Tonbridge Lions Club invited local groups from the area with learning and physical difficulties to attend the annual “It’s a Knockout” fun day held at the Angel Centre.

11 groups attended with about 100 participants and their carers taking part in a variety of games some very active, some testing the participants and carers speed of running, following instructions and manual dexterity. This encouraged the teams to challenge themselves and prizes were awarded to the first and second places.

  The winning teams were;

 1st The Horizon Project, Tonbridge

2nd Broomhill Bank School, Royal Tunbridge Wells

All participants received medals for which they were duly proud

The teams had also designed and made Jokers which were judged by the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Mark Rhodes together with Lion President James Lark and his wife Jill. The prize for the best one was awarded to the “The Queen” from the Scotts Project, Tonbridge.

The event organised by Tonbridge Lions Club was started in the early 1990`s by Club member Michael Adams who got the idea after seeing a similar event at another Lions Club. He then set about making all the items for the games which are still in use today.

Lion Bob Maddison Chairman of the organising committee said “We are extremely pleased with the way the day went and an enjoyable time was had by all. We would like to thank all those who took part and made it such a fun day and also the Angel Centre for their assistance in setting up the event”


  

  

 

Press Release

 

Tonbridge Lions 35th Annual Charity Walk, 15th May 2016

 

On a bright and sunny day 108 walkers who took part on either a five-mile or ten-mile walk, starting and ending at Shipbourne Village Hall, raised thousands of pounds for their chosen charities. The shorter route took them via Dunk’s Green, Fairlawne Estate, Ightham Mote, Wilmott Cottage, Budd’s Green, and Shipbourne Church. The longer route extended to Carter’s Hill and Underriver.

Tonbridge Lions Club planned and marshalled the event and supporters of other charities obtained the sponsorship and did the walking. The charities keep all the money for themselves and estimates indicate that in excess of £5,300 was raised. At the finish walkers had their sponsor forms officially “stamped” to show that they had completed the walk and James Lark, President of Tonbridge Lions Club, and his wife Jill, presented each walker with a certificate. Among the charities that benefitted were The Bridge Trust, The Counselling Centre, Kent West Dyslexic Association, Age UK, Hospice in the Weald and Compaid as well as local bowls clubs, the Scouts’ band and Tonbridge Army Cadets. Ten of the Lions member’s ladies and friends also walked and raised over £100 in aid of Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled.

Lion’s event chairman, Pete Davis, said ‘We are extremely pleased with the way the day went, the weather was good and it was great to see so many taking part, raising money for their chosen charities and enjoying our wonderful countryside

 

Photo 1 - Lions member’s ladies and friends walked in aid of Leybourne Grange Riding for the Disabled.



Photo 2 – A group of walkers raised money for their chosen charities.



 Tonbridge Lions Charity Golf Day


At Poult Wood Golf Club on 21 May 2015 44 golfers competed in the annual Stapleford  and Putting Competitions. Lion President Neal Charlesworth presented the awards after dinner.


Winner of the Individual Stapleford with 42 points was Andrew Dykes



Lion Mike Stout won the Putting Competition




And Lion Mike Fenn won the John Lawrence Shield for the best Lion's stapleford score.



£300 was raised for LIBRA, Lions International Blood Research  Association.




 

May Dinner Meeting

At our monthly social gathering at the Hadlow Manor on 9th May, the Tonbridge Lions Club guest speaker was Dr Anne Mackie. Dr Mackie is the NHS Director of Programmes for the Uk National Screening Committee.


 

 Dr Mackie is seen here with the Lions club President, James Lark.


The theme of her talk was, metaphorically: “ Why the early bird doesn’t just get worms”. She went on to explain that screening is a choice and that you should think about whether it is right for you (there are always risks and well as potential benefits) and whether it can actually do what the offer suggests. The UK national screening committee provides advice to the public when considering NHS or private screening tests.

·         Screening information on NHS Choices (includes general information about choice and the benefits/risks of screening)

·         Blog written by Anne about informed choice in screening

·         Leaflet for people thinking of having a private screening test

·         Diagrams and animations explaining what screening is

·         The role of the UK National Screening Committee

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Tonbridge Lions provide afternoon tea and entertainment

 

On Saturday 20th February 140 seniors who live alone, were treated by Tonbridge Lions Club to afternoon tea and entertainment at Tonbridge Baptist Church. The guests were transported to and from the venue where they enjoyed entertainment provided by the Lions members and their ladies with individual “guest spot” performances provided by young magician David Hardman, Ian Patterson who played Widow Twankey in the towns pantomime Aladdin and 8 year old Hannah Packham, daughter of one of the Club’s members.

 

During the interval tea, sandwiches and cakes, made by the Lions member’s ladies, were served. The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Councillor Owen Baldock and theMayoress, Mrs Christine Baldock were in attendance and the Mayor gave a vote of thanks to the Lions on behalf of the guests.

 

Lion Dixon Hawkins, chairman of the organising committee, said “It was a pleasure to see so many people enjoying themselves and I am delighted the afternoon went to plan”

 

 

Photo 1 – The oldest guest Gladys Tuxford 100 (101 in May) receives the attention of the Mayor of Tonbridge Councillor Owen Baldock and Lion President James Lark

Photo 2 – The youngest Hannah Packham 8, performs for the guests with Club member Lion Neal Charlesworth

Photo 3 –Lions members and their ladies provide an afternoon of entertainment

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Tonbridge Lions Club supports their local football club’s  Football Fightback campaign.

 

Tonbridge Lions Club have donated £500 to their local football club Tonbridge Angels FC Football Fightback campaign that aims to screen 800 young people in the quest to eradicate death through undetected cardiac issues.

Lion President James Lark said “We are pleased to support our local football club in their campaign to raise money for the introduction of a cardiac screening programme for young players and I urge others to support this worthwhile cause.”

The football club is committed to raise £28,000 to meet the cost of screening 800 people that would cover not just the club’s own players but a much wider body of young people across the county.

The health campaign grew when the club lost 24 year old player Junior Dian on the pitch last year. His death rocked the club just seven years after they had lost another team mate, Jack Maddams 17, from an undetected heart condition in 2008.

The Football Fightback campaign has received significant support and advice from the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) which promotes the prevention of young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research together with the provision of support for affected families.

Tonbridge Angels confirmed that in excess of £25,000 has been raised so far and the first screening took place at their stadium over the weekend of 9th and 10th January.  Further screening weekends are planned at Gillingham FC, Sevenoaks FC and at Kent Cricket Club.

Anyone wanting to donate to the Football Fightback campaign and help prevent unnecessary sudden death amongst young people can visit www.justgiving.com/footballfightback

 

                                                                         

                     Photo 1 – Tonbridge Lion President James Lark hands over the cheque to Tonbridge Angels FC Chairman Steve Churcher

                     Photo 2 – Tonbridge Angels FC Chairman Steve Churcher acknowledges the donation made by Tonbridge Lions President James Lark




September 2014 Dinner Meeting


Tom Tugendhat gave us an interesting insight into the community building process in Afghanistan at our dinner meeting.

