We helped Santa in his Grotto at Carnegie House (the old library) Wyndham Street, Bridgend on Saturdays 26th November and 3rd, 10th and 17th December 2016.
A visit to see Santa cost £5.00 for which children received a quality gift and their family are able to take their own photographs. We also introduced on-line bookings which incurred a 50p booking fee but was well used.
The grotto also included free crafts and colouring for children while they wait and craft stalls and tombolas were also available.
Tree of Light
During December we held a Tree of Light outside St Mary's Church where you could sponsor a light for £5 in memory of a loved one or a special cause at Christmas.
There was a short dedication of the tree in the foyer of St Mary's Church on Monday the 28th November at 6pm including carols sung by St Mary's school choir.
On the 22nd October we held a one day book sale at the Westward Community Centre from 10am to 4pm. All books were sold at half of the price they were on sale at our Book Fair last April to make way for new stock.
For a location map please use this link: Location of Westward Community Centre or use postcode CF31 4JR in your Satnav.
We attended numerous fetes and fundays throughout the Bridgend area from June to September with our fun stalls.
If you are holding an event in 2017 and would like us to attend please contact us.
Citizenship Award for Club
We have been presented with the prestigious Mayor’s Citizenship Award by the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Councillor Clive James.
Pictured with the Borough Mayor are our President Tony Rees with members Henry Trimlett and John Craxton who represented the Club at the Awards ceremony.
This was given in recognition of all the hard work the club has done since its formation, 19 years of what has become one of the largest Charity Book Sales in Wales and the continuing support given to the community
Web site Award
This web site won the 2010 Lions District 105W Club Web Site of the Year Award which was presented to the Club at the Lions District 105W Convention on 12 March 2011.
Our annual Book Fair will be held from 7th to 9th April 2017 at Westward Community Centre, Cefn Glas, Bridgend. Click on the link for directions.
There will be thousands of good quality books including fiction, non-fiction and children's, all at unbelievable prices.
Click here for collection and delivery arrangements.
Please do not deliver books to the Westward Community Centre as the other users of the centre have no involvement with our Book Fairs and left books causes inconvenience and a safety hazard to them.
Book Fair Mailing List
We maintain a mailing list to advise you of news about our Book Fairs. To subscribe click here
DVDs CDs and Computer Games
We are collecting DVDs, CDs and Computer Games. If you have any to donate please contact us via our Contact page and we will let you know collection/delivery arrangements.
Charity Swim Gala
Our latest annual Charity Swim will be held on Sunday 7th May 2017.
Teams of local charities are able to raise funds for themselves at a cost of £60 entrance fee.
We are able to put on this event which enables other groups to raise funds for themselves as a result of many very generous sponsors (details on our Swim page) - we thank them for their support.
Easter Egg Raffle
Our annual Easter Egg raffle will take place at various venues throughout the Bridgend area leading up to Easter.
Customers are able to purchase numbered squares for £1 for a chance to win a large Thornton's Easter Egg.
Thank you to all the venues that supported this event in 2016.
Spectacle and Hearing Aid collections
Thank you everyone who is donating used hearing aids and spectacles.
Our collection bins (below) are now sited at various venues in and around Bridgend. For details of where you can deliver your donations see our spectacle and Hearing Aid pages.
Some of our donations are pictured below - larger photos are on our donations page
Bridgend Disabled football club (new kit)
Bridgend Food Bank
Penybont Gateway Club
Bryntirion School Special Needs section
Angelton Clinic to help clear and replant the gardens
Site last updated on 1st January 2017
1 January - updated events after the Christmas period
15 November - Added on-line bookings for Santa's Grotto including some FAQs.
3 November - Updating details of our Christmas events - Santa's Grotto and our Tree of Light
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On 1st July John Paton (left) took over as President of the club and is formally presented with his chain of office by District Governor Godfrey Morris.
Do you have spare time in which to participate in a satisfying community based pastime with a great spirit of friendship?
If so why not consider joining our Club - see here for further information or use our contact page to get in touch with us. Membership is open to all over 18
Pictured below is our newest member Jacquie White being welcomed by President Phil and sponsor Sarah Harris
Pictured below is Tony Gates receiving his Lions badge from President Godfrey Morris at our recent Business meeting.
And below is Eric Matthews (centre) with Godfrey Morris and sponsor John Craxton