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Each year the President of The Lions Club of Ilminster and District can choose a charity to support during his/her term of Office. This year, the Lion President Alan Rudkin has selected Parkinson's Research as his nominated charity. Over the last few years, The Beacon Centre, Taunton, The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, The Children’s Hospice Southwest and very recently The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Musgrove Park Hospital have been among the chosen charities. The donations usually go to buy specific pieces of important equipment in consultation with the charity.
These donations and the work undertaken by Ilminster Lions could not take place without the generosity and support of our local community. So Ilminster Lions sincerely thank all those who give so generously and would ask for your continued support.
We have just welcomed two new members to our club, Helen Gilzean from Ilminster and Gordon Doble from Over Stratton, and look forward to working with them.
L to R: New member Helen, her sponsor Lindsey Poole, President Alan Rudkin, new member Gordon, his sponsor Martin Smith and Dave Case, Membership Chairman.
We have also just received entries from Swanmead Community School, Ilminster for the 29th Peace Poster Competition. Click on the Peace Poster link on the Community Services page for more information.
The winner, Sophie Gibbins (second from left), was presented with a Certificate of Achievement and a prize by Philip Creed from Ilminster Lions. Mimi Ward and Chloe Park were also awarded prizes for their excellent posters and all contestants shared a box of chocolates. Alison Rose (second from right), Swanmead School art teacher, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Ilminster Lions Club for her help in providing and encouraging the entries from her students. This is her winning poster on the theme 'A Celebration of Peace'.
Here are photos of some of our activities over the last few years. (See more under Fund Raising)
Top row - Receiving a donation from the Royal Oak, Over Stratton; A donation to birds of prey; A sing-song somewhere; A donation to Help for Heroes.
Second row - Concert by Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir at The Minster; President Alan Rudkin looking for the source of the River Ile; A donation to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance; Dave Searle and the Easter Eggs.
Third row - A donation to Vaughan-Lee House, Ilminster; Peace posters at Swanmead School, Ilminster; A Peace poster winner; Our brick at the new Ilminster Town Football Club Building; The Dog Show & Fete at Dillington.
Bottom row - Tall Ships voyage including our sponsored crew member Emily (far left); More Peace Posters; Collecting with Father Christmas at Tesco Stores, Ilminster; Arwel Huw Morgan, the soloist at the Minster Concert.