A Big Thank You From Wymondham Lions

Members of Wymondham Lions Club are extremely grateful to the people of South Norfolk for their marvellous support over the last few months. In these financially difficult times the public has donated a fantastic amount of money for the Lions to distribute to worthy causes.
At the end of September £121.43 was raised from collection tins in aid of MacMillan Nurses, a street collection for the survivors of the Philippines hurricane disaster brought in £543.14, which the Lions raised to £1,000 and this was used to help pay for the water purification kits provided by Lions Clubs across the region.
The annual Children in Need collection raised £669.32, a very healthy amount considering the Philippines collection took place just days before.  The annual Charity Swim enabled the Lions to donate £3,124.35 to South Norfolk and Waveney's Cancer Charity – BIG-C.
Wymondham Lions have, for several years, had a Christmas Collection in the foyer of the Waitrose supermarket in the town. The proceeds (£766.00 this year) always pays for our annual care homes presents. The Lions, along with Santa and several members of local choirs, attend various care homes in the area singing carols and giving every resident a Christmas present.
In addition to this the sponsorship from members of the public and from the local business community ensured that the Dickensian SteamPunk Fayre remained solvent with a small surplus left over to start the planning for this year's event, provisionally scheduled for Saturday December 6th.
Lion President John Wilde said that he was delighted with these figures and they made the work involved worthwhile. The Lions are all volunteers, take no commission or admin fees and all money raised goes to charity. The Lions are always looking for helpers at events and anyone who can spare a little bit of time helping can contact the Lions on 0845 8335749 or e mail
The Lions next events are the annual Marie Curie collections on 7th & 8th March and their annual quiz at Central Hall, Wymondham, £8 per person, for teams of up to 6 people is also on 7th March.

Charity Swim A Success

Wymondham Lions 8th Annual Charity Swim has been another resounding success with the Lions able to present BIG-C with a cheque for £3,000.

This fantastic sum was raised by teams of up to 6 swimming in relay style for 50 minutes and asking friends and family to sponsor them for doing so. The swimmers came from all ages, from 4 years old to pensioners.  The swimmers from Wymondham U3A again raised the most – a magnificent £914 between them. Pupils from Wicklewood School brought in £390 and the girls from Little Fish Swimming Club broke the event record by completing an amazing 182 lengths of the pool in their 50 minutes. A record they want to beat next year.

Lion President John Wilde presenting a

cheque for £3000 to BIG-Cs Rachel Francis

In accepting the cheque on behalf of BIG-C fund raiser Rachel Francis told the Lions how much she had enjoyed the evening which had a lovely happy atmosphere with so many people enjoying themselves in a good cause.

Lion President John Wilde said that the swim was now one of their main events and it was always pleasing to see the swimmers, especially the youngsters, working so hard in aid of people not as fortunate as themselves.

The annual swim has raised around £30,000 in its 8 years and, with such enthusiasm from the swimmers who come back year after year, will hopefully raise a lot more in the future.


Wymondham Town Mayor Dianne Fernee presenting to Lions swim trophy and medals to Little Fish

Dickensian Steampunk Fayre 2013

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Lions Support SNYA Radio

The Wymondham Lions have donated £100 to local organisation, Suffolk & Norfolk Youth Action Radio (SNYA) to show their appreciation for the help received at Wym Swim and for the coming festive season.

Jamie Hall, Georgina McLaren and Callum O'Brien

Wymondham Lions Club were pleased to present £100 to Suffolk and Norfolk Youth Action Radio as a big thank you for their help at the Lions recent Charity Swim in aid of BIG-C and also in the forthcoming Dickensian Steampunk Fayre.

SNYA, who have Radio Norfolk's Stephen Bumfrey as their patron, is a community internet radio station for young people. It has studios across South Norfolk and engages with volunteers aged 11+ to run the station, overseen by an adult co-ordinator and an Executive Board.

