Garden handover for Woodhall Lions president

Woodhall Spa Lions Club welcomed in their new president, Richard Brown, at an al-fresco meeting.

Newly appointed president Richard Brown received the chain of office from past president Bridget Barker. (photo supplied)

A well known resident of Woodhall Spa and the surrounding area, Richard has taken over from Bridget Barker who has served as President of the local club for the past year.

Richard is no stranger to public service and supporting the local community, as he has served as a First Responder with LIVES for the past eight years and is also a Falls Responder with the Falls Response Partnership (FRP).

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The FRP is a partnership between LIVES, Lincolnshire County Council and EMAS, with the aim of cutting down hospital admissions and reducing the number of front line ambulances deployed to calls.

Richard said: “I am very much looking forward to my year as the local Lions president.

“We have an excellent team of Lions here in Woodhall Spa and they work tirelessly through arranging initiatives to raise money for local charities as well as worthy causes in the area.

“The current Covid 19 epidemic has curtailed some of the activities which we would normally have been involved in this year, however, this has not stopped our work carrying on behind the scenes.”

The Lions are planning to hold a large scale golf day at the Woodhall Spa Golf club in April next year, which will be open to anyone who has a handicap certificate from an approved golf club.

The event will involve groups of two playing on the prestigious Hotchkin course.

Richard added: “Local people, particularly golfers, will know that the Hotchkin course has been voted consistently as the best inland course in the UK by Golf World Magazine, and is recognised as being a classic British heathland course.

“There will be prizes and refreshments and it should be a fun and worthwhile day for all who participate.”

As always with events organised and held by Lions clubs, all proceeds from the golf day will go towards local, regional or national charities.

More information about the golf day will be released in the near future

Richard said: “There are other activities in the planning stage, such as a winter or spring ball, which we have held at the Petwood Hotel for the past three years and proved to be very popular.

“Much will depend on developments concerning the Covid 19 crisis.”

Anyone is interested in becoming a Lion or finding out more, Woodhall Spa Lions can be contacted via their Facebook page, by calling John on 01526 352857 or emailing [email protected]

There are also active Lions clubs at Coningsby and Horncastle and across Lincolnshire, as well as across Great Britain as a whole.