Uckfield Lions have a new president. David Skinner took over from Keith Mates at a lunch on Sunday at the Pig and Butcher in Five Ash Down.
Keith thanked members for their support over the past year and presented certificates of appreciation to committee chairmen Peter Lloyd-Bostock and Chris Sherwood.
Keith handed the chain of office to David and a scrap book recording events of the year was presented to Keith.
During the past year more than £26,500 was raised to support other charities and good causes and the Lions said this would not have been possible without the “amazing” support of the people of Uckfield and surrounding villages.
In a press release they said: “Uckfield Lions would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the people who have supported our fund-raising events.”
New president David said he was looking forward to a good year ahead, especially as it was Uckfield Lions’ 50th year serving the local community.
He said the club had all the necessary committees in place and with the continued support of enthusiastic members it would have a good year.
David joined the Lions in 1984. He is known for his work in promoting Lifeskills to schools and has won a humanitarian award for doing that.
He says personal, social and health education is very important in schools and sometimes neglected. Lions International provides a range of resources that can help.
Much of the money raised by Uckfield Lions is through established events such as an Easter Egg raffle, Lions Big Fun Day in June, 10K run, monthly quiz nights at the Ringles Cross pub, on the first Tuesday of each month, and a supermarket raffle and Lions Santa Sleigh in December.
The Lions Second Hand Bookshop in Olives Yard, off the High Street, also raises money throughout the year. It is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm.
Uckfield Lions are always looking for new members. For more information about the club, or about becoming a member please visit www.uckfield-lions.org.uk, contact any member, or phone membership chairman Keith Mates on 01825 872023.
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