On Saturday, 10th September, we celebrated our first Charter dinner since 2019, hosted by our new President, Alastair Murray. Covid restrictions meant that the Charters in 2020 and 2021 couldn't take place, so President Alastair thanked his two predecessors as President, Ian Edwards and Nick Parr, for their service over the last two years under often difficult circumstances.
The venue for this year's Charter was, once again, the fabulous Floral Media, just outside Caunton, where we enjoyed welcome drinks and an excellent three course meal. Over 70 people attended, including current and previous Lions and partners, current District Governor Lion Chris Hibbert, Past District Governor Steve Scall, Past District Governor Guchuran Manku, all with partners, as well as guests from other Lions Clubs. We were delighted that two former members, who have moved from the area, were able to join us, along with Rama and Ema from the Reindeer Inn, who are so generous in their support for our Club.
President Alastair - resplendent in tartan kilt - gave a lively and amusing speech, thanking his predecessors, looking back at some of the hurdles the Club has overcome over the last two years and looking forward to the Club continuing to serve our community. District Governor Chris Hibbert awarded Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards - the highest award that a Lion can receive - to two long-standing members of our Club in recognition of their huge contribution to the Club and the community: Roger Eastty (who was a founder member over 40 years ago) and Michael Peak, who has been a very active member for 35 years.
A hugely enjoyable and memorable evening!
100 ways to enjoy cricket
A group of members made their way to Trent Bridge on 17th August for an afternoon and evening of the exciting new cricket competition, The 100. Sedate it isn't! The afternoon started with the Trent Rockets women taking on the Oval Invincibles (now there's a hostage to fortune). The Rockets batted first, scoring 112 with 8 wickets lost in their 100 balls, which looked to be an easy total for the Invincibles women to chase - but they had to fight for every run. And what a roller coaster innings it was. After the first 50 balls, it looked as though the Invincibles were going to pass the Rockets' score with ease but then, in a combination of great fielding and tricky bowling, the Invincibles' run rate slowed to such an extent that, with 10 balls to go, it looked as though the Rockets could win. In a nail biting climax, the Invincibles just made it with one ball to go. Great entertainment.
Later in the evening, the Trent Rockets men also batted first and made a very respectable 181 with the loss of four wickets. This proved too much for the Oval Invincibles men, who proved they couldn't live up to their name, scoring just 156 with 5 wickets lost. At one point, they faced 10 balls without scoring a single run - not the best way to play this game in which a high run rate is essential to win. Even so, plenty of sixes from both teams.
A very enjoyable and entertaining evening, with thanks to Nick Cocks for organising.
Walking for our supper
On a very pleasant July evening - mercifully far cooler than the recent heat wave - around 18 Lions and partners ventured on the no. 26 bus from Southwell to Gonalston for a leisurely walk back through the pretty Nottinghamshire countryside to Thurgarton. Some of them even had to pay the bus fare!
The intrepid ramblers headed down towards Trent View Fishery, where the number of umbrellas and tents suggested that anglers were set for a full night at the rod, over the railway line and round Hoveringham Lake Nature Reserve, past the Nottingham Scouts adventure area and up to our final destination - The Red Lion at Thurgarton, where we were met by several non-walking Lions and partners. Having pre-ordered our food, we were soon tucking into a delicious dinner, washed down by the best ales, lagers, wines and even the odd soft drink. Thanks to Ian Edwards for planning the route and guiding us on the night. And for making sure we all managed to exceed our 10,000 daily paces without even noticing!
A thank you to our partners
On Saturday, 21st May, we took over the hall and - most importantly - the kitchen at Our Lady of Victories Church Hall to cook a meal for our partners as a thank you for all the support they give to us throughout the year. The team of cooks - Roger Eastty, Ian Robinson, Mike Broadley and Nick Parr - proved that having just the right number of cooks makes a perfect broth. Although, in this case, the menu was Mackerel Pate with Melba Toast, Chicken Breast stuffed with Mozzarella Cheese (with new potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, broccoli spears and mange touts) and clementine cheesecake or chocolate brownie, both with crème fraiche, followed by coffee and petit fours. It's amazing how quickly everything can be washed, dried and put away when everyone lends a hand - especially with Steve Foster at the washing up bowl! A great time was had by all.
January - The Lost Boys are back in town
Being a Lion is not all work - there's also plenty of play! Every month, we get together for a social evening which often includes an activity and usually ends up with liquid refreshment. This month, Lion Alastair Murry organised a 'flour trail' - an environmentally friendly version of a paper trail or the famous scene in 'The Railway Children' when 'hounds' follow a 'scent' or paper trail laid by the 'hare', in this case, Alastair himself. The 'hare' left a trail of arrows made from flour, which dissolves away soon after, to show which way he's gone. But the hare is crafty; sometimes he points in two or even three directions and the hounds have to work out which is the right direction. Despite the cold evening, the hounds soon warmed up and caught the hare's scent until we caught up with the wily character, who was sitting in the dark, laughing at his pursuers.
February - Walking Football
Back by popular demand Walking Football was the order of the day for this month's social. Disappointingly none of the Premiership League scouts managed to attend; however, this did not stop the heroes of Southwell & District Lions Club turning out on a cold winter's evening with some of them putting in a performance of a lifetime and for some of them who are not in the first flush of youth it is a considerable time! With the final shoreline of 7 - 6 the teams retired too the Reindeer to discuss tactics for the next game!