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Blind Walk

Hilary Ayer, The Petersfield Town Mayor being guided on a Blind Walk by Lion President Sandra Manktelow.

With World Sight Day earlier in the week, Petersfield Lions Club held a Blind Walk on Saturday 13th October, along Petersfield High Street. Designed to raise awareness of the problems visually impaired and blind people encounter while walking around town, something a lot of us take for granted and to also highlight the spectacle collection and recycling program that Lions do in Petersfield.
Hilary Ayer, The Petersfield Town Mayor joined Petersfield Lions President Sandra Manktelow, Zoe & Guide Dog "Revel" from Open-Sight and some members from the Solent Active Visually Impaired Working Age Group, for the walk. Afterwards, Hilary Ayer said, "Walking around the centre of Petersfield wearing a black mask and carrying a white stick was a strange experience even with a guide to hang on to. Walking in a straight line was not too bad although I did seem to bear right as I did it. Walking round the Square had me completely disoriented. I thought we were going anti clockwise. Wrong! I also noticed the different textures on the pavement from raised slabs to patterns to the crossing points and then there was the dip at the edge of the Square itself. An interesting short walk and I am so pleased that I have my sight. I really admire those who cope with getting about despite a loss of vision.". 
Sandra said also "It being an interesting experience - makes us realise how much we take sight for granted. I found the responsibility of leading the mayor around very stressful but it also made me aware of how difficult it must be for the blind and visually impaired  to negotiate the many different surfaces and obstacles in Petersfield. Glad to have raised the awareness of World Sight Day to the Petersfield Community especially as Lions are 'Knights of the Blind'. Thank you also to all those who visited our stall to hand in spectacles or find out where to take them."


Petersfield Lions Club President, Sandra also presented 10 collapsible White Canes to Zoe & "Revel" from Open-Sight. 


Blackmoor Apple Fair

Despite the weather, a surprising number of people ventured out to this years Blackmoor Apple Fair, always a very popular and well organised event, with Apple Tastings, a Craft Fair, stalls and activities. This year 50% of our funds at the stall were going to the Indonesia Tsunami disaster appeal. 


Quiz Night

Our recent Quiz Night at St Peters Hall raised over £360 and was won by "The Lifers" 


Pride in the community

 Lion President Sandra presents 2 awards to Nicola Winter, Home-Start Butser & a photo montage to Lion Tony Struthers.

Petersfield Lions Club had an emotional meeting on Monday 1st October at The Half Moon.
Firstly, as a final part of Lions Centennial celebrations, President Sandra Manktelow presented Nicola Winter and Home-Start two "Lions Community Awards", one for Outstanding Community Service (personal - after 13 years of service) and one in the name of Home-Start  Butser in recognition of their Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community. Nicola said she really shouldn’t get any awards for something she loves doing, but that the awards really belong to the Home-Start volunteers who put in so much time and effort and thanked us for all our support and backup for her services, which she really appreciates. 
Secondly, due to a house move, we were saying goodbye to Lion Tony Struthers, who has not only been a stalwart member of Petersfield Lions Club for 17 years (and 33 years Lions in the UK) but also a very active member of the Petersfield Community in  general. Tony, a retired professional planner, has assisted many community and voluntary groups in East Hampshire over the years, including Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan, Petersfield Town Design Statement and Steep Parish Plan, a former Trustee at Community First East Hampshire and Home-Start Butser, previously Governor Alton Sixth Form College and President of the Petersfield Society, Chair of the Friends of Steep Church, and awarded the Petersfield Town Mayor's Community Award for 2016/7 "in recognition of a valuable contribution to life in Petersfield" in April 2017. Tony will be sorely missed by us all and was presented with a Photo Montage of his time in Petersfield Lions. We wish Tony & Sylvia well in their new home.



Club meeting

At a busy business meeting on Monday 3rd September, we welcomed two new members into the club. Simon & Diana Cole were badged up by Lion President Sandra Manktelow & Clive Midson. We also had a visit from our 105D District Governor Ken Staniforth.



Club Social

Lions members setting off on a walk round Chidham on a sunny Saturday. Followed by a well deserved lunch at Stansted.




Petersfield Summer Festival

It was a washout at the Petersfield Summer Festival on Sunday 26th August.
We had support from the Petersfield Police Cadets setting up our "Toy Tombola" stall, they also helped with the marshalling. Although the weather forecast was not good, we braved it as long as we could, but the wind and heavy rain proved too much, we abandoned the stall.


