March 2022 News

The Lions Club of Woodbridge and District was chartered (founded) in 1982. The Club is part of the Lions Clubs International which is the world’s largest service club organisation. Our members join us as they wish to help the less fortunate people in and around the Woodbridge area, an area which extends from the town boundaries of Ipswich and Felixstowe to include not just Woodbridge itself, but also Rushmere St. Andrew, Kesgrave, Martlesham, Martlesham Heath, The Bealings, Grundisburgh, Pettistree, Wickham Market, Framlingham, Sutton, Bawdsey & Orford.

Just like every other organisation the Club has been limited in its operations during the past two years but now, as the restrictions on all of our lives have eased, we are looking to put the days of Zoom meetings behind us and go back to what we do best, working within the community to support local people and good causes.

You need no special skills to become a Lion just a commitment to give your time, where you can, to help to support our fund raising and community support activities. The Club also has regular social events, usually once a month, and in the past, these have included speakers’ evenings, pub meals, theatre trips and a visit to Glemham Hall.

Fund-raising events have included, Art Shows, our famous Duck Dive event which will hopefully return as part of the Woodbridge Regatta event this year, Pig Race nights, Christmas street and store collections and the Martlesham 10K race.

Our fund-raising events are of course essential to allow us to continue to be able to support the community in the ways that we do. We work closely with the Salvation Army in Woodbridge and have made donations to support their foodbank and we also provide special Food Parcels to the users of the foodbank at Christmas.

Our community support activities include litter picking, supporting the annual Woodbridge 10K road race, managing parking at the Woodbridge Horse Show, funding the Woodbridge Repair Café, part funding play equipment in Elmshurst Park and the “Message in a Bottle”, a simple scheme to ensure emergency services can identify medication, allergies and conditions when called out in an emergency to a person living alone.

We would warmly welcome new members and new ideas so if you would like to find out more about what we do and how to contact us then why not visit our website: www.woodbridgelions.org.uk


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