Monday, 10 December 2018

Club folds due to lack of interest

THE Goring, Woodcote and District Lions Club has disbanded after failing to find any new members.

THE Goring, Woodcote and District Lions Club has disbanded after failing to find any new members.

The branch, which raised money for local causes, had appealed for new blood after its membership dwindled to just four people.

It delivered 1,000 leaflets in the Woodcote area but nobody responded so themembers decided to fold.

The club had already handed over responsibility for the annual Woodcote 10km run to Pangbourne Lions Club.

The same thing could happen with the Santa’s sleigh charity collections which the club held in Whitchurch, Goring, Woodcote and Sonning Common in the run–up to Christmas each year.



Since it was founded 34 years ago, the club had raised more than £300,000 and not taken a penny in running costs. In the past year alone it raised £6,000 for charities and good causes including the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Helen and Douglas House and Goring Heath scouts.

It has also collected 1,700 pairs of unwanted spectacles to be donated to developing countries through the international SpecTrek scheme.

The club will donate any equipment it owns to other charitable organisations.

Lion Jon Solman said: “In the end we felt we were prolonging the agony. Even one or two new people wouldn’t have been enough because of the time they’d need to settle in.

“Maybe it’s a generational thing — younger people will do one–off things for charity but won’t commit to anything longer–term. It’s a great shame but we gave it our best shot and have a lot of good memories from it. Hopefully, the community appreciated our efforts.”



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