A GRE-A-AT SUCCESS!

The Corby and District Lions Funday on Sunday 11th June raised over £1900!  The events at East Carlton park was blessed with very good weather and were attended by an estimated number of 2000 people. A Lions spokesperson said, ‘This was the fourth time we have held this event and it has been the most successful so far. As previously, we held it with the support of Market Harborough 2012 Lions Club and Corby Borough Council.  We wanted to support Help for Heroes charity and local charities – and with the support of local people we have achieved this.’

There were over a dozen classic cars, 6 fairground rides for young children, a dog show, three dance displays, archery, a ukele band as well as many craft and charity stalls.  Our photo shows some of the Corby Lions with the Grand Draw Raffle prizes

Shirley Lions special business meeting

The phrase “If the mountain won’t come to Mohammed then Mohammed must go to the mountain” was never more apt recently for Shirley Lions. Past Chairman of Council Lion Mike Cooke and Past District Governor Lion Mavis Cooke are not enjoying the best of health and consequently find it difficult to get to Club meetings. As Club Secretary Lion Mike had also been finding it difficult to carry out this role from afar and he decided that this would be his last year as Club Secretary and the recent June meeting would be his last in this role.

As Mike and Mavis could not get to the meeting the club moved lock, stock and barrel to Ravenshaw Court and the meeting was held in the communal dining room. The occasion was marked by the attendance of DG Lion Ron Cross and the other three PDGs from District M who have gone on to become Chair of Council, Lions Andy Pemberton, Simon Moss and Heather Jeavons.  All three gave eloquent speeches on the theme of how Mike had inspired them to seek this prestigious office and Mike responded with all his usual humour and confirmed that even after 48 years as a Lion we would not be losing him and it has been agreed that a number of the Club Committees will continue to hold their committee meetings at their residence to keep them involved. Just a question, which other Zone can boast 3 PCC’s? Zone C in 105M can!

Coventry Mercia Lions Club Charter Anniversary

To celebrate the Charter Anniversary of Coventry Mercia Lions, 162 people descended on the Village Hotel in Coventry on 13th April 2017.

The guest list included Deputy Lord Lieutenant Resham Singh Sandhu MBE, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of The City of Coventry, District Governor Ron Cross, several members of Parliament and Coventry City Councillors, together with Past District Governors, Club Presidents and other Lions members representing 14 different clubs from the Midlands and surrounding areas. 

During the evening, Local, National and International charities received donations totalling £10,000 which had been raised by Lion President Ravinder Sandhu together with fellow Coventry Mercia Lions members at various functions held throughout the year. Presentations were made to ten carefully selected charities, each receiving cheques of between £501 and £1,501. 

Excellent food, free drinks and entertainment were enjoyed by all.

Hinckley and Burbage Lions news

Part of the blooming delights on offer in the garden at Princess Road

A beautiful garden right in the heart of Hinckley will be opening its doors to the public and fellow Lions later this month.

Cynthia Lines has spent many happy hours tending her lovely plot and has decided to share it with members of the public, while also collecting funds for a cause close to her heart.

The Princess Road resident is secretary of Hinckley and Burbage Lions club and the funds raised from the open day will help the club’s fundraising efforts.

She said: ‘As Lions we are always thinking of different ways to raise cash for charity and as people have commented on my delightful garden, it seemed a good idea to let others see it, while boosting our club funds and we would love to see our fellow Lions from other clubs come along.’

It will cost £3 to enter, including a free cake and cup of tea. And there will also be a chance to buy plants grown by Cynthia.

The doors open on Sunday, June 25. at 60 Princess Road, Hinckley, LE10 1EB.

 

A DRY DAY FOR KNOWLE’S FIRST 5k & 10k FUN RUN

After rain all week the 34th Knowle Fun Run was run in fine ideal running conditions last Sunday, when runners from all over the country decided whether to run 5k or 10k. With the extended course every runner could claim to record a personal best (PB).

