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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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Lions deliver for local community

Windermere and Ambleside Lions have once again delivered for their community Local Lions have delivered a cheque worth a whopping £3,000 to Bendrigg Trust in Old Hutton. The money was raised from the Windermere and Ambleside Lions Lakes Charity Classic Vehicle Show. A further £3,000, also raised at the annual show, has also been given to the Lake District Calvert Trust. Several Lakes Lions members visited the site which provides a residential activity centre specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people, of any age or ability. Donations are very important to keep Bendrigg trust running and members were impressed with the facilities on offer. Fundraising is a key activity of any Lions club and Windermere and Ambleside branch are proud to be able to raise such significant…
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Chris Burstow “got away with it” – October meeting report

October meeting The meeting started promptly at 8pm with a close to full house of members, unfortunately President Andrew was unable to attend and his father Peter would run the meeting. The club also welcomed zone chairman Lion Ivan and his wife Lion Janine. The club received and circulated many pieces of correspondence, including an appeal for Syrian Refugees which was circulated to members. Under the treadurer report the interesting things were: £60 income from a future event and money from the Dragon Bay event. £200 went out to the Syrian refugee appeal. The club also spent money designing and printing leaflets for the Jingle Bell Jog, renting the community bus to take some elderly to the Stavely opera, £605.50 went to pay the rent for the store and £30 went to buy…
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