Meet the Members

We currently have 17 members. We need more. We encourage prospective members to attend at least one business meeting before applying to join. If that doesn't scare them off nothing will.

 We work to a well defined agenda but the members conduct during the meetings is often somewhat rambunctious which gives rise to much hilarity and fines from the Tail Twister. But business is conducted efficiently. Our attendance rate is generally around 80%.

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


Tony Bamberger – President, Region 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 Olympics 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.

This year, as you can see, he's juggling multiple roles. But, we sometimes get the impression he's not quite sure which meeting he's at, particularly when he turns up for the business meeting without his chain of office and the Presidential Gavel which is the most useful tool in the Presidential regalia. But he is a trier! He has been roosting on the Presidential Chair on and off for the past 4 years. We're getting suspicious - we think he may have lost the regalia.

2020: Continues to lead the Club through the Covid19 crisis, getting us on Zoom for the Business and Fundraising meetings and attracting new members through his work with disadvantaged students at QMC. Was voted Lion of the Year.


Dianne Hopkins - Secretary, Zone Chairman, Fundraising Committee member and Lions Den Co-ordinator

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.

She also had a successful stint as our second woman President, simultaneously earning herself the Lion of the Year Award, in spite of many personal trials and tribulations.

She has become an expert Secretary in that she does not bother the membership with the deluge of irrelevant correspondence she receives, and passes on only that which might possibly prove helpful (very little) under the abbreviation YIL or FYI.

2020: One of the few whose job as a radiographer had to continue throughout the Covid crisis, she has been working long hours but still manages to keep up with Club stuff.


Julian Bridges - Treasurer, Website Administrator, Data Protection Officer 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. 

We now have over 400 followers on Twitter which he uses to point followers in the direction of our Facebook pages which are adroitly handled by his other half. 

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. The whole website now hangs together beautifully, and you can safely use it to buy tickets for our many imaginative events.

Member of the website award winning team 2016 and well deserved Lion of the Year 2019.

He has also sorted out treatment of of our contacts so that we now comply with that inept piece of Brussels bureaucracy, The Data Protection Act. (he's given up now that he's got us on track).

Then he further astounded us by taking on the Treasurership which he is now manfully trying to steer through the sargasso sea of internet banking. More anon!

2020: Internet banking is supposed to make life easier. Tell it to the Marines! Our bankers appear to think that it is their job to make his job more difficult. But, he'll get there.


Anousjka Selders - Welfare Chairperson and Facebook Co-ordinator

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 talents include a remarkable ability to distill the PRO's rambling prose into engaging little snippets on Facebook which has not only enhanced our public profile but brought us new supporters for our Charity events. But she also deploys her own super fit cycling prowess in aid of other charities. Her last effort was 222 miles in 3 days. (Tour de France here she comes!)

She also took on the thankless of Dinner Secretary where she found favour with the members by finding some novel eateries for us to try out.

A member of the website award winning team in 2016, she has now taken on the role of Welfare Chair which, due to her grasp of detail and persistence, is going very well.

2020: Continues to do her best for clients in spite of the strictures placed on us by the Covid crisis. And her Facebook articles about the Club continue to attract favourable attention and comment.

Bill Lenihan

Bill Lenihan - Fundraising Committee Chairman

He got talking to Ann Vicars at our World Sight Day stall in the Malls and she persuaded him to join us at a dinner meeting at The Hatch. It was the usual rowdy, good-humored affair and he was pretty much sold on us. But he's a cautious soul and attended two business meetings before being badged up on 8th January 2020 (must have been a New Year's resolution). He kept a low profile at first before taking on the onerous task of Fundraising Chairman. He's taken to it like a duck to soup!


Rex Sinden

Rex Sinden - Welfare Committee member, Dinner Secretary, 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.

The 2018 twinning visit programme he organised was one of our best ever. So he is now making sure that we are well represented when we visit them in May 2019. NB That didn't go too well. Our contingent was much diminished due to a series of unhappy events. But the visit went ahead and by all accounts it was a superb weekend culminating in us losing the annual boules match.

He nearly fell off his chair when one of the other members (without even having his arm twisted) volunteered to take on the convoluted task of Treasurer. Convoluted as in the stringent controls over the task imposed the Charities Commission and our own HQ organisation are not a particularly easy fit with internet banking which is where we must go.

Annie August 2020

Ann Vicars - Welfare Committee member 

In our 50th year, we celebrated her appointment as 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 "Lennie 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. She's been voted Lion of the Year twice.

