Another successful Fun Run for Beccles

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Sunday September 2nd 2019 saw the Second of Beccles & District Lions Club’s Fun Runs take place around a sunny Sports Field and Common.

Around 80 runners of all abilities and ages took part in what is now an Annual Event, over a course which, starting on the Sports Field, took them down the historic Avenue, through the decades old recently refurbished gates and on to Beccles Common.

Still dressed in its Summer best, the route around this jewel in the Town’s crown welcomed the runners to both its open spaces and shaded tree-lined footpaths.

Those running the 3k course circled the Common once - whilst those braving the 5k run experienced its delights twice before running back down the Avenue and on to the Finish Line on the Sports Field.

Not being a timed event, but designed to encourage runners of all capabilities - there were no winners or indeed losers and all runners returned safely to claim their medals within the next hour.

The runners set off for the 3k and 5k runs.

The runners set off for the 3k and 5k runs.

The Runners on their way up the Avenue to the Common

The Runners on their way up the Avenue to the Common

The next event of the day was the Junior 1k run for those 9 years and under and this had a really excellent turnout with some 30 children of all ages taking the route around the Sports Field.

Some had the encouragement of a Parent running beside them and all finished to much applause from the audience.

They all received a medal and had special number bibs featuring the picture of the Beccles & District Lions mascot - Sid the Lion.

The enthusiastic start to the Junior 1k run.

The enthusiastic start to the Junior 1k run.

The final event of the day was new to this year’s programme - Team Relay which, whilst attracting only three teams - The Wine Vaults, Santa’s Helpers and Blackwell Print, non-the-less proved to be an exciting spectator event with the Blackwell Print Team ending up winning the ‘Blackwell Cup’ , after a race during which all teams had at some point taken the lead. We look forward to welcoming more teams for next year’s event as the word “gets round”.

The Relay teams L-R, Blackwell Print, The Wine Vaults (with the Mayor of Beccles and the Lion President in the middle) and Santa’s Helpers.

The Relay teams L-R, Blackwell Print, The Wine Vaults (with the Mayor of Beccles and the Lion President in the middle) and Santa’s Helpers.

We were delighted to see the ‘Harriers’ at our event and our thanks for their experienced help with marshalling the course.

We were delighted to see the ‘Harriers’ at our event and our thanks for their experienced help with marshalling the course.

We are very grateful to 013A Photographers - Neville Barnard & Bernadette Barnard plus Brian Collins & Sue Copeman from Beccles Camera Club, who gave their time to take some 200+ photos documenting the event. This archive of the day is fairly much guaranteed to feature most competitors and pictures are available for free download by clicking here (under construction). Please note that the photographers named above retain Copyright in all images and they may only be downloaded for personal use.

Our thanks are also extended to the Mayor of Beccles - Councillor Andrea Downes for spending the morning with us to welcome, encourage and congratulate our competitors and to Bev - our fitness advisor, for the competitors pre-race warm up session.

We are also grateful for the attendance of the mobile version of ‘Sweeties’ shop selling Ice Cream and sweets and for donations of Water and Snacks for the finishing runners, to Roys, Tesco and Morrisons.

In common with all Beccles & District Lions Clubs’ events - all the money raised goes to Charity.

Installation of Beccles & District Lions Club President for 2019/20

Outgoing President = Lion Chris Lambert (right) after handing over the Club’s Chain of Office to President for 2019/20 - Lion Chris Eglington.

Outgoing President = Lion Chris Lambert (right) after handing over the Club’s Chain of Office to President for 2019/20 - Lion Chris Eglington.

July - being traditionally the month during which our President for the following year is welcomed to the post, saw the first Meeting of the month - Wednesday 10th turned over to the official changeover.

After a short business meeting covering any urgent items, outgoing President - Lion Chris Lambert handed over the Chain of Office to Lion Chris Eglington.

Our new President brings to the post the experience of his four previous years in that position, which he has held over his many years with the Club.

The Club unanimously voiced their appreciation for Past President Chris Lambert’s very successful year of Office, which saw the instigation of the Annual Fun Run plus expansion of other activities such as the popular Barbeque Stall and the pleasure of arranging the successful celebration of our 50th Charter Anniversary Evening.

The first official duty of President Chris Eglington’s year of office was the induction of a new Member - Dulcie McDonald into the Club.

New Lion Dulcie McDonald pinning on her Lions insignia after it’s presentation by Lion President Chris Eglington, watched by Dulcie’s sponsors for membership - Lions Sharon Page and Keith Moore

New Lion Dulcie McDonald pinning on her Lions insignia after it’s presentation by Lion President Chris Eglington, watched by Dulcie’s sponsors for membership - Lions Sharon Page and Keith Moore

After the ‘formal’ part of the evening, Club Members enjoyed a meal prepared by our hosts at the Waveney House Hotel - which is the Venue for our Meetings.

