Past President Bob Mawson appointed as
Zone Chair

The 900 or so Lions clubs in the UK and Ireland are grouped into 13 districts and, for each Lions’ Year, running from July through to June, a new District Governor is elected by members.  Our DG for 2016/17 is Lion Steve Shields from Uttoxeter club.

The DG also appoints district officers to assist in running the district during his or her year.  One of the most important of these is the position of Zone Chair, as this person acts as the DG’s representative for a group of clubs, known as a zone: usually there are between 5 – 7 clubs in a zone.

Vale Royal Lions are delighted that their president Bob Mawson as been appointed as Zone Chair for 2 years, and he will work with Lions Clubs in Alsager, Congleton, Crewe, Knutsford and Macclesfield, as well as his own club, Vale Royal.

Bob is pictured receiving his chain of office from DG Steve at the district Handover event held in Chester at the beginning of August.


Lions Annual Bowls Competition

Once again blessed with a dry day, 64 competitors gathered at Cuddington Bowling Club on Sunday September 4th 2016 to play for the Annual Vale Royal Lions Trophy. Welcomed with bacon sandwiches and tea or coffee, players were registered and arranged into 32 pairs by organiser Lion Stan Randall.


The matches are based on a round robin competition until the quarter finals, when they become knockout. Play continued throughout the day until around 4.00 pm when bowling finished and the winners were announced as Geoff Davies-Patrick and Cathy Hughes; they were presented with the trophy and £25 each by club president Bob Mawson. The trophy is held for 12 months and returned but they also received a small trophy each for retention. The runners-up, Keith McKenzie and Dot Barker each received £15 and a certificate.


Refreshments were available all day, served by Lions club members and friends and a raffle generated lots of interest. Whilst this event is an organised competition, it is also a social occasion and raises funds for the Lions local community work. This day generated well over £500 and Vale Royal Lions would like to thank all competitors and friends who made the day so successful.



A magnificent £620 was raised by Lion Penny Tatt when she recently arranged a Cake & Coffee Fund Day for Lions and friends.  There was a very large selection of cakes, including scones with jam and cream, together with tea and coffee. Penny, on the right, was ably helped by friends, especially Sandra Mawson and Val Sloan, pictured left to right.

Everyone had a great time, ate too much cake and donated to the Fund. Penny was congratulated by all for organising the day to augment the Lion’s charity fund, which is used to support the local community.

Anyone interested in finding more about Lions and events such as this, please visit or phone 0845 833 8496




VRL Club is proud to have been able to help a young man with a life limiting condition and his family to realise the dream of being able to visit Disney and Orlando.

17 year old Kieran Preston suffers from Neurometabolic Mitochondrial disease and is cared for 24 hours per day by his parents Paul and Rachel who live in Northwich.  The couple have lost two previous children to the same disease, a baby that was only a few months old and a daughter, Stacey aged 20 years.  The visit to Orlando will, for them, be a celebration of the lives of both Kieran and Stacey.

A fundraising website and a bowling event was arranged to help fund the trip but it was the donation of £2,000 from VRL Club that has helped the family achieve their dream.

Club President Bob Mawson along with Lion Joan Cahill presented the cheque to Paul and Rachel recently and Bob said “The Lions Motto is ‘Ordinary People, Amazing Things’, I really believe that we have done something amazing in having been able to support this family .”



Vale Royal Lions Help
Disabled Cyclists

Vale Royal Lions have donated two children’s cycles to Wheels for All, a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs.  By using specially adapted bicycles the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone.

Based in Marbury Park, Comberbach, the local group meets between April and October on Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm and usually attracts around 15 to 20 participants each week.  The group is run by David Bullock and Pete Wildin who give their services free.

There is a charge of £3 for an hour’s use of a selection of specially adapted cycles which can support all disabilities.

David Bullock (on right of photo receiving the cycles from Bob Mawson, President of Vale Royal Lions) said how pleased he was to accept the two cycles on behalf of the group, and although currently standard children’s machines, they will be adapted for the purpose.

Bookings are not required, participants can just turn up on Wednesdays and enjoy the surroundings of Marbury Park and the support of David, Pete and their team in the knowledge that they can cycle in safety.



Vale Royal Lions volunteering for the Macmillan Cancer Charity on Easter Monday 28 March 2016 at the Easter Fun Day at Oulton Park Motor Racing Circuit in Cheshire.



Lions visit Lion Salt Works at Marston, Northwich

Vale Royal Lions and some friends visited the Lion Salt Works Museum on Good Friday, 25 March 2016 and, whilst the weather over the Easter weekend was not very favourable, Friday turned out to be a glorious day.  After an enjoyable lunch in the Salt Barge, the group of 17 walked over to the museum to start their tour.  Split into two groups, the tour guides gave an informative and interesting account of the history of salt in the area.

Salt was discovered over 2000 years ago in Cheshire by the Romans and, in more recent centuries, has played a large part in the formation of Northwich and the surrounding areas.  Today the salt mines at nearby Winsford are the largest mines in the UK and the extracted rock salt helps keep our roads open during the winter months.

