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.

Peterborough Lions Club will shortly be hosting the annual District Convention for Lions Clubs from East Anglia. The event will see around 300 Lions Club members and their partners from Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk gather at the Holiday Inn Peterborough West from 12-15 March.

The event will include social functions such as a partners visit to Burghley House for a guided tour, a themed party night, and a formal banquet and ball, as well as a full day convention on the Saturday which will be chaired by District Governor Kevin Rodgers from Wisbech Lions Club.

All the clubs in attendance are a part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organisation. Founded in 1917, it has over 1.3 million members worldwide and is best known globally for its work in trying to prevent blindness and assist the visually impaired. Each club also volunteers and raises funds for local community projects and in recent years Peterborough Lions has supported Peterborough Association for the Blind, Special Care Baby Unit, and Music and The Deaf Youth Orchestra, as well as provision of a community minibus for local charity or welfare use.

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All the members of Peterborough Lions Club would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Peterborough.

You very kindly made generous donations to our happy collectors at each of our Christmas Carol Float venues.

We managed to raise just over £3000 in total!

This money will go to help lots of varying causes throughout Peterborough and enable us to continue our support for groups and individuals alike.

Our main cause this year is Peterborough Association for The Blind.

We would also like to thank the people who came to help us from other worthy groups and charities.

The money raised is also a fitting tribute to John Clarkson who sadly died before Christmas and who had worked so hard on getting the Carol Float ready for another year.

Lion John Clarkson

It is with great sadness that we report the death shortly before Christmas of Peterborough Lion John Clarkson. He leaves a wife (a fellow Lion), two daughters and three sons.

Lion John was a very active member of the club, and heavily involved in some of our most important fundraising events – including the Christmas Carol Float, making his death in the days leading up to the last weekend before Christmas all the more poignant.

The funeral will be held at 2:30pm on Wednesday 7th January at the Church of St. John The Baptist in Werrington. Family flowers only.

Santa and his helpers will be out at various supermarkets during the build up to Christmas.

Members of Peterborough Lions will be busy helping out and would all love to see you.

Here are the dates and venues:

December    2014

Friday                    5th         Lions Carol Float – Tesco Werrington 6pm  – 9pm

Saturday              6th         Lions Carol Float – Tesco Werrington 9am – 5pm

Sunday                 7th         Lions Carol Float – Sainsburys Bretton 10am – 4pm

Saturday              13th       Lions Carol Float – Morrisons Lincoln Road 9am – 5pm

Sunday                 14th       Lions Carol Float – Morrisons Lincoln Road 10am – 4pm

Friday                    19th       Lions Carol Float – Morrisons Stanground 6pm  – 9pm

Saturday              20th       Lions Carol Float – Morrisons Stanground 9am – 5pm

Sunday                 21st        Lions Carol Float – Sainsburys Bretton 10am – 4pm

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank you for all your support during 2014.

One of our club members Robert Mapletoft is on his way to reaching 100 blood donations this year.  His dedication to attending blood donor sessions over many years will be recognised with a certificate when he reaches the grand total of 100.

This achievement is something which Robert is obviously proud to have fulfilled.

His generous donations will have helped many people in various walks of life over the years.

As a club we would all like to congratulate him!

Signature are an organisation that promote excellence in communication with deaf people, and we are incredibly proud and pleased to report that Peterborough Lions John & Sheila Cheetham received the Community Spirit 2014 award.

Thank you to all those who voted. More information about the awards can be found on the Signature Annual Awards website.

The Signature Annual Awards, a national charity, honour the ground-breaking work that is being carried out across the UK and Ireland to improve access for deaf and deafblind people.

The awards ceremony will take place on 10 October at Durham Cathedral. Voting for this outstanding couple is open until 2 October 2014 at 12 noon via the Signature Annual Awards website

John Cheetham, a life member of Peterborough Lions Club and his wife Sheila who is also a Lion, have been successful in being short-listed for the UK and Ireland Community Spirit Award. They were nominated by the teachers of deaf children at Jack Hunt School. Sheila and John have made a positive impact across the deaf community for more than three decades. Their tireless dedication to removing barriers and developing awareness has had a huge impact on the lives of deaf children and young people and their families locally, nationally and internationally.

Sheila has been deaf for 30 years, she lost the hearing in one ear when she was a child, but was not diagnosed until her teenage years. She has used her own experience to support others both personally and through raising funds for charity. Her attitude and commitment has inspired her husband John to equally devote his time and efforts to improving the lives of deaf people and their families. They have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities such as Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s society (PDDCS). They also devised the highly successful and popular annual Peterborough Lions Quiz.

Sheila and John recognise the importance of not only supporting deaf people but of supporting their families too. They have helped many families adjust to the challenges of raising a child with a hearing loss. They are active supporters of PDDCS, of which John has been president for over 25 years. More recently Sheila and John saw the successful conclusion to a campaign to bring Music and the Deaf to the local area. John has covered hundreds of miles in the Lions minibus to enable children to pursue and develop their musical talents. They have access to one to one tuition, play in an orchestra and recently met Evelyn Glennie. In 2013 Music and the Deaf was the nominated charity of the Peterborough Lions.

Together, Sheila and John have delivered training in Deaf Awareness and face reading to organisations nationwide in their role as Speech and Hearing Officers for the Lions Club International. They also created the “I see what you’re saying” badge. Now retired from work, Sheila and John continue their hard work to promote a positive attitude towards deafness. With their warm personalities they make others feel that anything is possible.


Quiz 2014 FrontSeptember is here, which can only mean one thing: 2014’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 of last year’s available if you missed it).

This year the theme is “Equine Antics (a saddlebag of horsey questions)”, so if you know your Shetland ponies from your shire horses you should have an advantage – but if you don’t, not to worry because the connection to horses is pretty loose, and as usual it’s all a bit of fun (horseplay?). The price is unchanged from the last couple of 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 for 25 years? That makes this our silver jubilee!

The quiz was devised by Peterborough Lions John & Sheila Cheetham, who both remain valuable club members all these years on and are now nominated together for a community award. If you love the quiz please take a look, and vote for Lions John & Sheila!


Eye Open Spaces Fun Day

Peterborough Lions were happy to be amongst several charities supporting the 5th annual Eye Open Spaces Fun Day, at Eye Community Centre, in – you guessed it by now – Eye. The Fun Day was opened by local MP Stuart Jackson, and it was nice to see a lot of people brave the rather damp weather forecast for what actually turned out to be a dry (if overcast) day.

Peterborough Lions had several members present, allowing us to run several fundraisers, including Feed The Lions, a bric-a-brac stall, selling the ever popular punch balls, and our favourite Lions Cage.

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