14th March 2017
Twin Celebrations Ahead
100 years ago, Melvin Jones founded Lions Clubs International and 60 years later, 20 local businessmen extended the concept into Newport Pagnell & Olney with the chartering of our own club.
2017 therefore sees us celebrating two anniversaries and during the year we will be doubling our efforts to help the communities locally, nationally and internationally. To see the first of our celebration events - click here.
Our Easter Eggs are back!
If you are out and about many of the hostelries and coffee shops in and around Olney, Newport Pagnell and the villages, you might see one of our many Easter Eggs. These eggs are placed by Lions and raffled by the owner/licensee with the profits from the draw, being split between Lions and their favourite charity.
If you do see one, please buy a ticket which only costs £1 and even if you don't win, you will have helped us raise funds for a good cause.
Want to know about facebook?
Have you ventured onto Facebook yet? Heard about this Social Media 'thing' but a bit frighted about what it actually is? Want to know about it but never knew who to ask?
As part of our Service activities, we will be running a short session at the Carlton House Club on 15th March @ 2:30 when we will be sharing our knowledge of Facebook and hopefully dispel many myths, promote awareness and help prepare anyone to take their first, safe and enjoyable steps onto this new communications phenomenon.
If you would like to come along, or want more information about the event, please visit our Contact Us
page and let us know.
Our 'Children's Charter"
When a Lions Club is formed, the parent body Lions Clubs International recognise the new club by the award of a Charter Document.
The clubs inevitably have a birthday party to celebrate the event - their Charter Anniversary, normally in the form of a Dinner Dance. With 2017 being our 40th Anniversary (and Lions Clubs International's 100th) we had to do something special.
Rather than simply running an event 'to break even' as we normally do, this year will see us running a fundraiser with the beneficiaries being 3 local families whose lives have been turned upside down due to medical conditions suffered by their young children.
Read about our event by clicking on this link
Our Town Calendars 2018
Our focus is now on 2018 (sorry)
Have a look at our entries for the Olney Town Calendar for 2017 - Click on this link
We are hardly over the New Year and the start of 2017 when we Lions have to start considering what we are going to do for our 2018 versions of the Town Calendars - specifically for Olney where we run a fun competition for the illustrations. (Newport Pagnell photos are taken by our members - although any readers who want to submit NP shots, please do so).
Photos are now beginning to come in to us so if you have any favourite photos depicting your favourite part of Olney (or Newport Pagnell), then please visit our rules page
to find out what you need to do to send them to us.
This Months Video
In Summer, Newport Pagnell experienced a re-enactment of the Civil War and Lions helped by sponsoring some of the follow up school activities as well as being present on the day (withour books, not muskets)
Re live the event with this video produced by the organisers
Our Town Calendars 2017
Another Successful Year in 2017
Have a look at our entries for the Olney Town Calendar - Click on this link
Our 2017 Olney and Newport Pagnell Town calendars and Olney Christmas Cards were once again in hot demand for folks sending them to friends and relatives in all 4 corners of the World. Whilst it was a hard slog manning our various sales points, it was great fun meeting so many lovely residents and visitors. A massive thanks to all our friends who helped out too, we would be unable to do many of the events and service activities without the help of our 'extra hands'. Final results remain to be calculated but it looks like we have matched last years efforts.
Our 'Lions Toast' Whisky Tasting events are becoming very popular and our recent 'Spirit of India' was the best attended yet.
Over 60 people came along to the Carlton Club to learn about Paul John whisky from India and were enthralled with the story of this new boy on the block but were amazed once they started to taste the 5 expressions which were introduced by Shilton Almeida from the distillery.
Find out more about this and our past events by taking the link above.
February at the Two Brewers
February saw the club having a meal at the Two Brewers in Olney. 15 of us turned up to enjoy the special menu put on by David Church and the team and it was nice to be able to give something back to the Brewers for all the support they have given us over the past few years. A win, win in the true sense.
Melvin Jones Fellowship
Probably the highest accolade any Lion member can receive is the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
Named after the founder of Lions International, it recognises the contribution made by individual members "for dedicated humanitarian services".
We were delighted that 7 of our members have been awarded a Fellowship - find out more about the award and our recipients by following this link.