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Basildon and Wickford Lions Club
Part of the International Association of Lions Clubs
District 105EA, Region 5, Zone A, Club Number 19737
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BRIEF CLUB HISTORY

This page was updated on Sunday, 13-May-2018 19:19:07 BST

BASILDON LIONS CLUB

This club was formed in 1970. In March 1970, following an article in the Evening Echo, seven prospective Basildon Lions met under the guidance of the Romford Lions Club. A few weeks later the Basildon Lions Club was formed with 24 members and with a good mix of occupations, including a teacher, accountants, a shop manager, solicitor, and others with various trades. The club received its Charter on November 4th 1970. At that time the members were all male, with their ladies and friends giving assistance at various fund-raising and service activities. Later, the rules were changed so that ladies could become full members.

The original geographic area covered by the club was the whole of Basildon District, ie, it included Billericay and Wickford. With the agreement of the Basildon Club, the seperate Billericay Club was set up in 1979 as a 'daughter' club of Brentwood. Then, again with the agreement of the Basildon Club, the Wickford Club was set up in 1995, and the area then covered by the Basildon Club was Basildon, Laindon, and Pitsea.

The Basildon Club established a twinning relationship with the Lions Club of Harderwijk, in The Netherlands, and exchange visits took place most years up to 2009.

WICKFORD LIONS CLUB

This club was formed in 1995. Largely through the drive of two of the members of The Lions Club of Billericay, a meeting was arranged where 12 prospective members got together at the Wickford Community Centre in the autumn of 1994 and over a pint or two discussed the possibility of forming a club of 20 or more members, this was to meet the minimum requirements of the International Constitution.

It was agreed that to encourage other like-minded people we would start fund-raising and socialising as soon as possible, the first fund-raising event was a very successful quiz night, then a couple of outings. Prospective members also assisted Billericay on their Xmas Sleigh Street Collection. Finally after a few months there were sufficient prospective members to form a club. The Lions Club of Wickford was Chartered on 7th February 1995 with 27 members. Wickford was one of the earliest mixed clubs to be formed in East Anglia. The club members were officially badged up on 20th March 1995 and presented with their Charter on 3rd June 1995.

The Wickford Lions Club established a twinning relationship with the Lions Club of Sompting & Lancing in West Sussex.

BASILDON & WICKFORD LIONS CLUB

Due to some members moving out of the area and others 'retiring', membership of both clubs had declined to such levels that a merger looked like a good way of re-establishing a vibrant active club in the Basildon area. Basildon & Wickford Lions Club is the result of the merger of the Basildon Lions Club and the Wickford Lions Club. You can read about the activities of the Basildon & Wickford Club elsewhere on thsi website. In practice, the merger occurred on May 8th 2006, but more formally, it took effect from July 2007.

PAST PRESIDENTS

A list of past presidents of the The Lions Club of Basildon, The Lions Club of Wickford, and The Lions Club of Basildon & Wickford can be viewed here.

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