Many thanks to the few brave members of the public who ventured out and supported our stall on the day.



South Downs Show

We had a busy day at South Downs Country show on Sunday 19th August. Although it was a blustery damp start, the sun and crowds followed latter in the day. We had help also from 2 prospect members.



Clanfield Fete

We held our usual Toy Tombola & Gin game stall at this years Clanfield Fete. 




Club Changeover and Charter BBQ

Sandra Manktelow took over as President of Petersfield Lions Club at the Clubs Charter and Changeover BBQ at Winton House on Saturday 23rd June.


Outgoing President David Read handed over the Chain of Office and thanked the Club for their support over the past year. Along with Club members and partners, were guests from some of the good causes the Club has supported over the past year, Challengers, Naomi House & the Petersfield Police Cadets, along with 105D District Governor Peter Burnett & District Governor Elect Ken Stainforth.

Sandra presented David with a Scrapbook of his year as President and said she was looking forward to the Year ahead.




Paultons Park

In the middle of June, we took a mini bus with Families from HomeStart Butser for a day trip to Paultons Park in the New Forest. This is a yearly event run by Lions of 105D and allows hundreds of children from families who could not otherwise afford such a day, a very enjoyable day out. 




Liss Infants School Fete

We held our Toy Tombola and Gin Game Stall at the Liss Infants School Fete in June.





A new member joins the Club

Geoff was welcomed into the Club and badged up as a full Club member at our meeting in June.




 Petersfield Lions donate 10 Audio Players

to the Petersfield Library

Petersfield Lions Club donated 10 "Boom Boxes" to the Petersfield Library, USB Audio Players that help bring Audio Books to life for people with impaired vision. These small battery powered units allow easy playing of Audio Books and Talking Papers via a pre-loaded USB stick and simple controls. They can be used by anyone with impaired vision, or anyone who finds it difficult to hold or manipulate the pages of a book.




Victorian Day for Petersfield Museum

Sunday 13th May saw a good turn out for the Victorian Day, organised by The Petersfield Museum. With period costumes, Bicycles and cars. On our stall we had, Bagatelle, Shove Ha'penny, HopScotch and Bobbing Dougnuts.




Cheque presentations to 3 charities 

Lion President Dave Read presented cheques for £287 each to, Cader MacPhail, Challengers, Jim Apted, Fitzroy and our Quiz Master Clive Midson presented a cheque to Nicola Winter, Home-Start Butser. Proceeds from our last two quiz nights




15 Years of Service

In recognition of 15 Years of Service to Lions, Mike Piatek and Lin Piatek are presented with their 15 Year Service Chevrons at our Club meeting by Secretary Trevor Copping.


Music Festival


We ran a very busy bar during the week of the annual Petersfield Music Festival.




Quiz Night

Our First Quiz Night of 2018 on Friday 2nd February, in total raised £369 for Challengers, Home-Start & Fitzroy.

The evening saw 6 teams compete, with "Universally Challenged" the ultimate winners.

"Universally Challenged - Winners"

Quiz Master Clive, contemplating a team's answer.



Swishing Party

We held a Swishing Party on 12th January, which was well attended and enjoyed by all.

This raised over £260 for Naomi House which was presented on the night.


Street Street Collections


 We had collections both in the High Street & at Tesco leading up to Christmas.



2017 Christmas Appeal Envelopes

This year we are posting 2000 envelopes through letter boxes around Petersfield, appealing for donations towards :-

* Christmas Parcels for the Elderly

*Funds for the PACT Food Bank

* Help for Home-Start families with young children experiencing a crisis this Christmas.

these can be handed into Winton House or handed to a Lion on one of our street collections over the next couple of weeks.




Petersfield Christmas Festival

& Art Exhibition

Sunday 3rd December we had our Toy Tombola stall outside Winton House for the Petersfield Christmas Festival. We also arranged an Art Exhibition in Winton House with the runners up and winning entry in this years Peace Poster Competition.

The Art exhibition will continue to be displayed in Winton House until the end of December.



Petersfield Christmas Lights Switch On

The Petersfield community turned out on Friday 24th November for the Town Center Christmas Lights Switch On organised by the Town Council.

