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A busy December 2016

Bristol Brunel Lions Club has once again had a busy December raising money for those in need. We took our Carol Float with Father Christmas on board several times around north Bristol. The residents were pleased to see us once again, with several remembering the joy they had had in earlier years when they were […]

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We support Hawkspring this year

With the money so generously donated by members of the public, Bristol Brunel Lions Club has supported lots of local charities over the years. Each year we name two local charities for particular support. One charity we have supported this Lionistic year 2016 to 2017 is Hawkspring. Hawkspring works in Hartcliffe. It has a ‘whole […]

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Charity Auction in Stoke Bishop

On Saturday 21st November we are having a fun evening, a charity auction at Stoke Bishop Village Hall. Lots of fantastic auction items donated by wonderful companies and people to raise funds for our charity work and lots of bargains too! Cost of entry is only £5 which covers the cost of canapés. There is […]

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Dates for your Diaries

Here are some up coming dates to remember and put in your plans and diaries;- Saturday 25th November 2015    Auction Night.  We have good things to auction. Come along and have a good time and buy good things at reasonable prices. Wednesday 2nd December 2015 Henleaze festival with Father Christmas Tuesday 8th December Car […]

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Glasses collected

Ninety-four pairs of glasses have been collected from White’s, the opticians in Filton and curiously the same number  exactly from Fallodon Road Surgery in Henleaze. These 188 pairs will shortly be sent to Eastbourne for sorting and then on to France for distribution to those in need in Africa, Asia and South America. Thanks to […]

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It’s VERY Hot Downunder

Lion John writes – I dropped a line to our twins in Australia, Heathcote Lions Club. Apart from wishing them a Happy New Year and congratulations for winning the Ashes back, I also mentioned our lousy weather and asking them what it is like in their next of the woods. Their forecast for the next […]

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New Member for Bradley Stoke Branch

President Robin writes – Bradley Stoke Lions Club inducted a new member at their meeting on 8th January 2014. Michael, Barbara and John Lane’s son had helped Bradley Stoke Lions with the famous Frog Game at the Bradley Stoke Festival in June and had made an excellent Santa Claus at their Christmas Sleigh collections in […]

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Holiday Reflections

Lions Robin and Ailsa reflect on a recent holiday – We always say that if you are a Lion, you have friends all over the world and it certainly proved so for the President of Bradley Stoke Lions, Robin Young and his wife Ailsa who contacted the Georgetown Lions in Penang, whilst on holiday in […]

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President Tom’s January Blog

President Tom writes – My word, what a busy December. Although we have not met collectively since our Christmas Dinner we have been hard at work helping those less fortunate than ourselves. In the comfort of my home, surrounded by my family and enjoying the festivities I look back, wonder and marvel at the number […]

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Father Christmas is now on Holiday

Lion Keith writes – Having turned out so many times during December, Santa and his Elves are now having a well-earned rest.  We are still totting up the proceeds, the wonderful donations received from the generous people of Bristol.  I would like to thank all the Lions, their family and friends regardless of the weather, […]

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WESTBURY-On-TRYM CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Post writer of the year Bill writes – Father Christmas aboard Snowflake and all his Elves (Bristol Brunel Lions) were in Westbury-on-Trym at the Christmas Fair yesterday. What a great event to get everyone in the mood for Christmas. Father Christmas said hello to hundreds of children, having his picture taken with them and ensuring he had […]

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Great to Help a Wonderful Organisation at Christmas

Lion Bill writes – The Club attended the Avon Riding Centre again this year with “Snowflake” our Santa’s Sleigh to provide a festive welcome for all those attending the annual Nativity Play, a truly magical night as ever. We have been assisting the Centre with this event for the best part of 20 years, just one […]

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Getting in the Christmas Spirit

John T writes – If there is one thing Brunel know how to do it is to enjoy ourselves. And with a 100% attendance I think it is fair to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our Club Christmas Dinner yesterday evening.  Some let down their hair more than others but a good time was had […]

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Santa’s Sleigh – Management Up-date

