Lions Club of Bridgend

Tree of Light

 

Our annual Christmas Tree of Light is organised in conjunction with St Mary’s Church who very kindly agree to site the Tree.

This year the tree will be inside the foyer of the Church.

Tree of Light

The 2020 sponsor form can be downloaded here - just print it, complete your details and post or deliver it to the address on the form or hand to any Lions Club member.

Or, new for 2020, you can now sponsor a light with our Just Giving page here

The Christmas Tree is decorated with hundreds of white lights and is set up under the canopy of the church in early December.

A short dedication service is usually held before the lights are switched on, with Christmas Carols led by St. Mary's School Choir. The dedicationt in 2020 will be on Monday 7th December at 6:30pm, but this year the event will be available online only due to covid19 restrictions..

The Tree of Light is a point of focus for people who want to remember a loved one or a special cause at Christmas. Individuals can dedicate a light on the Tree for £5.00 and the name of your loved one(s) or cause are recorded on a board kept alongside the tree for all to read. Throughout the Christmas period the board is updated constantly as new names are added. Forms will be accepted right up until Christmas Eve.

The Tree has enabled us to raise over £8,000 which has supported not only local causes such as Heronsbridge School but has also contributed substantially to a Lions International project (Campaign Sight First II) which has helped to prevent blindness in more than 24,000,000 people in developing countries.

In 2016 the proceeds were divided between Emmaus Bridgend and our own Lions Club Charitable Trust Fund.

Other Charities who have benefited from this event in previous years include Mental Health Matters of Bridgend, The Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, Wales Air Ambulance, The Peter Ryan Appeal and Bridgend Samaritans

Standing around the Tree of Light

To mark the switching on of the lights a short service of dedication is held around the tree when all sponsors and anyone else interested are invited to attend.

dedication service

Lion John Craxton leads the short but enjoyable service in the foyer of St Mary's Church

St Mary's School choir

St Mary's School choir sing carols

St Mary's School Choir around the tree

The choir gather around the Christmas Tree of Light

Cretificate of Appreciation presented to Father Isaac

Lion Simon Dawkes presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Father Isaac in December 2008.

The picture below shows representatives from Mental Health Matters receiving a cheque for £800 (one half of the proceeds of the 2009 Tree of Light) from Lions President Godfrey Morris.

Cheque presentation to Mental Health Matters

And the 2011 Tree of Light resulted in donations to Bridgend Samaritans and Pete's Progress (below)

 

DIARY

1 - 24 December 2020 - Tree of Light

As a consequence of the current situation we have made the decision to postpone our other upcoming events for the safety of both our members and the general public. We hope to re-arrange these events next year.

 

The Lions Club of Bridgend incorporates The Lions Club of Bridgend Charitable Trust Fund (Charity no: 1143349)

 

Please be advised that we will never ask anyone seeking a donation from the Lions Club of Bridgend or from Lions Clubs International to make any payment to secure a donation.
Anyone contacting you by telephone, by letter or online and offering a Lions donation in exchange for a fee or advance payment to secure a Lions donation is doing so fraudulently, and you should not proceed with the matter.

 

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