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It’s Carnival Time in Tonbridge!
Tonbridge town centre will be full of excitement on Father’s Day Sunday 18th June when the town’s annual carnival takes to the streets. This year the carnival theme is “Famous Families” a great title for interpretation.
The Invicta Jazz Orchestra will play by the Watergate entrance from 11.30am to 12.30pm. The carnival procession will assemble in the Sovereign Way North car park and will include bands, walking groups, floats and majorettes; it will leave Avenue Du Puy at 12.30pm move up the High Street to Bank Street. .
In addition to the excitement of the carnival procession there will be a fete on the Castle Lawn and along Castle Walk providing an array of activities for the whole of the afternoon. There will be a wide range of tombolas, raffles and sideshows including a coconut shy, crazy kitchen and this year a new stall for father’s day “Soak your Dad in the stocks”. Other stalls will be selling cakes, toys, books, jewellery and nearly new items. The Kiddies`s corner will include a magician and Punch and Judy show. An entertaining selection of acts will perform in the arena including vocalist Kathryn Buck, Bloco Fogo, 17th Tonbridge Scout & Guide Band, Razzamataz Theatre School, Stagecoach Theatre Arts, finishing with a 5-a-side Walking Football competition against two local teams. Hot and cold food, drinks, ice creams and scrumptious cream teas will also be on sale.
The carnival is organised annually by Tonbridge Lions Club with the support of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council. Proceeds from the day will help those who are in need or disadvantaged in our local community.
Tonbridge Lions Club “It`s a Knock Out” Fun Day
Tonbridge Lions Club invited local groups from the area with learning difficulties and/or complex needs to attend the annual “It’s a Knockout” fun day held at the Angel Centre.
12 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 Broomhill Bank School
A cup was awarded to the winning team and all the participants received medals for which they were duly proud.
The teams had also designed and made Jokers which were judged by Tonbridge & Malling Mayor Cllr Roger Dalton together with Lions Member Tom Simmons standing in for Lions President Bob Bartlett. The prize for the best Joker was awarded to the Eden Eagles from Evolve Day Services in Edenbridge.
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 Dominic Keast 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. We would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Angel Centre who had to set up the hall early on Friday morning because it had been used as a counting station for the General Election over the previous 24 hours.”
Tonbridge Taekwon-do Club
In line with the Lions Clubs International Centennial Service Challenge - Engage our Youth, President Bob Bartlett presented a cheque for £1000 to Tonbridge Taekwon-do Club. The money will go a long way to helping with the costs of Peter, George, Izzy and Katie, who are part of the England Taekwon-do National Team, when they represent the country at the World Championships in Ireland later this year. The photo shows them receiving the cheque with their National and Club Coach, Mr Dunn.
Free Cakes for Kids Tonbridge
Lion President Bob Bartlett, accompanied by his wife, Jan, presented a cheque to Salli Thwaite, founder of Free Cakes for Kids Tonbridge. To his pleasant surprise Bob was presented with a "thank you” cake! Bob & Jan were able to donate the cake to a lady who is unwell as a result of the chemotherapy she is currently receiving.
Tonbridge Lions 36th Annual Charity and Community
Group Walk, 14th May 2017
After the promise of a wet start the weather suddenly changed to a fine and sunny day.
98 walkers took part on either a five-mile or ten-mile walk, starting and ending at Shipbourne Village Hall, raising funds for 17 charity or community groups.
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 groups obtained the sponsorship and did the walking. The charities will keep all the money for themselves and estimates indicate that in excess of £4100 was raised.
At the finish walkers had their sponsor forms officially “stamped” to show that they had completed the walk and Bob Bartlett, President of Tonbridge Lions Club, presented walkers with a certificate.
Among the charities that benefitted were The Bridge Trust, Kent West Dyslexic Association, Hospice in the Weald and Compaid as well as Angel Ladies Bowls Club, Tonbridge Air Cadets and Tonbridge Army Cadets. Heart and Soul, Restore, The Gambia Project, Race for Life and the Mesothelioma Socy. were also supported.
Six of the Lions members’ ladies walked and raised over £200 for SUDC.
Lion’s event chairman, Ken Thomas, said ‘We were extremely pleased with the support on the day. The event gives groups that need funds the opportunity to raise them in a pleasant environment, and comments at the finish indicated it was much appreciated.”
