Presentation of Swimarathon Shield for 2015

Five teams participated in the 2015 swim and raised a total of £1665.30. The teams retained £832.15 for their own charitable purposes, and passed the balance of £833.15 to the Lions. The total raised was £229.52 less than in 2014, when there was one more team, but £201.98 more than in 2013, when there were two more teams. The top fundraising team of 2014, Sackville Swans, raised even more money in 2015, but were beaten by new entrants, St Margaret’s Primary School Year 5. On 22 January, Lion President, Alistair Lang, presented the Lions Charity Challenge Shield to the winning team at the school celebration assembly. They will hold the Shield until the 2016 event on 16 October. The Lions had to pay expenses, including pool hire, lifeguard, and engraving of the shield, but topped up their share of the money raised to £1,000, a cheque for which will be presented to the Swim beneficiary, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, on 16 February [date subject to confirmation].


Motorised wheelchair allows girl to go to school of her dreams 2015

A presentation of a motorised wheelchair was made by Lion Presidents Guy Butterworth and Alistair Lang of Brighton and Rottingdean & Saltdean Lions respectively. By the combined support of the two Lions Clubs, Elle aged 16, can now attend the sixth form at Varndean College to study her preferred science A-levels to help fulfil her ambitions to go to university and in her aim for a career in pathology. The Lions learnt of her plight and stepped in to provide an electric wheelchair. She is now enjoying her studies and is looking forward to following her career aspirations. She says that her life has been transformed. The wheelchair supplier, Weald Mobility, gave a good price to the Lions while also providing free servicing for the first year to help Elle in her initial usage of her wheelchair. Elle’s mum and dad thanked the Lions immensely, stating that with their help Elle has a lot more independence now and is able to see her friends more often.


Life-saving defibrillator installed in Rottingdean 2015

Life-saving equipment has been installed in the centre of Rottingdean. A defibrillator – which is used to treat cardiac problems and can jumpstart a stopped heart - is now operational in a cabinet on the front wall of the Village Public Hall, Park Road in Rottingdean. This was a collaborative project funded by contributions from the Rottingdean Parish Council, Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions and the Village Fair. The procedure for use is that anyone with a person who is suspected of having a heart attack should immediately ring the Ambulance service on 999. They should describe the symptoms and ask for an ambulance/paramedic. The ambulance service will direct them to the defibrillator and also provide the code to open the defibrillator cabinet. The code needs to be entered on the keypad of the cabinet as shown on its front. The instructions printed on the cabinet should be followed and then when the defibrillator machine is switched on, follow the directions given by the defibrillator. The machine will "speak" to you and the instructions given are simple. It will detect whether the patient is having a heart attack and should this prove not to be so, it will not produce a shock. Once the ambulance arrives care should be passed to the paramedic. The use of the defibrillator can save valuable time for a patient and is easily operated. The use of the defibrillator was officially launched by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Cllr Lynda Hyde on Sunday 13th September. She was joined by representatives of the Lions, Parish Council and Village Fair Committee.


Opening of the Woodingdean Primany School new Play Equipment. 2015

Lion President Peter Silvey, with the children who will benefit from the new play equipment, and other contributors who along with the Lions helped raise the required funding.


Presentation of Cheque to Blind Veterans U.K. 2015

Lion President Peter Silvey presenting a cheque for £500 to Lesley Garven, Manager at the Blind Veterans UK Ovingdean Centre, towards enhancements in the sensory garden at the centre.


Presentation of Swimarathon Shield for 2014

Our President Lion Peter Silvey presenting the Swimarathon Shield to The Sackville Swans, a hove based drama group, being this year's team who raised the most money. The presentation took place on Thursday 12th March during their rehersals.

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Race Night 2015

Everyone who came to the race night on 7th March thoughly enjoyed themselves, especially those who backed the winners! There was a bar for the less fortunate to drown their sorrows! The great news was that the evening raised in excess of £1160 for local Lions charities.

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Christmas Lunch 2014

This year we again hosted 2 Christmas lunches at the White Horse Hotel Rottingdean. One on 16th December & one on 18th December, entertaining 115 senior citizens from Rottingdean, Saltdean, Woodingdean and Ovingdean to a traditional Christmas meal. Both lonches were thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending, with good food, wine and more importantly the oportunity to meet and chat to both friends and acquaintances. Plenty of time also to make some new friends and acquaintances.

