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Well Christmas is over and we enter into a New Year and we move into it with hope and optimism.


 For the first time since we started the Santa Sleigh, Shepshed Lions Club had to cancel some of the Santa Sleigh routes due to the weather. The first night was impossible to even consider starting due to heavy snow and ice. It was far too dangerous. The second night was also difficult due to icy conditions but we made a start but one of our intrepid collectors fell on the ice and was taken home. Thankfully he was not seriously hurt but was very badly shaken by his experience. We continued for a short while but the conditions were getting worse so we had to abandon the route only half completed. The rest of the routes were pretty much completed. We do try our best to visit as many streets as possible but it is not always possible. We are truly sorry if we did not visit your street and hope that you were not too disappointed.

Lion President Bob Lilley said, “ We are very grateful to the public of Shepshed who generously donated to this years collection. We have made a substantial amount of money that will be used to support our local community in Shepshed. We have received some fantastic feedback on Social Media, and face to face with members of our community, on what the Santa Sleigh means to them. We appreciate these comments. Many people said, “We can start Christmas now Santa has been”. Santa said,” I can start my Christmas now I have seen the smiling faces on the excited children”. It is obviously a two-way thing!”

Shepshed Lions Club 3rd Annual Christmas Market.

 On Sunday 17th December 2017, Shepshed Lions Club held its third Annual Christmas Market in The Hallcroft, Shepshed. This event was well supported by the fantastic people of Shepshed, despite the wet weather. The public was entertained by Choirs from St Winefrides Catholic Academy, Newcroft School, St Botolphs School and their lovely bell ringers. Hathern Band played some beautiful festive Carols, and we also had a street entertainer called Mad Dominic who amused children of all ages. There was a wide range of festive stalls for people to find that last minute present. The guys at Meet n’Eat provided tea and coffee at discount prices together with their usual array of good food.

Livio from Livio’s Restaurant sold hot mulled wine with all the profits going to the Lions.

Santa visited the market and had a Grotto that was a great success with the children.

Lion Susan Lilley, who organised the event said, “ The weather is something that we cannot control but there was a great Christmas Atmosphere nonetheless. We appreciate the support we had from stallholders, the schools, Hathern Band and everyone else involved in the event. All the profits will be used to support local good causes. We also very much appreciate the fantastic support by our community. Thank you all very much.”

Santa’s Grotto at The Crown Hotel.

 Santa held a Grotto on Saturday 16th December 2017 at The Crown Hotel, Market Street, Shepshed by kind permission of Lynda and John Savage. Many children came to give their Christmas Santa lists to the man himself. All proceeds from the Grotto will go to local good causes.

Shepshed Lions Club supports the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

 Shepshed Lions Club has made a donation to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal to help the homeless at Christmas. On The 20th November 2017 Lions President Bob Lilley and Lion Tony Irish, who suggested the donation to this worthy cause, presented a cheque to Marta Ager of the Salvation Army.

Lion President Bob Lilley said, “There are many people who are alone and homeless at Christmas in our area. This donation is made to help those who have nothing at Christmas. The fantastic work of the Salvation Army gives these people access to health care, dentist’s, social care and a large dose of respite from their difficult lives at the festive season.”

Shepshed Lions Club and Mick Sloan of Primo IT support Shepshed Food Bank.

 As in previous year’s, Shepshed Lions Club and Mick Sloan of Primo IT joined forces to support the Shepshed Food Bank just before Christmas. Each year Glenis Wilcox asks her clients what they would wish for to make Christmas special for them and their families. Glenis prepares the list of food they would like, and passes it to Shepshed Lions Club. The food list is then examined and where possible purchased. Together with Mick Sloan £1000 worth of food was delivered to Glenis at the Food Bank for distribution to those who need support. Lion President Bob Lilley said, “ With the generous support of Mick Sloan we were able to supply the Food Bank with a large amount of food to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer to those less fortunate in our community. It is also good to support Glenis and her team of helpers who work hard to support their clients, but not just at Christmas, but all year round.”

Shepshed Lions support the Glenmore Centre Christmas Lunch.

 Each year the Glenmore Centre in Shepshed prepares and serves a Christmas Lunch for those who are on their own at Christmas. Shepshed Lions Club members were happy to make a donation in support of this project to spread a bit of Christmas cheer.

Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders receive a boost

 Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders have received a cash boost of £270 from Mr. Terry Sullivan of Shepshed towards their project to raise £10,000 to purchase and install a number of Community Public Access Defibrillators across the borough of Charnwood. Terry raised the money by holding a Pinball event at his home and the profits from the event were donated to the project. Terry said, “ This donation is not just from me. I organise the event and the donation comes from the Pinball Community”. Terry sadly lost his wife after a long illness, and this is the third donation he has made to our scheme. It has been agreed that when we site one of the defibrillators in Shepshed it will be dedicated to his late wife. Coordinator of the First Responders, Lion President Bob Lilley said, “ Terry and his friends are very generous people and has supported us with three generous donations. I knew his late wife and given his generosity and support it is appropriate to put a defibrillator in our community dedicated to her memory.”