 

Diabetes Screening Day

The Tonbridge Lions Club Annual Diabetes Screening Day took place in the Angel Car Park, Tonbridge, on Saturday, 9th August 2014, between 9am and 4pm.  Three qualified Medix Nurses undertook the examinations led by Senior Nurse Mrs Barbara Plumb.  A healthy blood sugar level that is acceptable is in the range 4 - 7.
A record number of 269 people were tested this year and seven were referred to their General Practitioner for further examination and advice.
The Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Councillor Owen Baldock along with the Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Christine Baldock were welcomed at the screening by the Lion President Neal Charlesworth and Mrs Janet Charlesworth before being invited to be tested by the nurses.
The Tonbridge Lions Diabetes Screening Day has been taking place since the year 2000 and 3857 people have been examined of which between 4 and 5 per cent have been referred for further examination to their GP.
The Chairman of the Tonbridge Lions Health Group, Lion Ron Nutley whose Committee organised the Screening, said “I am delighted with the record numbers we have had today and would like to thank Medix, whose professional staff carried out the tests, Tonbridge and Malling Council for allowing the use of the site, and Roche Diagnostics Ltd for supplying the testing equipment”.

               

Photo 1 – T&MBC Deputy Mayor Cllr Owen Baldock being tested by Medix Nurse Barbara Plumb watched by Deputy Mayoress Mrs Christine Baldock and Tonbridge Lions’ President Neal and Mrs Janet Charlesworth.
Photo 2 – Waiting to be tested in the sunshine

 

TONBRIDGE LIONS CLASSIC CAR TOUR

 

Tonbridge Lions Club organised a Classic Car Tour on Sunday 20th July, a new event for the Club raising money for local charities.

Twenty seven cars started at Tonbridge Castle and travelled through the beautiful countryside of the Weald to Penshurst Place for coffee stop. They then continued through the picturesque lanes and villages of Kent to Lydd Airport for lunch. After lunch they returned by a different route back to Tonbridge Castle for a cream tea.

The cars were a varied cross section of classic cars spanning 64 years the oldest being two pre-war cars a 1934 Lagonda Tourer and a 1937 SS100 Jaguar.

The Concours Award for the best presented car was awarded to a 1981 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus owned by Jon Griffin from Hildenborough.

Kent Air Ambulance, Demelza House Hospice for Children and other local charities will benefit from the day.

Chairman of the Committee Lion Mike Edwards said ‘It was a new event for us and the feedback from the participants was very complimentary and positive and we plan to hold the event again next year’

Tonbridge Lions Club would like to thank Nev’ll Fix it, Martin & Co and Warners Solicitors for sponsoring the event.   

 

Photo 1 – Ready for the off at Tonbridge Castle car park

Photo 2 – Oldest car in the tour entering Penshurst Place


Photo 3 – Lined up at Penshurst Place


 


Tonbridge Lions 33rd Annual Charity Walk, 18th May 2014

The spell of warm sunny weather came just in time for the Lions Annual Charity Walk. The 122 walkers who embarked on either a five-mile or ten-mile walk, starting and ending at Shipbourne Village Hall, raised thousands of pounds. The shorter route took them via Dunk’s Green, Fairlawne Estate, Ightham Mote, Wilmott Cottage, Budd’s Green, and Shipbourne Church. The longer route extended to Carter’s Hill and Underriver.
Although there were still some patches of mud remaining from the winter downpours, the “going” was good underfoot in most places and the walkers returned full of reports of the magnificent views and cool shady woodland.
The Lions planned and marshalled the event and supporters of other charities obtained the sponsorship and did the walking. The charities keep all the money for themselves and estimates indicate that in excess of £3000 was raised. At the finish walkers had their sponsor forms officially “stamped” to show that they had completed the walk and Keith Bourne, President of Tonbridge Lions and his wife Valerie, presented each walker with a certificate. The Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling BC, Cllr. Sasha Luck completed the walk accompanied by her two grandchildren.  Charities which benefited included Age UK, Hospice in the Weald, RSPCA, Mesothelioma UK, TW Mental Health Resource, Kent West Dyslexia Association, The Scotts Project, Tonbridge First Responders and Friends of the Earth as well as local Scouts and Beavers.


                                   
                                               
Photos – 1.The Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling BC, Cllr. Sasha Luck and her granddaughter, Yasmin with Lion President Keith Bourne and his wife, Valerie.
2. Hildenborough Beavers.

Tuesday 29th April 2014

 Another fine day for the annual golf challenge at Poult Wood Golf Course. Fourteen teams competed for the team and individual Stapleford competition and also a  9 hole putting competition.

Prizes were presented by Lions President Keith Bourne following an enjoyable dinner in the club house.

                                

Overall Winner- Keith Pearce                    Team Winners -John Nelson, Tony Parry, Mike Edwards & Mike Stout


                               


 Putting Champ - Keith Pearce                                        Best Lion's Score -  Mike Stout




 

Tonbridge Lions Junior School Choir Competition

 

A new event in the busy programme of Tonbridge Lions Club turned out to be a great success. The planning and organisation was done with many eventualities considered, but true to form, at the River Centre on Wednesday 26th March, “it was alright on the night”. In fact a lot better than alright according to audience reaction and social media comments.

 

253 children made up the six choirs from Cage Green, Sussex Road, Hadlow, St Margaret Clitherow, Slade and Woodlands Schools. Each choir performed two songs to great acclaim from the audience of 350 parents and siblings. One child later confided about how scared they were by the volume of the clapping!

The judges, Helen MacGregor, Rachel Balcombe and Julie Hill, had a difficult task as all were so good in many different ways. Whilst the judges deliberated all six choirs and the audience had a great “singalong” of songs the children had learned for the Young Voices concert.

On behalf of the judges Helen MacGregor complimented each choir for the high standard of the performances and spoke of the enjoyment of the singers that shone through. “You are all winners!” she concluded. Lion President Keith Bourne and his wife Valerie presented the prizes. Each school received a cheque to help their music development.

Fourth equal were Cage Green Primary, Hadlow Primary and Woodlands Junior Schools. Third place went to Sussex Road Primary and second to St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary. In first place was Slade Primary School. To say they were excited is a huge understatement!

A donation will be made to chYps from the bucket collection.

On behalf of the Lions organising committee, Ken Thomas said, “ We were delighted with the event. All choirs performed really well and the community singing was fantastic.”






The choir of Slade Primary School, the winners!










Lion President Keith Bourne with his wife Valerie presents first prize to Stephanie Stephens of Slade Primary School.

 

Thespian Lions show their talents.

 

On Saturday 22rd February 140 seniors who live alone, were treated by Tonbridge Lions Club to an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments at Tonbridge Baptist Church.  The guests were transported to and from the venue by Lions members and enjoyed a performance by Lions and their ladies. The show also included a “guest spot” performance by Hannah and Lucy Minton, daughters of the show’s pianist, Steve Minton.

During the interval afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes, made by the Lions’ ladies, were served.  The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Councillor Howard Rogers and Mrs Jane Rogers were in attendance and the Mayor gave a vote of thanks to the Lions on behalf of the guests. Lion Ian Kury, chairman of the organising committee, said  “I was delighted that the whole event went to plan and was very gratified by the appreciation shown by our guests at the end of the afternoon.”

 

 

PHOTO: The Mayor, Councillor Howard Rogers pours the tea for the oldest guest, Pat Hawkins aged 95, during the tea interval.



 


Tonbridge Lions Club’s second competition for Christmas lights outside domestic residences in the Tonbridge, Hildenborough and Hadlow areas closed on 17th December as the judges came together to consider the entries. Having studied the photographs of the submitted schemes, Keith Bourne, President of Tonbridge Lions, Guy Portelli, well-known local sculptor, and George Niklas inspected the lighting installation of each of the selected finalists before reaching their decision.

