At their regular monthly meeting, held at Ebenezers Social Club on Tuesday 12th June 2018, Peterborough Lions Club ‘badged up’ four new members. These included Chris Ash, His Worship the Mayor of Peterborough, which postholder is traditionally invited to join at the first convenient meeting following Mayor Making.

The other new members were Kathy Hughes, Peter Heywood, and Suzanne Roberts. A former member, Ann Hewlett, also attended with a view to re-joining in the near future.

In addition to regular business the meeting also heard an informative presentation by Neil Barker of Macmillan Cancer Support Services, highlighting their role in the chain of cancer research and care in the community.

On Saturday 9th June 2018 Peterborough Lions Club hosted a pub-style quiz at Eye community centre. Lions Kevin Rodgers and Jane McLean did a Trojan job of compiling the questions, with a ‘match the quotations to the famous people’ picture round testing most people.

A lovely fish-and-chip supper was provided by Fryz of Bretton, who also donated a £25 voucher as a raffle prize, for which many thanks. www.fryz.co.uk

The evening raised a net £315.39 for Lions funds, all of which will be used to support local charities and worthy causes. It is hoped to hold another, similar, quiz before Christmas so if you fancy a fun evening out watch this space!

How did you get on with our “Tom, Dick and Harry (Pat and Den Too)” quiz?

If you got them all right, then well done, and if you sent them back to us for the chance to win a prize then you’re part of a small crowd: we had lots sent back to us this year and unusually few that were 100% correct. So if you finished yours and didn’t return it thinking you stood no chance of winning then shame on you!

The winners were drawn at our February Business Meeting, and here they are:

  1. B Stone, Crawley (wins £100)
  2. E Dickenson, Dereham (wins £75)
  3. C Hutchcraft, Warboys (wins £50)
  4. N Mead, Orton Wistow (wins £25)
  5. P Taylor, Walton (wins £10)
  6. L Porter, Tring (wins £10)
  7. P Jeffrey, Ancaster (wins £10)
  8. A Towler, Wisbech (wins £10)
  9. L Johnson, Newborough (wins £10)
  10. J Burton, Uttoxeter (wins £10)

(If you were lucky enough to win, and doubly lucky enough to live locally, then we can recommend spending some of your winnings on a chance to win some chocolate!)

The answer sheet and some comments from the quiz coordinator can be downloaded here:

Lions Quiz Answers 2017-18 (Website)

What’s the difference between an Easter Egg Hunt and a pub crawl? 

Suppose we hid lots of giant chocolate eggs in pubs* around Peterborough and didn’t tell you where you could find them. 

And then, suppose we told you exactly where they are. All you need to do is pick a box on the grid held in each pub, make a modest donation to great causes, and wait to see if you won. (Whether you trek on to the next location or stay put is up to you!)

Is that a hunt or a crawl?

Does it matter?

Sometimes helping a charity means finding a poor volunteer standing in cold rain, shaking a bucket (the shaking being a natural response to the cold). But sometimes we make it easy. (No volunteers were made to suffer in the making of this fund raising campaign!)

* If pubs aren’t your thing, but great farm fresh food is, then we’ve still got you covered! Check out the list!

Last year, Peterborough Lions were pleased to support the Raleigh International and International Citizen Service (ICS) in enabling young people from the UK to travel to Nicaragua, Nepal and Tanzania, to work with other young people locally on projects aimed at helping young entrepreneurs to set up small businesses within their communities, bringing benefits to themselves and those around them.

Volunteer Team Leader, Tom Hudson, travelled out to Wascasoni in northern Nicaragua in May, along with another team leader and 11 volunteers to work with over 50 local young entrepreneurs from 4 nearby communities, with the aim of creating sustainable businesses.

Having returned to the UK, Tom came to our January business meeting to give us a presentation showing their achievements. Over 500 community members were reached through their activities, 11 businesses were set up with seed funding (all of which are still going).

More information about this fantastic project can be found on their website.

The Peterborough Lions Club CAROL FLOAT, with Santa and his elves, is out and about! You may have seen it at SAINSBURYS at Bretton on the 8th and 9th of December.

It will be at MORRISONS’ at CARDEA/STANGROUND N. on Sat. 16th December, and at MORRISONS’ on LINCOLN ROAD on the 23rd and 24th December.

Our sincerest thanks go out to the above businesses for allowing us to collect funds which are used for mainly local good causes. ALL monies collected from the public, net only of actual direct costs, go into charitable causes. We raise our administration costs by holding social fund raisers within the club and through annual subscriptions.

If you are at either of the above venues on the dates mentioned please say hello and, if you are able, pop some coins in Santa’s tin. Every little helps us to carry on our good causes.

Peterborough Lions Quiz 2017/18The famous PETERBOROUGH LIONS QUIZ SHEETS are now in and coming to a venue near you SOON! Look out for our sellers in your local supermarket in the coming weeks. They may also be available through other smaller outlets and our 50/50 partners, other approved worthwhile charities with which we share the proceeds on a, you guessed it, 50/50 basis. This gives direct support to such charities while still topping up our funds to support other community needs.

If you have never purchased one before these are a very popular item. They can be done individually or as a family or other group (at least one regular supporter keeps them to do after lunch on Christmas Day!). Once you’ve answered as many questions as you can, you can send in your completed sheet(s) which will go into a handsome prize draw!

This year’s topic is “Tom, Dick & Harry (Pat & Den Too)”. That is, 100 questions where all the answers include one of those names lurking within them.

To see where they’re on sale locally, take a look here – if you want to be added to this list please get in touch!

If you can’t find a local seller, you can also buy them directly from this website!

On Saturday, the 19th August 2017, Peterborough City Centre will play host to an event to celebrate the CENTENARY of Lions CLubs International. It will take place in Cathedral Square and will be an opportunity to find out what Lions Clubs are all about and what we do for communities. This will be a Lions ZONE (area) event so clubs from surrounding towns will be taking part.

This is NOT a fund raising event but we are hoping to surround the Guildhall with tins of food to be donated to local FOOD BANKS after the day. If you will be in town that day and feel able to donate a tin or two please bring them along.

Club Elections – 2017/18

Peterborough Lions Club are proud to announce the election of the following posts within the club for 2017-18:

  • Club President: Lion Bill Peacock
  • 1st Vice President: Lion Richard Willis
  • Treasurer: Lion David Pope
  • Secretary: Lion Di Parkin

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

On Saturday 24th June, as a change from previous Race Nights, Peterborough Lions held a QUIZ NIGHT at Eye Community Centre. Tickets were £5 per person and included a buffet supper, prepared by Lions with the kind help of members of Eye WI. The sum of £255 after expenses was raised and ‘a good time was had by all’!

The Club took the opportunity, during the interval, to also host the handover of the club Presidency. Lion President John Cheetham handed over to the new President, Lion Bill Peacock who listed the achievements of the club during the previous twelve months. He also installed his predecessor as ‘Lion Ambassador’.

The Club intends to hold another quiz night, probably at about the same time in 2018. Look out for more details in the New Year.

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