New president of Uckfield Lions is John Carvey. He was presented with the badge of office yesterday by retiring president David Skinner.
The handover took place after Sunday lunch at the Pig and Butcher pub, at Five Ash Down, and came at the end of the club’s 50th anniversary year.
David thanked members for making the anniversary a very memorable one. He said one of the highlights was a celebratory charter dinner at the East Sussex National. Also important was the support given to the older people through use of the Lions’ mini-bus, and a Christmas party organised by club members.
Another scheme funded by the Lions is Message in a Bottle, where people are able to keep personal information, which would be useful to the emergency services, in a special bottle in the fridge.
The emergency services are alerted to membership by two ‘green cross’ labels. One fixed to the back of the front door – or the door most used to access the premises – and the second attached to the door of the fridge.
To mark the 50th anniversary the Lions presented four metal benches to the people of Uckfield. These are sited on the footpath next to Luxford Field. It is hoped a fifth will be sited at the bottom of Streatfield Road.
Read more about the presentation of the benches in this Uckfield News story: Lions present Uckfield with new benches.
Incoming president John Carvey thanked the club for their confidence in electing him as president and said he hoped the club would continue to raise money for the community and, in doing so, enrich the lives of others.
He said that as members were all volunteers the aim was to have fun while raising the money.
John’s first engagement will be to start the Uckfield Lions 10k fun run which begins on Sunday (July 7), at 10am at Uckfield Rugby Club. Funds raised will go towards prostate cancer testing.
Fun run entry forms are available from the Lions Bookshop in Olives Yard off Uckfield High Street, or by calling 01825 762839.
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