Meetings

BRAINS OF AVALON QUIZ

Glastonbury and Street Lions Club (CIO) welcomed 21 teams to the 37th annual Brains of Avalon Quiz at Glastonbury Town Hall, all competing for the honour of holding the John Bromfield Trophy for a year.

Competition from all the teams was keen but nonetheless there was a very sociable and friendly atmosphere in the room all evening.   The winning team was Forum who regained the trophy from last year’s winners Middle Rump who came third behind second place Tor 1st Class.  The winning Youth Team was Orchards from the boarding house of the same name at Millfield School.

The questions on many differing topics were set once again by Lion Mike Edmunds who succeeded in putting together 15 rounds of questions that resulted in a spread of scores but allowing everyone to enjoy some successful rounds. 

The evening was kept moving along by Quizmaster Lion Chris Ford and resulted in nearly £450 being raised for the Lions Club’s Charity Trust Fund.

A spokesman said “Once again the club had fantastic support from the local “quiz” community who came along in numbers to make the evening both a success and good fun.  Congratulations to Forum who have now won the trophy 18 times”.

Winners - Forum

Second - Tor 1st Class

Third - Middle Rump

Youth Winners - Orchards

EASTER EGGS

 
A "bundle" of Easter Eggs was placed in six local pubs - The Ashcott, The Castlebrook, The King Alfred, The Ring O'Bells Ashcott, The Rose and Portcullis and The Royal Oak - to be rqffled during the run up to Easter.
The change of format from a large Easter Egg proved very popular and the total monmey raised was £488.00.
The Royal Oak at Walton asked for their monies raised to be presented to Cycstic Fibrosis and Lion Peter Hopwood dropped in to the pub and presented a cheque for £150.00 to the local fund raiser for the charity.
 

BRAINS OF AVALON QUIZ

Left to right: Sally Evans, Mike Evans, Lion David Atkins, President of Glastonbury & Street Lions Club, Nick Tucker and John Rooks

Friday 25th January saw a meeting of minds at Glastonbury Town Hall as twenty teams gathered to compete in the 35th annual Brains of Avalon Quiz hosted by the Glastonbury and Street Lions Club. After almost two hours of brain teasing questions, on a wide range of subjects, by Quizmaster Lion Chris Ford the top spot was claimed by team Middle Rump narrowly beating last year’s winners Forum by just 2 points!

The Brains of Avalon plaque was presented to the Middle Rump team by Lion President Dave Atkins who also gave thanks to all those who had attended and supported the Lions fundraising effort in aid of local charities.

PRESENTATION TO MORRISONS

From left to right, Lions Peter Warburton and John Mulliner, Lion President David Atkins, Store Manager Ryan Frost and Lion Peter Hopwood

Members of the Lions Club of Glastonbury and Street recently visited the Morrisons store in Glastonbury to say thank you for hosting both Father Christmas and the club's Christmas Collection in December.

A certificate of appreciation was presented to store manager Ryan Frost and members took the opportunity to update Ryan on the success of the collection.  In the run up to Christmas Morrisons customers were good enough to donate £1396 to the Club's Charitable Trust Account.  Most of this money will be dispersed to local causes. 

A spokesman for the club said "For a number of years we have been fortunate enough at Christmas to be welcomed by Morrisons and once again their customers were very generous helping us to raise a significant sum that will help Glastonbury and Street Lions Club support a number of individuals and groups in the coming months."

MUSIC QUIZ

Ashcott Village Hall was the venue for a Music Quiz in November where over eighty people supported the evening.

Always a very sociable and enjoyable evening this year was no exception and Clive Hennessy did a wonderful job as question master catering for all, well most, tastes of music.

The evening raised a phenominal £592 for the club's Charitable Account.

PRESENTATION TO YEOVIL HOSPITAL

A cheque for the purchase of an IV pump for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Yeovil Hospital was presented recently to staff from the unit.  The pump is for sick babies who need drugs to be administered intravenously.

The funds were raised by the club over recent events including a very successful Chinese New Year Dinner in February attended by  70 guests.

