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Members of the Lions Club of Berkhamsted attended a St John Ambulance Berkhamsted unit training meeting at their HQ to present a cheque for £1000, part of the proceeds from their very successful August Bank Holiday Fete.

Berkhamsted Unit Leader Mick Mills said, “We would like to thank the Lions for their kind and consistent support over the years. Training of our own volunteers, and of the public, is a vital element of the service that St John Ambulance provides. We will be using the Lions’ donation to update our training equipment, in particular to purchase a Skillmeter Resusci Anne – a computerised resuscitation manikin to help volunteers hone their CPR skills.

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The Civic Centre was transformed into the Elves’ Posting House in conjunction with Berkhamsted’s Festival of Light. Organised by the Lions Club of Berkhamsted, children were able to write a letter to Father Christmas then post it in a special post box. They also made decorations to take home, refreshments were also provided.

Two elf postmen delivered their sacks of letters personally to Father Christmas who arrived just as the High Street lights were switched on.

Chief Elf, Lion EMMA PEARCE thanked her friends and their families, her fellow Lions and partners for setting up the Posting House and for providing refreshments and senior elf power to supervise the activities  The Lions Club of Berkhamsted is most grateful to Tesco for their generous sponsorship of the event, to Berkhamsted Arts & Crafts for providing the creative materials and for their enthusiastic professional guidance, and other local traders for their support.

The Lions have decided to donate the net proceeds of £600 to the charitable arm of Little Hands & Feet to provide crèche places for adults attending Worldshaper adult courses.

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Santa and his sleigh went out 19 times during December, visiting as many roads in Berkhamsted, Northchurch and Potten End as he could. 17 community groups helped Santa with the door-to-door collections, with over £7000 being raised.

Organiser Lion Bryan Atkin said “This is the fifth year that Berkhamsted Lions have been responsible for organising Santa’s visits. We couldn’t do this on such a scale with our own resources, so rely on other community groups to help with the collections, driving, marshalling and stand-in for Santa. Luckily everyone finds it a most enjoyable activity, that we have no shortage of volunteers”.

The community groups taking part receive a proportion of the money raised. Groups that will benefit in this way are: Air Training Corps, Berkhamsted Baptist Church, Berkhamsted Football Club, 1st Berkhamsted Scouts, Girlguiding Rangers, Great Gaddesden School, Happy Days Pre-School, Dacorum Homestart, Inner Wheel of Berkhamsted Bulbourne, Kitcheners Bowls Club, Lions Club of Berkhamsted, 1st Northchurch Scouts, Rainbow Corner Pre-School, Rotary Club of Berkhamsted Bulbourne, St Mary’s School, Swan Youth Group, Watford Lions Club.




Three large hampers packed with festive food and drink were raffled by Berkhamsted Lions, with the winning tickets drawn on Saturday 21st December by Berkhamsted Town Mayor

Raffle organiser Ann Hamilton said “We’ve had a really excellent response from the public again this year. We are very grateful to The Carphone Warehouse who allowed us to conduct the raffle in front of their shop. Over 1000 tickets were sold and the proceeds will be used by the Berkhamsted Lions Club in its charitable work to support local community activities, youth and the elderly

Hamper Draw


The Lions Club of Berkhamsted has donated a new heavy duty mounting block to the Rossway Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association.  The mounting block is constructed with reinforced fibre glass, and is wide enough and strong enough to allow two helpers, one on each side, to assist an adult rider when mounting a horse.

Rossway Group Chairman, Irene Purse, said “Up till now we have used a standard mounting block, or a ramp in the case of wheel chair users.  We’re delighted we’ve now got some really safe equipment for adult riders with limited mobility.”  The Rossway Group meets at Hastoe Hill Riding School near Tring on Thursday afternoons in term time.  It currently has 4 ponies, 23 clients and 25 volunteer helpers



The Lions Club of Berkhamsted has honoured one of its members with the most prestigious award in Lions – the Melvin Jones Fellowship, named after the founder of Lions Clubs International. The award was presented to Peter Gent by District Governor Sarbjit Assis at the Club’s 35th Charter Anniversary Dinner.

Berkhamsted Lions President, Geoff Smith, in his citation said “Lion Peter Gent has served our Club brilliantly for some 30 years, and has been very much at the heart of the Club’s community service work, its fundraising and its social events.  He has been President, Club Secretary and has been engaged in Lions’ activities beyond Berkhamsted – as Zone and Regional Chairman he has been involved in many District 105A events organising golf competitions, helping with the District Senior Citizen parties at Harrow, and so on.  Peter has taken a close interest in Lions International humanitarian projects, and has encouraged the Club to support Lions’ eye camps in India, education in Malawi, and the Lions’ Water Aid programme.

