Shirley Lions updates

Shirley Lions and their skater

  For a number of years Shirley Lions have been helping aspiring Shirley speed skater Billy Simms by paying for his speed skates which have to be replaced at regular intervals. When we started this, Billy was just one of many youngsters with high aspirations but all his hard work and training has now paid off. Last weekend he became the British Champion in the 1000m along with the 5000m Relay event. Alongside this, at the end of last year and start of this year he was able to break all of his personal best times over all of the individual distances he skated. The next step for him as we head into the Olympic season is to qualify for the Olympic team and represent the Country in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea next February. We continue to wish him every success

Shirley Lions doing their bit for the environment with local schools

A couple of weeks ago and in conjunction with Solihull MBC and Haslucks Green Junior School we held a litter pick in Shirley Park. 60 school children divided up into groups of 5 or 6 and with each group supervised by a Lion did the actual litter picking.  Today we again teamed up with this school for some planting of “margin” plants around the edge of the pond at Palmers Rough in Shirley.  Because the trees in the Rough had formed a canopy over the pond the plant life on its margins had died. As the Council have now cut back the trees the time was right for some new plants. Again the school children divided up into small groups and each group supervised by a Lion planted an array of “margin” plants around the edge of the pond.

“Be a Hero”

The Enterprise Club will taking part in the Coventry Walkathon again this year to raise funds to support there transport services

They will also be entering the Mascots Race, trying to beat a “Guinness World Record”.

2018 is the Enterprise Club’s 80th Anniversary year. They are planning a number of celebrations and fundraising events. They are using the hashtag ‘Be a Hero’ for that year so we intend to have two representatives dressed as Superheroes on 14th May to publicise their anniversary.

The charity provides social and leisure time activities for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities in the age range 18- 90 +. The club is open 4 days and five evenings every week and offers a variety of activities: a Day Centre, Handicraft Group, Social Evenings, A twice weekly Sports Group, lunch and theatre excursions. The charity provides an accessible transport service to enable its disabled members to access the activities at the club premises and in the wider community. Sports Group members participate in sports events all over the country. The majority of their members would be unable to attend if transport was not available to them. The charity receives no statutory funding and has to raise the £90,00 required to keep the premises, vehicles and activities operating for one year. A year-long fund raising campaign is organised to include, Charity Bag Packs and Collections, raffles, a Christmas Bazaar, Summer Fair etc. We do have to accept that we would not reach our annual target without external support: grants, bequests and donations. We are taking part in the Walkathon again this year to raise funds to support our Transport Service. They are extremely grateful to Coventry Leofric Lions Club member Ken Brown who is one of our regular volunteer drivers. They are constantly appealing for new drivers, as we are always short of volunteer. They also greatly appreciate the support received from Linda Ireland who has been assisting with our group for young adults for a number of years and also helps with their Charity Bag Packs. The charity is proud to be celebrating its 80th Anniversary during 2018, particularly as so many other groups have had to close or limit their activities due to lack of funds. Their members work very hard and enthusiastically support all of our fund raising events.

So please come and join us at this years Coventry Walkathon on the 14 May at the War Memorial Park.

Pancake Race – A good Start!

Corby and District Lions Club held its first pancake race on Shrove Tuesday outside the Corby Cube.  Pictured are all the competitors after the race.
The race was organised by Lion President, Colin Bradshaw, who explained, ‘We got the idea for the race from Rugby Lions who have been doing this for many years.  We wanted a fun event that would raise money for local causes through sponsorship of the runners from their various businesses/employers/organisation.  This is the first time so we were pleased to have 17 runners, including our Mayor, despite the cold wind.  The  race winner was Abby Mitchell from Asda Corby with Asda taking the shield for the year.  Best fancy dress trophy was won by  Nicky  Glover of Foundations Daycare Sevice and most sponsorship money raised was won by HomeStart Corby.  Over £120 was raised.
Corby Lions would like to thank Corby Borough Council for allowing them to hold the event and for the help of their staff in setting up the area and providing a gazebo.
Watch out for next year’s race which should be bigger and better!

Shakespeare Lions

Shakespeare Lions once again hosted the Panto for local schools and organisations.  This year Beauty and the Beast performed by the Phoenix Players at the Stratford Artshouse saw 215 attendees who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Pictured here are some of the cast with Stratford upon Avon Town Major, Councillor Juliet Short.




Once again, the Young Ambassador MD Final has been held in Dudley, with 13 inspirational young people representing all Districts of 105.

If you have never attended this Competition you need to put next year’s date in your diary to see these wonderful young people and hear about their activities within their local communities.