The project was inspired by our President, Lion Wendy Lynn who lives in Pilton.  Fifty years ago Wendy lost two children in their infancy and she particularly wanted the club to provide some specialist equipment to one of the local hospital’s maternity units in her year of office.

A spokesman for the club said “It was very poignant to be able to support this purchase as it is something close to our President’s heart.  During our visit to the unit for the presentation we were able to see how much specialist equipment is in place in each bay all dwarfing the incubators for the poorly babies.  Quite sobering!”

  

GLASTONBURY FIRE BRIGADE

Following their successful appeal to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator Glastonbury Fire Station has received a donation towards the purchase of life support training aids.

Glastonbury and Street Lions Club recently presented Rob Turner of the fire service with a cheque for five hundred pounds to purchase two training manikins and a choke kit.

A number of Lions visited the station to present the cheque and to hear details of the team’s plans to provide basic life support and defibrillator training to local residents.  If you are interested in this training contact Glastonbury Fire Station on 01458 832647 on a Monday evening between 6.00pm and 9.00pm.

During the visit the Lions were shown the new defibrillator mounted on the outside wall of the station and available to all as well as seeing some of the new training equipment demonstrated.  This was followed by a tour around the fire station and the emergency vehicles based in Glastonbury.

A spokesman for the Lions, David Atkins, said “The club is delighted to be able to support the fire crews in Glastonbury with this imitative and we hope to undertake a training session ourselves with them in the future.  Our visit to the station was just concluding when the alarm went off for a “shout”.  The fire fighters arrived within minutes and the fire engine sped off to a tractor fire in Greinton.  Quite a close to our visit!”

 

CHILDREN'S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST

Our own District Govenror Lion Fred Broom from Crewkerne Lions Club undertook a trip between the three childrens hospices in the south west.

He started his trip in Barnstaple and then travelled to Wraxhill near Bristol and then drove all the way through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall to arrive at Little Harbour in Cornwall.

The club presented Lion Fred with a cheque for CHSW during his stopover in Street.

AVALON SCHOOL HYDROTHERAPY POOL

Avalon School recently welcomed some visitors to their Friday assembly who came to present two donations to the school’s hydrotherapy pool appeal.

Members of the Lions Club of Glastonbury and Street and Millfield Leo Club had undertaken a number of fund raising events to raise the donations.  Amongst numerous activities the Lions had collected at Morrisons in Glastonbury and the Leos had sold roses on Valentine’s Day.

Alison Murkin, head teacher of Avalon School commented, ‘We are delighted that these two local clubs have raised such a substantial amount towards our hydrotherapy pool appeal. This means that this additional £1,709 brings our fund raising total to £662,500 so far. It’s wonderful, yet again, to experience the warm hearted generosity of local people, in contributing to this much needed resource, for all those in our wider community for whom hydrotherapy will make a real difference to their physical well being.’

 The resource of the hydrotherapy pool will not only benefit pupils at the school but will be made available to the wider community to help others needing this specialist facility.  The target is £1.1 million and the school is looking to keep the momentum going in their fund-raising over the coming months.

Rod Speed from the Lions said “Both ourselves and the Leos were delighted to be invited to join the school for their assembly to make our presentations.  It was very inspiring to see the positive spirit among the staff and pupils and how much they appreciated us being with them.  The youngsters from Millfield Leo Club were especially moved to be made so welcome.”

ST GEORGE'S DAY CELEBRATION DINNER

On St George’s Day the club hosted their guests to mark the day in a manner that was unashamedly English.

The evening began with a true English tradition when the Chalice Morris Men performed a number of their dances outside Ashcott Village Hall with all the guests well wrapped up on a chilly evening.

There followed an excellent three roast meat meal provided by Nick and his team at West Country Carvery with plenty of drink to help the meal go down in the hall bedecked with bunting and flags.

 The day also marked the death of Shakespeare 400 years ago so after the meal there was a little culture and amusement with Carolyn Pickford helped by her friends Pauline and Christine.

During the evening there was also entertainment from John Mulliner and Anne Martin with help from husband Steve followed by an English quiz organised by Chris Ford.  The evening concluded with community singing of some traditional English songs accompanied on the piano by Jenny Cole.