Beccles & District Lions Club is always pleased to receive applications for new Members - just contact our Membership Chairman - Malcolm Bardsley on 01986 788788.

Presentation of Ivan Holmes Award

From Left to Right – Mandy Holmes, Beccles Lions Welfare Officer Dermot Wesley-Smith, Joyce Wilson 2019 Ivan Holmes Community Award recipient, Club President Lion Chris Lambert.

From Left to Right – Mandy Holmes, Beccles Lions Welfare Officer Dermot Wesley-Smith, Joyce Wilson 2019 Ivan Holmes Community Award recipient, Club President Lion Chris Lambert.

Ivan Holmes Community Award Presentation - 2019

The fourth annual Ivan Holmes Community Award was presented to Joyce Wilson by Mandy Holmes at the May Centre Anniversary Lunch in Beccles. 

Joyce, who was unable to attend our 50th Charter Night when the award was announced, has worked tirelessly for the May Centre in Beccles and has been the Manager for the past 7 years. Joyce has expanded her volunteer role to much more than just managing the day to day running of the Centre, she has become a valued member of the team. 

In recognition of this sterling work undertaken over these many years, she received the 2019 Ivan Holmes Community Award and Certificate. In addition to this Beccles & District Lions also presented her with a cheque for £250 to be donated to her nominated charity – which of course was the May Centre! 

Lion President Chris Lambert said “This annual award is in memory of our late colleague Lion Ivan Holmes MJF, who was a member of the Beccles and District Lions Club for over 35 years. Throughout that time Ivan was an ever present figure within the Beccles Community, and, through this award Beccles Lions wanted to recognise those people who, like Joyce tirelessly serve their community by helping to improve the lives of others. 

Before presenting the award to Joyce, Mandy said “The intention of this award is to act as an inspirational and motivational legacy, to continue Ivan’s good work and Joyce has clearly demonstrated this with all the caring and kindness she shows to others within our community. I know the club receives lots of nominations each year, and I would therefore like to acknowledge this by thanking every other nominee for the work they do within the local area, which of course is all voluntary. So to all the volunteers, whether clubs, societies or individuals that help to improve our community - thank you.”      

In response Joyce said “I would like to thank Mandy and Beccles and District Lions Club for this lovely award. It is completely unexpected and I feel very honoured and moved to be receiving it. To even be considered for the award was a surprise, and in addition to be recognised by others for doing things that one enjoys is a great privilege and honour, which I really do appreciate it. There are so many dedicated volunteers in the community and without those who are committed to the May Centre I would not be able to manage the centre and provide our members with such a valuable resource. I will always treasure this award. Thank you.

The Ivan Holmes Community Award is an annual award presented by the Lions Club of Beccles & District and we are always pleased to receive nominations.  If you know of any individual, club, society, or group of people who you believe deserves recognition of this kind please don’t hesitate to let us know.

BECCLES CHARITIES GET TOGETHER TO PROVIDE SPECIAL BED

Beccles and District Lions Club together with the Beccles Diamond Jubilee in Sickness Fund, Beccles Helping Hands and Beccles Townlands Charity have all contributed to provide a special ‘user adjustable’ Bakare Bed for Mrs Sue Foster, needed because of her permanent ongoing health conditions. 

Mrs Sue Foster on the new Bed surrounded by representatives from Beccles & District Lions Club, Beccles Diamond Jubilee in Sickness Fund, Beccles Helping Hands and Beccles Townlands Charity who came together to provide it.

Mrs Sue Foster on the new Bed surrounded by representatives from Beccles & District Lions Club, Beccles Diamond Jubilee in Sickness Fund, Beccles Helping Hands and Beccles Townlands Charity who came together to provide it.

Sue Foster said “I cannot thank these organisations enough for this bed it has changed my whole life. As my illness is permanent and so debilitating I do need to rest as much as I can and before I received this bed I was merely surviving - with only little or no sleep at all. Now I am able to rest whenever necessary during the day - and also get a good night’s sleep without having to disturb my husband to ask him to help me move or adjust the pillows. With this wonderfully versatile bed I can make the relevant adjustments myself. It really has made such a difference - my life is so much easier now.”

Lion President Chris Lambert said “With the help of our friends from the other Beccles Charities it has been both a honour and a pleasure to be able to provide this Bakare Bed for Sue. She has suffered over many years with such courage and strength that we all felt that the least we could do was to help her where we could and clearly this Bed has proved a very good place to start.”    

