THE Wokingham Lions Club has welcomed a new president to the club with a handover ceremony a little different to normal.

An annual charter celebration and handover luncheon usually takes place to welcome the new president on July 1.

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However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the current president Lyn Bailey met with the club's new president Nigel Page to present him with the chain of office on a two-metre tape measure.

The Lions year runs from July 1, 2020, until 30th June 30, 2021.

Founded in 1974, the Wokingham Lions Club is now in its 46th year.

Lyn Baily said: “My biggest challenge was obviously leading our response to the Coronavirus epidemic. "Decisions had to be made regarding the cancellation of our May Fayre in this special year, which was scheduled for 8 May, the same day as the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe.

"Although I was personally disappointed, it was necessary to unite members in our response, and to ensure that we managed the financial risk, whilst at the same time maintaining our goodwill.

"Fortunately, the May Fayre team made sure that this was managed superbly."

She explained it is a "happy" club and said "one of the main reasons I became a Lion was to extend our friendship group"

She continued: "We have enjoyed a great deal of social outings with fellow Lions, as well as balls, treasure hunts and themed evenings.

"We have also enjoyed parties, dinners, BBQs and drinks with good friends we have made through the club."

Nigel Page added: “Taking over the reins from Lyn is not easy.

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"Lyn has been an excellent president over the last twelve months.

"Her enthusiasm for projects like supporting local scouts and youth, charities like School Days, and more recently the Wokingham Hub, have been an inspiration. Thank you, Lyn, you have been great to work with."

He continued: “We now find ourselves in a different world, full of change.

"Raising funds will be our most challenging task, and Ian’s brilliant Woky Pub Quiz has shown the way that we can find different ways to raise money.

"The remaining months of 2020 are still unpredictable, but I know that we will adapt and succeed in our efforts.

"We have an amazingly experienced and dedicated team, and I for one, greatly value the friendship, humour and energy of my fellow Lions."