After 35 years as an all-male organisation, Downham’s Lions Club has welcomed the first woman to join its ranks.
Andrea Etheridge, pictured above receiving her membership certificate from club president John Fox, formally joined the group last month.
She moved to the area from Sussex, where she had been a member of the Bexhill-on-Sea Lions, in the spring and has already been appointed as the club’s new press officer.
Over the past two years, the club has raised more than £8,000 for local good causes and Andrea said she was keen to work alongside her new colleagues to continue that effort.
The club’s latest fundraising event is a race night being held at the town’s Conservative Club in Bridge Street next Friday, October 11.
Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced £2.50 and can be bought in advance from Steve Cornelius on 07710 212656 or on the door. Refreshments will be available during the evening.