President Kathy Butler with our mascot.
PRESIDENT – KATHY BUTLER
I was born and raised in Eastbourne and spent many happy hours on the beach and walking across the South Downs.
My family live locally and I have three children, and am a very proud nanny of six grandchildren and one great-grandson!
I ran the Wyevale Garden Centre on the Lower Dicker, Hailsham, for many years, and have strong connections with the town’s community. We held many events at the Centre where the Hailsham Lions joined us to raise money for the many charities they supported. Hailsham FM also attended a couple events and were able to update local residents of all the shenanigans that were going on – from “hook a duck” to “name the teddy”, and all the stall holders who made the events such a success.
Hailsham Lions have always supported the community and I was happy to join such a successful Club. I am very proud to be their President as we continue to help those in need.
RENA GOODCHILD – VICE PRESIDENT
I was born in London but moved to Heathfield to live with my grandparents when I was two weeks old. I then moved to Vines Cross so I’ve always considered myself a Sussex girl.
I have many happy memories of staying out all day at ‘the common’ in Heathfield, building dens, and catching newts and tadpoles in, what I now know, was a pretty dangerous deep pond. We had such freedom back then – cycling the country lanes and playing in the fields around Horam. How times have changed for the children today!
We came to Hailsham in 1964, and here I’ve stayed.
Fast forward through Grovelands and Battle Road secondary school (I loved school) to my first job as a shorthand typist for an Eastbourne building society. Marriage followed and I have two beautiful daughters, who now have families of their own. Being a nanna is a joy in itself.
I love a walk, dabble a bit with painting, and am an avid reader, but wanted ‘something else’. So about three years ago I went along to the What To Join In Hailsham event, held in St Mary’s Church, where the Lions’ stall caught my eye, and I’m glad it did. After going along to a few meetings I became a proper Lion.
Although the Lions are a world wide charitable organisation, Hailsham Lions primarily support local individuals and causes, which is what drew me to them. We’re constantly fundraising, by holding local tombolas, hosting two days at the Arlington Bluebell Walk, through to our fabulous bookshop, our much-loved candy floss, and, of course, our annual Fun Day which is always a hit with the public.
All proceeds from these events go to help others. It all takes a lot of hard work and organising, but there’s a lot of fun and laughter doing it, and a great sense of achievement in helping our community. Hailsham Lions are a great group of people, and I feel privileged to be part of this ‘family’.