Lion’s spokesman David Atkins said “All in all it was a great evening with excellent food, plenty to drink and good company.  We hope everyone went home happy and I am delighted to report that the evening raised over £460 for the Glastonbury and Street Lions Club Charity Account.”

 

AIR AMBULANCE PRESENTATION

 

The club have combined with four other clubs in Somerset to provide a Baby Pod for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at a cost of £7600.

The club were represented were represented at the recent presentation at the headquarters of the air ambulance together with members of City of Wells, Crewkerne, Ilminster and Yeovil Lions Clubs.

The Baby Pod II uses technology, materials, and design features that protect Formula 1 race car drivers from injury during a crash.  The infant is secured in position by a vacuum mattress and positioning straps in a soft but rigid environment during transit whilst the pod is secured to any stretcher or trolley by straps.

Glastonbury and Street Lions Club Christmas Collection at Morrison’s in Glastonbury helped fund their contribution.

A representative for the club said “Many do not appreciate that the Air Ambulance services get no direct funding from central government and so we are delighted to be able to join together with the Lions clubs in Crewkerne, Ilminster and Yeovil to provide equipment that will enhance the emergency services that our air ambulance can provide.”

 

SOMERSET LEVELS FLOOD APPEAL

 

Together with friends and supporters Glastonbury and Street Lions Club  collected £6644 for the Somerset Levels Flood Appeal.

Collections took place at Sainsbury's in Street and Clarks Village plus collections at the Ashcott Village Supper, Strode Theatre, Pilton Post Office and Quiz and the Small and Delightful Railway Show in Shepton Mallet.

The response from the general public whilst collecting was remarkable with very much a sense that local people wanted to help local people.

Our National Association granted a £11,000 flood relief grant from the Association's Disaster Fund and clubs in the south-west contributed money to the fund which reached in excess of £50,000.

Our assistance helped over forty families get back in to their homes.

Lions worked with the Somerset Community Foundation

 

RIDING FOR THE DISABLED

 

Mary Adams from the RDA receiving a cheque from Lion President Peter Warburton on behalf of the club and City of Wells Lions together with Sarah Alsop of Somerset Music, Liz Leyshon from Strode Theatre, members of the RDA and members of both Lions clubs.

 

The Burcott & District Riding for the Disabled Association has received a significant boost to their funds thanks to the Mid Somerset Musical Spectacular.

The group which is part of the Riding for the Disabled Association has been established for over 25 years and meets at the Burcott Riding Centre, near Wells.  The were presented with £1000 from two local Lions Clubs – Glastonbury and Street and the City of Wells. 

The funds were part of the proceeds from the concerts jointly organised by the Lions and Somerset Music which take place each year at Strode Theatre in June.

The riders come from schools and establishments all across the Mid-Somerset area and attend the sessions which are always held on a Tuesday during term time.  Currently there are about 25 clients who either come as individuals with a parent or carer or within a group from their school.

The group provides a therapeutic session which normally involves riding but will also include spending time with the horses and ponies, getting to know them and learning about how to look after them. 

 

Lion President Peter Warburton with Mary Adams of RDA

 

Lions spokesman David Atkins said “The two clubs always ensure that the proceeds of these concerts go to children related groups.  This year the concerts raised over £2600 and half the proceeds went to our co-promoters Somerset Music and we felt that the Riding for the Disabled at Burcott was a great local group who would benefit enormously from the donation.”

Mary Adams from the group said “ As an association we have to secure all our own funding and whilst Burcott Riding Centre is very supportive we do incur some significant costs and to receive support from the two local Lions clubs is very much appreciated.”

To find out more about the Burcott & District Riding for the Disabled Association please contact Mary Adams on 01278 662278

SPONSORED SWIM

 

Over one hundred local children and adults took part in the annual Glastonbury and Street Lions Club Sponsored Swim at Millfield School Pool in March which raised over £2850.   The proceeds will be split equally between the participants chosen cause and the Lions club's charity account.

 

There were teams from a number of local schools including Charlton Mackerill, West Pennard and each of the three Millfield schools plus Glastonbury Town Football Club and the Gateway Club. 

