Meet the Members

We currently have 20 members and are always looking for others to join us. We encourage prospective members to attend at least one business meeting before applying to join. We work to a well defined agenda but the members conduct during the meetings is often somewhat rambunctious which gives rise to much hilarity. But business is conducted efficiently. Our attendance rate is generally around 75%.

We have two "working" committees. The Welfare Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month and the Fundraising Committee on the 1st Wednesday. Then all members come together for the monthly Business meeting which is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.




Dianne Hopkins - President and Fundraising Committee Member

Previously a member of the Lions Club of South Africa, she joined our Club in 2012 after carefully sussing us out by attending three of our business meetings to make sure that it was truly as riotous on each occasion. Since then she has participated in all the Club activities including visiting our twin Club in Alencon and subsequently hosting French Lions, and attending our District Convention. 
She has also stood in as Quizmaster when the usual one was unavailable, and was very well received. Her business and computer skills make the jobs of Secretary and member of the Fundraising Committee a doddle. She dipped her toe in the fundraising pool in 2015 and ran a most successful Barn Dance for us. It was definitely one of our most "fun" evenings with everyone getting into the swing of it, so she did it again in 2016 with equal success.
Rex Sinden

Rex Sinden - Treasurer, Welfare Committee member and International Liaison Officer

Half of the bars on the Presidential regalia bear his name. Whenever there's a volunteer hiatus he steps up to the mark. As one can see, he has taken his former job as Dinner Secretary seriously. This enabled him to develop excellent programmes for our Twinning Events with the Lions Club of Alencon. As a result the French (those well known exponents of "ze stinky cheese") have developed not only a healthy respect for British cuisine, but also a predeliction for English cheeses served with water biscuits (which are virtually unknown in France). He is also our sommelier (got the picture?), scavenging wine merchants and supermarket shelves for interesting plonk to offer our supporters at fundraising Concerts and Quiz nights. He has recently become addicted to golf and one wonders when the annual boules match against the French will be converted into an annual golf match. We did try them out with golf clubs once but there was a definite mismatch between enthusiasm and ball contact.
To ensure that his cup continues to run over he has now taken on the Treasurer role. I think the rest of us could quietly slope off and he'd run the entire Club.

Barry Morgan - Secretary, Fundraising Committee member, Message in a Bottle (MIAB), Lions Den and Lion Tamer

Offloaded on to us by the Lions Club of Reading for incompetent burger flipping in 2003, he has since been President a couple of times and Secretary a few more. He initiated the Club's involvement with MIAB and continues to operate it. A bit of a handy man, he upgraded our "Rat Run" putting game into its current rebirth as the "Lions Den". Assisted by the rest of the Club he organised visits to 15 different locations with it  last year in support of our own fundraising and to assist local schools and charities. He is constantly on the lookout for ways in which the Club can serve the Community. In fact if the Club was "Oliver" he'd be "Hardy" as in " this is another fine mess you've got me into!"
He has just undergone a successful operation to alleviate compression of the spine and now insists he is 9 foot tall. (He's certainly too big for his britches!)

John Lincoln - Chairman of Fundraising, Youth, and General Factotum

Daddy Cool! If he was an armchair he'd be a "Stressless". Problems? What problems? He's been with us for 15 - 20 years now during which time he's been President and Chairman of Fundraising. Now he does all those little "oil can" jobs that make the Club work - booking halls, organising liquor licences, buying crisps and sundry other little run-of-the-mill tasks. After a fabulously successful Christmas tin shake he now annually lays eggs - great big chocolate ones - on the members who place them in various venues to be raffled. When he discovered that Merton school had entered the Rock Challenge he approached them to offer to offer our manpower support.  If anyone can engage the young with the aims and objects of Lionism he can.

