Lions Youth Brass Band is a roaring success

On Friday 9 November, the Lions Youth Brass Band, together with The Grange School’s Cantores Roborienses Junior Choir, performed brilliantly at its Autumn Concert to a packed Grange High School Theatre audience.  It culminated in a rousing performance of the Can Can by the Lions Youth Brass Band, which had the audience in raptures and was the climax of an excellent evening enjoyed by all.

The Lions Youth Brass Band, under the musical directorship of Nigel Birch, recently celebrated its 21st birthday and is renowned for its musical excellence.  It has about 110 young local musicians aged from 5 to 18, making up its Beginner and Junior Bands as well as the Youth Band.  The Youth Band has a busy schedule of concerts including performing in Weymouth during the 2012 Olympic Games’ sailing events.  It has an excellent record of competition success and was runner-up this year in the Premier Section of the National Youth Championship of Great Britain. The Band receives on-going support from ten Lions Clubs including Vale Royal Lions and plays at many Lions’ events in aid of local charities.

The Grange School’s Cantores Roborienses Junior Choir, under the musical directorship of Andrew Millinchip, is the choir of The Grange School in Hartford.   Over the past few years, the choir has sung Choral Evensong in the cathedrals of Chester and Worcester, Keble College and Exeter Colleges in Oxford and Jesus College, Cambridge.   It has also performed in ‘Christmas at Tatton Hall’, appeared on Granada TV and undertakes an annual foreign tour, having visited Holland, Germany, France, Ireland and Belgium in recent years.

The Vale Royal Lions Club has been serving the local community for 37 years now, donating the majority of funds it raises to local good causes and encouraging many local youth projects.  It is immensely proud to support its very own Lions Youth Brass Band and was delighted to be supported by the Grange School’s Cantores Roborienses Junior Choir.

To continue this vital service, the Vale Royal Lions Club continually seeks new members and anyone interested would be very welcome to attend a Club meeting which take place at The Blue Cap, Sandiway on the first and third Tuesday of each month.  Please would anyone wishing to come along, call the Club President, Charles Cahill, on 01606 851385.

Newport Lions PSA Testing Event

Newport Lions PSA Testing Event

Newport Lions Club and local nurse, Julie Rich, organised their first annual PSA testing evening at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Newport on the evening of Monday 15th October.  Newport Rotary Club, Bridgnorth Lions Club and Shropshire Prostate Cancer Support Group also supported the event.

PSA testing is a form of screening for prostate cancer.  The test requires a small blood sample to be taken for analysis. The test has its limitations. It can give false positive results as well as false negative results but in the majority of cases it can give an experienced Consultant Urological Surgeon an indication of prostate disease which could need further investigation.

The event was supervised by the Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr David Baxter-Smith.  Mr Baxter-Smith advocates that all men over the age of fifty should have an annual PSA test.  Some men do receive regular PSA tests from their GP. We believe there are many men who fail to consult their GP about their concerns. It is this group that we were particularly keen to target.  Over 160 local men over 50 years old were tested during the course of the evening. Our maximum capacity for the evening was 500.

Men attending the event were given written information about the test and asked to provide their name, date of birth and address prior to signing a consent form. Professional Phlebotomists took the blood samples which were taken to the Pathology Lab at University Hospital, Coventry to be analysed. The results of the tests will be dealt with confidentially and will be seen by the Consultant. Within a three weeks all the men will be advised of their result and any appropriate action that should be taken. The letters they receive are described as “green”, “amber” or “red”.  A green letter advises a man that his PSA level was in the normal range for a man of his age, but if he suffers from other symptoms of prostate disease he should see his General Practitioner.  An amber letter advises a man that his PSA level was borderline and he should see his General Practitioner in three months’ time for a further test; in that time it may go up further indicating a need for investigation or it may fall back into the normal range. A red letter suggests that his PSA level was significantly elevated and the man would be advised to see his General Practitioner soon as he may need further investigation.

Statistics kept by Mr Baxter-Smith show that 90% of test results are “green”, about 5% are “amber” and about 5% are “red”.

Julie Rich and members of Newport Lions Club have had family and friends who have died of prostate cancer which was not identified early enough to make a difference. The aim of the testing event is to help identify prostate disease early so that it may be treated. Mr Baxter-Smith accepts that many men will die “with” prostate cancer but he believes that early treatment will be effective in reducing the number of men who die earlier “of” prostate cancer.

Newport Lions Club has received donations from local businesses and the community. There will be some surplus funds, after the costs of the event have been met, which will go towards our second annual PSA testing event to be held in Newport in October 2013.

For further information about prostate cancer please see www.kidderminsterpcsg.org . For further information about the PSA testing event in Newport please contact Peter Sterling by email: pete.sterling@virgin.net.