Photo 1 – Group of walkers raising money for Restore Charity Photo 2 – Tonbridge Air Cadets
Photo 3 – Tonbridge Army Cadets Photo 4 – First walkers back
Tonbridge Lions Junior School Choir Competition
Following on from the success of previous competitions Tonbridge Lions Club held its third Junior Schools Choir Competition at the Tonbridge Baptist Church on Thursday 23rd March 2017.
About 180 children made up the six choirs competing from St Stephens, Sussex Road, Hadlow Primary, St Margaret Clitherow, Slade and Woodlands Schools. Each choir performed two songs to great acclaim from the audience of 300 parents and siblings.
The judges, Mike Kent-Davies, Jean Allen and Richard Hill had a difficult task as all were so good in 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 recently held at the O2 arena.
The judges each briefly complimented the choirs for their performances and spoke of the enjoyment of the singers that shone through. The comments “You are all winners!” and “we hope that you will continue to enjoy singing”, were echoed by the judges.
Lion President Bob Bartlett and his wife Jan presented the prizes. Each school received a cheque to help its music development and each child a certificate.
Placed equal first were Slade Primary School and Woodlands School. To say they were excited is a huge understatement!
The remaining schools were placed as equal runners up.
On behalf of the Lions organising committee, Ken Thomas said, “Once again we were delighted to being able to give the children a chance to perform before such a large and appreciative audience. All choirs performed really well and the community singing was fantastic.”
Photo 1- Representatives from the winning schools Slade & Woodlands receive their prizes.
Photo 2- Representatives from the other schools receive their prizes.
Tonbridge Carnival Procession & Fete – 18th June 2017
Summer may still be a few months away but Tonbridge Lions Club is already planning the 2017 Tonbridge Carnival and Fete and inviting local people to take part. This year's event will take place on Sunday 18th June and promises to be another great afternoon of fun for all the family.
This popular annual event begins with the usual carnival procession through the High Street. The theme this year will be “Famous Families”, a great title for interpretation, and anyone including individuals, charity groups, clubs, schools and businesses can take part. For most, there is no charge to take part in the Carnival procession and any registered charity entering a float may also have a 3metre x 3metre stall free of charge at the fete after the procession. However, there is a small charge for commercial enterprises.
The carnival procession will include bands, walking groups, floats and majorettes, and will leave Avenue Du Puy at 12.30pm and proceed through the town to Tonbridge Castle. The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling and the President of Tonbridge Lions Club will judge the entries in each category. After the procession, the fete will be held on the Castle Lawn and in Castle Walk during which the winning procession entries will be announced and trophies awarded.
The carnival day is organised each year by Tonbridge Lions Club with support from Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council. Money raised at the event is distributed to local charitable causes and to Lions Club charities. If you’d like to take part in the carnival procession, please contact Bob Maddison by email email@example.com and for a stall on the Castle Lawn please contact Dominic Keast on 01732 351117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo 1 – The fete on the Castle Lawn
Photo 2 - Bloco Fogo Band entertain the crowds
Tonbridge Lions provide afternoon tea and entertainment
On Saturday 25th 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. There they enjoyed entertainment provided by the Lions members and their ladies with individual “guest spot” performances provided by Rachel and Alicia Barr, with a song sung in the recent Lions sponsored pantomime Cinderella. We also had as guests 9 year old Hannah Packham, daughter of one of the Club’s members and her brother, Elliot. Elliot sang the duet, “Pie Jesu” with his mum Rachel.
During the interval tea, sandwiches and cakes, made by the Lions member’s ladies, were served. The Mayor and Mayoress of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Councillor Mark Rhodes and his wife Julie were in attendance and the Mayor gave a vote of thanks to the Lions on behalf of the guests.
Lion Neal Charlesworth, chairman of the organising committee, said “It gives us all a great feeling seeing so many people enjoying themselves, ourselves included, and we are delighted that the afternoon went to plan”
Photo 1 – The oldest guest Gladys Tuxford 101 (102 in May) is given a little memento of the afternoon by the Mayor of Tonbridge Councillor Mark Rhodes. .
Photo 2 – Our guests waiting for the second half to begin.
Photo 3 – Leading the Gershwin sing-a-long
Tonbridge Lions Christmas Collection raised £3,025
Tonbridge Lions Club is pleased to announce that this year’s barrel organ Christmas Collection raised £3,025.
Tonbridge Lions began the tradition in 1952 and have since rolled out their barrel organ each year to raise money for the local area.
