Newsletter April 2019

This month we celebrated the Club's 52nd birthday with a dinner at the Basingstoke Golf Club. It was attended by The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Counsellor Sean Keating who is a joy to have at any event - the epitome of warmth, wit and wisdom. We were particularly delighted to hear that the Children’s Hospice, Naomi House, is one of his favoured charities this year as Lions Clubs International and local Clubs contributed £150000 when it was originally being set up.

We spent a total of £1185 last month. The majority of this was spent on white goods and furniture to assist families in need and in one case to alleviate the effects of a ceiling collapse. We also made a contribution to the moving expenses of Spotlight Basingstoke, a charity which aims to improve the life experience and prospects of children.

Annual expenditure £20, annual expenditure £19-19-6d = happiness. Annual expenditure £20, annual expenditure £20-0-6d = misery. Thus spoke Mr Micawber in David Copperfield. We, I regret to say, are miserable!

Although our April Quiz raised £430 our subsequent event at QMC, ABBA Sensation, did not perform as well financially. This was no fault of the group who gave a superb rendering of all the originals’ hits and kept the dancefloor busy all the time. But, as Robert Burns once wrote “facts are chiels that winna ding” (facts are indisputable) – we did not do nearly as well as expected.

So now we are relying on a group of true originals “The Moscow Drug Club” to redress the balance. The allure of the smoky voiced siren and her virtuoso group of musicians can set anyone’s blood racing. So come and get in the mood with some gypsy jazz at QMC on 20thJuly. Tickets are available from Maurice Hockley email: mauricehockley@hotmail.com or telephone 01256 421867, Toucan Travel at Chineham or direct from our website www.basingstokelions.org.uk This will also allow you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. But, don’t just “follow” us – JOIN US!

Our programme for the rest of the year is currently:-

21stSeptember: Ali Mak Rhythm and Blues band at the Royal British Legion

9th November: Quiz Night at the Millenium Hall (note changed date)

16thNovember: Basingstoke’s very own Heritage Light Orchestra who are in the throes of putting together a special performance for us. More anon!

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