Volunteers are welcome at SNYA. They offer several education courses within schools and youth clubs, and in their studios for work experience students and those not in education, employment or training (NEET) who want to forge a career in the media. Opportunities are given to interview celebs, VIPs and members of the public. There is the possibility of working on outside broadcasts, commentating on a live sports event, compering concerts or even working at other radio stations.

More information about SNYA may be found at

Wymondham Lions, motto 'We Serve', are please to help such projects in our local area and are always looking for new members to raise money so that they can support deserving causes. Wymondham Lions may be contacted on 0845 833 5749, , on Facebook and twitter.


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Lions Swim A Success!


'The Little Fish' with Town Mayor Dianne Fernee before their swim.

Wymondham Lions 8th Annual Charity Swim has a magnificent £2,400 pledged for Norfolk & Waveney's Cancer Charity BIG – C.  Many spectators, including guest of honour Town Mayor Dianne Fernee, watched as fifteen teams swam in relay style for 50 minutes. The teams were all sponsored by friends and family to raise as much money as they could. Rachel Francis of BIG – C was there to witness the event and was delighted with the result. She said that BIG – C depends on events like the Lions Swim to provide the help and support it gives to patients and their families. One example of their expenditure is the £1,000 per annum spent on teas and coffees for patients at their Colney Centre.

The highlight of this year's swim was the breaking of the event distance record. Set in 2011 by Darryn's Dolphins at 89 laps this year 'The Little Fish' swam an amazing 91 laps, that is 182 lengths of Wymondham's 25 metre pool, in their allotted 50 minutes. Incredible. And they have promised to come back again next year to try and go even further.

This year's swim means that the Lions swim has raised around £30,000 in its 8 years. Lion President John Wilde was very pleased with the number of teams taking part and the help during the event from the pool staff, Lions and non – Lion volunteers and the crew from Suffolk & Norfolk Youth Action Radio who worked hard during the event, not only broadcasting but blowing up balloons as well! Lion John explained that the Lions can put on events like the swim but success depends on the public taking part. He was particularly gratified with the age range of the swimmers, from 5 years old to pensioners. He said it is a great example for the youngsters to see all age ranges doing something to help others and that was the most important part of the event.

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 Wymondham Lions Do It Again!

Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO), a group that encourages all members of the public to go and sing their hearts out, no matter their singing ability, needed some financial assistance. They contacted Wymondham Lions who were delighted to assist.
Kate Wood, Chair of SYHO (South), explains that the group is for all members of society and is especially beneficial to those who are feeling a bit low or are in need of some company. The group regularly has attendance of over 60 people at their Tuesday meetings (11.00 to 12.30) in the Connaught Bowls Club, Attleborough (
In presenting the cheque for £280, before being asked to sit and sing with a group of gentlemen and 'tenor ladies', the President of Wymondham Lions, John Wilde said the happy atmosphere reminded him of a Lion's 'Fun and Friendship' slogan, such was the joy and togetherness in the room.
Lions raise money to give to those in need. Anyone in need of assistance may apply to the Lions Welfare Committee ( Each case is investigated, with
full confidentiality. If found worthwhile and sufficient funds are available, a donation will be made. Alternatively, informed advice on other funding sources can often be given.
The Lions next big fundraiser is their Charity Swim on Saturday October 12th in aid of BIG-C. There is room for a couple more teams of from 1-6 people who would like to swim relay style for 30 or 50 minutes in aid of this wonderful local charity.  For more information and sponsor forms contact


Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Wymondham Lions Club would like to thank all of those that submitted their memorable pictures taken at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebration event back 2012. Click here to see the photo wall hosted on the SNYA website. We would like to show more of your photos so please do keep sending them in to


