Come and meet the Lions!

Enter the Lions den.... Windermere and Ambleside Lions would love to meet you at a free event at Cafe del Lago, Low Wood Bay. Sandwiches and chips are provided at this informal meet and greet being held 4.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday 14th April 2015. If you would like to know a little more about the club and the work of Lions International then please come along as we'd love to see you there. Lions has been hailed as the best way to serve your community and Windermere and Ambleside Lions are on the prowl for more members. Members of the club fund raise with activities around the area and disseminate funds to local good causes.
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How many logs fit in a barrel? – February meeting report

Lion Andrew Irving sent his apologies to the February meeting because he needed to engrave a headstone on a fixed schedule. The club discussed a very serious change... The name of the club. At the moment the club is called Windermere and Ambleside Lions but it is proposed to be rebranded to Lakes Lions to amalgamate with our web presence and overcome issues with being seen as Windermere Lions by residents of Ambleside and Ambleside Lions by residents of Windermere. The rename will be investigated further. It was raised that we don't have a treasurer at the moment. However Lion Peter will act as treasurer and gave a short report including that £100 will be given to Windermere British Legion and £100 to Ambleside British Legion. £134.66 was raised from…
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Lions Christmas Lunch

Windermere and Ambleside Lions had their Christmas Lunch a little bit late... Meeting today (Sunday 25th January) for lunch at the Brown Horse in Winster Valley. Lion President Peter commented to say that the event is very worthwhile and it's great to get members and families together. Lions Clubs are encouraged to have social events and different clubs have different calendars of events. Lakes lions often have their Christmas do as a lunch after the main season in January.
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New Year Charity Pram Race Cancelled

The return of a Charity Pram Race has been cancelled after a £4,500 claim of "loss of earnings" from Windermere Petrol Station   The New Year Charity Pram Race that was due to make a triumphant return in just a few weeks has been cancelled. The event was being resurrected by Windermere and Ambleside Lions who ran the event for 25 years up until the turn of the Millennium. But in a message to the many entries, marshals and sponsors event director Ben Berry said he hit a road block:   "Windermere Petrol station are pursuing me personally and the Lions club for £4,500 loss of earnings for the few hours the road will be closed. Whilst we have event insurance and corporate legal cover this wouldn't cover any claim.…
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Tom got a new disease – December meeting

The December meeting was opened by Lion Peter just after 8pm as Lion Chris had yet to turn up. After a quick call to see where he was the meeting started without him. Lion Tom was asked to take minutes in the mean time. Before anything serious happened Lion Chris did indeed rock up. He found the minutes Tom had started to write were in some kind of code. The Ambleside lights Committee wrote two letters to the club, one to Lion Peter and another to Lion Chris. Both thanked the club for making the event happen. Particular thanks was given to Lion Anthony and the letters stressed that Windermere and Ambleside Lions is such an important partner for the event. Lions provide crowd control. Thank you was also received…
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Lions and fish – November meeting report

The November meeting had the pleasure of being in the "Fish Tank" room at its regular location of the Hydro Hotel. Letters were received from St John's Hospice thanking the club for the £2000 that was donated from the Lakes Classic Car Show. A card and letter also came from Will Clarke to let the club know how good a season he had had and thanked the club for their support. A report from the treasurer was made and all was well. The club continues to be in good financial footing. Under fundraising the club discussed the Lakes Classic Car Show and wether it should continue. Last year it raised a surplus of £4868.58 which was given to good causes. The organising commitment is massive, but the club felt it…
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I bought a book on eBay…

The October meeting opened with the jubilant news that Lion Tom had a new watch. He purchased the Austrian made timepiece from Aldi for £6 and spoke of its fine features. The meeting soon found that no one had minutes after an aparent email mix up on Lion Secretary Chris Amos' computer. Ronnie, having his minutes hand delivered each month, was the only member with minutes. Chris proposed the minutes were correct and Ronnie seconded it. Thanks were received from the Evergreen group for providing transport to Stavely opera. The group particularly enjoyed Lion Keith's driving skills. A note arrived from Wendy Ellwood who successfully ran the great north run in Newcastle and with a donation from Lakes Lions raised a total of £9606 for diamond blackfan anaemia. Cumbria Partnership…
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£5 for a nose wax – September meeting report

  Windermere and Ambleside Lions had a relatively brief September meeting at the Hydro Hotel on Tuesday 2nd September. They were joined by fellow Lions Tony and Kathleen from Kendal which resulted in a full table of friends. The club, as always, received several pieces of correspondence thanking them for their work. This included one from Alice's Escapes who thanked all Lions in the region for their kind donations which helped pay for a caravan for family holidays. Lions were invited to go and view the caravan and many intend to go. In the finance report it was noted that money was raised at Grasmere sports after three Lions worked their socks off and donated their pay. Also noted was a £100 donation from last months meeting to Diamond Black Fan…
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“You’ve changed my life” – meeting report

Windermere and Ambleside Lions received a heart felt thanks from Nicola Rudge at their August monthly meeting. Nicola Rudge had benefited from a sizeable donation for a specialist machine called a Dexicon Glucose monitor. Nicola told the club how she had struggled for much of her life with type 1 diabetes which included fits caused by blood sugar levels. The club heard new machine has changed her life. It works by monitoring her blood sugar level through a "beetle" stuck onto the body which reads sugar levels through a small sensor that is imbedded into body fat. Nicola said the monitor has improved her quality "off the scale" and thanked the club emphatically. It's always nice to hear back from people who have received help from the club. Also at…
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SUMMER FAIRS SUPPORT COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  Two summer fun fairs are coming to Bowness to help raise funds for local charities and community good causes.   The Bowness-on-Windermere Festival of Fun will see a ‘days gone by’ fair set up on the Glebe from this Friday, 25 July, until Sunday, 27 July, complete with traditional fairground rides including a carousel, swing boats and a helter skelter.   There will be an emphasis on family fun, with children’s activities between 1pm and 5pm including story-telling, traditional craft activities and games.   Then from Thursday, 31 July, to Sunday, 10 August, the fair will be brought up-to-date with rides and attractions offering all the fun and thrills of the modern funfair, with face-painting, a ‘Kids’ Olympics’ and a children’s talent contest for younger visitors at the weekends.…
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