Once again Father Christmas was out and about in the run-up to Christmas 2017 assisted by the Lions.
This was an opportunity to delight young children and raise money for charitable works.
We included two new routes in Hornchurch which used to be covered by Hornchurch Lions.
We managed to raise a magnificent £5,627 which is our highest ever total!
So, a big thank you to all the residents of Havering who gave so generously.
We operate chidrens' train rides at various events during each Summer.
Our last quiz evening was on 14th January 2017. Participants enjoyed fish or chicken and chips and a raffle.
They competed over ten rounds of Connections type questions and a marathon round of DITLOIDs.
We raised a total of £443.80 for charity.
Our next quiz evening is on 27th January 2018.
Annual Christmas Dinner for Local Senior Citizens at Romford YMCA
Annual Christmas Party for First Step Children
The Catherine Lima Quartet: Saturday 23rd April 2016
A cabaret evening of jazz, American songbook and show songs by Catherine Lima and her Quartet.
Melvin Jones Fellowship
Lion Arthur Cottis, President Lion Stuart Mackaness and Lion Peter Coe
Unbeknown to both recipients, members of the Lions Club of Romford voted overwhelmingly in favour of awarding the Melvin Jones Fellowship
in recognition of their many years of active service, which they still enjoy, to Peter Coe and Arthur Cottis.
Peter, aged 90, has been a Lion for 43 years.
and Arthur aged 87, has been a Lion for 47 years. They have both served as President, each on more than one occasion and as chairman of
various Club committees. Both have been loyal members of the Lions Club of Romford for all of their service.
They have each, in their own right, achieved so much, either actively leading or enthusiastically taking part
in many fund raising events and assisting in its distribution to those in need within the local community. Just over 25yrs ago Peter
was actively involved in the inception of First Step, a support organisation for preschool children with special needs.
Romford Lions Club twinned with Beidenkopf 42 years ago and Arthur has been the lead member ever since then. It was a proud moment
on 25th February 2016 when President
Lion Stuart presented them with their awards, which came as a complete surprise to them but one which
is justified by their outstanding service to Lionism and the community they serve.
50th Anniversary Charter Ball in 2015
Saturday 17th October.
The Lions Club of Romford celebrated 2015 being fifty years since it was formed (received its charter).
The Charter Dinner and Dance this year was an extra special event held in the Goldings Suite at the
De Rougemont Manor
, Great Warley.
The Ball was attended by the Mayor of Havering, Brian Eagling, and the MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell.
There was a DJ and a singer and a great time was had by all.
The first female member of the Lions Club of Romford, Pilar Reading, was inaugurated on 9th October 2014.
First Step Ten Pin Bowling Night
On 19th June 2014 the Lions Club of Romford team won the trophy at the First Step
Ten Pin Bowling Event.
Lions Club International Photography Competition
The following two pictures were taken by Romford Lion member Ron Porter.
"Birds on the River Orwell" won the regional prize in the wildlife section.
"A Quiet Place" won the multiple district prize in the environmental section.
Some of the other things we do:
- Dispense about £1,000 per month, on average, to needy individuals and organisations, almost all of whom are in Romford or Havering.
This includes purchasing an air hockey table for the SNAP (Special Needs and Parents) charity.
- Run stalls at various fetes and carnivals
- Wine tastings and wine and cheese evenings
- Murder Mystery Evenings
- Brewery visits
- Once every four years: visit our twin club in Biedenkopf
in between them visiting us (two years later)
- Organise cabaret evenings hosted by legendary comedian
Jimmy Jones which have raised thousands of pounds for First Step
opportunity group for children with special needs
- Provide transport for a partially sighted club
- Assist with the annual fishing week organised by the Chigwell branch of
- Quiz Nights: next one is Saturday 14th January 2017
- Jazz Nights, most recently with the resident Sunday lunchtime performers at the
Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Pete Corrigan and the Band of Hope.
- Magic Evenings with shows by local members of the Magic Circle
- Trips to Theatres at places such as Southwold and
- Summer Barbecue
- Boat trips
Pegasus Trust Children's Charity (late Lion member Brian Hornett 2nd from right)
Vitalise fishing week
Visit to Biedenkopf