Paper Planes and Charters

Crawley Lions Club, with a break from tradition, held an Aviation themed family charter event in celebration of their formation in October 1962.

The Gatwick Aviation museum was the chosen venue for their 54th charter. The guests and families were seated among the display aircraft and aviation memorabilia charting the history of the local airport.

Like the town of Crawley, Gatwick has seen incredible growth since the time when the Crawley Lions were established in 1962. The town’s population has risen from 60,000 to today’s 105,000. Gatwick passenger numbers have grown significantly from 1 Million in 1962 to 40 Million in the last year.

The Crawley Lions have risen to the challenge of the increased demand for their services borne out of the significant population growth of their home town.

Included in the events entertainment was a tour of the Aviation Museum which was a special treat for young and old alike.

The guest were then invited to test their aviator skills and make a paper aeroplane model and challenge each other to throw their model the furthest down the museum display area. This was followed by an aviation quiz with a prize for the winners.

Among the special guests were Crawley Mayor & Mayoress Raj & Bhavna Sharma, 2nd Vice District Lions Governor Pete Dilloway and wife Lisa and Lions Zone Chair, Christine Coxshaw and family.

Lion President, Mike Sexton commented “There was much emphasis placed on making this a family event to involve the families of the members and guests. The Club are very much looking to the future with youth development activity. We are soon to establish a Leo’s Club and have identified a centennial project in support of a local school Forest Project where children from troubled backgrounds will have the chance develop their learning by personal development outside of the normal school curriculum.”