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Sponsored Swim (Swimarathon) 2014

This year we completed another successful annual Sponsored Swim on October 19th, held at Roedean School, hopefully raising around £1500. Half of the money raised by each of the six participating teams will be returned to them for their chosen charity. At least 75% of the remainder will go to Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice with any balance, after expenses, going to local Lions charities. In the past we have had teams from pubs, clubs, schools, theatre groups and the scouting/guiding movements. The more the merrier - so please look out for this event next year.

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Smugglers Night & Lions Christmas Auction 2013.

A very good eveving with lots of various activities in the High Street, where this year we had the use of an empty shop - so not so cold! With the local shops remaining open, a variety of stalls, plus entertainment and parades up & down the High Street culminating in fireworks on the beach, a really enjoyable time was had by all. The auction took place in The White Horse from 8pm. Once again this was well supported, and we would like to say a big thank you to all the local traders & others who provided the auction lots, and of course the bidders, who together enabled us to raise over £1350.

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Presentation to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance 2013.

President Peter Berry of Rottingdean & Saltdean Lions Club presents a cheque for £1,750 to the duty doctor and paramedic at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance base at Redhill. The money was raised during a sponsored golf day and is a part of the Lions Clubs International South East District Appeal aimed at raising £250,000 towards the Air Ambulance’s project to provide 24/7 coverage across the south east of England, thus potentially saving many more lives each year.

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Swimarathon 2013

The annual Swimarathon took place on the 20th October 2013 at the Roedean Pool as usual. Eight teams participated in relay swimming for 55minutes each. Every team was sponsored with 50% of monies raised retained by the teams if they so wished. The Lions took the rest of the cash for charitable disbursement – with the Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice being the main beneficiary. With just a couple of teams still to hand in their sponsorship money, the gross total raised so far stands at £2760, a very respectable sum. A cheque will presented to the Hospice in due course.

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Senior Citizen's 'Autumn Tints' Outing 2013.

The outing this year was a mystery coach tour of Sussex's 'Autumn Tints', going via the Ashdown Forest to Barcombe. Here in the New Village, enjoying panoramic views of the beautiful surrounding countryside, the local Women's Institute served a very enjoyable tea they had prepared for our arrival.

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40th Charter Dinner Dance 2013

The event took place at the Holiday Inn, Brighton and as it was our 40th Anniversary Charter Dinner the venue was decorated with red 40th balloons, red & white serviettes and cup cakes on each table plus a red carnation for all the ladies on arrival. It was really well attended with 92 guests. A very successful raffle was held and we danced till midnight with “Band of Gold” our usual group of musicians and singers. A big vote of thanks to Alistair for all his, and his helpers, hard work to make it a such very successful and enjoyable evening. A note for your diary next years Charter Dinner will be held on Saturday 26th April so please keep this date free in your diaries. (Provisional date)

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It’s a Knockout 2013 - Zone Event

On Sunday 3rd March members of Rottingdean & Saltdean Club joined the other Lions from our Zone clubs to host an It’s a Knockout competition, for people with learning difficulties, at Longhill school. There were 6 teams taking part from various centres in this area and a good time was had by all. After lunch the deputy mayor of Brighton and Hove joined us to help with the various games and then present medals, certificate and prizes to all the competitors.

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Presentation to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance 2013.

Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions Club President, Arthur Jarvis, today presented a cheque for £1,250 to the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. The cheque was received by Jill Playle, Director of Communications for the Air Ambulance and the duty doctor and paramedic. The money was raised at a sponsored golf day last September.

The money was presented as part of the Lions Air Ambulance Night Flying Appeal. Lions Clubs across the South East have pledged to raise £250,000 over the next 10 years to provide the necessary ancillary equipment to enable the Air Ambulance to fly during the hours of darkness and provide a 24 hour operation thus potentially saving many more lives each year.

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Christmas Lunch 2012

This year we again hosted 2 Christmas lunches at the White Horse Hotel during early and mid December, entertaining 126 senior citizens from Rottingdean, Saltdean, Woodingdean and Ovingdean to a traditional Christmas meal. Both lonches were thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending, with excellent food and more importantly the oportunity to meet and chat to both friends and acquaintances. Plenty of time also to make some new friends and acquaintances.

