A Royal Lunch

Two Telford Lions, along with one from Oswestry, were among those invited to meet Princess Alexandra when she visited the Shropshire recently. Past District Governor Shirley Vaughan, her husband John and Past District Governor Bill Bowen attended a lunch given when Her Royal Highness came to the newly opened Torch Building at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry.

Lions from District 105BS raised almost £24,000 for the development of the physiology laboratory and this was matched by a grant from LCIF. Torch stands for The Orthopaedic Children’s centre and it is dedicated to the comprehensive assessment of children with mobility problems, with an emphasis on research and development of support systems and equipment.

 “We were pleased to represent the Lions at this event. During my time as District Governor I had the pleasure of presenting over £47,000 for the development of the new laboratory in the building. The hospital is a renowned world leader in the research and development of treatment for children with major mobility difficulties and the Lions are proud to play a part in supporting this work in future years.” PDG Shirley said.

“It was very gratifying that when we were introduced to the Princess she immediately said she knew of Lions and the good work they do. She asked about local groups and how the worldwide organisation got started.”

During a tour of the building everyone had a chance to see the excellent facilities, which now make this centre the best equipped in the country. PDG Shirley also spotted former pupils among the photographs on display,  – “I taught a number of children who regularly came here for assessment and treatment, so I have seen first hand how they benefited.”

For further details contact Shirley Vaughan, 01952587617 or email lion.vaughan@btopenworld.com

Attached photograph shows Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, PDG Bill Bowen and PDG Shirley Vaughan

Photographer John Vaughan

Helsby and Frodsham Lions Bowls Cricket Club Over !

Helsby & Frodsham Lions visited Alvanley Cricket Club during their Junior Practice evening to see them in action.  One of the key pieces of equipment used for coaching the juniors is the automated bowling machine.  This has recently been repaired, at great cost, and required new bowling balls specific to the machine.  The Lions presented the Cricket Club with a cheque to help purchase them.  It was good to see the young cricketers in action, their ages ranging from 9 to 13 years old and including several young girls.  Helsby & Frodsham Lions meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm in the Railway Inn and would welcome anyone interested in coming to join them.
Left to right the cricketers are Bethan Pode, Alistair Grant, Jack Bailes and Harry Strudwick.  Behind are Helsby & Frodsham Lions David Elliott, Judy Stewart and Margaret Marsh with Alvanley Cricket Club Chairman Chris Fletcher.

Little Orme Lions Club a recipe for success !

Lion President Barbara Middleton with her secretary Lion Joyce, last year asked the club members for their favourite recipes and they have put them in a book. They went around all the local businesses and asked them to advertise in the book to cover the expenses. We now have 300 good quality Recipe Books that were  free to print ( thanks to the local businesses) and we are selling them for £4.99 each. That should make £1500 profit, a good start to President Barbara’s year.