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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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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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