“Lion Peter Gent has for so many years exemplified what being a Lion is all about, a Lion whom the Club wants to recognise and to thank in the most sincere way we can – with a Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest award in Lions.”

The award was presented to Peter Gent by District Governor Sarbjit Assis at the Club’s 35th Charter Anniversary Dinner, held at the Berkhamsted Golf Club.  In keeping with tradition, neither Peter nor his wife Rita knew he had been singled out for this honour.  Peter joins Lions John Haggerstone, Tony Lockhart and Geoff Smith, the Club’s other Melvin Jones Fellows.

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2014 Summer Fete


The sun shone down on Lions August Bank Holiday Fete as over 4,000 local people came out to enjoy the day. A fixture in the club’s calendar for the last 29 years, this summer’s event held at Berkhamsted Sports Club was wilder than ever with extended opening times from 11am to 5pm.

Berkhamsted’s idyllic cricket ground was transformed into a series of lion’s dens for the Bank Holiday with the:

Go Safari Den visitors had the Roy Chapman Climbing Wall and Go Kart Challenge
Cubs Den for some jewellery making, balloon twisting and storytelling.
Toddlers and babies headed for the Sleeping Lions Den to join Carmenta Life
Feeding Time Den for some delicious hog roast, paella and slices of cake.
Watering Hole Den, Tring Brewery were revitalising many folk with Lion Sized pints of ‘Lions Pride’ or ‘Pimms’.
Wilderness Arena played host to local dance groups, singers, the Bushey Hotshots and the harmonious sound of the Hemel Hempstead Brass Band.

Despite the hot weather, pooches of all sizes came out to enter the Lions Fun Dog Show with a record number of 214 class entries which included the waggiest tail and the best biscuit catcher in Town.

Lion President Peter block said “The fete is the biggest fundraiser of the year for us and we are thrilled with the number of people who came out to support us this year.  The money raised helps to support many local charities and community projects and we hope to far exceed last year’s figure ”.

The Fete has been suppoerted by:  HCC Localities Fund, Roy Chapman, Tring Brewery, Dell Removals, Toad Hall Nursery Group, Castles Estate Agent, Knight Frank, Sportspace Dacorum, Oakelys, St John’s Veterinary Surgery, Davis & Samson, Carmenta Life, Waitrose, Tesco, Ask




Gateway Barbeque

Our annual Barbeque for Berkhamsted Gateway Club was held at Berkhamsted Social & Sports Club (Cricket Club grounds) on a hot sunny evening in July. Catering was undertaken by Darren our regular caterer for dinner meetings. excellent food in perfect surroundings ensured a great evening for all.


Garden Party

Using the Lions minibus, a group of eleven Berkhamsted seniors attended a garden party in Ashridge held by the local branch of Save the Children Fund. A warm sunny afternoon with tea and scones made for a perfect afternoon out.

Garden Party

New President for Berkhamsted Lions

The Lions Club of Berkhamsted thanked its out-going President, Peter Block at its ‘Changeover Dinner’ held at Berkhamsted Sports Club, and welcomed in new President, Geoff Smith.

Peter Block described some of the highlights in his year: 3 Seniors Tea Parties providing an afternoon’s entertainment for over 200 senior citizens; the relaunch of ‘Message in a Bottle’ ensuring all the doctors’ surgeries in Berkhamsted stock the green plastic bottle for recording medical details. Continued assistance with the Lions’ Bookshop in the Marlowes Centre on Mondays. Very successful fund raising, including the August Bank Holiday Fete, Santa Sleigh, and the ever popular raffles at Christmas and Easter. A net total of some £16,000 had been raised which enabled Berkhamsted Lions to continue to provide strong support to local youth and community groups, and to put funds aside towards a replacement Lions’ Community Minibus.

New President, Geoff Smith pledged, that as a member of the world’s largest voluntary service organisation, the Lions Club of Berkhamsted will continue to support the local community under its banner ‘WE SERVE’. “We need to continue to develop ideas for effective fundraising and community service so that we can make a real difference in the community, helping the young, the elderly, disabled, lonely and those less fortunate than ourselves.  We’ve a busy year ahead of us again, especially with the Lions’ AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY FETE coming soon. Here’s to another year of fun as we benefit from the experience of being a Lion.

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Service Day – Ashridge House 2014

12th May saw the Lions annual service day at Ashridge House. 45 local senior citizens were transported by the Lions to Ashridge House for afternoon tea in the splendour of the Lady Marion Alford Room and opportunity to visit the beautiful gardens.

