Ann initiated the formation StageWorks, a Saturday morning
theatrical workshop in Ruislip and led it from 2003 until the summer of 2016. It caters for 60 students, in two classes juniors (7-12) and seniors (12-17 years). Similarly Ann initiated and was the artistic director of a seven day StageWorks Summer School from 2006 until 2016. The attendance at the school averaged over 50 students, aged 8 -17. At the end of the week the students performed a fully costumed musical with full sound staging and lighting in a local theatre. Over 600 people attended the two performances each year and the shows won several awards.
The Lions involvement began when a club member, Gordon was asked to join the committee for the summer school at its inception. Other members of Ruislip Lions Club became involved as volunteers doing chaperoning etc. It became apparent in the first year of the summer school that there were students whose families could not afford the fees to participate so Ruislip Lions sponsored up to four students every year.
Ann lives in Kings Langley where she currently chairs the Good Neighbours Scheme, she leads the Evergreen Club for over 55’s, runs keep fit classes for all comers and has recently started exercise classes in a local sheltered housing unit. Ann is aged over 70!
Ruislip Lions Club recommended Ann Martin for a Lions International Centennial Plaque, to recognise her outstanding work in the Community. In the photograph Ruislip Lions President Phyllis is shown on the left with Ann on the right holding her presentation plaque.