Lions Club of Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford)

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David Tunney
President 2018 - 2019


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World Sight Day 2018

Today, in Stony Stratford, District Governor Doreen Allen, Lion President David Tunney and Lions Andrew Allen, Geoff Ransome and Brian Kite met with Cllr Martin Petchey, Mayor of Milton Keynes, Alison Deuchars of Bucks Vision and Terry Calvert of MK Reader Service to raise awareness of World Sight Day.

Martin and David bravely allowed themselves to be blindfolded and led by Alison and Terry along the busy pavements of Stony Stratford.

The party then enjoyed coffee in McIntyre Coffee Shop were the Mayor, Bucks Vision, MK Reader service and McIntyre staff were presented with Lions Club of Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford) banners.

Hear are some of our pictures and also film of their experiences. Please click on the images to see larger pictures. They will open in a new page. Follow these links to Bucks Vision reports:

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Cllr Martin Petchey, Mayor of Milton Keynes and Lion President David Tunney. Our 'stall' with Past district Governor Andrew Allen Alison Deuchars, Terry Calvert, David Tunney, Cllr Martin Petchey, District Governor Doreen Allen and Lion Geoff Ransome.
The Mayor with his banner. Watch out for the 'A' boards Alison with her banner
McIntyre Staff.
Some videos of hazards found in Stony High Street.
We thank all shopkeepers on the High Street for keeping their boards to the side of the pavement
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'A' boards by Costa Coffee BT Works by the church Lloyds Bank steps
Mayor crossing the road.   David crossing by McIntyre

 

Stony Stratford Lions Club recently held a Peace Poster Contest for local 11-13year old students. The Contest is run in conjunction with the United Nations. Given the title “ The Future of Peace” the young people  had to create a poster without any words, letters or symbols. The local winner was Olu from Netherfield and her poster goes through to the regional Final in London on November 29th. The winner from there goes to the National Final and one poster from the UK will be sent to America where it is judged with all the other national winners from around the world. There is a prize at every level but the ultimate prize is an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas where the International winner also receives a cash prize. Well done and Good Luck Olu.

If you are a teacher of year 7 or 8 pupils or a local youth worker next years contest opens in June please contact us for the rules and details.

       



 
Stony Stratford Lions Club have organised 14 Centennial challenges (one for each member) based around the number 100. They have promised 10 packs of 100 books to be distributed to local primary schools (1000 in total) and Commemorative MK 50th card for each pupil (1000) in total.
Having already delivered 100 Library books and the card for each child to Russell St School, St Marys and St Giles (Both sites) and Fairfield School a trio of Lions visited Whitehouse school to give a talk at morning assembly and officially hand over their set of Library books.
The remaining 500 books will be delivered next year.
 
   

 

 

Emergency Carer Support
Today 20 toiletry packs have been given to Willen Hospice.  The packs contain a tooth brush and paste, soap and handcreams. The packs are ready for any relative or friend of a patient if they are at the Hospice without their own provisions.

Stony Stratford Lions Club  have  organised 14 Centennial challenges (one for each member) based around the number 100. They decided to provide 100 overnight packs for emergency stays in a local Hospital/Hospice.  Recently Lion David Tunney took the first batch to Willen Hospice. The Hospice is set in the stunning location of Willen Lake. Their In-Patient Unit has 15 beds and one family room where those visiting a patient can stay overnight to be close to their loved one. Often this situation arises due to an emergency and at a time when every moment is precious the family  do not have time to return home for personal wash items. The pack includes face flannel, soap, shampoo,  toothpaste, toothbrush and notepad and pen.

 

 

