Here's Graham, doing the honours, explaining to John that the present isn't just a lump of concrete (although it is) and that he might find a suitable place to put it as a reminder of his time as a Lion! Any suggestions on a postcard to John please.
John at least seemed happy enough, although I think he had been hoping for something 40% proof!
Mein Host, Steve, then proceeded to explain the rules of the music quiz, but no one was listening...
A surprise 'celebrity' singer then put us through our paces with a rendition of old songs. I never knew John Craven could sing! (Steve is seen here playing at least 2 of the 12 strings on his guitar, while it 'gently weeped.'
A full house and a very enjoyable evening. Well done to Steve and Steve for putting it all together for us. Looks like Steve will now have a solo spot at the Seniors' Christmas concert & afternoon tea.
Lovely start to the 5 mile walk to Thurgarton.
Our leader, Ian E, on the left. All of us enjoying a bit of shade.
We finally made it & got our well deserved supper!
At least 'yours truly' plate was clean!
A few of us on the bus going home. It must be past Pauline's bedtime, I think!
Annika putting together a display of Lions work at the entrance to Farnstock. Good job, Annika!
Not to be outdone, Keith has stuck some wristbands onto the edge of a table! Doesn't he know they won't come off and should be put on people's wrists? Still he looks happy enough.
Looks like Bob's trying to restore Annika's handiwork, or is he just having a rest?
Beautiful sunny morning - all ready to go, just waiting for the punters to turn up!
Steve was in trouble and told to sit on the 'naughty' chair!
The heavy rain showers were not going to dampen this child's enthusiasm and fun!
Our welcoming bike at 'Floral Media' - For most of our Lions this was the bike of choice in their teens!
Drinks reception on the beautiful lawns. Wildflower gardens in the background. The ladies looking wonderful in their posh frocks and Ian's hair blowing gently in the wind.
Fozzie and Evie looking resplendent in their evening attire pretending that this is their garden and house.
Brian and Francis are so relaxed. Got onto the seat but can they get up??
Do we really have to go in for the speeches???
Best include some of the Rotary!!!! Bill Brown's definitely making the most of his greeting with Jill Key - lingering just a little too long.
Enid and Barry discussing Brexit. Deal or No Deal !!!!
Has there ever been a more relaxed start to a Charter??
Best get inside! The room was beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Superb venue !!
Incoming President comparing himself with Kennedy, Putin, Nelson Mandella and I think even Trump got a mention. Think he could be too intelligent for most of us Lions.
The old handing over to the new. Love the backdrop - shame Sky TV cameras weren't there.
Put this in Black and White because I think that's the last time he danced judging by the moves he was making on the dance floor!!
High powered secret cabal discussing a presidential takeover but have already forgotten who's the present incumbent. Actually it was a discussion about the new Forest manager. Tony has offered his services.
A great night was had by all - thanks to all who had a hand in organising it. This is for Peter - 'Great leaders carry a watering can at all times - The job is highly dependent on your ability to nurture. Be the person who tells them what they are doing right and maybe, they will grow into something amazing." Of course this doesn't apply to our Lions - we're all past it!!!!
Not sure which is Alastair's best side! Suggestions on a post card please.
Steve & Kathy doing some close up Dirty Dancing !
6 o'clock in the morning - yes 6am!!!!!! Setting up the BBQ's for the oncoming riders. Food station at Long Clawson. Providing food on behalf of 'Reach'
Verdun and Bob were given the big responsibility of handing out the bread rolls to the customers - but often getting their finger rolls confused with their baps - but what can you expect from somebody from Milton Keynes and a Wolves supporter.
Meanwhile 'yours truly' was instructing Fozzie on the right way to cook a burger... burnt on the outside and red in the middle. Well that's the way all mine turn out.
Our Human Fruit Machine in action!
Our 3 new 'Privileged Lions' enjoying a natter. Barry has his name on his apron as Margaret wasn't there to remind him in case he forgot!
Did Bob & Steve really hit it off? I think Steve had discovered his supply of beer had run out and noticed Bob still had plenty left!
This one tried to make run for it, so to ensure he takes part in next week's Duck Pluck on the Burgage in Southwell he's been securely tethered to the sign. Let's hope the Town Council don't fine us for defacing public property, or the RSPCA have words about cruelty to plastic ducks!