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Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions Club
Who have we helped this month?
Well  rst of all, The Olney Group when we once again took over the management of the main entrance gate at the Olney Fireworks. Fantastic display wasn’t it? The weather whilst cold, was at least dry but clearly a lot of folks were waiting to see if it rained before descending on the  eld.
The organisers had to delay the start of the display by a few minutes but thanks to our ‘Ticket Touts’ selling tickets on the path,’ we managed to minimise the queues at the entrance and the delay was kept to the minimum.
We also had some Lions meeting and greeting those attending the Willen Hospice Fashion Show at the Carlton House Club – something we seem to have been doing a lot of in the past few years but try as we do, the organisers of London Fashion week haven’t approached us yet. At our meeting in November, we gave a number of donations to a range of good causes. The Haiti Earthquake appeal you read about last month, LCIF Measles Initiative aimed at eliminating measles in third world countries, Brooklands Centre at Newport Pagnell, Willen Hospice and the MK Disabled Sports Achiever Awards bene tted to the tune of £1800 as a result of our donations.
An International Dinner?
We really experienced the International  avour of Lions when the club visited Newport Pagnell recently. We decided to check out the East House, a local Polish restaurant, which has just been commended in the 2017 issue of the French owned Michelin Guide. With Scots, Irish, Welsh and English members and friends in our group, we were truly International.
A special menu was created for us by the Zawistowscy family and we had a great night experiencing a completely new type of cuisine.
Dickens of a Christmas
Will you be having a Dickens of a Christmas this year? We hope we will be despite the loss of one of our regular venues at the Bull. The temporary closure has seen us having to limit our Craft Fayre to the Olney Centre and Carlton Club meaning we will be a bit smaller and
as a result, anticipate a reduced pro t from the day. We will still have a massive range of unique, high quality hand crafted items for you to purchase for that relation who has everything, so if you will be in Olney on 4th December, don’t forget to pop into our Fayres. £1 will get you access to both sites and could prove to be the best pounds worth of the day.
Our Town Calendars (And Olney Christmas Cards)
Whether you want the Newport Pagnell or Olney Town calendar, they are both available NOW. You can get yours at our Craft Fayres or from a number of outlets in Olney and Newport Pagnell.
So where can you get them?
Olney: Teapots, Cafe Rosco, Cowper and Newton Museum, The Olney Centre, The Carlton Club, Artmart or at the Thursday Market. Newport Pagnell: Post Of ce, Newport News, Heron’s Optician, The Brooklands Centre or outside Boots on Friday mornings.
Many thanks to so many
Each year, our club have so many people that we rely on to help us make our events a success. Whether it is a fundraising activity, supporting another organisation in their work or simply carrying out service activities, we could not be effective without the help of others. It may be local businesses who provide sponsorship, individuals who are members of our Friends of Lions group who respond to our appeals for ‘extra hands’, people who give us facilities for meetings, storage and transport and often simply kind words.
If you see one of our “Help the Community through Lions” decals in a window, please congratulate the staff on supporting the Lions.
To all of them as we approach the end of another year, could we just say a big Thank You for all your support.
And  nally
2017 will be a celebratory year for the club on two counts. We will be 40 years old in April and Lions International will be 100 years old in June. Expect to see our Centennial logo on many things during the year.
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