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Club NEWS 2016/2017

Saturday 8 July: Duck race: As in past years, the duck race opened the Midsomer Norton Fayre.  Ducks raced down the river and the winners were: first, Evelyn from Radstock, second, Sheila from Timsbury and third, Sheila from Paulton.

Sunday 28 May: Handover: We held our Handover meal at Mendip Golf Club where the outgoing president, Derek Livsey, handed the chain of office to Alan Denham the president for the coming year. The club has been in existence for 40 years and we are looking forward to the next 40!  Our thanks to teetime catering for providing us with an excellent meal.

Sunday 30 April: 40th Charter celebrations and twin club visit: The club celebrated its 40th Charter anniversary (birthday) on Sunday 30 April with a lunch at Cameley Lodge.  As ever, the meal was excellent.  Our grateful thanks to Cameley Lodge for their service and the quality of the food.  The lunch was attended by representatives from other clubs, Keynsham, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, Newbury, Frome (our mother club), Chateau Gontier (our twin club in France) and from Bridgend, the District Governor, Lion Godfrey Morris.  We also had in attendance, Lion Keith Burchell and Mike Clay, both charter members of the club and the Mayor of Midsomer Norton, Paul Myers and Claudia Hicklin, Senior Fundraiser with RUH Forever friends.
The proceedings started with a minutes silence in memory of a stalwart member of the club Lion Barry Rogers MJF who had passed to higher service the previous Monday. 
After the usual speeches, Claudia gave a presentation on the present position of Forever Friends fundraising toward the new cancer centre.  They are now only £500,000 short of their target of £8,500,000.  Lion President Derek presented Claudia with a cheque for £2,000, Forever Friends being his nominated charity for his year as President.  (Every little helps!)
We were most surprised and grateful to receive a sculpture from Chateau Gontier depicting "Peace around the World".
The twinning visit continued in the evening with an introduction to Indoor Bowls at the Purnell Bowls Club.
The following day we took them to Lacock Abbey and village and then in the evening to the Waldegrave Arms in Chewton Mendip.
  Dieting begins on Tuesday!
We wished them well as they departed on Tuesday for a short tour of England before returning to France.
We look forward to visiting them in France to celebrate their 50th Charter Anniversary in 2019.

Tuesday 25 April: Fashion Show: This evening, M&CO put on a fashion show for us, It was much enjoyed by the people who attended.  Lions Colin, Sally and President Derek and his wife Lynne were amongst the models, together with the "royalty" from the Carnival Club.  A very enjoyable time was had by both the models and the audience.  Our thanks to M&CO for organising this excellent event.

Saturday 1 April: UFO seen in Midsomer Norton.Last Saturday the Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra performed in the Town Hall, Midsomer Norton. An outrageous performance with tunes we knew and words we didn’t! The orchestra featured 14 ukuleles and a percussion section, impersonating Dad’s Army and the Wrens originating from Walmington on Severn (wherever that is). Not only could they play their ukuleles but they could also sing and they performed a series of songs. They told the story of a thwarted threat from a one man German Submarine, intent on destroying Temple Meads!  The intimate atmosphere of the Town Hall lent itself well to their performance. Judging from the audience participation, the event was much enjoyed by all. We look forward to a return performance.

Saturday 25 February: Brass Tacks & Cantilena Concert: Loud applause from a near capacity audience emphasised the appreciation for a brilliant performance by 65 teenagers.  Bath and North East Somerset Music Service presented Brass Tacks, the Schools Brass Band and Cantelina Choir in our concert, Saturday 25th February, at the Methodist Church Centre, Midsomer Norton.  Brass Tacks presented some well-known pieces, including Amarillo and “The Blue and the Gray” from the American Civil War Suite.  Cantelina performed extracts from Fauré’s requiem and finished up with “His Last Breath” a tone poem by Katy P Rothimer
Conductors Timothy Parker (Cantelina) and Sue Avison (Brass Tacks) performed with fine control of the large number of students who have committed to practice and rehearsal in addition to their other school work.  The evening’s performances were excellent and enjoyed by all.  We hope to repeat it in 2018!
Lion President Derek Livsey extended thanks to Bath & North East Somerset Music Service, St John Ambulance, The Methodist Church Center and to the programme sponsors: Andy Payne; Radstock Carpet & Bed Centre; Allen Estate Agents; LJ Developments; Norton Sports & Camping; Castello Restaurant; Jacarandas; SG Taylor and Mitchard & Sons.
The proceeds will be divided between Bath & North East Somerset Music Service and Lions local charities.

