Club News from 2014-15

Petersfield Lions and Petersfield Town Mayor's Charity Concert raised over £3000

the evening was a great success with performances by :-

Ready to Rock School........

Hampshire Guitar Orchestra (Hago)....


The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir...


Have you got the message ?
 ( It should be in your fridge)

A simple idea, to help you
and Paramedics 
in an emergency.

The Lions "Message in a Bottle" scheme is designed to encourage people to keep medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the fridge.  Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident at home, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you.

Petersfield Lions are increasing the number of locations where the bottles can be obtained from,
one such new location is  "Bluebird Care, Petersfield"

Kerrey Merrick, Care Manager at "Bluebird Care"

for full details of the scheme and where to get a bottle from
goto our Message in a Bottle page.


the Winter Fuel Campaign 
Our first target of £5,000 has been reached

 Winter Fuel Campaign

“Let’s wipe out fuel poverty” 

The initial target of £5000, will be passed onto the
Petersfield Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) 

to distribute to those who need the funds
for fuel bills this winter.

It’s the government handout many pensioners say they don’t want or need but there is a way to put that money to good use in Petersfield this winter. Petersfield Lions Club has linked up with the towns Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in a bid to wipe out fuel poverty in the town this winter – a campaign being backed by the Petersfield Post.

People who receive the winter fuel payment, which will range from £100 to £300 this winter, will be able to donate some or all of that money to Petersfield residents who can’t afford to heat their homes properly. While most of us are able to turn the heating up a few more notches when the weather gets colder, some householders can’t afford to turn the heating on at all.

Petersfield CAB has a list of people who are in genuine need of financial help to meet the cost of their fuel bills. The CAB helps anyone who approaches it to assess their financial situation and they have to meet certain criteria before they are added to the list to receive financial help when funds are made available.

The initial target of the campaign is to raise £5000 which the Lions Club will pass on to the Petersfield CAB to distribute to those who need the funds for fuel bills.

for more information and a copy of the full article from the Petersfield Post, go to our Winter Fuel Project page.


Petersfield Lions Club - 20th Annual Quiz

       The Lions Club of Petersfield, held the 20th Annual Quiz
 on Friday, 31st October at the Petersfield Festival Hall.
The evening was in aid of Holidays for Disabled People
 and raised a total of £2250.

Since 1992 a total of £29,733 has been donated to 
Holidays for Disabled People.

The winning team were the "Lifers"
from the Life Church Petersfield
with a score of 84 out of 90.
They were presented with £60 and a trophy to keep for a year.


Twenty eight teams took part, including
Holidays for Disabled People
local clubs, societies, businesses and friends.

The Buddies were second with 79 and a team from
Petersfield Musical Festival were third with a score of 78.

The team 
with the lowest score of 56
were presented with a large block of chocolate each. 

Lion’s Club member Clive Midson 
again acted as Quiz Master
ably supported by 
a team of markers.

A full list of the results and prize donors can be found on the
"Annual Quiz Night" page.


Blackmoor Apple Tasting

...returned this year on Sunday 12th October 2014
with a very good turn out. Our stall with, Name the Teddy,
Lion lucky number dip and Whisky draws all proved popular. 

Lin and Sandra check the numbers for the Lion soft toy game.

Lord Selborne draws the winner out for the bottle of Whisky


A grand total of £1125 

was raised by Petersfield Lion’s 

   Paul Molloy, 

when he Abseiled 

down the Spinnaker Tower 
in Portsmouth (18/05/14) 
All money raised will go 

to The Rowans Hospice.

Many thanks to everyone 

who sponsored Paul's derring-do.



Cheque presented to Home-Start Butser.

Outgoing Petersfield Lions President, Jennifer Castle 
presents a cheque for £500 to Nicola from Home-Start Butser. 
Home-Start was Jennifer's chosen charity for her year as President.

Jennifer Castle hands over the presidents’ chain of office to Paul Molloy

Jennifer Castle hands over the presidents’ 
chain of office to Paul Molloy. 