Lion Keith writes – Santa had his first Christmas Carol Float outing yesterday evening. He was supported by 10 Lions and friends plus 7 smartly turned out Air Cadets – what a fantastic response! Santa had a wonderful reception from children young and old which makes it all worthwhile. Look out for Santa during a […]

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President Tom’s December Blog

Lion President Tom writes – It is December, Christmas is just around the corner and club members are all ready to help spread cheer and good will to residents of North West Bristol. Our converted pick-up truck, named Snowflake by devotees, now looks every inch like Santa’s sleigh. Together with his helpers he will be […]

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Didn’t They Sing Well!

Lion John writes – I am sure that everyone is well aware that one of our members, Lion Rod, is a member of the Bristol Male Voice Choir.  The choir put on a last minute concert last night at St Alban’s Church.  The concert was free but donations were requested in support of the Philippines […]

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Greetings From The Lions of Gaeta

Lion Julia writes: Fantastic news – Gaeta Lions send their best wishes to us all. Lion Luca and myself are intending to keep both Clubs up-to-date with all the exciting “happenings” at our Clubs.   Keep an eye out for up dates.

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Elves Can Be Lions Too!

Lion Julia writes: Wow – Lion Elves have been busy putting together, cleaning and polishing Santa’s sleigh ready for his exciting adventures this Christmas.  Lion Elves are looking forward to putting smiles on lots of little and not so little faces at this festive time of year. Look out for Santa’s sleigh during December and all […]

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Lion Rod Menhennet – His Legacy to Lions

Lion Secretary John writes – Lions has now become an established organisation in the UK.  But it wasn’t always so.  It was in the early 50s and through into the 60s that Lions grew with new clubs being formed in communities big and small.  The growth of Lions in the UK took time and an […]

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A DISAPPOINTING DAMP SQUIB

John T writes – I really felt for the Bristol Rotary and Round Table clubs when their planned firework display in Canford Park was cancelled last Saturday.  We know from experience that such public events – attracting up to10,000 people – takes a huge amount of effort to organise.  Red tape, risk assessments, security, health […]

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President Tom’s (Monster) November Blog

President Tom writes – Another month has come and gone!  And a lot happened in October so here I go with a few thoughts on the month’s activities.  Starting at the end – a President’s prerogative – it was a great pleasure to welcome our District 1st Vice Governor, Lion Tony Buchan to our November […]

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Zone Sunday Lunch Get Together

Lion John writes – Well done Zone Chairman Ian for organising an excellent lunch get together at the Gables Hotel in Falfield on Sunday. It was terrific to relax in good company, meet old friends and ‘chew the fat’ over a buffet lunch.  I counted at least 50 in attendance from clubs in the Zone […]

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New Bradley Stoke MS Centre Visit

Lion Ailsa writes – The new custom-built Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Centre opened in Bradley Stoke in May 2012 to replace the older and much smaller centre in Nailsea.   Bradley Stoke Lions President, Robin Young, with Lions Ailsa and Heather attended an open day on Thursday 30th October to see its modern airy accommodation and […]

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Lion Rod Menhennet – A Pioneering Lion

Lion Bill writes – Yesterday was a special day for Bristol Brunel Lions Club. Today, Lions past and present said goodbye to a very special Lion, Lion Rod Menhennet. I first met Rod almost 30 years ago when I became a member of Bristol Brunel Lions Club, he was then old enough to be my […]

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Young Trees For Young People

Lion Julia writes – What a great afternoon it was! And it was certainly one thast the Club can be proud of.   Children and staff from Blaise Primary School, Little Mead Primary School, Badock’s Wood Community Primary School, Horfield C of E Primary School, Elmfield School for Deaf Children and the host school, Westbury-on-Trym C of […]

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Three Wise Men at the Holly Edge Fund Raiser

Lion Richard writes – It was touch and go as to whether we would be able to make the best of this event.  Most of our members had other commitments but with a Three Line Whip in operation we not only made the event but were able to raise a decent sum.  The weather threatened […]

