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Lions Club members celebrate with trees

Harborough Lions Club members during the tree-planting in the town's Welland Park

Harborough Lions Club members during the tree-planting in the town's Welland Park

Members of the Harborough Lions Club are celebrating 40 years of service to the town by funding the planting of 40 trees in Welland Park.

The club, founded in 1974, has raised funds and supported a wide range of charitable projects over the decades.

The purpose of the club is to put something back into the community and to have some fun while doing it.

The Lions aim to ensure that efforts are rewarded by covering their own administration costs and giving every pound raised to those in need.

During its tree-planting, which started last Tuesday, the town club’s president Peter Warren said: “For 40 years, the club has worked to support good causes locally such as The Cube youth project, Robert Smyth’s Jazz and Soul Band, the Street Pastors, Jubilee Foodbank and many further afield.

“We’ve also organised the town’s carnival parade for many years and put on a tea party for senior citizens.”

Three of its original members are still actively involved.

Those stalwarts are Mr Warren, Bernard Croft and David Thake.

In 2012 a new club was launched – Harborough Twenty12 Lions Club – which is for men and women.

In June the club will cease to exist and the work of Lions in the town will be taken up by the Twenty12 group.

 

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