Newsletter - May 2018

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We have just waved farewell to our friends from our French twin Club, the Lions Club of Alençon Cité, after a most enjoyable weekend. We met them on Friday at the Wheatsheaf whence we took them to hosts for afternoon tea. It’s not much of an English tradition any more, but the French love it, particularly when it is well presented. In the evening we visited the Red Lion, Overton for a game of skittles and supper. Fortunately our ladies were on form at skittles and saved us from humiliation – our men were rubbish. Supper was lasagna which was an absolute triumph. We were assured that it was made on the premises to the chef’s own recipe – it was moist and delicious.

On Saturday we took them to visit the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop. That was made very interesting by a guide who knew his subject and made the contribution that the troop carrying gliders made to the D Day landings really come alive. After that it was off to get togged up for our annual Charter Night celebration at Basingstoke Golf Club. If you get one decent speaker on these occasions, you’re lucky (or you’ve paid a fortune). To get three is miraculous! The first was our District Governor Elect – the title is usually synonymous with “stuff shirt”. But he was witty, chatty and informative. Then the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Councillor Sean Keating took up the cudgels (or should it be shillelaghs) who has definitely kissed the blarney stone and lastly Lion President Loic Alloy who gave a very good account of the fundraising and charity support achieved by the Alençon Club during his tenure (translated by Ann Vicars). We donated £200 from the proceeds of our raffle to Different Strokes, a charity designed to assist young people who have experienced such an event.

The next day was D Day for us. Defeat at petanque during our Sunday afternoon BBQ! We play to 13 and were 11 to 9 up when disaster struck. Our final shot hit the jack which skittered off among their boules and gave them 7 scoring shots – match over. So, at the final full English breakfast at Test Valley Golf Club on Monday morning we had the pleasure of handing over the Jean le Noac’h Trophy. I say pleasure because it weighs a ton! Now, back to normal.

Currently in the programme we have Motown Music with Lou Taylor on 22 September – The Caerphilly Male Voice Choir on 13 October – Quiz Night on 3 November – The Hampshire Police Band on 17 November. If any of these appeal, please get in touch with us via the website www.basingstokelions.org.uk/

or one of the usual suspects – mauricehockley@hotmail.comjomolincoln@btinternet.comphilipjhwilson@btinternet.com .

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