John o’Groats to Lands End
To help everyone in the community, the busy Lions from Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions Club need to raise funds so they have decided to walk from John o’Groats to Lands End, albeit virtually. They start walking on 31st May and are asking for any donations on their Facebook page. Please support them if you can.
Some will also walk via hostelries in Edwinstowe, Ollerton, Bilsthorpe and other nearby villages, just to get refreshment obviously. Their Facebook page will let you know when you can see them and say hello.
Easter normally sees the club with giant chocolate Easter eggs at various outlets but this year they couldn’t, so they held raffles in Edwinstowe and Bilsthorpe which went well.
Over Easter, the Lions visited King’s Mill Hospital and Boughton Young Peoples Centre and gave 51 Easter eggs to the children at the hospital and the 35 children at the centre. Both establishments gave a massive thank you.
Calling all primary schools
Roar is an exciting IDEAS competition for Key Stage 2 students, funded by Lions and run and organised by the IDEAS company, ‘7billionideas’.
Schools will be asked to take part in this competition to encourage and develop students’ creativity. Their objective is to generate and develop an IDEA that could change the world. It could be about absolutely anything, as long as it has a positive impact on the planet. The competition is structured to hit a number of different areas of the school curriculum, including PSHE, Citizenship, SMSC and British Values.
The competition will run between September and December and is kick started with a road show delivered by 7billionideas. The winning team from each school will represent the school in the #Roar finals day in December, where all of the schools competing come together to celebrate their imaginations and their entrepreneurial spirit.
Students are awarded T shirts and medals for making the final and the winning IDEA will be turned into a children’s book that goes live on Amazon. For more information see www.lions105ce.org or contact Robert at the Edwinstowe club on 07815 473802.
Listen out for mentions of the Lions on new community streaming project BOWE Radio. They are proud to be involved with this fantastic venture.
Santa sleigh refurbishment
Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions are extremely grateful to Groundwork Tesco for their generous gift of £1,000 and the Thoresby Estate for their award of £500 to enable them to refurbish their two Santa sleighs, which are looking very tired and would benefit updated lighting and music appliances. This investment will mean they have sleighs that will last for many years, giving children and adults lots of pleasure. They needed these grants as it would not have been correct to use monies which have been donated to help our community.
Lions support community litter picking initiative
Members of Edwinstowe and The Dukeries Lions are to be found regularly supporting public-spirited members of the community in the Edwinstowe and Clipstone areas. Lions Adam Murphy and Clive Parkin were proud to be part of the local community litter picking initiative.
Groups that the Lions have helped lately are:
- Portland College so they can purchase apparatus to help whilst in lockdown and afterwards
- Sam’s Workplace in Rainworth
- Walesby Junior Football Club to purchase football equipment
- Bilsthorpe Scouting Group to help purchase camping equipment for Scouts involved in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme
- The Rope Project is a scheme which supports families who have fled domestic abuse and they help families by supplying essential household items (ie kettles, microwaves, cutlery, bedding, beds). If you have any such articles that will help these vulnerable people please contact Toni on 07568 360917.
The club organise fun ‘Millionaires Nights’ for social events and community groups, so please consider asking them to bring one of these events to you when lockdown ends and you will be in need of some down-to-earth fun. They supply the ‘funny money’, croupiers in smart suits or dress and casino type games.
Lions help lots of deserving projects and needy people in our area. If you think you have what it takes to become a Lion and wish to find out more, visit the Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions Facebook page or call Robert on 07815 473802. Lions are from various backgrounds, but they all have the same common ground.