One Hundred Years of Lions Clubs
As a celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the formation of Lions clubs worldwide, Tonbridge Lions Club wanted to provide a lasting contribution to the Tonbridge community and one that would give enjoyment to many.
Numerous ideas were considered; a wishing-well, a pétanque pitch, even a new clock on River Walk. However, after discussions with Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Leisure Services department and deliberations with their own team, they settled on the provision of a new children’s slide for the sports ground play park. The Council’s Leisure team have had numerous requests for a slide that catered for the older children that used the park and the new slide would fulfil this need.
A location on which to install the slide in the park was earmarked by the Borough Council and proposals were drawn up and discussions with a number of suppliers were put in hand. Yates Playground Equipment was successful and engaged to provide the slide and the installation took place at the beginning of August.
Chairman of the Lions Club project team, Mike Fenn said, “Our active fundraising enabled us to provided £5000 towards the project. We are grateful to other contributors, Kent County Council, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and the Tonbridge Town Lands and Richard Mylls Charity for helping us bring the project to a successful conclusion. We believe the new slide will prove to be a welcome addition to the excellent equipment already in place.”
Tonbridge Lions Club would also like to thank TMBC Leisure Services department for their support throughout the process and implementation of the project.
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Maria Heslop says: “The new slide brings another dimension to the play area for slightly older children and we hope it gets lots of use over the summer. Thank you and congratulations to Tonbridge Lions Club, we’re delighted they chose to mark such a special milestone in this way.”
Photo: L/R Lion Mike Fenn, Kent County Cllr Richard Long, Lion Barrie Bromley, President of Tonbridge Lions, Gordon Hill & his wife Mrs Peggy Hill, and Lion Owen Baldock