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Lions international had it's 100th birthday on June 7th 2017
Happy Birthday Lions

October update

Bit quiet for news through the summer but Lions have been helping out. We put up the bunting in Fore Street for Heritage day & Carnival.
We held our annual fun ride, we have been working on the Firework display, Christmas Fair & party not forgetting of our Father Christmas door to door cllections starting on the first of December.  Go to the pages for details.

At our meeting last night, Monday 2nd October we badged up our second Lady member Sarah Horne. Sarah already has a bit of a reputation for getting things done in the town.

Welcome Sarah I'm sure you will fit in with Bodmin Lions.


Update July 10th

Lion President Derek, not to be outdone by past president Kevin had his own awards evening at the first meeting of his year.
He badged up new member Luke Winston, presented long service awards to Lion Dean & Lion Clive he presented retiring member
Dave Williams a friends of Bodmin Lions certificate after 43 years of service to the club.


Lions hand over to our new President Derek Williamson July 3rd picture on the Home page

The last few Jobs for outgoing President Kevin

Kevin finished out his year on a bit of a high he had the pleasure of presenting Lion Gerald Worden with a Melvin Jones Fellowship award for services to Lions & his community.

Kevin also presented Appreciation awards to
Andrew Harvey for helping the Lions clubs of Cornwall offer a diabetic screening service at the Royal Cornwall Show.
Sheila Worden for helping with many Lions events but her particular dedication to our annual Ten Tors walk.


He also presented the Ten Tors walk shield for the highest sponsored team, a cheque to Cornwall Search & rescue for providing safety cover on the walk, yet another badge to Lion Dave Truran, then assisted Charlotte Whitmore presenting the Sean Whitmore Memorial shield & certificates to the winner & highly commended runners up in memory of her dad.

The Sean Whitmore Memorial Shield will be awarded each year to young individuals for services to or achievement in sport



Kevin's wife Lesley presented a cheque to the Bodmin Memory Cafe on behalf of the Lions Ladies

 Ten Tors 2017 took place on Sunday 14th May

Report on the Ten Tors page


Firework cheque presentation pictures now on the fireworks page


Once again Lions turned out to help with the Marie Curie Collections on Sunday 13th

A small band of Lions turned out to collect on behalf of Marie Curie in a supermarket near you.
Pictured below are the pride, I'm not sure if it's a before & after Lunch event!



March 11th
Sleigh report & picture now on Christmas Sleigh Page


Monday March 6th saw our first Lady member join Bodmin Lions
Pictured Below Lion President Kevin congratulating Norma as our first lady member.


Jan 7th
At our January meeting Bodmin Lions decided to become a mixed gender club
& admit Ladies

This is probably the biggest change in the clubs constitution since the club was formed 46 years ago.
We hope to badge up our first lady very soon & look forward to the new ideas that are bound to come from the female influence.



Nov 29th 2016
It's with very great sadness we have to announce the death of one of our members,
Sean Whitmore.

From day one Sean had been fully involved with the activities of Bodmin Lions, we will miss his enthusiasm & dry comments at our meetings.
To quote Sean, He hadn't known us long enough to dislike us.




Lions help community garden project

Pictured below is Lions President Kevin presenting a new mower to the project
After a quick inspection, it's off




The annual funride took place Sept 4th, report on funride page.

Lion Kevin Marshall took over as President for 2016-17 on 4th July (picture on home page)



Last Few Jobs for our outgoing president Jon

The Lions Club of Bodmin Honours recently retired Town Crier Nick Prideaux

Nick has served Bodmin as Town Crier for the last Forty, yes Forty years. During that time he has represented our town in many competitions both home & abroad & made many friends.
Nick has always supported Lions & Town events, with his trusty bell & smiling face he's made any necessary announcements.
He's started our annual Ten Tors walk many times he wishes them well & sends them on their way.

To thank Nick & honour him for his years of service the Lions Club of Bodmin decided to present him with a Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF).
A MJF is the highest honour we can bestow for service. Melvin Jones founded Lions in Chicago in 1917. All MJF members names are displayed at the Lions International Headquarters in Oak Brook (a suburb of Chicago)
We wish you well in your retirement.

Jon also presented The Ten Tors Trophy for the highest sponsored team, a cheque for £550 to the Cornwall Search & rescue team for their help during the Ten Tors walk, a cheque for £1000 to the Cove Macmillan cancer support Centre now being built at RCH Treliske.
He also presented a few badges to deserving Lions with the ultimate badge going to Lion Dave Truran.
Dave has now been promoted to office as Custodian of Badges, a new post in Lions.

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When our local special school needed extra plants to replace those lost in bad weather, Bodmin Lions were delighted to help out.



Lions Clubs of Cornwall at the Royal Cornwall Show 2016
 With Diabetes especially in Cornwall hitting the recent headlines our Lions Clubs Joint Awareness Project at the Royal Cornwall Show does a wonderful community service. By undertaking these screenings using qualified Nurses and Paramedics we hope to raise a better awareness of Diabetes in Cornwall.
We had a new Marquee location this year & had an official visit from the Show President Bishop Tim. Lions District Governor Lesley Clarke made a special visit to the show to greet him and invited him and his wife to undergo a screening, which turned out fine. Over the three days we managed to undertake 1414 screenings, of those 136 were found to have abnormally high blood sugar levels and given appropriate advice.
What a great achievement exceeding last year's figure.
This is close to the all time record thanks to the efforts of, Lions, Partners, Nurses and Paramedics.

