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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 29 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.
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.
Penrith Lions Club
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.
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.
Long Service Chevrons
President Tony Cleasby congratulates Jim Venables and Roy Robertson on completeing 20 years service and Sargon Sait on completing 15 years service with Penrith Lions Club.
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 .
Evening Cruise on Ullswater
Over fifty Lions and friends met on Monday 24th August for a Fish and Chip sail on Ullswater.
The photograph skows the suppers being cooked by the pier at Pooley Bridge by Brian Hume and staff.
We then enjoyed an excellent trip to Glenridding and back accompanied by music from Peter Lashley.
Look in the social album for some more photographs and some beautiful sunsets.
Cheque presentation to Glenmore Trust
President Tony and Welfare Committee Chairman Paul Marshall present a cheque for £500 to Janice Herbert to purchase two new beds for the bungalow at 2 Newton Road which has three rooms for respite care for people with learning difficulties.
Cheque Presentation to
Jigsaw Children's Hospice
On Tuesday 4th August we went up to the Hospice in Carlisle where we met Katrina Sander, the fundraising manager, for the hospice.
President Tony presented a cheque for £4030 being the money that was raised on May Day. The money will pay for special mattresses and lifts to help the children.
We were then given a conducted tour of the faclities.
Little Angels Nursery, Morland
President Tony, Lion Peter goodwin and I visited the nursery on Tuesday morning to hand over a cheque for £250 to purchase outdoor equipment. We had a thoroughly entertaing half hour with the children.
Handing over the Presidents chain of office
Bryan Gardiner handing ovrer the chain of office to Tony Cleasby
Social Bowls Evening with Friars Bowling Club
Wednesday 24th June
Members and their partners had a very enjoyable social evening with members of Friars Bowling Club. We were shown the intricacies of the game then we had a friendly game between a number of teams.
We were then treated to an excellent supper followed by a raffle. A most enjoyable evening.
Ullswater Community College Visit to Tanzania
Penrith Lions Club donated £500 to this visit by pupils and staff from UCC. The money will be used to provide help to a Girls Orphanage and another school project where the pupils will be based during their stay in Tanzania.
The photograph shows Lion President Bryan Gardiner presenting the cheque to some of the pupils and staff who will be going on the trip. Tony Cleasby, our Welfare Committee Chairm is also in the photograph.
May Day Carnival 2015
We were blessed with an excellent day with no rain and plenty of sunshine. It could have been much worse with heavy rain om Sunday and Tuesday!
There was a full programme from 10.30am until 5.00pm. Young and old were entertained and the many charity stalls raised a lot of money for themselves. The Lions ladies provided some excellent refreshment in St Andrrews Parish Rooms and the Art and Handwriting competitions for Infant and Junior schools was also on show.
The photograph of the May Queen and her attendants is courtesy of Freddie Wilson
more photographs in the Activities Gallery
Tree Planting at Redhills, Thacka Beck and Stainton School
During the last fortnight members of Penrith Lions Club and pupils from Stainton, Yanwath, Brunswick Road and St Catherines schools have planted over 450 trees at the above locations. The project was enjoyed by all and hopefully in years to come the children will see the fruits of their labour.
More photographs in the Youth Gallery
Cheque Presentation to Bradley Hodgson
Terry the Lion presented a cheque to Bradley Hodgson last Monday evening. Bradley has been selected to play for the England Learning Disabilities Football team in Switzerland and the money will go towards his visit.
Also in the photograph are Lions Bernard Wood and John Rogerson and Bradley's parents Staurt and Kim Hodgson.
Photograph by kind permission of Brian Kirkbride
President Bryan presented a cheque for £1690 to Paul Murphy and John Forrester from Cumbria Blood Bikes.
This was money raised and a Race Night at Stoneybeck and a further donation from th Lions club. Photo courtesy of Freddie Wilson
District Convention - 6-8 March
Our District Convention was held at Bury earlier this month. The photograph shows Penrith members who attended the Gala Dinner. More photographs in the social gallery