Julian Bridges - Chairman of Welfare, Website Administrator and Tweeter

Inducted into the Club at our Handover Dinner in June 2014. But, he'd looked us over pretty carefully before joining and had joined us setting up events, run a raffle and starred in the Old Basing Carnival wearing the Lion suit. You would have thought that a 6 foot 6 inch Lion bearing down on them might have scared the kids. Not a bit of it - he was mobbed. All wanted a hug or a carry. He is now learning the ins and outs of Message in a Bottle and "tweeting".
We now have over 400 followers on Twitter including some Lions in Australia! Good on yer mate! 
Update: He is very definitely a dab hand at sorting out the ham fisted attempts of the PRO to introduce new items to the website and has introduced some eye catching innovations of his own. 
Member of the website award winning team 2016.

Ann Vicars - Immediate Past President and Welfare Committee member.

In our 50th year, we celebrated the appointment of our first female President. Ann joined the Club in 2012 and was given the job of Tailtwister (recorder of members' misdemeanours during business meetings). This she did with gusto and no little damage to her computer which she battered unmercifully during the meetings. The product gave a true insight into the female mind ie. none of the males understood it. Since then she has brought her restless energy to bear on recruitment where she has devised some novel approaches, and her persistence bore fruit and earned her our "Lion of the Year" award. She has a particular interest in sight problems and organises a stall in the town centre in recognition of World Sight Day on the second Thursday of October at which "Lenny the (Basingstoke) Lion", another of her little introductions, features large. It is now part of our annual programme. In the temporary absence of our then President Tony Bamberger, she deputised for him, a role she undertook with her usual gusto. The creative juices were flowing and I fear we were reaching the stage where we didn't know if we were punched, bored or countersunk. But, you can't keep a good gal down. She has attended 5 District Conventions (Lions Clubs excuse for making whoopee which she obviously did) where she accepted, on behalf of the club, prizes for various endeavours including membership, services to sight (a tribute particularly to the work of our first female Lion, Denise Moon), the District website competition - the joint effort of Lion Julian (see above), Yours Truly and herself as micro editor and for innovative services to the community. She also accepted, on behalf of Derick Lacey, a Certificate of Appreciation for his many years service as our Chairman of Welfare. In 2015 she decided that everyone should be "aware" of Lions. She roped in both the Loddon Valley and the Hook & Odiham Lions Clubs and between them they put on a very good event in the town centre. At our October 2015 business meeting the then 2nd Vice District Governor Peter Bennett presented her with a member sponsorship award.




Derick Lacey - Welfare Committee member and Melvin Jones Fellow

The MJF pin

Joined the Club before Noah launched the Ark. Did a stint as president in 1987 before returning to his true calling as Welfare Chairman for many years - retiring with distinction in 2017. He is well known to local welfare associations which approach him in the knowledge that they will get a fair hearing and that he will help if the case meets our criteria. He also acts as head barman at our fundraising events. But, he is best known for his one-line interventions during the main business meeting which generally cause mass hysteria.
In recognition of his long service and stalwart work on Welfare he was awarded an "International President's Certificate of Appreciation" at District Convention 2015 (I'm sure he'd have got another award if they knew what a good barman he is) and made a Melvin Jones Fellow (the highest award a Lion can receive) in 2017.
Dennis Crouch

Dennis Crouch - Welfare Committee member

This picture is Dennis in a nutshell. He joined us in 2008 and immediately joined the Welfare Committee where his practical understanding of people and willingness to research cases and offer practical solutions was a godsend. When the job of President became vacant he stuck his head above the parapet and duly had it knocked off. Having had a year of trying to control the exuberant antics of his fellow Lions (and eating too many dinners) he is now back wheeling and dealing for cookers, carpets, building materials etc. in the Welfare Committee. If we had an award for "pleader" of the year he'd win it hands down.
He has a slightly nostalgic bent which is reflected in the name of his Quiz Team "If Only" and I'm sure his car could get to Devon all by itself.