This year the proceeds went to providing 100 hampers to deserving individuals and families in the area, it is estimated that 300 people benefitted from this year’s distribution of hampers. A donation was also given to the Bridge Trust for their Christmas Party with any surplus from the Christmas Collection used to help fund our popular annual party in February for senior citizens who live alone.
Commenting on this year’s collection, Graham Rapley this year’s Chairman of the Barrel Organ committee said “Tonbridge Lions Club appreciate the generosity of Tonbridge shoppers in giving us £3,025 to go towards local needs in the community”
Photo 1 - The Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling BC, Cllr Mark Rhodes, gave Lion President Bob Bartlett and Lion Owen Baldock a helping hand with the Christmas barrel organ collection in the High Street.
Tonbridge Community Pantomime 2016 - Cinderella
Tonbridge Lions Club presented and CLIPS Theatre Company performed this year's production of Cinderella which had the audience chortling in their seats with the rib-tickling one-liners not to mention the deliberately accidental fluffs which made it unique.
A superbly glittery start to the Christmas festivities, the performances attracted audiences ranging from toddlers to grandparents all swaying to the sing-a-long atmosphere supported by the traditional tale which was brought up-to-date with some super sounds and eye-catching dance routines.
A few unsuspecting gentlemen received an early Christmas treat by being invited to dance with the "beautiful ladies", Hysteria and Nausea - the truly ugly sisters - who genuinely needed lessons in fashion, make-up and etiquette but you could not help but love them!
The fabulous duets performed by Cinderella and Prince Charming created an air of nostalgia throughout. The theatre was overflowing with smiles and laughter as the colourful characters and chorus recreated this famous story with hidden surprises.
Richard Hill who has been involved in the Tonbridge pantomime for over 20 years said “We hope you all enjoyed watching it as much as we did performing it for you. Who knew we were so lucky to find such talent in Tonbridge? We looking forward to next year already...”
Tonbridge Lions Club make a donation to Nourish Community Foodbank
Tonbridge Lions Club donated £650 to Nourish Community Foodbank to cover the costs of donation boxes as they expand into south Tonbridge.
Nourish Community Foodbank was set up in Tunbridge Wells in 2012 and has seen an increase in people claiming food parcels year on year. They are now extending their area of operation, initially to south Tonbridge to meet the need of the rising number of people in the area who find themselves unable to afford the next meal.
Nourish is a registered charity which was set up in response to the increasing numbers of low income households who can’t make ends meet once they have paid their bills. It can provide short term emergency support to individuals and families.
Tonbridge Lions Club was approached to see if they would help with a “set up” donation and agreed to donate £650 to cover the cost of donation boxes which will be sited in supermarkets and other outlets in the Tonbridge area.
Tonbridge Lions President Bob Bartlett said "Tonbridge Lions are very pleased to be able to support Nourish in their efforts to commence their food bank collections in Tonbridge. Hopefully the work undertaken by Nourish will benefit those less fortunate Tonbridge residents."
Photo 1 – Tonbridge Lions President Bob Bartlett presents a cheque for £650 to Dawn Stanford, Operations Manager for Nourish, watched by Club member Marsh Browning
“HANDS ACROSS THE SEA”
On Saturday 29th October Tonbridge Lions Club hosted a charity band concert “Hands Across the Sea” in the wonderful setting of The Science Theatre at Salomons Estate Southborough, Tunbridge Wells. Held in support of Hospice in the Weald and The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation the concert was performed by the East Peckham Silver Band and L’Harmonie Municipale de Chéreng from France.
East Peckham twinned with Chéreng in June 2012. Chéreng lies about 10 minutes from Lille in the beautiful countryside of the Nor de Pas de Calais. Since the twinning the bands have performed joint concerts in both towns but this year the East Peckham Silver Band wanted to present a joint concert at a much larger venue with the opportunity to raise some funds for charitable causes and asked Tonbridge Lions Club if they would support and host the event. Tonbridge Lions Club agreed and donated the £500 venue hire fee to East Peckham Silver Band so all the money raised through ticket, programme and raffle sales could go direct to the two very worthwhile charities.
On the evening the two bands each played a 40 minute programme of varied music and the concert finished with the combined bands performing together to a very appreciative full house which included Tonbridge Lions President Bob Bartlett and his wife Jan, the Deputy Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Councillor Julia Soyke and her consort Peter Soyke and The Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling Councillor Mark Rhodes and Lady Mayoress Julie Rhodes.
