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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Dont throw cheese if you don’t want chutney on your trousers – December meeting

A QUICK CORRECTION - Last month was November not October. The number of Lions were down in our December meeting and it started with a missed call to Ronnie's phone. Ronnie did not know it was ringing and it took some investigation to decide it was him making a noise. Keith stood in as Chair and Philip stood in as Tail Twister deciding everyone would get fined for something this evening. The treasures report was well read by Peter and included Santa Suits, Jingling, Classic Cars,  Paddlers and £65.50 raised from the wishing well. Lion Lisa questions the wishing well figure and it turns out this is was since last month, which is pretty amazing. This started a discussion on if and where we should look to have another one. I…
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Lions plaque the caravan at Alice’s Escapes

On 22nd November Lion Peter visited Ulverston to attach the plaque to the Caravan Windermere and Ambleside Lions bought for Alice's Escapes. In the picture are 2nd VDG Roy Axton. Past DG Liz Axton, Cathy Bloomfoield of Alice's Escapes and Lion Peter. The caravan was bought by W & A Lions Club for £25000.00. It was equipped and the disabled access deck bought with money donated by Lions Clubs International Foundation, this was in excess of £18000.00. LCIF  gave this as a "match funding" on the back of our donation. The extra money was organised by 2nd Vice District Governor Roy Axton. Commenting on the occasion Lion Peter said "It was great to see the caravan completed and to hear about the pleasure it will give to the families with terminally…
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