The Club was “chartered” (formed) in 1978 and it was originally known as the “Stockport – Goyt River Lions Club”, covering Woodley, Bredbury, Romiley, Compstall and Marple. There were 23 members and they met on the first Monday and third Thursday of each month at the West Towers Hotel in Marple. In 1985 the name “Romiley, Marple and District Lions Club” became our official title, although we are now usually known simply as “Romiley and Marple Lions”.
We currently meet in the Conservative Club, 6, Guywood Lane, Romiley at 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. As members of a world-wide organisation, “Lions Clubs International” (formed in 1917), we assist as many worthy causes – locally, nationally, and internationally – as we possibly can. Our members can be seen during the year at local fetes and carnivals with our famous “Ball in the Bog” game, raffling Easter Eggs or selling novelty items at the Brabyns Park Bonfire. We also organise various events, quizzes etc., locally to raise money for the Club’s Charity Account and have for many years brought Father Christmas to Marple Garden Centre (Wyevale), where he hosts Breakfast and Tea Time sessions in the Restaurant and also greets visitors to the Dragon Miniature Railway’s grotto. An important part of the Club’s Christmas activities is our annual Marple Santa Dash and the support given to this event over recent years by the locals has been greatly appreciated.
A number of Dinner Meetings are arranged throughout the year, and guest speakers are often invited to inform and entertain our members. The Club enjoys its annual Charter (Birthday) Dinner Dance in March and a variety of social events, theatre visits etc. keep us happy when we are “off duty”. Do, please, come to see us and help us to raise money with our silly games and other activities. Perhaps you would also like to attend one of our meetings. We’d love to see you and you can be sure of a warm welcome. You might even decide to join us and become a “Lion”!
If you know of a worthy cause which you would like the Club to support you can come along to tell us about it personally or contact our Welfare Chairman, Terry Harding. We always do our best to help so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Happy New Year and many thanks for your email, it's most encouraging to be asked for an update. Much of the time, nobody seems to know who the Lions are, mistaking us for Rotary, or thinking that we play Rugby (a frightening thought indeed)!
Yes, the Marple Santa Dash did return and we were delighted that 179 people registered for the event, swelling the Club's Charity Account by £1,800. Many thanks to Victoria Thomson and Penny McKnight, of Kidneys for Life (which benefited by £1,770 in sponsorship money), for all their hard work dealing with the online registrations.
Now that things have settled down after a somewhat hectic but very satisfying Christmas season, I am delighted to be giving you an update on the Romiley and Marple Lions Club activities. I have waited for details of the sponsorship money raised on behalf of Kidneys for Life so that I could report as accurately as possible on the totals raised by or on behalf of the Club.
232 people took part in the Marple Santa Dash (the most we have ever had), enabling us to pay £2,320 into the Lions Club Charity Account. £2,000 was raised in the Dragon Miniature Railway's Father Christmas Grotto and a further £840 hosting breakfast and teatime sessions with Father Christmas in the Marple Garden Centre (Wyevale) Restaurant.
221 people took part in the 2017 Marple Santa Dash, enabling us to pay £2,210 into the Lions Club Charity Account. £2,100 was raised in the Dragon Miniature Railway's Father Christmas Grotto and a further £880 hosting breakfast and teatime sessions with Father Christmas in the Marple Garden Centre (Wyevale) Restaurant.
As usual, I have to say thank you to so many people and particularly to the Dragon Miniature Railway and all its volunteers and supporters, and to Marple Garden Centre and all its staff and customers. I think it is most important that we should acknowledge the wonderful support we receive every year and also let people know what we do with the hard earned money that they so kindly donate to us.