Lions Club of Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford)

Lions Clubs International British Isles
District 105A

'Ordinary people doing amazing things'


Mark Rolfe
President 2021 - 2022

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Our members routinely take part in Parish litter picks and assisting at various Covid-19 and Flu vaccination clinics. We organise a Food Cupboard, lead Health Walks, and support the Homeless Hub, the Women’s Refuge and Willen Hospice. Sadly, the Party in the Park in Bancroft Park on the 21st August was cancelled due to the weather and continued caution due to Covid-19. 

We are pleased to report that on 12th October, the members of Milton Keynes Lions Clubs were able to present a poster to commemorate the opening of the new Family Room in the Cancer Ward at Milton Keynes University Hospital

It was a proud day, after 3 years of planning, campaigning and fundraising the room has been set up and is now used by patients and family members to relax, unwind and have refreshments. Sadly, the opening was much delayed by construction problems and Covid-19.

The fundraising was done in partnership with neighbouring Lions Clubs including Central Milton Keynes, Bletchley and Newport Pagnell and Olney. 

We were able to hold two evenings of Motors in the Museum on 19th August and 2nd September.  Over 50 vehicles attended each event. We are hoping to organise some Sunday lunchtime meetings in the New Year.

In the last month we have continued to present local schools with books from the Ihezie Foundation. The Foundation is based in Milton Keynes and has so far distributed 70,950 books to Buckinghamshire Schools. Ihezie are currently midway through a project to provide Anambra State Government, Nigeria, with one million educational books that are being distributed to over 1,300 schools. Their website says, ”There are worse crimes than burning books, One of them is not reading them.”

Although our fundraising activities have been much curtailed by Covid-19 restrictions we have still been active. Our reports to Lions Clubs International show that since the beginning of July we have served 13,325 people in 103 separate activities which took 895 volunteer member hours.

Wendy and Matt at Stony Optical, in Cofferidge Close, have been kind enough to have one of our Spectacle collecting bins on their premises. Last month we were able to send 137 pairs of used spectacles to be cleaned and sorted and sent around the world to aid Lions Clubs International’s pledge to Helen Keller in 1925 to work to eradicate preventable blindness. A big thank you to all who have helped us. Whether a customer or not please help by donating any used spectacles.

We meet with a meal twice a month at Abbey Hill Golf Centre. The first Wednesday is a social evening with partners and friends and on the third Wednesday we meet to decide how we are going to raise funds and help the community 

 

Peace Prize

For over three decades, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity.

We invited local schools to contribute and have selected a poster and a piece of writing as our entries

   
Aya aged 12
 
Click here to read the writing by our anonymous 13 year old author
 

Slated Row School

We recently presented Slated Row school with some exciting outdoor play equipment

 
   
 
 

Stony Stratford Town Fayre

Town Fayre is back in a new venue - Wolverton Road recreation Ground.  Click on the picture to see our slide show.

 
 

Motors at the Museum 2019
Over 120 cars were have been display at the series of our Motors at the Museum events.
The next MatM is Thursday 121st May, 2020,  starting at 4.30. Just turn up and show us yours!
The events raised a considerable amount of money with a large donation to Milton Keynes Museum. Thank you to all who attended and supported us.

   
   
   
   
   
 

 

Lion President David proudly receives the shield for having the winning team in the annual John Hart Memorial Quiz. John was a hardworking Lion who sadly passed away due to pancreatic cancer. The Quiz is held annually in his memory.

 
Our 43rd Charter Anniversary Dinner
Lion Mark receiving his 20 year service award. District Governor Doreen and President David exchanging banners
   

Lions Convention March 2019

In early March, LP David Tunney attended the annual Lions Convention at the Watermill Hotel in Hemel Hempstead. LP gave a well-received presentation to the 300+ attendees, on the Food Cupboard with Milton Keynes Lions. The Food Cupboard program is supported by local Lions Clubs and works   with nominated families through Milton Keynes social services.  The three Clubs involved are MK Stony Stratford, MK Central and Bletchley MK and he objective was to show how Clubs working together can achieve more.

 At the Convention, LP David Tunney was presented with the District Service Club of the Year Trophy for 2017-2018. This trophy is awarded to one of the 68 Clubs in our District 105A for service activities in their local community. Whilst only having 14 members the Club has an amazing set of regular activities from youth work, support of cancer patients, health awareness, supporting local refugee families, promoting youth literacy, feeding local families  and working  with blind and visually impaired people,

   

Centennial Awards
Lions Clubs International celebrated its centennial in 2017. The 45,000+ Clubs were challenged to serve 100 million people through hunger, vision, youth and environmental projects and to make a lasting Legacy project. Internationally the Association achieved all the targets and more.

There are 68 Clubs in our District. Stony Stratford Lions Clubs made their contribution to the overall goals and we were one of 18 who were awarded a 4 Gemstone banner patch and significantly were the only Club to be awarded Gold Legacy award in recognition of their support for School literacy.

   
 

 

 

 
Lion President David Tunney presents Headteacher Zoe Baines of Slated Row Special School our cheque for playground equipment.
     
   
Lion President David Tunney congratulates our newest member, Peter. A welcome member with previous experience of working with young people. He is now our 15th member.
     

 

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