Lion’s Club members took a country route to the house, most taking in the lovely Chiltern Hills and the village of Aldbury, the late flowering of the bluebells along with beautiful weather enhanced the journey.

As usual the Ashridge Management College staff put on a magnificent tea. The gardens also were in glorious form due to the late flowering of the azaleas. A raffle finished the afternoon followed by thanks from the outgoing President Peter Block.

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March Seniors Party

March 8th it was Berkhamsted’s turn to host its own party for local seniors. 56 seniors made their way to Northchurch Community Centre for an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments.

Entertainment was from the Cheddy Boys who sang cockney style songs from the past and  Bill Perry with table magic and Tommy Cooper style humour. Tea and scones where served in the interval.

As with all our parties transport was made available to those seniors not able to travel independently. A pot of primroses was presented to all the guests to add a touch of springtime to the event.

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Annual District Seniors Party

In February 2014 twelve Berkhamsted seniors joined 750 other seniors at Harrow Leisure Centre for the annual district party.

Live entertainment was on hand to give nostalgic music from the sixties and seventies followed by Jay Kumar and his Bollywood Dancers. Table entertainers gave magic to the event with tricks, juggling and other mystic activities.

All followed with a magnificent tea arranged by local Lions clubs.

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Christmas Hamper Draw

Three large hampers packed with festive food and drink were raffled by Berkhamsted Lions, raising over £1000 for their local charitable work.  Berkhamsted Town Mayor, Cllr RON COWIE drew the winning tickets.

Vi Wrigglesworth was overcome with delight when the first-prize hamper was delivered. “She just couldn’t believe how crammed full of first class food and drink the hamper was”. It was also good to see a win at the Lamb Public House as they have been very supportive of Lions’ fundraising projects.”

Raffle organiser, Lion Ann Hamilton said “We’ve had a really excellent response from the public again this year. We are very grateful to The Carphone Warehouse who allowed us to conduct the raffle in front of their shop. This years total of just over £1000 is one of our best results, and will be used by the Berkhamsted Lions Club in its charitable work to support local community activities, youth and the elderly.”

Hamper Draw

Santa Sleigh

Father Christmas and his sleigh went out 20 times during December and managed to complete his schedule of Berkhamsted roads.  Snow and ice did not restrict Santa’s visits this year, though several were distinctly wet.  The total amount collected was £6470.


Lions stalwarts and Friends of Lions drove the Lions Community Minibus, acted as marshals and made sure Santa turned up.  Many local community groups assisted, going house-to-house for the collection

Each of the community groups who assisted will receive donations in line with their level of involvement.  The groups that will benefit in this way are: Air Training Corps, Berkhamsted Baptist Church, Berkhamsted Football Club, 1st Berkhamsted Scouts, Bovingdon Football Club, Great Gaddesden School, Happy Days Pre-School, Kitcheners Bowls Club, Lions Club of Berkhamsted, Lions Club of Watford, 1st Northchurch Scouts, Rainbow Corner, Rotary Club of Berkhamsted Bulbourne, St Mary’s School Northchurch, Stroke Club, and Swan Youth Group.

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Peace Poster

176 pupils from Berkhamsted’s two middle schools took part in the annual LIONS INTERNATIONAL PEACE POSTER CONTEST. The contest, now in its 25th year, is open to pupils aged 11 to 13, and attracts over 350,000 entries worldwide. The theme this year is ‘Imagine Peace’.

GAVIN SULLIVAN, age 12, painted the winning poster at THE THOMAS CORAM  MIDDLE SCHOOL, depicting a world protected from a fire-breathing dragon by a shield in the sky.  He wrote “Peace is something that we will always dream about but never achieve as there is too much conflict going on in the world right now. So peace is a dream, not a reality”

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At BRIDGEWATER MIDDLE SCHOOL, the winner was JACOB MORGAN, age12.  His poster shows two young men, one from a dirty city, the other from the fresh countryside, eying each other, wondering what life is like for the other.  He wrote “What a wonderful day it will be when peace rules the earth!”

Old Boys Night Out

Twenty five Berkhamsted 'old boys' attended our annual party on the evening of 13th November at the Berkhamsted Royal British Legion Club. A great opportunity to meet old friends, have a drink and enjoy the excellent food laid on by the club staff.



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During the year we run a series of parties/activities for Berkhamsted (HP4 post code) senior citizens.

Always well received, all guests have the opportunity to be collected by Lions Club members using our mini bus.

Coming Events:


Saturday 11th April 2015 Northchurch

Sunday 10th May 2015 Ashridge

Names are selected from a list; anyone wishing to be added to the list can contact:
Phillip Nash - 01442 873951

Seniors Party