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.
Here is Ruislip Lions attempt at taking part in the Harlington Hospice ‘Go Yellow’ campaign – ours might be called “Mellow Yellow” after the song!! As avid supporters of Harlington Hospice we really enjoyed helping out by organising a tin shake recently to raise funds.
Ruislip Lions listened to their guest speakers Thérèse and Lynne from ADHD and Autism at the second September club meeting on Tuesday evening, when they explained the wide range of activities and support that they provide in the centre based in Eastcote, for both young people and adults, plus parents who need support.
Ruislip Lions President Phyllis inducted Ian as a new member on Tuesday 25th September at the Fairway during a monthly meeting
The Friary Guildford Band were absolutely brilliant playing at our “Last Night of the Proms” concert at the Winston Churchill Theatre on 1st September and provided not only the highest quality music but delivered it with great humour.
Another coup for Ruislip Lions. Membership secretary Lion Hugh being presented with an award by Lion President Phyllis for encouraging two new members and a further two in the pipeline. Keep it up Lion Hugh!!
Lion Fred recently attended the South Ruislip ASDA open day to discuss forging links between Lions and the community.
The Asda foundation aims are “We aim to transform communities, improving lives now and in the future. As a charitable corporate foundation, we give independent grants and support locally relevant projects throughout the UK. Whether its helping, charities, local good causes or community activity, all make a real difference to your local community”.
The first Club meeting in August had a very welcome visit from Lion Mohan and his wife Lion Kirti. Lion President Phyllis introduced them to the club members. Lion Mohan and his wife are from Jaipur the Pink City. Lion Mohan explained to us the huge numbers of Lions active in India. As a lion he has travelled to 50 countries across the world. There are 136 clubs in the district and 1,500 Lions The district is 3233A1. In his own club there are 72 members mainly couples. Lion Mohan has been a Lion for 26 years and has taken many roles, including DG. His son lives in central London with his English wife. Lion Mohan first contacted Lion Parveen, District secretary, and also has met our present DG Doreen Allen.
Lion Mohan and Lion President exchanged pennants and Lion Peter, and our most long serving Lion, Ken were presented with pins.
Lion Mohan thanked the club from the bottom of his heart for the visit and gave an open invitation to all Lions who may like to visit him in India, he also mentioned the Youth Exchange programme.
Donna the fund raising manager from Harlington Hospice started the day with Rick and Lynne. They then worked during the day with President Phyllis, Lion Peter and Sally (in the picture). It was a fun activity for a good cause.
Tickets available from
www.hillingdontheatres.uk 01895 250615
or in person from Compass Theatre (opposite Ickenham Station), open Tue-Sat 10.30am to 5pm