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The June Meeting or “How to donate funds to good causes!!!”

Everybody arrived on time and the meeting got under way with the usual friendly ribaldry echoing round the table.

Lion Paul called the meeting to order and began his usual methodical passage through the agenda, with only one absence apology from Sandra who was unwell. The Club cantered swiftly through the usual items of approving minutes of the previous meeting they had all forgotten about, matters arisings and reports from the President and Secretary, and barely paused to hear the Treasurer telling them that there was a health nearly £15,900 in the Charity account, the admin account was similarly in good standing before the spectacular success of the Easter Egg Raffles was recorded as £1,032.40, making the club a profit to the Charity account of £630.76.

The Club recorded their thanks to the local pubs and clubs that support every year and make this possible, including The Battle Club, The Queens Head, Sedlescombe Golf Club, The Abbey Pub, Staplecross Social Club. Crowhurst Park, Hastings and St, Leonards Golf Club, the Plough, The White Hart, The Royal Oak, The Red Lion, The White Hart, The Bull and Battle Brewery.

There was a health discussion of the future fund-raising events, where the club’s concerns at running these with so few members were again aired, but nonetheless we will cover them all together with the service activities the Club undertakes somehow. A separate meeting will be organised by the incoming President to discuss new membership generation.

The Annual Go-Kart Challenge Endurance Race will again take place at Filching Manor track, Polegate, on Sunday 2nd September, with team entries of up to 4 drivers already being booked in at £200 per team. Groups wishing to enter should contact Lion Mark on 01424 430158 as soon as possible to guarantee themselves a place in this popular event which raises money solely for LIBRA, the Lions International Blood Research Appeal.

The Children in Need Quiz will take place this year on the 9th of November at Ninfield Memorial Hall, so put the date in your diary to support this national event. The club has moved the date back a week to meet the wishes of our supporters who also like to watch Children in Need on the television.

The Christmas Street collection in Battle is booked for the 14th and 15th of December, the members are hoping it will be a little warmer this year. A separate meeting will be organised by the incoming President to discuss fundraising for our general charity account.

The highlight of the meeting was the lively discussion on grants to needy causes – tailoring what we give down from what we would like to give!

£100 was given in sponsorship to Mark Brown, a local Plumbing and Heating Engineer was diagnosed some years ago with Multiple Sclerosis and has ever since been raising funds for them. On 29th of July he is taking part in a 100-mile cycle challenge, the Olympic course around London in aid of their funds and particularly the proposed new MS Treatment Centre at in Southwick which treats sufferers in this area.

£500 was donated to Kids Count, the Hailsham based charity which provides children supplies parcels for babies of parents in need in this area.

Finally £500 was donated toward the Battle Health Pathway at the recreation ground in the town to help speed up construction of this essential and much needed local amenity.

Why is it so much easier to give it away than to raise it! To our readers we repeat our oft made wish – you enable us to raise this money, we want to spend a larger portion locally in Battle and Villages!!

There was general discussion of bannerettes and A5 leaflets to replace those given away, a gift for the new Lions Club being Chartered at Ashford, and finally confirmation of our changeover Lunch at the Red Lion in Brede, when Lion President Paul will hand over the Presidents regalia to Lion Bob, the incoming President for the next year.

In the usual way the meeting ended, the room was tidied, and everyone left, then stood around for another quarter of an hour in the car park nattering. That’s the best thing about a sociable club like ours, we actually do like each other’s company!

The Battle and Villages Lions Club needs your support to continue it service to the community, and its support of local good causes, charities and the many local and international causes the Club supports on your behalf. Why not join us and help the community at the same time that you enjoy yourself! We have a whale of a time!! Come and meet us on the first Tuesday of each month at 8pm at The Royal Oak Public House at Whatlington.

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