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Best Ever Horse Ride – Sep’19




Riders were galloping over each other to come up with the best superlative for the latest Fun Ride which was staged by Windsor Lions, the leading local community services organisation, in stunning Windsor Great Park last weekend!

Over 650 riders took part to raise money for a range of local charities including Riding for the Disabled.  The superb weather as well as a spectacular new course within the prestigious Deer Park led many riders to take to social media to express their delight at the ride.  Comments included: “Was the best thing ever!”  “Amazing ride, thank you so much to all involved, this is the best run ride I’ve ever come across.  Beautiful day and the route this year sensational!”

Event Organiser for Windsor Lions, Mark Fraser also expressed himself very happy: “I know we say this every year but the new course made this years’ event even better.  The park is a magnificent setting and many riders aren’t normally able to ride in it.  We are so grateful not just to all the riders who take part and enable us to raise so much money, but also to the authorities in the park who allow us the privilege of using it”


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Windsor Lions Celebrate 2017 Achievements in Style – Jan’18


100 plus guests enjoy stunning Awards evening! The Windsor Lions, the leading local community service organisation, celebrated in style on Friday evening in the glorious Guildhall, Windsor with a stunning presentation to over 100 guests, representing local charities, good causes and voluntary groups from all corners of the Windsor area, describing the Club’s many achievements and successes during 2017. Light refreshments were served during what was a lively networking reception. In the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough, Cllr John Lenton and Mrs Lenton, the sound and video based presentation, led by Lion Mark Fraser, spanned the year chronologically highlighting all the Club’s achievements week by week, month by month, describing Windsor Lions many and varied activities ranging from fundraising events, help and support given to those groups in need, promotional events as well as the dozens of instances of service to the local community. The presentation demonstrated the extent and the breadth of local service that Windsor Lions deliver to the Windsor community. Some of the metrics were summarised as: • 4 defibrillators installed with £1450 donated to the Windsor community project; • 40 Windsor Foodshare shifts undertaken; • 28 bus drives for Mencap members; • 4 new Windsor Lions members recruited; • 20 social events successfully undertaken; • 34 cases of community support delivered with £2000 donated; • 12 Leos (Lions of the future) recruited at Windsor Boys School; • £50,000 charitable donations made. The proceedings were cleverly interspersed with a number of award presentations to both representatives of local charities and good causes benefitting from the Lions fundraising events, as well as the members of volunteering groups who had participated in them. Winners of the major 2017 initiatives – The Lions Den, the Windsor Great Park Horseride and the Swimathon – were showcased with certificates and trophies awarded. Cheques to the value of over £40,000 were presented to the beneficiaries including RDA, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, BlueAcre Stables, SportsAble, Chemogiftbags, Windsor Horse Rangers, Cancer Research UK, The Know How, Windsor Foodshare, Eden Day Unit and Mencap. Volunteering groups and other organisations awarded included local Brownies and Guides, Slough Fostering Association, Clewer Green School and Winkfield St Mary’s School and Family Action RBWM Young carers, amongst many others. Two surprise awards were made by District Governor Lion Dave Hodges of a Lions Centenary badge to Windsor Lions President Paul Maxwell on behalf of Windsor Lions for the Club’s exceptional service achievements and a personal award to Lion Mike Sells for his excellent work for Windsor Lions. The evening was concluded by Lion President Paul Maxwell who gave an emotional and heartfelt address which thanked all volunteers, organisations and local charities who help and support the needy in our community. He praised members of Windsor Lions for all their efforts throughout the year – and every year – and made a special plea to help Windsor Lions spread the word in the local community about the great work that Windsor Lions does. Afterwards Lion Paul commented: “What a fantastic evening, a brilliant evening, and a great showcase of the work and support Windsor Lions undertakes! This evening we helped to change the lives of hundreds of needy folk in the Windsor area and we do that with fun and joy in our hearts. We are so grateful for the support we receive.”

