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Lions Club of Penrith Website
Penrith is a historic market town in the Eden valley between the Pennines in the east and the Lake District hills in the west. Here the A66 trans pennine route crosses the M6 as it reaches north towards Scotland. It is a meeting place and Penrith Lions Club welcomes new members and visitors alike

It was here in 1975 that a group of local men formed the Lions Club of Penrith. From these small beginnings our club has grown to its present 28 members serving the people of Eden. We have fun and fellowship raising funds and distributing them both in Eden and further afield.

Have a look at our website to get a flavour of the things we do. You may even be inspired to come and join us.

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Roundthorn Country House - Sunday1st July

Members and wives attended the event where the staff served an excellent buffet.

John Rogerson handed over the Presidents chain toBernard Wood for the coming year.
We took the opportunity to have a photograph of the entire group taken to commemorate the event.
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Senior Citizens Concert

Lions held their annual senior citizens concert on Penrith Methodist Church on Wednesday 15th Febryary. The event was attended by 100 people whe were entertained by Kids Alive, the local Methodist Church childrens choir, Ray and Judith on piano and saxapheone. The first half was concluded by Emma Short singing songs from the shows.

Penrith Town Band completed an excellent evenings entertainment. Thanks to the Ladies for providing refreshments during the interval.
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Cheque Presentation to Eden Valley Hospice

President Bill Miller presented a cheque for £1200 to Eden Valley Hospice in memory of Joe Grinbergs who passed away late last  year.

The money was collected at our Christmas pub collection and also at an event at Penrith Rugby Club where Messers Atkinson Builders held their Christmas party. Also in the photograph is Anne Grinbergs and members of her family.
Photograph courtest of Freddie Wilson
Cheque Presentation
Vice President John Rogerson and other Lions present a cheque to Eden Summer Scheme for their use.
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Presentation of Hydra Sacks
George McCrone and John Rogerson presented hydra sacks to the residents of Chapel Street in Appleby in the hope that it will help prevent future flooding.

The sacks were purchased from money donated by Stowmarket Lions Club.
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Presentation of  Golf Trophies to Juniors

President Bill Miller and David Fleming visited the AGM of the Junior Section of Penrith Golf Club to present the trophies to the winners of the various age groups of the competition that the Lions had sponsored.
Hannah Hartley
Penrith Lions Young Ambassador

Hannah gave a very interesting talk to members of Penrith Lions Club on her year long visit to Peru.

She went to Peru as part of Project Trust with a number of other young people. Hannah spent her year working at an orphanage and she told us how she had bonded with the yougsters how she really enjoyed her year and how it had broadened her outlook on life.

Hannah showed us numerous slides of her time in Peru. Well done Hannah. You are a credit to your community.
More photographs in the youth gallery
Social Visit vith Keswick Lions

We set off from Penrith on Friday 19th August in the rain and were not looking forward to our sail on Derwentwater. However when we reached Keswick the sun was shining and there was a flat calm.

We were escorted on to the boat and had a very pleasant sail with wine and beer in the middle of the lake! The chat was good and the views were even better,

We completed a very pleasant trip with an excellent buffet at Cafe Hope prepared by Lion Vicky and her staff.
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Social Visit to Appleby Castle

On Sunday 7th August memebrs and their wives paid a visit to Appleby Castle where we were given an excellent history of the Castle  and were shown round by two very accomplished guides.

We visited a number of rooms and then had an excellent afternoon tea in the Castle.

We were then shown some historical items when we had a chance to try them out!
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Penrith Agricultural Show

Penrith Lions manned a stall at the show at Brougham on Saturday 23rd July. We had our Key in the Door and the Nail Game and of course Terry the Lion was in attendance much to the delight of the children.
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Induction of Larry Jeffcoate

Larry was inducted as our newest member on 18th July by President Bill Miller and accompanied by his sponsor Bernard Wood.
Hospice at Home Colour Run

Members of Penrith Lions Club helped marshal the event at Frenchfield on Sunday 17th July.
The weather was kind and we had plenty of sunshine to encourage the 800 people who entered the event. They raised about £20000 for Hospice at Home.