The new President of Wymondham Lions Club is John Wilde

The new President of Wymondham Lions Club is John Wilde of Tacolneston. John was in the Merchant Navy for 32 years, receiving his first command at the age of 27. He then taught at Fleetwood Nautical College for 6 years, becoming Curriculum Manager in charge of the Cadet and 2nd Officer courses. He was invited to become a member of Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions Club in 1991 and is proud to have been a Lion ever since. Taking early retirement in 2005 John and his wife Margaret moved to Norfolk to help their eldest daughter, a doctor at NNUH, with her 4 children. John has thoroughly enjoyed his time in Norfolk ('a wonderful, peaceful county') and as well as being a Lion is a weekly volunteer with the Broads Authority a keen member of the Ramblers Association and was a regular crew on the wherry Hathor until her recent dry docking. He has also just completed a BSc in Ecology at UEA. On joining Wymondham Lions he was tasked with starting an annual Charity Swim. This has proved to be very successful and has raised around £28,000 for nominated charities so far. This year's swim will be in aid of BIG – C, South Norfolk and Waveney's Cancer Charity. Another successful day was the Jubillee Celebration in Wymondham last year where the Lions joined with the community to run a spectacular event culminating in the a picnic for over 400 children in the town centre. Two Lions International Projects are particular highlights. The Lions have always championed the blind and have several projects fighting eye disease. The Lions SightFirst Campaigns raised nearly £300M to help Doctors world wide fight eye disease. The second highlight was the campaign by our 2011 International President who wanted the 1.3M Lions to plant, during his year's term of office, 1M native trees. At the last count the worldwide count was over 17M trees planted. More information may be found on the Lions International websites. John says that former President Derek Fripp will be a very hard act to follow but that as Lions is such a great way to do something for your community, where people can do as much or as little as they are able, he hopes to encourage new members during his year of office. The club meetings are open to all and visitors are most welcome. More information about meetings and events may be found by calling 0845 8335749. A new web site should be up and running soon. Teams for the Lions annual charity swim in October may contact John on



Welcoming Town Mayor Cllr Dianne Fernee

At their mid September meeting at The Feathers P.H. Wymondham Lions were pleased to welcome Town Mayor Cllr Dianne Fernee, who became an Honorary Lion for her year of office. She has the option of becoming a full member next year, when she is not quite so busy!

Cllr Fernee is the 3rd Wymondham Mayor to become an Honorary Lion and both she and the Lions agree that the appointment increases communication between the elected and voluntary sectors in a way that is to the benefit of the town.
Future Lions events include a MacMillan Nurses appeal, a sponsored swim in aid of BIG-C (still room for a few more swimmers!), attending the town's dementia awareness day and helping with the forthcoming Dickensian Steampunk Fayre. The Lions are grateful for assistance already promised at these events and are looking for more, especially for Dickensian.
Volunteers can register for Dickensian using  Everyone is welcome to attend Lions meetings which are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in The Feathers at 8pm. Potential new members are encouraged to talk to any Lion about activities and how they can help.,
Wymondham Lions are on, tel 08458335749, and on Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn.
Pic shows Lion President John Wilde welcoming Town Mayor Dianne Fernee into the Lions.



Welcome to Wymondham Lions

Wymondham Lions Club was formed in 1970 and is one of 46,000 Clubs with 1.3 million members in 205 countries worldwide.  Like all Lions Clubs our motto is 'We Serve',  raising money for our local area by putting on events like the 25 year old Christmas Fayre, Performing Services for others (child tagging at the Royal Norfolk Show and car parking at the Wayland Show) and shaking a tin for Children in Need, Caister Lifeboat, Marie Curie Nurses etc.  We also support Lions Clubs International projects like Water Aid and Sight Savers.


Our donations currently run at about £10,000 per year to deserving causes such as, but not limited to, EACH, disabled children, youths on voluntary service and older persons facilities. The Lions take no administration costs out of donations and members perform tasks voluntarily.


Wymondham Lions is always looking for new members and for people who may just be able to lend a hand for a couple of hours at a time shaking a tin or manning a tombola stall.


Visitors to Club meetings are always welcome.

Please ring 0845 833 5749 for more details



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