Windsor Lions take a lead in Diabetes Awareness -May ’17


“Diabetes – Know Your Risk” headlines the Windsor awareness campaign

 The Windsor Lions, the leading local community service organisation, is launching an awareness campaign in Windsor of the risks associated with diabetes, a growing scourge in our society. 
Working with Diabetes UK, the Club is holding an event in Windsor on Friday and Saturday 16th & 17th June to promote ‘Diabetes Week’ which runs from Sunday 11th June through all of that week. Members of Windsor Lions will man a campaign stall in Peascod Street outside Boots and encourage members of the public to enter the store and participate in a survey-based ‘assessment process’ undertaken by Boots’ trained staff to understand their risk of contracting diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious condition but the risks associated with it are not fully appreciated by most people. It can make an individual go blind, cause a stroke or kidney failure, trigger a heart attack, lead to amputations or even kill. The risk of contracting diabetes increases with age and if there is a history of diabetes in the family then the condition is two to six times more likely. An overweight condition can also increase the risk. Right now, there are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK including 549,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes (but don’t realise it), a form of the condition which usually gets worse. Without urgent action, and greater public awareness, the number of people with diabetes in the UK is forecast by Diabetes UK to rise to 5 million by 2025. However, early intervention and life style changes can prevent or delay diabetes, in fact Diabetes UK say that 3 out of 5 cases of Type 2 can be delayed or prevented – but the first step towards this is identifying those most at risk.
Health related awareness campaigns are not new territory for Windsor Lions. In the recent past the Club has run two very successful Prostate Cancer awareness campaigns in Windsor which have directly benefitted hundreds of ‘at risk’ males and, according to the medical experts, saved the lives of several of them by early medical attention which resulted.
Lion Lindsay MacGregor, Windsor Lions campaign manager commented: “We are delighted to be working with Diabetes UK to drive forward this “Diabetes – Know Your Risk” campaign. Early diagnosis of diabetes followed by appropriate treatment is vital to the long-term health of the patient and if we can help to ‘spread the word’ through Windsor then we will have achieved our aim.” 

Windsor Lions’ Silver Lunch a sparkling success! Feb’17


Bigger and better than ever before – over 140 elderly folk royally entertained

Windsor Lions held its annual ‘Silver Lunch’ for the elderly last Sunday (19th February) when over 140 Windsor and district based residents were suitably wined, dined and entertained by a wonderful mix of music and song. Fondly known by the Club as the ‘Silver Party’, guests were transported to and from the venue, once again at SportsAble, the disability sports club in Maidenhead, to what was a truly lovely event, full of colour and gaiety. 
A two course lunch, followed by coffee, was prepared by the Windsor Lions team, led by the Club’s own ‘chef de cuisine’ Lion Graham Alston, and served by members of Windsor Lions, their families and friends. The event had an Old Time Music Hall theme with full blooded sing-song led by the renowned key board and song artist Phil Phillips who has in the past accompanied world-famous stars of entertainment including Bruce Forsythe. And new entertainers were The Friends of Langley Park Handbell Ringers who cleverly played both classical and contemporary tunes – certainly a lovely novelty not previously experienced at the event.


The Mayor and Mayor’s Escort, Cllr Sayonara Buxton and her husband Ian Buxton, were in attendance which added an extra sparkle to the event. Lion President Dave Voyce thanked the entertainers, event organiser Lion Diane Purchase and all Club members and friends for their work staging the party with a special tribute to those ‘regulars’ who could not be with us this year. Proceedings were rounded off in the traditional manner with a rousing chorus of “We’ll Meet Again”! And we certainly hope so – same time, same place, next year!


Lion Diane Purchase, concluded: “It is probably one of the Club’s most worthwhile events of the annual calendar – it is so much fun and bonhomie our members love doing it and of course our guests have a whale of a time. A great venue, a lovely lunch, plenty of wine and superb entertainment – how could it possibly fail?!”


from right to left, Event Organiser Lion Diane Purchase, The Mayor RBWM Cllr Sayonara Luxton, Lion President Dave Voyce.

Leading the charge – Buying and deploying defibrillators in Windsor


The WDefibindsor Community Defibrillator Partnership (WCDP) has been established by a small group of representatives from local organisations seeking to purchase and maintain strategically lifesaving equipment for the town.

Currently in the centre of Windsor we do not have any defibrillators that can be publicly accessed 24 hours a day. Several premises have equipment, but they are not accessible out of hours for a number of reasons, and none are in the town main thoroughfares.


There are two public access external defibrillators in the Eton area, one at Eton Town Council Offices the second at the Chemists at Eton Wick.


