The people of Guildford have been very generous over the last couple of weeks and we have been able to collect about £2,500 for our Christmas Appeal and deliver 155 Christmas parcels to the elderly, needy and disadvantaged families in and around town.There is still time to donate, but our thanks to everyone.
Lions getting ready to pack parcels.
At a reception at the Guildhall we were recently able to make presentations to the charities benefiting from the Firework Fiesta.
Headway Surrey, the head injuries charity, received £4,000 to add to the £1,000 donated directly from Lloyds Bank Foundation.
Disability Challengers received £5,000.
£7,000 was retained in the Guildford Lions Welfare account to be used for our own charitable work during 2018.
The Firework Fiesta was a huge success, but would not have been possible without the support of many local companies and organisations, and Certificates of Appreciation were also distributed.
(L-R) Cader McPhail (Disability Challengers), Mike Girling (Guildford lions Club), Deric Quaile (President Guildford Lions Club), Mayor of Guildford Cllr Nigel Manning, Eric James (Guildford Lions Club, Sonya Freebody (Headway)
(L-R) Rip Bucks (Radical Systems), Richard Ripley (Memset), Keith Churchouse (Chapters Finance), Mayor of Guildford Cllr Nigel Manning, Deric Quaile, (President, Guildford Lions Club), James Whiteman (Guildford BC), Paul Stacey (Guildford BC), Tim Duggan (Ewbank Auctioneers), Simon Rose (Eagle Radio).
Here the Lions dress up for our Christmas Appeal.This weekend we will be at Waitrose (Fri and Sat), and in the High Street (Sun). You can also donate online or by cheque. Details on our Home Page.
7Billion Ideas is a scheme, supported by Lions Clubs throughout the South East, that encourages primary school children to “think big and dream big about the possibility of their ideas”. Within schools children are encouraged to generate and develop a world-changing idea around one of several key themes - Enterprise, Sustainability, and Health & Well-Being.
Guildford Lions Club supported entries at two local schools, Weyfield and Burpham Primary Schools, and each school held their own sessions to decide on their own winning project.
Burpham’s “CO2 Destroyer” idea is a machine that collects CO2 from the atmosphere, converts it to oxygen which is then released back into the atmosphere. Weyfield’s “Remember Dementia” is an electronic device that can be worn by Alzheimer sufferers to remind them to complete daily routines. It is based on one pupil’s knowledge of a relative which gave her team the idea to “invent” the process.
Recently members of Guildford Lions Club travelled with the teams and their teachers to Wakehurst Place, West Sussex for the final when 20 teams from throughout Kent, Sussex and Surrey took part. Every team member received a medal, and our teams received a prize from the Club, but missed out on a top three finish.
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, with a depot in Ladymead, has been sponsoring the Guildford Lions Raft Race, held in July, for many years. Recently they handed over a cheque for £3,500 to the Club. There are plenty of images and videos here.
Pictured (L-R): Geoff Sheldon(Event Chairman), Deric Quaile (Club President), Jon Thomson (Acquisitions Manager, Enterprise Rent-a-Car).
Members of Guildford Lions Club and guests recently attended a buffet to celebrate 100 years of Lions Clubs International, the Club’s mother organisation.
The event came shortly after the Club’s celebration of its own half century and recognised the work of 46,000 Lions Clubs across the globe.
Held at the Park Room, Guildford College the event was addressed by Club President Deric Quaile and the Mayor of Guildford Cllr Nigel Manning and those present included former Mayors, several Friends of the Cub, and numerous Lions and their partners.
The staff and students at the College prepared and served an excellent buffet and a celebratory cake was cut by Barbara Mackenzie and Sheila Kirkland, who between them had been associated with the Club for more than 95 years.
6.00 – 7.00pm Torches on sale on the High Street (£5.00 ea)
7.00pm Torchlight Procession starts and goes up High Street and along London Road. Torches must be extinguished BEFORE entering Stoke Park. Bins provided.
Entry fee suggestion: £5.00pp or £10.00 per family. Use collecting buckets.
8.00pm Fireworks start.
Remember: No parking along Parkway. Numerous road closures in the area. Get there early.
The Torchlight Procession this Saturday before the Fireworks Fiesta starts is very popular and the torches usually sell out early. To avoid disappointment remember they are on sale (£5.00 ea) from 6.00pm from stalls in and around Tunsgate Arch in the High Street. There will be an announcement when it is best to light them.
The inimitable Peter Gordon, from Eagle Radio, will once again be doing the sparkling commentary at the Fireworks Fiesta to help ensure they go off with a proper FLASH, BANG, WHIZZ!!!
To ensure children remain visible throughout during the Guildford Lions Fireworks Fiesta this year, Specsavers in Guildford will be handing out free high visibility jackets on a 'first come, first serve' basis from 6pm onwards at torch collection points on the High Street. Ear plugs to protect adults' ears from the loud bangs will also be made available.
Andrew Lewis, store director, has always championed children's safety and visibility on local roads, and to date, has supplied hundreds of fluorescent vests to the community over the last decade.
Andrew says: 'It is a real pleasure to play our small role in keeping children safe and visible during what I'm sure will be the best firework display in Surrey? We expect the jackets will be very popular, so do come early to avoid disappointment.'
New director, Rachael Ford who has recently joined the team as audiology director adds: 'Ear safety is always a concern at this time of the year, particularly when you consider that fireworks can be as loud as a jumbo jet taking off. This is why the Audiology team will be handing out earplugs to adults alongside the high visibility jacket donations to children. This way, we can keep ears protected ahead of the wonderful display.'