The three winners were (in no particular order) Adrian Winter of Hopgarden Road, Mary Campbell of Hadlow Road and Jim Gooden of Valley Forge Close. All three nominated Hospice in the Weald as their chosen charity so a £600 donation resulted. Each winner received an Ian Chatfield Christmas food trug.

  

Chairman of the organising committee, John Ruck said, “The competition was widely publicised in the local press, local news magazines and on internet blogs. Additionally we delivered over 100 entry forms to houses with good lighting displays. The quality of the entries received was great but we saw many more that could have been contenders but were not entered. However, we are delighted with the winning lighting schemes and pleased to donate to the nominated charity.”

 

Tonbridge Half Marathon

 On 22 September 2013 our annual Half Marathon, a joint event with The Rotary Club of Tonbridge, welcomed over 1000 entrants.
The men's winner was Thomas Fewster in a time of 1hr. 13 mins. 13 secs. First female home was Maria Heslop in a time of 1hr. 20 mins. 34 secs.




Diabetes Screening

 

The Tonbridge Lions Annual Diabetic Day took place in the Angel Car Park, Tonbridge, on Saturday, 10th August  2013, between 9am and 4pm.  Four qualified Medix Nurses undertook the examinations led by Senior Nurse Mrs Barbara Plumb.  A healthy blood sugar level that is acceptable is in the range 4 - 7.

 

254 people presented themselves for examination and seven were referred to their General Practitioner for further examination and advice.

 

His Worship the Mayor, Cllr Howard Rogers along with the Mayoress, Mrs Jane Rogers were accompanied by the Lion President Keith Bourne and Mrs Valerie Bourne at the screening and were tested by the nurses.

 

The Tonbridge Lions Diabetic Screening has been taking place since the year 2000 and 3558 people have been examined of which between 6 and 7 per cent have been referred for further examination to their GP.

 

The Chairman of the Tonbridge Lions Health Group, Lion Russell Dorling whose Committee organised the Screening, said  “I am delighted with the response we have had today and cannot emphasise how important it is to have blood sugar levels examined in adulthood when early detection of high sugar levels can prevent serious consequences of diabetes in later life.  My thanks go out to all those people that made the day such a success.”

 

Photo – T&MBC Mayor Cllr Howard and Mrs Jane Rogers with Medix Nurses Amanda Weeks and Barbara Plumb with Tonbridge Lions’ President Keith and Mrs Valerie Bourne.

                                                                                  


 

 

Tonbridge Lions 32nd Annual Charity Walk, 19th May 2013

 

Early risers on Sunday 19th may have heard the bells of St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Tonbridge ringing Grandsire Triples on Radio 4 at 5.43 a.m.  Tonbridge Lions needed no such wake-up call to prepare for their club’s 32nd annual charity walk. The 124 walkers who embarked on either a five-mile or ten-mile walk starting and ending at Shipbourne Village Hall raised thousands of pounds. The shorter route took them via Dunk’s Green, Fairlawne Estate, Ightham Mote, Wilmott Cottage, Budd’s Green, and Shipbourne Church. The longer route extended to Carter’s Hill and Underriver.

With fine sunny weather that was not too warm and the “going” good underfoot in most places, the walkers returned full of reports of the magnificent views and the springtime fragrances of bluebells and wild garlic.

The Lions planned and marshalled the event and supporters of other charities obtained the sponsorship and did the walking. The charities keep all the money for themselves and estimates indicate that around £4000 was raised. At the finish walkers had their sponsor forms officially “stamped” to show that they had completed the walk and Mike Stout, President of Tonbridge Lions presented each walker with a certificate.

The Mayor & Mayoress of Tonbridge & Malling BC, Cllr Howard and Mrs Jane Rogers completed the longer walk and raised funds for The Bridge Trust.  Other beneficiaries included Age UK, Hayesbrook School PTA, chYps Hospice, The Scotts Project, Angel Ladies and Junior Bowls, Tonbridge First Responders and well as local Scouts and Beavers.

 

Photo - The Mayor & Mayoress of Tonbridge & Malling BC, Cllr. Howard and Mrs Jane Rogers receive their certificates from Lion President Mike Stout.

                                                               

                                                               







 

TONBRIDGE LIONS TRIATHLON

 

As Chairman of the Lions Triathlon Committee for 2013 I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for making this such a successful day.

Thanks to my organising committee carried out the their tasks and roles admirably, we had the support of Tonbridge Lions club members, their ladies and friends  who helped put the triathlon on and made it all possible.

Our sponsors and supporters, Harwoods LandRover, Warners Solicitors, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and all the other advertisers without whom we would not have raised so much for the Kent Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance, Headway and other  local charities.

Mostly I want to thank you the competitors for coming along competing and being so friendly, making the day such an enjoyable time for one and all.

Finally a very big thank you to the weather gods who blessed us with such a fine couple of days to set up, break down and compete on.

Well done and thank you to one and all.

 

Bob Bartlett

Tonbridge Lions Triathlon

 

Mayors’ tales at Tonbridge Lions show.

 

On Saturday 23rd February 140 seniors who live alone, were treated by Tonbridge Lions Club to an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments at Tonbridge Baptist Church.  The guests were transported to and from the venue by Lions members and enjoyed a performance by Lions and their ladies. The show also included “guest spot” performance by two former Mayors, Cllrs Sue Murray and Brian Luker who performed “Ah Yes, I Remember It Well”.  Dame Trott (Ian Patterson) from the recent Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime also featured as a guest artist.

 

During the interval, afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes, made by the Lions’ ladies, were served.  The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Councillor Dave Davis, was in attendance and gave a vote of thanks to the Lions on behalf of the guests. Lion Colin Lord, chairman of the organising committee, said, “It was great to see so many people enjoying the afternoon’s entertainment. It made us feel that all our efforts were worthwhile.”

 

 

PHOTO: During the tea interval, the Mayor, Councillor Dave Davis, watched by Lion President Mike Stout, pours the tea for life long Tonbridge resident, Marjorie Clifton, aged 94.


                                                                       



 

Panto plays to full houses.

The curtain has come down on Tonbridge Lions Club’s hugely successful production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Producer Richard Hill said, “After last year’s overwhelming response to the Saturday matinee, we decided to perform three times on the Saturday. Although tiring for everyone involved, this worked very well, as we had packed houses for every performance.”

Performed by the local drama group, The CLIPS Theatre Company, the production was very family orientated, with all the usual pantomime humour, featuring many catchy songs and vibrant dancing.

Lions President Mike Stout said, “The pantomime is an opportunity for Lions to bring entertainment to the community of Tonbridge.  We are dedicated to providing a community service in Tonbridge and the pantomime is a welcome addition to our other activities like the Summer Carnival and the Triathlon”

All proceeds from the pantomime go to local charities.


  Photo: The Mayor of T&MBC Cllr Dave Davis meets the Lions President, Mike Stout, and the pantomime cast.


 Martin rejoins Panto Cast

 

Martin Collis appears for the second year running, in the popular pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, at the Angel Centre, Tonbridge, on Friday 14th (7,30pm) and Saturday 15th December with three performances, at 11.00am; 2.30pm and 6.30pm

Produced by the local Drama Group, The CLIPS Theatre Company, Martin rejoins the cast, in the role of Simon Trott, the brother of Jack, who defeats the giant, who lives at the top of the beanstalk. Martin looks forward to appearing with his four children and his wife Lynne, in this very family orientated pantomime, with all the usual pantomime humour and foot tapping songs.

