Not long to the Fireworks Fiesta now. Torches will be for sale in the High Street at Tunsgate Arch from about 6.30pm and the once the Procession reaches Stoke Park, the firework display starts at 8.00pm. See you there.
A local charity that receives regular support from us the is Normandy Therapy Garden. The Therapy Garden is a horticulture and education charity that uses gardening to generate positive change with adults and teenagers with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and mental health challenges.
Recently they have started opening an extra day each week (five days instead of four) and needed extra gardening equipment. We have donated £500 to help them get the equipment for their clients.
Guildford Lions Club currently has 47 members, local men and women from all walks of life, and we have just calculated that between us we have been members of the Club, or other Lions Clubs before joining Guildford Lions, for more than 1,000 years!
This is an amazing total. We have organised community events, raised funds for various charities at home and abroad, for 50 years in Guildford, and our mother organisation, Lions Clubs International, for 100 years all around the world.
Our thanks to all our supporters who have helped us reach this total.
The Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre in Guildford will use a £450 donation from Guildford Lions Club to fund a specialist chair for their clients.
Guildford Lions Club President Deric Quaile said, “In recognition of the vital work RASASC do supporting the victims of sexual violence throughout Surrey we are very pleased to be able to assist them in this way”.
RASASC Operations Director, Lesley Devonport said, ““We are delighted that the Lions Club of Guildford have chosen to support our charity. This support will not only enable us to improve facilities for the survivors who use our service but it also demonstrates a strong commitment by this group to challenge rape and sexual abuse within our shared community”
The Club is saddened to learn of the death of Honorary Alderman Bill Bellerby in his hundredth year.
Bill and his wife Doreen who died some years ago, were both longstanding ‘Friends’ of Guildford Lions Club, supported many of our activities and attended our events when possible.
Both Bill and Doreen were councillors on Guildford Borough Council and also on Surrey County Council. He was Guildford’s Mayor in 1972-74 and both he and Doreen were awarded MBEs in 1991 for their work for the local community.
We send our condolences to his family and many friends.
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Only two weeks to go before we hold our run at Hatchlands Historic Park. Runners are registering every day so the numbers are building up well and we hope for a bigger and better event than in previous years.Many from last year are already committed so look in your diaries.
This year we have a 15k run as well as our usual 5k and 10k so the options are there for all grades of runners. Electronic timing gives you an exact record.
Looking forward to seeing you again on 10th September
Cherry Trees, the respite centre for disabled children and their families based in East Clandon, recently held a Fun Day Circus for their clients and the Club donated £250 towards the cost of hot food for the event. Lions also helped organise the car parking.
The Club has agreed to donate £500 towards the cost of refurbishing bathroom at the Stoke Almshouses, Stoke Road, Guildford. This follows other involvement when we assisted with the installation of a stair lift a couple of years ago.
Our President for 2017 / 18 is Deric Quaile. Deric joined the Guildford Lion’s Club in 2011 and has been an active Lion, taking part in many Lions projects and activities.
Deric was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. His higher education was at the University of Stellenbosch near Cape Town where he graduated with an Honours degree in Forestry.
It was at university that he met his future bride and now fellow Lion and Immediate Past President Erica. As a couple, they have lived and worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uruguay, Chile, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. Their international exposure arises largely from Deric’s career in forestry before his move to environmental management in a global role for Shell International.
Outside of work and Lions Club activities Deric enjoys gardening, fly fishing, and endurance sports, particularly cross country running. He and Erica have two grown-up daughters living in London.
Guildford Lions Club has been chosen to benefit from the Green Token Scheme in Guildford Waitrose for the month of July.
When you shop you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between 3 local good causes that you choose.