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Goring, Woodcote and District Lions Club

Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International which has just been recognised by the United Nations as one of the premier NGOs in the world.

We meet in an informal way once a month at 8.0 pm on the 2nd Monday in Goring Social Club where you are always welcome to join us.

We fund raise in the villages of South Oxfordshire, from South Stoke to Whitchurch on Thames. Over 80% of our money is put back into the local community with some going to Lions Clubs International projects around the world and some the National Lions projects in UK and Ireland.

We have no upper age limit (21 is minimum) and membership of the club is open to men, women and couples.

In the Woodcote area, the main noticeable things we run are the annual Lions Santa Float, the annual 10k Run and we have helped organise the Woodcote Fun day. We organise an annual conker competition held at the Cross Lanes Fruit Farm open day and support both Langtree Primary and Secondary schools.

Throughout the year Lions also collect used or unwanted spectacles including sunglasses to recycle free via other Lions Clubs in third world countries. This year marks the 29th Anniversary of this Lions Spectrek project. Established collection points for spectacles are 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 these spectacles given free of charge to people with impaired sight in these countries cannot be over-emphasised.

Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club Charitable Trust Fund No: 1131754

For more information please see our website - www.lions-gwd.org.uk or contact at info@lions-gwd.org.uk or president@lions-gwd.org.uk or on 0845 833 9837.

Local Lions Club Closing Down

With much regret Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club has announced it is being wound up and will close within the next couple of months as they now only have 4 active members who are increasingly getting older and less able.

Having done a 1,000 leaflet drop around a large part of the local area and, despite appeals via local radio and local press articles over the past 2 years, it has not been possible to develop interest with recruiting any potential new younger members.

Reluctantly therefore the decision has been made to close the Club after 34 fun years of serving people in need across South Oxfordshire. During this time the local community has always generously contributed at fund raising events that have enabled the Lions to raise more than £300,000 all of which has gone to charitable causes with not a penny taken out in the way of administration costs.

Even with reduced membership the Club will have donated over £6,000 to a wide variety of projects during the past twelve months, including the following:

  • Paying towards some Woodcote pre-School Summer project fees
  • Help with SODC rent arrears for a local family in financial difficulty
  • Arranging a picnic day visit to Rushalls Farm for Chernobyl children
  • A cash donation was made to Helen & Douglas House
  • The supply and installation of a freezer for a local disabled couple
  • Contribution of funds to Lions International Water Aid and Sightsavers
  • Donating via Shirehall Rugby Club to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Reading
  • A donation to Woodcote Primary School for computer equipment
  • Donations to Goring Heath Scouts/Beavers towards a new cooker hob
  • A donation to Whitchurch Pre-School for some Story Sacks
  • A contribution to Footsteps Centre, Dorchester for some special therapy sessions of a local child
  • A donation to ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ enabling a mobile chemotherapy unit to bring treatment closer to where patients live
  • A donation to the Woodcote Volunteers to help pay their running costs

Over the next few weeks the Club will be arranging the careful disposal of all their remaining assets and fund raising equipment which includes:

  • The ‘spinning jenny’ that was inherited from Goring Round Table when they too folded almost 20 years ago
  • Several table top games for children
  • The Father Christmas float trailer complete with Santa outfit, great sound system, lights batteries with chargers & not least ‘Rudolf’ the reindeer !!!

Thank You for Donating Your Unwanted Glasses

With your kind help the Lions Club of Goring, Woodcote & District collected more than 1,700 pairs of unwanted and used spectacles across their area over the past year. The grand total collected by Lions across the U.K. was 136,148 spectacles, exceeding our usual average of about 115k. This makes a running total to date of 2,823,150 !!!

All these glasses are cleaned, sorted by prescription strength and packaged by volunteers. Your recycled glasses are then dispensed direct free-of-charge to people who need them in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.

Lions Spectrek

We regret that your local Lions Club has now closed down due to lack of new members, however Henley and Reading Lions Clubs continue to thrive and will much welcome your continued support.

Lions gift to Footsteps

A donation from the Lions to the Footsteps Foundation of £750 on Saturday 25th April will pay for half of a 3 week treatment programme, which comprises up to 2 hours each day for 3 year old Sohail Geisberg-Bamford from Didcot, at the Footsteps Centre in Dorchester-on-Thames.

Footsteps Foundation cheque presentation

(L-R) Lion Derek Robinson, Sohail's mother Samantha Bamford, physiotherapist Jurek Puchala, Lion David Croft along with 3 year old Sohail.

Footsteps was founded 10 years ago by Pippa Hoyer-Millar and Filip Swietlik who brought novel physiotherapy techniques over here from Poland.

The Centre provides access to a team of highly experienced physiotherapists and equipment for children suffering from varying conditions or disorders such as cerebal palsy, muscular dystrophy and even epilepsy. Amongst some of the specialist equipment used is ‘The Spider’ which, developed in Poland, enables therapists to carry out a range of exercises whilst the child is supported by elastic ropes which are adjusted to allow different parts of the body to be freely exercised. Other more traditional therapeutic aids and equipment are also used such as balls, rolls, trampolines, treadmills and ladders to facilitate therapy.

This combination of therapy not currently available anywhere else in the U.K. is highly successful at enhancing and improving physical development as well as building confidence, which often also positively affects speech and cognitive capabilities.