Friday 1 January 2017: Carol float is put to bed: Well, that is it for another year (11 months to be more precise), the carol float is put to bed.  Our thanks to members of the public who help swell our funds by donating over £4,866.67 during the month of December.

Tuesday 6 December: Business meeting: We were pleased to welcome District Governor, Lion Goff Morris to our business meeting. 
At this meeting the club approved donations of £103 to the poppy appeal, £250 to Julian House and £120 to SWAN.
DG Goff presented 35 year service chevrons to Lions Colin and Keith and 15 year service chevrons to Lion President Derek and to Lion Russell.  He presented Centenary Growth pins to Lion Derek Livsey and Lion Alan Denham.
He thanked the club members for all the service given in the name of Lions over the years and was particulary pleased to see that fun was being enjoyed whilst serving.
He wished us a happy 40 Charter annieversary and wished us every success in our efforts to obtain growth.

Sunday 20 November: District Thanksgiving Service: Calne Lions hosted the district thanksgiving service this year, in St Marys Church Calne.  The service was led by the Reverend Bob Kenway, assisted by organist, David Bevan.  The Oath of Service was delivered by District Governor, Godfrey Morris, intercessions were led by PDG Larry Pearce and PDG Martin Ruddle read Wesley's exhortation.

Sunday 13 November: Remembrance Day: Radstock and Midsomer Norton Lions took part in a number of remembrance day parades throughout our area.
Lion President, Derek Livsey laid the wreath at the memorial in Holy Trinity Church, High Littleton, accompanying the British Legion, Scouts, Guides and the local council.

Saturday 15 October: Sight Awareness event: Lions have been champions of the blind almost since their inception in 1917 and promoted the use of the white cane in the 1930’s.  Last Saturday was Lions World Sight Day.  To publicise this event, we staged a blind walk through Midsomer Norton High Street, visiting various shops and coffee houses on the way.  We were accompanied by Anne Skinner and Linda Hole (puppy walkers) and Steven Hyde who is himself registered blind.  We were also particularly grateful for the company of our Mayor, Paul Myers and our MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg.  Paul had been due to go up to London that day, but he cancelled the trip in favour of discovering for himself the hazards that blind people face negotiating Midsomer Norton’s hazards.  Both Paul and our president, Lion Derek Livsey were blindfolded during the entire event which lasted for nearly two hours.  President Derek said “I was very surprised to find out how tiring the experience was, it gave me a taste of the problems that blind people face every day”.  During the walk, we handed out leaflets on precautions to take to protect your eyes.

Tuesday 4 October: Business meeting. We were pleased to support Relate with a donation at their business meeting in October.  The donation will fund counselling for one family.
Penny, CEO of the Mid Wiltshire branch, has 25 years’ experience working in local government and charities.  She said “Supporting people through difficult periods of change when relationships may struggle to survive is at the heart of the Counselling that Relate provides.  To ensure the services are accessible to all, we run a bursary scheme to which Radstock & Midsomer Norton Lions Club have made a generous donation.”
We heard that Penny herself had recently taken part in a Sky Dive jump to raise funds for Relate.  You can find out more on their website,

Saturday 1st October: Last Night of the Proms concert. Sherborne Town Brass Band gave a wonderful Last Night of the Proms performance at our excellent local facility, the Dragonfly Theatre, Writhlington School.  Musical Director, Steve Rogers, in his last event as director, led the band in a varied programme.  The first half included the “Dam Busters March” and “Dear lord and Father of mankind”, which well-illustrated their versatility.  After refreshments the second half included “Pomp and Circumstance”, with much waving of flags and excitement!  Lion President, Derek Livsey, thanked everyone for their help and contributions to making this a memorable evening.  St John Ambulance were in attendance, thankfully their services were not needed.  Sponsorship by local business was very much appreciated.

