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  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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Changeover at the Salutation

Windermere and Ambleside Lions had a jubilent changeover lunch at the Ambleside Salutation hotel today (Sunday 29th June 2014). It's the social meeting that happens every year to formally pass over the running of the club to the next executive team. Lion Anthony Harrison made a short address thanking members for their help throughout the year and how proud he was to be passing it to Peter Irving. For reasons beyond my(Lion Ben) comprehension Peter was then dressed as a thunderbird and handed over the chain.  The chain has names of all former Presidents including Peter's name twice, the first being in 1982. It was joked that at this rate Peter is scheduled for another changeover lunch in 2029 although someone mentioned that Lion Keith might have to use a…
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Skydiving Lions and blind canoeing

The April meeting was at the regular venue of the Hydro Hotel in Bowness on Windermere on the 1st of the month. Skydiving Lions was not an April Fools joke but a member of Lions club raising funds for blood bikes, a volunteer service delivering blood and organs out of hours. Windermere and Ambleside Lions were thanked for a previous donation to Medic Aid. The club were also thanked by a couple in Ambleside who have benefited from a battery that aids a wheelchairs power. The club discussed accessing match funding for Alice Escapes, to match funds given for the purchase and furbishment of a caravan. Members were invited and told to invite others to a performance by Anney Mawson' s sunbeam music on 25th April at the County Harvest,…
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Lions support kids 5 a side at March meeting

The March meeting was back at the Windermere Hydro Hotel and thin on the ground where Lions were concerned because of a big wedding. But that didn't stop Windermere and Ambleside making decisions to benefit the community. The club has an excellent working relationship with the local Police and when PCSO Sarah Blacow approached the club for funds for a five a side tournament for local kids the club jumped at the chance. £80 was donated to provide cups and trophies to the event which is designed for young people from different local schools to create better integration between school groups. A request was also made for the club to attend the Low Wood No Wood Cardboard Boat Race with their bouncy castle. The club hope to support the event.…
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Burn How Lunch Raises £112,651 for Sunbeams Music Trust

Sunbeams wasreminded of the power of friendship this year, when Founder and Chief Executive, Annie Mawson attended the memorial of the much loved Michael Jenkins (or Mr J as he was affectionately known by his pupils). Mr J was Headmaster of St Anne’s school in Windermerein the 1970’s (and the early 1990’s). Annie, who was then the Head of Geography, was invited to play at the memorial service back in May, and there got talking to formerdeputy head-teacher Miss Gunning, and Michael and Vicki Robinson whose daughter attended the school. Together, they decided it would be a wonderful way to honour Michael’s memory by supporting Sunbeams, and Mike and Vicki offered to host a charity dinner at their charming hotel – The Burn How Garden Hotel The beautiful lunch…
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