"This is your life. . . ."  
Jennifer receives a scrapbook of her year in office.

and a gift from the Club presented by Lin

Trevor is awarded "The Wooden Spoon"


and better late than never,
Bill receives "The Bagpipes"


Other News from Petersfield Lions

Petersfield Lion's Paul Molloy, made the front page of the Petersfield Herald, after he Abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth (18/05/14) raising over £1000 for the Rowans Hospice.

other events in May.............
East Meon Fete : May 14
We held a Gin Draw and
Toy Tombola at the
East Meon Fete

An Auction of Pledges and
Toy Tombola at the
Petersfield Spring Festival

and for our Club Charter (birthday)
we held a Petersfield town quiz trail followed
by a meal at Folly's

Flood Appeal Success
On 1 March, in less than 2 hours, a bottle tombola in The Square (Lloyds Forecourt)  raised over £260 for the Lions Disaster Fund Flood Appeal.   



Busy Start to 2014
At the end of January we helped out Pro Musica with bar services at their concert. The event yielded over £300 for our Charity account.  We've been invited to help at a similar event later in the year.  Planning is well under way for the bars at the Petersfield Musical festival in March.  

After three abortive attempts at Saturday afternoon  stalls at Lloyds forecourt (bad weather!!!) we will have another on 1 March.  The object of this bottle stall will be the Lions Flood Disaster fund.

And it's not all fund raising.  On a Saturday in February some of us (see picture below) helped set up and take down clothing racks at the local Natural Childbirth Trust nearly new fair.  the fair raised £6000. 

December Fund Raising
Thanks to the generous people of Petersfield and district our customary fund raisers at the Christmas period have yielded over £1250.  £600 of this has already been spent. Thank you Petersfield!!

A Carolling We Went (17 December)

For the first time in many years, with our friends from the Petersfield Community Choir, we went carolling.  £280 raised for good causes.

20 years of Service
At the Club meeting of 16 December Past President Sandra Manktelow was presented with her chevron by President Jennifer Castle to celebrate 20 years service to the community and to Lions. 

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Xmas Festival 2013
As customary the Club were out fund raising and adding to the busy scene at the 1 December Xmas Street Festival.  

Another Quiz Success

The 19th Annual Quiz (1/11/13) in support of Holidays for Disabled People was another big success.  The 180 players and those who who bought Draw Tickets helped us raise £2600 which is being donated to H4DP.  The picture is of some shots from past holidays and, we hope, shows why we think this charity is so well worth supporting.  Click here for a more information about H4DP

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Some of us dodged the showers on 20 October 2013 and enjoyed a walk at East Meon, taking in Drayton, Halnaker Lane and the Izaak Walton pub. At the pub we were joined by other members and enjoyed Sunday lunch.

Good Day at Petersfield Festivities
The Club had a very successful day at the Petersfield Festivities on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday weekend.  We were accompanied by a young man, Edward, who we allowed to sell goods in support of his fund raising for a overseas school trip project.  Edward's pitch to us was exceptional and we agreed to help him to help himself.  Signs are that he did well and so did we.

Edward selling his wares

£1000 given to the Kings Arms
As the last act of her year in office immediate past President Lin presented £1000 to her chosen charity - the Kings Arms youth project.  The Kings Arms is a well respected youth activity in the Town and has been supported by the Lions on a number of occasions. 

New President 2013-14
Jennifer Castle took charge of the Club at the handover evening at the end of June. In the absence of outgoing President Lin Piatek (due to a family bereavement) the chain of office was handed on by immediate past President Trevor Copping.  Jennifer thanked the Club  and stated that her charity for the year would be Homestart Butser.

Spring Fund Raisers
The Club  took £900 at four fetes in the spring and early summer.  But the money was soon put to good use.  The accounts for the year to end of June 2013 show that over £6500 was passed on to good causes during the year. And another £1000 is to be presented shortly.

