Newsletter - July 2019

Our main fundraiser for the month was the “The Moscow Drug Club” at QMC. They gave us a superb performance. As a group of talented musicians they are beyond reproach and the voice of their leader sends tingles down the spine. When the performance was over and we were clearing the tables I had the opportunity to talk to a few of the audience who were lingering over their drinks. They had clearly really enjoyed it and several groups were seeing them for the 2nd and 3rd times. So if the opportunity to see them comes around again, they are definitely good value.

Our next planned event was supposed to be Ali Mac’s Rhythm and Blues band on 21st September at the Royal British Legion Club in Old Basing. Unfortunately the group had to cancel due to the hospitalization one of its members. We’ve rebooked them for 5th

October. Tickets are available from Tony Bamberger, telephone 01256 850254, Maurice Hockley email: or telephone 01256 421867, Toucan Travel at Chineham or direct from our website .

On the assumption that I will not drop off my perch in the meantime, the fundraiser thereafter will be our notorious Quiz Night at the Cliddesden Millenium Hall on 9th November. If you fancy your chances email me You need a team of 3 or 4 and a short pithy team name. Visit our website

to see the full format of the evening. It’s the best £5 worth of fun and frustration you’ll have all year!

A week later, on 16th November, the Heritage Light Orchestra will play a concert of music associated with places on the route of the Orient Express for us at QMC. These concerts are specially designed for us and feature local musicians and singers. They’re well worth supporting.

Another date for your diaries is 10thOctober when we will again celebrate World Sight Day in the Malls. This is your annual opportunity to speak to someone who may be able to advise you or point you towards the right people to approach on sight related matters, and to donate your unwanted spectacles for recycling to the 3rd world. No doubt Lennie the Basingstoke Lion will be in attendance. He/she (never worked that one out) manages to appear pretty much everywhere, most recently at the Hook Fete.

On the Welfare front the demand for white goods for families without the means to replace broken appliances continues unabated. We normally obtain expertly recycled goods from the Community Furniture Project. But demand for cookers recently exceeded supply and we had to resort to a new purchase.

We have had a request to assist with equipment for a young girl suffering multiple disabilities. We will help, but cannot meet her needs on our own. We are currently trying to recruit other local Lions Clubs to her cause. We’ll let you know how we get on in due course.

We also had a very interesting talk from two members of the Basingstoke Rape and Crisis team (BRASSAC) and have set aside funds to assist them when needed.

Regrettably I have to end on a sad note. Our previous District Governor, Ken Staniforth, lost his battle with cancer. In my monthly report in December 2017 I wrote “VDG Ken Staniforth attended our last business meeting. He’s always a welcome guest …………..” He was great company and continued his dedication and enthusiasm for helping others through Lionism to the end. His spirit lives on!