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Bristol Tree Forum

Lion Mary writes -  Why trees?  As you will have noticed Lions have become very involved with trees……extending our tree canopy, bringing more shade, more oxygen, less carbon dioxide,  slowing down our water drainage, keeping us all happier and yes, lovely to look at and to picnic underneath. I have a passion for trees too, […]

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Lion President Tom’s October Blog

Lion Tom writes – It is hard to believe that it is a third of the way through my year in office.  It will soon be Christmas when our carol float will be put through its paces.  But first things first. Two successful events took place in September.  We attended St Monica Homes and the […]

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Dementia Awareness Day – A Big Success

Lion Julia writes – I attended the Dementia Awareness Day at Reedley Road Baptist Church yesterday.  29 Message In A Bottle were given out to some very grateful people.  Lion Rod Jones supported me for about half an hour and blow me down, would you believe it, as soon as he left I was kept […]

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Old Specs Collection – Looking Good!

Lion John S writes – Nellie and I have just taken over from Bill and are now responsible for the collection and administration of old unwanted spectacles. One of our first tasks was to collect a large box of unwanted specs from Tesco and I think there must be over 100 pairs.  This is a […]

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Fun At St Monicas

Lion Mary writes – We had a great afternoon’s fun at the St Monica’s (Westbury Fields) Summer Fair last Friday.  We met many of the elder residents with their carers, family and friends.  Laughter and banter was heard everywhere and our Frog Game was a huge success.  What a sight to gladden the heart – […]

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New Administers of the 100 Club

Lion Keith writes – Lion Nellie has now officially taken over the running of the 100 Club. I am pleased to say it is a total sell out again this year.  A cheque will be presented to Bristol Brunel Lions as soon as the final sums are done.

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President Tom’s September Blog

Lion President Tom writes – Wow the power of the Web! I have just received a delightful magazine and bannerette with good wishes from the other side of the world, Heathcote Lions Club, in Australia. It reminds us all what Lions are all about and the good work that is done all over the world. The […]

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Barton Camp Open Day Visit

Lion Mary writes – Can I remind everyone that the Barton Camp Open day is on Saturday 28th September – 1.30 to 4.30 pm.  We have been a regular supporter of this very worthy charity and I will certainly be visiting.  I would welcome some company so if you can make it then please do […]

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District Presidents’ Day

Lion President Tom writes – Lion Julia and I have just had a ‘full on’ learning day at the District 105W Presidents Day.  It was a full day’s seminar lead by our own Lion Bill with support from Dist. Governor Lion John Mounty, Vice Governor Tony Bucham, P.D.G. Colin Duncan and 1st V.G. Keith Wilding.  […]

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President Tom’s August Blog

Lion President Tom writes – Well, what a busy few weeks!  I have managed to catch up with most of the club officers and deputies over a coffee and can report that they are all settling in well. As promised Lion Bill and I will be taking a hard look at our finances – the […]

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Its Official. We are a Twin – Again!

Lion John writes – It is easy to forget that Lions Clubs International is truly international.  With the ease of modern communication it is a wonderful opportunity to twin with another club.  Thank you Lion President Daryl and the Lions Club of Heathcote, Victoria in Australia for asking us to twin with them.  I am […]

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Raffle Prizes Please!

Lion Julia writes – Could I please remind everyone that I would like as many raffle prize donations as possible for Charter Night.  Can you please bring them to the next meeting.  Thank you.

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Every Little Helps

Lion Keith writes – I was renewing my car insurance with Tesco today and they asked me if, now that I am retired, I did any kind of work.  I replied that being a Lion took up a lot of my time.  Surprisingly I was given a discount for belonging to and doing charity work.  […]

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Move Over Sir Francis Drake

Lion John writes on behalf of Lion Duncan – Indeed the Vice Admiral would have been most impressed to see Brunel Lions in action on the Westbury rink.  Keith and Tom were elected skips (on the grounds that they said they knew how to play the game) and two competitions were contested in earnest.  Even […]

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Thank You 2442 Squadron Air Cadets

