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Christmas floats

Is there a Lions club which does not run a Christmas float? We don't know of one. At Wellesbourne we run two.
December 2016 saw us make 21 sorties to most of the nearby villages, collecting on behalf of local charities, organisations and groups.  Each one sent volunteers out on every evening to assist with the collection and they really made an enormous difference.  When we had determined the amount to be distributed, we invited everyone to a quiz and cheques presentation night at Kineton Village Hall where we have a lot of light hearted fun. The picture below shows a full house.

Santa Quiz Night

Easter Eggs

Many thanks to everyone who entered to win one of our Easter Eggs. To those of you who won, we hope you enjoyed the Egg.

Lion Racing - May 2017

Lion Racing took place on Saturday 6th May. Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported the evening. We had 6 races and a grand final. The winning owner of each race won a bottle or Presecco and the winning owner in the grand final won a bottle of champagne.

After three races we all sat down and had some supper and a chat, drinks were flowing all evening.

You can see from the photo below that people were enjoying themselves.

If the second photo you can see how close the race was with 3 lions having only one space to go before winning. You can also see 1 lion that stopped to have some lunch and second 1 stopped to have a drink of water. It must be hard work on the track.

Raft Race 2017

Just a quick date for your diaries – this year’s raft race will be held on Sunday 23rd July. “In 2016, for the first time in many years, we had three mechanical class rafts enter the race. They were all trying to beat four times past class winner ”Simply the Best”, but were unsuccessful”. So we are inviting engineers who can design and construct a raft powered by mechanical means to build a raft to challenge “Simply the Best”. You can use paddle wheels or even propellers in your design, which must be robust enough to navigate over two weirs. Chain drives and bicycle parts often work well in these situations. However we draw the line at engines and outboard motors”. If you are up for this challenge then please contact Lion Charles Williams using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page for more information or visit the Raft Race website

Grenfell Tower fire. Collection at Sainsburys

On behalf of all of the Lions we would like to thank you all for your amazing generosity. On Saturday 17th June, we held a spontaneous bucket collection at Sainsbury’s in Wellesbourne for those people affected by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower in London. You donated the amazing sum of £876. This was topped up by our charity fund to enable us to send £1,000. Yes, a very worthwhile cause and again a great response from caring people in our area. I would like to give a huge thank you to Sainsbury’s for allowing the collection to take place at such short notice.

Centennial Raffle

This year is Lions Centennial. The Lions organisation has been going 100 years. To celebrate this fact we have run a Centennial Raffle. All money raised will be going to the Scouting and Guiding movements in our area. We have already supported a number of groups and have contributed to a Guiding event where a large number are going to visit the Space Centre later in September. The draw took place at our usualy meeting on the 11th September, all winners will be notified and prizes delivered. As you can see in the picture below, Lion President Charles and Lion John, took their responsibilities very seriously.

Walking Treasure Hunt

We are running a new event this year. It's all about getting out for a nice walk and meeting other people. There is no rush as it's not a race. All the family can come along (including your dog). There will be too walks around the village, one shorter than the other for those less able. At the end there will be refreshments served. Please book in advance, so we know how many people to cater for.

Traditional fund raising methods continue to be a good source of income and require a more limited resource than the Raft Race or Christmas floats. It is also good for PR because we are seen out and about in the community and useful relationships can be built.
Our activities include:
Wellesbourne street Fayre - June
Walton village fête stall - August - Lion Terry getting into the spirit of things in the stocks:


Wellesbourne Sainsburys and Co-op collections take place in the Spring and Autumn
We also join our neighbours in Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare Lions) for joint fundraising events.

Additionally, visibility within the community can aid recruitment of new members which is something that always needs addressing.

In October 2016 we held a "Halloween Dance" at Ettington Community Centre with a local charity as the main beneficiary.