Christmas Food Parcels December 2016
With the generous responses from many hundreds of Farnham households from the 1700 we contacted this year, our team of 29 Lions and four helpers were able to collect a huge amount of both basic food and Xmas treats again this year. This was then all sorted, parcelled up and re-distributed to those less fortunate within 24 hours, often making the difference between some degree of misery and inner warmth on Christmas Day. In 2016 we supplied almost 200 grocery parcels to local individuals and families in need, made up from donations of food by people living in the Upper Weydon, Weydon Hill Road, Green Lane, Broomleaf Road, Weybourne and the Folly Hill areas of Farnham. The food parcels were then delivered via a total of seventeen separate local support agencies such as Home School Link workers, Sure Start, Family Support, Farnham CAB, Meals on Wheels and Surrey Youth Support, not to mention many local schools.
Richard Fellows who, with Jane Mills, headed the project this year said "Thanks so much for everyone's generous support and the well wishes from many contributors were really very gratefully received. Watch out for next year's collection which will take place on one Sunday morning in December 2017."
If anyone is in doubt about how worthwhile these collections are, just see the sort of comments we received back last year:
"Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas Food Parcels you kindly sent to us for our clients. They are always very much appreciated and will make a lot of people very happy. I hope you and your colleagues have a lovely Christmas. Thank you once again. Kind Regards."(Name and address supplied)
"We have already been out and about delivering the parcels and the families have been amazed by the generosity of the Lions. It has been lovely to see what joy the food parcels bring to the families who are facing many struggles and it really does make a huge difference. With very many thanks to all at The Lions – we really do value the huge support you give us."
The 2016 Team at work
and yet another mountain to sort and deliver
Returning to base to start sorting another car load
The Parcels ready for delivery
Christmas Elderly Persons Shopping and Party
This year we wanted to offer more to the community rather than shake buckets for donations in these difficult times. We arranged a shopping trip to Squires Garden Centre at Badshot Lea and then served a superb tea with scones, jam and cream, cakes and sandwiches as well as a good English brew to help both the guests and their carers recover after a good look around the shop and all it had to offer. The Mayor of Farnham, Cllr Jeremy Ricketts, joined the party and spoke with all the guests as well as thanking all involved for the wonderful afternoon and Christmas festivities.
The Party, held on 11th December, was organised by a small team of Farnham Lions, and on the day a dozen or so Lions were on hand to help with selection of goods in the shop, to assist with tea and contribute to a very enthusiastic reception of some of the children from Bentley C of E Primary School who came along to sing some delightful carols to one and all and to make it a really magical afternoon for the guests. Our thanks to the residents of Abbeyfield, the staff at Squires Garden Centre and the children from Bentley School. A great afternoon that we hope will become part of our calendar for many years to come.
Elderly Persons Party - Spring 2017
There are many elderly people in Farnham, living in their own homes and not having the opportunity, for a variety of reasons, to socialise as much as they should. Indeed, for many, our annual party is one of the "gala events" of their year and is our main reason for organising it. The event is normally held in March or April each year and is attended by about 100 guests. Throughout the afternoon we provide a variety of entertainment and the lunch that is served is of a very high quality. Amongst the many compliments we receive, both on the day and in Thank You notes afterwards, the lunch most often takes pride of place.
The Party is organised by a small team of Farnham Lions, but on the day it is a three-Lion whip, for maximum help! Some 50 of our guests are transported to and from the party by a team of Lions, family and friends without whose help the event would certainly not take place. Historically the party has been held at the Memorial Hall in Farnham, but due to the building works we have relocated in 2017 to Crondall Village Hall.
Our data base for invitees is always in need of updating and should any reader know of anyone who would like to join us for our next event in the Spring of 2018 and subsequent events then we would welcome details through the Contact Us page on this website.
Farnham Lions and the Farnham Carnival - a tradition for over 35 years.
Farnham Lions have organised or been involved in the Farnham Carnival for over 35 years. It is not so much as a fund raising venture but simply to give a sense of community and a bit of pleasure to all who come along. Since 2000 we have combined forces with another Farnham service club, The Hedgehogs, acquired some generous sponsors, and greatly expanded the scope of the event. We believe the community would agree that this has been a great success, considerably enhancing the pleasure given by the event to participants and onlookers alike.
The 2016 event was held again on the last Saturday in June, the 25th.
Look at all the details for the next Carnival in 2017, to be held on Saturday 24th June 2017 at the Carnival Website - Click here
Infant Primary School Panto.
Each year the Farnham Lions entertain representatives from local infant and junior school to a Panto! Oh no they don't I hear you cry! Well, Oh yes we do, and 2016 was no exception.
The event is always full, and one that is thoroughly enjoyed by all the children, and their accompanying school staff I think as well! This year the production was held again at The Maltings on Tuesday 6th December and played to a full house - over 400 children from St Polycarps, The Ridgeway and William Cobbett schools who, judging from the noise, had a fantastic time with Dick Wittington in a great production! Oh no they didn't........ Oh yes they did! See the pictures in the Christmas Events section of our photo gallery. Happy Christmas everyone.
Xmas Food Collections
Elderly Persons Party