The initial aim of WCDP is to raise funds to install and maintain 10 public access defibrillators.  A number of sites are being explored but the overarching objective is to have all areas covered. There will also be a community familiarisation programme in their use, though all defibrillators have built in instruction and are designed to require NO formal training.


Please join our campaign and sponsor a device or donate towards the scheme or for more information please contact Windsor Lions 0845 833 4749, or via Windsor Lions website or alternatively a member of the Windsor Community Defibrillator Partnership.

Committee members:

Paul Roach – Town Centre Manager

PCSO David Bullock – Street Angels

Chris Davies – Rotary Club of Windsor St George

Diane Purchase – Windsor Lions

Mike Sells – Windsor Lions


Committee members will be pleased to provide more information, as required.  Contact can be made through Reception at the Council Offices at York House, Sheet Street, Windsor.

Windsor Lions Prostate Cancer Initiative – Feb ’16


Windsor Lions Reports huge success of Prostate Cancer Awareness Event Record numbers attend April event with lives probably saved as a result The Windsor Lions, the leading local service organisation, have reported unprecedented success with the Club’s recent Prostate Cancer Screening initiative in Windsor on Tuesday 12th April. A record 572 at-risk males attended the free-of-charge event held at Combermere Barracks, Windsor. Lion Diane Purchase, event organiser, explained: “The promotional work we did in the days running up to the event in terms of leaflet handouts, mail drops, media activity including social media promotion really paid handsome dividends. The attendance beat our optimistic target by over 14% so we are absolutely delighted. It goes to show if you work hard the results will follow.” The event was organised and manned by members of Windsor Lions with top professionals in attendance carrying out the blood tests which were subsequently analysed by Wexham Park Hospital. A top Urologist Mr David Baxter-Smith was also on call on the day and has subsequently analysed all the blood test results using a ‘traffic light system’ – 93% of those tested were found to be ‘green’ (all clear), 3% ‘amber’ (further tests recommended in the future) and the balance ‘red’ (urgent attention required). All the results have been communicated in total confidence to the attendees. Lion Diane continued: “There is no doubt that our event has probably saved lives – at the very least we have given those not in the ‘green’ category a better chance of positive treatment which in the majority of cases will lead to a total cure. That is very pleasing. We owe a considerable amount to our main sponsors The Shanly Foundation and Savills of Windsor who made it all possible – our sincere thanks.” For further information on any of the above please contact Lion John Jenkins on 07976 297835 or john.jenkins999@btinternet.com

Windsor Lions Annual Awards Evening Jan ’15



The Guildhall, Windsor – Friday 10th January. 7.30pm for 8.00pm

The Windsor Lions are holding its annual Awards Evening for trophy winners and benefitting Charities & Good Causes for the past year’s major fundraising events – the annual Horseride held last May and the Swimathon in October – on Friday 10th January at The Guildhall, Windsor, 7.30pm for 8.00pm.

Trophies will  be presented to many of the riders who participated in the Club’s annual Horseride which has raised over £1.6m for local good causes over the 37 years it has been running.  Award categories feature the ‘Best Turned Out’ for under and over 16 years and to those raising most sponsorship.  Winning riders are expected from various parts of the South East.  Representatives from several local charities will also be present to receive donations, the proceeds from the Event.

As well as the Horseride, presentation cheques will be presented to those organisations which participated in last October’s Swimathon.  56 swimming teams, a record for the event, representing a large number of local good causes, including Blue Mountain horse rescue charity, SportsAble, the disability sport club, the local brownies and guides, Windsor Boys School Rowing section and SURF, the addiction treatment service based in Slough, all took part.

Windsor Lions President, Lion Martin Bate, commented:  “Our annual Awards Presentation evening is always a fun, most enjoyable event especially so when held in the prestigious Guildhall, Windsor.  It is so good to have the opportunity to donate the proceeds of our two major fundraising events to local good causes and to see just how much they appreciate all our efforts on their behalf and to hear first-hand the difference it makes for them.”

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, is expected to be in attendance during the evening.  Photographers and other Media representatives are most welcome to attend.  Please contact John Jenkins to confirm (see contact details below).

For more information on any of the above please contact Lion John Jenkins on 07976 297835 or john.jenkins999@btinternet.com

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