Aston Hall visit

Lions, partners and friends were warned to look out for Unicorns, secret doors, cannon balls and maybe a ghost or two when they visited Aston Hall in late August. Fortunately no ghosts were spotted but we did experience the splendour of one of the last great house built in the Jacobean style. Our experience was completed by a fine lunch in the nearby Aston Tavern.

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Induction

This month we welcomed a new member to our Club. Known to many of us through his support of our Festive Walk for several years. Tony Gee has decided to join us.

Tony who had known his neighbour Past President Bob Thurtle for over 30 years, was inducted by Deputy President Jeff Potts at our August meeting

We all welcomed Tony and hope he will enjoy his times with us.

You don’t need to live close to a Lion to want to join us, we will welcome you wherever you live. Please peruse this website and get in touch today

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Pétanque Evening

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.

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Longest Urban Bus Route in Europe

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.

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6 litter pickers

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.

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It is not the winning – it’s the taking part

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.

 

 

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Visit to Midland Air Museum at Coventry Airport

“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.

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Great Fire of Warwick Trail

 

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.

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Awareness, Food-bank & Unexpected Bonus

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.

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Break a Leg

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.

 

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