Tony Bamberger – Zone Chairman and Fundraising Committee member

Before joining the Club in 2009 he was already involved in organising and teaching disabled swimmers. He helped put together, train and otherwise support Basingstoke's entrants to the 2017 Special Olympices in Sheffield where one of the entrants won 2 gold medals. It was therefore a natural progression for him to join the Fundraising Committee and take over organisation of our annual Swimathon. The latest event has been the most successful ever and it’s hoped it will continue to raise thousands of pounds from which many local charities will benefit. He has been Chairman of Fundraising, was subsequently nominated Vice President and was generally considered a safe pair of hands until he chose his own 'Vice', who thus became our 2016-2017 (first female) president! He also has a Quiz Team, "The Kickers", which has in the past won our biannual Quiz. As his year as President was marred by illness, he volunteered to take on the job again the following year and was unanimously elected. For several years he and Eleanor have organised our Macmillan's Coffee (CAKE) morning - a stupendous success. Everyone's sugar levels go into orbit as we try – and pretty much manage - to sample each of the many creamy, gooey, fruity confections on offer

Denis White - Fundraising Committee member

At 95 our oldest member, seen here receiving the Bill Fields trophy for services to sight from Lin Piatek of the Petersfield Lions Club. He organised SPECTREK for us for 30 years and collected in excess of 45,000 pairs of spectacles for recycling. He was our President in 1982.  An ardent Bentley fan he owned a green 1934 open top touring car with which he thrilled our French visitors, and a 1956 Silver Bentley Continental which he used to carry many brides to the church. He maintained both cars himself and any casual visitor would normally have to drag him out from his inspection pit clad in the most disreputable boiler suit and peak cap you ever saw. In recognition of his 45 years’ steadfast service to the Club, he was presented with the ‘District Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation’ in 2016.

Dalton Hopkins - Fundraising Committee member

Another import from the Lions Club of South Africa, he too joined us in 2012. Having spent a year getting used to our peculiarities (ours is not exactly a normal Club) and entering into the spirit of our various activities, he volunteered to take on Chairmanship of Fundraising which worked out very well. He also showed his mettle by agreeing, at short notice, to take on the role of Zone Chairman for 2 years which involved organising meetings of 4 clubs' representatives to compare activities and identify problems.
Further demonstrating his appetite for punishment, he was one of our delegates to the 2015 District Convention.

Brian Locock - Fundraising Committee member, Convention and Constitution

Another Lion of many years standing, he was President in 1991 after which he took on the never popular role of Treasurer, which he filled in exemplary fashion until recently. He has represented the Club at many Conventions over the years and at the District Service of Thanksgiving. How did his "Constitution" stand it?
His long service in the Treasurer role was recognised when he was awarded a "Certificate of Appreciation" at the 2014 District Convention.

George Johns - Welfare Committee member and Health and Safety Officer

Another old timer whose membership predates the old Steam Fayre. He continued his interest in all things mechanical by joining the organising committee of the Basingstoke Transport Festival which is one of the town's largest and most popular events. For our Club he ensures that our insurance status remains up-to-date and that a rigorous risk assessment is carried out before each event. He has the unique distinction of having been fined most often for saying absolutely nothing during business meetings. (That is not to say that he hasn't said anything, just that he's said it under his breath.) He is every bit as mischievious as he looks. At a recent meeting his attempts to clarify the labeling requirements for homemade sandwiches nearly caused a mass walkout.

John Hibberd -  Fundraising Committee member and tailtwister

Joined our Club in the early 1980s, dog handling, fence erecting and grasscutting for the old Steam Fayre. After a couple of years he graduated to Secretary, and then President before taking his role as Travelling Lion too far and defecting to the Forest of Dean Lions Club.  But, the language barrier proved too great and he returned to us. During the absence of the PRO he took the minutes of the monthly business meeting. He managed to reduce the minutes from 4 to 3 pages. PRO thought he had found someone who was better at sniffing out irrelevant bullshit than himself until he realised that the only part of the minutes that is normally worth reading, the Tail Twister's Report, had been omitted. Nevertheless it was a noble effort which has earned him  full remission for his erstwhile defection. But, he still has to make good on his offer to understudy on "Convention and Constitution" and "Health and Safety". 
In a bid to wriggle out of the aforementioned tasks, he has since organised a successful New Orleans Jazz evening and has now programmed a ‘Who Dunnit Evening’ – alias ‘Murder Mystery’ - for us in March 2018. We are looking forward to that with bated breath.