The visit concluded with tea and cakes in the museum café and all agreed that it had been another enjoyable Lions social event.



Lions support NMC Shed Club

The NeuroMuscular Centre’s Shed Club were delighted to have been joined by President of Vale Royal Lions Bob Mawson and fellow Lion Peter Allsopp recently to be presented with a Mitre Saw.  In the photo - (left to right) Shed Clubbers Peter Higson, Melvyn Byron, Mick Brown, and Lion President, Bob Mawson.

The Centre’s Shed Club has been running for a few years now and they meet twice a week and benefit from mutual support and friendship.  They take a positive and eco-friendly approach to adding new life to reclaimed timber and over the last couple of years have made an array of beautiful planters, bird tables, etc to sell to help raise funds for the Centre.  The Mitre Saw, very kindly donated from Vale Royal Lions really will make such a difference.  It will allow the Shed Clubbers to continue their good work and try out new things.

Amy Swatkins, Community Fundraiser at the NMC said “On behalf of the NMC and the Shed Club we are absolutely delighted to have received this wonderful donation . Vale Royal Lions have been long term supporters of the NMC and we can’t thank them enough for their contribution and continued support”.

Shed Club member Melv added “This will make such a difference to the lads.  We really can’t thank Bob, Peter and the Lions enough for their support”.

The NeuroMuscular Centre, based in Winsford, supports hundreds of young people and adults, their families and carers from across the Cheshire region who are affected by muscular dystrophy.  The Centre provide physiotherapy and hydrotherapy (not available through statutory services), supported training and employment opportunities and information, advice and support services and it costs over £900,000 a year to keep the Centre running.

If you are interested in finding out more about The NeuroMuscular Centre or the Shed Club project, please contact Amy Swatkins (Community Fundraiser) on 01606 861733 or visit




Vale Royal Lions was chartered in 1975 and celebrated its 40th Anniversary at Sandiway Golf Club on Saturday 28th November 2015.

Club President Bob Mawson and his wife Sandra (l-r in photograph at left) was joined by District Governor Chris Aked with his wife Gillie and the Mayor of Northwich Cllr Andy Stott and his wife Joanne.

Also present (photograph left) was founder member of the Club, Phil Hough together with around 90 guests made up of club members from Vale Royal and other clubs in the District.

During its history, Vale Royal Lions has raised almost £500,000 for causes, mainly within its own locality, such as: Petty Pool Trust, St Luke’s Hospice, the Neuromuscular Centre, as well as many other individual donations.

The Vale Royal Club holds a number of annual fundraising events such as their Easter Egg event, where chocolate eggs are distributed around pubs, clubs, schools and businesses for them to raffle.  Also a Golf Day, which this year will be held on 13th May 2016 at Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club. Anyone interested in playing on the day can obtain details from Vale Royal Lions Club.

Lions Clubs support young people and Vale Royal is no exception. Each year it donates to Lions Youth Brass, a band based in Sandbach and wholly supported by local Lions Clubs.  They also facilitate an adventure day for Cheshire Young Carers and local schools at Petty Pool Trust.  A day for children and young people with special needs is also supported at Water World in Stoke on Trent.  Schools from the Vale Royal area attend this event.

The importance of friendship is promoted within Lions Clubs and members enjoy a range of social events.

Anyone interested in joining the Club can obtain details by calling 0845 833 8496.



Fuel Bank Campaign Launched

Vale Royal Lions Club is joining forces with the Northwich Guardian Newspaper and  Cheshire West Citizens Advice to Launch a "Fuel Bank" to make sure that those in need have access to funds to help them with their fuel bills over the winter period.

Senior Citizens, who are in receipt of the government's Winter Fuel Allowance, are urged to donate some or all of their allowance - dependant on what they can afford - to help those in need. Others who do not receive the allowance are also being urged to donate.

Peter Allsopp, Vale Royal Lions Wefare Chairman said, "Having been involved with a caring organisation for over three decades makes you realise the dificulties and struggles that some people have to cope with on a daily basis."

Citizens Advice said, "We have clinets who are in receipt of Food Bank Vouchers but cannot afford to cook the food they receive. They are struggling with their fuel bills and run the risk of having unbearably cold homes as well as being unable to cook their food. This project will provide much needed emergency help in the short term"

To donate to the Fuel Bank please send a cheque, made payable to "Vale Royal Lions" with Fuel Bank written on the back to:-

Vale Royal Lions, 10 Blandford Drive, Northwich, CW9 8UD.

For more details telephone 0845 833 8496


Lions Youth Brass Celebrate


Vale Royal Lions have always supported local Youth in many forms, one of which is annual financial assistance towards the considerable costs of running Lions Youth Brass Band.  Based in the Sandbach area, the Band celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and over that period has developed and inspired many young musicians, and maintained the tradition of brass bands.  Their high standards are demonstrated with the Bands travelling home with several awards from the National Youth Brass Band Championships held at Manchester this year.

