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Welcome to the
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.

District Convention at Castle Green Hotel Kendal

President Geoff and Linda and Ian and Anne attended the event on 7th and 8th of March
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Top Table Guests at 39th Charter Anniversary
Roundthorn Hotel 28th February 2014

President Geoff and Linda with their top table guests.
Helen Fazal, Roger Burgin, President Penrith Rotary Club, Guest Amyn Fazal, President Geoff Silburn, Lion Roy Axten, Linda Silburn and District Governor Liz Axten

Photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson
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Our Newest Lion

Terry Ware became our newest member when he was inducted into the club on Monday 17th February at North Lakes Hotel. Presenting with his certificate is President Geoff Silburn and sponsor Tony Cleasby.

Keswick Lions Challenge

Our daughter club Keswick has set Penrith Lions a challenge to raise 7134 for good causes in our area. The distance between the two towns is 18 miles and this equates to 14134 in pennies.

The aim is for each club to raise half of that money in small change. The Challenge was launched at the Sportsmans Inn at Troutbeck on Saurday 1st Fenruary. The photograph shows members of each club at the launch.

Help us help them by taking one of our specially made boxes for collecting your small change. Cowper's Chemists and Styleline in Penrith can supply you with a box.

Message in a Bottle for Eden Housing

and Eden Independent Living

The Lions 'Message in a Bottle' scheme is being rolled out by Eden Housing Association. They have just taken delivery of the first batch of bottles which will be offered to residents and to Eden Independent Living clients.
The photograph shows members of Penrith Lions Club and Jenny Soulsby from Eden Housing Association at the Launch.

New Television for Penrith Day Centre

President Geoff Silburn switched on the new television at Greengarth day centre. Also in the photograph are fellow Lions and members of staff and volunteers from the day centre.
Photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

Donation to Great North Air Ambulance

A number of members took to the streets on Black Eye Friday on a wet and windy evening and visited public houses in Penrith and surrounding area to collect donations for the Pride of Cumbria, Great North Air Ambulance.

The public were vere generous and a cheque for 789 was presented to Great North Air Ambulance at North Lakes Hotel.
photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

Presentation to Ullswater Community College

Penrith Lions were invited by UCC to take a group of senior citizens to the pantomime in January.

The photograph shows welfare committee chairman John Rogerson and Bernard Wood handing over a cheque to Melanie Pole-Baker, Joe Dodd and Ian Tuer to purchase equipment for use of the college as a thank you from the Lions.

Senior Citizens Concert

Members of Penrith Lions Club organised a conert for snior citizens at Penrith Methodist Church on Wednesday 15th January.

The church was full and the audience were enthralled with the performances during the evening. Myrna Tennant from Carlisle opened the evening with some beautiful singing. Myrna was followed by Ullswater Community College jazz band. Irwin Wallace compered the event and also entertained the audience with magic tricks.

Following coffee and shortbread, provided by Lions Ladies, Penrith Town Band brought the concert to a thrilling conclusion.

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Cheque Presentation Stoneybeck Inn

On Friday 10th January Lions and their wives were entertained to a buffet by Tom Dent from Stoneybeck Inn.
Tom then presented President Geoff Silburn with a cheque for 1250 for organising the Firework display at Stoneybeck in November

Christmas Party Saturday 21st December

We all gathered together at Penrith Golf Club for our annual Christmas party.

An excellent meal, provided by the steward and staff, was enjoyed by all.

After a very busy December we all relaxed and enjoyed each others company. We ended the evening with a couple of quizes and look forward to a busy New Year. President Geoff and Linda enjoy the evening.

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Donation from Kendal Calling

Julie Cotton and Jessica Webb attended the Lions business meeting on Monday 18th November and presented the Lions with a cheque for 2450 to be used in their welfare work. The money was part of that given to a number 0f Charities from the Kendal Calling event held at Lowther during the summer. Part of the money will be used for Message in a Bottle and Message in a Wallet which have been such a success recently. For further information see the MIAB page on this site.
photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

Defibrillator for Penrith

Penrith Lions Club presented a defibrillator to the George Hotel for the use of people in the centre of Penrith if it was ever needed. The photograph shows President Geoff Siburn presenting the defibrillator to Justin Wales, manager of the George Hotel. Staff at the George Hotel will be trained in the use of the defibrillator.

Photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

New Member Joins our Club

On Monday 18th November Paul Marshall was inducted into Penrith Lions Club.

The photograph shows Paul with his certificate , John Rogerson his sponsor and President Geoff Slburn

Children in Need Collection
Saturday 16th November

Eighteen members of the club took to the streets on a cold Saturday to extract cash from the populace of Penrith for the Children in Need Appeal which took place the previous evening on the television. We are pleased to announce that we collected 1212 which has been forwarded to Children in Need.
Thank you very much to the people of Penrith.

Remembrance Day Parade
Sunday 10th November

Members of Penrith Lions Club took part in the march to St Andrews church and the subsequent service where President Geoff Silburn laid a wreath on behalf of Penrith Lions Club. The photograph shows the group before the Parade.

District Governor Visits Club

Monday 21st October

DG Liz Axten paid us a visit and helped present some long service chevrons. We also presented a cheque for 350 to Penrith Golf Club Captain Chris Malpas for the Captains Charity. President Trevor Hull from Billericay Lions Club visited us on the evening.


