Our club is part of the Lions Clubs International
- a truly global service organisation with over 1.3 million members in
205 countries. We are a group of service-minded individuals working to
help our community. Our motto is "We Serve" and we are proud to
recognise ourselves as "ordinary people who achieve amazing things".
The main purpose of the Basildon and Wickford Lions Club is to
support our community, sometimes through financial help, sometimes by
'rolling our sleeves up', and sometimes a bit of both. We organise
events to raise funds to support these community services projects.
Though all of our service and fund raising activities are enjoyable in
their own right, we also take time out just to have fun together.
Click on the links to the left to find more information about the club, what we do, what being a member entails, and how to
contact us. If you like the look of what we do and you havesome time to spare maybe you would like to think
about joining us? We are always looking for new members.
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UP AND COMING EVENTS
Please visit our 'Future Events' page for more events - see the link on the left.
We hold regular coffee mornings at the St Andrew's Centre in Wickford.
Please come along and support us - please see the 'Future Events' link
for details of the dates.
CHARITY RACE NIGHT
Please make a note in your diary - this
event will be held on Saturday November 10th 2012 at Runwell Village
Hall. Details to follow; if you would like to enter as part of or as a
complete team please e-mail
Doug Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our Community Services, Having Fun, and Fundraising pages for details of our activities in the Lionistic Year July
2010 to June 2011, and in earlier times. We would very much like to thank all the members of the public who support our
CHEQUE PRESENTATIONEach year the
Basildon and Wickford Lions Club organise an 'Easter Egg Raffle' in
some pubs and clubs in the Wickford area. The participating premises in
2012 were: The Shepherd and Dog (Crays Hill), The Duke (Wickford), Bar
Plazma (Wickford), The Railway Club (Wickford), The Three Compasses
(West Hanningfield), The Downham Arms (Wickford), and The Quart Port
(Runwell). The Lions Club is very grateful for the help and support of
those pubs, and for the generosity of their customers.
For the last two years the collection has been designated to
support St Luke's Hospice. The combined collections from 2011 and 2012
raised a total of £1070.80, and the club added to this total from its
Lion President John White, other members of the Basildon and Wickford
Lions, and Rosemary Cotton, the Manager of The Three Compasses, the
public house which raised the highest amount both years, were delighted
to be able to present a cheque for £1,500 to Brenda Kirk from St
Luke's. The presentation took place at The Three Compasses.
We would like to thank all those who came to our Quiz Night on Saturday
May 5th 2012. A total of £426 was raised for our Charity Account, to
help us to continue to support good causes.
MARIE CURIE COLLECTIONS
Our grateful thanks to the generosity
of the people of Basildon and Wickford who enabled us to collect £1,588
for Marie Curie from our collections at Sainsbury's on April 19th -
Our grateful thanks to everyone who took part in
our Easter Raffle at pubs in and around Wickford, which enabled us to
raise £280 for St Luke's Hospice. Please call back for a list of the participating pubs in 2012
TREE PLANTING - WICK MEADOWS COUNTRY PARK
On Sunday February 18th several members of our club assisted some of
the 'Friends of Wick Country Park' to plant ten trees at the park.
These trees had been donated by Basildon & Wickford Lions Club as
part of the Lions Clubs International scheme to
plant 1,000,000 new trees world-wide in a year. For the full story,
please click here
We regret that due to the bad weather our annual
Charter Lunch, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday February
5th, sadly had to be cancelled. We were unable to find a suitable
replacement date. We have, however, fixed the date and venue for our
2013 Charter Celebrations: (Lunch) on Sunday, February 10th 2013.
VERY SAD NEWS
It is with great sadness that we report the
passing to higher service of Lion Jim Grigg on 21st October, 2011. Jim
suffered for many years with lung problems, which recently deteriorated
to such an extent that he needed a supplementary supply of oxygen, and
then further complications arose. Jim was in Basildon Hospital at the
time of his death.
Jim joined the Basildon Lions Club in 1975 and he had been very active in both the Basildon and in the merged Basildon &
Wickford Clubs. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and fellow Lions.