A great performance on Sunday evening 19th July 2015 was the culmination of a demanding 24 hours for the Lions Youth Brass, as it was their third event in the period.  Yet there was no evidence of the rigours of concerts one and two as the band delighted the audience with many pieces from their extensive repertoire.

The concert, held in the main theatre of Winsford Academy, Grange Lane, Winsford, was a fitting climax near the end of a successful year for all three bands; the Beginners (ages 7 – 11 years), the Juniors (ages 8 – 14 years) and the Youth Brass (ages 11 – 19 years).  It was the occasion at which individual achievements were recognised, with the presentation of many awards to players in each band.

The Band continues to flourish, their music is a delight to the ear and the members themselves are fine examples of today’s youth.  Vale Royal Lions are pleased to have supported them over many years.


Lions support aspiring local actress

Vale Royal Lions have always focused on Youth development in their community service work and so were very pleased to recently assist a local Sir John Deane’s College student.  Emma Harvey from Goostrey has set her sights on an acting career and will be applying for a place at Drama School next year.  In the meantime she auditioned for an acting rôle with the National Youth Film Academy and was delighted to be selected.  This involves spending two weeks in Watford during the summer holidays to make a film under the supervision of industry professionals.  The film will then be screened at eight different locations.

The total cost for this opportunity will be over £1000 and her family only had 8 weeks to raise this significant sum.  They approached Vale Royal Lions who were delighted to contribute £200 towards the total costs, and wished Emma success in her film debut and her acting career.



Lions helping in the community

After learning of the costs of regular swimming sessions for Luke and his two carers, Vale Royal Lions agreed to provide support by financing the next twelve months of swimming for the three of them at the new Memorial Court in Northwich.

Luke is a delightful child but he does face serious difficulties and great challenges on a daily basis.  His disabilities affect his capacity to communicate which makes socialising a problem.   However, he really enjoys swimming which, apart from the exercise, allows him to be calm and happy. But this activity does require the constant attendance of two family carers, resulting in considerable expense for the worthwhile swimming sessions.

Luke, seen here with mother Amanda and Lion Rob Brown, can now enjoy and benefit from regular swimming throughout the year.





Kevron Trophy for Vale Royal Lions Club

Vale Royal Lions are one of around 60 clubs in the Midlands to Merseyside area of England plus North Wales, and each year at the annual convention of this area, several awards are made to clubs that have performed well in several categories.  These include aspects of health, youth, environment and publicity.


The Kevron Trophy is presented to the club that has featured most times in the national magazine, "The Lion", and during last year this was won by Vale Royal Lions.  The picture shows the trophy being held by Lion Maureen Hellyer-Brown who is the publicity officer of the club responsible for all newspaper and magazine articles.  She is accompanied by her husband, Past District Governor Lion Rob Brown.


Lions care for the Carers







Vale Royal Lions have a well-earned reputation for providing a service to those deserving members in our community.  Cheshire Young Carers have a proven track record of delivering high quality young carers services; these focus on activities and projects which improve self-esteem, confidence and build resilience, reducing any negative effects of the caring role.

The Lions organised such an activity when they recently arranged for 21 local young carers, accompanied by 4 CYC Volunteers, to spend a day at Petty Pool.  As can be seen from the photograph, the youngsters had a fun-filled day rounded off with a barbeque and ice creams; a great time was had by all.

For more information on Lions, visit and for Cheshire Young carers, visit



Laura has now regained her independence

Around 5 years ago, local teenager Laura Hunt was diagnosed with spastic paraparesis, resulting in her reliance on other people to push her around in the heavy wheelchair supplied by statutory services.  What she longed for was a lightweight manual wheelchair so that she could propel herself around and regain some independence.

Newlife Foundation, a leading children’s disability charity, launched an appeal to raise £2,801 for the purchase of this wheelchair to transform Laura’s life.  Vale Royal Lions quickly recognized this deserving case and, after just over £800 had been donated by local concerns, committed to provide the total remaining balance of £1,928.

Laura formally received the new lightweight wheelchair at a presentation at her school, Hebden Green in Winsford, Cheshire on 9 December 2013.  Laura is shown together with (left to right) Immediate Past President Lion Charles Cahill, Lion Peter Allsopp, Head Teacher Alison Ashley and (crouching) Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans.

Laura’s mum Dawn added that the new wheelchair will boost her confidence and her ability to socialize, and she will not rely on others for her mobility.

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To continue its vital service to the community, Vale Royal Lions Club continually seeks new members and anyone interested would be very welcome to attend one of our Club meetings which take place at The Blue Cap, Sandiway, near Northwich on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

If anyone would like more information about joining Vale Royal Lions Club, or would just like to come to a meeting to find out how we work, please call the Club President, Bob Mawson, on 01606 889259 or use our Club telephone number 0845 833 8496 (normal charge rates apply).

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