We are pleased to confirm that we will again be mounting our popular Classic Cars Display at our 2022 Summer Show. We would be happy to hear from any classic car owners who would like to display their cars at this year’s event. You can register online via our Summer Show page (see links on the front page of the website) or go directly to our vehicle registration page here: www.merseaislandlionsclub.com/vehicle-exhibitor-registration/
This is the evening when we make donations to local charities and deserving causes as a result of our fund-raising throughout the year. It is also the occasion when we are able to publicly thank our volunteers and those who sponsor our fund-raising events. Without their help we could not raise these funds, or carry out our work in the community. We call them S.M.I.L.Es – Supporting Mersea Island Lions Efforts.
Our President, Lion Colin Kimble, led the proceedings and introduced our distinguished guests Lions International 105CE District Governor Lion David Pope, Past 105 CE District Governor, Lion Ujjal Kular, & his wife Lion Manjit, Zone Chairman Lion Paul Skilton, the West Mersea Town Council Mayor Cllr. Carl Powling and President Alan Mercer and members of Clacton-on-Sea Lions Club.
DONATIONS Despite our very limited opportunities to raise money during the past year due to Covid restrictions, we have been able to give to charities and deserving causes over £7,500.
Cheques of £500 each were presented to the following charities during the evening:
- Essex Air Ambulance
- Mersea Island First Responders
- Mersea Island RNLI
- Towards a replacement seat for the West Mersea Church Green
- Colchester Hospital Cancer Trust
- Young Carers Trust– District Governor’s Lady’s Charity
- Mersea Island Squash Club received £300
- The Colchester Hospital Stroke Unit and Colchester Hospital Critical Care Unit each received £250 from monies donated to Mersea Lions Club in memory of David Smith
Donations were made to clubs and individuals during the past year when the Club had been asked for financial help. Some of the ways in which we have helped this year are:-
- Children in Need
- RBL Poppy Appeal
- A family with a very sick parent
- Money towards a special wheelchair for a severely disabled teenager
- Christmas Day Home-Alone Christmas Meals – 55 this year
HOW WE HAVE RAISED THIS MONEY
Sadly, we have been unable to hold our big money-raisers such as the Round the Island Half Marathon and the 5 & 10 Mile Races, or the Summer Show, so we are most grateful to have been given the following opportunities:
- In thanks for our financial support for the making of the Strood Soldiers, which were then auctioned off, we received a very generous donation.
- Manning the gate at one of the Waldegraves Car Boot Sales.
- Manning the gate and parking cars at for the Artisan Fayres.
- Our own table at the Mersea Island Yard Sale.
- Car-parking for the Colchester and District Scooter Rally.
- The Christmas Street Collection for the Home-alone Christmas Dinners.
- Monies raised by letting out our Lions beach-hut which is available for use in the community.
- Donations from the users of the Lions Mini-bus, and in Memoriam.
- Also, monies received form our Ink Cartridge Recycling bins.
- Plus the Club’s Amazon Smile Charity arrangement
There was a surprise presentation of £200 from Clacton-on-Sea Lions Club from the re-sale of used spectacle cases which they kindly sell on our behalf.
We were especially delighted, and most grateful, to receive a donation of £1,000 from Waldegraves Holiday and Leisure Park to “kick start” our fund-raising for this coming year.
Once again, we are most grateful to David Lord of Waldegraves Holiday and Leisure Park for enabling us to hold this annual event in the Wheatsheaf. We are particularly indebted to Chris Parsons and Glen Pacey and all their staff who do so much to make the evening such a huge success.
Report provided by Lion Bridget Smith
Because of problems related to the Covid situation and other organisational problems it has been decided with regret that the proposed 5 & 10 Mile Running Races which were due to take place on Sunday 29th May 2022 will not now take place.
Our other event however, the Round The Island All Terrain Running Race will still take place as planned on Sunday 18th September 2022 (unless there are significant and unforeseen circumstances which prevent us from doing so). Full details of this event have already been posted on the race information page. on our Running Races website.
Mersea Island Lions Club Committee
After 2 difficult years with most of our events for 2020 and 2021 cancelled, Mersea Island Lions are beginning to get back to normal. It is hoped to resume the 5 & 10 Mile Running Race and the Round the Island All Terrain Race in 2022 together with our popular Summer Show in August (which as well as being cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of Coronavirus was called off at the last minute in 2019 due to severe weather conditions – so it will be a welcome return!). Also in December this year we will be participating in the Mersea Lights Up celebrations and our traditional Christmas Day Meals delivery to people in the community who will be home alone.
All our planned events are listed on our Diary page. More detailed information about specific events will be posted on the website as soon as it is available.
See our Running Races website for more details
Visit our Summer Show Information page for all the details