The concert was organised by Lion Keith ‘Lofty’ Bunyon who said “The Club was pleased we were able to host and support this event. The evening was a tremendous success, enjoyed by all those who attended and raised a superb £1,479 which will be shared between the two charities.”
The bands play to a full house The bands prepare to perform together at the end of the concert. The bands together at the end of the concert
CINDERELLA DANCES INTO TONBRIDGE
The Tonbridge Lions Club are hosting their annual community pantomime at The Angel Centre on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016 with Performances at 11am and 3.30pm.
The wonderful family event produced by the CLIPS theatre company will feature some brilliant local actors and talented dancers to bring you a great experience to remember at Christmas time.
Richard Hill, the pantomime producer said “this will be our best production to date so don’t miss out – only 4 performances over 2 days”.
This event is suitable for 0-99years + so invite your aunties, uncles, friends and neighbours.
We look forward to laughing out loud with you and singing along to some great songs.
The following prizes, donated by TM Active, can be won at each performance:
** A free one month family swim & spa membership (value £60)
** Two free family swims (value £13.50)
Both prizes can be redeemed at Tonbridge Pool or Larkfield Leisure Centre
Please spread the word and support this community event.
“Like” our Facebook page “Tonbridge Community Pantomime”
All proceeds will go to local Charities
For tickets telephone: 01732 359966 or pop along to the Angel Centre
Photo 1: From left Lucy Kingston as the Prince, Arwen Collis as the Fairy God Mother and Alicia Barr as Cinderella
Hilden Oaks School Harvest Festival
Lion President Bob Bartlett with Rev Simon Couper and head teacher Mrs K Joiner at St Saviour's Church for the Hilden Oaks School's harvest festival service. The non-perishable harvest foodstuff has been donated by the schoolchildren to Tonbridge Lions to help fill the Christmas hampers for those in need.
CHASING CONNOR’S CURE
Following a successful Classic Car Tour in July Tonbridge Lions Club President Bob Bartlett presented a cheque for £2,000 to Matt Crawford, father of four year Conner who is suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) for which there is presently no cure and in many instances leads to loss mobility and ultimately life.
When the four year old boy was diagnosed with DMD in February this year his parents set up a charity called Chasing Connor’s Cure to raise money for research into DMD. It works with Duchenne UK who are a research charity that find the very best projects to give DMD sufferers the best chance of finding a cure.
Lion President Bob Bartlett said “We are pleased that the day was a success and we were able to raise money for the Chasing Conner’s Cure charity and support young Conner.”
To find out more about Chasing Connor’s Cure or make a donation go to: - www.chasingconnorscure.co.uk
Photo 1 – Lion President Bob Bartlett presents the cheque for £2,000 to Matt Crawford
watched by Classic Car Tour Chairman Lion Mike Edwards
Photo 2 – Connor Crawford
CINDERELLA RETURNS TO TONBRIDGE
The next Community Pantomime presented by Tonbridge Lions Club, and produced by the CLIPS Theatre Company, will be a new production of everyone`s favourite Cinderella, featuring a colourful script and many popular songs.
CLIPS Theatre Company is very keen to nurture young talent, and is therefore delighted to announce that 16 year old Alicia Barr will be assuming the role of Cinderella. A pupil at Bennett Memorial School, Alicia been a member of CLIPS for 8 years, performing in many pantomimes, alongside her mother Rachel and sister Kirsten.
Featuring over 50 local talented actors and dancers, there will be four performances of Cinderella, spread over the weekend.
Therefore the performances of Cinderella, will be on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December at 11.00am and 3.30pm
Tickets will be available from the Angel Centre, Tonbridge. (01732 359966) from October . Adults £12; Concessions £10; Family of Four £35.
Photo – Alicia Barr
Diabetes Screening Day
The Tonbridge Lions Club Annual Diabetes Screening Day took place in the Angel Car Park, Tonbridge, on Saturday, 6th August 2015, between 9am and 4pm. Two qualified medical staff from S.E.Medical undertook the examinations.
A record number of 346 people were tested this year, 92 more than last year. No one had readings that required them to be referred to their GP although there were some whose readings required them to have some further advice.
The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Councillor Mark Rhodes along with the Mayoress, Mrs Julie Rhodes were welcomed at the screening by the Tonbridge Lions President Bob Bartlett and his wife Mrs Jan Bartlett before being invited to be tested by the medical staff.
