Ponteland Lions have had a Defibrillator installed on the wall of the Ponteland Social club. We would like to thank the Social Club for their help and Northumberland CC for a grant. Ponteland Town Council also supported us. If you need to use the defibrillator please phone 999 and they will give you the code to open it and support you during its use. We intend to install two more in Ponteland. The next one will be at the Co-op in Broadway. The Co-op is actively support us in raising the money for this unit.
Ponteland Lions have donated £200 to help train Dogs for the Disabled.
LION YOMI SOBO SORTS OUT SPECTACLES COLLECTED FROM LOCAL OPTICIANS
What do you do with your redundant spectacles?
Instead of pushing them to the back of a drawer, get them out and take them to the local opticians, HB Opticians on Broadway or Stevens on Main Street. They are then collected by local Lion Yomi Sobo, cases thrown away, then packed up and sent to Chichester Lions Club to be processed by local volunteers and recycled for use in Africa, India and Eastern Europe. Quite a sophisticated operation depending on help from various carriers and expert volunteers! Lion Yomi has been involved for the last twenty years in these collections and they need you to leave your unwanted specs at the opticians mentioned. Prisoners at Frankland Gaol in Durham used a machine to grade the lenses in spectacles, the first stage of recycling. A few Ponteland Lions visited some years ago. It was distinctly strange watching a murderer measure the lenses and then assign them to their allotted boxes!
Ponteland Lions helped Clare Stephenson organise an Open Day at Eland Green Farm to allow people to view the lovely garden. All the proceeds were given to the British Red Cross. Over 250 people visit the gardens and many enjoyed a scone and tea served by the Lions. There was a small bookstall and Cowell’s Garden Centre donated a dozen plants for sale. Out thanks to the young tennis players for their exhibition match.
This year’s Swimarathon on Saturday November 16th was a great success and raised thousands of pounds for local charities.The Lions have agreed to give their money to Children North East. Our thanks to everyone who took part in the event and to the Leisure Centre for the loan of the pool.
Members of Ponteland Lions once again hosted their annual “Meet the Lions” event in the Ponteland Memorial Hall on Saturday 16th March. The sun shone brightly as 120 senior residents from the local area, a few accompanied by carers, gathered for an afternoon’s entertainment. Sherry or juice was served on arrival, then an hour of music and singing was ably performed by the Ponteland Repertory Society. Guests were later served a delicious home-made afternoon tea, which was followed by a bingo session and a raffle.
The event forms a major part of Ponteland Lions’commitment to serving the local community and is always well attended and enjoyed by the audience.
Lions wish to thank the two St. John’s Ambulance volunteers who were on hand to offer assistance and also local businesses who generously donated raffle prizes.
Ponteland Lions Club has thanked the members of the public who helped it raise more than £1,000 during the month of December.
The first flag day collections at Tesco in Kingston Park brought in £253.04. This was given to the Children North East charity.
Six days later, Lion members collected on Broadway, Darras Hall and within Waitrose, Ponteland, raising £568.11. Their final effort at the Ponteland branch of Dobbies Garden world brought in £235.85.
The latter two flag days were for Ponteland Lions’ Charity account. Everything collected is donated to good causes without any deductions.