OUR 50th CHARTER ANNIVERSARY DINNER

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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.

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”.

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.

Entertainment was provided by Tosh.

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

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

The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award plaque

The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award plaque

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.” 





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.