Well the sun shone on the Woodbridge Regatta and the Duck Dive was a sell out. Thanks to everyone who took part, not only helping our funds but contributing to the friendly atmosphere of the event.As with all funds raised from the public, the proceeds will be returned to the community in many ways. As examples, we recently agreed to buy some sensory equipment for a child with profound disabilities and donated a sum to a youth group.
We greatly value the support of the community in what we do, not just financially, but with appeals such as the “Little Dresses for Africa”. Already a number of these simple dresses have been sent to Africa and a number of sewing groups continue to make these delightful clothes that can make a real difference to the lives of African children.
Each year we recognise the Lion who has made an outstanding contribution to the Club. For 2016/17 the Geoff Kirkham Memorial Trophy was presented to Maurie Parish for his cheerful willingness to assist with a wide range of activities, from clearing out a garage to conducting risk assessments on our events.
Looking ahead Sunday 8th October sees the annual Martlesham Heath 10k, 5k and Fun Run, the event this year forming part of the Suffolk Athletics Grand Prix, resulting – we hope – a record entry. If the idea of running competitively or just for fun doesn’t appeal to you, why not come along and watch. The multi-lap format gives spectators a great chance to watch the races unfold and the ever popular Pavilion Cafe will be open with its renowned home made cakes.
The following Saturday, 14th October brings the return of our Art Show and Sale, this time in the Salvation Army Hall, just off the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge. Original works of art have been generously donated by local Art Clubs and will be for sale at realistic prices, with nothing over £25 and every picture will be framed. The sale is open from 10am to 3pm, there may just be some fresh home made cakes available there as well.
Working towards the service of our respective communities creates a bond between Lions and Lions Clubs. We were delighted to welcome back Alec Povey, from Tickhill Lions Club in Yorkshire. Alec has visited us a number of times over the years and on this occasion, knowing our commitment to road running, presented us with a souvenir medal from his Club’s first half-marathon, run in 1988 – something we shall add to our banner with pride.