Noel’s surname is spelt Mackereth

President Steve opened the October meeting aided by Thea as Secretary.  Apologies were received from lots of people and welcome was given to lots of people. District this and District that so lots of wonderful guests visiting from far afield. In correspondence we received a few pieces especially two letters. South Lakes carers who were able to visit Brathay. They thanked the club for making this happen. Evergreens thanked members for their trip. Especially to our members who drove. The treasurer reported that we were a little bit in limbo because of moving bank accounts. But we had income from the Bouncy Castle attending Brathay and Dragon Bay events and had to spend money on fuel for the Bouncy Castle. We also got £200 in member subscriptions but Treasurer Peter mentioned that…
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Lions 42nd Charter Lunch at the Langdale Chase

Lions 42nd Charter Lunch at the Langdale Chase

The 42nd Charter Anniversary Lunch for Windermere and Ambleside Lions Club took place on Sunday 25th September at the Langdale Chase hotel, Windermere. The turn out was fantastic and Lion President Steve was on hand to welcome everyone. Our Toastmaster was Lion Chris Amos who handled the days varies duties and IPP Lion Andrew Irvine gave us a very quick grace. We were treated to a lunch of Vegetable soup, Beef or Risotto and Sticky toffee pudding. Our top table featured various guests including Lion Roy Axten and our speaker Sarah Miles from Bendrigg Trust. The food was enjoyed. President Steve gave a speech that everyone thought was too short (we run a sweepstake) and Lion Roy gave the response including a few jokes and inviting three Lions up whilst…
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September Meeting – Who buys a book about Potatoes – and keeps it for 20 years?….!

6th September 2016 - Windermere & Ambleside Lions - Business Meeting Not much of a blog this week – I started with good intentions, but my ability to listen, contribute and write at the same time fizzled out at the night went on…must try harder next time… Apologies received from Elsie, Ben, Laura, Maggie, Andrew, Ronnie Meeting started early at 19:57 ! - with the promise of an early finish! Meeting opened early at 19:57 by President Steve introducing Julie Wright, Town Clerk – from Windermere Town Council to discuss Lions Park in Langrigge Road in Bowness – the Lions used to maintain Lions Park before handing it to Windermere Town Council to manage. The park is well located near to Bowness village centre, and boasts a nice view over…
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Big in Brazil – August meeting

Steve hit the table with the gavel at 8pm which made everyone jump. Andrew, Chris and Lisa gave their apologies. We decided that Lisa definitely gave her apologies and Chris might be hungover and walking. Steve seems to be the most efficient Chairman we have had as he speeds through bits and bobs and doesn't take crap from anyone. [caption id="attachment_388" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Steve and Chris[/caption] We received a nice letter from Rosemere Cancer care thanking us for our kind donation of £100 to team Benjamin who took part in the Great North Swim. In the letter they pointed out that 9000 people are diagnosed with cancer in our region every year and we will all be affected. The treasurers report went on for some time.The highlights are: £80 as an…
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Where is Le Grand Rouge? – Does anyone have a copy of the Code of Ethics? – and welcome Pickles! – July Meeting Report

Well - we have received apologies from Ben this month so he has asked me - Young Chris - to write this Month's web report. Certainly big shoes to fill - and im grateful for the 'development opportunity' Ben but i do hope hat you are not grooming me to take over as the Club PR Officer ..... This is the first business meeting of the new 2016/17 Lion year - and we have a new President Lion Steve Bateman at the helm, with Lions Christoph Amos as his very able Club Secretary. Club Treasurer is still Lion Peter Irvine - rumour is that he loves the job so much he couldn't give it up...not sure who has the other Club Roles - we'll see who pipes up during the…
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Blanquette and Secret Feet – June meeting report

The June meeting started 5 minutes early in a very warm room. We received apologies from Young Chris, Noel, Lisa and Steve. It was mentioned that Elsie was probably on her way but the Chairman took no notice and started the meeting anyway. The minutes were proposed and seconded and it was at this time that Elsie arrived. Which was embarrassing for the Chairman. Elsie announced that she needed the toilet and the meeting paused, no timing of the loo break was taken. During this time Chairman Andrew got angry with his father for something I missed and said he was considering fining his father for "being a muttering disgruntled old farmer". In correspondence we heard from Ings Parish Council who have raised half the money needed to rebuild a…
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Someone tried to poison me – May meeting report

Someone tried to poison me – May meeting report

The May meeting started with apologies from Anthony quickly followed by a presentation from Sight Advice South Lakeland. Claire was joined by Dave who both came to the meeting on behalf of Sight Advice South Lakeland. A local and independant charity that raises and spends entirely in the South Lakes. Their aim is to help people with sight problems and raise their standard of life and lobby on their behalf. Last year the charity supported 889 people with an average age of 79. That said they do lots of work with young people and have a dedicated youth sight worker and over 20 young people on the books. The charity do fantastic work including trips, walking groups and sailing. The charity featured on Countryfile when a young member did a big ramble.…
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Family Fueds and French time – April meeting report

So I was totally late... I decided if I was going to be late I might as well get a drink from the bar. My excuse was I was on French time. What I interupted was a talk on Leonard Cheshire Disability. A fascinating history of Leonard and his personal and charitable work including the history of the Leonard Cheshire Homes. What I hadn't appreciated before was that there were so many! I had wrongly thought it was only our Leonard Cheshire Home near Troutbeck Bridge. Not only is Leonard Cheshire worldwide but there are 170 services in the UK including a centre in Kendal and Barrow. Leonard Cheshire need help in fundraising, volunteering and attendance at events. On treasurers report we had income from classic vehicle show entries and…
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Bonjour des rosbifs

Windermere and Ambleside Lions were delighted to welcome the Lions club from Limoux, France. Seven members of the French club came to Ambleside to meet and dine with the Brits having decided to twin the two clubs. The delegation from France included Peter from Wigan who now lives full time in France. Lion French Peter and Lion French President Christian welcomed and toasted each club and thanked Lakes Lions for their hospitality. They singled out Lion Chris for his help in organising the trip. Limoux club was formed in 1977 and part of the delegation included Gilbert who was a founding member. The club meet twice a month including one with a meal (sounds good to me!!). The toast was particularly enjoyable due to the sparkling wine, direct from Limoux.…
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Ben is awesome and Chris drinks mulled wine – January 2016 meeting report

[caption id="attachment_293" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Lakes Lion Selfie[/caption] Maggie welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2016 including Roy and Liz Acton. There was a brief discussion as to who was to chair the meeting but it was settled on Maggie. However Peter pointed out that the chair of the first meeting usually buys a round for everyone present. In correspondence two cards were received, one from a resident who was thankful for firewood deliveries and the second from the Alice's Escapes family. The club received an appeal regarding the Guide hut in Ambleside. The Guide hut had over 4 feet of water and almost all of the items inside have been damaged beyond use. The club has previously supported the Guides over the year. Peter also suggested a donation to…
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