Lions Club of Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford)

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District 105A

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Mark Rolfe
President 2021 - 2022

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Notice to Visitors to the Website of Lions Club of Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford):
Please be advised that we will never ask anyone seeking a grant from Lions Club of Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford Lions) or from any Lions Club to make any payment to secure a Lions grant.
Anyone contacting you by telephone, by letter or online and offering a Lions grant in exchange for a fee or advance payment to secure a Lions grant is doing so fraudulently, and you should not proceed with the matter.
Please contact our Welfare Chairman Brian Gidley (01908-564881) if you have any matters you think we can help with.
 
Message in a Bottle

What is it?
A little plastic bottle containing a form showing all of your personal details and medications that may be needed by emergency services if you are unable to tell them.
Where do I keep it?
At home, in the fridge. Why? The fridge is easy to find – It’s in the kitchen and the contents of most fridges are protected from Fire.
How will the ambulance crew know I have one?
Each bottle comes with a sticker to go inside your front door. It’s inside so we don’t reveal to the world that a vulnerable person lives here.
Where can I get one?
Bottles are distributed free of charge across the country by Lions Clubs International through your local Lions Club. Forms which will fit into a wallet are also available. Please contact the Lions Club if you would like one for a friend or a vulnerable person you know.

Download the form here.

 
 
 
Some of our recent activities
 
Pensioners Platinum Jubilee Party

In June we hosted 88 pensioners to a Platinum Jubilee Party.  We were please to welcome Cllr Amanda Marlow, Mayor of Milton Keynes and also Her Majesty put in a virtual appearance.  Eash guest was presented with a commemorative bag containing chocolates, a pen and a special 50p piece

   
   

     
Food larder ~ Water Eaton Cereal and food to Willen Hospice Christmas Day Alone Party
     
Rota day at the Larder every Fortnight Books to Holne Chase Primary School Food Parcel ~ July
     
 
Hoodies to the Homeless Hub   Fruit to the Hub and Food Larder
     

Extract from District 105A Service Newsletter:
The District Supershoes Project has been a great success. Around 160 children, who are undergoing treatment for cancer, have received a pair of their own uniquely designed shoes. My thanks go to all those Clubs who have made this possible. If your Club wishes to make a donation for Supershoes please advise  Lion Doreen Allen (gst@lions105a.org).

   


In case you have wondered what 2 car loads of nappies looks like - see below:
 
Just picked up 2 car loads of nappies from Westcroft Morrissons. We will be delivering to Women’s Refuge, Water Eaton Larder, MK Lions Food Cupboard, Hannahs Project, Bethel Food Bank and others over the next few days.
     
Even in Lockdown we serve our community  
     
Our Club was invited to volunteer to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations at a local pharmacy. So far four of us are each doing two x two and a half hour sessions each week helping with parking or registering patients before their jab. We are doing this on behalf of Willen Hospice who are receiving a donation for our efforts. So WIN - WIN. Two of us have been invited to add another centre to our diaries.
     

Every fortnight PDG's Doreen and Andrew volunteer at the Water Eaton Food Larder at St Frideswide distributing food and giving ideas and food plans for nutritious meals  - Last Tuesday we gave a MIAB talk to the volunteers and when Covid allows will do the same for the wider audience groups who meet at the Church.

     
On 21st February we delivered 50 MIAB & Wallets to Whalley Drive Physio Unit.
     
Other members have continued to serve by visiting neighbours, litter picking, leading a retirement village,  donating blood and supporting U3A members by running Zoom activities.
     
     

Morrissons were kind enough to donate, via Amy Bunce, the Store Champion, a pallet of Childrens nappies and a pallet of assorted food. During February we donated various amounts to the Willen Hospice, Womens Refuge, Food Larder, Food Cupboard and the Homeless Hub.
We'
ve just received another call from Amy at  Morrissons this time sweets – will collect and share over the next week

   
Willen Hospice staff.  
     
Lions Clubs International Fund
Just eight months after a large earthquake struck Croatia’s capital in March 2020, another, more powerful quake struck the area, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens more. The December 29 6.4 magnitude quake destroyed several cities and dozens of villages in Sisak-Moslavina County.

When a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude strikes, we, as Lions and humanitarians, are ready to help. Our global foundation, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), quickly responded and approved US$10,000 in Emergency grant funding to allow Lions in Croatia to respond to urgent needs of the victims.

As enormous challenges due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) persist, so too do natural disasters. LCIF continues to support recovery efforts from natural disasters worldwide, providing Emergency grant funding when and where it is needed.