Provisional winners:

 

Category – 10k Race Number Name Time
1st overall/adult male 900 Zac Nolan 33:13
1st adult female 265 Jane Evans 35:43
1st junior boy 502 Tomas Maidment 40:21
1st junior girl 776 Ellen Taylor 41:36

 

 

Category – 5k Race Number Name Time
1st overall/junior boy 443 Alex Veroso 18:48
1st adult male 1403 Paul Weston 19:24
1st adult female 40 Debbie Bradley 21:24
1st junior girl 153 Grace Golinski 22:21
Team Results 4 runners home aggregate time
Category – TEAMS Team Name Time
Junior 5k The Wind Chasers 1:20:51
Adult 5k Listers B Team 1:42:37
Adult 10k Knowle & Dorridge Running Club 2:20:11

 

Dame Caroline Spelman sent the runners on their way on the dot of midday encouraging all the runners as they passed the start line. As Caroline said “Enjoy your Run today, you cannot all be winners but you are all helping the Lions raise over £35,000 for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease Association and other local Lions causes, so everyone’s a winner.”

 

Caroline chose the Tilehouse Trotters alias ‘the Vikings’ from Knowle as the Fancy Dress winner who really looked the part wheeling their ship, and later went on to award trophies and prizes to all the winners. Greg Hart the mastermind behind the Viking Ship who has been refining its construction each year for many years, assured us they would be invading again next year.

 

“We were delighted to have nearly 1750 entries for this year’s Fun Run & KIDSruns”, said Fun Run lead Lion Bob Thurtle. “The Lions were grateful for the continued sponsorship from many companies who helped cover the costs of staging the event. We really appreciate how lucky we are to have the support of a long list of local companies. This enables us to tell runners that every £ of entry fee, donation or sponsorship raised will go to our nominated charities. We hope to have raised over £35,000 when all the runners sponsorship has been received. As usual many runners raised funds for their own favourite charities and we shall never know how many thousands of pounds to add to that we receive, unless they tell us.”

 

The day started well when around 250 under 9 year olds took part in 4 KIDSruns wearing their complimentary royal blue Fun Run t-shirts were cheered around the Arden school fields all keen to pick up their Aldi chocolate bar and certificate of achievement. The winners all received trophies & gifts courtesy of KIDSrun sponsor Listers JLR

 

2017 KIDSruns Winners
Year 1 Boy Elizabeth Evans
Girl Samuel Murray
Year 2 Boy Harry Pitt
Girl Katie Scott
Year 3 Boy Jacob Gregory
Girl Sophie Williams
Year 4 Boy Samuel Marfleet
Girl Helen Green

 

It’s great to be part of a team organising such a popular and successful community event,” said organiser Bob. Anyone who may like to help the Lions with this or their other fundraising activities please get in touch now via info@knowleanddorridgelions.com

A Lively night with the Brassneck Ceilidh Band.

Great night in St Peter’s Church Hall with the Brassneck Ceilidh Band, who are an English Country Dance band, based in the Midlands.

It was certainly a very energetic fun evening with everyone dancing.

Their repertoire includes a wide range of music with many of the best known Scottish tunes, with relaxed waltzes, the OXO reel through to the livelier Strip the Willow.

In the picture of the Band, with Lion President Dave Blakeman, is Steve Edkins (second from left), who as well as playing the guitar, mandola & bodhran, is their front man and fun caller  with his jokes along the way.

We look forward to seeing them again sometime in the future.

Lions Clubs of the British Isles and Ireland have launched an appeal to provide supplies to the families in East Africa suffering from famine and our Raffle raised £210 which will be sent direct to Kenyan Lions to provide vital assistance where it is needed.

Longstanding Knowle & Dorridge Lions Club lion Stuart Davis has been inaugurated as the Mayor of Solihull for 2017/18.

Stuart who joined Knowle and Dorridge Lions in 1996 from Tenerife Sur club where he had served as President and Zone Chairman joined Lions back in 1987, serving in numerous roles including President 1999/2000, and became a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2016. Careful never to mix Lions and Politics Stuart has been one of the many stalwarts of the club for 20 years and has asked to be allowed to go ‘at large’ for the duration of his Mayoralty, but has insisted on clearing his Mayoral diary for the club’s key fundraising events -the 34th Knowle Fun Run, 12th Heart of England Bike Ride and 25th Lions Festive Walk

Stuart’s political ‘career’ started in Solihull way back in 1979 and was re-kindled in 1999. His prime interest has been serving on Solihull’s Planning Committee chairing it for many years, and more recently Transport and West Midlands Fire Services.