 All proceeds from the pantomime go to local charities. Tickets are priced at £10.00 for Adults and £8.00 for Concessions. A family ticket is priced at £30.00 for a family of four. All are available from the Angel Centre Box Office (01732 359966)

 Photo: Martin Collis with some younger cast members.

PRESS RELEASE
Lions hold a Magical Gala Evening

As part of their 2012 Community Programme, Tonbridge Lions are delighted to be hosting a Gala Evening, prior to their annual pantomime, which this year is Jack and the Beanstalk.

The main performances are on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th December at The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, but special needs groups of both adults and children are being treated to a gala preview performance on Thursday 13th December, which is sponsored by Knight Frank Estate Agents.

The Kent Branch of the Royal Variety Club will be bringing local groups such as Ridgeview School, Platform 51 and Sigh of Relief. However, some other groups such as Greenwich Toy Library and Lambeth Family Link will also be in attendance.

Produced by the Tonbridge based CLIPS Theatre Company, and attended by the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, this gala performance of Jack and the Beanstalk will be guaranteed to make Christmas extra special for this audience.

Other performances are 14th December at 7.30pm and 15th December at 11.00am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Tickets are available from the Angel Centre 01732 359966 priced at £10.00 adult; £8.00 concessions and £30.00 for a family of four.



 

Funds mount up at the Seventeenth Annual Open Charity Horse Show.

 

Tonbridge Lions were delighted with the success of their seventeenth Annual Charity Horse Show held at Lodge Farm, Matfield on Sunday 2nd September. The poor summer weather had caused many horse shows in the south-east to be cancelled but the day stayed fine for the Tonbridge Lions. Over 200 competitors and horses competed in 42 classes in 9 Rings and over 80 dogs participated in the Fun Dog Show and Dog Agility.

 

“We believe that when the counting is over, we will have earned over £3000 to distribute between Hospice in the Weald, Headway and other local Tonbridge charities. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will go to Riding for the Disabled at Leybourne Grange." said Bob Taylor the Chairman of the Horse Show committee. "The success is due to the facts that we are able to call upon the over 70 volunteers, comprising members of Tonbridge Lions Club and their wives, Friends of Tonbridge Lions, volunteer Judges, and our hard working Show Secretary, Carole Chapman.”


 

 

Photo: Working Hunter Champion, Ella Dalton on Bailey Rae with Lion President Mike Stout presenting the Penfold Challenge Cup.

Diabetes Screening

On Saturday 18th August 2012, Tonbridge Lions Club held their annual Diabetes Screening Day in the Angel Centre car park, Tonbridge.

One hundred and eighty visitors attended the location and took up the offer of a free test of  their blood sugar levels, performed by Medix qualified nurses. Following the examination six visitors were referred to their General Practitioner for further investigation.

His Worship the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr David Davis along with the President of Tonbridge Lions Lion Michael Stout attended the event and were tested by the Medix Nurses.

Since the inception of Tonbridge Lions Diabetes Screening Day 10 years ago, it is estimated that over 3,000 people have taken advantage of the free blood test by the Medix Team. Of these 6% (180 persons) were referred to their Medical Practitioners for further investigation, with a view to preventing potential health problems.

 

Photo – Tonbridge Lions’ President, Mike Stout looks on as a member of the Medix team tests the blood of T&MBC Mayor Cllr David Davis.

 

 

IT'S A KNOCKOUT

There was lots of competiveness at the Angel Centre last Friday when the Tonbridge Lions Club organised their annual ‘It’s a Knockout’ day for nearly 120 people with learning and physical disabilities assisted by their helpers and carers.

The club set up numerous games for each of the eleven organisations who take part. Teams of six entered each event and double points were scored when they entered their joker.

Lunch was provided for all and judging of the joker emblems was carried out by the Mayor of Tonbridge Councillor David Davis after completion of the games.

The winning team overall was Broomhill Dusty Bin from The Avenue Trust and the Joker prize went to the Jacksons Jesters from Broomhill Bank School.

Lion Mike Fenn, who organised the event said that judging by the cheering and banter that went on throughout the day, everyone had had a great time.



 

Tonbridge Triathlon 2012

This year being "Olympic" Year, it was decided to run two events concurrently,our normal "Sprint" distance event and a  "Standard" Olympic distance event. The weather on the day was good, and both events were very well organised and marshalled as usual.We had our usual mix of ages and abilities, The oldest being a lady of 78 years young!

Crystal palace Tri club used the Sprint event as their Club Championship, it was our pleasure to welcome them, and to see them competing so keenly against one another.

The Standard distance race had 61 finishers, with a winning time of 2.18.14 (course record)

The Sprint distance race had 300 finishers, with a winning time of 1.11.40.

Most of the prize winners came from outside of the area, but a local lady was runner up in the over 40 section,and a local Hildenborough girl was the fastest swim of the day, in 6.04, which includes run from pool to transition.

All in all a good event, with no real incidents or accidents to report.

lots of competitors asked about doing the longer race next year, so if we get the interest we will do it.

We would like to thank all competitors for their participation, and good humour throughout the day,it makes the tedious job of marshalling a whole lot better.

See you next year.

 

Marshall Browning, Triathlon Chairman

 

 

GOLF DAY 2012

Although the weather was not too kind to us in the morning, very cold and wet, a fun day was enjoyed by 52 golfers at Poult Wood Golf Centre. The day started with a 9 hole team competition and a putting competition, followed by lunch, an 18 hole Stableford competition and finished with a 3 course dinner in the evening which all helped to keep everyone active for the day.

The results are given below:-

The 18 Hole Stableford Competition

Overall Winner   Stuart Lawrence with 42 points

2nd Place   Dick Clarke with 39 points

3rd Place      John Ralston with 37 points

4TH Place   Graham Willcocks with 36 points, 16 points on the back 9, 12 points on the back 6.

5TH Place   Tom McHenry with 36 points, 16 points on the back 9, 11 points on the back 6.

The John Lawrence Trophy

 Won by Lion Tom McHenry

Nearest the Pin:-

5th Green   John Ruck

12th Green    John Ralston

14th Green    Dick Clarke

17th Green   Rex Butcher

The 9 hole Team Competition

Won by Team 8, John Ralston, Andrew Dykes and Geoff Cooley.

The Putting Competition

Won by Ted Glenny

 

Many thanks to all who supported the event, which raised £403 profit for the Club’s charity funds.

 

62nd CHARTER NIGHT
The 62nd Charter Night was held at Salomons on Saturday the 10th March. Honoured guests included the Worshipful the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling accompanied with his wife Joy, District Governor Lion Frank Lees accompanied by his partner Judith and the President of Tonbridge Rotary Club Mr Chris Wickham and his wife Carol.

SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY 2012

On Saturday 25th February 130 seniors who live alone, were treated by Tonbridge Lions Club to an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments at Tonbridge Baptist Church.  The guests were transported to the venue by Lions members and enjoyed a performance by Lions and their ladies. The show also included two young entertainers, David Hardman, a 13 year old magician and 18 year old Lauren McGill who performed rhythmic gymnastics.

 

During the interval afternoon tea and cakes, made by the Lions’ ladies, were served.  The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Councillor Brian Luker, was in attendance and gave a vote of thanks to the Lions on behalf of the guests. Lion Dixon Hawkins, chairman of the organising committee, said  “It was a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the afternoon’s entertainment. It made us feel that all our efforts were worthwhile”.