Spectrek hits GOLD (again)
At the Club's charter anniversary lunch (21/4/13) we were surprised and delighted to receive a cheque for £1000 from Midhurst Lions.  This was in recognition of gold retrieved from old spectacles in previous year's SpecTrek collections.  The money will all be used for sight related causes.  Resulting from a  similar donation last year we were able to donate £500 each to St Dunstans and the Portsmouth Area Talking Newspaper.

Petersfield Lions President Lin Piatek receives the cheque from Midhurst Lion President John Travers

SpecTrek 2013 (14/4/13)
We collected over 123000 pairs of old Specs this year (three van's full).  This takes our total collection over the last 31 years to well past the 2.5  million mark.  Thanks go to the Lions of 105D and 105SE and the people of Southern England for their ongoing support of this project.  Many thousands of people in Africa and Asia have had their sight improved/restored as a result.

Unloading at Midhurst 


SpecTrek Promo
The Club were out in Rams Walk, Petersfield on a freezing 3 April promoting SpecTrek 2013.  A small tombola was played with a top prize £50 kindly donated by Arnolds ( the local opticians).

Musical Festival 2013
Five nights bar duty for our friends at the Musical Festival.  This hard but worthwhile task brings funds to us and the Festival and we are serving a local event that dates back more than a century.

The calm before the storm 

Latest Donations- Feb 2013
This month we've donated £500 to Portsmouth Area Talking Newspaper and £50 to pay for a BT landline for a needy local family.  Two very worthy causes.

Local Girl Helped
The Club were very happy to hear that Jessica, a local young lady, to whom we made contributions last December has got her new wheelchair.  (See below for more info).  We congratulate Jessica's family and fund raising team on a job well done.

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Collection Success
The Club's two Christmas time collections, at Tesco, and in the streets of the Town were a great success due to the customary generosity of the people of Petersfield.  Over £800 was raised for good causes.

Next year we're going wear silly clothes
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Farewell to John and Doreen
At the club's Xmas Dinner at La Piazetta we said farewell to Lion John Sheeley, our longest serving member and his wife Doreen. They are leaving the area area to be closer to their family.  John has been a member of Petersfield for 20 years and served for a South London Club for 18 years previously. A consistently active member John will be greatly missed. As will Doreen who is regarded as the best Lion we never "badged up".

The Club presented John and Doreen with an engraved vase as a memento of their time with Petersfield Lions. 

President Lin proposes the health of John and Doreen

President Lin presents a going away present

Xmas-tide Donations
The Club have donated £200 towards the local branch of Age Concern (aka Age UK) to be used in their Xmas Party.  And, of course, there has been our annual distribution of 50 parcels to the needy and lonely.


Parcels in Production

Additionally, £100 has been used to sponsor a character in Petersfield Youth Theatre's production of CATS.

Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer  and Mr Mistoffelees working the audience after the performance

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Busy day at Xmas Festivities
Sunday 2 December, 2012 saw the Club on Petersfield High Street with the popular "Wild Animal" tombola.  Nearly £190 was taken.  In addition, the Club was on marshalling duty for most of the day.  The Club was seen at it's best - helping out and raising money for good causes.


Presentation for Wheelchair

Starting their busy December Petersfield Lions presented a cheque to a local young person, Jessica.  The money goes towards a new wheel chair.  This will replace one partly funded by Petersfield Lions six years ago which is no longer suitable. The Club are hoping to put on a fund raiser in the new year to get more funds towards the wheel chair.

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Another Sell Out at the Annual Quiz
The 2012 Quiz was another sell out with all 180 tickets being sold a month before the day (2/11/12).  The quiz, held annually in aid of Holidays for Disabled People, looks like equalling last year's record of £2500 raised.  Results will be available in a couple of days.

