The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) are a nationwide educational charity engaging young people through STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focused experience days, projects and placements. They run a number of programmes and for several years Billericay Lions have been delighted to sponsor teams from The Billericay School to participate in Go4SET projects.
EDT’s Go4SET project are typically 10 weeks and offers young people in Years 8/9 the opportunity to develop skills, inform subject choice and change perceptions about STEM, raising awareness of how studying these subjects can lead to a rewarding career. As well as sponsoring the teams Billericay Lions have also provided mentors to help and guide the teams through the process.
The teams have had increasing success over the years with the previous year’s team passing on their knowledge to the next group and it culminated in 2019 with the them winning the Best Overall Project. Although the Billericay Lions had agreed to again sponsor a team in 2020 the Coronavirus Lockdown and closure of schools meant they were unable to defend their trophy.
On Saturday the 7th December 2019, in association with the Billericay Tree Wardens, a “Grove of Elms” comprising of six trees grown on from stock that are highly Dutch Elm Disease resistant, was planted along with the installation of a bench to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lions Club of Billericay.
This was an overall joint project between Billericay Lions, Basildon Borough Council, the Friends of Lake Meadows and the Billericay Tree Wardens.
Billericay Lions held their annual senior citizens concert at Emmanuel Church, Billericay 21st September 2019.
The audience was entertained by three high quality acts:
Paul Fowler A Kent based young professional Magician/ Mind Reader/Hypnotist and a Member of the Magic Circle.
Audience feedback was very positive. A number of the audience were in tears during the 2nd act “Pedro’s voice was so beautiful”. And during the Law’s act there was much waving of arms and singing along.
Lions and Lions Ladies served tea, coffee and biscuits during the interval. After the event, anyone needing a lift was driven home.
We do get good attendance from regulars especially groups coming from retirement properties. However there are probably still many senior citizens living in Billericay who are unaware of this annual concert. If you know of anyone who might be interested in attending next year, please forward details to and we will send them an invite before next years concert.
A regular annual event, Billericay Lions organise a day out at Adventure Island Southend for a party of 12 children (and helpers) part of a four week visit hosted by the local Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline group.
The children seemed to delight in the most scary rides and were even joined by our braver members.
Burgers, chips and drinks at lunch time, ice creams. Despite the language barrier communication was no problem.
The day was finished off with an excellent meal at Tomassi’s restaurant in Southend, with meals for the children kindly donated by the Tomassi family.
Six Billericay Lions, twelve swimmers with learning and physical disabilities and six coaches / helpers travelled from Runnymede Swimming Club, Benfleet to Germany to take part in our international disability swimming gala.
The event took place on Saturday 6th October 2018 at Voreifel, near Cologne against teams from Belgium and Germany. The Belgian team had won the gala for the last three meets, however this year they were beaten by the Runnymede swimmers who won the gala outright – winning 20 of the 33 races!!
The Biennial swimming gala for the disabled was first held in 1992 and is an event shared with the Lions clubs of Billericay, Voreifel in Germany and Brussels Royale in Belgium. The venue rotates between the three countries with around 100 people of varying ages and disabilities participating.
The Voreifel Lions also laid on additional activities for the Runnymede visitors during the weekend, including a Falconry display, a trip to an outdoor historical nature museum ending up on Sunday evening with dinner in a castle!!
The gala provided a fantastic opportunity for the swimmers who had never had the opportunity to compete aboard before. The triumphant swimmers returned by coach and ferry on Monday 8th October and went back to training. They are now looking forward to their next international gala in Belgium in 2021.