The handover from David Endersby, the previous president, to Roger Bluff, the president for 2021/22, was delayed due to the restrictions of the Coronavirus pandemic. However once the restrictions were relaxed we were able to hold a socially distanced dinner in September at the East Brighton Golf Club. It was good to be able to meet up in person at a social event again.
David had already passed the chain of office to Roger who thanked him for his presidency during the previous year. A past president’s badge was presented to David.
Lion President Roger Bluff was very proud to start his Presidential year by presenting a long service award to Lion Roy Crossland to mark his 45 years membership of the Lions This is a small token in recognition of many years’ service to the club and to the whole community covered by our service activities over the years.
Early on a Thursday morning we got a phone call. A family in Woodingdean had suffered a fridge/ freezer breakdown overnight.
The father is on furlough and the family could not afford to replace it. With two children with additional needs including an autistic son there was an urgent need, not least to store medication which needs refrigeration.
The appeal was agreed by the service committee and then the club and an order for a replacement was placed within six hours of the initial phone call.
The following day the family sent the attached photograph to the club.
We are so pleased to have been able to help.
Due to COVID we were unable to hold our annual Christmas lunches for senior citizens.
Instead we approached all the schools in our area together with the local churches to ask if they knew of any seniors or families who would be missing out on things over Christmas.
We were able to provide 13 lonely, needy seniors with a gift parcel containing Christmas goodies and a houseplant.
We were also asked to help 32 families in need. We were able to provide these families with Christmas food items and crackers for each of the children and 43 adults. Each of the 73 children also received a gift-wrapped toy appropriate to their age.
The parcels were delivered to the schools for them to distribute to the families before the end of term and the seniors received theirs before Christmas.
A new initiative by the club which resulted in many locals enjoying Christmas just a bit better than they might otherwise have done.
Lion President David Endersby was pleased to be able to remotely present to Woodingdean Primary School a copy of ‘Don’t Worry, Little Crab’ for each pupil in the Reception class.
The Big Breakfast Read is an annual event but unfortunately this year parents were not able to be present. The Lion President attended by Zoom, as indeed did Santa.
The presentation continues the support the Lions Club gives to the five Primary Schools in our area.
Lion President David Endersby was delighted to be able to attend at Rudyard Kipling Primary School in Woodingdean to present a book to each pupil in Year 1.
This was a continuation of our presentation to pupils in the Reception Class in each of the five primary schools in our area.
Because of the lockdown it was not possible to present the books before now while the pupils were still in the Reception Class.
Immediate Past President Lion Geoff Rhodes was delighted to present Lion Ken Humphreys with his Melvin Jones Fellowship award.
This was in recognition of his long service, especially as Treasurer to the Club for many years.
The MJF is the highest award to members Internationally and is given in recognition of outstanding service.
Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions Club is proud to now have four holders of the MJF in their current membership.
We are, of course, still in lockdown but we are continuing to support local needs.
As our 2020 summer events have now all been cancelled, including our bar and barbeque at the Rottingdean Village Fair, we have donated the remainder of our soft drinks stock to the Java Community Cafe in Woodingdean for their food parcels to support local families.
We have also made financial donations to the Food Banks in Whitehawk and Saltdean as well as to the Java Cafe.
As things continue as they are it is impossible to be sure when our fundraising can start again but rest assured we will look to be up and running as soon as possible. Meanwhile you can help us by joining Amazon Smile and naming us as your charity. As more shopping is done on line it soon mounts up. See the details on the right.
In the meantime we will continue to support our local needs as long as our funds last.
If you know of anyone in need please contact us. If you would like to make a donation please use the link on the right.
We may be in lockdown and unable to hold meetings but we are still continuing our service in the locality. We have donated £500 to Whitehawk Food Bank at a time when they are having to cope with increased demand.
We have also made a donation to Brighton Scrub Hub (a voluntary makers group in the South East using their sewing skills in the fight against Coronavirus). This will buy materials to make more scrubs much needed by NHS Hospitals.
Because we have had to cancel our Fayre and Gala we have donated some of our soft drink stock to the Java Community Cafe in Woodingdean. They will use this to assist their support for local families.
On ‘Our Achievements‘ page you will see that one of the charities that we support is the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. Since 2012 Lions Clubs in the area have donated over £315,000 and this is mentioned in the March 2020 edition of Air Ambulance News. Air Ambulance News 2020
We had planned to present our portion of the funds raised from our Swimathon last year to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, but due to current circumstances a presentation has proved impossible. We have therefore posted the cheque to them so that they have our share of the money raised and can put it to good use.
Similarly the presentation of the shield for most money raised, which will go to 23rd Brighton (Rottingdean) Beavers, was cancelled. That presentation will take place as soon as possible.
Lion President Geoff Rhodes and Service Chairman Lion Andy Wavell visited the Saltdean & Rottingdean Youth Club to see their new table football game in action. Members of the Youth Club raised much of the money by running stalls at the Rottingdean Lions Fayre and Lions Saltdean Gala in 2019. The Lions were pleased to donate the balance of the money needed for the table to be bought. It is now regularly in use during Youth Club sessions.
Lion President Geoff Rhodes and Lion Ian Christie were delighted to attend the final of Lions ROAR 2019 at Wakehurst Place in December. They were there to support the teams from three local Primary Schools who had been sponsored by the club.
Lions ROAR is the Lions education programme that helps release the creativity in every child. We were delighted that Rudyard Kipling School came third overall and St Margaret’s Primary and Saltdean Primary both performed well. Congratulations to all the teams.
Lion President Geoff Rhodes accompanied by Lions Andy Wavell and Ian Christie were delighted to present reading books to all pupils in the Reception Class at both Woodingdean Primary School and Saltdean Primary. The books were chosen by the teachers as being most relevant to the children’s development
It was a special treat that Father Christmas made an appearance at Woodingdean
Lion President Geoff Rhodes and Service Chairman Lion Andy Wavell were pleased to be able to present a copy of ‘Happy To Be Me’ to every child in the reception class at Our Lady Of Lourdes Primary school in Rottingdean. The book will be theirs to keep with a view to helping them to learn and enjoy reading.
Lion president Geoff Rhodes and Lions Andy Wavell were pleased to present a copy of the book, The Cave, to both 23rd Brighton (Rottingdean) and 42nd Brighton (Saltdean) Scout Groups. The book gives an account of the daring rescue of a Thai football team trapped in a cave by flood water. One of the lead divers was John Volanthen who the Club sponsored to attend a Scout World Jamboree in Australia. John attended both Scout Groups.
Lion President Geoff Rhodes with Lions Arthur Jarvis and Andy Wavell plus their wives visited Jamie’s Farm at Lewes where recently a donation of £500 had been made towards the running costs of the farm. Typically this will keep the bio mass boiler running for three months. The work done with young disadvantaged people who come to the farm for a week was explained. We were all impressed with the dedication of the staff and the value of the work done on the farm.
Our 2019 sponsored swim took place at Roedean School pool on Sunday 20 October.