Scenes from the 2012 Quiz




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Petersfield Lions at Blackmoor Apple Day
14 October, 2012 brought our annual visit "over the border" into Woolmer Forest Lions country.  Woolmer Forest let us have a stall at the Blackmoor Apple day in exchange with help with the parking.  This year the event, in brilliant if chilly autumn sunshine, seemed busier than ever and our tombola and whisky raffle both drew excellent custom. The event paid over £250 into the Charity Account.


Scenes from Blackmoor

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Petersfield Lions lend a hand at the Rosemary Foundation's Ramble (30/9/12)

Elaine, Bill and Trevor help out

A Busy Day at the Petersfield Festival August Bank Holiday 2012


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Olympic Torch Day - Lions help local charity

The Petersfield Lions helped Homestart Butser with their street collection
before and after the Olympic Torch went through the Town on 16 July

Local Cyclist Rides for Petersfield Lions

Martyn Lewis, a technician at A1 Security systems and a Petersfield resident is taking part in The Haying Charity Cycle Ride during w/c 9th July from Harwich [by ferry] and Holland. The ride will cover 245 miles. All expenses will be covered by himself . He is currently receiving sponsorship money from friends relatives and work colleagues. The minimum he must raise is £150 and there is no maximum.All money he receives will be given to The Petersfield Lions Club.The website to check out the ride is;

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Message in the Bottle - continued success
The Club have followed up last years' relaunch of the Message in a Bottle (MiaB) project with a delivery of 600 to the two main Petersfield doctors' surgeries. 

The Lions Message In a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their 
personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the Fridge. Signs inside the front door let the Emergency Services know where this vital information can be found. Whilst the scheme is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident at home, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you. 

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Jubilee Weekend  

The Club had two activities running on the Jubilee Bank Holiday (4 June).  Some of us were staffing our customary Animal Tombola at the Harting Festivities.  Others were at the Jubilee Fete  on Petersfield Heath with celebration /1950's themed games and dress.   An all round successful day.

Hilary and Les at the Heath

Bill at Harting at the start of the parade
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115 thousand pairs of Specs

The 29th running of Spectrek yielded 115000 pairs of old spectacles collected from other clubs in Hants. Dorset and Wilts. These will be recycled for new wearers in some of the poorer spot of the world. We've been doing this every year since 1982 and the annual quantity hardly varies.

Unloading at Midhurst

£1200 raised at Musical Festival bars

The Petersfield Musical Festival and the Petersfield Lions charity account have shared £1200 as a result of bar work during the Festival. The hard but rewarding job involved most of the Lions over the 5 nights when bars were requested.

Team talk before the fun begins

£1500 goes to three local charities
On 13 February we were delighted to be able to present donations to three very worthwhile causes.  £1000 went to the Rosemary Foundation, a "hospice at home" charity.  £250 went to the local youth project The King's Arms.  This is a charity which provides much needed support to the youth of Petersfield.  And £250 went to Hounds for Heroes, a charity providing assitance dogs to disabled servicemen (both miltary and civil). 

The happy recipients with Lion President Trevor

( more pictures can be found on our facebook page)

Run up to Christmas

                                             Street collecting and working the Xmas Charity market

A busy few days at Liss Xmas Fair, Petersfield Xmas Market and a street collection in Petersfieldsaw the Charity account increased by £800. Some of this was already earmarked for donations to the local Age UK Xmas lunch, helping the embryonic local Domestic Abuse Support group and the distribution of Xmas treats to the needy and the lonely.

These were followed by our Xmas dinner a couple of days later and then finishing off just before "the day" with a collection at Petersfield Tesco.

THE Quiz - 28 October
The 17th annual Quiz and Grand Draw was an outstanding success.  Over £2400 was raised for Holidays for Disabled People.
Here are some pics of the evening.

Before and During

And the winner is  A1 Security C Team

Blackmoor Apple Fair - 9 October
We had a good day with our customary parking duties with our friends from Wollmer Forest Lions.  The Toy Tombola and the Whisky game raised nearly £400.

