So, with 2017 drawing to a close it’s a chance to look back on the past twelve months. We’ve seen record-breaking events in the form of the Woodbridge Regatta – a first ever sell out for the Duck Dive; and the highest ever participation in the Martlesham 10k, 5k and Fun Run. The Art Show and Sale moved successfully to the Salvation Army Hall in New Street, Woodbridge and we continue to assist at the Woodbridge Horse Show. Along with street, store and sleigh ride collections, these events raise the funds to support our activities for the community. We have continued to support individuals and families, most recently through a donation to a start-up organisation delivering training in employable skills for young people with mental health issues. As a part of the worldwide Lions’ movement, we also contribute to disaster relief and to humanitarian projects such as Sight Savers – a programme to eradicate treatable and preventable blindness.
We also take an active role in community projects. The Quay Time venture, jointly with Woodbridge Quay Church is seeing a steady growth in participation and activities and will continue to meet on the third Wednesday of each month. Our re-launched Christmas Parcels project delivered Christmas groceries in conjunction with the foodbank run by the Salvation Army, Woodbridge.
Our social programme has not been neglected, with a theatre visit, firework and Halloween party, pub evenings and two lunchtime events – one to mark the handover from outgoing to incoming Club Officers and one for the 35th anniversary of the Club’s Charter. Lions Bob Booth and David Malpass, as founder members, received their badges and certificates for 35 years continuous membership and Chris Woods for 20 years.
Sadly, we heard of the passing of two former Lions, Don Burgoyne and David Gay, both of whom did much to shape the Club in its earlier years. Our thoughts are with their families, especially at this time of year.
For more on what we do, please see www.woodbridgelions.org.uk. May we wish everyone a happy and healthy 2018.