Peterborough Lions were delighted to welcome District Governor Nigel Folkard to our November meeting. As well as providing a helpful update on events within the district, DG Nigel was also able to award several Lions with long service awards; Lions David Pope, Gaby Sharman, Di Parkin and John Hannington with awards for 35, 25, 20 and 15 years of service to Lionism respectively.
Two of these members include a substantial period of membership of Leos, the youth branch of Lions, so they have managed to hit these high figures whilst remaining incredibly young (and no bribes were required to report this!)
Peterborough Lions are proud to be supporting the National Blood Service “Missing Type” campaign, highlighting the shortage of blood across all three types: A, B and O.
Until the end of August, our homepage logo will have gaps where A, B and O belong. Can you help fill those gaps?
Visit www.blood.co.uk for more information today, and to book an appointment to give blood.
Peterborough Lions Club are proud to announce the election of the following posts within the club for 2016-17:
- Club President: Lion John Cheetham
- 1st Vice President: Lion Bill Peacock
- Treasurer: Lion David Pope
- Secretary: Lion Erica Constable
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 Lions Centenary year!
It’s been another great year for the Lions’ Quiz, thank you once again to everyone who took the time to complete and return the quiz to keep our markers busy!
Of-course the biggest thanks goes out to everyone who bought the quiz, whether or not you were able to return it. The funds raised from the quiz are incredibly important and will be put to fantastic uses. And also we mustn’t forget everyone who worked around the clubs’ volunteers to sell the quiz sheets, from a wide variety of shops and pubs to the charities and other organisations who sell them on a 50:50 basis to help raise funds for other great causes.
But you don’t care about any of that, you just want to know if you were a winner, right?
Here are the results of the 2015/16 Peterborough Lions Quiz, from the draw that took place at the club’s business meeting on Tuesday 9th February.
- 1st Prize £100 – E O’Boyle – Peterborough
- 2nd Prize £75 – L Porter – Tring
- 3rd Prize £50 – J Missin – Stamford
- 4th Prize £25 – J Heath – Peterborough
- 5th Prize – £10 – P Way – Huntingdon
- 6th Prize £10 – C Pairman– Tillcoultry
- 7th Prize £10 – J & S Hickenbotham
- 8th Prize £10 – D Blundell – Moulton
- 9th Prize £10 – J Vajda – Peterborough
- 10th Prize £10 – M Rae – East Sussex
In total, 903 quiz sheets were returned, 26 were 100% correct.
If you won, then well done – your cheque is on its way! If you didn’t, well you’re in great company, and there’s always the 2016/17 quiz which will be out in September, and as always if you don’t want to miss out you’ll be able to buy them online!
Anyone who wants to check their answers and get the solutions they missed can download the answer sheet here: Peterborough Lions Quiz Answers 2015. Congratulations to anyone who found a perfectly valid answer to a question that the quiz compiler hadn’t thought of – you can find the range of answers accepted on the answer sheet. If you managed to find more than one answer to any of the questions then you did very well indeed!
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.