Forthcoming Events for 2016
Father Christmas Float
Forthcoming Events for 2017
A Message from our new President Kevin Moore
I feel honoured and privileged to have been elected as President of Yeo Valley Lions Club for 2016/17.
In 2017, Lions Clubs around the world will be celebrating 100 years since the first Lions Clubs met: when founded the stated aim was to assist those in their local communities. This aim remains at the centre of every Club’s values and beliefs, though now, through our international links, Clubs throughout the world come together to help those less well off than ourselves: the spectacles we collect go to the Third World and are used to correct eye defects where the cost for the average person is prohibitive.
In the area ‘covered’ by Yeo Valley Lions Club, the members continue to serve the local communities: our biggest (and most visible) service is the mini-bus: in addition, we support numerous local organizations and individuals when assistance is requested, as can be seen in articles in other parts of our website. Then there is our special needs playground – one only has to see the enjoyment on the faces of children playing there and talk to the families to realise how they value and appreciate this asset.
I am grateful to all the members of Yeo Valley Lions, and their families, for their continued support with all of the Club’s activities plus our ‘Friends’ who help out when able. I would also like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the local businesses who give financial support: please continue to support them.
At The Yeo Valley Lions Beer festival Presentation Evening, we were very pleased to make generous donations to the Following good causes:
Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
Duke of Edinburgh Award Diamond Jubilee
Yatton Junior Football Club
Yatton Junior Rugby Football Club
Carers Trust Phoenix Ltd - Respite for young carers
Lions Brass 4 Youth Band
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Friends of Weston General Hospital, Scanner Appeal
Harvey Hext Trust, A Siblings Wish - memory box
To see more pictures of this presentation visit our Facebook Page
Yeo Valley Lions are proud to support the Spectacle Recycling project undertaken by the Lions Club of Chichester.
To Recycle your old spectacles simply take them to Bell& Stenton Opticians, 52 High St, Yatton.
Yeo Valley lions will then send these onto Chichester for recycling.
For more information visit Chichester Lions. http://www.chilions.org.uk/specs.htm
We have added 2 great new features to our special needs playground. See them here
Ex Lions President Graham Marshall (Left) hands over the chain of office to new Lion President Kevin Moore
2016 Beer festival. Thanks to all our sponsors and drinkers, the proceeds will be distributed at our presentation evening in September.
See festival pictures on our Facebook page
We recently held a very successful Golf day; everybody put on a brave face and did not let the dismal weather dampen their spirits. A total of £3,500 was raised for Guide dogs for the blind. More
We are delighted to announce that YVLC Lion Brian Winter was again successful in the District Environmental Photographic Competition for 2016 achieving first place in the 'Animal life' category and it was also named as the overall District 105SW winning photo. As such, it will now go forward to the Multiple District competition where Brian was, of course, successful in 2015.
Our congratulations go to Brian, particularly as some of the other photos entered and on show at Convention were of a very high standard this year.
A big thank you to everyone who helped us raise funds this Christmas; Our advertisers in the Christmas programme, our friends who helped with Santa float, all those who gave money at the door to door collections and those who contributed at Budgens Langford and at Cadbury Garden Centre.
Lion Ron Bebe was recently asked to cut the ribbon at the reopening of Lloyds Pharmacy in Yatton
Last week we presented a made to measure trike to Seth.
The trike has a handle on the back which can be used by a parent/carer to assist with steering and braking if required. Seth was particularly fond of the bell.
A message from Graham Marshall (President of Yeo Valley Lions Club) Another Lions’ year, and I am delighted to have been elected as President of Yeo Valley Lions Club for 2015/16.As ever, our members will continue their service to the community, many of the details of which can be found on this website, and I am grateful to them for the time which they give and the commitment which they show in so many ways.We also thank all those in our local communities who help us either by supporting our fund raising efforts or with activities such as volunteering to drive our community minibus.Events such as our annual Golf Day, Beer Festival, Strawberry ‘Lion’ Walk, charity auctions and our Christmas activities not only raise funds to enable us to continue our work in the community and beyond, but also provide fun and enjoyment for those taking part and for our members in organising them.
Ex Lions President Barry Straughton (right) hands over the chain of office to new Lion President Graham Marshall (July 2015)
SPECIAL DONATION TO A WORTHY CAUSE
The Co-operative food store in Yatton was closed recently for refurbishment and reopened on the morning of Friday 6 March 2015. Yeo Valley Lions Club was invited to be present at the reopening ceremony and President Barry Straughton and Lion Tony Bees represented the Club on the day.
Before the brief store closure the Co-op was collecting instore to help with funding for the purchase of a wheelchair swing at the Club's local Special Needs Playground. During the reopening ceremony President Barry was delighted to be presented with a cheque for £2472 from the Co-op, a major contribution to the cost of the specialized swing.
Yeo Valley Lions Club is extremely grateful to the Co-op staff and customers for this generous donation.
A Message from Barry Straughton (President - Yeo Valley Lions Club)
It only seems like yesterday (!) but we've dusted down Father Christmas' sleigh in preparation for the trips around the local area in December.
Please make sure that you refer to the timetable so that nobody misses him in your road. Especially of course the children because their pleasure in meeting Father Christmas is very rewarding to us all! We are truly thankful for the generosity of of local people at this time of year because the Christmas collections are a large proportion of our income for the year.
We also thank the advertisers in this programme for their generosity and I trust they will also have your support.
Fundraising so far this year has included our traditional Auctions in Spring and Autumn. A very successful Charity Golf Day at Tall Pines in April enabled us to make a considerable donation to Weston Hospicecare in recognition of the assistance given in our locality when needed. The 'Glorious Twelfth' Beer Festival in June and the Strawberry 'Lions' Charity Walk in July were more success stories. From the sums raised I was able to present donations to a number of youth organisations and healthcare support charities. Needless to say our commitment to local welfare needs, school support, our special needs playground and of course the community minibus continues throughout the year.
We would argue strongly that as Club members we enjoy what we do and appreciate the support of the community.
If you would be interested in helping us please get in touch at any time, including on your doorstep!
On behalf of all Lions Club members let me wish you a very enjoyable festive season and all best wishes for 2015.