Defibrillators for
Calthwaite First Responders

Penrith Lions presented Calthwaite First Responders with 800 to purchase defibrillators for the team. They came to a meeting at the Conservative Club on Monday 7th October to show us there equipment and give us a talk on their work.
Photograph courtesy of Freddie Wilson

David Fairhurst Golf Trophy

On Friday 27th September seven Lions from Penrith and Clitheroe competed for the District Golf Trophy

The weather was excellent and the course in very good condition. It's just a pity that more Lions from throughout the District were unable to play.
The photograph shows Penrith President Geoff Silburn handing over the magnificent trophy to Peter Haworth from Clitheroe.

Penrith Ladies Monkeying Around

On Friday 27th September a number of Lions Ladies visited the home of Linda Hodgson and spent a very productive day making monkeys to sell for charity.

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Bessie Reaches 100 Years of Age

Lion members John Rogerson and George McCrone visited Elizabeth(Bessie) Furnass at Winters Park Residential Home and presented her with a bouquet of flowers from Penrith Lions Club to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Photograph courtesy of Fred Wilson

Penrith Lions Sponsor
Junior Golf Competition

On Monday 2nd September seventeen junior members from Penrith Golf Club spent the afternoon competing for trophies presented by Penrith Lions Club.

This is the first time that the Lions Club has sponsored the juniors and we hope to continue next year. The photograph shows the competitors with Geoff Silburn our President and David Fleming.

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Keswick 25th Anniversary
Sunday 1st September
Sail on Derwentwater

A number of us joined Keswick Lions to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a sail on Derwentwater followed by an excellent barbeque at Nicol End Marina.

Despite the cool weather we had an excellent sail and a fabulous barbeque to complete the day.

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Barbeque 31st August at
David and Elizabeth Flemings House

32 members, partners and guests enjoyed an excellent evening with the food being prepared by Ronnie and Joe and barman Roy providing welcome refreshments.

It's a good job we had the gazebos as it got rather cold towards the end of the evening.
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Stroll along Ladies Walk
from Edenhall Hotel

On Friday 19th July members and their wives and partners took an evening stroll along the banks of the river Eden from Edenhall Hotel. Once again the weather was excellent and we had a very pleasant time. Members enjoying a well earned drink at the conclusion of the walk.

The walk was followed by Fish and Chip supper at Edenhall Hotel. It was well worth the wait!
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Presentation of Prizes for Art and Handwriting Competition

Past President Joe and Bill Miller attended a number of schools to give out prizes for the May Day Art and Handwriting Competition.

This photograph shows the winners from Hunter Hall School.

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Change Over BBQ
Saturday 29th June

We had our changeover barbeque at President Joe and Ann's house on a lovely summers evening. There was no need for the usual coats and brollies apart from a short shower later in the evening.

Joe and Ronnie again produced a wonderful feast and the drink went down and we had avery convivial evening.

We then welcomed Geoff Silburn as incoming President together with Linda.
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Annual Charity Golf Competition
Sunday 9th June

Almost 200 competitors took part in our 33rd annual golf competition at Penrith Golf Club.

The weather was excellent with sunshine most of the day and the course was in fine condition thanks to the work of the green staff. The competitors enjoyed their pit stop at the 9th hole where Lions and their ladies served hot dogs and cold drinks.

The scores were excellent with the winners Ian Birkett and Derek Russell scoring a magnificent 48 points.

We raised about 3500 from the event thanks to the sponsors and prize givers and on course the competitors.

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District Under 14 Footbal Competitions

Penrith Lions Club took two teams from Penrith to a 7-a-side football competion at Skelmersdale and Castletown Under 14's won the District Final at Penrith.

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Tree Planting with Local Schools

Lion Bernard Wood arranged with Brunswick Road school and Stainton school to plant 100 trees at Thacka beck and Dacre beck as part of a Lions Clubs International project to plant 1,000,000 trees worldwide. This has been so succesful that over 6,700,000 trees have been planted.

We were helped in the project by Will Cleasby from Eden Rivers Trust and Kevin Scott and Sophie Court from Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
Headmistress Sharon Sanderson from Brunswick Road planted an oak sapling from seed from the Royal Estates.

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May Day Carnival

Monday 6th May started off cold and windy but in the afternoon the sun came out and we had a glorious end to the day.

A full day of entertainment kept the large crowds amused and the day culminated in the crowning of the May Queen and the Grand Parade.

The photograph shows our new Lions Head made at Up - Front Gallery with the help of John Parkinson

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Presentations Monday 18th March

President Joe presented the District Governors Certificate of Appreciation to Peter Goodwin for his work with Message in a Bottle and he also presented the David Fairhurst Golf Trophy to Ronnie Bell at the business meeting at North Lakes Hotel

Heartstart Course with Tim Lorton

On Thursday 14th March a number of Lions and their wives visited the new Fire Station where our newest recruit Tim Lorton gave us an excellent training session on Heartstart and associated medical emergency scenarios.
Tim was an excellent tutor and we all got the chance to inflate Little Anne during the evening. When the course was completed we had a quick look round the Fire Station. Another group of guinea pigs tackle the course on 21st March.
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Lions Present Specialized Pushchair to 3 year old Adam

Adam suffers from Lissencephaly and requires a specialized pushchair to protect him. Members of Penrith Lions Club agreed to purchase the pushchair and Penrith Charities agreed to provide some equipment for the pushchair. The photograph shows Adam in his wheelchair with President Joe Grinbergs, George McCrone chairman of the Lions welfare committee and Sheila Hadwin from Penrith Charities.
Photo courtesy of Freddie Wilson

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