On Sunday 22nd November, Farooq Mohammed (owner of Maharanis restaurant in Hampton) was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship in recognition of his support of charities in and around Peterborough.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship is named after Lions Clubs’ founder, and is the highest honour awarded by Lions International. It is presented only to those who reflect Lions’ commitment to humanitarian work and is not given lightly.

The award was made by Peterborough Lion Club President Bill Peacock and Club Secretary David Pope following a fundraising curry evening hosted by Farooq which raised well in excess of £600. Farooq has supported Peterborough Lions on many previous occasions and more than £10,000 has been raised as a result, contributing to a wide range of causes supported by the club. However the award also recognises the support given to other local charities.

Making the presentation club secretary David Pope said: “Farooq has demonstrated consistent, long-term support for the charitable sector and the wider community and we admire his personal commitment to improving the lives of those less fortunate. It is our way of showing that we appreciate his support and value him as an honorary member of our club, a position granted to him in 2014.”

“I am privileged to be able to play a small part in supporting not only Lions but many other charities who often struggle to raise funds especially in today’s difficult environment,” Farooq responded. “With the ongoing help of my staff and family I will do my best to live up to the expectations of Fellowship.”

At the November meeting Peterborough Lions welcomed new members Julie Burge & Peter Fowell, who were sponsored by Lions Anita and Richard Willis, themselves relatively new to the club. It is fantastic to see a growth in numbers and we look forward to putting the new recruits to good use serving the Peterborough Community!

In keeping with the theme of supporting the community, Lion President Bill Peacock was also incredibly proud to award Lion Robert Mapletoft with a certificate to mark his one hundredth blood donation – a fantastic achievement and hugely important to blood (and blood product) recipients.

Our very special guest, Lions District 105EA Governor Christ Crick travelled all the way from Beccles Lions Club to present long service awards to Lions Paul and Karen Browne (10 years), Lion Steve Jellis (20 years), Lions Anne and Trevor Franklin and Robert Mapletoft (15 years). In response Lion President Bill presented a £200 cheque for the District Governor’s Wife Evelyn’s appeal.

Peterborough Lion Bob Gascoyne travelled over from Spain (a little to the south west of Beccles!) to make a rare appearance at a meeting to give an emotional update on the really valuable work taking place at A.F.E.M.C.E.

Peterborough Lions welcomes its newest member

At the September club meeting, Peterborough Lions were proud to welcome Clowance Lawton to the club.

Having recently graduated from the University of Surrey, Lion Clowance now works for Warners Group Publications in Bourne where she has taken up the position of British and Irish Editor of the Lion Magazine, so we’re sure to be hearing much more from her. (She also has the role of Marketing Executive of Cake Craft & Decoration Magazine, maybe that means we’ll get cakes at future meetings?) Having first visited the Peterborough Lion Club for the July business meeting, Clowance was introduced to the club by Lion Gaby Sharman who subsequently acted as sponsor at the induction this month, alongside Lion President Maureen Greenwood.

Peterborough Lions is always looking to recruit new and enthusiastic members and anyone tempted to follow Clowance’s lead is invited to contact us.

Lion Clowance says: “I am ready to get stuck in with the Peterborough Lions, selling quiz sheets and helping the local community. I also hope to help promote the Club at a local level with my PR and marketing skills.”

Watch this space!

Peterborough Lions Quiz 2015

Peterborough Lions Quiz 2015

Christmas is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing: 2015’s Peterborough Lions Quiz is here!

As usual you’ll be able to pick up a copy from one of several local shops and charities (if you’d like to support us by selling the quiz please get in touch), or directly from us in person at one of several locations throughout the city over the next couple of months – check out our diary for locations and dates. You can also buy them online (£1 postage charge applies no matter how many you buy, and we still have some from previous years available if you missed them).

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This year the theme is “What’s My Line? (Careering around the world of work)”, so if you know your accountants from your bookkeepers you should have an advantage – but if you don’t, not to worry because as always the connection to the topic is pretty loose, and as usual it’s all a bit of fun. To get you started, try a sample question: “Mail male” (answer is 7 letters).

The price is unchanged from the last few years at £1.50, and you can win prizes of up to £100!

