Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 18:37

As I write this, the sun is shining, there is a clear blue sky and three weeks have already passed since the start of the roadmap out of lockdown.

I hope you’ve all been able to enjoy getting out and about more and meeting up with family and friends.

As soon as they could, the girls of Cawston Red Rose FC were out training in preparation for their return to football.

They were so pleased to be able to meet up again and enjoy the opportunity to play the game they love.

Also at the training were three members of Reepham Lions, who had come along to present the girls with new shirts that the Lions club has sponsored – this was a total surprise.

The girls were delighted to have new kit and, as there is a possibility that they will be allowed to play in a local mini-league before the end of the current season, they are looking forward to the opportunity to wear their new shirts.

Pictured above: The girls of Red Rose FC with lead coach Paul Willmott. Photo: submitted

As you’ll recall from my previous article, Reepham Lions is now part of the Broadland Community at Heart Lottery.

Since it started on 27 February, the club has been lucky enough to have two winners, each winning three extra tickets, as well as raising funds to boost our coffers.

If you would like to buy a ticket to support us, please click HERE

A draw takes place every Saturday evening at 8 pm. As the saying goes “every little bit helps”.

The Bircham Centre is now open and the bin for used/old spectacles is in the entrance hall. Please put any old spectacles you have in there ready for collection.

Lions club members are hoping to resume face-to-face meetings later in the year. Information about this will be published in due course.

Liz Howes

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 10:02

Thank you to all the customers of the Reepham Co-op who have made donations to Reepham Lions since the store opened in mid-November and to the Co-operative for agreeing to our having collection buckets in store.

It is wonderful that people are still managing to find a bit to help others in these difficult times.

A grand total of £150.01 has been collected and the Lions Club is grateful for every penny.

As you will be aware, our opportunities to fundraise dried up overnight last March. The monies raised will help us restart our quest to continue to support local community groups.

In January, Broadland District Council launched the Broadland Community at Heart Lottery, which was created to support local good causes across the district: Reepham Lions applied and has been accepted.

There will be a weekly draw with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers; other prizes are £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.

Tickets cost £1 and purchasers can choose where they want their money to go: 50% of ticket sales will go the person’s nominated good cause and 10% will go into a community fund run by Broadland to benefit local good causes; the remaining 40% will go towards prize money.

If you would like to buy a ticket to support us, please follow this link. Go to “Play the Lottery” and scroll down to find Reepham Lions. The first draw is on 27 February.

The government is currently planning that community centres such as the Bircham Centre will re-open on 12 April.

If, like me, you’re having yet another sort out, please remember that if you come across any old spectacles you will soon be able to put them in our collection bin in the Bircham Centre. Please hold on to them and bring them along when the centre re-opens.

During lockdown, the club has continued to meet over Zoom as well as holding a monthly quiz. We hope to soon be back to meeting up face to face.

Perhaps you’d like to come along and see what we do and what our plans are for the future? I will keep you updated when things start to return to the new “normal”.

Liz Howes

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 17:41

Christmas will be different for many people this year.

When Big Ben chimed midnight for the start of 2020, none of us knew what the coming year would hold, least of all a worldwide pandemic.

Now, as we are coming to the end of 2020, vaccinations have started to roll out across the country and we are feeling more positive about 2021.

Like the majority of charities, the Lions’ fundraising opportunities came to a halt, so sadly we’ve been unable to achieve all that we’d planned for this year.

However, despite the difficulties, we have held socially-distanced spectacle sorts (thanks to the donations from the Reepham community), donated funds and food to the Cromer & District Food Bank, supported Reepham Scouts with the donation of kitchen units and formed links with Reepham Co-op, raising awareness and helping funds with donation buckets.

We have also continued to meet using Zoom as well as holding a bi-monthly quiz.

We are now planning for 2021 amid hopes that life will start to return to “normal” soon.

On behalf of members, thank you all for your continuing support of Reepham Lions and we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021.

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Liz Howes

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 16:55

When I last prepared a report about Reepham Lions it was July and we had been out of Lockdown 1 for two weeks; I now find myself writing as we start the third week of Lockdown 2.

When the first lockdown was lifted, the club was unable to meet because of the numbers who could not mix safely inside, so we are continuing to hold our monthly meetings on Zoom as well as a bi-monthly quiz.

Over the past 18 months, Lion Michael Black has been liaising with Reepham Scouts to explore the possibility of the club contributing towards the refurbishment of the scout hut kitchen.

The stainless steel units purchased by the Lions were delivered in October and will be put in position when the remaining work on the hut has been completed.

Pictured above: Scout leaders Neil Sainty (left) and Mark Frary of 2nd Reepham Scouts with the kitchen units purchased by Reepham Lions.

At our November meeting the members voted to donate a further £250 to the Cromer & District Foodbank in support of its Christmas appeal.

There will be many families this year who are not looking forward to the festive season, so we are delighted to be able to help improve it for those less fortunate than ourselves.

We would not be in a position to make these donations without the generous support of the local community. On behalf of Reepham Lions, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you.

We are continuing to collect old spectacles and despatched another batch in October. With the help of Cecil Amey Opticians in Aylsham, we have another collection box in place that has already been emptied twice in six weeks.

Unfortunately, the Bircham Centre and the Crown, where our Reepham bins are located, cannot be accessed currently, so we would appreciate it if you could save any old spectacles and put them in the collection bins when life returns to “normal”.

Reepham Lions meets on the first Thursday of the month, and if you are interested in joining one of our Zoom meetings to get a further insight into the role of Lions Clubs, please contact me by email. We hope you will give us a try.

I cannot close this article without thanking all our key workers who are working tirelessly to support us: where would we be without you?

Liz Howes