Beccles Lions Welfare Officer, Lion Dermot Wesley-Smith added “Sue approached Beccles Lions Club asking if we could help. Naturally we wanted to and so we spoke with our friends in the other Charities. After finding out more information and discussing it further with Sue, we all felt it was a very worthwhile project.

It is at times like these that we have to acknowledge the very generous giving of the people of Beccles and others who attend our Fund Raising Events. Without such giving we are not able to help others and change their lives as this amazing Bed has done for Sue.”

Sue was very happy to demonstrate just how versatile the new Bed was to representatives from the Charities that had contributed to. They were Doctor Tony Bubb from Beccles Diamond Jubilee in Sickness Fund, Mr Gary Johnson from Beccles Helping Hands and Mrs Gillian Campbell from Beccles Townlands Charity

OUR 50th CHARTER ANNIVERSARY DINNER

Beccles Lion President Chris Lambert with his wife Carolyn enter the Waveney Suite after being ‘piped in’ by the Beccles Sea Cadets.

Beccles Lion President Chris Lambert with his wife Carolyn enter the Waveney Suite after being ‘piped in’ by the Beccles Sea Cadets.

To celebrate our 50th Charter Anniversary, we organised a Celebration Dinner at the Waveney House Hotel on Saturday 11th May.

Over 100 people attended this memorable event - including the Mayor of Beccles - Councillor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, Peter Aldous MP (who is one of our members) plus representatives from 13 other East Anglian Lions Clubs and a large number of our friends from Beccles and District.

We had worked hard to ensure that this would be a very special evening and our Guests were welcomed by a guard of honour from the Beccles Sea Cadets, Rumpus Ukulele group and Trevor and Ian Shurmer who kindly photographed all our guests and presented them with a special copy.

Once our Guests were seated, the Beccles Sea Cadets ‘piped in’ the Top Table Guests and as the Hotel Staff served the meals, Phil Perry the Magician moved around the tables astonishing everyone with his dexterity.

Our Top Table: (L-R) Lion Paul Martin PDG, Lions District Governor - Lion Mandy Hawksley, Lion President Chris Lambert, Mrs Carolyn Lambert, Mayor of Beccles - Councillor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, Mr David Brambley-Crawshaw, Lion Peter Aldous MP.

Our Top Table: (L-R) Lion Paul Martin PDG, Lions District Governor - Lion Mandy Hawksley, Lion President Chris Lambert, Mrs Carolyn Lambert, Mayor of Beccles - Councillor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, Mr David Brambley-Crawshaw, Lion Peter Aldous MP.

Following the meal, the formal part of the evening included toasts and responses to Her Majesty the Queen, “Absent Friends”, Lions Clubs International and “Our Partners, Guests and the Town of Beccles”.

Lions International District Governor for East Anglia - Lion Mandy Hawkesley presenting the 50th Anniversary Certificate of Appreciation from Lions International to Beccles Lion President - Chris Lambert.

Lions International District Governor for East Anglia - Lion Mandy Hawkesley presenting the 50th Anniversary Certificate of Appreciation from Lions International to Beccles Lion President - Chris Lambert.

The annual Ivan Holmes Community Award - presented by Mrs Mandy Holmes in memory of our late Past President - Lion Ivan, was awarded this year to Mrs Joyce Wilson for her work at The May Centre.

A video of our longest serving and founder member - Norman Garrod receiving Lionism’s highest honour - The Melvin Jones Fellowship award was shown. Unfortunately, being over 90 years of age, Norman was unable to join us in person.

The most surprised person of the evening was Lion Keith Moore who was similarly honoured with a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Keith became a Lion some 30 years ago and was active and indeed President of the Lowestoft Lions Club before moving to Beccles where he has served in the same position. The large contingent who had joined us from the Lowestoft Club were as delighted at this award as the Beccles Lions.

Lion Keith Moore (left) receiving the commemorative ‘MJF’ plaque from Lion President Chris Lambert.

Lion Keith Moore (left) receiving the commemorative ‘MJF’ plaque from Lion President Chris Lambert.

The 50th Anniversary Cake made by Mrs Sue Moore and featuring the head of our Club Mascot - Sid the Lion, being cut by our newest member - Lion Sharon Page and longest serving active member - Lion Dermot Wesley-Smith PP.

The 50th Anniversary Cake made by Mrs Sue Moore and featuring the head of our Club Mascot - Sid the Lion, being cut by our newest member - Lion Sharon Page and longest serving active member - Lion Dermot Wesley-Smith PP.

Entertainment was provided by Tosh.

Melvin Jones founded the first Lions Club in Chicago, Illinois in 1917.

