Newslatter - June 2019

The month started with half of our members going off to Tadley to support the Loddon Valley Lions Club’s Treacle Fair. It was a huge, entertaining event and very well supported as usual. Our putting game raised £125 and Lennie the Basingstoke Lion garnered another £25 which we made up to £200 and donated to St Michael’s Hospice.

Old Basing Carnival was the putting game’s next outing, but inclement weather conditions caused a bit of mayhem. The target and screens were blown over a couple of times and even the arrival of a local funeral director (always good for a laugh) failed to lighten the atmosphere. I’ve no idea how much we made because the collecting bucket was accidentally left in our lockup.

The next event was our annual twinning weekend with the Lions of the French Club – Alençon Cité. It was their turn to host. Normally, between 12 and 16 of us go over. But on this occasion we were whittled down to 7 by a series of untoward events like a broken arm, fractured wrist, fractured eye socket (fortunately not all to the same individual) and a contretemps with a deer on the Tunworth road. But those who went had a wonderful time. Our French friends are always very welcoming and we generally get by with the lingua franca known as Franglais. Their programme for the weekend included a visit to La Michauderie, a magnificent dray horse training and exhibition centre, a tour of Le Mans including a vintage car museum and a formal dinner where a new recruit was badged up (lucky them). The weekend ended with the annual BBQ and boules match. We lost. (This is not necessarily a bad thing as the beautiful pink marble trophy is the sort of artefact that tests your car’s rear suspension.)

Back at home Lennie went solo to the Winklebury Gala, but even that redoubtable soul was driven home in short order by the 34C heat. Imagine what that must have been like in a big furry suit!

Lastly we had our own Handover do at the Red Lion in Overton – lasagne, chips and desserts worked off with a hotly contested skittles match – great fun. Julian Bridges was voted Lion of the Year. Handover is supposed to be the occasion on which Club duties are handed over to the next incumbents. Normally it’s more of a stand by your beds exercise. But this year we have a new Treasurer, a new Welfare Chairperson, a new Fundraising Chairperson and a new Dinner Secretary. Exciting times!!!!!

Our next fundraiser is that group of true originals “The Moscow Drug Club”. So please do come along and get in the mood with some gypsy jazz at QMC on 20th

July. Tickets are available from Maurice Hockley email: or telephone 01256 421867, Toucan Travel at Chineham or direct from our website  This will also allow you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our programme for the rest of the year is:-


September: Ali Mak Rhythm and Blues band at the Royal British Legion

9th November: Quiz Night at the Millenium Hall


November: Basingstoke’s very own Heritage Light Orchestra who are putting together a special performance for us entitled Music of the Orient Express. Should be good!