The winner of the whisky game - Spot the difference

Bric a Brac - 1 October
The Club held a sale of bits and pieces that have been collecting in their store.  Thanks go to Lloyds TSB for the use of their forecourt.  £130 was made for the Lions Charity account.

Petersfield Lions at the August Bank Holiday Festivities

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SpecTrek 2011
Spectrek 2011 (17 April) , the 30th trek, raised 119000 pairs of Specs.  Once again thanks go to the Clubs of 105D for their help and hospitality.  And special thanks to  AVH Van Hire, WhiteRose (VW), A1 Security and Parkwood Arts, for their generous sponsorship of the event

                                                                            Pick up at Gillingham, Dorset

                                                                                  Unloading at MIdhurst  

                                   Ending the day "fresh as a daisy"                                       .......... or maybe not

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Help for local Japanese Society
Immediately after the tragic Japanese earthquake and Tsunami Petersfield Lions approached the local japanese Society to offer help.   The Society  had a scheduled Japanese day which had been changed to a fund raising day.  Petersfield Lions took their "Animal Tombola" to the event and passed all the takings (£186) to the appeal.  The Club made the donation up to a round £200.

Lions help out at premier music event

March 2011 saw a new venture for Petersfield Lions.  The Club provided the bar services for five nights of the Petersfield Musical Festival. The Festival has been running for over 100 years and is the reason that the Town's Town Hall entertainment centre is called the Festival Hall.  The Festival embraces all forms of music from local choirs to internationally recognized musicians and pretty well everything in between. By providing the service the Lions combine fund raising with a service to the community.

The outcome of the project was a profit of £1069.  This has been equally shared between the Festival (which is a registered charity) and the Lions Charity Account.






Langrish School joins Spectacle Hunt

Puplis and staff of Langrish School have enthusiastically adopted Spectrek as a school project.  A collection point has been placed at the school and donated specs will form part of the annual Spectrek by Petersfield Lions.  Each year the Lions collect over 100000 pairs from Lions Clubs all over central southern England.  These are passed via Midhurst, Chichester and Le Havre for eventual use in the third world.  The picture shows Lion Trevor Copping with some of the young collectors at the launch day 31 January, 2011.

Message in A Bottle Relaunched in Petersfield

In early February, 2011 the potentially life saving scheme "Message in a Bottle" was relaunched in the Town  by the Lions Club of Petersfield.  The scheme had been run by another organisation but has been largely moribund in recent years.

Together with neighbouring Clubs in Meon Valley, Woolmer Forest and Alton Petersfield Lions purchased a pallette load of "bottles" (over 3000 in number).  Already Petersfield has placed 800 of their portion in both local surgeries, a Housing Association and HCC Adult Services. 

How the scheme works
The Lions Message In a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their
personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the Fridge. Signs inside the front door let the Emergency Services know where this vital information can be found. Whilst the scheme is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident at home, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you.

If you want to know more please contact Ptersfield Lions via the Contact Us bar on the left of the screen

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On 31 January, 2011 Petersfield Lions and their colleagues in Midhurst Lions were delighted to present a cheque for £1000 to the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.  The money was raised from old spectacles made of valuable metals which Midhurst had identified in their sort of the hundreds of thousands of pairs collected by Petersfield in succesive Spectreks. The Trust supports nationwide action on the comparatively rare cancer in the eyes of young children.  Early diagnosis and action has a very high success rate.

The next Spectrek is 17 April, 2011

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Busy Christmas

December 2010 saw the Petersfield Lions at Liss Xmas Fair as well as the customary collections in the Town and at Petersfield Tesco's.  Thanks to the generousity of the people and businesses of the area the Club's Charity account ended over £900 richer. 

The collections were put immediate effect.  57 Xmas goodies parcels were bought and distributed to some lonely and needy people in the Town.  And, as in the past thre years, the Club has underwritten the purchase of tickets (about £450) for the Petersfield panto and the Festival hall by Homestart Butser.  Homestart uses the tickets to bring a smile or two to the lives of families that are having a tough time. 

