Tree of Light
During December we will hold a Tree of Light at St Mary's Church where anyone may sponsor a light for £5 in memory of a loved one or a special cause at Christmas. This year the tree will be displayed inside the Church foyer.
The sponsor form for 2020 can be downloaded here
We also now have a Just Giving page to enable you to sponsor on-line - click here
There will be a short dedication of the tree in the foyer of St Mary's Church on December 7th at 6:30pm. This year we will not invite people to attend, but we will have the service available to view online.
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.
Book Fair (Postponed)
Our annual Book Fair will be held from Friday the 3rd to Sunday the 5th April at Westward Community Centre, Cefn Glas, Bridgend. Click on the link for directions.
We now have the facility to accept payments by Chip & Pin and Contactless Debit and Credit card.
There will be thousands of good quality books including fiction, non-fiction and children's, all at unbelievable prices.
We will also have an excellent supply of jigsaws.
PLEASE NOTE that we have stopped collecting books and accepting deliveries as our stores are full. We hope to take in donations again once we are able to hold a Book Fair.
Thank you to everyone who has donated books.
Click here for collection and delivery arrangements.
Please do not deliver books to the Westward Community Centre apart from Sunday mornings 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
Charity Swim Gala (Postponed)
Our latest annual Charity Swim will held on Sunday 17th May 2020 at Ynysawdre Swimming pool
Teams of local charities raised funds for themselves at a cost of £50 entrance fee. For further information and to enter a team in 2020 please use our contact page.
We are able to put on this event which enables other groups to raise funds for themselves as a result of some very generous sponsors (details on our Swim page) - we thank them all for their support.
We attend numerous fetes and fundays throughout the Bridgend area from June to September with our fun stalls.
If you are holding an event in 2020 and would like us to attend please contact us.
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.
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.
Santa's Grotto - This has had to be cancelled for 2020, but we hope to be back in 2021.
We helped Santa in his Grotto at Carnegie House (the old library) Wyndham Street, Bridgend on Saturdays 23rd and 30th November and 7th and 14th December 2019.
A visit to see Santa cost £6.00 for which children received a quality gift and their family could take their own photographs. On-line bookings were very popular and we will continue with that in 2020.
We also took payments on the day (subject to availability) by cash or chip & pin or Contactless card.
The grotto also included free crafts and colouring for children while they wait and craft stalls (see below) and tombolas were also available.
On the 19th October 2019 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.
Our sale in October 2020 had to be cancelled due to the covid restrictiond.
For a location map please use this link: Location of Westward Community Centre or use postcode CF31 4JR in your Satnav.
Easter Egg Raffle
Our annual Easter Egg raffle took place at various venues throughout the Bridgend area leading up to Easter.
Customers could 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 2019.
Citizenship Award for Club
We were 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 then 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, including organising what has 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.
Site last updated on 24 November 2020
24 November - Added details of our Just Giving Page for Tree of Light sponsorship
11 November - Update Tree of Light details
2 November - We have had to cancel the Grotto in 2020, but are pleased that we can continue with our Tree of Light this December.
19 March - We have had to postpone our Book Fair and Sponsored Swim.
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On 1st July Mike Greenway took over as President of the club from Tony Gates.
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Some of our donations are pictured below - larger photos are on our donations page
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POW Hospital Cardio respiratory unit