2020 is out of the way and the Club is definitely still up and running. As you know, there was no Santa Dash and our Christmas activities looked to be in danger of cancellation. However, the modifications to the Lions/Dragon Miniature Railway Christmas Grotto sessions satisfied both the Local Authority and the Police and we were allowed to continue, albeit for only three weekends instead of five. Thankfully, several weekday sessions were also manned and the Dobbies (Marple) Garden Centre (home of the Railway) was unable to continue with any of its own Father Christmas events (in common with many of our other usual "rivals") so we were extremely popular and busy. Lion President Bill Spencer and his heroic team, Lions Phil Daniels, John Perkins, Mike Evanson and Tony Hope, worked tirelessly to ensure that as many people as possible were able to see Father Christmas. As a result, almost £3,000 was raised - an incredible amount and our best ever. It was a wonderful and unforgettable project in many ways.

The man in the red suit reigned supreme!

As a fundraiser it was obviously very successful but I think it also helped to raise the spirits of many people, adults and children alike, and was a perfect example of what the Lions can do for the community. Many thanks to Brian Lomas and his Railway volunteers. Like the Lions, they were a depleted team (thanks to shielding, self-isolation and the like) and were working under extreme pressure but they kept going and the "Man in the Red Suit" reigned supreme once again. As ever, the Club is grateful to those faithful supporters who come along to visit the Grotto year after year (plus a good few extra this time) and I can assure you that the funds raised will be put to good use.

Zooming with Father Christmas

Two regular members of the Lions usual team (Lions George Tavener and Terry Harding) were sadly and unavoidably absent but were liaising with Maddi's Butterflies and Clic Sargent to ensure that some Christmas cheer was brought into the lives of young cancer sufferers as they enjoyed "Zoom" chatting sessions with Father Christmas. This was not a fundraising project but a thoroughly satisfying and fulfilling example of Lions helping those in need.

In the run up to Christmas, the Club was also able to help with donations to three local organisations, Young Caritas (Our Lady and St.Christopher's Church, Romiley), The Together Trust, that were distributing Christmas packages to needy families in the area along with The Cherry Tree Project, Romiley

All in all, a great end to a terrible year!






Romiley and Marple Lions Club

Serving the local community since 1978 - Registered charity Number: 1181500