A Squared Technologies has always been a big advocate in supporting the local charities, clubs and individuals in the community whether it be donating to the causes, supporting the events or volunteering to help.

That’s why Kate Bach, A Squared’s Managing Director, became interested in the Lions Club of Weston-super-Mare when a close friend and member of the Club explained to her what it was all about …

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Who Are The Lions?

The Lions Club of Weston-super-Mare is group of volunteers who take an active interest in their local community and its welfare and aim to contribute, where needed, to make it better. Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the world through kindness. The 1.4 million caring men and women involved in Lions Clubs around the world, serve together to make a lasting impact and change more lives.

The Weston Lions Club was formed in 1968 by Bryan Fowler who was known for his leadership and how he inspired the clubs members.  In 2019 the Club welcomed it’s first female members – ending it’s 50 years men clubs history. One of those women was A Squared’s very own MD, Kate Bach.

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What Do The Lions Do?

Weston Lions Club is involved with many activities and events within the community. Recently (to name but a few) the Lions bucket collected in aid of the Ukraine Refugee Crisis, has actively been supplying and refilling Message in a Bottles to pharmacies, doctors surgeries etc around Weston, marshalled at Langford Covid vaccination centre and donated a sum in support of a local Veteran getting therapy.

The Club takes great pride in supporting the needs of individuals, schools, clubs, charities and does all they can as volunteers to serve their community.

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Although few realise, the Weston Lions have significant connections to and in Weston-super-Mare. The mile markers along the Brean Down cycle path were provided by the Lions Club and help sign out the distances along the beautiful walk that starts on Weston’s seafront, taking you through to Brean Down and beyond.

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The GoKidsGo! campaign which was established in 2012, offers cash grants to organisations and groups that promote activity and healthy living in young people. Each year, local businesses donate sums of money to which groups, clubs, schools submit applications in a bid to receive an amount to help aid their cause. In previous years winners have been able put their grants towards new sport kits, residential weekends away, new equipment like gym mats and pompoms and learning outdoor forest skills! A Squared has been involved with GoKidsGo! since 2018, donating towards the campaign and as a sponsor, reviewing the applications and discussing where the money would be best used considering the health benefits to the younger generations.

credited to Mark Atherton at the Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury
credited to Mark Atherton at the Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury
credited to Mark Atherton at the Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury
Photographer: Charlie Bidemead
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Mud Master Obstacle Course Race

The Mud Master Obstacle Course Race made it’s debut this year in April! The first of it kind in Somerset, the Mud Master was a fun but challenging day of mud, water and over 20 obstacles to combat! Kate was a part of the committee in the Lions who organised and helped bring the event to life. A Squared sponsored the event and Kate even managed to rope her team and friends in to preparing the paperwork, building obstacles, digging mud pits and on the day, manning obstacles, and the registration desk. Despite being volunteers on behalf of A Squared (whether that be bullied into or gently persuaded ….), all said how fun the day was and that they would happily get involved and help again! Beneficiaries this year were Great Weston Air Ambulance Charity and Mind UK.

Bring on 2023 – No Mud, No Fun right!?

The Charity Real Ale and Cider Festival

A HUGE event that has raised over £300,000 for charities and local groups is the well known and loved, Charity Real Ale and Cider Festival! In its 15th year and with over a 1.4k following, the Weston Lions Club have created and nurtured this event, becoming an annual sensation and not only offering a good time for the residents, but supporting local breweries, musicians, food and beverage vendors. The festival is a tremendous success because of the community … sponsors for tables at the Race Night, barrel sponsors, volunteers, donations, it all goes to pulling off a cracking weekend, and in aid of the donations to the years beneficiaries.  A Squared has been involved with sponsoring the Race Nights since 2017 and every year of attendance it has thoroughly enjoyed by all A Squared’s team and friends of the company! The thrill of watching your horse and gripping your ticket until the first hoof gallops over the line – finishing with cheers of elation or groans of defeat around the table, the winners skipping up to collect their winnings!

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Now for 2022 after a 2 year break due to the pandemic, The Charity Real Ale & Cider Festival is back and intends to be bigger and better! A Squared will be again attending the Race night and now as both Kate and her Operations Supervisor (and sister!) Victoria Bach, are both members of the Lions Club, they will be present throughout the beer festival and have been involved in the organising in the run up! The festival will be on the Weston beach lawns on July 29th-30th and you can find out more about the music line up, ticket releases and beer’s lists on the Facebook & website.

A Squared Technologies has sponsored the Lions Club with it’s events for nearly 5 years. The company supports the Club and its values and hopes to continue to grow it’s relationship as a sponsor but also in volunteering with friends and family of A Squared, and as contributing members – Kate & Victoria.

Kate says, “ Weston Lions do so much for the community, I think its more than people realise and we are trying to encourage younger people to get involved and make a difference. Being a Lion is so fulfilling, and people work alongside a great team of mentors and can have fun at the same time.”

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