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Swimarathon 2012

The annual Swimarathon took place on the 20th October 2012 at the Roedean Pool as usual. Eleven teams participated in relay swimming for 55minutes each. Every team was sponsored with 50% of monies raised retained by the teams if they so wished. The Lions took the rest of the cash for charitable disbursement – with the Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice being the main beneficiary. With just a couple of teams still to hand in their sponsorship money, the gross total raised so far stands at £2760, a very respectable sum. A cheque will presented to the Hospice in due course.


Golf Day 2012

On a typical September morning nine teams assembled for the Lions 2012 Annual Golf Day at East Brighton Golf Course. The round of golf was followed by a very friendly dinner and the prizegiving by the President. The event with the raffle and an auction raised just over £1,200 and arrangements are now being made for the President and other Lions to attend the Sussex Air Ambulance headquarters to present a cheque for £1,250.

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Chestnut Tree House Presentation 2012

Having now received all the sponsorship money from the teams for our delayed 2011 swim Lion President Arthur Jarvis, together with Lion Secretary David Walker and Lion John Ewbank, chairman of our Service Committee, visited the Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice near Arundel to presented them with a cheque for £2,000, appropriately in their hydrotherapy pool area. Whilst there they had a tour of the hospice and were very impressed with the facilities available and the care and treatment provided. With only 8% of their £2.5 million annual costs, for which they currently care for 260 patients and their families, being met by the NHS all the money we can provide is obviously very welcome and clearly well used.

   

Saltdean Gala 2012

At least we were able to hold the event this year, with the weather holding off until time to pack up! Both the classic cars and dog show, which we are grateful to our sponsors for, were again a great success with many entries in both. The arena events and children’s races were also entertaining and enjoyed by all. The event which, concluded with our Summer Draw, raised over £1200 for our charities and local good causes. Many thanks to all those who supported us.

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Lions Rottingdean Fayre 2012

This event went very, despite the unpredictable weather, with the Jubilee Tea Party & Punch and Judy being appreciated by both parents and the children who participated. The events staged in the arena were excellent and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thanks to all those who supported us in this event which raised around £2000 for our charities and local good causes.

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Race Night

Everyone who came to the race night on 17th March thoughly enjoyed themselves, especially those who backed the winners! The best thing about the evening was the fact that in excess of £600-00 was raised for Martlets, one of the local charities we support.

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Activenture Day

On 25th August we entertained 45 teenage clients with their one to one same age carers plus a number of staff to a day out. The first stop was Blackberry Farm, just north of Lewes, where they could see and pet the animals. Then onto Brighton Pier for as many rides as they wished, courtesy of Nobles, and of course the traditional ice cream. After which it was back to the Scout field in Rottingdean for a bar-b-q, more games and music. A great time was had by all.

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Christmas Lunch

We entertained 120 senior citizens, from Rottingdean, Saltdean, Woodingdean and Ovingdean, to 2 Christmas lunches, at the White Horse Hotel during early December. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and more importantly they all had a great time chatting away and in many cases making some new friends and acquaintances to get together with during the coming year.

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St Aubyns Concert

The St Aubyns concert went very well with a full house, we exchanged advanced purchased tickets for a raffle ticket at the door, all those who didn’t have a ticket were admitted for the price of the raffle ticket. This raised money taken on the door to £31. (Every little helps)!

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Lions Certificate of Appreciation to Rottingdean Club

During 2011 the Rottingdean Club raised a total of £555 from their weekly lottery draw all of which was donated to our Lions Club. In recognition of this Lion President David presented the Club with a certificate of appreciation, which was gratefully received by Jo Pratt and other members of staff at the Club. They were clearly delighted as a nail had been put in the wall and the certificate was on display before we finished our pint!

Coastway Vets Donation to the Lions

In celebration of 25 years providing veterinary services in Rottingdean, Coastway vets chose 2 charities to benefit from donations nominated by the patients (well actually their owners). The beneficiaries were the Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare and Rottingdean & Saltdean Lions Club. Our president Lion David gratefully accepted a cheque for £200 from vet Bronwen Eastwood.

Lions Certificate of Appreciation to Coastway Vets

Coastway Vets have also supported us for many years sponsoring our annual Dog Show at the Saltdean Gala and you may recognise Bronwen who is one of the judges.

In recognition of their support Lion President David presented them with a Lions Certificate of Appreciation.