As the weather warms up, so does our activity. February saw us join with other Lions’ Clubs in South Suffolk and the New Century Lions Club of East Anglia in hosting a swimming gala at Crown Pools. This annual event for any swimmers with physical or learning challenges is always a delightful event, with the huge grin of the participants testifying to thier enjoyment and for us the chance to renew acquaintances with other clubs. Our thanks to the Life Saving Club of Ipswich who ensured that every competitor was closely accompanied in the water and to the management and staff of Crown Pools.
Quay Time, our joint project with Woodbridge Quay Church, is becoming firmly established with a good balance of members and helpers. A visiting speaker has been booked for a future meeting and the project will shortly be launching its own website and newsletters.
Two social events are in the offing, one to the waste facility at Great Blakenham and another to Sizewell C.
Our popular Art Show and Sale returns to the Salvation Army Hall on Saturday 19th May, doors open at 0930. Works of art generously donated by the art clubs of Rushmere and Kesgrave will be on show and for sale. Every painting is framed and nothing costs more than £25, with many prices well below that. Tea, coffee and our renowned home made cakes and savouries will be on sale.
To mark the centenary of the Lions movement a reception was held at Buckingham Palace, hosted by our Patron, The Countess of Wessex. Lion Keith Palmer, a Lion for over 48 years, represented the Club, braving the snow, bitterly cold winds and uncertain public transport of the coldest day of the year in order to take part. Despite the freezing weather and a four hour journey home, Keith reported that the event had been greatly enjoyable and an opportunity to meet Lions from across the country.