July 2016

A great fund-raising summer! 

Wickham Charity Beer Festival pulls in £2,000 for local Citizens Advice servicev2The Meon Valley Lions Club received a donation of £2,000 for their efforts at the 16th Wickham Charity Beer Festival held in April at The Wickham Centre. We had provided the BBQ at the festival as usual and organised a Citizens Advice volunteer team from Bishops Waltham to run the bar. However, after a short discussion, it was decided we should give all of the £2,000 to Citizens Advice to support their outstanding work in the local area. 

The cheque presentation was held at The Hampshire Bowman near Bishop’s Waltham. Lin Kelly of Citizens Advice (Winchester District) Bishop’s Waltham office said, “We are extremely grateful to the Meon Valley Lions for their very generous donation to the service. 

As a charity we are always looking for fundraising opportunities so are very grateful to Mike Betts the organiser of the Wickham Charity Beer Festival and to the Lions for supporting us. The donation will help towards the cost of re-carpeting the office and updating our computer system.”

Roger Morfill, President of the Meon Valley Lions said, “We chose Citizens Advice in the Bishop’s Waltham area because their volunteers provide such an invaluable service to the local community on a whole range of issues. They are so much more than a charity, offering advice, information and support to anyone who needs it.” 

Photograph: Lin Kelly of Citizens Advice receives a cheque from Roger Morfill, President of the Meon Valley Lions

Lions’ Swanmore fete

Swanmore Fete 2016-BPP-9985We were blessed with a fine summer’s day for the Lions’ Swanmore fete this year and the local residents responded by turning out in their hundreds to support this very popular community event. Families were able to enjoy the sunshine and soak up the rays while listening to the fine music from local bands Contraband, Soberton Strummers and The Swanmore College of Technology jazz band. 

The CHaOS roadshow, an enthusiastic bunch of Cambridge students who believe that science is fun and relevant to everyone, captured the imaginations of young and old alike. In their marquee, the student demonstrators conducted around fifty hands-on science experiments, providing an exciting, new dimension to the fete with its regular tombola stalls and coconut-shy attractions. 

After a break last year, the classic motorbike rally has been re-established, and combined with the classic cars provided a great spectacle which the dads really enjoyed. Full details of the car and bike winners, plus loads of other photographs from the day are available on our Swanmore fete webpage.

Although we are still reconciling our accounts, it looks like we will clear well in excess of £4,500 for our charity account as a result of all the day’s activities, which is a great result. We’ve had some very positive feedback already and would like to record our thanks to the dozens of volunteers who became Lions for a day, to help us out. Put the date in your diary for next year – Saturday July 8th 2017.

Photograph (courtesy of Brian Pancott photography:  The Lions president spent to much time in the sun with the girls from CHaOS!


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