 

 

TONBRIDGE LIONS PANTO 2011

PANTO OVER FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Tonbridge Lions Club’s hugely successful production of Cinderella has taken its last bow, after entertaining packed houses at every performance.

The Producer Richard Hill said “The Angel Centre box office was inundated with last minute bookings. So much so that extra seats were employed to increase the capacity. This meant that there was little room at the front. We hope that this didn’t inconvenience the audience too much.”

Performed by the local Drama Group, The CLIPS Theatre Company, the production was very family orientated, with all the usual pantomime humour and featuring many favourite songs.

Lion’s President Allan Mort said “ We had the awful weather last year, so we were pleased that so many people came to be entertained at our second pantomime. Lions are dedicated to providing a community service in Tonbridge, and the pantomime is a welcome addition to our other activities like the Summer Carnival and the Triathlon.”

All proceeds from the pantomime go to local charities.

 

Photo: The Mayor of T&MB, Cllr. Brian Luker with the cast of Cinderella, the producer, Richard Hill, and Tonbridge Lions President, Allan Mort.

 

FIRST TONBRIDGE HALF MARATHON TAKES PLACE

Following month of planning the first Tonbridge Half Marathon took place on the 25th September. The event was jointly organised by Tonbridge Lions and the Rotary Club of Tonbridge. The event was kindly supported by a number of sponsors woith the main one being Tonbridge Porsche. The weather was kind and approx 1000 runners took part over the undulating and testing course.

The event was kindly started by Dame Kelly Holmes

2011 HORSE SHOW

Funds mount up at the Sixteenth Annual Open Charity Horse Show.

 

Tonbridge Lions were delighted with the success of their sixteenth Annual Charity Horse Show held at Lodge Farm, Matfield on Sunday 4th September. Like many other local horse shows this year, the Tonbridge Lions 16th Horse & Fun Dog Show had slightly fewer competitors than usual but still it managed to raise a substantial amount for the chosen charities. The weather was not as perfect as wished for with a two-hour rainstorm from noon onwards. Despite this the 300 competitors and horses competed in 44 classes in 10 Rings and over 80 dogs participated in the Fun Dog Show and Dog Agility.

 

“We believe that when the counting is over, we will have earned over £6000 to distribute between Lions International Blood Research Appeal, which funds equipment for the development of cell therapies at the Department of Haematological Medicine at King’s College Hospital, Headway and other local Tonbridge charities. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will go to Riding for the Disabled at Leybourne Grange." said Bob Taylor the Chairman of the Horse Show committee. "The success is due to the facts that we are able to call upon the over 70 volunteers, comprising members of Tonbridge Lions Club and their wives, Friends of Lions, volunteer Judges, young members from the 2520 (Tonbridge) Squadron Air Training Corps and our hard working Show Secretary, Carole Chapman.”

 

 

Photo: Working Hunter Champion, Laura Craner on Misty Miss with Lion President Allan Mort presenting the Penfold Challenge Cup.

 

DIABETES TESTING AT THE ANGEL CENTRE

Tonbridge Lions were delighted with the success of their diabetes screening held on 20th August.  233 people were tested and 7 of them showed blood sugar levels that resulted in them being referred to their GPs for further tests and medical advice.

Representing Tonbridge and Malling BC, Cllr Ann Kemp was welcomed by Tonbridge Lions’ President, Allan Mort before getting her blood sugar level checked.

The success of the screening was attributed to a number of people who contributed to the testing, in particular Tonbridge Lions wish to thank Medix whose professional staff carried out the blood tests.  Thanks to Tonbridge and Malling BC who provided the site in the Angel Centre car park. The excellent pre-event publicity through the Courier proved very effective judging by the numbers who came to the Angel Centre specifically to be tested.

Chairman of the Lions organising committee, Red Dill said, “This is the ninth screening that we have organised and we are delighted with the response.  Early detection of diabetes enables treatment that reduces the risk of the development of serious complications. We plan to build on this success with another screening session next year.” 

                                                                          

                                                                    

      

Seated L to R. Cllr Ann Lane, Lion President Allan Mort, Mrs Jackie Mort

                                                                                                      Standing L to R. Lions Fred Aldridge, Derek Webb, Mike Fenn

                                                                    

Tonbridge Lions Club would like to thank the good people of Tonbridge who turned out to support this year's Carnival despite the poor weather.

They watched 35 entries process through the High Street that included Tonbridge Angels FC and Tonbridge Juddians RC along side main sponsors Parker Building Supplies

and representatives from many local schools, clubs and societies.

The winners judged by Mayor Councillor Brian Luker, Lion President Mike Edwards together with their respective wives Joy & Lynda were:

 Adult Float   -  Pickering Cancer Drop In Centre

Junior Float  -  Longmead Community Primary School

Adult Walking  -  Bananaman (Nick the 'Trolley Boy' from Sainsbury Tonbridge).

Junior Walking  -  Roselands Pre-School

Majorettes  -  Tri-Star Twirlers

The triumphant band in The Southern England Parade Band Contest were the very smart and accomplished Hornchurch Pipe & Drum Corps who performed in the arena during the afternoon.

The crowd were also entertained by displays from Synergy Taekwon-Do, Stagecoach Theatre School, Aerodance and Cannon Irish Dance.

Stallholders at The Fete reported good takings and all monies raised will be distributed by The Lions Club to local charities and good causes.

Carnival Chairman Lion Lofty Bunyon on behalf of the club would like to thank all who made the day possible and especially Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Tonbridge Police, Kent Fire & Rescue, Kent Highways, Kentec Tool Hire (Tonbridge) and T & T Express Deliveries (Tonbridge).


The "one-off" evening Party On The Lawn suffered from the atrocious weather. The driving rain coupled with a cold wind kept new ticket sales down but a hardcore of determined

townsfolk stayed until 9pm huddled under umbrellas and gazebos. They were encouraged by Benedict Smith from KMFM Radio who generously gave his time and enjoyed colourful and rhythmic music from samba band Bloco Fogo and a selection of popular music from the very talented Kathryn Buck and Friends.

The Royal British Legion were delighted with the event which included a toast to The Legion in recognition of their 90th birthday led by Tonbridge Branch Chairman Mr Vivian Oakley in the presence of The Branch Standards, The Mayor Councillor Brian Luker & Lion President Mike Edwards.

All proceeds from ticket sales and the evening's raffle will be go to The Poppy Appeal.


 

TRIATHLON 2011

The 20th Tonbridge Lions Triathlon Event took place on May 2 at Tonbridge School.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a top class facility available, right on our doorstep.

This year, 342 entrants took part on a dry, sunny but windy day, which may have caused problems for the cycling element of the event and also to those marshals and helpers who were in shady or windswept locations!

The overall winner for this year's event was Billy Parker Brown in a time of 1.09.23 narrowly beating Neil Harris our winner of the last two years by 35 secs.

 Although the event requires a lot of planning and long hours for the marshals and other helpers and staff, it is well worth the effort when one realises that the proceeds from the event go towards supporting local charities and people less fortunate than ourselves.  I estimate this year's event will raise approximately £9,500 for charitable purposes.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to make the day a successful and safe one and the management and staff at Tonbridge School who enabled us to hold the event and make use of their facilities.