Maurice Hockley - Fundraising Committee Member

Our resident impresario. The inventor and negotiator of our most successful fundraising endeavour, the annual "Concerts for Charity" programme. A Lion of some 15-20 years standing, he rapidly took on the roles of President and then Chairman of Fundraising during which time he found a new route for our Annual Charity Cycle Ride which has become a firm favourite. He then organised a series of concerts by Swell Party which were a resounding success. In true entrepreneurial style he realised he was onto a winner and has been milking it ever since. He has also had a 20 year run as our Quizmaster making life difficult, but highly entertaining, for our contestants by mangling the pronunciation of anything approaching a foreign language while roundly castigating the question setter.

Denise Moon - Medic Alert/ Dentaid/ SPECTREK and Fundraising Committee member

A Welsh immigrant, she relieved our dearth of female members when she joined us in 2000. Rapidly won "Lion of the Year" award with her willingness to take on a variety of jobs and the forthright nature of her contribution in all areas. Master organiser of raffles, which she provides for all our concerts and now Quiz nights, she also arranges our annual contribution to SPECTREK, the Lions' system for collection of redundant pairs of spectacles for recycling to the third world. This year she has assembled over 3000.
She has also displayed a surprising knowledge of pubs in which to place Chocolate Easter Eggs for our Easter Raffle. (I'm sure she's never been in the Salvation Army.)

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Philip Wilson - Public Relations Officer, Minute Taker and Fundraising Committee member

Seen here communicating with a French friend with whom he clearly feels he has much in common. He was dragged kicking and screaming into the Club in 1988 and repeated visits from pest control have as yet failed to dislodge him. His first job was to organize a Charter Dinner dance for 110 people. As he made a considerable illicit profit, he was immediately  elected Treasurer and then President. Subsequently, as Chairman of Fundraising he initiated a biannual quiz and an annual charity cycle ride both of which are still running. He tried to emigrate to Oz in 2005. But, alas, they didn't want him. So, he is still with us, now exercising the dark arts of smoke, mirrors and terminological inexactitudes as our PRO. He would have been happy as a politician in the Vladimir Putin mode. But, his one saving grace is that he does make exceedingly good plum jam.
Member of the website award winning team in 2016 and happily embarrassed when presented with the ‘District Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation’ at the Club’s 50th anniversary gala celebration in April 2017.

Anousjka Selders - Dinner Secretary, Facebook, and Welfare Committee member

Having been formally inducted at our Handover Dinner in 2014, she has regularly helped out and participated in events, most frequently with the Lions Den. She appeared to enjoy the Old Basing Carnival very much as it afforded her the opportunity to drag the Lion around with a rope round his neck. Her work on social media has not only enhanced our public profile but brought us new supporters for our Charity events.
Her talents include a remarkable ability to distill the PRO's rambling prose into engaging little snippets on Facebook. As a merger is out of the question, a takeover bid may be on the cards.
A member of the website award winning team in 2016, she now undertakes the unenviable task of organising our monthly social dinner evenings.

Pat Pritchard - Welfare Committee member

Joined us in July 2015 and immediately took on the role of Dinner Secretary which is a well known poison chalice. The Club abounds with picky eaters so it's a case of pleasing some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. She's done a good job and is to be congratulated on taking on a role so soon after taking on us!                   

Jan Hooper - Welfare Committee member and substitute Tailtwister

Joined the Club in October 2015 when she was badged up by the then 2nd Vice President Lion Peter Bennett. Impressed the club with a comprehensive report on the 2016 District Convention, putting other attendees to shame!


If you are interested in joining us please contact us so that we can invite you to one of our meetings.