Lion President Tom writes – On the 9th July, I, accompanied by 1st Vice President Lion Julia and Treasurer, Lion Bill attended 2442 Air Training Corps Squadron training centre in Westbury-On Trym. It was with great pleasure that I presented a £300 cheque to the Commanding Officer, Natalie Wong, on behalf of the Club in recognition of assistance […]

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An Evening at the ‘Spoon & Pudding’

Lion President Robin of Bradley Stoke Branch writes – Last night we hosted our now famous Pudding Night at Lion Ailsa and my home.  Visitors from our parent club, Bristol Brunel and District guests Lions Tony Buckham and Colin Duncan attended all bringing a puddings.   The evening started with a short business meeting – […]

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Greetings From Australia

Great to have received the following email from Lion President Daryl Dedman of the Lions Club of Heathcote, Victoria, Australia: You are probably wondering why a Lions club in Victoria, Australia is contacting you. I have a very good friend (not a Lion) who lives at Severn Beach. With myself being a Lion, and he […]

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President Tom’s July Blog

Lion President Tom writes – It is a great feeling having come through my first meeting unscathed!  Thank you to all those who made Handover such a success.  I have written to the Aztec Hotel to record our thanks and appreciation.   There is a lot to look forward to and I would like to […]

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Hand Over Mark II

Lion Keith writes – Lion Annetta and myself feel we must say how very much we enjoyed the Handover Dinner evening. A big thank you to President Tom for all the hard work put into organising this event. The meal was superb as was the champagne reception on arrival. A lovely summer evening added to […]

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Hand Over Report

Lion Ailsa writes – Bristol Brunel Lions Handover Night was held on Tuesday 18th June at the Aztec Hotel. President Kate Taylor started off proceedings by inducting our newest member, Jonathan Tullett, into the club and after thanking the members for their support during her year. Her last task was to present members with various […]

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Another Great Day as a Lion

Lion Bill writes – Saturday 7th June started in brilliant sunshine at Bradley Stoke Festival with a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich before setting up our stalls for the day. This was the first outing of the year for our famous Flying Frog Game, always popular and great fun for all ages. It’s […]

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Follow That Car!

Duncan writes – It was a perfect sunny summer’s day when I very mixed bunch of Lions and their friends set off on the WILTSHIRE WANDER RUN.  This was a light, non-competitive drive through the Wiltshire countryside following simple clues. (At least I thought they were simple).  We stopped off at the Rose and Crown […]

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Two Wonderful Donations

President Kate writes – Almost a year ago when I became President I pledged that we would try to support two very deserving local charities.  It was a great feeling to have been able to give a donation of £1000 each to Cedar Community Care and Nicola Corry Support Foundation.  A job well done.

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Thank Heavens!

President Kate writes – John always has a habit of taking a photo at the WRONG moment.  Here are all the members who attended my last Business Meeting with me in the chair.  It looks as if I am looking towards Heaven and saying ‘Thank Heaven its all over’ which I wasn’t.  Perhaps I was […]

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New Beginnings? We Hope So.

President Kate writes – Last Wednesday, 22nd May, we held an open meeting at the Alma Tavern pub so that people in their 20s and 30s could find out more about how they might help to form a new branch club with the hope that they would soon become a full club.  In a relaxed […]

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Follow That Man!

John T writes – I have just learnt that although I have lived in Bristol for over 40 years I know next to nothing about the City’s history or the buildings within it.  Mark took us on a guided tour (Mark was the guide reading from a guide leaflet) that was fascinating.  Having an opportunity […]

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Emmaus Supported in Bristol

Mary writes – Following a chance meeting in the city centre with a homeless, cold and hungry young man from Wales, I wondered if the Club could possibly help homeless people living in Bristol. Emmaus is well known for its work with the homeless with their aim of being able to help with work prospects […]

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Pudding Night Invite

Robin writes – The members of Bradley Stoke Branch would like to invite all Brunel members, their partners and friends, to join them at their next Pudding Night on the 10th July, 7.00 for 7.30.  Please bring a pudding, something to drink and a chair – spoons provided!  The event promises to provide enough calories […]

