Uckfield Lions Club celebrated its founding 45 years ago with a Charter lunch at Barnsgate Manor Vineyard, Herons Ghyll.
About 100 Lions and partners from Uckfield and 16 other Lions clubs in the South East attended
The top table was hosted by President, Lion Steve Leonard and his wife Sarah, and included the Town Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Ian Smith and his wife Linda; Lion District Governor Mike Parker from Northfleet and Ebbsfleet club; and Lions Bob Eaves, vice-president, and Graham Russell, the immediate past president, and their wives.
In his speech proposing the toast to Lions Clubs International, Mr Leonard Lion Steve referred to the national and international aspects of Lionism and the work done for the blind and partially sighted, LIBRA, the Lions blood research charity, and its international disaster relief work, as well as its 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs in 206 countries.
In his response Mr Parker talked about the service work and fund raising undertaken by Uckfield Lions including their support for the air ambulance, the all-wather football pitch, senior citizens and the housebound, Water Aid to disaster areas and the many local charities and worthy causes they support.
He presented long service awards to Lions Chris Macve and David Egginton and for Outstanding Service to Lion Chris Sherwood.
Cllr Smith thanked the Lions for their efforts in supporting both international and local projects and looked forward to working with them more in the future.
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