Meetings

Presidents Handover

 

Out-going President David Seager kindly invited all members of the club and their partners to attend a barbeque on Saturday July 1st at his home in Chorley, at which the handover of the Presidents chain to In-coming President Jeff Hartley took place.

There were a lot of hungry Lions who attended and everyone was treated to some splendid fayre served up by top barbeque chef David Seager, who also supplied a keg of our centennial beer, Lions Double Gold. The weather held for the barbeque but the rain appeared before sweets could be devoured, and these were eaten inside. 

Later in the evening after much talking and merriment David's wife Christine, an accomplished pianist, took the remaining stragglers into the music room. There, she played popular tunes with great skill, whilst they sang(wailed) without any skill whatsoever.

All in all a very enjoyable occasion which was really appreciated by everyone. Our thanks go to IPP David and Christine for making us all so welcome, serving us good food and drink and making good music even if we singers couldn't!   

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Is this a Handover or a Hangover?          

 

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President's thank you speech whilst in the background Christine prepares to dance      

                                               

Having lit the candles on the cake President Jeff beats an hasty retreat in case there's a bomb

 

PSA Screening

Funds faised by the concert given by the Smithills School bands and Eagley Brass Band on the 8th April 2017 were used to provide Prostate Cancer Screening aimed at men aged 50 year old and upwards. The event took place at St.Augustine's Church, Thicketford Road, Bolton on Saturday 10th June 2017 and the club would like to thank United Utilities for their sponsorship.

The screenings were carried out by Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group who employed phlebotomists to obtain the blood samples. The screenings were free although donations were gratefully received and a total of 104 men took advantage of the service. As this was the first time we had organised  one of these events this was deemed to be reasonably successful. 

Do you need that much?  That's an armful!

Beer Launch

On Tuesday evening 18th April a number of members accompanied, in some cases, by their wives, assembled at Bank Top Brewery for the launch of our centennial beer, Double Gold. If you've ever had a pint of Flat Cap you'll know that Bank Top is a superb brewery and have produced another winner in Double Gold. Dave Sweeney, owner of Bank Top, kindly allowed members to drink as much  Double Gold as they wanted free of charge. It goes without saying that they took full advantage of this opportunity. Dave is generously donating part of the proceeds of each keg of the beer that is sold, to the club.  

During the evening Jen, creator of Double Gold, took us through the brewery and gave us an informative talk on the art of brewing beer. We then gave her an informative talk on drinking it as we have a few members well-versed in that art. Pasty and peas or in some cases pasties and peas were partaken by members during the evening. This resulted in people ending up either pie-eyed or pasty-eyed, and in some cases both.

It was a splendid evening as far as I can remember and our thanks go to Dave and his staff for both their generosity and for producing such a splendid beer. We now have to get it out to as many outlets as possible. Photos to follow.

 

Music Concert

On Saturday 8th April a concert was held at Victoria Hall in Bolton to raise funds for our club as part of Lions Clubs Centennial celebrations. The club owes a huge debt of gratitude to Chris Wormald, Musical Director of the various Smithills ensembles. Chris brought along Smithills School Senior Brass Band and Smithills Senior Concert Band, both of whom have won numerous world, national and major titles. Also performing were Smithills Community Wind Band, Smithills Community Choir, the well-respected Eagley Brass Band and Tenor John Kearns, whilst Piano Accompaniment was provided by Lisa Irwen.

The concert was centred on music from Hollywood films such as Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars etc. As always, with Smithills Bands, it was an excellent concert, well received by what was a large audience, considering that Smithills are back performing a St Georges day concert at the same venue just a fortnight later. 

The funds raised from the concert will be used to provide free PSA screening aimed at men aged 50 years upwards. See the Calender and News pages for more details.

For the Bolton News review of the concert click on the link below;

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/15216461.Movie_music_comes_to_life_at_Victoria_Hall/

 

  

Chris conducts Smithills Concert Band supplemented by some members of Eagley Brass Band

Smithills multi-award winning National Brass Band Champions  with Smithills Community Choir

 

Marie Curie Collection

On Saturday March , the club held a collection at Morrisons, Blackhorse Street, Bolton, on behalf of Marie Curie and collected £299.27. Below we  publish photos of some of the collecters who don't quite fit the notion of a "Pride of LIons".

  

Casino Quiz Night

On Thursday evening the 11th November 2016 we held our 5th Dilys Taylor Memorial Quiz at Genting Casino. For £5, there was an excellent buffet, generously provide by Genting, a Quiz, and an Auction. Genting also provided the prize of the night, two tickets for a box at Old Trafford for a United Premier League game.This went for £170. Quizmaster John Crompton set a testing quiz, too testing for some of us. President David Seager proved yet again that he's a natural Auctioneer if he ever wants to switch careers.

It was a very successful night which raised over £900 for our Christmas Toy Appeal. Our thanks go to Lion Tony Foster for his excellent organisation of the event. 

Below are the Quiz prize winners including the wooden spoonists of which I was a member. If you don't know my name you're not going to know it. Thanks to Tom Slattery for some great photographs.

Quiz Winners with President David Seager

Runners Up

Duffers(Whisky from Auction)

World Sight Day

On Thursday the 13th October members set up a Gazebo in Bolton Town Centre in order to highlight World Sight day. Welfare chairman Ron Eadie and President David Seager took the Mayor of Bolton Councillor Lynda Byrne, blindfolded, around part of the town centre to raise awareness of the difficulties facing people with restricted eyesight. After the experience the Mayor was full of admiration for those people who rely on a white cane to guide them.  

Lions Ron Eadie and David Seager guide Mayor Linda Byrne on the walkabout

 

Swimathon

On Sunday 4th September 2016 we held a Swimathon at Turton High School swimming pool. This was a new venture for us which members of the club enjoyed. Entrants were not as many as we had anticipated, partly because it was at the end of the school holidays and some likely participants would be preparing for the start of the new term. Even so the club covered the cost of the event and made a small profit. The experience gained from the occasion will stand us in good stead for the future.

 

Participants receive their medals from Secretary Michael Crompton, Activities chairman Jeff Hartley and President David Seager. 

Asda Store Collection

On Saturday 3rd September 2016 the club held a collction at the Astley Bridge Asda store and collected £185.46.

Tesco Store Collection

On Saturday May 21st 2016 we held a collection at Tesco's store at Middlebrook. More details to follow.

John Fairhurst keeps a tight hold on Babu Roye and Stuart Bedson who are at that age were they have a tendency to wander!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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