2010 Quiz

I know that one. It's ......................

The quiz was won by LCP & Friends (Life Church Petersfield - formerly known as Petersfield Christian Fellowship and previous quiz winners).  They got 94 out of a total of 110 marks.  They were awarded £60 and a trophy to retain for a year.
Joint second with 87 points were Queen's Head and Bright Sparks and fourth with 85 were the Buddies.  The wooden spoons were awarded to Munmat Robin, one of the six Holidays for Disabled People teams.  They said they had been last so often in the last few years that they didn't need to come anymore.  They now have enough kitchen utensils!
There were 23 prizes in the draw - first prize of £100 A1 Security Systems Ltd - was won by a member of one of the teams.

The evening resulted in a donation of £2100 to Holidays for Disabled People.  Full details of the results of the quiz and raffle prizes are at Quiz 2010 Results.




Lions Jennifer and Hilary prepare to sell more "quiz night" raffle tickets at Rams Walk


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Petersfield Lion Honoured


Lion John Sheeley was honoured by the Club at the 2010 Annual Charter Anniversary dinner when he was presented with a Melvyn Jones Fellowship. The award is the highest that a Lions Club can bestoy and the award to Lion John is only the second in Petersfield Lions 38 year history. The award, which is named after the Chicago businessman who founded Lions in 1917, was presented jointly by Club Lion President Les Jarman and Lion District Governor Judith Goodchild.

Lion John Sheeley has been a Lion for 35 years.  The last 18 with Petersfield.  During his time with the Club he has been avery active member, was President three times, held most officerships and has been Zone Chairman (a local network of 3 or 4 Clubs). Before Petersfield John was a member of Merton Club (south London).

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A Lion's Legacy

Terry Tidd, a founder of Peterfield Lions who passed away in the summer of 2009, has remembered his community in his will.  The Club has been left a sum to be used for the annual Christmas parcels project.  This good cause was a particular favourite of Terry.

A Busy and Rewarding Christmas 2009


A collecting  we will go

Trevor , Mike and Tony hit the Town


Another very busy Christmas for Petersfield Lions.  We had collections around the Town on the Saturday of the Petersfield Christmas Festival and at Tesco (thank you, Tesco) on 23rd December.  In addition we had a Bric a Brac stall at the Festival Hall Xmas Market on 15th December.  Tiring but it was worth it.  Over £1000 raised all together.  But it wasn't all work as we went to the Hampshire Hog (aka Hogs Lodge) for our Club Christmas meal and a good time was had.


What did we do with the £1000?  We distributed 67 Christmas goodies parcels to the lonely and housebound, donated £200 towards Christmas entertainment for the residents of Bulmer House, earmarked £300 for panto tickets for Homestart Butser and put £250 towards home furnishing for a family being looked after by social services.

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2009 Annual Quiz  is another RECORD



The 15th Annual Quiz and Grand Draw (30 October) in support of Holidays for Disabled People was another record.  A sell out with 180 players, as usual,  helped the Lions and the Eight O'Clock Club raise £2204 for the charity.  The Clubs thank everyone who took part in whatever capacity.  

Next year's Quiz is on Friday 29 October, 2010.  Book early to avoid disappointment.  2010 is the 50th Anniversary of Holidays for Disabled People; let's make it special.



A sad start to 2009/10





The Lions year started on a sad note with the death of Terry Tidd. Terry was the last serving Charter member (i.e. founding) of the Club and had been at the centre of Club affairs and activities since 1972 and will be sadly missed.  Terry is survived by his wife Audrey, his son David and his daughter Elisabeth.

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Ethiopia Sponsor Reports Back

In June 2009 Petersfield Lions were delighted to receive a report from a young lady, Eleanor Updegraff, who they had helped sponsor on a trip to help in orphanages in Ethiopia.  Eleanor had a purposeful and uplifting time helping and experiencing the third world.  Her activities are a great credit to her and the organisation, Projects Abroad, who organised the trip.