We had a small stall in the Market Square, raising funds for Home-Start Butser.


Peace Poster Competition

This years Peace Poster Competition entitled "The Future of Peace", with over 270 entries from Year 7 at The Petersfield School proved challenging to judge. From the initial selection of 60, 18 Highly commended and one winner was selected 

Ella Rocha's picture was chosen as the overall winner by the team of Judges.

[Mr Leeson, Head of Visual Arts TPS, Caroline Strong, local Artist, Lion President David Read and fellow Lions, Trevor Copping and David Hague]

Ella's picture was subsequently entered into the 105D District level of the Competition where it came Second.  


"The Future of Peace" by Ella Rocher, Year 7, TPS.







We are pleased to announce that we are repeating the Winter Fuel Project this year, in order to alleviate some of the problems of poorer households in our area. Prior to this year, the scheme has raised £9,440 from the generous pensioners who have donated all or part of their Winter Fuel Payments.

Helen Drake, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice East Hampshire has confirmed to us how grateful they are for this initiative. 14 families already this year have been helped.

for full details see our Winter Fuel Project 2017 page


Blackmoor Apple Fair

What an incredibly busy day this is. Blackmoor Estate hold an Apple Tasting day in October and we were there again this year with our stall. It was busy, busy, busy, from 10am till 4pm when we had "sold out" of all our tombola tickets. 



Southern Pro Musica Bar

We ran the Bar for the "Southern Pro Musica" concert at the Festival Hall.


2nd Vice District Governor 

2nd Vice District Governor Jarvis MacDonald visited our Club meeting on Monday 2nd October.


"Universally Challenged" win again.

We held a successful quiz night at St Peter's Church Hall on Friday 29th September. With 8 Teams, the ones to come out victorious were Universally Challenged. We raised over £500 in aid of 3 charities, Home-Start Butser, Fitzroy & Challengers. 

"You might not want to see this", Clive shows the score board before the final round.


Charity Status 

Petersfield Lions Club (CIO) is now a Registered Charity, Number 1174868


Petersfield Summer Festival

On the Bank Holiday Weekend Sunday we held our Toy Tombola Stall at the Petersfield Festival, with a good turnout and the sun shining, we had lots of lucky winners. The stall was raising funds for Marlowe's Physiotherapy & Sensory equipment.


"Will this ticket be the winning number?"



South Downs Show

We  had a busy day on Sunday 20th August at the South Downs Show, Queen Elizabeth Country Park.


Dentaid delivery

In many parts of the world there is little or no access to dental care. A lot of people suffer with the pain and suffering of toothache, abscesses and diseases. Dentaid is a charity dedicated to enabling people from disadvantaged communities around the world to enjoy relief from dental pain and access good oral healthcare.  Dentaid supports oral health projects by supplying dental surgery equipment, portable dental equipment especially for rural areas and oral health education resources and training. Lions Clubs suport Dentaid by collecting equipment and fundraising. For the last 20 years Dentaid has been reconditioning and restoring equipment donated by dental practices across the UK and sending it to projects overseas.

John from Dentaid and Lion President Dave delivering a collection of X-Ray equipment collected from Dental 66 of Petersfield.

Litter Pick

On Sunday 6th August we helped the Petersfield Society with their Litter Pick around Petersfield.

Clanfield Celebrations

We held a toy Tombola Stall at this years Clanfield Celebrations on Saturday 8th July. This year we were raising money for Marlowe. Marlowe was born in July 2015 with down syndrome and a heart condition. She has been in hospital until now, Team Marlowe are raising funds to allow Marlowe to come home and be with her family, this necessitates a home extension, a sensory/therapy room and additional equipment.


Marlowe & family visited the stall


Club Changeover

Our Club Changeover took place after the Centennial Celebrations at Winton House. Out going President Mike Piatek, handed over the chain of office to incoming President Dave Read. Mike thanked the Club for their support and was presented with a scrapbook of his year in office.


Forthcoming events :-

Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 11th November

Petersfield Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 23rd November
4.30pm -7pm

Petersfield Christmas Festival

Sunday 2nd December 
10am - 4pm

High Street Collection

Wednesday 19th December 

 Christmas Collection at Tesco's
Saturday 22nd December 


Petersfield Lions Club
Christmas Envelope Appeal 2018

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