Lions Club of Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford)

Lions Clubs International British Isles
District 105A

'Ordinary people doing amazing things'

Doreen Allen
President 2022 - 202£


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After the success of their Platinum Jubilee party last year, Stony Stratford Lions Club entertained 75 senior citizens to a Coronation afternoon of fun, food and friendship. Helped by fellow Zone Clubs MK Central and Bletchley MK plus our District Governor Kav and Pammy, the guests were treated to a freshly cooked fish n chips lunch, Royal Bingo with interesting facts about the history and the monarchy, a free raffle and a sing a long finishing with afternoon tea and cakes. Everyone received a MIAB and wallet.

The Mayor of Milton Keynes mingled with our guests and echoed their appreciation. There was also a competition to splat plastic ears on a poster of King Charles ….and the winner was DG Kav. Everyone received a goodie bag containing Coronation souvenirs plus a packet of wild flower seeds to plant locally.



On Tuesday 4th April 2023 Lion President Doreen had the privilege of escorting our Peace Essay winner Dayzie Simpson to the Palace of Westminster where she read her winning essay to an invited audience which included Members of the House of Commons and the Lords. The day was organised by Lions MD105 British Isles to celebrate our partnership with the UN. Dayzie was given an exclusive behind the scenes tour where she was able to touch some of the intricate carvings and hear about the buildings history. She was also presented with a certificate and £100 as her Multi District prize. The Multi District includes the British Isles, Northern Ireland and Eire.


Youth Peace Prize

Stony Stratford Lions Club were delighted to sponsor Dayzie Simpson a 13 year old student of the VICTA Charity in Milton Keynes, into the annual UN/ Lions Peace Essay contest. The contest was open to blind/visually impaired young people between the ages 11-13 years. Dayzie is totally blind and suffers from FND*. The theme for her 500 word essay was ‘Lead with Compassion’.

After winning the first level - London and the Home Counties, her entry went to win the National Final Great Britain and Ireland. She has won £110 and a trip to United Nations Day at the House of Parliament in April.

Dayzie’s essay has now been sent to  Chicago, USA where it will be judged against other essays from around the world.

*Functional neurological disorder (FND) describes a problem with how the brain receives and sends information to the rest of the body. It's often helpful to think of your brain as a computer. In someone who has FND, there's no damage to the hardware, or structure, of the brain. It's the software, or program running on the computer, that isn't working properly.

Dayzie's essay may be read here.

Dayzie has said, 'Hi, I have no vision at all, including not being able to see light or dark, nothing and my condition is FND and i touched typed this.'

World Sight Day

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on eliminating preventable blindness and improving sight. On World Sight Day, Lions clubs around the world carry out special sight-related projects including: collecting eyeglasses, conducting vision and diabetes screenings and planning educational programmes to inform their communities about the importance of eye health – and diseases such as diabetes that can impair sight.

Your local Lions Club Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford) continues to support this initiative and  invited MK Cabinet Member, Councillor Jane Carr to walk blindfolded along High Street, Stony Stratford on Thursday 13th October 2022 at 1.30pm. She was  guided by Lion President Doreen Allen. There was also a collection of any unwanted spectacles or sunglasses which will be recycled to third World Countries.


Autumn Newsletter in Stony Stratford Town Crier

MK(SS)Lions Club serves all of the North of Milton Keynes. Due to Covid-19 we are moving to a mixed media Club with some members joining meetings via Zoom but still taking part in social and fundraising activities. Please contact   if you are interested in further information or in joining us. We welcome Lion Doreen Allen as our incoming President. Doreen is an experience Lion having served as District Governor.

Last year July to June we served 64,217 people and gave 5,974 volunteer hours mainly via our foodbanks and spectacle recycling

During the summer we have hosted four Motors at the Museum (3rd Thursday – May to August). We hope to run these again in 2023.

Message in a Bottle is 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.

It is kept at home, in the fridge because the fridge is easy to find – usually in the kitchen, most fridges keep the contents safe even from fire.

Each bottle comes with a sticker to go inside your front door. It’s inside so we don’t reveal that a vulnerable person lives here.

Bottles are distributed free of charge across the country by Lions Clubs International. Stonedean Medical Practice, Market Square, hold a stock for us.
Please contact them if you would like one for a friend or a vulnerable person you know.


Spring  Newsletter in Stony Stratford Town Crier

The ongoing concerns regarding Covid-19 are still affecting our activities. We have completed a successful Christmas hamper raffles in carefully selected venues including some local pubs, retirement villages and even dance clubs – anywhere where we can reach the public with minimum contact.

While we can’t keep a high profile in the community with active fundraising, we have continued with our core service activities. These have included a Book Corner in Morrisons for children, assisting at vaccination clinics at the Open University and Water Eaton Health Centre. The Food Cupboard and Food Banks continue to provide much needed supplies to families in the community. Local schools, throughout Milton Keynes have continued to receive a selection of books to supplement their libraries and classrooms. We continue to support the Women’s Refuge. Our assistance at the Walking for Health walks continues although, as they are hampered by limits on the number of walkers per leader – Covid-19 again, they are not opening up to new walkers just yet.  A number of leaders have sadly decided not to return following the lockdowns.

Yesterday I collected 87 pairs of glasses which will soon be on their way to cleaning, sorting and distributing to Third World countries.  Overall, the box has collected over 400 pairs, all of which go to needful places instead of landfill – or left lying around in drawers and cupboards!

Please, if you have unused glasses at home regardless of where you bought them please take them to Stony Optical in Cofferidge Close where there is a collecting box just inside the door.

We are very grateful to Cllr Joe Hearnshaw for nominating the Club to receive a grant of £1,000 as part of Covid-19 restoration funding. We would welcome requests for support from this grant and our usual funds particularly around our aims to help youth and sight.

Our area in Milton Keynes is bounded to the North and West by the Unitary Authority boundary, to the East by the M1 and to the South by Portway. Members of the Club regularly take part in local district litter picks. Here they are assisting Stantonbury Parish council.  

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 40,251 people in 193 separate activities which took 2249 volunteer member hours.


Autumn Newsletter in Stony Stratford Town Crier

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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