The Lions look forward hearing personally from Eleanor in the near future.




Eleanor Updegraff and Elshada

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Railway Festival Success

In April, Petersfield Lions rolled out their Animal Tomobola stall for the festivities celebrating 150 years of the railway through the Town. In keeping with the Victorian theme many Lions dressed up (or down) in 19th century style. This included the Town Crier who doubled as an event marshall. The stall was its normal financial success adding a couple of hundred pounds to the charity account coffers.




Best Lion Photo

For the second successive year Petersfield Lion Clive Midson won the Lions District (i.e. regional) Environmental Photograph Competition.  Clive's excellent shot of woodland covered with blossoming wild garlic is below. The competition is run annually and covers Lions Clubs in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.


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Busy start to 2009

In the first couple of months of the year Petersfield Lions made 3 donations to good causes.  £100 was sent to Water Aid towards their ongoing support of supplying safe water to the third world and £200 was donated to Petersfield's King's Arms youth centre.


In addition, £100 was sent as sponsorship to a local young person who was using part of her gap year to help out in a orphanage in Ethiopia.  The Lions were particularly impressed that the young lady had already put in six months similar work in Argetina and had funded it by part time work. The Club look forward hearing about her experiences upon her return.


In March, the Club are providing labour for the Big Dig .  This is a local Community Project to help the confidence of elderly people and get them more active.  Later in the year in a similar activity Petersfield and  Woolmer Forest Lions are joing to fund a garden at Fitzroy Support's Disabilty Centre at Ramshill, Petersfield.


Early Start to Christmas  2008

The Lions were out at the Petersfield Christmas Festivities (7 December) with their fluffy toy tombola and a collection at Tesco.  The weekend was very worthwhile raising over £400 for the Charity account. A street collection was held in the following weekend.  Monies raised were soon dispersed on good local good causes.  £200 was donated to Ramscote Resdential home for Christmas goodies, £145 was spent on packs of shortbread to be distributed around the Town and £360 was passed to Homestart Butser for panto tickets for their clients.

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2008 Quiz is the Biggest Ever

The 14th Annual Eight O'Clock Club / Lions Quiz (31 October) was the biggest.  With 180 players and 30 teams the Festival Hall (the biggest local venue) was filled to capacity. All the feedback is that people had a really good time whilst raising £1800 for the Holidays for Disabled People charity.


The winners were "Buddies" for the second year running.



Lions at Petersfield Festivities

Just itching to be a "lucky winner"


The Lions were at both days of the Petersfield Festivities at August Bank Holiday.  The event which was attended by around 15000 gave the Club the chance to raise over £300 on the "Cuddly Toy" tombola and distribute some publicity material. 

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Fine day at East Meon

East Meon Country Fair was the first fete that the Club attended in 2008.  With a good weather and record crowds the Club's tombola and other games raised a record £625. 




Spectrek 2008 hits new record

April 2008 saw a new record achieved in the 26 year history of the annual used spectacle collections.  The total was in excess of 105000 and brings the overall total to over 1,980,000. Next year we will break the 2 million mark.  With new specs costing at least £100 today the 26 years of Lions collections represents a gift of nearly £200 million from the people of central Southern England to eye sight projects in Afric and Asia.

That's another van nearly emptied

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Petersfield Lions get District Awards

At the annual Lions District 105D convention in March the Club were delighted to receive two awards.  Lion Les Jarman won the Best Club Website Award for 2007/8 and Lion Clive Midson won the award in the photographic competition for the best environmental photograph. 


Lions help out Homestart Quiz

Petersfield Lions had a good fun evening out in March at the Homestart Butser Quiz..  As well as entering a team (which came 6th) the club also provided the Question Master and staffed the bar.  There was also another team of present and former Lions who came 3rd out of the 27 teams present.  Indications are that the quiz raised about £3000 for Homestart Butser funds .