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Thank You BAOS

Bill writes – The Club would like to say a big thank you to BAOS (Bristol Amateur Operatic Society) for allowing us to take the retiring collection at their recent first class production of Chess at The Redgrave Theatre. We are looking forward to being at the BAOS youth sections production of The Pirates of […]

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New ‘Next Generation’ Branch Club Proposed

President Kate writes – After much deliberation and discussion the Club have wholeheartedly agreed to sponsor a new branch club specifically designed for the ‘media savy’ next generation of Lions.  An exploratory meeting of all interested parties has been arranged for Wednesday 22nd May at the Alma Vale Tavern (BS8 2HY) – 7.00 for 7.30 […]

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Two More New Members

President Kate writes – Welcome Jo and Slava to our Club.  It really is wonderful to add two more members to our club under the ‘Family Membership’ scheme.  I really do feel that the club is now developing well and going from strength to strength.  There seems to be a real buzz of optimistic anticipation.  […]

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New Meeting Venue a Huge Success

President Kate writes – A great deal has happened in my year as President.  With our increase in membership our meeting room at the Norwester Club was becoming very conjested.  As much as we enjoyed the hospitality at the Norwester we realised a while ago that we would need a larger meeting venue.  finding such […]

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NEW BANNER UNFURLED

John T writes – The clubs number of banners has now doubled, we now own two!  Our original is the an indoor roller styled banner and the new one is an outdoor weather resistant plastic banner.  The two are similar in that they both have the Lions colours and images.  So, indoors or outside we […]

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Motor “Meander” Up-date

Duncan writes – Following on from Keith’s Post of yesterday I can also confirm that the “Meander” arrangements are well progressed and the route almost finalised. It will be a non-competitive motorised ramble through the countryside following traditional ‘Tulip Rally Notes’. The “Meander” will be on Sunday 9th June 2013 and will total about 70 […]

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A Motoring Meander – 9th June

Lion Keith writes – Lion Duncan and myself are now putting the finishing touches to our very first Bristol Brunel Lions Car “Meander”. The course has been run (by car not foot) and is offering a very entertaining and leisurely day out.  Please note the date in your diaries.  This event is open to all […]

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The Union Jack – Here are the Answers

Lion John S writes – During our St Georges Day Dinner a discussion about the Union Jack occurred.  Nobody seemed certain just how the flag is made up and which countries are represented.  I have researched the matter via the internet and here are the answers. The UK flag consists of three elements: the cross […]

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St. Georges Day Dinner

Our Social Committee Duo, Duncan and Mark, write – Celebrating our patron saint, St George, has become an established highlight of our social calendar.  This year we held our commemorative dinner at Henbury Golf Club and what a marvellous evening it was.  Over 30 Lions, partners, friends and guests tucked in to traditional English fare […]

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Easter Egg Encore

John T writes – I have just heard that one of our giant Easter Eggs has gone that extra mile and raised even more money for a good cause. One of the Easter Egg winners gave back their egg asking if we could make good use of it. We knew of a church group who […]

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District Handover Details

Lion Kate writes – Please note that the District Handover will take place at the Holiday Inn, The Coldra, Newport on Saturday 20th July at 7.00 pm. Price for dinner is £28.50 per head with dancing later to ‘Time Machine Duo’. This will be a wonderful opportunity to welcome our past member and friend, Lion […]

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A Record Year For The 100 Club

Lion Keith writes – I would like to thank all fellow Lions, families & friends who purchased a 100 club number(s) for the year April 2012/13. For the first time ever we had a complete sell out of numbers. This gave us £400.00 profit for our charity account. There are still a few numbers available […]

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Easter Egg Supremo Says A Big Thank You

Lion Keith writes – I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our Easter Egg Draw such a huge success this year. Lion Bill has just posted the grand total raised of just over £900 and we can all be proud of a job well done. Thanks to […]

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Eggciting News – The Results Are Now In!

