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Bream raises £2,000 for appeal.

Photo L-R: Geoff Davis, Forest of Dean lions Club, John Pitcher, Bream Sports Club, Doug Lewis, the Coffee Shop. Front Julie Hodder, Packed with Love.

Julie Hodder from ‘Packed with Love’ recently organised a coffee morning at Bream Sports Club to raise funds to help the persons displaced by the Russian war in Ukraine.
The funds raised were generously matched by a donation from Bream Sports Club. A further donation was received from the Coffee Shop on Bream High Street. A cheque for £2,000 was handed to the Forest of Dean Lions Club who will pass it on to the Lions Ukraine Displaced Persons Fund.
Geoff said: “The same generous support from the community was evident in Bream that we saw in the recent Lions collections at Tesco, Lydney. The total amount that the Lions have sent from Lydney and Bream to help displaced people from Ukraine is now £8,958.66”.

Lions Ukraine collections

Forest of Dean Lions are carrying out collections in our area to raise funds to help people displaced displaced by the Ukraine conflict. We are very grateful to local businesses for their help and of course the public for their generous donations.

Collection at Tesco, Lydney
7 March 2022

Please see the letter below which explains where the monies collected go. Your donations are sent by us to the Lions fund (Campaign 100 Ukraine – Refugees and Displaced Persons) The funds we send are distributed from there:

Lions Speech House Fireworks 2021 and 2022.

Many of you enjoyed a great firework display and bonfire on 6th November 2021. We do recognise that there were some traffic problems due to the sheer numbers of you that travelled to attend. This then impacted upon cars entering and exiting the field due to obstructions caused by cars parked on the road.

We regret that some people may have been disappointed. To prevent this happening again please note that the 2022 event will be ticket only.

Finale of the 2021 Fireworks display filmed on an iPhone SE.

2021 Wild Boar Chase & Humbug Chase

Together with SevernDean Lions Club, Forest of Dean Lions co-organised the 2021 bike rides for adults and kids.

After an absence of 16 months COVID 19 rules were finally relaxed enough for the rides to be organised and run.

The Lions are very grateful to the many helpers from the local community that turned out to enable the events to take place.

A photo of the finish of the Wild Boar Chase 2017 - photo Sean O'Brien
The finish of the Wild Boar Chase- photo Sean O’Brien

Lion Picture Competition

Create a picture of a lion!.

What a great variety of entries we received for this competition. Congratulations to Lauren who was the overall winner and her picture that covers much of what the Forest of Dean Lions do is featured above.

Thanks to all those that entered.

Lions donate to Hope for Tomorrow

Forest of Dean Lions Club recently received an urgent request for help from Hope For Tomorrow who run a mobile cancer care unit in our area:

We are already seeing a huge reduction in our income, with fundraising events, corporate events and fundraising challenge events having to be cancelled. We are a charity that totally relies on voluntary donations as we don’t receive any GOVERNMENT FUNDING. We urgently need your help.
Our approach of delivering cancer care closer to patients has never been more important than now, sparing patients and their families’ trips to hospital, which could put them at risk. We are living through unprecedented times and this new virus poses a huge risk to already vulnerable cancer patients during their treatment.

Forest Lions therefore applied for a grant from a Lions Club International COVID Emergency fund and successfully received £1000 on their behalf.  The funds were immediately transferred on to Hope for Tomorrow.

Lions move to Victoria Centre, Lydney

Forest of Dean Lions Club have held monthly meetings at Bells Hotel and Country since 1973. The Lions have received tremendous support from Bells during this period and thank them for their friendly welcome and hospitality.

As we move into 2020, Forest of Dean Lions are moving their monthly meetings to the Victoria Centre, Victoria Road, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 5DG

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 7:30 p.m.

A photo showing The Victoria Centre, Lydney
The Victoria Centre, Lydney

Lions help out at the concert in the Quarry

Lions help at the Concert in the Quarry
Lions help at the Concert in the Quarry – photo by Steve Cassidy

Forest of Dean Lions and SevernDean Lions helped with the car parking at the Concert in The Quarry event organised by Lydbrook Band. The concert took place in Barnhill Quarry, owned and operated by Forest of Dean Stone Firms who sponsor Lydbrook Band