Homestart at Pantomime

The Petersfield Lions were delighted to help Homestart Butser take 25 adults and 35 children to the local pantomime in early 2008.  A wonderful time was had by all.  Our picture shows a couple of the children meeting one of the cast.




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Christmas 2007


The Christmas period has begun.  We've donated another £400 to Homestart Butser to let them take children to the local pantomime in January. We are giving £75 to a local luncheon club towards their Christmas Lunch and we have agreed, in principle, to pay for much of the cost of entertainment at the Ramscote Day Centre Christmas entertainment.  We also hope to donate small gifts to our friends in outings for the housebound.


As usual, we're out "shaking the tins" at this time of year.  Our collection at Tesco raised £277 from their generous customers.  Next week (8 December) we had our street collection (£488 raised) and also a stall at the Festival Hall Christmas Fair (£30).  Thanks again to the generous people of Petersfield 


2007 Quiz is a record

The 2007 annual quiz ( the 13th year) hit an all time attendance record.  All 28 tables were sold.  A donation of £1664 was made to Holidays for Disabled People. 

Next year's quiz will be 31 October 2008 when we will try to make another couple of tables available. Make a note in your diaries now - we had to turn 10 tables away this year as we were full up.


Busy Summer 

The none too summery summer of 2007 did not deter Petersfield Lions activities.  We took our Furry Toy Tombola to fetes at East Meon, Swanmore, South Harting and the Petersfield Town Festivities.  All made very useful contributions to our Charitable Funds which ,as is our way, we tried to spend asap.


We were happy to help our friends at Elizabeth Fitzroy Support a couple of times during recent months.  We took a group in a mini bus to Paultons Park when all had a really good time.  And, at our annual changeover of Presidents, outgoing President Clive was pleased to be able to hand over £250 to the Charity.  At the same time we handed over £500 to Homestart Butser.  Other recent donations have included £250 for a third world eye camp (this is an annual committment we take on as part of our SpecTrek activities) and we were glad to be able to hand on £100 to the Lions Disaster Fund for the summer flooods in the UK. 


At the end of the summer we were able to help three local Guides attend an International Rally in Denmark.  They have let us know that they are most grateful and had a great time.



The Guides and Friends prepare for Denmark


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As the summer drew to an end we helped Petersfield Round Table with their Charity Cycle ride and, at the same event, two of us took part in the ride and raised over £250.  This will be divided between our Charity Funds and Elizabeth Fitzroy support for their agricultural project at Liss. 


Some of us gave a hand to Woolmer Forest Lions at Headley fete in September. We will be meeting them again at Blackmoor Apple Farm in October for the annual Apple Festival day when we will help with car parking and have our Tomobola stall raising some funds. 


Our normal small activities ( the monthly Pop-In cafe at Winton House and helping Outings for the Housebound) continue while we gear up for our big annual quiz at the end of October.  And then there's Christmas.


And some of say that we don't do much!










The 25th Anniversary run of Spectrek  (April, 2007) was another great success.  The total collection fell just short of the 100000 mark.  A superb effort by the Lions of District 105D (i.e. largely mid southern England).  In addition sufficient funds were raised for the Club to sponsor at least one and possibly two eye camps in the developing world.  In the previous year's effort a similar number of specs were collected. In the 2006 Spec trek we collected 99800 pairs of specs for reuse in the Third World.



Tall Ship Sponsorship brings thanks




A young person who we helped sponsor for a week's Tall Ship experience in the Azores has written to the Club thanking us for our help.  She obviously had a great time  and says " It seemed scary at first but the adrenalin soon kicked in....  The most memorable part for me was climbing to the ends of the yards to set the sails, looking down into the sea watching dolphins playing in the waves around the ship......I made some wonderful friends ... am sure that we will all keep in touch ....  I had an amazing time and I am very grateful for your help without which I would not have been able to participate.  I have enclosed a photograph  so that you can see how much fun I had during the voyage.  Thank you once again"

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