Bodmin lions 46th Charter anniversary

On Sunday 24th April we celebrated 46 years of Lions in Bodmin with a buffet lunch at Bodmin Rugby Club.
Our entertainers for the afternoon were the Shipwrecks of Wadebridge pictured below.
The two pictures are spot the difference



I'm sure you spotted the two interlopers that crept in.
 Lions past presidents Dave & Paul also think they can sing being members of Loveny MV Choir



Update 19.02.16

Sorry, it's been a long time since the last update of this page, rest assured Lions haven't been sunning themselves.
We have been very busy out & about, planning events & raising money. As part of the firework committee we can be proud of the money raised, see the Firework page for a full slide show of the presentation. Also Lions raised money around the town with our Father Christmas Sleigh during December. That money & money from our Ladies was presented at The Masons Arms on Wed 17th, picture below.



Fireworks! Priory Park Fence?
Visit our fireworks page for more information


Over £1000 raised for Cornwall Hospice Care at our September Fun Ride


Our Fun ride on Bodmin Moor went well, report on the fun ride page

Late Picture of Cornish Lions club members at the Royal Cornwall Show © Peter Glaser Photography
click on the picture to search more events covered by Peter
439220441_0007pgn_7099_1_cps - Wadebridge Royal Cornwall Show 2015 - media photos

New President Jon Hancock

Lions President Jon took office last night 6/6/15 for the coming year (picture on the home page)
At the handover evening outgoing president Bill May made presentations to Paul & Wendy of the Masons Arms & Lanhydrock Ostomists


Second Fun Ride for 2015

A chance to ride on Bodmin Moor, Go to Fun Ride Page


Royal Cornwall Show update 23rd June 2015

Once again the Lions clubs of Cornwall combined to offer a diabetes screening service at the Royal Cornwall Show. During the 3 days a total of 1340 tests were carried out and 116 people identified with raised blood sugar levels and given appropriate advice. The Lions are grateful to all our volunteer medical staff , Lloyds Pharmacy for supplying test equipment and to FAC group for sponsorship.

 Picture by Lion Jon Hancock.



Tue 12th May

A pride of Lions visited the Cornwall air Ambulance HQ to see the Helicopter close up & present a cheque for £22,000
The money was raised by Lions Clubs locally & match funded by Lions Clubs International




People of Bodmin partake in beating the bounds of the ancient borough every five years.
This is followed by a hurl from the end of the beat at salting pool to the turret clock at the bottom of Fore Street.
Years ago the beat was the elders way of teaching youngsters the extent of their land. They walked the border & beat said youngsters on boundary stones around the border to imprint on their mind or maybe behind where the border was. Today we are much more civilized, we bounce the town mayor on the stones because the beating of youngsters is no longer legal.

The pictures below show:
The start, The first stop in Cardinham woods, The boundary cry & retrieving the coins from the river at Fletcher's Bridge, The modern stone on the site of the cross at carminnow cross, The end of the walk & retrieving the ball from the pool at salting pool & finally, The end of the hurl along Honey Street to Turret Clock.


Link to Video



New era for Bodmin Lions!

Bodmin Lions Need You


Update 14th January
As a result of this campaign we have already recruited 6 new members in their 40's & 20's we now need a few in their 30's


Go to History page for more details.

Christmas Fayre & Sleigh presentations.
The presentation took place at a social on Wednesday 25th
£3000 to Cornwall hospice care & £200 each to RNLI & Bodmin Horizon Club


Thank you received at Fireworks presentation
Report & slideshow on the fireworks page


Christmas Sleigh Collections have now finished for 2014 visit Father Christmas Sleigh page.

Fireworks report on the fireworks page.

Firework update 11th Nov

THE GUY COMPETITION, there were eight guys entered this year, the winners were.
1st Horizon Club of Bodmin
2nd St Breward Y.C
3rd Castle Canyke Scouts


Late report for August

On Tuesday 19th of August Bodmin Lions joined in for part of a sponsored walk from Saltash to Lands End in aid of Children's Hospice Southwest. Bodmin's President Bill, Secretary Peter & Treasurer Ron walked from Bodmin to Victoria Roche via Lanivet where we met up with Dan Rogerson MP, charter member of The palace of Westminster Lions club & members of Roche Lions club. Pictured below at Lanivet are members of 5 Lions Clubs, Saltash, Callington, Bodmin, Roche & The Palace of Westminster.


Monday July 7th

Our annual change of president took place at the  Masons Arms Bodmin, the new President for 2014-15 is Lion Bill May.
The Trophy for the highest sponsored team in the 2014 Ten Tors walk was won by Kerry Foods, Mrs. Jones Boys.
We were also given a very interesting talk by Norman Trebilcock of FLEET about Public Access Defibrillators (PAD), FLEETS project for 2014.

Click the picture to link to the FLEET site.


As part of Lions Clubs International commitment to Sight

Bodmin Lions joined with Lions Club of London Seven Kings to help sponsored an Eye Camp in Kericho Kenya.
Balu Madhvani of Bodmin & his nephew Sandy of Seven Kings went to Kericho.
With the help of his family & the local people of Kericho the eye camp was set up.
About 1000 peoples eyes were examined, some were given glasses or other eye treatments not normally available to them.
60 were given cataract operations at a Lions eye Hospital.