Was it the wine or the trophy that brought forth the smiles from winning our annual Pétanque competition held at Blossomfield Sports Club in late July?
Our new President Richard Buckley showed off his leadership skills by having the highest score followed by his wife Jen who came a very close second.
Fully equipped with maps and a fully illustrated electronic guide Lions, partners and volunteers boarded the 11A bus to journey the 27 miles around Birmingham.
Being a social event the intrepid explorers were obliged to stop off for mid-morning coffee and bacon rolls before a long and enjoyable lunch in the Station Pub in Kings Heath.
Lions joined forces with Knowle Society in the Great Spring Clean. Bags & more bags were filled with bottles, cans and many crisp packets.
What a pity our efforts were needed, but the thanks we received from the passing public made it very worthwhile.
Our team chose to ignore the instructions of our President of “participate, enjoy but come second” in the annual Lions Zone Skittles Championship held at Balsall Common at the end of February. Not only did they beat the other six teams but did so by a significant margin. Although pleased with the performance our President was heard to murmur “this is another trophy to dust and look after for twelve months”. There is no pleasing some people.
“It’s very big outside but very compact inside” was the judgement of Lions and friends as they clambered (some not very gracefully) into the cockpit of the restored Avro Vulcan aircraft that was originally part of the V bomber force.
Our visit started with a guided tour of the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre (named after the local aviation pioneer and inventor of the jet engine) and finished with viewing the many aircraft on display.
In February a group of Lions and friends followed the trail of the 1694 Great Fire of Warwick which started opposite the Lord Leycester Hospital at 2.00 p.m. on 5th September and lasted for six hours consuming over 250 houses in its wake. Our stroll took us less than three hours during which we visited the Courthouse, St.Mary’s Church and the Market Hall before taking lunch at the Rose and Crown.
With the generous support of Tesco in Knowle we put up our banners on the morning of Saturday 27th October and engaged with their customers as they left the store. Our objective was to increase the awareness of Lions and to seek new members.
Whilst explaining without new members our Club of twenty would not be able to meet the ever increasing requests for help and funds we invited them to guess the value of the goods we had in our trolley.
As a generalisation the ladies used their years of shopping experience; the gents did an informed guess and the young just guessed. Read on.
Ute Smith, our Membership Secretary, declared the morning a great success as the shoppers had been generous with their time in listening to our pleas for their help.
The second objective was fulfilled at the end of the morning when all the goods in our trolley were donated to the Sparkhill Food-bank which is so generously supported by Tesco and their customers every week.
The unexpected bonus came when we looked for the winner of the trolley competition. It was Sam aged five. The next surprise for us was to learn his Grandfather was Charles Jukes, a former member of K&D Lions and our President in 1987/88.
Our photo shows Sam holding his Certificate and his prize of a Lego voucher and wearing our Presidential Chain which holds the badge of office of his Grandfather.
Don’t call us – we will call you were the damming words ringing in the ears of a group of Lions and friends as they left the BBC Studios at the Mail Box in Birmingham this Autumn.
We all got behind the mic with Lion Adrian Harris in the presenter’s chair
Our tour which took us into local radio, television as well as the famous Archers recording studios finished with an audition opportunity. Lions and friends (as they always do) gave everything into their performances which although the audience were moved to tears (or was it laughter) failed to impress the BBC. Our disappointment faded quickly after a good lunch at the canal side Malt House.
This week Knowle and Dorridge Lions made the most of the good weather to inspect the 2 new benches which they have donated and had installed on Knowle High Street in recent weeks.
At the same time we took advantage of the visit of our Zone Chairman Lion Jaap de Jong to perform the handover of the chain of office from 5 times President Brian Burgess to new President Bob Thurtle
“It seemed to me there are plenty of bars, restaurants and coffee shops providing seating around Knowle but nowhere you can meet up, sit, and have a chat or watch the world go by – for free” says new President Bob. “We have provided these two in Knowle depicting 40 years of our Lions club 1976-2016 and 100 years of Lions Clubs International 1917-2017, (with two more to follow outside Dorridge Rail Station coming soon), with funding coming from our recent Knowle Fun Runs. We hope they will be used extensively as meeting points”
It was with understanding and sadness that our Club accepted the resignation of Lion Maldwyn Jenkins after thirty-three years of service to our community.Maldwyn receives his Melvin Jones Fellowship in 2015
In his letter of resignation Melvin Jones Fellow Lion Maldwyn wrote “As I said at the last meeting I am now finding it difficult to concentrate at night, physical jobs have to be done at a pace acceptable to my body and personal inclination. I wish to thank all who over the years have given me fellowship. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with you all. I see a new energy in the club and look forward to seeing its development. I shall continue to support you and possibly join some of your fund raising and social occasions”.
Incoming President Bob Thurtle remarked that twice President Maldwyn (in 1989-90 & 1996-97) will be sorely missed not only for his total dedication to serve those less fortunate in our community but for his humour and his loyalty to Welsh rugby.