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July Business Meeting – The Musings of a Baby Lion & Philip’s Gavel

This month i have started writing the Blog with Lion Baby Quinn on my lap - he is dictating the content of this Blog into my ear - therefore i think this will be the most intelligently written and eloquent Blog posting yet! It is amazing how opinionated he is - i wonder where he gets that from...ahem (Laura "Sponsorship" Courty) Our new Lions Club President Philip Fell opened the meeting promptly and welcomed us all - he is clutching his new Gavel tightly and I think he intends to use and abuse it! Here is a picture of our new president:   I (Chris Burstow) am The Vice President ("The Veep") this year - so will be be trying to prize the gavel out of Philip's fingers this time next year! In…
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Charity Silent Auction – Gilpin Hotel & Lake House Package – inc Michelin Star Dinner with Paired Wine, One Night Accommodation and Breakfast

  Current Highest Bid: £250 (Chris Burstow) ______________________________________________ This Charity Silent Auction is for a fantastic Dinner Bed and Breakfast package at one of the most prestigious hotel venues in the Lake District - the Gilpin Hotel and Lake House. You are bidding for a voucher for 1 night dinner bed and breakfast for two people at the Gilpin Hotel, including  the tasting menu in Hrishi's Michelin Star restaurant, including apertifs and matched wines. This prize will be awarded to the highest bidder at the Lions Charity Classic Vehicle Show on Grasmere Sportsfield on Sunday 18th June 2017. Proceeds from this charity auction will be used by the Windermere & Ambleside Lions Club to support local charitable causes. Bids can be submitted via email, and in person at the Classic…
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Flying low super heroes – April meeting 

Trevor from Essex joined us this month. Trevor is up staying at the New Dungeon Ghyll and has been a Lion for many years. Under apologies we had Maggie, Elsie, Chris Amos, Chris Burstow, Andrew and Laura. But then we decided that Chris Burstow should not be apologised for because he didn't give it to anyone. We moved on to the minutes of the last meeting and Chris Burstow walked in. He had very tight clothing on and special gloves. Very sweaty too. I can only assume that he has been out fighting crime before coming. Under correspondence we only had one piece which was an invite to an open day at Alice Escapes caravans which the club have been a big supporter of. Income wise we got some money…
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Bunting, sparkly bags and mushy peas – March report

The Club opened with a welcome to Ivan our District man. Apologies were received for Chris Amos and Elsie. Several members gave apologies for Young Chris. The minutes of the past meeting were amended by Peter. Something about trailers but I didn't quite catch it. Under correspondence we had a letter from Chris Amos, which was strange but nice. He was updating the club on where we can have future meetings. Whilst he hadn't managed to get in contact with the right person at the Hydro he had contacted Windermere Hotel and found a potential solution with the Windermere Town Council Chamber. A brief discussion ensued about our plaque that we have outside the Hydro and how we should really get a nice new one. It was resolved that Anthony…
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Old Chris hid chocolates and thats not nice at Christmas

Old Chris hid chocolates and thats not nice at Christmas

Old Chris didn't think it was 7.30pm but Ben and Steve did so the meeting started. Lisa, Laura, Maggie and Andrew sent their apologies and the only amendment to the minutes was that the hotel isn't the Burnt Howe but the Burn Howe. Under correspondence we received a few very nice Christmas cards including from some of those who received logs from the club. We heard from the Ings and Staveley Parish Council regarding the play ground monies we donated and the club will be invited to the opening. The club also heard from Low Wood Bay hotel thanking the club for their work at the Spirit of Christmas event. We've been invited to the official opening of the Sight Advice South Lakeland event. Miss Money Penny told us about…
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Lions Club event raises thousands for Cumbrian charities

  An annual event organised by the Windermere and Ambleside Lions Club has raised more than £7,000 to support two local charities, Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice and South Lakes Young Carers. On Sunday 19 June th e Lions Club hosted the Lakes Classic Car Show in Grasmere with around 300 exhibits taking part in the event. The kindness, generosity and support of everybody who attended the event helped to raise the fantastic sum on money in aid of the two charities. Before Christmas 2016, members of the Windermere and Ambleside Lions Club visited Jigsaw to present the children’s hospice with £3,000 which was raised at the event. The money will allow the children’s hospice to provide the highest standards of care, support activities to children and young adults with life…
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Jingle Bell Jog and Christmas Market bring boost to Lakes Lions

Lakes Lions were out in full force at two fantastic local events, our very own Jingle Bell Jog and the "Windermere Ja" Christmas Market. This blog post is a buy one get one free with two quick reports on how they went: Windermere & Ambleside Lions hosted its 2nd annual Jingle Bell Jog on Sunday 4th December 2016 - encouraging local residents and tourists to dress up in Christmas outfits and walk, jog, jingle or run a 2km or 4km course along the shores of Windermere in the Southern Lake District. The weather was fine and crisp and over 150 people turned up with their families, pushchairs, wheelchairs and dogs and took part in this FUNdraising event. Everybody got a medal for finishing – and could buy teas, coffees, mince…
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Fourteen year olds last year are fifteen year olds this year – December meeting report

Before the official opening the club heard from Catherine Butterworth head of fundraising at St Johns Hospice. The club was told about the work the hospice does, including that it isn't just about caring but they do lots of outreach work including work on dementia. The Hospice is a very serious enterprise with a turnover of £4.2million annually. The Hospice received an outstanding rating by the CQC, an honour as only 1% of health providers reach that level. The hospice has been in operation for 30 years and look forward to providing the service for another 30 years. A third of the patients come from our area in the South Lakes. Lakes Lions gave money as part of the Hospice Angels campaign and it was mentioned that the campaign was doing very…
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Jingle Bell Jog to bring Festive cheer to the shores of Windermere

A Jingle Bell Jog is heading to the shores of Windermere on Sunday 4th December 2016. Run by Windermere and Ambleside Lions Club and sponsored by The Angel Inn this is the second year the event has run. Last year saw hundreds of locals and visitors enter and take part dressed as Father Christmas, Reindeers, Elves, polar bears and everything in between. Entrants of all ages and abilities will stumble, walk, jog and run around a short flat scenic course in Bowness on the shores of Lake Windermere. The event has been billed as the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and have fun raising money for local charity Sight Advice South Lakeland. There are awards for wheelchairs, pushchairs, Christmas spirit, best dressed dog and more with prizes…
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Ambleside Guide Hut visit

Lion President Steve Bateman,Secretary Chris Amos and Lion Philip Fell, were delighted to attend the re-opening of the Ambleside Guide Hut. The guide hut was devastated during Storm Desmond, and, Windermere and Ambleside Lions were delighted to help fund the purchase of new kitchen equipment. Lions Steve, Chris and Phil happily posed with Guides young and old, before sampling many of the delicacies produced by the girls using their new state- of- the art kitchen.
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