BLACKMORE VALE LIONS CLUB
News of Lions Activities
The main charity chosen for this year’s event was St Margaret’s Hospice and the Lions are proud to announce that £1000 was raised.
In the picture Blackmore Vale Lions President Ian Simpson is presenting the cheque to Barbara McAulay one of the Fundraisers from St Margaret’s Hospice accompanied by Lions George Wagland and Peter Oswick together with Steve Harris the owner/partner of Folke Golf Club.
Chernobyl Children Enjoy a Day’s Sailing
On the 14th July they were off to Weymouth with the Blackmore Vale Lions to visit the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.
The Children - Anastasia, Polina, Dani, Dan, Andrei and Vlad
The translator - Ailsa MatkevichThe Blackmore Vale Lions - President Ian Simpson, VP George Wagland, Vee Cooper
Vice-President George Wagland, President Ian Simpson, Margaret Hannibal CEO of Mosaic with Geoff Nash Treasurer
Blackmore Vale Lions President Ian Simpson presented a cheque for £2000 to Margaret Hannibal, CEO of Mosaic, at their Headquarters in Milborne St Andrew on Thursday 7thJuly 2016.
Mosaic is a child centred service offering a pathway of support for bereaved children, young people and their families. Mosaic also provides support for those young people who are facing the death of a parent or loved one. Support is achieved in several ways including Activity Days, Social Events, Training for professionals and agencies working with children and young people and also includes a Residential weekend programme that allows them to meet others to share experiences and more importantly to have fun.
The Blackmore Vale Lions are very pleased to be able to present this cheque to this very worthwhile charity as this type of beneficial aid fits exactly into the type of service to the local community that Lions Clubs around the world take great pleasure in supporting.
29th BLACKMORE VALE LIONS SWIMARATHON GREAT SUCCESS
The Blackmore Vale Lions organised yet another successful charity fundraising event on the 5th March. The 29thSwimarathon was held once again at Clayesmore School and 136 swimmers of all ages took part. The organiser, Lion David Birt said that the event was marked by a terrific spirit of enthusiasm, rivalry and fun. The swimmers secured sponsorship pledges of just over £4,000 – a splendid result. Half this money will support the individual organisations or their chosen charity whilst the Lions will be making substantial donations to the charities Dentaid and The Childrens Society.
Lion President Colin MacLeod and Lion David Birt presented Certificates on the day to swimmers aged under14 and trophies will be presented in due course to the best achieving teams based on the distance swum and the amount of sponsorship actually raised. Meanwhile the Lions would like to thank all the swimmers and all the volunteers on the day who helped make the event such a great success.
Near Perfect Conditions for the 24th Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon
Last Sunday’s Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon raised just under £4000 which will be shared between Future Roots, The Andrew Simpson Sailing Fund, various organisations in Bishops Caundle, and the Blackmore Vale Lions Charity Trust Fund which supports a wide range of charitable causes in and around the Blackmore Vale.
Over 450 registered to run the race however, probably due to the inclement weather,some 375 runners of all ages took part in the 24th half marathon and 5 mile Fun Run organised by the Blackmore Vale Lions Club with the valuable cooperation of Bishops Caundle Parish Council, All Saints Primary School, Bishops Caundle Village Hall Committee and Bishops Caundle Football Club.
The race is part of the Dorset Road Race League and is
for many the first organised race of the year. Weather conditions after a
deluge on the Saturday, were almost perfect for this very tough challenge which
many runners use as preparation for the London Marathon in April.
The men’s race was won byToby Chapman of Bournemouth AC in a time of 1h 15 28s and the women’s race by Emma Dews of Bournemouth AC in a time of 1h 26m 49s. Both times were outside the current records the beating of which would have resulted in the reward of a cash prize.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Men’s overall Toby Chapman Bournemouth AC 1/15/28
Men’s 2nd overall Jon Sharkey Bournemouth AC 1/15/55
Men’s 3rd overall David Broadley Poole AC 1/16/30
Ladies’ overall Emma Dews Bournemouth AC 1/26/49
Ladies’ 2nd overall Heidi Tregenza Bournemouth AC 1/26/59
Ladies’ 3rd overall Nikki Sandell Bournemouth AC 1/29/33
Not unsurprisingly Bournemouth AC picked up both the Mens and Ladies Team Prizes with Paul Dixon-Box joining Toby Chapman and Jon Sharkey for the Mens prize and Nikky Sandelljoining Emma Dewa and Heidi Tregenza for the Ladies prize.
There were further age group prizes won by Toby Chapman, John Bassender, David Wilson and Hamish Murray in the Mens categories and Heidi Tregenza,Emma Dews, Louella O’Herlihyand Francis Anderson in the Womens categories.
The major sponsor for this years race was Dike and Sons the family run superstore of Stalbridge. Also supporting the event was Else Family Butchers of Stalbridge.
As usual the race was very well supported by a large group of marshalls, drinks providers, recorders and referees from the road running fraternity especially Gillingham Trotters, a2e Medical Services, GMS Lions and Sturminster Newton Rotary Club, Air Cadets, Templecombe Scouts and most importantly the Blackmore Vale Lions ladies who provided all the food and drink both before and after the event. The Blackmore Vale Lions very much thank and appreciate all the organisations that helped make the event the huge success that it is.
The Blackmore Vale Lions presented a cheque for £1000 to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance at Henstridge Airfield on Wednesday 4th November. In the photo a pride of Lions are seen presenting the cheque to Critical Care Paramedic Claire Baker. We wish the Air Ambulance crew and their team of helpers every success in their quest to maintain this vitalemergency service link across our area.