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Number 3

Since our last newsletter, Covid-19 restrictions have become tighter with another national lockdown. That said, Melton Lions have ever been resourceful and continue to support our local community when and wherever we can.

Our popular Chatter Club continued to support the community until restrictions and then the latest lockdown made it impossible. We were able to hold our November meeting which was well attended. Hopefully, when current circumstances allow, the club will be up and running again.

The club initiated a Photographic Competition early in October, with the view to have the best 12 entries displayed on a 2021 calendar. We had a great uptake and lots of wonderful photographs on the theme of “Family Life”. Our independent judges picked the main winners (Over 16 age group, under 16 age group and an overall winner). They also selected the best 20 photos which were then judged by our Facebook followers to arrive at the final extra 10 for the calendar. The whole operation from inception to calendar production took only 2 months. Calendars at £5 each went on sale at the beginning of December. Many thanks go to Severn Trent Water Authority without whose valuable financial support would not have made this happen. All proceeds from the calendar will be used to support further community initiatives in the coming months.

Thank you to all who purchased our calendar and to everyone who entered into the spirit of the Photo Competition.

          

The club has managed to maintain regular contact among members through Zoom meetings where possible and members contacting each other to keep everyone in the loop. We have also had numerous quizzes and competitions open to friends and family to while away the winter months. Our “Virtual Race Night” ably compared by President Geoff Tate was well received and everybody had great fun – amazing what you can do with Zoom. We also followed that up with a Zoom version of “Family Fortunes”, and on the calendar is our latest Zoom venture with a “Virtual Bingo Evening”.

Owing to the current situation, along with other voluntary organisations, our fund-raising activities have been severely curtailed. However with generous grants from “The Leicestershire Communities Fund” and “Severn Trent Authority”, we have managed to address many pressing needs within our community. Currently we are engaged in helping our local schools in the purchase of Remote Learning Equipment for children who are experiencing difficulty in getting on-line tuition due to lack of support.equipment. This is an ongoing project and where funds allow, we will support this initiative.

It is hoped that we can help in the ongoing development of the “Melton Hope Centre” which aims to bring many of the local charitable intiatives under one roof, including the Melton Food Bank. If you wish to know more about this wonderful venture, please look at the video that its team have produced.

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Currently our biggest venture to date and certainly for the foreseeable futue, Melton Lions have taken up the batten as Marshals at the Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in the Melton Sports Village on Burton Road. Ably organised by our Vice President David Houghton, whatever the weather we are there, from marshalling the car parking to meeting and greeting, helping to ensure the operation is as slick and professional as possible. To date, the centre has vaccinated over 11,000 local residents.