 

A team of three girls from St Dunstan's School, Nicole, Kelsey and Sophie, also swam raising funds for a trip to South Africa next year when they will gain valuable insight into cultural diversity, team work, planning and responsibility.  They also hope to be able to undertake some voluntary work in the primary feeder schools whilst on their trip.

 

The teams each swam for 25 minutes raising sponsorship from the number of laps swum in the time.  There was plenty of noisy support from friends and families who came along to watch the event.

 

The spokesman for the Lions, Peter Warburton, said "Once again this event has received excellent support from a number of local schools, clubs and organisations and we thank the swimmers and their sponsors for their support.  We are most grateful to the headteacher at Millfield School for making the pool available to us for the event and for arranging for the life-guards who were on duty for the morning."

PRESENTATION

 

At the club's December meeting a cheque for £1000 was presented to the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) by Lion President John Mulliner on behalf of the club and the Lions Club of the City of Wells.

 

 

Katie Crossey, who is the Regional Fundraising Assistant for TCT, accepted the cheque on behalf of the trust.  In accepting the cheque she expressed the appreciation that the club had created awareness of the TCT as much as the money itself.

 

The TCT does not currently have a unit at a hospital in the south west but the donation will be used in the area and specifically plans are underway to start an appeal in January 2011 to build in Bristol adjacent to the Oncology Centre to provide facilities for 16 to 24 year olds.

 

The proceeds came from the Children's Concerts held at Strode Theatre in June.

 

GLASTONBURY CARNIVAL

 

There was a good turnout of members, families and friends for the social evening held at Peter's and Mel's on the Glastonbury Carnival route.

The evening started dry and fresh and the mulled wine was flowing.  Mike and Marilyn did a sterling job on the hot drinks sales and raised about £70.

The team of Lions helping with the collection set out as the parade started and we went in all directions.

 

 

Once again colleceting was a challenge and felt at times like getting blood out of a stone, although a number of us did get the odd donation of paper money.  This is the only time of year when Glastonbury sees so many coppers - that is the money version!

This year the parade took three hours to pass and unfortunately with about 45 minutes to go there was a major storm and the revellers got soaked - as did we collectors! This however did mean that many were eager to offload there remaining coins quickly at the end.

Returning to Pete's and Mel's having delivered our buckets to the Town Hall the lasagne, chilli and sausage bake went down well as did a couple few more glasses of mulled wine.

All in all a good evening and let's hope that the overall collection was a good one.

 

MODEL RAILWAY SHOW

 

The Small and Delightful Railway Group held their bi-annual show at Walton Village Hall in September and once again the club provided the refreshemnts and manned the door.

 

As ever there was a good turnout with plenty of visitors of all ages and the standard of displays was as high as ever.

 

 

 MOVEMBER

 Six of our members, or perhaps the six Desperados, took up the challenge to grow some facial hair to raise funds for Prostate Cancer.

The project known as Movember takes place in the month of November but we put our own slant on it by starting at our November business meeting and agreeing to "grow" until our Christmas Dinner in mid December when this final mugshot was taken.

Thanks to our supporters and in particular the Lions Clubs of Barnstaple and Crewkerne we were able to raise in ecess of £700.

 

 

 

 In the photograph Ian Kindon is no longer sporting his "Mo" as he obtained extra sponsorship when he allowed some students to cut it off.  Richard Fox (rear left) is the only member still sporting his "Mo".

 Our wives are not excited about a repeat this year so perhaps some other members will take up the challenge!

 

 BOOK & JIGSAW SALE

 

 

 

 We held a secondhand book and jigsaw sale over the middle weekend of October 2009 in a vacant shop in Street High Street.

 The Lion second from the right is David Jarvis who is now a member of Ripley Amber Valley and was a member of our club for many years before moving to Derbyshire.  Thanks to him for his support one afternoon!

There was a good selection of books of all types and jigsaws of varying size and difficulty.

 The shop was open from 10.00 to 16.00 each day and we raised £377 which will be sent as our club's contribution to a new Eye Hospital being built in Ghana in partnership between Lions Clubs International in the UK and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

 

  

 The Lions Club of Glastonbury & Street would like to thank the shop's owners for allowing us access to the premises for the two days of our sale.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 



 





 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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