Lions entered into the spirit of the event and ended the day covered in paint.
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Afternoon Tea at Yanwath School

President Bill Miller, secretary Ian Edgar and Bernard Wood visited Yanwath School on Wednesday 13th July to partake in an Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday.

We were served an excellent tea by senior pupils and had excellent entertainment provided by Penrith Town Band and various year groups at the school.

Thank you very much Yanwath school.
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Presentation of Cheque Monday 11th July

President Bill Miller along with a number of members visited the Flood Relief depot at Skirsgill. We were shown the faclilities and the items that were stored there for distribution to flood victims.

Bill presented a cheque to be used for the purchase of kitchen equipment and other items for those in need.
Social Bowls Evening at Friars Bowling Club

Members and their ladies enjoyed a pleasant evening at the invitation of members of Friars Bowling Club on 29th June.

The weather was kind to us and we managed about an hour on the green getting tips from members of the Friars Club.

We then retired to the pavillion where we had an excellent supper and a raffle. Thank you Friars for a lovely evening.
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Changeover BBQ - Saturday 25th June

David and Elizabeth Fleming hosted our Changeover BBQ at their home. We were lucky with the weather with only the odd shower.

Ronnie Bell and Joe Grinbergs were the chefs for the evening and laid on a veritable feast. The ladies again provided an excellent selection of salads and sweets.

During the evening Tony Cleasby handed the Presidents chain to Bill Miller who is the President for the 2016/17 year. John Rogerson was also presented with the Vice Presidents chain.
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Social Trip to Skipton
Members and friends took a coach trip to Skipton and had an excellent trip on the canal. We enjoyed a relaxing lunch on board and travelled two or three miles along the Leeds-Liverpool canal enjoying the views along the way.
We then spent some time looking round the Market in Skipton and enjoyed a pleasant cup of tea before returning home.
Many thanks to John Rogerson who organised the outing.
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Charity Golf Competition

The photograph shows the winners  Martyn Currie and Darren Mallinson together with Joe Grinbergs and David Fleming from Penrith Lions Club together with Norman Wilson Chairman of Penrith Golf Club. The winners had a very creditable score of 48 points.

Penrith Lions Club held its 37th annual charity golf competition at Penrith Golf Club on Sunday 5th June with 140 golfers taking part in a Four Ball Better Ball Stableford competition
The course was in excellent condition and the weather was hot and sunny providing ideal conditions for low scores although the later starters caught some heavy rain in mid afternoon.

We hope to raise about £2000 from the event. This will go to local worthy causes.

Many thanks to Penrith Golf Club for hosting the event and the many sponsors and prize givers.
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Tenpin Bowling at Carlisle
On Tuesday 18th April members and their wives had an enjoyable trip to Carlisle. Allthough the quality of the bowling was not very good everyone enjoyed the game and they then went to the Auctioneer Restaurant where they enjoyed an excellent meal.
Cheque Presentation to Christine Snelgar from Ullswater Community College
Monday 18th April

Christine gave a presentation of the trip made by students of Ullswater Community College to Tanzania in 2015 and their upcoming trip in 2016 to members. She outlined the experience gained by the students on the trips.
The photograph shows President Tony Cleasby is presenting a cheque for £350 to Christine. Also in the photograph is Welfate Chairman Paul Marshall
Opening of Pooley Bridge
and Car Treasure Hunt 20th March 2016

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District Convention March 2016

Charter Night Friday 26th February 2016
Roundthorn Country House

President Tony and Janet with their top table guests.