Finally, I would like to thank all the competitors and their supporters who we hope had a wonderful race. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

Tom Simmons

Triathlon Chairman 2011


CHARTER NIGHT 2011

On Saturday 5th March, the annual Charter night dinner took place at Salomons in Southborough. 131 attended including the Worshipful the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Councillor Sue Murray with her husband Stuart, District Governor Mike Howes and his wife Christine and the President of Tonbridge Rotary Club Mr Eddie Prescott with his wife Barbara. There were also a large number of Lions from surrounding Clubs in attendance.

SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY
 
Tonbridge Lions entertain.

 

On Saturday 26th The Mayor, Cllr Sue Murray, and Lion President Mike Edwards meet 100 year old Gwen Payne (on the right) and her friend, Pat Hawkins, during the tea intervalFebruary 130 seniors who live alone, were treated by Tonbridge Lions Club to an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments at Tonbridge Baptist Church.  The guests were transported to the venue by Lions members and enjoyed a performance by Lions and their ladies.  During the show, which had a cruise ship holiday theme, the cast of 18 performed well-known songs from around the world. The audience participated in a Sing-a-long-a-Lions session. Three birthday cakes were presented and more than a dozen free raffle prizes awarded to the lucky winners.

 

During the interval afternoon tea and cakes, made by the Lions’ ladies, were served.  The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Councillor Sue Murray, was in attendance and gave a vote of thanks to the Lions on behalf of the guests. Lion Dixon Hawkins, chairman of the organising committee, said  “I was delighted that the whole event went to plan and was very gratified by the appreciation shown by our guests at the end of the afternoon.”




Tonbridge Lions’ Christmas Collection

 

Tonbridge Lions have rolled out their barrel organ again for their Christmas collection in Tonbridge.

To demonstrate her support for the good work done by the club, The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling BC, Cllr. Sue Murray met with Lion President Mike Edwards at the barrel organ outside Sainsburys.

 The idea for a Christmas collection, with the proceeds being used to provide Christmas hampers to some of the elderly in the community, started back in 1952.  At that time the Club had been in existence for less than two years and was just beginning to establish its reputation as a charitable service organisation in the Town.  Founder member Lions Tom Wakefield and Jim Parks had to drive an open van to Brighton to collect a barrel organ that was hired at a cost of ten guineas a week. As well as appearing in the High Street, the barrel organ was taken to pubs in the town where customers were encouraged to make donations to the good cause by being allowed to give the organ handle a twirl.  The proceeds of the collection were used to provide gifts – two hundredweight of coal and two bushels of logs (a precursor to the Government’s Winter Fuel Allowance) for the elderly.

In 1969, as barrel organs became museum pieces and were more difficult to obtain, club members set about building one of their own.  The music came from a tape recorder powered by a huge lead acid battery from a railway carriage.  Thankfully electronic miniaturisation has provided smaller and lighter equipment to be installed in more recent years.

Commenting on this year’s collection, Lion President Mike Edward said, “We are delighted to have collected over £1000 in the first two days and we are exceedingly grateful for the generosity of the people of Tonbridge for helping us to help others.”







Fifteenth Annual Open Charity Horse Show bucks the trend.

Tonbridge Lions were delighted with the success of their fifteenth Annual Charity Horse show held at Lodge Farm, Matfield on Sunday 5th September. Unlike many other local horse shows this year, the Tonbridge Lions 15th Horse & Fun Dog Show not only attracted more competitors but managed to raise more than ever for the chosen charities. The weather was once again absolutely perfect and the 320 competitors and horses competed in 7 Rings and over 100 dogs participated in the Fun Dog Show and Dog Agility

 

“We believe that when the counting is over, we will have earned over £7500 to distribute between West Kent branch of Alzheimer's, Headway and other local Tonbridge charities" said Bob Taylor the Chairman of the Horse Show committee. "The success is due to the facts that we are able to call upon the over 70 volunteers, comprising members and wives of Tonbridge Lions Club, Friends of Lions, Judges and the ATC and, of course having an indefatigable secretary, Janey Williams


Diabetes Screening – 7 August 2010

 

Tonbridge Lions were delighted with the success of their diabetes screening held on 7th August.  213 people were tested and 4 of them showed blood sugar levels that resulted in them being referred to their GPs for further tests and medical advice.

 

The Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Brian Luker was welcomed by Tonbridge Lions’ President, Mike Edwards before getting his blood sugar level checked. (Photo).

 

The success of the screening was attributed to a number of people who contributed to the testing, in particular Tonbridge Lions wish to thank Medix whose professional staff carried out the blood tests.  Thanks also go to Roche Diagnostics, who donated the testing materials, and to Tonbridge and Malling BC who provided the site in the Angel Centre car park. The excellent pre-event publicity through the Courier proved very effective judging by the numbers who came to the Angel Centre specifically to be tested.

 

Chairman of the Lions organising committee, Ron Nutley said, “This is the eighth screening that we have organised and we are delighted with the response.  Early detection of diabetes enables treatment that reduces the risk of the development of serious complications. We plan to build on this success with another screening session next year.” 

CARNIVAL 2010

The Lions Club have done the people of Tonbridge proud once again with a very successful event.

 

Everyone worked really hard, the weather was kind and the local community turned out in what may have been record numbers.

People's generosity was evident with a 60% increase in Lions stalls' takings and more than a 20% increase on our bucket collections throughout the Carnival and on The Castle Lawn.

After expenses the event raised in excess of £5100.

 

With the support of The Tonbridge Branch Of The Royal British Legion we were able to deliver on our promise to make Carnival 2010 an opportunity to salute our Armed Forces and their continuing dedication and service.

We are donating £1500 to Help For Heroes and £500 each to

St. Dunstans, Combat Stress & The Royal British Legion.

The Legion were able to secure the appearance in the procession of a 'Traditional Gurkha Band'. They travelled from Aldershot & Reading and together with their family & friends added a special flavour to proceedings.

 

This was the second year of The Marching Band Competition and the standard was very high. The Champion Band from Burgess Hill performed on The Castle Lawn.

Introducing 'Morgan Cars' in the procession was well received and the floats and walking groups from local schools, clubs & societies were of the usual high standard. A very big thank-you goes to T&T Transport who provide most of the lorries and drivers for the floats. Without their help the procession would not happen.

The Mayor of T&MBC Councillor Sue Murray & Lion President Bunny Bates together with their partners judged the procession entrants in different classes and trophies were awarded at The Fete.

Making more use of River Walk worked well with visitors being greeted with a Silver Band, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampolines, A Crazy Kithcen, Sea Scouts on The Medway and other stalls before they had even ventured on to the Castle Lawn.

Punch & Judy, Rondo The Clown, a Giant Inflatable Slide and other fairground type rides kept the young people occupied whilst their parents and grandparents took advantage of the time to visit old favourites like the Cake, Book, Bric-a-brac, 'Bling' and Plant stalls then trying their skill at the ever popular Coconut Shie, Hoopla, Tombola and other games. After their exertions a sit down at the new 'Cream Tea stall' was most welcome and this addition proved very popular. We are very grateful to Waitrose who donated 200 cream teas for us to sell.

 

The Council were very impressed with the way the event was organised and especially with the very clean state in which the venue was left. Thank you to everyone for their efforts.

Last but by no means least, we must thank The Fire Brigade, The Police, Medix and The ATC for their help and support. Each will receive a donation from the club's Charity Account.

