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Elham Valley and Wye Welfare Projects 2012

In May we arranged a Blossom run for a coach of elderly people to have a trip to Thanet to look at the Spring Blossom on the drive over and then an afternoon tea supplied by Thanet Lions club and some enjoyable entertainment. 

In June we then offer a return afternoon tea for the elderly of Thanet and this year they came to Lyminge village hall and had an enjoyable afternoon tea which included sandwiches, cakes and a cream tea with some entertainment and a friendly raffle for all.



The Lions from both Elham Valley & Wye Lions and Thanet Lions after tea being served

  The Thanet residents enjoying the afternoon tea.

"Christmas in August" A day out for the elderly in our community.

Again this year we arranged an afternoon cream tea for many elderly of our area, including villages of Lyminge, Elham, Brabourne, Stelling minnis to name a few.

A coach was organised with help from Age Concern to transport the less able bodied so all were able to enjoy their day out, this included a taxi for a disabled lady in a wheelchair.

This year for a change we went to Hawkinge Community Centre, where the hall was decorated in the Lions colours of Purple & Yellow with Christmas Crackers on the tables with a small box of chocolates as a present to be opened.

 Enjoying the afternoon, with Jody singing in the background.



Seeing everyone having an enjoyable day makes it all worthwhile        



2011 - It's A Knockout for local adults with learning difficulties or special needs

On Sunday 4th September 2011 the Lions Clubs in our "Zone" (Dover, Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Marsh, Elham Valley & Wye and Tenterden) joined forces to organise and host an "Its a Knockout" competition.  Tenterden Lions Club did all the organising and preparation for the day and each of the clubs invited one or two of their local organisations or homes to enter a team.

Elham Valley and Wye's teams were:

"The Valley Vikings" from Valley House in Elham

"Broadstreet Bashers" from Broadstreet House in Lyminge.

Both teams participated in the fun games including "Dressing Backwards", "Through the Hoop", "Post the Letter" and "Beanbag Balancing". Much fun was had by all and the hall at Homewood School was echoing with all the cheering on by competitors, Lions and Carers. Our teams both did exceptionally well, Valley Vikings came 5th and Broadstreet Bashers came 7th, very impressive results considering the sheer determination and ability of the 12 teams present!

Also helping on the day were several Homewood School Sixth Formers who were absolutely fantastic and a real credit to their school and parents. To give up their Sunday to help and encourage those less fortunate than themselves was admirable and its great to see teenagers doing something so wonderful.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Tenterden were present as well and were there to present the medals to all the participants and the trophy to winning team, "Scuppa Cuppas".

Well done to all the teams and a big thank you to all the helpers. See you all next year!


For more information on Valley House and Broadstreet House please click on the link below to their website:

Kennington Scouts

Elham Valley & Wye Lions Club gave 1st Kennington Scout Group a donation of £500 towards their new Scout Hut. Donations were recieved from local organisations and businesses and the building is now up!

Brenchley Hall which had been the Group's Headquarters since 1959 was demolished to make way for the Kennington Scouts Community Hall - See Community Hall Appeal website for more details about the project.


"Christmas in June" - Day out for the elderly in our community.

Elham Valley & Wye Lions organised their now annual Party at Westenhanger Castle for the more elderly people within the Elham, Barham, Stelling Minnis, Lyminge and Brabourne areas.
A coach was laid on for those who were unable to drive themselves, with help and carers provided by Age Concern, who also transported some of the guests so an enjoyable afternoon could be had by all.

The club decided last year that a day out in the summer so people can get out of their homes and meet up with others for a chat and entertainment would be preferable to vouchers and hampers which used to be given out. Following the party last year which was well enjoyed it has now been repeated, with good success.

Around 70 people arrived at Westenhanger Castle for a drink and a cream tea, served by the Westenhanger staff with help from club members and club helpers and singer Jodie singing a selection of songs during the afternoon.

Club president John Brooks appeared as Father Christmas to pull crackers with the guests, as the funds are raised during December with the Christmas Float which visits the various villages around Elham Valley & Wye areas.

Fortunately the weather was good enough for some to enjoy the castle grounds and we are hoping to repeat with a similar day out next year.




Brabourne and Smeeth Under 10's Football Club.

We recently sponsored this local team who were in urgent need of a new kit.

Good luck to them for the rest of the season.


President John Brook, Welfare Chairman Roger Osborne and other members of the club meet with the team during training to present the new shirts. 


Ten Year Anniversary - Pilgrims Hospice Garden Party for the patients.

On Saturday 9th July 2011, Elham Valley &Wye Lions Club hosted a garden party for more than 100 patients and their carers at The Pilgrims Hospice, Ashford, to help celebrate the Hospices 10th Birthday.

Two marquees decorated with blue & white balloons, flowers and banners were situated within the Hospice Gardens with the stage literally set.

Afternoon tea, which consisted of platters of sandwiches and mixed savouries followed by a cream tea, was served by members of the Lions Club and the Hospice helpers.

Entertainment was provided by 13 yr old Biddenden resident Lewis Fuller who did close up card magic at each table and the Ashford Sings Choir, who provided an enjoyable repertoire of popular songs, with Nigel Donkin the Hospice Fund Raising Manager, joining in with an inflatable guitar during a Queen song!!

It was a very enjoyable day and the weather held off for an almost summers day. For me the day was made all the more special by being told by one of the carers, ‘this day is better than any pep pill' and another who told us ‘you do not know how much a day like this means to the carers' which was very humbling and made all the hard work very worthwhile.

When the Lions club first discussed this event with the Hospice, we put a budget to how much we would need to raise and then set about deciding what the day would entail. A few meetings later and the menu was decided and how the day would go.

The marquees were erected over the Friday and Saturday morning with tables and chairs to be put out with table decorations and balloons etc.

Whilst the Hospice Helpers laid up the cream tea platters, Club members were busy being told by one of the Hospice team helpers how to get the sandwiches made up & plattered. Eventually there was time for a well earned cuppa before our guests arrived for the afternoon.

As with any charity event you have your budget and then do everything to not exceed it and many thanks need to go to those who so kindly donated not only time but food, balloons and marquee.

Big big thanks go to the following who kindly donated various items for us to be able to put the day on.

Brakes for supplying the savouries and the cream tea

The Red Balloon Company of  Evegate, for the balloons.

Bars & Buffets for the crockery, cutlery and glasses.

The marquee company for the two marquees and the men who put the marquees up, with help from the Hospice (Nigel & Pauline) and some of our club members.


The Next Day


During the planning stage, as there was going to be the marquees and tables etc  set up in the garden over the weekend one of the Hospice helpers decided to put on her Strawberry afternoon tea. Thinking they would do a small fund raiser to make full use of the weekend and do teas for around 50 people.


As it was, the day was so successful they managed to tempt a crowd of 500 to enjoy an afternoon Strawberry Tea with entertainment provided by the Rock Choirs from Canterbury, Deal, Folkestone & Ashford. A total of £3600 was raised for the Hospice from the day.


Although the Lions club were not involved with the Sunday Teas, it was a good feeling to have been able to provide part of the structure for the day to enable such a good fundraising event to take place.


To find out more about the work of the hospice please go to their website at


 The marquee looking beautiful. 


 Some of our members enjoying a 5 minute break to listen to the choir.

 Ashford Sings- fantastic!


 Lions members and Hospice Volunteers when it was all over.