Christmas was a busy time for Kenilworth Lions as usual, and a very successful one.
In the period running up to the holiday we organised a visit to the Priory Theatre pantomime for some of our elderly residents, with Lions members providing lifts and acting as hosts for the evening. We also worked in conjunction with the Children’s Centre to provide cash vouchers to needy families to help them enjoy the holiday period.
On the Saturday evening before Christmas, we held our annual Carol Concert in Abbey Fields, the second time we had used this venue since moving away from the traditional setting at the Castle. With clear skies and a full moon overhead, the Kenilworth community turned out in great numbers for this much-loved event, with the crowd estimated at 2,500 people. Music was provided as usual by the Salvation Army band and children from St. Augustine’s School, with the crowd in good voice through a full programme of everyone’s favourite carols. Rev. Stella Bailey from St. Nicholas Church repeated her now-famous rendition of the Christmas story with chocolates, and there were readings from the bible from Mayor Mike Hitchins, Jeremy Wright MP and Lion president Gordon Henderson.
Boxing Day brought the annual Charity Duck Race through Abbey Fields, which attracted a crowd of several thousand to come and watch the race and support their favourite plastic ducks. Conditions for the race this year were perfect, with the winning duck numbers being 1428, 428, 229 and 220 in first to fourth place respectively.
All of the net proceeds from our Christmas events will go to support local charities and good causes through the year, with the 50th anniversary of Kenilworth Lions Club in 2019 being marked by the launch of a new ‘Dream Scheme’ awards programme, details of which are available on this web site.
Kenilworth Lions would like to thank the local community for its great support for our programme of Christmas events, and to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2019. Look out for our next major public event, the Grand Show on Saturday 8th June, which this year will be bigger and better than ever!