CARNIVAL 2010

The Lions Club have done the people of Tonbridge proud once again with a very successful event.

 

Everyone worked really hard, the weather was kind and the local community turned out in what may have been record numbers.

People's generosity was evident with a 60% increase in Lions stalls' takings and more than a 20% increase on our bucket collections throughout the Carnival and on The Castle Lawn.

After expenses the event raised in excess of £5100.

 

With the support of The Tonbridge Branch Of The Royal British Legion we were able to deliver on our promise to make Carnival 2010 an opportunity to salute our Armed Forces and their continuing dedication and service.

We are donating £1500 to Help For Heroes and £500 each to

St. Dunstans, Combat Stress & The Royal British Legion.

The Legion were able to secure the appearance in the procession of a 'Traditional Gurkha Band'. They travelled from Aldershot & Reading and together with their family & friends added a special flavour to proceedings.

 

This was the second year of The Marching Band Competition and the standard was very high. The Champion Band from Burgess Hill performed on The Castle Lawn.

Introducing 'Morgan Cars' in the procession was well received and the floats and walking groups from local schools, clubs & societies were of the usual high standard. A very big thank-you goes to T&T Transport who provide most of the lorries and drivers for the floats. Without their help the procession would not happen.

The Mayor of T&MBC Councillor Sue Murray & Lion President Bunny Bates together with their partners judged the procession entrants in different classes and trophies were awarded at The Fete.

Making more use of River Walk worked well with visitors being greeted with a Silver Band, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampolines, A Crazy Kithcen, Sea Scouts on The Medway and other stalls before they had even ventured on to the Castle Lawn.

Punch & Judy, Rondo The Clown, a Giant Inflatable Slide and other fairground type rides kept the young people occupied whilst their parents and grandparents took advantage of the time to visit old favourites like the Cake, Book, Bric-a-brac, 'Bling' and Plant stalls then trying their skill at the ever popular Coconut Shie, Hoopla, Tombola and other games. After their exertions a sit down at the new 'Cream Tea stall' was most welcome and this addition proved very popular. We are very grateful to Waitrose who donated 200 cream teas for us to sell.

 

The Council were very impressed with the way the event was organised and especially with the very clean state in which the venue was left. Thank you to everyone for their efforts.

Last but by no means least, we must thank The Fire Brigade, The Police, Medix and The ATC for their help and support. Each will receive a donation from the club's Charity Account.


Good weather blessed the event once again after a few worried looks out of the window over the days leading up to the big day. We had a full entry list and were expecting a fiercely contested race as usual.  There were 450 entrants which ranged from Novices to seasoned Internationals however, in the spirit of the event everyone helped everyone else no matter their level of competition. This event is now an integral part of the club and raises a large amount of money for local charities and we hope to continue to run the event for many years to come. This years event was won by a local man, Neil Harris who successfully defended his 2009 title and he will no doubt be going for the hat trick of wins next year.



DIAMOND JUBILEE CHARTER NIGHT AT SALOMONS ON THE 6TH MARCH 2010
Tonbridge Lions Club celebrated its 60th Anniversary Charter night at Salomons on the evening of the 6th March 2010. The event was attended by some 180 persons including the Worshipful the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Councillor Sue Murray accompanied by her husband Stuart, Past International Director Lion Colin Vincent accompanied by his wife Val, District Governor Lion Eddie Warne accompanied by his wife Lion Maureen and the President of Tonbridge Rotary Club, Mr Gordon Court accompanied by his lady Mrs Hilary Murphy. There were also a great number of representatives from our daughter clubs and those clubs in both our zone and region.

Another Senior Singles party has come and gone!
After weeks , indeed months of planning, rehearsing and preparation it was all over in in 3 hoiurs at the Baptist Church on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Put like that, it sounds simple and starightforward, but  a great many hours and a lot of hard work went into what proved to be yet another successful and enjoyable afternoon. Certianly, the 124 guests who attended thought so judging by the comments we haev received and their rave reviews in the cars as we took them back home. We were once again graced with the presence of The Worshipful the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Councillor Sue Murray accompanied by her husband and we are grateful to them both for giving up the time to attend once again.



NORMAL SERVICE HAS BEEN RESUMED

 

After last year’s Horse Show (the thirteenth !), which had to be postponed because of almost 2 weeks of continuous rain, we reverted back to almost perfect Horse Show weather this year.  With the rest of the country suffering from a wet summer it was very noticeable how dry it has been in Kent this year as we found it very difficult to push in the plastic post spikes more than a few inches. Colin (our sign man) earned his keep this year as he had to use an iron spike to make holes for 50+ signs he erects.

 

Apart from a minor hiccup on Saturday when setting up the Rings, (has anyone borrowed  a bag of electric tape !!) the whole show went very smoothly. In fact the only injury the ambulance crews had to deal with was a wasp sting !(John Ruck’s grandson).

 

We make money from the Horse Show from quite a few income streams. The main money spinner of course being the entries. This year we increased the price per Class but reduced it for ‘bulk purchases’ , the idea was to avoid having too many horse boxes to park and too many horses on the show ground, which slows the whole day down. We have yet to finalise the money count but first indicators seem to show we broke our record for entry income with less horses (we had almost 300 whereas in 2007 we had 360 which completely filled both parking areas).

 

The second income stream is from sponsors/advertisers in the Schedule. This is our insurance policy. If we have to cancel we can still pay any debts with the income from the Schedule. This year the number of advertisers was down because of the recession and we were hit by the withdrawal of our main sponsor. However, an anonymous ‘white knight’ came forth at the last minute and sponsored the Hospice in the Weald advert.

The third income stream is food. This is also very weather dependent. Too hot and the sale of drinks (low margin) goes up but food (high margin) is down. With cooler weather we can even run out so we have to rush off to Waitrose in Borough Green ! Catering is a fine balancing act ably organised by Ian and his sturdy team.

 

The fourth income stream comprises the various ‘pay as you go’ Rings such as the Dog Show, Dog Agility, Clear Round, Handy Pony and Gymkhana plus the raffle. This year all of these were well up on previous years.

 

We will not know exactly how much we have made until our hon. Treasury has finished his counting but at this stage our best guess is between £6-7000.  

 

What many of you don’t notice are the ‘logistics’ of the Show. The Saturday set up follows a well trodden path of begging and borrowing. There are over 30 jumps to be brought in (from Sevenoaks Riding Club, Lodge Farm and Platt). The tents comes from Scout clubs in the district and are put up and taken down with ease by a very efficient (most of the time) team of ex scouters.

 

Taking everything down after a hard day on the Show ground is a real test of stamina. However, this year the ATC excelled with many more volunteers which was a great help. .

Finally I would very much like to thank our committee (and those co-opted for specific skills !) and all of you, your ladies and friends for making it such a great day.

 

Sunday 14 June dawned fine and sunny and by 8.00am there was a hive of activity on Tonbridge Castle Lawn where the Lions and supporters were busy setting up there stalls for the afternoon fete.  Elsewhere around the town many groups were beginning to decorate their floats for the Carnival Procession on the theme of Cartoon Characters.  Further afield five marching bands were preparing for the trip to Tonbridge for the opportunity to compete in the first Southern England Parade Band Contest.

