The Allure of Miss Lee

Four members of Billericay Lions together with many other volunteers were pleased to assist ex Lion Richard Marson (pictured centre) at his matinee charity jazz concert, “the Allure of Miss Lee” on 16 September.

The proceeds from this event, £250, will be going to Richard’s chosen charity “Live Music Now

Catherine Lima entertained us to a wonderful selection from over 50 Peggy Lee albums.

Over 100 people attended this charity jazz concert
photo courtesy Billericay Town Council

Lions duties included precise setting out of the chairs under Richard’s guidance.

Lions Club of Billericay Needs You!

COFFEE MORNING

Come along and meet the members.

Billericay Lions Club have been working within the community for over 40 years, helping local causes and those less fortunate.

Would you like to help make a better life for others?

Would you like to have fun whilst helping others and raising money for deserving causes?

Saturday 6th November 9am-1pm
at The Reading Rooms, High St, Billericay

We meet again

After more than a year of Zoom meetings, it was great to recommence our usual twice monthly meetings last Monday.

Presided over by President Derek Prior and Secretary Steve Waters we had a lot of catching up to do. Zoom worked well but we missed the banter and camaraderie of meeting in person.

In addition to agreeing a number of donations we have many projects planned including:

  • Senior Citizens Cinema Matinee on 19 September
  • BOSP outing to Colchester Zoo on 23 October
  • Christmas Sleigh collection
  • Cheese & wine social in the near future

Bookstall

After a long period confined to storage due to Covid, our Saturday morning bookstall is recommencing on Saturday 14 August 2021.

The Lions bookstall can be found every Saturday morning, come rain or shine, outside Poundland, Billericay High Street, between 9.30 and 12.30.

For more than 30 years, our bookstall has been a regular presence on the High Street.

In addition to paperback books in good condition we also welcome:

SpectaclesUsed in the third world
Hearing AidsUsed in the third world
Foreign CurrencyCoins and notes including obsolete – Raises funds for charity work
Mobile phonesRecycled to raise funds for charity

Singin’ In The Rain

Billericay Lions will be hosting a special free cinema event for local Senior Citizens on Sunday 19 September at the Chantry Centre (Billericay Town Council Building).

Sunday 19th September @ 2:00 pm doors open

Chantry Centre, Chantry Way, Billericay CM11 2AP

Film “Singin’ in the Rain”

Music before and during the interval provided by a section of the Brentwood Youth Orchestra

Tea, coffee and cakes will be served in the interval.

At the end of the afternoon (around 5pm), Lions members will be offering transport home for anyone needing a lift.

Entry is free but by ticket only.

To obtain a ticket, please phone 0345 833 9849 or email lions@billericaylions.com

Vaccine Centre Billericay

Members of Billericay Lions, along with members of Rotary and Round Table have been assisting at the Covid Vaccine Centre at Emmanuel Church.

Billericay Lions are pleased to be able to play a small part in helping the NHS and the local community with the vaccine rollout.

“We Serve”

Christmas Day Meals

Billericay Lions were pleased to be part of the Team delivering Christmas dinners, gifts and cheer on Christmas Day to 30 elderly and lonely Billericay residents.

“My Christmas Day was 120%, the food was delicious and everything you gave as gifts and food was so well thought through”

“Thanks to everyone for the massive community effort – it was so lovely to have a visitor on the day”.

A fantastic project is underway this morning aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation. Special Christmas Day meals being delivered by some wonderful volunteers with a socially distanced chat.Lots of people facing Christmas Day on their own today, hopefully this will help make things a little better.🙏🙏

Posted by Billericay Food Bank on Friday, 25 December 2020

Christmas Hampers

On Thursday 17th December, Billericay Lions delivered 11 Christmas hampers to Reengage Billericay Group 1 (formerly Contact the Elderly) which were donated by Billericay Food Bank.

We brought some Christmas Cheer in a very difficult year.

Billericay Lions are pleased to help our local community living up to our slogan, “Where’s there a Need there’s a Lion”

Charitable Donations

We make regular charitable donations from the money raised by our fundraising events. Most donations go to local charities with some also going to National and International charitable causes as well. The most recent examples are:

Engineering Development Trust

We contributed towards the cost of funding a team of 6 school students from Billericay School in the engineering based training opportunity called Go4Set.

Billericay Art Trail

Sponsored the “Try it and See” sessions at the Billericay Art Trail, which showcases the talents of local artists and promotes local business by encouraging people to visit the wide variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, churches and other community venues to view a wide variety of art throughout the Trail.

BOSP (Brighter Opportunities Through Supported Play

Funding to cover cost of 2 new sets of Walkie Talkies. These are used by the staff to communicate to help improve safety for staff and 139 children/young people with complex disabilities or life limiting conditions at their activity clubs.

Billericay and Wickford District Scout Group

Funding towards the cost of sending 9 scouts from the District to the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia USA in July/August 2019.

Barrow Farm Riding Centre for the Disabled

To mark Lions Clubs Centennial Year, a district project with 7-clubs enabled us to fund an all-weather outdoors riding path thus enabling people with special needs and disabilities help develop their abilities and enrich their lives through riding. The physical benefits of riding help improve balance and co-ordination, increased suppleness, joint mobility and muscle tone.

Samaritans

We made a donation to help support the works that the Samaritans carry out in our area.

Romanian Pride

A donation to help fund this project, which involves a group of individual Lions giving up their time to give Romanian children a childhood. Every year they spend valuable time with the children, who are aged 4 and upwards, providing them with experiences that they will remember forever and helping improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.

South Green Infant and Nursery Schools

Funding to provide equipment for 2 sensory rooms, one in each school for children with Special Educational Needs. The rooms and equipment help provide a quiet and relaxed environment for those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other sensory problems.

Epilepsy Society Referral

We were approached by the Epilepsy Society to help a local family whose son has Epilepsy. We funded the purchase of a Clonic Tonic Seizure Monitor, which is designed to detect seizures during the night. The benefits to the family are twofold: The son has increased confidence at bedtime and it gives the parent’s peace of mind and restful nights sleep.

Billericay Parkrun

A donation to purchase a defibrillator for the weekly 5km runs that take place every week in Lake Meadows. This has enabled over 200 runners to take part every week helping them to stay fit. This in turn impacts on helping reduce NHS costs.

We also have donated to the following:

Senior Citizens Concert – Provided by Billericay Lions
Contact the Elderly
Anvil House
Mayflower High School Awards
Hamelin Trust
Billericay in Bloom
Friends of Lake Meadows – Photographic Competition
Message in a Bottle
Billericay Community Housing Association
Marie Curie
School Pastors
Billericay Town Council – Christmas Lights and Tommies Appeal
Churches Together – Billericay
Billericay & District branch – Parkinson’s UK
Forget Me Not Memory Cafe

National

Diabetes UK
Royal British Legion

International

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline – Run by Billericay & South Essex Link
Lions International Disabled Swimming Gala
Lions Clubs International Foundation