Highlights of the Lions Year 2010-2011
Lion President Harry Hayman attended the District Handover representing the Club in welcoming our new District Governor, Brigid Hendy.
We received £1100.00 (arranged by the HCC Chairman, Cllr Tim Knight) from Hampshire County Council for use in the Message in a Bottle Scheme.
Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby was, once again, a big moneyspinner for the Club. We continue to take an active part in the organisation of the Fayre by serving on the Stubbington Fayre Committee.
On Thursday 14th October 2010 the Mayor of Fareham, Cllr. Brian Bayford went blind! Fortunately for him it was not a permanent condition. He had bravely agreed to support us in our efforts to create a greater awareness of the problems facing people who lose the precious gift of sight, as part of Crofton Lions project to promote World Sight Day. It was a great day and attracted a lot of public interest. We also used the opportunity to promote Medic Alert and other Lions activity.
Lighting Up Ceremony for the Village Christmas lights in co-operation with the Stubbington Traders and supported by the Hampshire Police Choir and the Salvation Army Band
JANUARY 2011The Club President, Harry Hayman, retired from Lions for personal reasons including work commitments and health problems. We all wish him well. Lion Reg Norton who had been deputising since September has taken over as President.
FEBRUARYTwo members have left to join their children and live abroad. It is hoped that they will join Lions Clubs in their new countries.
Sandy Barker has gone to America where she intends to make contact with the Wheatland Lions Club, in Iowa. Meanwhile Sandy remains as a paid up member of the Crofton Lions.
The other member, Vice President Lion Sandra Lee, has moved to South Africa.
We wish them both every happiness in their new homes.
Things are also looking good related to the way others see us.
Cllr Brian Bayford, the Mayor of Fareham, presenting the 10 Year Award. to Lion President Reg Norton.
Wokefield Park Convention HQ
In 2010 we won the District Website Competition, this year when Lion Frances Bond and Lion President Reg Norton attended the Convention in Old Windsor we were pleased to learn that our Club had been awarded the "Journey for Sight" Cup for our efforts on behalf of the visually handicapped. Four days earlier, on 15th March, Fareham Borough Council and Fareham community Action presented us with a Certificate to recognise Crofton Lions Contribution to the community over the last ten years
At the end of March we presented 40 Certificates of Appreciation to children at Baycroft Special School to recognise all who took part in the Peace Poster Competition this year.
In other schools we have five students who have recently completed the Gold Standard for their ‘Young Leaders in Service' Awards.
APRILSeveral of the adults who helped us during the Christmas period had asked about joining the Lions. Two of them, Tony and Victoria Stabler, have now been inducted as members and are already having a tremendous impact on our activities. Another newcomer to the area, Edwina Howell, has expressed interest in joining. Edwina made quite a name for herself fundraising for charity in Hendon before moving to Hill Head. So, things are looking much better.
It is a pity that the potential increase in membership has come just a little too late to help us at this very busy time of the year.
We raffled Giant Easter Eggs and Chocolate Bunnies in each of the local pubs plus Chinese Restaurant and the News and Booze Convenience Store.
Most of our attention was focussed on the Festival of St George.
The main feature was a Village Fayre on Saturday 23rd April in the Stubbington Recreation Ground.See the full detail
We had a massive turnout this year for the Childrens Fancy Dress and Easter Egg Hunt which was organised by our new members!
We contributed 600 pairs of spectacles to this years SpecTrek.
A much smaller collection than Lion Peter usually gets but at least we have the pleasure of knowing that up to 600 people will be helped by those glasses.
A major Community Service Project: We were asked at short notice to help decorate and prepare a large building in time to open as a Care Centre for adults with learning difficulties. Members of the Club volunteered many hours work and the Centre opened on time five days later!
We took part in the annual District Outing to Paultons Park where we hosted eight Attaxia patients, and two family groups in need of respite.
Some of our guests
Peppa Pig and Family are one of the new attractions All the fun of the Fair!
Lion Tony and Alfie
Crofton Lions hosted a "Teddy Bears Picnic" involving Play Rangers and The Stubblee Hill Childrens Activity Centre to mark the start of ‘National Families Week'. The whole event was co-ordinated by our newest member, Lion Vicky Stabler. It was a great success and attracted scores of families.
Some of the families enjoying the Picnic
The artificial Beach brought in by the
Stubblee Childrens Centre
Lion Vicky, the Co-ordinator of our Teddy Bears Picnic with two of her helpers and the Club President (Who thought the event was superb!)
Our President and Treasurer, Lions Reg Norton and Mike Shipley were invited together with Zone Chairman Doreen Norton to attend a Reception in the Palace of Westminster.
The event was hosted by our Member of Parliament Caroline Dineage as a "Thank You" to about 50 men and women who were involved in voluntary community work in the Gosport Constituancy.
It was followed by a tour of The Palace of Westminster visiting both the Debating Chambers of The Commons and The Lords.
CROFTON LIONS 10th CHARTER ANNIVERSARY
Our Anniversary and Changeover this year will have an added twist!
The recent B&I LION Magazine reminded us that we are partners with the Royal British Legion who celebrate their 90th anniversary in June.
We invited the Royal British Legion to join with us for a "Centenary Celebration" (90 years by them & 10 by Crofton Lions!)
MORNING AFTER MESSAGES!
Swanwick Lions Club
Well done - it was a great evening. Sorry we couldn't get to say Cheerio, as you were occupied (as usual).
We left just before the end, we don't seem to have your stamina!!
Thanks again -
Mick and Joan Turner
Gosport & Lee on the Solent Lions Club
The function last night, it was great, food and company wonderful
The Comfort Centre, Stubbington
I am writing on behalf of table 4 to say a big thank you from us all for such a lovely evening on Saturday. We all were delighted to be part of your celebrations and enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Please pass on our thanks and kind regards to all those involved.
2010-2011 Mayor & Mayoress of Fareham
Thank you very much for inviting Susan and me to join you at the Crofton Lions 10th Anniversary. We had a very enjoyable time, and as always when Crofton Lions organise anything all is planned and timed to the last detail.
It has been a privilege to make your acquaintance over the past year, a contact we hope we can maintain.
If at any time we can be of assistance please call.
With our fondest wishes.
Brian and Susan
Royal British Legion
Please may I on behalf of the Lee 0n the Solent Branch thank you most sincerely for a wonderful evening at the "Centenary Ball".
A wonderful evening, well organised and enjoyable company with the Lions.
Thank you once again.
Tony Jones, Treasurer