 
A Centennial Legacy
A combined effort and a real community need has seen Stony Stratford Lions help restart the local Food Cupboard.
After 27 years the Food Cupboard, which dealt solely with providing emergency food for families nominated by Milton Keynes Social Services, lost their premises and had to close down. A devastating blow to all concerned, especially the social workers, who knew whenever they asked the Food Cupboard for help, a family would be
provided with a week’s worth of food in a non -judgemental way to help them over a distressing situation. Unlike the food banks these food parcels are delivered direct to the family’s home.
Already involved, with four local Lions delivering food parcels and two Clubs collecting non -perishable food and giving financial support the Stony Stratford, Bletchley and MK Central Clubs could not see such a valuable community resource go.
The Lions leapt in and alongside other volunteers within a matter of weeks had found and cleaned premises, racking was sourced and erected, storage boxes bought, tables and chairs found, a bank account organised harvest festival letters were sent to local schools and a trolley for food donations was placed in Tesco’s at Bletchley. Stony Stratford Lion members are on the executive committee.
On October 5th the Food Cupboard in association MK Lions was officially open again for business. An excellent Lions Centennial project that saw and addressed a real need in the Milton Keynes community
Photo shows L-R Lions Les Westley, Margaret Rouse, Andrew Allen,1st VDG Doreen Allen, LP Brian Gidley, LP Vic Wright and Lion Ken Rouse

 

 

   

Christmas Shoe box Appeal 2017
Stony Stratford Lions Club are proud to have collected and filled 117 shoeboxes for orphans and sick children in Romania. Boxes were also received from Bletchley Lions and Hotter Shoes in MK Centre. All the boxes contain items suitable for children from ages 2 to 16 and included toys, clothes, books, toiletries and sweets. They were collected from Milton Keynes on November 10th and will join other boxes from collection sites as far afield as Dublin to begin their long journey across Europe in time for distribution at Christmas to remote areas in North Romania.
 
World Sight Day
Stony Stratford (Milton Keynes) recently celebrated World Sight Day on 13th October, with afternoon tea and a presentation of Lions Message in a Bottle and Message in a Wallet given by LP Brian Gidley and Lion Brian Kite to 130 blind and visually impaired people and their supporters. A number of other organisations who work with the blind and disabled were also there encouraging people to look at their services and clubs. The event at Pear Tree Bridge, Milton Keynes was organised by the MK Readers Service who have been helped with office equipment by Stony Lions Club. This has led to two members becoming befrienders and readers for blind and visually impaired people in the local area. The afternoon was a resounding success and the Lions information was much appreciated.

 
Spectacle Collections for the Third World
Stony Stratford Lions Club are well known for their support of sight projects. Our spectacle recycling programme has gone from strength to strength. This last year our Club collected more than 2000 pairs of spectacles and sunglasses. They are sent to Chichester Lions Club where they are graded and cleaned and sent onwards with trained ophthalmologists to areas of the developing world where eye care is almost non existent
   
Stony Stratford Lions and Grenfell
Within a few hours of the terrible fire on June 14th, Stony Stratford Lions members responded to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, by helping fund and organise the purchase of 393 school rucksacks filled with age appropriate school items for primary children, secondary students plus smaller books and toys for the pre - school age group. Support was also given by the Ihezi Foundation based at Kiln Farm
Understanding the children’s need to get back to some normality of school and friends was at the fore of this immediate emergency response. The fire caused 259 households to be displaced and put into temporary accommodation. Each family affected has an individual keyworker within the Grenfell Response Team. The rucksacks were delivered to them for distribution to the families immediately, in time for the start of the new School term in September. This project needed to be completed by mid- August to ensure that the financial implication of providing these items was taken away from parents and carers who are struggling with so much.

This is the only project accepted to go immediately to those affected. Not into a store not into a warehouse to be sold……… but into the hands of the children.
   



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Stony Stratford Lions Celebrate with Youth

The Stony Stratford Lions Club gave a gift to over 800 local school children to celebrate the Lions Centennial and MK 50th. Members of the Club recently visited two local schools Russell Street Infants and St Mary and St Giles Primary at morning Assembly, to explain that Lions International formed in 1917 and Milton Keynes formed in 1967 were both celebrating special birthdays in 2017. The children listened enthralled to the history and relevance of Lions Clubs today and heard from Cllr Martin Petchey Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes and Ian Stewart the MP for Milton Keynes South, about how our City was born 50 years ago and has grown to the large city it is today.
As a gift to the schoolchildren they were each presented with a presentation pack containing one of the last pre decimal coins minted in 1967 –itself 50 years old.
As a part of Lions Clubs International’s Centennial Community Legacy Projects program the Lions Club donated 100 Library books to each school promising a further donation of at least 400 more to follow.

Lion President 2017-2018 Brian Gidley said “the Lions were delighted to visit the local schools and give them the donation of fiction and non- fiction Library books to help with their reading and topic work”.