In November and December 2020 alone, and adding to relief funding for Sisak-Moslavina County, LCIF provided US$235,000 in Emergency grants for:

• Flood relief in India, Brazil, Italy, and Sri Lanka
• Tropical storm relief in Colombia
• Typhoon relief in the Philippines
• Earthquake relief in Greece

 
Comfort for the homeless.

Lion President Malcolm and Lion Doreen presenting food and sleeping bags to The Hub, homeless centre.
 
Double Vision
Over 300,000 pairs of spectacles every year have a second life, thanks to a project started by Chichester lions Club in 1967.Lions Clubs around Britain collect used spectacles helped by donation boxes in supermarkets, opticians, pharmacies, charity shops and other businesses. The specs are packed without cases and sent for sorting by volunteers in Chichester.
They are then sent to Medico France in Le Havre where those in perfect condition are cleaned, calibrated, labelled and bagged. Finally they are shipped to a network of health professionals, eye clinics and dispensaries, as well as other Lions Clubs around the world to benefit adults, and children in need of glasses to be able to read, study and live their lives.

 

Our collection of 400 ready to send to Chichester. Ready to post
These are the pages from The British Isles edition of Lion Magazine:
 

War Memorial Centenary
On a warm evening last Sunday (21st June) about 30 people attended the ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Stony Stratford War memorial. Short histories of the soldiers commemorated were read out as was a poem written by the Stony Stratford Bard. Stony Stratfrod made a donation towards the costs of an extension to the information board War Memorial Extra Panel. A copy of the can be found here.
 
Stony Stratford (Milton Keynes), Lions Club were delighted to be awarded a £1000 MD 105 Emergency Grant to help support the families in our local Women’s Refuge with home schooling during the CoVID 19 crisis. We have been involved with the Refuge over several years helping with food, toys, and books.

The immediate need was to purchase Tablets to enable the families who did not have access to such technical equipment keep up with their education. Knowing there were other families in the Refuge who had some access to technology, it was decided to use any balance of the grant to purchase educational and craft supplies to be distributed among all.

Whilst sourcing the tablets and school essentials it became apparent that Workbooks for English, Maths, Science for all Primary ages plus reading books were also needed. Having purchased the Workbooks, we approached a local Charity for a donation -The Ihezie Foundation who organise shipments of educational books to Sub Sahara Africa.

The very generous Ihezie Trustees and their MD Michael Bloedorn gave us a selection of 210 fiction reading books for all Primary ages. The value of this donation was more than £1000. The Books and educational workbooks were presented on Thursday 30th April 2020 and the Tablets and educational supplies were given to the Duty Manager, who is the Senior Children & Young Peoples Support Officer on Wednesday 5th May. We are awaiting delivery of three more Tablets.

All the above will help the children who have been affected by domestic violence to continue with their education on a par with their school peers.

Letter of thanks from MK ACT (Women's Refuge)
 


 
Supplies for the Food Cupboard and for ACT-MK Women's Refuge
Amy and Doreen Awaiting Delivery
Easter Eggs for ACT-MK Women's Refuge Food Cupboard Supplies More for ACT-MK
FC Supplies More Supplies Morrisons' Community Care

Henry the Guard Dog

The Delivery Ladies The garage store The Poser

     

On Friday 31st January the Mayor of Newport Pagnell formally declared the new hoist for the Assisted Swimming Club at the Middleton Hall, Newport Pagnell, 'open'.
The Stony Stratford Lions Club which gave a donation for the hoist were invited along with other supporters to the launching ceremony.
The hoist, which takes a wheelchair and its user, enables those with limited mobility to safely enter and leave the pool. This facility is open to all who have the same or similar needs.
Pictured are Stony welfare Chairman, Brian Gidley, President Bletchley Lions Club Mike Baldwin and President of Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club Trevor Aldred and the Mayor of Newport Pagnell Councillor Paul Day.
Click here to see all the  photos.

 
We are proud to present a megaphone to run Linford Wood Park Run director Jim, on the Christmas day run with plenty of festive garb.
 
   
Lion Mark presents Museum Director Bill a cheque for £900 raised during the four Motors at the Museum events in 2019

   
After filling the shoeboxes and donating to the Women's Refuge we still had a few books and toys which we gave to Slated Row, Fairfields and Whitehouse schools

   
We have sourced and sent presents to the 45 children aged between 0 and 16 who will spend Christmas in the Women’s Refuge.