This year she became an affiliate member to allow herself time for her many other interests. But she still manages to attend most meetings and has shown herself willing to step in and hold the fort when needed. Her email output has not noticeably diminished. Nor has her input to the PRO!!!! The concept that "brevity is the soul of wit " totally escaped her psyche! Lenny, the peripatetic Basingstoke Lion, continues to appear at every public event going thereby fostering our benevolent image and adding to our Welfare Fund. She also remains a member of the Welfare Committee and steps in as Minutetaker when the usual incumbent absconds. She is now planning our next World Sight Day stall in the Basingstoke Malls - Thursday 10th October.

Earlier this year she was murdered on stage at the Oakley Players Murder Mystery evening. She has now sung on stage at the Edinburgh Festival with the Rock Choir and given World Sight Day information on the radio. That's 2 stage, 1 radio so far this year to add to the 2 stage and 3 radio in the previous year - I wonder where she'll appear next???????????? That's what is known as a rhetorical question!!!!! She should have been bottled and handed over to Ali Baba! And now we know!!!! A brilliant performance on Hampshire TV in support of World Sight Day during which she managed to talk about almost every aspect of our Club's activities. But resting on one's laurels is not a concept that appeals to her. She's much more into" challenging the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune".

2020: On the grounds that she is not "at risk", has continued put herself about by helping out at food banks and delivering sundries here there and everywhere. Has acted as minute taker during the absence of the PRO and ensured that his maundering monthly reports reach a wider audience. Sadly, due to the Covid crisis, she will not be organising World Sight Day in the Malls this year.But she and her team will be on hand to collect redundant spectacles in the foyer of Morrisons supermarket on Thursday 8th October.

Derick Lacey - Welfare Committee member and Melvin Jones Fellow

Melvin Jones Fellow

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 from the role 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.

When it looked as though we might lose our Quiz venue because we didn't have a Licensed Bartender he saved the day by persuading a friend to allow us to operate under his licence. 

Managed to crash his previous car into a parked car while dressed as Santa Claus. The police officers who attended the crash instantly breathalysed him as they didn't believe his story about having been stung by a hornet. But he got the 'all clear' result and one of the police officers, clearly a candidate for CID, actually found the hornet. It was dead but we're not sure whether it was because Dennis hit it or because it bit him.

In his new little buzzbomb he has flitted to all UK points of the compass without mishap.


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 for many years. He has represented the Club at many Conventions over the years.

He is a man of many interests, the church, gardening and steam engines to name a few. But he very rarely misses a Lions meeting and is a very safe pair of hands when running the scoreboard at our bi-annual quiz nights.

His long service in the Treasurer role was recognised when he was awarded a "Certificate of Appreciation" at the 2014 District Convention.

He has now in 2020 won further accolades by producing "A History of the Basingstoke Lions Club" which has been very well received.

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.

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 became 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.

He has now broadened his sphere of influence by playing for and organising events for the Old Basing Bowls Club.

But he's still looking for ways to revive our fortunes in the "concerts" sphere.


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 5000 so far.

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.)

Her latest venture is running car boot sales as a result of which she slips the odd £100 to the Treasurer to his bewilderment and loud acclaim from the Membership.


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 did a good job and earnt congrats.from all for having taken on a role so soon after she took on us! 


Jan Hooper - Welfare Committee member and Tailtwister

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

Now that her shifts have changed she has shown a distinct talent for tail twisting. She can see the "bad" in everyone!!!!! Has earned the nickname "Hieroglyphic Hannah" due to her very "medical" handwriting.

Rohini Karve

Rohini Karve - Welfare Committee Member

Rohini had been involved with us quite a bit before deciding to join the Club. She’d once helped Annie out at World Sight Day, walking “Lennie” around the Malls, collecting redundant spectacles, and generally lending a hand. She’d also attended concerts and the monthly dinner meetings, and been a member of the all conquering quiz team “Haute Quizine” with Anousjka and Julian for some years.

She finally took the plunge and was badged up on 9 October 2019. It was definitely a Maurice Chevalier "ah yes I remember it well" occasion because she produced 3 massive cheesecakes which were devoured with gusto. Rhetorical question - What took her so long???????

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams

She joined the Club on 22 July 2020 with friend Charlotte. Originally a nurse, she soon diversified into other voluntary work gaining experience as a fundraiser, school governor and now with Basingstoke Voluntary Action as a Voluntary Sector Support Officer. It was in this capacity that she became aware of the Lions Club through working with Tony Bamberger on a community project for students with additional needs.

Lions experience so far is that she’s not nearly as demure as her picture suggests, and that she’s a go-getter, having made a very significant contribution to the Fleet Lions Computer regeneration project before she even decided to join us. And her 11 year old son seems ready and willing to follow in her footsteps. So it looks like we’ve got a tiger by the tail and her cub as a bonus.

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