The Tonbridge Lions Diabetes Screening Day has been taking place since the year 2000 and just under 4,500 people have been examined of which between 3 and 4 per cent have been referred for further examination to their GP.
The Chairman of the Tonbridge Lions Health Group, Lion Dominic Keast whose Committee organised the Screening, said “I am delighted with the record numbers we have had today and would like to thank S.E.Medical, whose professional staff carried out the tests, Tonbridge and Malling Council for allowing the use of the site together with the help given by their car parking staff, and Roche Diagnostics Ltd for supplying the testing equipment”.
Photo 1 – T&MBC Mayor Cllr Mark Rhodes and Lion President Bob Bartlett being tested watched Mayoress Mrs Julie Rhodes and Lions Presidents wife Mrs Jan Bartlett.
Bob Bartlett becomes the new President of Tonbridge Lions Club.
On Sunday 26th June, Bob Bartlett was inaugurated as the sixty-seventh President of Tonbridge Lions Club. Outgoing President, James Lark, presented Bob with the chain of office at a luncheon held at Hever Golf and Country Club.
Bob was born in Lewisham, South East London but moved to Maidstone when he joined the Kent County Constabulary. It was here that he and Janet were married in 1972. They had two sons, Roger and Richard, before moving to Tonbridge where their third son, Phillip, was born. Bob and Jan also have 5 grandchildren. After retiring from the Police force Bob worked as a Consultant Event Organiser working on some of the major sporting events in the country such as the Tour of Great Britain Cycle Race, the Tour de France Cycle Race and the London Triathlon. Upon retiring in 2012 he sailed his yacht to Greece where he is now often to be found.
Bob and Jan are looking forward to their year leading members of Tonbridge Lions club and their ladies as they continue to serve the community of Tonbridge during the clubs 66th year.
Immediate Past Mayor of Tonbridge joins local Lions Club
Tonbridge Lions Club welcomed the Immediate Past Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Owen Baldock into the Club at their monthly meeting in June.
Cllr Owen Baldock who left office in May thanked Tonbridge Lions Club for allowing him to become a member and said “I needed something positive to do now that I’m retired and also no longer Mayor, so joining the Lions seemed a good way of putting something back into the community. I look forward to becoming an active member and making a contribution to the activities of the club”.
President of Tonbridge Lions Club James Lark said “It was my pleasure to induct the Immediate Past Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Owen Baldock, into Tonbridge Lions Club. I am convinced that he will be a valuable member and further contribute to the good work carried out by the club. I wish him every success in his future Lions endeavours”.
Cllr Owen Baldock is the second former Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling to join Tonbridge Lions Club, Russell Dorling who was Mayor in 2006 joined Tonbridge Lions Club 2009. Russell Dorling died suddenly in 2014.
Photo – Sponsors President James Lark and Immediate Past President Neal Charlesworth welcome Cllr Owen Baldock into the Club
Annual Carnival brings thousands to the town
The annual Tonbridge Carnival and Fete organised by Tonbridge Lions Club took place on Sunday 19th June.
Thousands lined the High Street on a warm and sunny day to watch bands competing in the Southern England Marching Band Championship followed by a procession of thirty one colourful floats, majorettes, dancers, army vehicles, classic cars and walking groups many who embraced this year’s theme Countries of the World.
After the parade the crowds made their way to the castle lawn where the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Mark Rhodes and the Mayoress Mrs Julie Rhodes, Lion President James Lark and his wife Jill handed out prizes to the various categories in the procession.
On the castle lawn the crowds were entertained throughout the afternoon by singers and dancers and enjoyed a variety of stalls from tombola’s and traditional sideshows to stalls selling cakes, cream teas, books, scarves, handbags and toys with a number of activities for children in the ‘Kiddies Corner’ including, a Magician and a Punch and Judy show.
All the money raised from the Carnival and Fete will go to local charities and good causes.
Peter Godsall of the Lions Club said: “We are very pleased with the way the day went. The weather was kind to us and lots of the participants entered into the spirit of this year’s theme Countries of the World. We have had very positive feedback from the local community.”
Tonbridge Lions Club would like to thank everyone for their support especially Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, together with the Rotary Club of Tonbridge, Tonbridge Round Table, Paddock Wood Lions Club and the Tonbridge Air Cadets for their help during the day.
Photos – A selection of photos is attached
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