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Traditions – Anticipation, Participation and Reflection

Passing down traditions is one of those things that just seem to happen – it’s part of being part of a community, be it a family, a village or a Lions Club. Growing up most of my family traditions were centred around Christmas, now as part of Eric’s family, the passing down of treasured family […]

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Santa’s Parking Lot

It seems that even Santa isn’t immune from having to clear out the clutter. Accompanied by his most trusted elves, he’s been clearing out the garage which should house the sleigh, but which has now become a repository for anything that Lions want to store. Ever resourceful, Santa and the elves negotiated the use of […]

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Supporting Troop Aid – Buddies Night Fundraiser

“The chance to clean their teeth, wash their hair or put on a clean pair of socks when putting up with an unplanned diversion or overnight stop is a simple thing that helps them carry on and feel loved” I sometimes think that as Lions we spend too much time saying what we do and […]

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Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

“Nobody ever died of discomfort, yet living in the name of comfort has killed more ideas, more opportunities, more actions, and more growth than everything else combined. Comfort kills!” – T. Harv Eker “Be uncomfortable. If something makes you uncomfortable, go do it.”  I’m a worrier by nature, so stepping outside my comfort zone is […]

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Santa’s Magic Rubs Off

As a small child, I found the magic of Christmas palpable. I’d imagine what it would be like to visit Santa’s home and watch the elves making the toys. I’d try extra hard to be really good in the hope that I’d get something really nice at Christmas and my sister and I would sit […]

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Frankfurters, Gluhwein and Stollen

Sometimes I am reminded in the most unlikely of places of the importance of some of the projects which Lions undertake as proved to be the case when Eric and I along with some other Lions from our club visited the Birmingham “Frankfurt Christmas Market.” As somebody who really doesn’t like Christmas very much attending […]

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Making Kindness Contagious

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money” – John Ruskin I sometimes think  there’s a flawed perception in our society that in order to make a difference  we have to do something really big, like solving world hunger, feeding the homeless or starting a charity. […]

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Why I am a Lion – In a Word “Ubuntu”

Ubuntu….is about the essence of being human……It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being willing to go that extra mile for the sake of another As I look back over the last 18 months the thing that really jumps out at me is that the reasons why I became a Lion are quite different to the […]

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Many Hands Make Light Work

Eric has a family grave in the closed graveyard by St Mary & St Margaret Church in Castle Bromwich. The first time he and his Aunt took me to see it we spent ages searching for it without any success. The graveyard was so badly over grown and covered in brambles that it was virtually […]

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Scrapbooking – My Life as a Lion

Scrapbooking and gardening are two of my favourite passtimes, so how nice to be able to combine them with being a Lion. Both activities help me to work things out or sometimes to stop the process of trying to work things out and to relax. If I can also combine that with helping someone else, […]

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