To commemorate the 100th year of Lions Clubs International, Horsham Lions Club have just embarked on its 55th year of service and combined with Horsham District Council to provide a Hide at the Warnham Nature Reserve.
Immediate Past President Lion, Tom Osborne, said: “Horsham Lions Club have just embarked on its 55th year of service to the Horsham Community and marking the Centennial of Lions Clubs International by having a project that would help and support our local community.”
The wheels for the project had been set in motion in 2015, after the hide was suggested by a fairly new member at the time, Mr Aston Trelford. Lion Aston was also a “hard working volunteer” at the Warnham Nature Reserve and knew that the reserve had plans to rennovate, but lacked sufficient funds. The club found the decision to fund the project an easy one to make. Mr Osborne explained: “members learnt that some 20,000 people visit the Warnham Nature Reserve each year, including many school children from local schools and youth based organisations, to learn about wild life and ecology issues. Horsham Lions Club Members felt that this proposal ticked all the boxes for their “Centennial Project.” then he went on to say: “Sadly, before the construction of the hide could start the news of Aston Trelford’s passing, after a short illness came through. At this time club members were trying to decide on the name for the new hide; Up to this point all the hides had been named after birds. A suggestion was put forward that the hide should be named after Aston Trelford, in the light of his long association with Warnham Nature Reserve.”
Mr Osborne then introduced the Chairman of The Friends of Warnham Nature Reserve. He first thanked The Horsham District Council and Horsham Lions for the additional opportunity offered to visitors to view a new vista, The naming of the hide to the memory of Aston Trelford was deemed fitting: “he had been one of the original members of the Friends and largely instrumental in obtaining lottery money for the development of the Reserve.”
Jenny Boyce, who had been Aston’s partner, was invited to cut the ribbon to the hide and expressed her pleasure in doing so and at the recognition given to Aston.
The assembled company, accompanied by the Horsham MP, Jeremy Quinn, then entered and inspected the Hide.