 

 Soon after 12.00 noon the crowds started to arrive at the Watergate to listen to the Oxted Band who kept them entertained until the arrival of the Carnival Procession and the stalls started to take money from the early arrivals.   At 1.00pm the roads were closed and the procession started the 1 1/2 mile journey to the Castle lead by the mayor, Cllr Sue Murray,  Cheryl Baker and the Lions President, John Cox, and their partners and the five marching bands.  By this time the High Street was packed with thousands soaking up the carnival atmosphere.  Over thirty different organisations took part in the procession.   After the procession had disbanded most of the crowd entered the Castle to try their hand at various games, buy articles from the stalls or watch the excellent entertainment on the Lawn.     The mayor and Cheryl Baker presented trophies to the winning bands, majorettes and other procession entries and later drew the winning tickets for the Tonbridge Carnival Raffle.  

 

The weather stayed fine all day and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.   The public contributed very generously to the activities and although we do not know how much every stall raised it is expected to be well over £6,000 which is all used for local charitable causes.  

 

My thanks go to the Committee for making this such a successful event and for the public for supporting us so well.  

 

We are now starting to organise next year's which will be on Sunday 13 June 2010.

Carnival 2009 Raffle winners

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Rain pours down as the money pours in!

 

The cold and wet weather last Sunday morning (17 May) failed to dispirit the 163 walkers who set out to raise funds for their favourite local charitable causes.

 

Tonbridge Lions Club staged their 28th Annual Charity Walk that provides a means for other charities to raise funds for themselves. There were 21 groups of sponsored walkers that included Beaver Scouts. Majorettes, Scout and Guide Band members and Junior Angel Bowls players and supporters.

The final sum raised by these groups has yet to be calculated as the sponsors’ money is still being collected but estimates indicate it will be well in excess of £6,000.

 

The Lions offered a choice of a 5 mile or 10 mile walk.  They had planned the routes, printed stage by stage instructions, and provided marshals and drink  stations along the routes. At the finish each walker had their sponsor form officially “stamped” to show that they had completed the walk and John Cox, President of Tonbridge Lions presented each one with a certificate.

 

Other beneficiaries of funds from the event include St Mary’s Church Tower Fund, Leigh; Burrswood Hospital Appeal, Groombridge; Tonbridge Mencap; Roselands Pre-School, Higham Lane; Kent Air Ambulance; Cancer Research; Parkinson’s Disease Society; West Kent Dyslexia Association.

The annual Tonbridge Lions triathlon was once again held on the 4th May and after a gap of two years at Sevenoaks whilst Tonbridge School re-developed the swimming centre, we returned to our spiritual home. Alarms went off early ( and even earlier for the committee) and the day looked set for good weather even though it was difficult to tell when still dark. We had 400 entrants with the first starter at 7.00am and the event did indeed start right on time.  The weather was  good throughout the event and 350 competitors completed the course with the overall winner being Neil Harris in a time of 1.07.50 who pipped last years winner Simon Mclaughlin by 1 minute. Neil also had a magnificent swim in a time of 5.13 and won the Norman Samms memorial trophy. Not all the athletes can complete the course in such fantastic times but all have their own stories and well done to all who finished what ever the time.

One competitor is worth a special mention, No 171 Eric Kitts. Eric was very severely mugged not too long ago and his attackers managed to break his jaw, his knee and an ankle. On  his road to recovery he was encouraged by a triathlete friend to train with him, which he duly did. Encouraged by this he decided to enter the Tonbridge Triathlon even though his ankle was not fully recovered. He was driven to compete by the fact he had managed to raise sponsorship for Leukemia Research in the region of £500 which is a magnificent acheivement taking into account the circumstances. Eric did indeed finish the course in 1.53.10 - well done.

The event would not be possible without the help of so many people and we thank everyone who helped and indeed the school for being such great hosts.

CHARTER NIGHT 7th March 2009

The club held its 59th Charter night  on Saturday 7th March 2009 at High Rocks ,Tunbridge Wells. The celebration was presided over by Lion President John Cox accomapanied by his wife Irene. The Worshipful the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling together with his wife were present as were District Governor Jacqui Prebble and her husband and the President of Tonbridge Rotary, Club Mr Brian Buck with his wife. Approx. 140 guests enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing and all look forward to our Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

PARTY  FOR  SENIOR  SINGLES 2009

 

The annual Senior Singles Party, organised by the Tonbridge Lions Club, took place at Tonbridge Baptist Church in Darenth Avenue on Saturday 28th February 2009.

 

Singing, dancing and comedy was part of an afternoon’s entertainment staged for around 140 senior single citizens from Tonbridge, Hildenborough and Hadlow, by Lion members and their wives, who had been busy rehearsing for the show for several months.

 

During the interval, a tea party was enjoyed by all.  Tonbridge & Malling Borough Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Sue Murray and her husband Stuart attended and together with Lion President John Cox and his wife Irene, also joined in the fun.

 

There were many prizes up for grabs in the free raffle including hampers, tins of chocolate biscuits and plants.

 

The Chairman of the Senior Singles Committee, Lion Pete Davis said that the event is very popular and had been a great success, much enjoyed by our guests.

 

For the last 12 years you could almost rely on excellent weather for the Tonbridge Lions Horse Show. However, the 13th year proved a point. It was so wet at Lodge farm Matfield that “we could have held a swimming gala instead “ said Bob Taylor the Horse Show Chairman. “However we decided we would postpone to the 28th rather than cancel and someone must have been looking after us as yet again the weather was perfect”.

 

“We had about 250 entries this year which was down from previous years as many riders had other engagements” said Janey Williams, Show Secretary “ but as usual, everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves. There were over 40 Classes as well as a Fun Dog Show”. “Our aim is to give everyone a chance to experience entering in a Horse Show from novice to experienced hands.” “Polly, who had never entered anything before won her Class and came away with the Challenge Cup ! “

 

The Mayor of Tonbridge and Deputy Mayor of Tunbridge Wells were on hand to help with the judging of the Fancy Dress Class with an amazing 15 entries. The eventual winners were Captain Max helped by Stewardess Zoe Sollis with their four legged BA plane !

 

This year the money raised will be going to Headway (which helps those with brain injuries), Safety in Action (which creates events to make youngsters aware of the dangers they face in everyday life)  and other local Tonbridge charities.

 

We would like especially to thank our Secretary Janey Williams and her team, all our judges, the Horse Show Committee, Lions and their wives and friends of Lions, all of whom gave up about the only good day in August and September to ensure the Show went on !

DIABETES TESTING WEEKEND 9TH/10TH AUGUST

Another successful event with the usual support from the general public. Over 150 tests were completed and there were a number of high readings which require further investigation by those persons' G.P's.

SENIOR SINGLES PARTY MARCH 2008

The annual Senior Singles Party, organised by Tonbridge Lions Club, took place at Tonbridge Baptist Church in Darenth Avenue on Saturday 15th March, 2008.

Around 30 Lions, together with their wives and Friends of Lions, staged an afternoon’s entertainment of singing, dancing, and comedy for over 120 senior single people from Tonbridge, Hildenborough and Hadlow.During the interval, tea, cakes and snacks were served by members of the club together with Cllr Ann Kemp, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling. Her husband Jimmy was also there to join in the fun.

Refreshments were followed by a free raffle, with prizes including a hamper, boxes of chocolates and flowers, after which the show continued.

Committee chairman Dixon Hawkins said; ‘’ The day went well and was enjoyed by the audience and Lions and their ladies. We are very pleased that the Mayor Mrs Ann Kemp was able to attend. I would like to thank every one who helped to make the afternoon a success’’.