Now, Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organisation with 46,000 Clubs around the world and some 1.8 million members.

In the British Isles, Ireland, and the rest of Europe, Lions donate over 5.7 million hours work and £88 million to humanitarian causes each year.

ANOTHER DEFIBRILLATOR - THIS TIME AT THE LIBRARY

The new Defibrillator officially accepted by the Mayor Elfrede Bramley-Crawshaw on 30th March 2019

The new Defibrillator officially accepted by the Mayor Elfrede Bramley-Crawshaw on 30th March 2019

Gifted to the Town by Mr Tony Clarey in memory of his parents Derrick & Stella Clarey this new defibrillator is at the rear of the Community Library - who have volunteered to check and manage this life saving facility. It is easily accessible from Roy’s Car Park.

Tony Clarey - whose life was saved by the use of a defibrillator approached Beccles & District Lions Club, who, with money raised by local people, have previously arranged for placement of a machine at the CAB in the Town Centre and another at Beccles Railway Station.

Beccles Mayor Councillor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw with Lion President Chris Lambert

Beccles Mayor Councillor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw with Lion President Chris Lambert

The new Defibrillator was officially accepted by the Mayor, Councillor Elfrede Bramley-Crawshaw. The Mayor said “We do really appreciate all the hard work that Beccles Lions Club do for the town of Beccles and the surrounding community and it is with great pleasure I accept this, their 3rd Defibrillator, on behalf of the people of Beccles,

Lion President Chris Lambert added “Because of the very generous gift by Mr Tony Clarey and the support of Beccles Community Library we were able to provide our 3rd Defibrillator earlier than planned, which is great news for Beccles. Also it is fitting that in our 50th year as a Lions Club in Beccles we should see such wonderful appreciation and support from the people of Beccles. A special thank you must go to Mr Tony Clarey for enabling this to happen.” 

The Mayor being shown the new Defibrillator

The Mayor being shown the new Defibrillator

Lion Dermot Wesley-Smith, the club’s Welfare Chairman, added “As previously we have been working closely with The Community Heartbeat Trust who supplied the first Defibrillator. Everyone involved deserves a very big thank you, from the Beccles Community Library Manager Annaliese Matheron-Avery for her support in offering assistance to maintain the Defibrillator and of course to Mr Tony Clarey for his very generous gift that has enabled us to provide this, our 3rd Defibrillator to the people of Beccles.” 





LIONS LIGHT UP LEMAN

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In common with most schools - when the Main Hall at the Sir John Leman High School was built, it was fitted with a certain amount of ‘stage’ lighting to enable drama and performances.

Unfortunately, this was done in a era when the fittings were both very expensive and very inflexible in use.

For instance - to change the ‘projected’ colour of a fitting involved using a wheeled platform some 5 or 6 metres high and climbing up with a clear coloured sheet (with the wonderful name of “Cinemoid”) of the required colour and inserting it in front of the lamp and lens - NOT something which can be done during a performance - or indeed by the Pupils - it was “call the Janitor” time.

The performing arts as taught now, require a much more flexible approach to lighting and today’s technology involves both programmable controllers and LED lighting units. Each unit contains many red, green and blue LED’s with each of these colour ‘channels’ able to be seperately controlled instantly to change the light output to more-or-less any colour.

The Staff and Pupils at the school had been fund raising for some considerable time to enable the purchase of such modern equipment, but needed around £800 to enable the purchase.

Having listened and watched a presentation at one of our twice-monthly meetings, we Lions were unanimous in approving our support to enable this purchase.

We were delighted therefore to have the opportunity to visit the School and see the equipment in action. The system is impressive and will we hope, encourage the the Pupils to indulge their creativity and achieve even greater levels of production values and performance.

Presenting the cheque - OK - it is a “staged” event!

Presenting the cheque - OK - it is a “staged” event!

Beccles Lion President - Chris Lambert being shown the programmable controller.

Beccles Lion President - Chris Lambert being shown the programmable controller.

Alfred Muffett IHA Presentation

Alfred Muffett IHA Presentation

Alfred Muffett, President of Beccles Sea Cadets, was recently presented with an Ivan Holmes Award certificate and a cheque for £100 for his chosen charity Beccles Sea Cadets, by Beccles Lions, for his long term outstanding work with Sea Cadets and the Beccles branch of the British Legion.

Holy Trinity Church Certificate Presentation

Holy Trinity Church Certificate Presentation

For over 10 years the church and its volunteers have been filling empty shoe boxes with Christmas presents and goodies, sending them to orphanages in Moldova. This box of Christmas joy is often the only Christmas present the children will receive and has always lifted their spirits at Christmas time.