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35th Motorcycle Run and Concours : May 7th 2018

What a fabulous day we all had - and over 250 amazing machines to be admired. Thanks for coming and allowing us to raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Fleet & Church Crookham First Responders. See some photos from the day taken by Lion Paulo Silva.

Fleet Lions celebrates a ‘Century of Service’ at Buckingham Palace

The Countess of Wessex G.C.V.O. as Patron of Lions Clubs of the British Isles held a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 28th February to celebrate a ‘Century of Service’. HRH has been its Patron since 2004.

Our President James Powell joined in the 100th Birthday celebrations with hundreds of volunteers who came together with the organisations’ partners for this special occasion.

Lion Phil Nathan MBE, Chair of the Centenary Celebrations for Lions Clubs of the British Isles said “Let me begin by saying that during our 1st Century of service, Lions Clubs have touched millions of lives of people that needed us. 100 years of service to the community is a remarkable achievement, made possible by the selfless actions of many thousands of individual men and women, each of whom has sought to make ‘their’ community a better place.  As we enter our 2nd Century, the cry for help from those in need will most certainly become louder and we as volunteers are ready to show as Lions, We Care”.

Lions Clubs International focusses through its Lions and Leos members upon major projects that address diabetes, youth, the environment, hunger relief, childhood cancer and sight issues affecting communities throughout the world. And of course Fleet Lions do our best to serve our local community too. 

Library display of our history

Fleet Library displayFleet Lions go public! A big thank you to Fleet and Crookham Local History Group for letting us use their display cabinets on the top floor of the Library. Particularly to Colin for making it all look very professional. A chance to find out a bit about the history of Fleet Lions, why we serve, what we do, artefacts, awards and how to get involved. Do take a look!

[Photo by Lion Jim Storey shows Lion Pete Pickett, prospective Lion Marilyn and Lion

Graham Drayton]







An MJF for Elvis

Elvis MJFsAt a recent luncheon, the Lions Club of Fleet surprised ‘Elvis’ by honouring him for his years of charity work in the local area. It was a total surprise for Dave Hurrell aka Dale Fontaine when the Lions presented him with a Melvin Jones Fellowship – the highest award within the Lions Clubs International movement. For decades, Dave has performed his Elvis Presley appreciation act at dozens of venues for the benefit of numerous local causes including our own FunFest. He’s raised thousands of pounds for charities in North Hampshire and Surrey.

[Photo by Lion Graham Drayton shows Dee & Dave Hurrell, President James Powell & Lion Allison Andrews]


Santa has put his feet up for another year!

Santa on his sleighIn December our Christmas Float toured the streets of Fleet and Church Crookham and gave pleasure to hundreds of young and old alike. And the amazing  news is that our generous residents donated the best part of £7000 that we and our friends from Hart Lions can use to help others. Our thanks also go to a number of cheerful 'Friends of Fleet Lions' without whom we would not have been able to operate. A particularly big thank you too to our Vice President Kevin who stabled, fed and watered our reindeer every night! 


Christmas food parcels

Packing parcels at Morrisons

This year we had a lively morning in the storeroom at Morrisons where we packed 120 food parcels. They have all been delivered now and hopefully will help some local people have a bit better Christmas. A big thanks to all the staff at Morrisons for managing to avoid being tripped up by us! 





Christmas Concert

The Grey House schoool at a previous carol concert

What a fabulous evening we and 300 of our older residents had on 6 December at the Church on the Heath. We were all entertained by choirs from the Grey House School, Hartley Wintney, the Elvetham Community Choir, the Church on the Heath Gospel choir; as well as bubbles of fun with Caroline, Jenny and Sarah who are "Champagne at the Blitz". See some photos from the event






21st August 2014

Kate, Julian, Joy, Paul and Evan

Fair winds for the Lion Ian Imray MBE

Sailability's new boat at Frensham Pond has been named in honour of a dear departed Fleet Lion, Past District Governor Lion Ian Imray MBE.

Members of the Imray family, led by Ian's widow Joy, gathered at Frensham Pond, Surrey to launch the new sailing dingy named Lion Ian Imray MBE.  The Hansa 303 was bought with funds raised by Fleet Lions and will be used by disabled people who wish to sail.

Sailability's Chair, Kate Richardson opened the ceremony and thanked Fleet Lions for their generous donation and went on to explain Sailability's aims. "Through the Royal Yachting Association's Sailability, over 40,000 young people and adults with disabilities are introduced to sailing each year and many go on to sail on a regular basis. Sailing is one of the few sports in which able-bodied and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms."

New Sailability dingy the Lion Ian Imray MBEFleet's 2013-14 President Lion Julian Behmber was instrumental in bringing this project to fruition and joined this year's Fleet President Lion Paul Doughty in paying tribute to PDG Lion Ian Imray MBE. Paul explained that PDG Ian had been a keen sailor in Zimbabwe where he and Joy and their family had lived until 2006.

Joy blessed the boat with a bottle of bubbly and it was then launched to much applause. Joy was especially delighted that her 7 year old Great Grandson Evan was the first to sail her thanks to Bridget one of Sailability's instructors.







Many thanks to Sailability's Tony Machen for making this video.

See some more photos on our Gallery...

For more information see the RYA Sailability website.


 


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