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION, Sept to Nov
Each year, as one of its Community Services Projects, The Lions Club of
Basildon & Wickford invites local schools to
participate in the Schools Christmas Card competition. The competition
encourages the children to develop their artistic skills by designing
and creating a Christmas card. The Lions then judge the entries from
each school, and select a winner from each age group, which they have
printed. Two hundred copies are donated to the school for them to
sell to raise school funds. Each individual winner is presented with
the original work framed, plus a Smiths token. The Lions then visit the
school to present the winner’s awards and to pass over the box of
These schools have taken part in the 2011 competition: Great Berry Primary, Runwell Community Primary, Grange Primary, Wickford
Church of England, and Beauchamps
The entries have all been judged and the presentations to the winners and to the schools have all now taken place.
LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL PEACEPOSTER COMPETITION 2011
The Lions Clubs International (LCI) organisation runs an annual 'Peace
Poster' Contest, and schools and other youth groups throughout the
world are invited to enter through the local Lions Club. The Basildon
& Wickford Lions Club is pleased to invite local schools and youth
groups to enter.
The contest is judged on a geographical hierarchical basis – firstly for each individual participating school, then 'District',
then national, and finally at International level. Our Lions District covers the East Anglia area, including Essex, Suffolk,
Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire. Our District includes a separate category for Special Schools.
This competition gives an opportunity to encourage the young people
in our local community to think about the importance of world peace,
tolerance, and international understanding, and it encourages these
young people to share their unique visions with the world, through
In 2011, Beauchamps School in Wickford entered. The entries have
been judged and the winner and runner-up was announced to the school on
November 22nd. Unfortunately, at the District judging, this entry was
not selected to go forward to the next round of judging.
CHILDREN IN NEED, Nov 18th
We once again collected for Children in Need at Pitsea, Basildon and
Laindon stations, and this year we were also at Wickford. We would like
to thank the generosity of travellers who contributed to a total of
SANTA'S CHRISTMAS SLEIGH TOUR, December
Unfortunately, we were
once again unable to help Santa Claus with his usual pre-Christmas
sleigh tour around Runwell and Wickford this year.
CHARITY CAR PARK COLLECTION
We would like to thank the
generosity of shoppers in Basildon on December 17th who supported our
collection. We will announce the total collected and
the beneficiaries here shortly.
WICK COUNTRY PARK 'WICK WEEDERS', July to November
We regularly provide help to this group, who work to keep the flower beds around the Resource Centre looking spick and span.
WICK COUNTRY PARK 'Nature Quest', August 7th
Three members of
our club helped this event along by serving tea, running a tombola, and
running a bookstall, all aimed at raising
funds for the Friends of Wick Country Park.
ST GEORGE SOCIETY GARDEN FETE, August 6th
We ran a small bric-a-brac stall to raise funds for our own General Charity Account.
COFFEE MORNINGS AT ST ANDREW'S CENTRE, WICKFORD, August 27th
hope that you enjoy the opportunity to drop by at these events to enjoy
a tea / coffee, a cake, a bit of a natter, and a chance to rest
your feet! These mornings help to raise much needed funds, sometimes
directly for the St Andrew's Centre, but on this occasion for our own
general Charity funds.
ESSEX ROYALS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT Sept 3rd / 4th
Once we organised the car parking and the programme selling for this annual event at Bromfields School. Parking the
cars in such a way that everyone can get in and out safely is a significant undertaking, especially at 'rush hour' periods when
hundreds of cars arrive in quick succession. We are appreciative of the help and support of those attending the event.
ESSEX COUNTRY SHOW, BARLEYLANDS, Sept 10th / 11th
with fellow Lions from other local clubs offering 'Green to be Seen'
arm-bands to help to reunite any lost children with their parents and
also promoting our 'Message in a Bottle' service for vulnerable adults.
In particular the 'Green to be Seen' aspect was very well received and
appreciated. We have had tentative enquiries to operate a similar
scheme for other
up and coming public family-oriented events.