Hundreds of youngsters from one year olds to teenagers from all over the country come here to receive 3 week treatment sessions from 2 to 3 times a year. This important work receives no support from the NHS or U.K. government.

For more information about Footsteps telephone: 01865 343851
Email: info@footstepsfoundation.com
Website: www.footstepsfoundation.com

Lions give to Helen and Douglas House

Following a recent request for help by Helen & Douglas House of the Lions Club of Goring, Woodcote & District has been pleased to make a donation of £250 towards the cost of music therapy sessions.

Helen & Douglas House shop in Caversham

The gift cheque being received by Janet Carruzzo outside the Helen & Douglas House shop in Caversham on behalf of the hospice from ( L-R ) Derek Robinson, Jon Solman and Alan Wright representing the local Lions.

This gift will help provide specialist care for very sick children and young adults, as well as support for their families. Music therapy plays a very important part of the holistic care that is provided, offering children and their families a chance to communicate and express themselves through music.

Janet Carruzzo, Reading Community Fundraiser for Helen & Douglas House said ‘We would like to thank Goring and Woodcote Lions for giving us this wonderful donation to help us support terminally ill children, young adults and their families through hospice care, providing medical, emotional and practical support. As a charity we rely almost entirely on donations to support our families and we cannot do this without the help of donations like this.’

To enable this Lions Club continue to help like this young local people, over the age of 18, from the Goring, Woodcote and surrounding area are urgently needed to join with them to support their fund raising activities.

Just a couple of hours each month are all that's neededfrom anyone wishing to get involved.

The Lions invite you to come and meet them for a drink at one of their informal meetings held at 8.00 pm on the second Monday each month at the Goring Social Club to find out who they are and what good things they do.

To make contact please telephone: 0845 833 9837
Email: info@lions-gwd.org.uk
Website: www.lions-gwd.org.uk

Woodcote 10k Run Success

Thanks to Pangbourne Rotary Club who successfully took over organising this 31st Annual 10k Charity Road Run held on Sunday 11th January. The weather on the day was windy, but dry and sunny which did encourage 125 people to register their entry on the day. There was a total of 374 runners who finished the run. Quite a large number of runners who had registered in advance failed to show. Race winner was Mark Harris from Maidenhead in a time of 33 minutes 41 seconds and well ahead of his nearest rival Dan Blake from Witney Road Runners at 36 minutes 20 seconds.


Goring Estate Agent Bob Warmingham, was the main sponsor, the official starter and also presented the race trophies. Other sponsors were Halarose, and Bouchier Fencing, of Woodcote; Johnson Matthey of Sonning Common,and Peppard Building Supplies Limited. The official photographer Denis Chapman has photographs of all runners available to download from his website www.denischapman.co.uk.

Clare Quinn

Clare Quinn - Female Open Winner

Mark Harris

Mark Harris - Male Open Winner

Trophy Winners

First Male Open#335 Mark HarrisMaidenhead00:33:41
Second Male Open#270 Dan BlakeWitney Road Runners00:36:20
Third Male Open#372 David Jackson00:37:09
First Male Vet 40+#159 Jim MorrisStamford Striders00:37:34
First Male Vet 50+#45 Chris BedfordAbingdon AC00:38:36
First Male Vet 60+#398 Richard Sowmons00:46:56
First Female Open#349 Clare Quinn00:43:27
Second Female Open#362 Heidi Price00:44:22
Third Female Open#381 Chantal Percival00:44:58
1st Female Vet 40+#349 Clare Quinn00:43:27
2nd Female Vet 40+#120 Janet CoulcherThame00:46:01
1st Female Vet 50+#156 Lucy GettinsCompton Harriers RC00:47:49
1st Female Vet 60+#119 Judy Hicks-Davies00:59:03
First Boy#338 Ala Uddin00:57:25
First Girl#259 Farah Madzar00:54:42
Trophy Winners

Sponsorship monies are still being received, but this tough event is thought to have raised about £3,500 for the Rotary and Lions nominated charities, principally ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ which provides mobile cancer treatment facilities.

Hope for Tomorrow

Volunteers from several other local clubs and organisations helped the Lions and Rotary maintain the enjoyment, safety and efficacy of this annual event. They include the local Scouts & Guides, 41 Club members from both Goring & Caversham, and all were very much appreciated. The Red Cross provided first aid cover, but thankfully no injuries were reported.

10k Run 2015

The annual Woodcote 10k Road Run now being organised by the Pangbourne Rotary together with the Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club will take place on Sunday 11 January, 2015 starting from Woodcote Village Hall promptly at 10.30 am.

The main beneficiary for this charity road run will be ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ as well as Rotary & Lions, National & International Charity projects.

By entering you not only help yourself but also the charities who will receive all the profits from this run, along with any sponsorship raised. As with previous years the course is on undulating by-roads, kilometre marked, and marshalled. The SEAA Course Measurement team has officially measured the course.

There will be free hot drinks provided for all runners & there will be a water station on route and one at the finish. Limited changing, shower (male only) & toilet facilities will be available. Minumum age of entry is 15 years. Car parking is on a first come basis.

UKA race permit number is 2015-13135. Course measurement certificate 14/299 applies. All finishers will receive a medal. The course record remains at 30:31.

For entry forms please telephone 0118 984 2660 or email 10k@pangbournerotary.org.uk or download from www.woodcote10k.org.uk.

Download a poster here.

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