The completion of this project will benefit and be a legacy for all the children at the schools now and in the years to come.

The Stony Stratford Lions Legacy Project was completed as a part of Lions Clubs International’s Centennial Celebration to commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2017. As a part of the Centennial Celebration, Lions clubs around the world are working to help more than 100 million people and complete Legacy Projects that make lasting contributions to their communities.
 
   

Donation to Milton Keynes Air Training Corps

On a cold night in early February Lion President David Booty supported by fellow Lions Verdun Webley and Christopher Coolen present a cheque
for £1000 to the CO of the Milton Keynes ATC.
This will help towards the running costs of their new mini bus which, hopefully, will be emblazoned with Lions Logos on the back.

   

Remembrance Service 2014

We have organised the remembrance Service in Stony Stratford for many years.  The service conducted by Father Ross is extremely well attended.  Numbers grow every year. The collection, this year, raised  £431.76 - all of which has been sent to The British Legion.  We are grateful for the grant from Stony Stratford Town Council which pays for the Band and the public address system.
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We are proud to support Medic~Alert.
Please click on their logo for more information.

 
The Club have recently sponsored local guides who travelled to an international meeting at 'Our Chalet' in Switzerland.  Click on the pictures below to read all about our trip and see our pictures.
   

The Club has just presented our sixth mobility scooter to a gentleman on Stacey Bushes, Ron had suffered a stroke which has left him paralysed down his left side. He is unable to stand or walk and being a man of average build his wife is finding increasingly difficult to push him very far in his normal chair., especially as there is quite a steep grass slope to negotiate in order to get to the road outside.
The electric chair will greatly increase the quality of life to both Ron and his wife Carol. .
     
   
     
 
 

April 2013 Shirley, a resident of Lovat Fields receives our FIFTH buggy with a safety briefing. She has already used the buggy for a short trip around Willen Lake with her family having a great time and much more relaxed, reported by mouth on Thursday.
 
     
     
   

Lions from Stony Stratford Club took part in the Zone K tree planting project along with Lions from Bletchley, Newport Pagnell & Olney, and MK Central Clubs.

Approx 300 trees were planted in two hours on Sunday morning. As Winslow had already planted 400 trees earlier in the month, that gives us a total of 700 trees as a Zone. As the global total is 7 million so  far, I think it is safe to say that zone K has more than done its share. 

 

 

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Tree Planting pictures.

     
The Fourth Mobility Scooter delivered March 2013
   

The Third Mobility Scooter delivered November 2012.
   
   

 

Lion President Verdun and Welfare Chairman Lion David with Lion Duncan present Gabriella with a cheque for £500 to help fund her competition costs and replacement of some of her kit. Gabriella has selected for the Para Olympics Fencing team and has won several international competitions.
See this link to BBC Sport

   

Second Mobility Scooter finds a good home.
  http://www.paralympics.org.uk/gb/athletes/gabby-down
 
Orchard House
Orchard House is dedicated to patients who have suffered strokes or other traumas as a halfway house between hospital and home.
They have a beautiful garden area which has fallen into disrepair.  The four Lions Clubs of Milton Keynes have pledged to bring the garden back to its former glory.  Click here to see more pictures.
 



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The Club has an electric buggy which they lend out to local people. 
Here Lion President Verdun and Welfare Committee Chairman David are seen handing over the buggy to local resident, Peter.
Peter is recovering from a severe stroke and this will give him a new lease of life.
 Sandra, his wife said, "He has had a good run around on it." 

We caught a photo of him testing it out despite the rain! 

 

The Sea Cadets of TS Waddon were delighted to receive funds to help purchase a new boat  for their training sessions.

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A £400 donation from the Lions Clubs of Milton Keynes (Stony Stratford) and Bletchley (Milton Keynes) has helped Oldbrook 7 year old Jessica to be comfortable and safe in mum's car.  The seat will last until she is 12 years old.  Jessica suffers from Angelman Syndrome, which is estimated to occur in just one in every 20,000 births.
Picture; Andy Handley MKNEWS  This means Jessica cannot walk or talk  and needs 24  hour care. Until the Clubs
 made the donation her Mum , Kelly, was unable to take her in the car as the wrong kind of seat could result in her developing a curvature of the spine. The timing of the presentation was extra special as it was the day before Jessica's birthday.
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