Helping to raise funds for 'Jonathan's Voice' at one of the Southwell Music Festival Fringe events. This one was the Worksop College Bert's Jazz Band entertaining the public on Wednesday afternoon, 25th August.
A few days later, on Saturday, 28th August, we helped Jonathan's Voice to raise funds at another fringe event, featuring the wonderful Cecilian Singers.
July 2021 Update
Southwell Rugby Club Junior Team selected as this year's benefactors for the annual 'Pluck a Duck' event.
STOP PRESS: OVER £600 Raised for Juniors
The Junior Rugby Team were selected to be the benfactors of the Southwell and District Lions Club's 'Pluck a Duck' event which is usually held during the Town's annual Fun Day. Unfortunately due to COVID this year's Fun Day was cancelled; however, this did not stop both the Rugby Club and the Lions from selling the Ducks for the annual pluck! The Rugby Club sold in excess of 400 tickets while the Lions manned a stall at the Saturday Market and sold in excess of 240 tickets. The finale to the event was held at the Southwell Rugby Club on Saturday 24 July 2021 and member of the Juniors plucked the Ducks and revealed this Year's winners. a great afternoon was had by all, especially the winners!
Literacy Volunteers receive 'Book Boxes' for pupils at Lowe's Wong Infants
Once the Road Map for lifting of Covid restrictions was published, Southwell & District Lions set about helping local charities and other good causes prepare for when they would be able to restart their operations. For Literacy Volunteers, who assist young people from 4 to 11 years old with their literacy, communication and social skills by providing schools with trained volunteers who make reading and communicating more enjoyable, the Lions were able to purchase 10 'Book Boxes' for pupils at Lowe's Wong Infants School. Each box contains a wealth of learning materials, games and exercises for the children to learn to engage with reading, even creating their own stories. They also receive a choice of favourite books, including The Gruffalo, We're Going on a Bear Hunt and The Everywhere Bear. Literacy Volunteers is looking for more volunteers to help in schools around Nottinghamshire, where, after so many months of disrupted education, the need has never been greater - go to https://www.literacyvolunteers.org.uk/ for more information on how to volunteer.
5th Southwell Brownies get funding for new Standard
Earlier this year the Lions were treated, during one of their Zoom meetings, to brilliant presentation from Charlie Cook, the Brown Owl who explained to members that the Pack needed a new Standard and asked if the Lions would be able to support this. Charlie then explained that it was very difficult to try and keep the Pack going durning COVID but that with a lot of support that Pack was thriving. The Lions were so impressed that they decided not only to cover the cost of the new standard but they would also give some extra funding for equipment and so donated £250.00 to the Pack.
June 2021 Update
The Big Spring Clean Continues in Southwell
Green Southwell in conjunction with Southwell and District Lions Club carried out a Litter Pick in and around Southwell on 5 June 2021 and as you can see from the photographs below there was a sight more than litter collected!
The Lions nationally are trying to collect 2022 bags of litter before the start of the 2022 Commonwealth Games that are to be held in Birmingham. They will be displayed at the opening ceremony; its aim is to highlight the need to look after the environment.
A number of Lions and their long suffering partners took part in the pick and collected quite a number of sacks of rubbish which will be added to the National total, well done to all who took part
Ian was very tyred after hauling these out of the ditch where they had been dumped!
May 2021 Update
The Big Spring Clean
Farnsfield Community Spaces in conjunction with Southwell and District Lions Club carried out a Litter Pick in Farnsfield on 29 May 2021. The aim is to assist the village in maintaining a clean and healthy environment for all the residents. Members of both organisations enjoyed the joint venture and all definitely had fun in doing so!
Southwell is Back in Bloom
Southwell & District Lions have been out in force working hard to bring the town planters back to life. It will be nice to see the fruits of our work later in the summer when they are in full bloom.
April 2021 Update
The Lion Meets the Lions
Southwell rugby club new coach Andy Powell a former Wales International and British and Irish Lion receives a cheque at the club from Ian Edwards, President of Southwell and District Lions. Ian explains that the Lions are very aware that the COVID epidemic has denied access to team sports for many local young people and are pleased to be able to assist in the re-opening of the very successful junior section at the club. We wish Andy and the senior squad a successful season as senior rugby returns in the autumn.
March 2021 Update
As many of you will know Lions clubs have worked with Marie Curie to help with their fund raising efforts. Selling the famous Marie Curie daffodils has not been possible this year. So Southwell & District Lions sold 200 hundred football scratch card teams and raised £1000. Two lucky winners each won a £100 each but more importantly Marie Curie was the recipient of £800. A fun way to raise awareness of this awesome charity and to raise much needed money. Thanks to all who took part you contribution is highly appreciated. Thanks to Lion Dr Jaswant Bilkhu who is a patron of Marie Curie for Nottinghamshire for his assistance. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing many of our friends soon.”
Revealing the winner of the 1st Scratch Card
Revealing the winner of the 2nd Scratch Card
We are only temporary custodians of any donations kindly made by you all and so I feel it is appropriate to pass on how some of the funds have used so far this year. To date we have helped the Minster Junior School, and have donated £500 to the Fraser Ward staff area at City Hospital and the Kings Mill Treatment centre outdoor space. We have also donated £500 to 'Jonathan's Voice' a very local project helping with mental health and well being in the workplace and beyond. More details are in Bramley
February 2021 update
Another Defibrillator for Southwell
Another defibrillator has been purchased and fitted in Southwell, bringing the total to seven. Spread throughout the town the defibrillators are designed to be used in emergencies by members of the public in the event of a resident suffering a heart attack. The most recent defib has been fitted outside the Court House on the Burgage, meaning that every area of the town is now covered.
Southwell Lions co-ordinated the purchase and installation, donating £300 and obtaining a further £300 from London Hearts. Local First Responder, Mario Stankovic, who has led the successful campaign to install the defibrillators throughout the town, secured an additional £1,000 funding from Southwell Town Council.
If any residents should need to use the defibrillator, they need to phone 999 to receive the code to unlock the casing in the defib closest to the casualty. The devices are clearly labelled, straightforward to use and can help to save a life.
January 2021 update
£300 to Minster Junior School - to enable them to purchase some outdoor play equipment for the young people, to encourage more physical outdoor time.
£200 to Bethlehem Lions club Christmas appeal to help relieve the suffering of local people in their area.
£1,000 earmarked for Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust & Nottingham Hospitals Charity to help them make life a bit easier for staff and patients. £1000: £500 to each of REACH and MHA (Live at Home Scheme)
Photo below is of our Community Services Chair, Peter Brooker, volunteering as a marshall at a local vaccination centre