Uckfield Lions have supported eleven schools in ROAR the national innovative ideas competition for local primary schools, Mini roar is a spin off from the main event and held between local schools. The event was held at the Belmont centre in Uckfield with the winning ROAR team from each school bringing their ideas, models, and special jingles along with buckets full of enthusiasm to present to a panel of judges. Teams came from local primary schools, Bonners, Fletching, Harlands, Little Horsted, Nutley, Rocks park, Rotherfield, St Marks Hadlow down,and Sir Henry Fermor Crowborough.

The independent judging team was headed by local Mayor Councillor Jackie Love together with the immediate past High Sheriff off East Sussex Jane King, and the Southeast Lions District Governor Paul Dedman, after an extremely tight competition Little Horsted school won by just a single point and received a prize of book vouchers.

All the schools were then presented with a gift set of the Wide Tribe Heroes environmental books which have been endorsed by Sir Richard Attenborough, by the Uckfield Lions club with monies used from donations received from local people.

Congratulating the schools, the mayor said ‘’Wow “what an event! That was humbling, incredible and it’s all just blown me away with the children’s designs, enthusiasm, and dedication to their projects.

Commenting after the event the winning teams comprising of, Tia, Wren, Doreen,and Alyissa said ;Our experience of going to the Belmont centre and competing against others schools was a great privilege. The build up to where we are now has been fun and enjoyable. Making our Litter Vacuum prototype was challenging but we got there in the end working as a team.

Our prototype is run by solar panels which helps the environment, it has two detachable tubes and bags for recyclable and non-recyclable materials, which can be disposed of appropriately once full.

Our dedicated team are currently working on the next stage of the project, which will include manufacturing and an advertising campaign.