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Ross Lions celebrated their 38th Charter with a Dinner Dance at The Old Court Hotel, Whitchurch. Seventy guests attended, including Lions, wives, friends of Lions and visitors from other clubs. Representatives from other Lions clubs came from as far away as Surrey Borders and Calne in Wiltshire as well as some from closer to home such as Chepstow, Monmouth, Forest of Dean and Severn Dean.

Among the guests sitting at the top table were two young people from John Kyrle High School, Matthew Petrie, President Elect of the proposed new Leo Club, and Bronwen Evans, Treasurer Elect.

'The Old Court did the Lions proud with the table layouts and decorations and the atmosphere was fantastic, with everyone out to enjoy themselves,' said Lion, Bernard Fowkes.

After a lovely meal, the toast to the Queen followed and Ross Lions club President, Keith Wilding gave his speech during which he presented long service awards to three of the clubs members - Alan Napthine 30 years, Gordon Lucas 15 years and Brian Goodfellow 15 years. He also announced that a Leo Club (Young Lions Club) was being chartered at The John Kyrle High School shortly.

The District 105W District Governor, Lion Martin Ruddle from Calne, Wiltshire, spoke on behalf of Lions International. He said that the Ross Club was a very busy and successful club and had done extremely well by organizing a Leo Club in the area. This was the only new Leo Club in the whole District. He passed on the greetings of the Lions International Director from America.

After the speeches the dance floor was crowded by guests dancing to music and song provided by 'Little Sister'. Everybody agreed it was a fantastic evening with all enjoying the food, company, atmosphere and music.

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District Governer elect, Martin Ruddle making a speech.

Vice President, Andrew Middlecote, replying on behalf of the guests.

President Keith Wilding's wife, Sue, taking part in the speeches.

Matthew Petrie and Bronwen Evans, President Elect and Treasurer Elect of the proposed new Leo Club at John Kyrle High School.


Ross Lions held their annual Ross Round walk for the third year running. The weather was much better than last year, with sunshine and a cool breeze. Around fifty walkers took part, a similar number to the previous two years. The numbers were a little disappointing as the Lions were hoping that they would increase as people got to know about the walk. The Lions' aim is to make this an annual event raising funds for one main charity but with other organizations sharing the benefits as well. The distance walked by participants varied - only six walked the whole distance of 18 miles.

It is not known how much sponsorship was raised at this point as the money has not yet been collected. However, it is hoped the amount will be similar to last year when over 1,200 was raised. The Lions were particularly pleased to see a group of Ross Air Cadets participating to raise funds for their Unit as well as to enjoy the walk as well as some of the members of the proposed Young Lions Club, some of whom walked and others helped with the organizing of the event. This was the first event the 'young Lions' have taken part in and they look forward to many others. Perhaps, when it catches on, other young people will also get sponsorship for their own organizations.

For those who like walking, or who endeavour to raise funds for their favourite charity, the walk can be of various lengths of 4 to 18 miles, depending on how fit you are. The countryside over which the walk takes place is very varied. It takes in the river, valleys, lakes and the woods and hills around Ross. Many types of bird can be seen and on occasions, various animals. It is described as 'a most interesting walk in some fabulous countryside'.

The next event the Lions will take part in is the Ross Carnival week, followed by Bonfire Night. At the Carnival the Lions will be putting on several free events especially for the children so do please bring your family along. On the Tuesday before Carnival Day the Lions will be running stalls under the Heritage Centre which will also include free events for children. For more information about the Lions go to their website www.rossonwyelions.org.

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