For those of us who have been around a while this might not come as a surprise, but can you believe that the Peterborough Lions Quiz has been going over 25 years?

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Peterborough Lion Maureen Greenwood, in her first meeting as Club President, had the pleasure of welcoming the Mayor of the City of Peterborough, Councillor John Peach, as the newest member of the club.

Lion John introduced himself and talked about the wide range of charities he actively supports. The club has gained a valuable member and we look forward to involving him in as many club activities as his role as Mayor allow.

Club Elections – 2015/16

Peterborough Lions Club are proud to announce the election of the following posts within the club for 2015-16:

  • Club President: Lion Maureen Greenwood
  • 1st Vice President: Lion John Cheetham
  • Treasurer: Lion Derek Greenwood
  • Secretary: Lion David Pope

The election took place at the May meeting. Well done to all of the above, we’re expecting great things from you all in the coming year!

Lion John Clarkson Memorial Race Night

race nightPeterborough Lions are excited to invite you to our 2015 Race Night, at 7:30pm on Saturday 20th June at Eye Community Centre.

Those who attended last year will recall that we were packed out so this year we’ve moved to our new venue in Eye. Everyone is welcome and is sure of a great night out, and if you’re lucky you might even win a little bit of cash into the bargain!

We are looking for Race Sponsors (£30/race, which include a 3/4 page A5 advert in the program and admission for two people) and Horse Sponsors (£8/horse, includes admission for one person and a chance to win the winner’s prize). General admission is £3 on the door and includes a light buffet. A licensed bar will be available throughout the evening.

This year’s Race Night is being run as a memorial to Lion John Clarkson who sadly passed away late last year. Lion John was a very active member of our club, a key organiser of main fundraisers like our annual Carol Float, and someone who would have been heavily involved in this Race Night were he still with us. It would be fantastic if we could make this our biggest and best Race Night ever!

For more information please contact Lion Bill Peacock or use our contact form.

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who bought our 2014 quiz – another fantastic success and a credit to everyone who took part. Amongst the beneficiaries are 48 local charities and non-profit organisations who sold quiz leaflets on a 50:50 share basis.

We had 875 completed quiz sheets returned to us, 28 of which were 100% correct (up from 6 last year!). The results of the draw were:

1st Prize – D. Brewin, Spalding
2nd Prize – J Harrison, March
3rd Prize – B Stone, Crawley
4th Prize – J Bamford, Spalding
5th Prize – E Dickinson, Dereham
6th Prize – S Maplethorpe, Bretton
7th Prize – L Madden, Hemel Hempstead
8th Prize – J & G Harris, Longthorpe
9th Prize – D Blundell, Northampton
10th Prize – K Woods, Norwich

As always it’s great to see winners from outside Peterborough – thank you to everyone who returned entries and kept our markers busy!

If you didn’t return your quiz and want to mark your own, or (and this probably applies to most of us) just want to find the answers to the questions you couldn’t answer, the answers are available to download here: Peterborough Lions Quiz 2014 Answers (Adobe PDF format)

So that’s it for the 2014 quiz! Take the next six months off to relax and prepare yourself for the 2015 quiz, available from September.

PAB are a fantastic, local charity who have been providing invaluable practical and emotional support to the blind and partially sighted in and around Peterborough for 100 years.

Peterborough Lions were delighted to welcome PAB to speak to us at our February business meeting. The range of services and support provided by PAB is extensive and would fill a website on their own, so it’s a good job they have one! www.mypab.org.uk

As a service organisation committed to supporting local charities we are proud to support PAB and look forward to continued involvement over the next 100 years.

Lion Ray Garrood

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Peterborough Lion Ray Garrood. A Lion since 1975, Lion Ray’s career with Nat West Bank gave him the opportunity to move around the country and to join his local Lions club and to take on roles such as District Treasurer. Soon after retirement he joined Peterborough Lions Club.

Lion Ray and his wife Shirley were a great asset to Peterborough Lions, always diligent when investigating our many requests for funding and always willing to do their stint at selling our Quiz Sheets and on the Christmas Carol Float.

Lion Rays wise counsel will be greatly missed, our love and wishes go out to Shirley.

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