May 2014

Raise a glass to fundraisers everywhere! 

Wickham assembly In May, Meon Valley Lions had another successful fundraiser, providing our BBQ service to the real ale brigade at the ever-popular Wickham Charity Beer Festival. Tickets had sold out well in advance, so we knew it was going to be a busy evening. In fact, our service counter was frantic right from the off and we served over 540 portions in just under four hours. Thanks to the generous support of our local suppliers Westlands Farm shop, McCarthy's Super Stall and Tesco (Fareham), we were able to realise nearly 1,000 profit from the food sales. This is 200 up on our previous best for the Wickham Charity Beer Festival and every penny will be used directly for our charity work in this area. Great credit must go to the organisers Dave, Mike and Ash for putting on another great event, and for raising tens of thousands of pounds for the local Wickham community as a result of their ongoing involvement with the Charity Beer festival. Roll on the next one on October!

Wickham has been the centre of quite a few of our activities recently including the village's Annual Parish Assembly, which we are very pleased to attend with our exhibition stand. The Parish Assembly celebrates achievement in the village and sponsors a number of awards recognising the contributions of particular public-spirited groups and individuals. It was good to see our old friends the Southern Cooperative (Wickham) receive an award for their on-going financial support to good causes in the village, through their Community Support Card Scheme.

Cheque presentation to Rowans HospiceLater in the month, Meon Valley Lions fielded a team of nine for a charity skittles match at the King's Head pub in Wickham. The event had been organised by Eileen Jayne-Wood MBE, Chair of the Southwick, Boarhunt and Meon area Rowans Hospice support group, to raise money for the Hospice. The Lions are close supporters of this particular charity and provided a BBQ at their Snowdrops by Candlelight evenings during deepest, darkest February. That event raised over 2,000 for the Rowans Hospice and Ickle-Pickle charities and we were able to add to that impressive sum by presenting an additional cheque to Eileen at the skittles evening. With around 60 in attendance, the skittles night made another sizeable contribution to this worthwhile charity. Well done to Lion Eddy Barringer who did us proud by securing runner-up in the men's skittles competition and also to Mary Morfill, who matched Eddy's achievement by being second in the ladies' competition.

Meon Valley Lions club collected 355 unwanted and discarded spectacles this year for use in the Lions international "spektrek" programme, adding to the 123,400 collected across the district by neighbouring Petersfield Lions.  Over a million pairs have been collected like this in recent years. The specs are sorted, optically graded and where necessary repaired, before onward despatch to developing nations all over the world. They are distributed to impoverished people suffering from cataracts and other visual impairments that severely affect their quality of life. Many of these spectacles are given to patients treated at Eye-Camps, which are often sponsored by local Lions Clubs. Our thanks to go to local opticians who have supported us in this programme.


(Top) Ian and Dick meet and greet at Wickham Parish Assembly 

(Below) Lion Dick Cowles presents a cheque to Eileen Jayne-Wood MBE, Chair of the Southwick, Boarhunt and Meon area Rowans support group.