Saturday 13th August. Clutton Flower Show or the first time, Radstock & Midsomer Norton Lions were exhibiting at the Clutton Flower Show.
We, and everyone at the show enjoyed some lovely sunshine, hopefully there were not too many cases of sunburn!
Along with our Lions Tombola, we had our new game, shuffle board, where “children” of all ages could try their skill.  £1 gave you 30 counters to slide into gates to score.  As with most things, points mean prizes and we were offering 50% of the takings to the highest scorer.  The winner was Lucy who kindly donated her winnings to the Lions funds – thank you Lucy.  Don’t worry if you missed this exciting new game, we will have it at the High Littleton & Hallatrow Village day on the bank holiday Saturday at the end of this month.  We were also distributing Message in a Bottle, very helpful to elderly people, particularly those living on their own.
Our thanks to the public for their support and our thanks to the Flower Show Committee for a well organised event.  Here’s looking forward to next year.

Friday 1st July.  President's Handover: On the Friday the 1st July at Mendip Golf Club the Presidents Handover ceremony took place. Outgoing President Robert Jamieson thanked club members for their support and hard work throughout his year and wished incoming President Derek Livsey success before handing over the chain of office. One of the first events in his year is the 'Duck Race' which is taking place during the Midsomer Norton Fayre on Saturday 9th July. Buy yourself a duck or maybe two and come and cheer them on! 1st prize - £50, 2nd - £30 and 3rd - £20.

Sunday 17 April: Charter Lunch: Our 39th Charter celebrations at Cameley Lodge, were marked by a donation of £3,600 for the Lions own eye centre in Korle Bu.  This money was raised in association with our Twin Club, Chateau Gontier in France. 
The cheque was accepted from Lion President Rob by PID Howard Lee who also represented our international President, Dr Jitsuhiro Yamada, responding to the toast to Lions International.  PDG Max responded to the toast to our partners and guests.  Our 40th Charter will also be held at the same popular venue, Cameley Lodge.

Sunday 6 March 2016: Presentation at Quiz: We have been running a monthly quiz in High Littleton for many years, this is a friendly affair with a small number of teams.  One of the teams is variously called “South of the Star” or “Southern Rock” and have a reputation something like the Eggheads, except, as far as I can recall, they have never been beaten.  One of the team is Ian Trickett, who used to live in the village, with his wife, the Reverend Prebendary Susan Trickett.  Susan was the part-time vicar of Holy Trinity, High Littleton and Dean of Women’s Ministry at Wells from 1999 until her retirement in 2005.  Leaving High Littleton, they retired to Combe Down in Bath.  It seems that vicars never retire and she continued ministry by becoming an assistant priest at St Barnabas, Southdown, Bath.  We were also pleased to see her when she took occasional services at her old parish, High Littleton.
We were sorry to hear that she had contracted cancer in 2015 and sorrier to hear that she had passed away early in 2016.  Ian tells us that he was extremely grateful for the care and support provided by Macmillan Nurses, both to Susan directly and to the family.  Ian’s quiz team pledged all their winnings from the quiz and consequently the Lions were able to make a £150 donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Saturday 6 February 2016: Concert. The Bath and North East Somerset Music Service presented a very good concert at the Dragonfly Theatre, Writhlington which included the Schools Philharmonic Orchestra, Writhlington School and Mendip Music.
A varied selection of music was played in the first half including wind instruments, brass, strings, guitars and choirs. This included some very young budding musicians.
The second half gave the Philharmonic Orchestra to show their talents with a trumpet solo by Wesley Downing.
Many thanks to the sponsors and people who donated prizes for the raffle.

Monday 4 January 2016: Visit to Gower & Llwchwr Estuary Lions Club. We have nominated one or our Lions, Sally Marsh, who transferred to us last year, as 2nd Vice District Governor for 2016/2017.  Gower and Llwchwr Estuary club seconded Sally's nomination.  Lions Sally & Colin, together with Lions Alan and Derek L were pleased to visit Gower and Llwchwr Estuary at their first busniess meeting for 2016.  The meeting started with an excellent power point presentation on what Gower and Llwchwr Estuary have been up to over the last year - impressed we were too.

Friday 1 January 2016: Carol float is put to bed. Well, that is it for another year (11 months to be more precise).  Our thanks to members of the public who help swell our funds by donating over £4000 during the month of December.


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