Family Day out at Beale Park                               

Beale Park Event 2012:
Following on from the success of 2011 Lions Clubs from across the Thames Valley hosted another family day out at Beale Park on June 16th 2012. The Lions Club of Reading arranged for a number of local families to be taken by coach to Beale Park in Pangbourne to enjoy the day. Although a bit blustery, the day stayed dry. There was a picnic in the park followed by ice cream and everyone enjoyed the fun of the day.  

We received letters of thanks, all of which make our efforts so worthwhile. Here is just a sample:

"I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Lions for arranging the day out at Beale Park on Saturday. We were really blessed with the weather - not too hot with sunny spells and only rain as we were leaving the car park! "Many thanks to everyone from Meet Monday".

Here are some pictures of the day:  


Getting ready to greet our guests Relaxing after the rush Taking the train Lunch is served
Ice cream anyone Willing helpers willing helpers even the helpers need to eat
Time for lunch Lelsey and John


How it all began:

Back in October 2010 Reading Lions Club was involved in a fundraising event at the Mill at Sonning, dinner theatre. The Mill at Sonning allowed us to purchase discounted tickets which we could sell on at the full value to raise funds. The actors / players assisted with the selling of raffle tickets and were kind enough to undertake our Auction at the end of the performance. All the prizes were donated. We raised more than 970 on the night and this money was used to provide a Family Fun Day out at Beale Park, near Pangbourne on a sunny Saturday in June 2011.

The event at the Mill and at Beale Park was supported by a number of local Lions Clubs and as a result more than 100 local parents, children and young people enjoyed a great day out. We were able to provide a picnic lunch, free train ride, ice creams and cold drinks and every young person received a colouring book and / or discovery book. The sun shone all day and everyone had a great time, including the Lion members. 

The Lions Club of Reading approached Crossroads, a local not for profit organisation, providing support for carers and the people they care for and with their help, a group of Reading young carers and their family's enjoyed a great day out. The other Lions Clubs participating bought along young people / families via organisations such as the Berkshire Dingley Family. A big thank you goes to the Lions Club of Burnham who were the principal organisers of the day.  

Mary Jacobs, from Reading Crossroads said " The trip was much appreciated by all that attended. Marcus, who was with my group could not understand why he was not allowed to go fishing, he was well impressed by the size of some of the carp, and was just itching to catch them (he does fishing as a hobby). I am not too sure that Beale Park would have been happy to see one of their carp disappearing out of the park! I think the group I was with finally left around 4.45pm. Again thanks for the day."

The day was such a success that we decided there and then to do it all again in 2012. See top of page for information on the 2012 event.



Beale Park Fun on the train at Beale Park Wildlife at Beale Park Friends from Burnham Lions at Beale Park


Reading Lions Charity no: 1126848