72. It was the 32nd successive year the Lions have toured villages in South Oxfordshire with Santa on his sleigh to collect donations whilst playing seasonal carols. The total amount collected was somewhat down on previous years mainly due to the Whitchurch tollbridge being closed. Unfortunately the second of two planned evenings in Woodcote had to be curtailed as high gusting winds made it dangerous for Santa along with the horizontal rain.

Each volunteer group of helpers will receive a percentage of the amounts they collected towards their chosen charity project. In Sonning Common the Lions were helped by members of the Shirehall Rugy Club, in Woodcote they were assisted by the local PTA and in Goring by Goring Primary School PTA.

The total amounts collected by area were as follows:

Sonning Common£ 736.00
Goring on Thames£ 785.04
Woodcote£ 470.21
Whitchurch Hill£ 347.00
Whitchurch on Thames£ 410.47
Lions Santa 2013

Goring, Woodcote and District Lions Club is part of the International “family” of Lions Clubs, but is very much a local club, dedicated to helping in the local community with members who live in the area. The majority of the Club's fund raising receipts are spent locally with approximately 10 to12% of funds going to support Lions International charitable projects such as Water Aid and the Lions Eye Health Programme. Every pound donated goes to charity with no administration charges taken out.

Just some of the local Lions projects undertaken and support provided during the past 12 months were:
- Woodcote Primary School Minibus, helped with funding
- Woodcote holiday club – support for local child
- Goring Youth Club – support for local needy child
- Footsteps Foundation – donation of funds to support child in need
- Goring Primary School – help to fund additional classroom
- Nomad & Rainbow – Goring child supported
- Albinism Fellowship – help to provide a Christmas Party
- Wyfold Riding for Disabled – a donation
- Local Farm trip organised for Chernobyl children
- Help with repairs to the Scout Hut roof at Crays Pond
- Visas paid for Chernobyl children to visit UK
- Supplies purchased and delivered to Wallingford Food Bank
- Garden machinery purchased and delivered to the Greenshoots project at Peppard
- a Dentist's chair collected for shipment to third world as part of Lions Dentaid project
- Bowls equipment donated for use at Goring Heath Almshouses

Lions to go with chips

The 30th Annual 10k Charity Road Run organised by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club will start at 10.30am on Sunday 5th January 2014. Entries for this popular run are now being received and following their successful use last year runners will again be issued with timing chips to automatically record finish times and places. The race start point is between the entrance to Langtree School and Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote RG8 0RA. Following undulating by-roads, the course is kilometre marked and marshalled. The route has been officially measured by the SEAA Course Measurement Team and takes place under UK Athletic Rules (UKA race permit number is 2014 -105325).

Free hot drinks will be provided for all runners and a water station en-route and at the finish. Only very limited changing and toilet facilities are available in the village hall. A team from St John Ambulance will provide 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 Junior under 16yrs male & female

Detailed instructions and entry forms are available to download from www.lions-gwd.org.uk.

Entry fee is £15 when paid in advance (£13 for affiliated Club runners). The late registration fee is £17 and will only be possible if space allows and strictly before 10.00am on Race Day. Gift Aid sponsorship forms are also available to down load from the Lions website.

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. Please do contact the Lions as soon as possible if you would like to help with marshalling. It does take 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 and this year the main sponsor is again 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 go to the Alzheimer's Society, leading the fight against dementia.

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