Our annual Book Fair will held from 12-14 April 2019 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.
We will also have an excellent supply of jigsaws.
Click here for collection and delivery arrangements.
Please do not deliver books to the Westward Community Centre other than at the times listed 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.
If you deliver Aberkenfig Welfare Hall (weekday mornings between 11 am and 1 pm), please note that the outer door is often locked by the playgroup for safety reasons. In this event please ring the bell and someone will come to open the door.
Please note that house collections will stop 3 weeks before the event.
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
Our latest annual Charity Swim will be held on Sunday 19th May 2019 at Ynysawdre Swimming pool
Main sponsors: Watts & Morgan
Teams of local charities raised funds for themselves at a cost of £50 entrance fee. For further information and to enter a team in 2019 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.
Easter Egg Raffle
Our annual Easter Egg raffle will take place at various venues throughout the Bridgend area leading up to Easter. More details to follow.
Customers can 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 2018.
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.
We once again helped Santa in his Grotto at Carnegie House (the old library) Wyndham Street, Bridgend on Saturdays 24th November and 1st, 8th and 15th December 2018.
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 in 2018 and we will continue with that in 2019.
We would also like to thank everyone who supported our Luxury Christmas Hamper Raffle, kindly sponsored by Sainsbury's. This was the first time we've sold tickets off-site and we are most grateful for the generous help given by Bridgend Town Council and The Pheasant. In total over £720 was raised for local good causes and charities
In the picture with Santa is Natalie Murphy (senior raffle elf) and Lion President Tony Gates.
The winner (ticket no. 911) was Ms Williams of Gilfach Goch who was delighted with her prize.
Santa said he enjoyed meeting over 400 wonderful children in his Grotto in Carnegie House and will definitely be back in 2019!
The grotto also included free crafts and colouring for children while they waited and craft stalls (see below) and tombolas were also available.
Tree of Light
During December we held a Tree of Light outside St Mary's Church where anyone may sponsor a light for £5 in memory of a loved one or a special cause at Christmas.
The sponsor form can be downloaded for 2019 nearer the date
There was a short dedication of the tree in the foyer of St Mary's Church on the 3rd December including carols sung by St Mary's school choir.
On the 20th October 2018 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 2019 and would like us to attend please contact us.
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.
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 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 7 February 2019
7 February - Updated Book Delivery details
16 January - Confirmed date of 2019 Book Fair
28 December - general updating after our Christmas events.
19 October - Bookings for Santa's Grotto can now be made online - click here for our Booking Link.
14 October - Tree of Light Sponsor Form can now be downloaded here.
8 September - Updated for Autumn/winter events
9 April - Updated events after the Book Fair & Easter Egg Raffles
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On 1st July Tony Gates took over as President of the club from Patrick Halliwell and was formally presented with his chain of office by Patrick.
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
Some of our donations are pictured below - larger photos are on our donations page
Wildmill Youth Club
POW Hospital Cardio respiratory unit