RECOGNITION OF SERVICE

We celebrated our 69th Annual Charter at Singing Hills Golf Course with a lovely meal and fabulous entertainment from Frank Sinatra tribute act Alex Banks. 

Our guests included District Governor Lion Paul Dedman and Past District Governor Lion Pete Dilloway.

District Governor Lion Paul Dedman presented Lion Cliff Coxshaw and Lion Chris Thomas-Atkin with the Melvin Fellowship Award for their outstanding contribution to Lionism. 

COMMUNITY

Lion President John Carter and Lion David Allcock visited one of our adopted youth clubs, Burgess Hill Youth, to present some certificates. 

Young Leaders were awarded in recognition for their many hours of volunteering with the Junior Club over the last twelve months.

YOUTH COUNCIL

We sponsored the chains of office for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of our newly formed Youth Council. 

The Youth Council is made up of students from Burgess Hill schools;  The Burgess Hill Academy, Birchwood Grove, Woodlands Meed, London Meed, St Wilfrid's, Burgess Hill Girls, Sheddingdean Primary and Manor Field. 

The aims of the Youth Council are to encourage pupils to meet and work with others from local schools at the Youth Council meetings and outside events; empower the pupils to represent their generation, express their views and make decisions; to generate ideas, present them to Town Council on the understanding that they will be properly considered; and, for Youth council members to represent their schools at as many events in the local community wherever possible.

TELEGRAM

A lovely lady came into our Book Den recently and donated some books. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the name of the lady before she left. Inside one of the books, we found a Royal Sussex Regiment telegram from 1917. 

The telegram was addressed to Private W.O. Back of the 3 rd Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. It informs the recipient of some bad news saying ‘girl arrived Mable very ill’ and is from ‘Mother’.

We decided that the document belongs back with the right family and so our community project officer Lion Archie Tipple launched and appeal on social media. 

Shortly after posting a request for help, we were inundated with offers of help from people with experience in family and local history.

One lady got in touch with us and has managed to find a living relative. We are awaiting further contact from Mark, the great nephew. This has been a very exciting project and we are looking forward to, hopefully, reuniting the telegram with it’s family.

We hope to have a follow up story regarding this project in the near future.

SOCIAL EVENTS

Some of our Lions and their wives went to Heaven Farm on a bluebell walk. It was a little bit muddy, but the bluebells were stunning. 

NEW MEMBERS

On Monday 20th May, we welcomed Julia Stevenson to our Club as an Affiliate Member. Julia has been a volunteer at our Book Den for some time and has been attending meetings and dinners to find out more about what we do. 

We are very pleased to have her and to see our membership increasing. BHDLC is currently a very healthy club.