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FLOOD REPORT 27.1.2016

Since the 5th December Penrith Lions Club members have been very active in working with flood victims and other agencies in the Eden area and Carlisle.
We have had representatives on the ground since the first days of the flooding, identifying victims in Appleby and Warcop, Eamont Bridge and Pooley Bridge. Our members have also assisted the Eden Flood Volunteer group to assist in Carlisle and Appleby helping victims to replace curtain rails etc prior to returning to their homes. We have also assisted the Eden Flood Volunteers in their new warehouse with the organisation of goods, sorting brushes and cleaning products etc.
To date Penrith Lions Club have purchased or hired the following items and distributed them to identified areas of need free of charge.
12 new domestic dehumidifiers together with some second-hand donated ones, distributed in Appleby, Glenridding and Carlisle.
5 Industrial Grade driers hired and delivered to Glenridding following multiple flooding events.
7 Calor Gas heaters purchased and delivered to Carlisle in the early stages of the emergency during a period of prolonged power failure.
1 Washing Machine purchased for a young family in Warcop who were flooded out of their home.
1 Tumble Drier purchased for the above family.
1 Electric cooker purchased for a mentally disabled person in Glenridding.
1 Microwave cooker purchased for a gentleman in Eamont Bridge who is living upstairs in his home and had no cooking facilities.
In addition to the above we have purchased a large number of brushes, shovels, mops, buckets, trugs, work gloves, disinfectant, cleaning materials, deodorisers, plastic cups and many other items needed to make the lives of victims and volunteers more bearable. Whilst most of the above was purchased by our club, local businesses did provide many items free of charge or at discounted prices and their help was very much appreciated.

Similarly many Lions Clubs throughout the country made offers of help and financial donations to our flood funds. These include Stowmarket Lions, Minster Lions York (who were also flooded), Lichfield Lions, Buckley and Mold Lions, Upholland and Tawde Vale Lions, Swindon Lions. To cap it all, Dave Jones of Selby Lions Club drove all the way to Penrith through the worst rain and gales for many years to deliver a car-load of new toys which were subsequently delivered to a Penrith centre on 22 December where a Christmas "Get Together" had been organised for families of flood victims. Funding assistance was also received from our Lions District and this has been helpful in our support efforts.

As can be seen from weather events over the past few days, this emergency is by no means over. Just because the water has gone down does not mean that things are back to normal. Victims continue to struggle with their situation, the clean-up stage has started and the moving-back stage is still to come. This is when many needs will be revealed, especially amongst those who are un-insured or are having to pay enormous insurance excess costs. However long it takes, Penrith Lions Club will be there for the victims to help in any way we can, and even just to put an arm round their shoulders to let them know we care.

George McCrone
Penrith Lions Club

New Member

President Tony Cleasby inducted Mike Canniffe into membership of Penrith Lions Club
Kendal Calling Music Festival

Kelly Graham from Kendal Calling visited us at our last business meeting and presented President Tony Cleasby with a cheque for £3240 to be used in our charitable work. Thank you very much Kendal Calling.
Black Eye Friday Pub Collection

Pewnrith Lions Club this year held their annual pub collection on Friday 19th December. This year the collection was for our Flood Appeal. The floods which devastated homes in Appleby, Glenridding, Pooley Bridge and Eamont Bridge. Some of them were flooded three times.

The people of Penrith were exceptionally generous this year and we raised £1146.80 to help families who had been affected. Well done Penrith!
Christmas Card Delivery

We again collected and delivered over 7000 Christmas cards to residents of Penrith. As usual there were a number of cards with no addresses and a number for people outwith the area. We also had the help of three volunteer postman and some stidents from Newton Rigg College helped us deliver the cards. We raised £1777 for this activity.
Santa's Sleigh

Penrith Lions Club spent six wet evenings visiting the estates in Penrith with Santa's Sleigh. However it made it worthwhile when we saw the excitement on the faces of the youngstaers when they came to their door to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. We also raised £1678 for our charity account.
Bench at Thacka Beck

Penrith Lions Club have purchased a bench in memory of Kathleen Burrell who was a good friend to the Lions.

The bench was placed on the site by members of Amey and we had an opening on Tuesday 25th August .
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