The representative from 105M was 18-year-old Alex Flanagan, sponsored by Shirley Lions Club. A young man who is currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Product Design at A Level. He uses his skills leading a Sunday School group that helps with community events, including the Shirley Carnival, he is determined to influence the people around him. He has planned and run events over the past ten years and is a passionate guitarist giving others the opportunity to learn and play instruments as he believes this helps improve creativity, confidence and spreads happiness. As well as all of this he is just about to complete his Gold DofE.

The weekend started with the Young Ambassadors arriving late afternoon on the Friday and settling into the routines for the weekend. The previous year’s winner Gurleen Kaur was also there to help this year’s candidates settle in. During the evening the interview times were draws by each candidate and noted for the judges, then a buffet meal enjoyed by all, followed by a team building exercise where each team had to make the tallest tower of balloons they could. All great fun.

Alex blowing up a balloon.

The following morning those candidates that were to be interviewed in the morning stayed at the hotel, some choosing to go to the gym or go for a swim to ease their tension. The group to be interviewed in the afternoon were taken bowling by Dudley Lions Club, who are real supporters of this event and do this every year. Those interviewed in the morning went bowling in the afternoon.

The three judges had a very difficult job to do and nobody envied their task. The judges this year were Lead judge Mike Kendall (Business), Jill Hood (Service) and Mike Field (Jubilee Sailing Trust).

Saturday evening came and the Young Ambassadors could get dressed up a little for the Gala dinner, they do scrub up well. It was time for them to let their hair down a little. The dinner was a great success with many clubs supporting their candidates from around the country. Shirley Lions Club got dressed up and accompanied Alex’s family for the evening. The youngsters designed a short entertainment involving magic tricks and a beautiful rendition of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’ that ended up with the rest of the Lions accompanying them, it brought the house down.

As always it wouldn’t be a Lions event without a raffle, the proviso this year was no pudding until all the raffle books were sold. Needless to say, the books were sold and James Curtis the Young Ambassador from 105A entertained each table with card tricks (for a bit of extra cash). They raised £1029 with the raffle and decided it would be donated to Muscular Dystrophy UK.

It was then time for a bit of a dance to end off the day, it took a while but eventually most Lions managed to get on to the dance floor.

Sunday morning came, a little too early for some, this is when the announcements are made to an audience from across the country, there was a good turn out from District M, as well as Chair of Council Heather Jeavons being there to give out certificates.

The winner of the Shipshape award to further leadership skills was Lewis Baillie 105NE, a young man who had suffered terribly with bullying early in his school life and was now working with others to help prevent bullying of young children.

The winner of the whole competition was James Curtis 105A. James has double cochlea implants having very little hearing, along with resultant limited speech as a young child. He has become a national advocate and mentor for deaf children via AVUK. James raises awareness and supports parents of newly diagnosed deaf children and organises peer support. He has also help to raise £420,000 by encouraging celebrities and business support by the AVUK Loud Shirt Day. Despite taking 11 GCSE’s and 4 A levels a year early, he is also a member of the school Magic Circle.

Once again, I ask all Clubs to support this competition, if ever you needed your spirits lifting this is the one for you.

I now challenge more clubs to look out for these wonderful young people within your own community, get them involved and next year I could be writing about them.

If you need any further information, please contact me.

Lion Cath Kendall

01604 762969

Lions Clubs Centennial Celebrations, Hosted by Lions Club of Coventry Mercia

This year, 2017, marks Lions Clubs International Centenary year – For 100 years, Lions have served their communities with dedication and have contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world. Lions Club of Coventry Mercia was formed three years ago. During this period, the charities that have been supported are numerous; for example Prostate Cancer, Macmillan Nurses, British Heart Foundation and Valley House are some of the major charities who undertake an excellent job serving humanity. In addition, an annual soup kitchen is organised. The term soup kitchen is a misnomer as vegetarian and non-vegetarian curry is also served. To mark the Centenary year, the Lions Club of Coventry Mercia organised and hosted celebrations at the Ramada Hotel for the whole district. Guests included Lions from other clubs and distinguished guests.

As well as entertainment and good food, the event was marked by an achievement unsurpassed by any Lions Club in the UK with the Lions Club of Coventry Mercia being awarded the “MTM National Award for Excellence 2016”. The prestigious award, presented by Mr Abdul Sheik, was in recognition of the charitable work undertaken by the members under the leadership of Lion President Ravinder Sandhu. Furthermore, it was impressive that over £1,500 was raised during the evening for the District Governor’s Wife’s Charity supporting visually impaired children at a special school in Zambia. Lion President Ravinder Sandhu would like to thank all the members of Lions Club of Coventry Mercia for their hard work and support in making the event such a huge success.

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