Lion Bill writes – It is terrific to report that we have raised just over £900.00 from our Easter Egg Raffle. Our thanks are due to the following venues that helped raise this wonderful sum: Travellers Rest, Patchway, Cambridge Arms, Just-So Balloons, Post Office Tavern, Prince of Wales, Victoria, Hare on the Hill, Shakespeare, Black […]

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Bowled Over by VIBE

Lion Tom writes – On Saturday 6th April, Lion Mary and I supported VIBE – Visually Impaired Bowls, England at the City and County of Bristol Indoors Bowling Club, South Liberty Lane, in Bristol. Ten visually impaired teams came from London, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Forest of Dean and Bristol to compete for The Joan Howard […]

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More Eggstatic Results

Duncan writes – It really is thirsty work visiting all the pubs which kindly agreed to raffle our Easter Eggs. A further £100 has been raised by the Victoria in Westbury-on-Trym, thank you Ma’am, £105.00 from the Shakespeare in Redland, well done Will, and £45.00 from the Hare on the Hill. A terrific effort everyone […]

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Easter Greetings from Italy

John writes – It was when the replica Matthew sailed from Bristol to re-enact the discovery of America by John Cabot that we twinned with the Lions Club of Gaeta. This was because Cabot’s family roots are there.  Furthermore there is a big plaque on the waterfront to prove it! Lions from our club have […]

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Just Right – ‘Just-So’

Kate T writes – Not exactly a pub or club but Just-So Balloons in Henleaze hosted an Easter Egg raffle.  All 100 tickets were sold so a huge thank you to staff, customers and friends who supported the raffle so well.  And the winning number is…….73!  This is another £100 towards our charity account.  Thank […]

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Another 1st Class Result

Duncan writes – Well done the Post Office Tavern or as the locals know it, the POT at WOT. Thank you one and all for supporting our Easter Egg raffle with such enthusiasm.  All 100 tickets sold so another £100 goes towards supporting our two chosen charities.

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Gerry the Plummer Saves the Day

Our greatly awaited Fish & Chips supper at Mark and Val’s nearly didn’t happen.  Tragedy nearly intervened.  On the morning of the day, our hosts’ loo handle disintegrated putting the event is grave danger of postponement or even worse, cancellation.  On hearing of our plight, Gerry the Plummer cleared his diary and prioritised the repairs.  […]

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Well Done The Cambridge Arms

Tom T. writes – ” The Cambridge Arms” pub in Coldharbour Road, Redland lead the way. They collected £100 for Bristol Brunel Lions Club 2013 Easter Egg Raffle in support of Nicola Corry Foundation-Cancer Care and Cedar Home Care- Help for the elderly, the clubs chosen charities this year. Paul, the General Manager and his […]

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A Moving Memorial

Lion Ailsa writes – At the Lions District Convention in Hereford on 9 March, a moving ceremony took place to remember those Lions who have passed on to higher service during the year.  Included in those called and remembered was Lions Clive Fletcher and Peter Nuttall from our Bradley Stoke Branch. A Lion carried a […]

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My First District Convention

Lion Mary writes – Convention! Annual Convention of District 105W held in Hereford 9th March 2013 Well.  I went to Convention.  As a new Lion, badged up last May, I wondered what I was letting myself in for when I was invited to go.  So we set off for Hereford early on a Saturday morning,  […]

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Quiz Night

Our first ever Quiz Night was held on Saturday 23rd February and was a huge success – 60+ guests raised a handsome profit which we can add to our charity account.

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Giant Easter Eggs

Once again we will be running our annual Easter Egg raffles. Giant chocolate eggs can be found in various pubs and clubs throughout the city. Only 100 tickets are sold per egg so there will be lots of chocolate being spread about this Easter. There are 11 eggs in all so keep a look out. […]

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Nora Menhennett

It was with great sadness that we heard of the recent death of Nora Menhennett.  Nora was married to Lion Rod who was one of the founders of Lions in Bristol.  Over the last 50 years plus Nora was always helping and supported Lion Rod in his years as a member of the City of […]

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