   
Annual Service of Remembrance
The annual Service of Remembrance took place today 10th November 2019 at the War Memorial on Horse Fair Green. The event was well attended with music provided by Olney Brass and Public Address by Bob Adams. The service was well supported by the local uniformed youth organisations - Scouts and Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Beavers. They all laid wreaths as did Ann Limb Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire on behalf of the Queen,   Andrew Geary, Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes. Iain Stewart laid a personal wreath -during the run up to the election he is no longer an MP-,  Wolverton and District Rotary Club, The Royal Order of Buffaloes, Lions Club of Stony Stratford, the Greek Orthodox Church and St Mary and St Georges School left wreaths as did a number of individuals.
A Collection of £546.16 was taken which has been donated to the Royal British Legion.
The site is beautifully maintained by a group of local people. The gardens are immaculately kept.  For the Centenary of 1918 the group commissioned a board, sponsored by the Lions Club, with a paragraph about the life of every person named on the War memorial.

Click here to see the panel
 
Shoe Boxes Appeal
Last week we packed over 90 shoeboxes.  Each box was decorated with Christmas wrapping paper and will be given to Middle Eastern refugees in the Milton Keynes area. (We would usually send the parcels to Romania but have had insurmountable transport difficulties.)
The boxes were packed for Girls and Boys and selections ranged from 3 year olds to teenagers
Our pictures show the contents for a 4 - 6 year old boy and consists of sweets, games , toothpaste and brush, woolly hat and socks. They also show the before scene with tables full of merchandise - some bought but most donated, some of our packers and the after with the packed boxes.

There was sufficient toothpaste left over to make a donation to a local church food bank. See above for other donations made.


4 to 6 year old boy.

 
Before Some of the team After
   
  Toothpaste for the food bank  
 
Playground equipment for Slated Row school
We are proud to have presented Slated Row Special School with some exciting new playground equipment
   
Lion David presents Headteacher Zoe Baines with a cheque
     
 
 

           

 
The outdoor equipment in use in the school grounds
     


 


District Youth Christmas Party
District Youth Celebration In November each year our District organises a themed party for 550 disadvantaged 5-14 year olds in Elstree, Borehamwood.
This is the table we sponsored.

  Lion Doreen presenting books at Brooklands Primary School
     
     
We are proud to have helped Wolverton Air Cadets build their own air flight simulator.  Cadets need to have a number of hours in a simulator before being granted access to RAF training aircraft.  With this new equipment many more cadets from Wolverton and other units can gain air time. Here you can see our President David Tunney at the joystick. Below is Lion Mark Rolfe - he managed to land the right way up! Perhaps he had some help from the Sergeant Cadet!
   


Stony Stratford Lions Club have since 1985 arranged the annual Service of  Remembrance on Horsefair Green. Attendances for this have grown over the years. We are grateful to a small band of local volunteers, The Horsefair Green Gardening Group, who look after the War Memorial grounds.
Follow this link for pictures
 

Stony Stratford Lions Club are proud to have collected and filled 180 shoeboxes for orphans and sick children in Romania. Boxes were also received from Bletchley Lions and Hotter Shoes in MK Centre. All the boxes contain items suitable for children from ages 2 to 16 and included toys, clothes, books, toiletries and sweets. They were collected from Milton Keynes on November 10th and will join other boxes from collection sites as far afield as Dublin to begin their long journey across Europe in time for distribution at Christmas to remote areas in North Romania.

World Sight Day 2018

Today, in Stony Stratford, District Governor Doreen Allen, Lion President David Tunney and Lions Andrew Allen, Geoff Ransome and Brian Kite met with Cllr Martin Petchey, Mayor of Milton Keynes, Alison Deuchars of Bucks Vision and Terry Calvert of MK Reader Service to raise awareness of World Sight Day.

Martin and David bravely allowed themselves to be blindfolded and led by Alison and Terry along the busy pavements of Stony Stratford.

The party then enjoyed coffee in McIntyre Coffee Shop were the Mayor, Bucks Vision, MK Reader service and McIntyre staff were presented with Lions Club of Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford) banners.

Hear are some of our pictures and also film of their experiences. Please click on the images to see larger pictures. They will open in a new page. Follow these links to Bucks Vision reports:

https://www.bucksvision.co.uk/bucksvision-news-and-events/News-and-Events/Latest-News
facebook.com/bucksvision
https://twitter.com/BucksVision
     
Cllr Martin Petchey, Mayor of Milton Keynes and Lion President David Tunney. Our 'stall' with Past District Governor Andrew Allen Alison Deuchars, Terry Calvert, David Tunney, Cllr Martin Petchey, District Governor Doreen Allen and Lion Geoff Ransome.

The Mayor with his banner. Watch out for the 'A' boards Alison with her banner

McIntyre Staff.

 

 

 

Some videos of hazards found in Stony High Street.
We thank all shopkeepers on the High Street for keeping their boards to the side of the pavement
These are very large files and may take some time to load.
'A' boards by Costa Coffee BT Works by the church Lloyds Bank steps
Mayor crossing the road.   David crossing by McIntyre

 

 

 

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