February 2016

A net gain for charity! 

Early start on Weston ShoreAt our January business meeting we were pleased to welcome student Lucy Ward, who gave a presentation on her trip to Uganda in July 2015, which Meon Valley Lions club was pleased to part-sponsor. She worked on Project Mbabazi and during her time on the project, was involved in making new school uniforms for the children of three villages, as well as helping with the construction of new school buildings. She thanked the Club for helping her have the chance to travel and realise this opportunity and it was a pleasure for us to be a small part of making it happen. Real-life experiences like these open the eyes of young people to a reality beyond the world of X-Box and iPhone and Lions are always open to requests from young individuals looking to broaden their experience through volunteering.

What a haul!

Meon Valley Lions Club’s long-standing relationship with Weston Shore was renewed again on Sunday 24 January, when we once again assembled at the damp and misty waterside for the 41st Annual Charity Sea Angling Competition. Despite the recent closure and demolition of the early queue formsFord Transit plant, the Sea Angling section of the Sports and Social club is still very active and keen to continue with this great fund-raising event. Organised by Peter Oates and supported by the Transport and General Workers Union, the event attracted 88 adults and seven juniors this year.  

The first prize winner was Ken Cross with a total catch of 2lbs and ½ oz of flounders.  He also netted the top prize of £250 plus the pool for the heaviest fish (£176) and the largest bag on his beach (£88).  A total of £514 isn’t bad for a morning’s work with rod and line! event. Organised by Peter Oates and supported by the Transport and General Workers Union, the event attracted 88 adults and seven juniors this year. 

Second and third prizes were shared this year (£75 each) as was the pool prize for the largest bag on the second beach (£44 each), as two anglers (Paul Coleman and Don Fucio) tied with 1 lbs 15 ½ oz of fish.  Each therefore won £119. At the end of the day we raised £999.50 net of expenses, which in the tradition of this great event, will go to Naomi House and Jack’s Place, the Winchester based hospice charity. Do you think we ought to just round it up to £1,000? Over the years these annual donations have grown to a total now exceeding £40,000 and we will take great pride in delivering the cheque at the Ford Fishing Club’s presentation night in a couple of months’ time.

Swanmore fete

We’ve already had our first fete committee meeting of the new year and plans are now well advanced for this year’s event with numerous performers booked and lots of the usual fun and summer frolics planned. Put the date in your diary now – Saturday 9 July 2016! More details will be available on the events page of our website in the coming months



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