Alton Lions Jungle News

A Really Great Year

In his annual changeover address Lion President Graham Dix (right) congratulated the club on a record year of service in the community through its fund raising, welfare activities, supporting local charities and having fun at the same time. Graham also praised the generosity and support of the local community, which makes all our efforts so worthwhile. The incoming President Peter Bacon (left) commented that Graham would be a hard act to follow but he would put every effort into maintaining the club’s reputation for good work.

Treloars Benefits From Summer Event Success

Head Girl at Treloar School received a cheque for £1600 from Lion President Graham Dix, which was raised at last year’s summer event. The donation was used to support items from the schools children’s priority list that includes speech aids, special cutlery, crockery and sleep monitoring kit.

Swinging Sixties Rocks the Gardens

This year’s summer event, the ‘Swinging Sixties’ took the Public Gardens by storm to help Alton Lions raise funds for the children of Treloar School and College.

Crowds of people flocked to the gardens to enjoy the sun, the colour, the fun and the music of an era remembered for its free spirit, ground breaking fashion, pop music, mini skirts and pirate radio!

Officially opened by ‘Elvis’ who arrived in the park on board a pink Cadillac, the day got off to a rocking start. ‘Elvis’ was closely followed by a tribute to the Beach Boys, by the sounds of Alton’s own Pirate Radio station, and by the live 60’s music of local rock band, ‘Tripwire’, and later by ‘Unknown Legend’.

Visitors enjoyed stalls, games and activities, a life sized Dalek, a select range of iconic vehicles, including an E-type Jaguar and a 60’s Mini; a bouncy castle; and an inflatable assault course, used to stage an ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition.

Entertainment was provided by the Vanessa Golborn School of Dance, Hula Hooping by Bee Vargar and the politically incorrect Punch and Judy show, enjoyed by the children; a raffle; a barbecue, afternoon teas and a beer tent.

Alton Lions St Patrick’s Day Quiz

The winners of the Alton Lions St Patrick’s Day Quiz held in the Spencer Room at the Alton House Hotel were of course the ‘Shannons’ who fared best in the Irish Section. The winners of the Wooden Spoon were the ‘Could Be’s’ (Could be right or could be wrong) from Four Marks. All the proceeds are being donated to the Extended Services for the new Wootey’s Family Centre.

Golf Day Funds REHAB Equipment

Some eighty players in teams of four contested strongly against each other and at times difficult summer weather conditions in the third Lions-Rehab Golf Day to raise  money for Basingstoke and Alton Cardiac Rehab. Whilst contestant Len Mills shows off his prowess on the day, later Alton Lions President Graham Dix (left) presented Tony Causton, Manager at Alton’s Cardiac Rehabilitation (REHAB Centre) with a cheqque for £1600, which will be used to obtain new equipment needed such as a recumbent exercise bike, which provides additional lumbar support and is easier to use for more elderly clients.

Runners Jostle for position at the start of the Alton 10

Each May Alton Runners, together with Alton Lions, organise the Alton 10, a ten-mile road race and, at the start of the cross-country season in October the Download Challenge 10k and 5k races. The ten mile road race is part of the Hampshire Road Race league competition and draws a large entry from all over the county as well as many other runners from  the south of England. The funds raised are used by Lions to support local charities.

The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps came to Town

The senior citizens of Alton gave a rousing welcome to the Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Logistic Corps who came to perform for the Alton Lions Annual Band Concert in Alton Assembly Rooms. It was the 36th concert organised by the Lions Club of Alton, featuring military music played in the rousing and flamboyant style of the talented musicians of the Royal Logistic Corps and much enjoyed by the senior citizens of Alton.

Record entry for Lions Peace Poster

A record of more than 200 entries was achieved for this year’s Alton Lions Peace Poster competition and Alton  Lions President Graham Dix congratulated all entrants on the imagination and artistic quality of the submissions. The Lions Peace Poster is an international competition designed as an opportunity to encourage young people to think about the importance of world peace, tolerance and international understanding. Lions clubs around the world sponsor the contest in local schools and youth groups and achieve more than 350,000 participants worldwide. Alton Town Mayor David Willoughby presented prizes.

A Guided Walk for Open Sight

Alton Lions Club participated in the Lions World Sight Weekend by taking a party from the Alton Branch of Open Sight on a walk around Alton guided by David Hall from the Alton Town Walks Organisation. The intention was to provide an enjoyable event and to understand more about the problems encountered in completing a walk of this nature. The group started their journey from ‘The Cairn’ and completed it an hour and a half later after enjoying an educative and sunny tour around the town.